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A native of Montana, I came to Spokane to attend Gonzaga University as an undergraduate.  As a skier, golfer, tennis player and eventually as a husband and father, I have learned what a great area we live in.  My practice has grown and changed, from a general practice doing everything from real estate closings, adoptions and family law, to a very specialized practice, with experience in and emphasis on catastrophic injury, product liability, medical negligence and complex commercial litigation.

After more than 27 years of practice, I have had the opportunity to be in front of Judges in the State of Washington's District Court, Superior Court, Court of Appeals and Supreme Court, as well as Idaho's District Court and the Supreme Court of Idaho.  I have also appeared in numerous pre-litigation screening panels in Idaho, before the Washington Medical Quality Assurance Commission, and before a variety of Administrative Law Judges in cases involving allegations of safety violations, industrial injury and social security disability.

The increased use of mediation and arbitration during my career has also provided the opportunity to be an advocate in both arenas, as well as chances to act as both a mediator and an arbitrator.  My clients get the highly qualified and deeply committed advocacy they deserve, every day.



Contact info

Layman Law Firm, PLLP

601 South Division Street
Spokane, WA, 99202-1335

Practice areas


  1. Litigation: 50%
    33 years
  2. Business: 20%
    20 years
  3. Insurance: 20%
    32 years
  4. Employment: 10%
    17 years



Contingent (25-45%)

Attorney endorsements

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  • Ryan R McNeice

    I have had the opportunity to work with Mr. Fennessy as opposing counsel on a recent matter; on a professional board; and have attended a CLE where Mr. Fennessy was the speaker. Tim is an innovative and knowledgeable attorney and is consistently professional in all matters. I have sincerely enjoyed working with Tim.


    Ryan McNeice Litigation Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • Joseph Anthony Blumel III

    I have known Tim for more than 20 years and he is one of the best trial lawyers in our community. Tim is known for going the distance for his clients. I have and will continue to use Tim as a referral source.


    Joseph Blumel Personal injury Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Award nameGrantorDate granted
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2015
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2014
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2013
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2012
Super LawyerWashington Law & Politics Magazine2011
Top Lawyer's of 2011Spokane Coeur d'Alene Living Magazine2011
Spokane's Top Lawyers 2010Spokane Coeur d'Alene Living Magazine2010
Spokane's Top Lawyers 2009Spokane Coeur D'Alene Living Magazine2009
Spokane's Top 100 LawyersCoeur d'Alene/Spokane Living Magazine2008
Presidential ScholarshipGonzaga University School of Law1980
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneyLayman Law Firm, PLLP2010 - Present
PrincipalDunn & Black, P.S.2006 - 2010
ShareholderEymann Allison Fennessy Hunter Jones, P.S.2000 - 2006
PartnerLayman, Layman & Fennessy1995 - 2000
AssociateD. E. McKelvey, Jr., P.S.1985 - 1995
Association namePosition nameDuration
Gonzaga School of Law, Alumni AssociationExecutive Committee2009 - Present
Associated General ContractorsMember2007 - Present
Associated Builders and ContractorsMember2007 - Present
Gonzaga University School of Law Board of AdvisorsMember2005 - Present
Washington State Trial Lawyers AssociationMember1986 - Present
Spokane County Bar AssociationMember1983 - Present
Washington State Bar AssociationMember1983 - Present
Trial Lawyers for Public JusticeMember2002 - 2006
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Coffield v. State of Washington Dept. of TransportationPlaintiff verdict in excess of $725,000
Bernard Baxley v. Empire Health Services d/b/a Deaconess Medical CenterBinding Arbitration (Confidential)
Tincani v. Walk in the Wild ZooPlaintiff's verdict with some comparitive fault
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Publication nameTitleDate
Sterling Education Services, Inc.Employment Arbitration and Mediation Agreements2009
Plaintiff's Personal Injury: Practice Tips and ApplicationStatutes Which Affect Liability Evaluation2006
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Gonzaga University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1983
Gonzaga UniversityPolitical ScienceBA - Bachelor of Arts1979
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Mechanics of Washington Civil ProcedureOverview of the Court System and Discovery2010
Fundamentals of Employment LawSexual, Racial and Other Harassment in the Workplace2009
Evidence and Expert Testimony Best PracticesEthics, Evidence & Experts; Evidence, Experts & Hearsay2009
Employment Law UpdateEmployment Arbitration and Mediation Agreements: Mandatory vs. Voluntary2009
Employment Law Update in WashingtonHot Topics: The Latest Interpretations of Current Employment Law2007
December Ethics SeminarChairperson and Moderator2007
Recent Developments in Employment LawPrivacy in the Workplace and Conducting an Internal Investigation2006
Recent Developments in Employment LawImmigration and Employment Law2006
Annual Insurance Law SeminarInsurance Bad Faith2006
Trial of the CasePlaintiff's Perspective1996
Premises Liability: Preparation and Trial in WA.Ethics, Proof Problems & Practical Pointers1995
Essentials of EvidenceUse of Documentary Evidence1994
Annual Tort Law UpdateUpdate Professional Liability1994
Essentials of EvidenceEvidence1993