Andy has been a lawyer approximately 31 years. A former prosecutor and insurance defense attorney, for the past 15
years Andy has solely represented persons with substantial injury and damage claims. Martindale-Hubbell, the worldwide information resource
for the legal profession, has given Andy its highest rating (AV) for Legal Ability and Ethical Standards.
Raised in Southern California, Andy attended the University of California at Los Angeles, where he quickly became a
diehard Bruin fan. (He also roots for both the Huskies and the Cougars, which non-natives in Washington are allowed to do.) Andy graduated in
1974 with a B.S. degree and departmental honors in Political Science. He received his law degree three years later from Loyola University
School of Law in Los Angeles.
After passing the California bar, Andy began working in early 1978 for the Orange County District Attorney. A
prosecutor for five and a half years, he investigated and filed new criminal cases, represented the State at countless hearings, negotiated
with defense attorneys, and took those cases to trial that could not be resolved. During this span of time, Andy had more jury trials than
most attorneys have in their lifetime. Since it was essentially his office, to this day he feels very at ease in the courtroom.
Andy later decided to leave government work for the challenges of private practice. After a short stint in the Newport
Beach office of a large San Francisco-based law firm, in early 1984 he accepted a position with a civil litigation firm (then known as
Tuverson & Hillyard) that represented insurance companies and their insureds. For the next four and a half years, Andy defended numerous
lawsuits involving tort claims for, among other things, wrongful death, products liability, and premises liability. When he first joined this
firm, Andy was the fourth lawyer in its Orange County office and the ninth overall. Through hard work and superior results, he became a
partner in only three years and contributed to the firm’s substantial and rapid growth. When Andy resigned in August 1988, he was the number
two partner in the 17-attorney Orange County office, and overall the number five partner in a 45-attorney firm with offices in four counties.
While vacationing in the Puget Sound area, Andy discovered where he should have been born. After passing another bar exam,
he left his thriving practice amid the hazy (but boring) sunshine of Southern California to relocate with his family to Bainbridge Island, a
35-minute ferry ride from downtown Seattle. Andy has been a contented ferry commuter since September 1988.
For a little over four years, Andy continued his insurance defense practice. Depending on one’s perspective, he either left
or went to “The Dark Side” in January 1993, and has limited his practice ever since to the representation of injured persons. Initially, Andy
joined a small, established plaintiff’s personal injury firm (formerly Pence & Dawson) and contributed significantly to its reputation for
competence and quality. When the firm dissolved in 2004, he opened his own law office where he continues to represent clients with substantial
injury and damage claims. Andy is pleased to report that he still gets along fine with the new management.
Licenses and Memberships
Andy is licensed to practice law in the states of California and Washington, and in federal court for the Western
District of Washington. He also belongs to the following groups:
Washington State Bar Association.
King County Bar Association.
Washington State Association for Justice.
American Association for Justice.
California State Bar Association.
Andy is the proud father of Kathryn, who will soon start studying for her M.A. degree in Public Health at the
University of Washington, and Andrew, who recently graduated from Central Washington University in Ellensburg with a degree in Information
Technology. Besides being a Wildcat, Andrew is also a Bruins fan – though much more “fair weather” than his dad.
Writing is one of Andy’s passions. Since 1992, Andy has written an entertaining and informative legal column for the
Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce. He also is a regular contributor to Trial News, which is published monthly by WSAJ. [see
Publications page] Time permitting, Andy also enjoys whacking a golf ball around – even if it rarely goes