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Sidney Phillip Ottem

Personal injury Attorney at Union Gap, WA

5.0   6 reviews
  • Licensed for 30 years
    State WA
    Acquired 1993
    Active No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Sidney

Learn Sidney’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Personal injury
    I have handled many cases filed against the federal government.

    17 years, 15 cases

  2. Workers compensation

    10 years

  3. Environmental and natural resources

    31 years, 500 cases

  4. Litigation

    9 years

  5. Native peoples law

    29 years, 50 cases

I will aggressively and ethically represent your injury case. Our friendly staff at Brumback & Ottem will assist you professionally in a relaxed setting.  Brumback & Ottem is Bulldog Tough.  

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Brumback Law Group
1905 Rainier Place.
Union Gap, WA, 98903-1672

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  6 customer reviews
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Posted by jesse | February 24, 2015
could not be happier.
am so pleased with his performance as an attorney I was associated with a different attorney for over 2 years with little to no progress on my case. Sid called me for the first time on a Monday and a settlement offer by that following friday, that was literally double the expectancy. His paralegal Janell Hudson kept in constant contact with me over the last two years to they were so kind,understanding,and hard working. I was in a very major injury and they helped me so much during such a hard time, I could not more strongly reccomend Sid,Janell, or brumback law group
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Posted by anonymous | February 21, 2015
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
All I can say is amazement! I was expecting a few brief responses to my inquiry on Avvo; I am pleasantly pleased that Mr. Ottem invited me to call and discuss the details of my situation with him. Avvo is an amazing tool that everyone with a legal problem should know about!
Posted by Katie | February 19, 2015
Easy to Understand/Good Listener
Mr. Ottem was able to explain complex legal matters in a way that I could understand. He worked hard on my auto accident case and listened to me intently and with patience. I had a lot of injuries that require ongoing medication and Mr. Ottem insured that I was compensated by the insurance company to cover those ongoing costs. I can't thank him enough.
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Posted by Amy | February 17, 2015
A Great Guy You Can Trust
Sid is really sharp and knows what he's doing. I'm not surprised he was managing legal issues for the Dept. of the Interior, or taking over a big water rights adjudication and wearing judge's robes only a few years out of law school. He's very down to earth and easy to talk to and can explain complicated legal issues to anyone...even me!
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Posted by anonymous | February 12, 2015
I was very pleased with the service I received from Mr Ottem. He was extremely knowledgeable and very attentive to my file. He did all that I could have expected and more! He was very professional and knew when to sit back and wait and when to act forcefully. He is obviously very experienced. I have referred several people to him and everyone has been extremely happy. The stakes are really high in these matters and it's really important to choose someone who knows what they are doing. He is the best!
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Posted by anonymous | January 28, 2015
Great representation!
Sid was my attorney and did an exceptional job of representing our interests. He is a great communicator, aggressive when necessary, and very knowledeable in the subject matter area. He treats his clients well and never puts himself above them. He is always respectfull to everyone. I highly recommend him!
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  • Contingency 25%-40%


AVVO RATING 9.5 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Supervisory Attorney
  • United States Department of the Interior
  • 2008 - 2015
  • Commissioner
  • Yakima County Superior Court
  • 1999 - 2008
  • Judicial Staff Attorney
  • Yakima County District Court
  • 1993 - 1997


  • University of Oregon
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1992
  • Brown University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1988

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Department of Ecology v. Acquavella
  • Affirmed in part, reversed inpart
  • City of Union Gap v. Ecology
  • Affirmed by Division III.
  • Acquavella
  • At final decree


  • Washington State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1993 - Present
  • Washington State Trial Lawyers Association
  • Eagle Member
  • N/A
  • Board of Judicial Administration, Water Disputes Task Force
  • Judicial representative
  • 2002 - 2008
  • Dividing the Waters, Organization of General Stream Adjudication Judges/Masters
  • Member
  • 1993 - 2008
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Excellence
  • Solicitor
  • 2010
  • Distinguished Alumni
  • Journal of Environmental Law and Litigation
  • 2008


  • ABA Water Resources Committee Newsletter
  • In Memoriam: Judge Walter A. Stauffacher
  • 2006
  • Journal of Contemporary Water Research and Education
  • Quantifying Water Rights in General Stream Adjudications
  • 2006

Speaking Engagements

  • Guest Lecturer
  • Overview of Federal Reserved Water Rights
  • 2011
  • Getting a Government Law Job
  • Career Advisement
  • 2011
  • Conflicts in Water Resources
  • Lessons Learned from Acquavella for Future Adjudications
  • 2011
  • Agricultural Law
  • Water Law
  • 2011
  • Guest speaker
  • Federal Reserved Water Rights
  • 2008
  • Developments - Acquavella
  • Water Rights in Yakima Basin
  • 2007
  • Water Rights update
  • Water Rights Dispute Resolution Processes
  • 2004
  • Testimony before Washington State Senate
  • Water rights in Washington
  • 2004
  • Washington State Water Law
  • Winding down Acquavella
  • N/A
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Attorney endorsements

Received (17)
Given (19)
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Litigation Attorney | Sep 25
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer. I had the pleasure of working with Sid when he was a Court Commissioner for Yakima County Superior Court. I also found Commissioner Ottem to be very prepared, fair, and he had a very good judicial demeanor. I have been told by some of my currrent clients who have used him for private civil matter that they have been greatly satisfied with him and believe he is a strong and zealous advocate for their rights. I strongly recommend Sid and Scott and their firm to anyone wanting zealous and competent legal recommendation."
Environmental and natural resources Attorney | Mar 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Sidney is an excellent attorney committed to providing the highest quality representation to clients. I endorse this attorney without reservation."
Personal injury Attorney | Nov 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Personal injury Attorney | May 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Personal injury Attorney | Mar 20
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer. Attorney Ottem is a direct, no-nonsense, no BS attorney; exactly the kind of attorney a client needs."
Personal injury Attorney | Feb 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Ottem is a staunch advocate for his clients and a reliable resource to fellow attorneys."
Litigation Attorney | Feb 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Litigation Attorney | Feb 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Sidney Ottem. Hard working and aggressive attorney who is dedicated to the success of his clients. Respected by his colleagues within the legal community."
Personal injury Attorney | Feb 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Sidney. His frequent contributions to the AVVO community demonstrate his extensive knowledge and experience."
Personal injury Attorney | Feb 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Feb 20
Relationship: Family member
"A highly skilled and respected lawyer in the legal community.I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Feb 17
Relationship: Other
"Great attorney who works hard to get the best results for clients. I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Feb 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Top-notch attorney. Highly respected in the legal community."
Personal injury Attorney | Feb 11
Relationship: Other
"Mr. Ottem's Avvo answers are accurate, sensible, and demonstrate an understanding of the law coupled w/common sense. I recommend him."
Personal injury Attorney | Feb 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"A court commissioner with 22 years of experience practicing law is someone that has heard it all. Knowledge of both the law and procedure is excellent and evident in his pro bono contributions. Experience alone should give him a 10 rating which is soon to come. Do yourself a favor and schedule a consultation. KUDOS"
Personal injury Attorney | Jan 29
Relationship: Co-worker
"Sid is an incredibly dynamic and effective lawyer. He is high energy, oriented to customer-service and highly knowledgeable. Sid is an amazing addition to Brumback Law Group."
Unknown Attorney | Jan 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Great Personal Injury advocate!"
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