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Although practicing in one of the most conservative areas of the state, Terry Abeyta has earned recognition as one of the top plaintiff's personal injury attorneys in Washington. He recovered $4.1 million on a car-truck collision, $3.5 million on a recreational use immunity case, the largest settlement in the history of Kittitas County; won the highest settlement in the history of Klickitat County; and obtained the largest jury verdict on a cervical soft-tissue case in the history of Yakima County.


Abeyta was the first plaintiff's attorney from Eastern Washington chosen for The Best Lawyers in America, the first in Central Washington named to the Super Lawyers list, has been repeatedly named to the Top 100 Super Lawyers list, Top 40 Plaintiffs' Super Lawyers list, Lawdragon 500 Leading Plaintiffs’ Lawyers in America, Damages Attorney Round Table, and the American Board of Trial Advocates.  He has served in many leadership positions for Washington State Association for Justice (formerly the Washington State Trial Lawyers Association).  


In addition, Abeyta has served in many leadership roles for the Washington State Association for Justice, as president of the Yakima County Bar Association, and is active in the Yakima Valley Community Foundation, United Way, and St. Paul Cathedral Catholic Church.  


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Practice areas


  1. Car Accident: 75%
    6 years
  2. Personal Injury: 25%
    6 years



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Contact info

Abeyta Nelson P.C.

1102 West Yakima Avenue
Yakima, WA, 98902


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Best Lawyer in Yakima CountyYakima Valley Business Times2011
Lawdragon 500 Leading Plaintiffs' Lawyers in AmericaLawdragon2010
PresidentDamage Attorneys Roundtable2009
RecognizedBest Lawyers in America2009
Lawdragon 500 Leading Plaintiffs' Lawyers in AmericaLawdragon2009
Washington State Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2009
RecognizedBest Lawyers in America2008
Lawdragon 500 Leading Plaintiffs' Lawyers in AmericaLawdragon2008
Washington State Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2008
MemberMillion Dollar Advocates Forum2007
RecognizedBest Lawyers in America2007
Lawdragon 500 Leading Plaintiffs' Lawyers in AmericaLawdragon2007
Washington State Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2007
Top 100 LawyersWashington Law & Politics Magazine2006
Washington State Super LawyerN/A2006
Washington State Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2005
Top 100 LawyersWashington Law & Politics Magazine2005
Washington State Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2004
Top 100 LawyersWashington Law & Politics Magazine2003
Washington State Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2003
Washington State Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2002
Washington State Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2001
Washington State Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2000
Alvin Anderson AwardWashington State Trial Lawyers Association1998
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Managing PartnerAbeyta Nelson Injury Law, P.C.1981 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
Damage Attorneys Round TableMember1999 - Present
American Board of Trial AdvocatesMember1996 - Present
Washington State Trial Lawyers AssociationOfficer1977 - Present
American Association for JusticeN/AN/A
American Board of Trial Advocates (Washington Chapter)President2010 - 2011
United Way of Central WashingtonAssociate Campaign Chair2010 - 2011
Yakima County Bar AssociationPast President1998 - 1999
John Gavin Inn of CourtMember1990 - 1999
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Settlement for children of 39-year-old Native American man who committed suicide in Yakama Tribal JailN/A
Spinal cord injury to 9-year-old Ellensburg girl in playground injuryN/A
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Publication nameTitleDate
Washington State Association for JusticeUnderstanding Your Auto Insurance2008
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Washington School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor - top 15% of class1976
Whitman CollegePolitical ScienceBA - Bachelor of Arts - summa cum laude1973
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
2015 WSAJ Annual Convention, Cle Elum, WashingtonTort Law Update - "Keep Your Case in the Game: Defending Against the Recreational Use Immunity Statute"2015
2010 DART Convention, Rome, ItalyAllocation of Fault Issues to Parent of Injured Child2010
2009 DART Convention, Cabo San Lucas, MexicoDivision I Makes Bad Law in Laguna v. Washington DOT (A Personal Perspective)2009