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After graduating from Whitman College with a Bachelors Degree in English in 1976, Debi taught in a secondary school in Kenya, East Africa for two years. From 1988 through 1994 I taught English as a Second Language to adults at Walla Walla Community College.

I worked, first as a paralegal, and now as an attorney, in personal injury law since 1994. She completed Washington State Law Clerk Program in 2002, then took and passed the Washington State Bar Examination in July of that year. Debi has practiced exclusively in the personal injury field since being sworn in as an attorney in November, 2002. On January 1, 2006, she co-founded Willis & Toews, PLLC, with Monte Willis.

I was a presenter on “Bicycles: Risks and Rights” on representing injured bicyclists and on bicycle law in Washington at a Continuing Legal Education seminar for other attorneys at the Washington Association for Justice “Transportation Torts” Seminar in September, 2008.

I have also testified in both the Washington State House and Senate Transportation Committees on bicycle and pedestrian safety issues several times.  She is currently a member of the Bicycle Alliance of Washington and is a member of their Legislative Committee. A summary of bicycle laws can be found on their website here.

In 2006 I won a “Hometown Hero” award from the Blue Mountain Chapter of the American Red Cross for her work in Public Safety.  In 2005, I was awarded the Washington State Susie Stephens Award for Bicycle Advocacy on behalf of her successful efforts to get the Safe Passing Law passed in Washington state.

I am an avid cyclist, enjoys reading a wide variety of books, and is involved in both church and community activities as a volunteer. I volunteer with the Whitman Cycling Team.

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Practice areas


  1. Personal Injury: 90%
    14 years
  2. Wrongful Death: 5%
    14 years
  3. Insurance: 4%
    14 years
  4. Motorcycle Accident: 1%



Contingent (33-40%)

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  • Sunshine Morning Bradshaw

    A dedicated, hard-working attorney who will go to the mat for her clients. Endorsed!


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  • Deborah M Nelson

    There are many qualities that good lawyers have - intelligence, compassion, tenacity, and the desire to constantly hone their skills and keep up to date on the latest techniques, laws, and trends in the legal world. Debi has all of these qualities and more. She is an excellent advocate for her clients.


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Contact info

Willis & Toews PLLC

30 West Main Street Suite 201
P.O. Box 2195
Walla Walla, WA, 99362-2872


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Award nameGrantorDate granted
Hometown HeroRed Cross of Walla Walla County2005
Award for Bicycle AdvocacyBike Alliance of Washington2005
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerWillis & Toews PLLC2006 - Present
AttorneyHess Law Office2002 - 2006
Association namePosition nameDuration
Washington State Trial Lawyers AssociationMemberN/A
Walla Walla County Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Washington State Bar AssociationMemberN/A
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Washington State Bar Law Clerk ProgramLawN/A2001
Whitman CollegeEnglishBA - Bachelor of Arts1976
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Transportation Committee HearingSafe Passing Bill, SB 55642013
Transportation Torts: Planes, Trains & AutomobilesBicycle Law2008
Washington State LegislatureBicycle Safe Passing Law2005