Thomas B. Vertetis
Managing Partner

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Education

  • Villanova University School of Law, Villanova, Pennsylvania
    • J.D. - 1997
    • Honors: Member, Moot Court Team
    • Honors: Semi-finalist 1996 National Tax Moot Court Competition, Tampa Florida
  • University of San Diego
    • B.B.A. - 1994
    • Honors: cum laude
    • Honors: Alcala Award Recipient, 1994
    • Honors: Student Body President, 1994
    • Honors: With Honors
    • Major: Business Economics

Honors

  • American Board of Trial Attorneys (ABOTA), Washington Trial Lawyer of the Year, 2019
  • Top 100 Lawyer in Washington, Washington Law & Politics, 2015-present
  • Super Lawyers, Washington Law & Politics Magazine, 2013-present
  • "AV-Rated", Martindale Hubbell Peer Review Rating, 2012-2020
  • "Superb Rated", avvo.com Peer Review Rating, 2012-2020
  • Co-Recipient, Tacoma Pierce County Bar Association Pro Bono Award, 2002
  • Recipient, Peter Perlman Service Award, Litigation Counsel of America
  • "Boss of the Year," National Association of Legal Secretaries of Pierce County, 2008

Bar Admissions

  • Washington
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Washington
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Washington
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • Oregon
  • New Jersey

Biography

Tom Vertetis is a trial lawyer with a passionate commitment to assisting those in need of help. Prior to law school, Tom was committed to his community by serving as the Student Body President at the University of San Diego, where he graduated with honors. He earned his law degree from Villanova University School of Law. After completing a clerkship with the Honorable Jane B. Cantor of the New Jersey Superior Court, he served as an assistant prosecutor in New Jersey prosecuting hundreds of criminal matters on behalf of injured victims.

Tom primarily represents injured victims in complex personal injury, including medical malpractice, wrongful death, sexual abuse, school liability, and civil rights claims.

As a trial attorney, Tom has tried in excess of 50 cases to juries and obtained plaintiff's verdicts in diverse cases including a $13.95 million medical malpractice jury verdict for a 22 year old client who suffered a catastrophic embolic stroke during an elective cardiac catheterization, a $4.5 million jury verdict in federal court for a 19 year old Amtrak passenger seriously injured following the train’s derailment, a $3.075 million jury verdict for the wrongful termination and defamation of a 20-year decorated senior county prosecutor, a $1 million medical malpractice verdict against a surgeon for an improper bladder laceration post-hysterectomy, a $1.4 million verdict against the State of Washington for unlawful conduct against a local business, and a $776,400 medical malpractice verdict for a nineteen year-old woman who suffered permanent injuries from a mistreated fracture to her right arm. He has also successfully resolved many important lawsuits short of trial including one of the largest dental malpractice settlements in the State of Washington for a client left with partial permanent facial paralysis after an over-injection of dental anesthetic, a $12.5 million medical malpractice settlement for an infant left with birth injuries due to a negligent delivery, a $5.425 million settlement for a client struck by a motor vehicle that suffered permanent injury and a $3.4 million medical malpractice settlement for a client that suffered a permanent brain injury as a result of a complication during a cardiac catheterization.

Tom has been consistently recognized as a "Super Lawyer" by Washington Law & Politics, a recognition bestowed upon only 5% of eligible attorneys each year in the state. Since 2014, he has been recognized as a "Top 100" lawyer in Washington by Washington Law and Politics. Tom has achieved an "AV" peer rating, the highest rating available for legal ability and ethical standards, by Martindale Hubbell. He has been rated as "superb" by avvo.com. Tom was nominated to the "Top 40 under 40 in Washington" by the National Trial Lawyers Association. Tom sits as the vice-president and board member on Washington's Campaign for Equal Justice and is a past president of the Pierce County Bar Foundation. Recently, Tom was named a Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America, a trial lawyer honorary society where fellowship is by invitation only and is limited to less than one-half of one percent of American lawyers. He has previously been awarded the "Local Hero Award" by the Washington State Bar Association, the coveted "Boss of the Year" award by the Pierce County National Association of Legal Professionals and the "Pro Bono Award" by the Pierce County Bar Association.

Tom's eldest child has autism. He is a strong advocate and champion for disabled children. He currently serves on the Board of Ashley House, a South Sound care provider for medically fragile children, and has served on the Board of the Academy of Precision Learning, an inclusive Seattle K-12 school which provides educational services to both typical developing and students on the autism spectrum. He also supports Autism awareness and is a regular emcee for the University of Washington Experimental Education Unit's annual auction.

Tom married his college sweetheart, Jennifer, and has three children: Peter, Mary and Glorian.

Professional Associations

  • Washington State Association for Justice
  • American Bar Association
  • Tacoma-Pierce County Bar Association
  • King County Bar Association
  • American Board of Trial Advocates, Associate
  • International Society of Barristers, Fellow
  • Litigation Counsel of America, Fellow
  • American Bar Association, 1997
  • Washington State Association of Justice, Member, 2004
  • WSAJ, Medical Negligence, Section Chair, 2017 to 2020
  • Campaign for Equal Justice, Board of Directors, Vice-President

Representative Cases

  • $13,950,000 medical malpractice jury verdict for a 22 year old client who suffered a catastrophic embolic stroke during an elective cardiac catheterization.
  • $12,500,000 medical malpractice settlement for an infant left with birth injuries due to a negligent delivery.
  • $5,425,000 auto accident settlement for a client struck by a motor vehicle and suffered a serious injury.
  • $5,000,000 auto accident settlement for a client struck by a motor vehicle and suffered a serious permanent injury.
  • • $4,500,000 personal injury verdict in federal court for a 19 year old Amtrak passenger seriously injured following the train’s derailment
  • $4,000,000 medical malpractice settlement for client who suffered post surgical stroke resulting in kidney transplant.
  • $3,500,000 medical malpractice settlement for an 84 year old woman who suffered severe post-operative complications.
  • $3,400,000 medical malpractice settlement for a client that suffered a permanent brain injury as a result of a complication during a cardiac catheterization.
  • $3,075,000 jury verdict for the wrongful termination and defamation of a 20-year decorated senior county prosecutor.
  • $2,000,000 medical malpractice settlement for client that suffered partial bilateral blindness due to delayed diagnoses of increased intracranial pressures that damaged his optic nerves.
  • $1,500,000 physical abuse settlement against DSHS for minor who suffered serious injuries due to CPS failure to intervene and investigate child abuser.
  • $1,500,000 auto accident jury verdict for the wrongful death of a college graduate student who died instantly as a result of a high impact rear-end collision.
  • $1,475,000 medical malpractice settlement for client who suffered permanent cervical injury due to delayed diagnosis of fractured vertebrae.
  • $1,400,000 jury verdict for family-owned business against the State of Washington for unlawful conduct against a local business.
  • $1,300,000 personal injury settlement for client who suffered major burns of 30% of her body when she tripped carrying a large pot of hot oil.
  • $1,200,000 medical malpractice wrongful death settlement for widower whose wife died of heart attack due to delayed diagnosis during admission to hospital.
  • $1,200,000 medical malpractice settlement for client with incorrect cancer diagnosis resulting in a permanent colostomy
  • $1,000,000 medical malpractice settlement for a client that suffered neurological deficits following a failure of a radiologist to diagnose an aneurysm.
  • $1,000,000 medical malpractice settlement against psychologist for failure to properly treat mentally ill patient who killed an innocent bystander.
  • $1,000,000 medical malpractice verdict against a surgeon for an improper bladder laceration post-hysterectomy.
  • $1,000,000 medical malpractice wrongful death settlement for widow whose husband died due to delayed diagnosis of acute leukemia.
  • $1,000,000 personal injury settlement for client who suffered serious permanent dominant hand nerve injury limiting his future use and employability in his profession.
  • $900,000 medical malpractice settlement for client who suffered irreversible kidney damage following delayed diagnosis of kidney disease (RPGN).
  • $850,000 medical malpractice wrongful death settlement for widow whose husband died due to equipment malfunction and delayed transport to appropriate hospital.
  • $776,400 medical malpractice verdict for a nineteen year-old client who suffered permanent injuries from a mistreated fracture to her non-dominant arm.
  • $750,000 medical malpractice settlement for client who suffered partial permanent deficits following complication from neurosurgical procedure.
  • $750,000 serious injury settlement for a couple who suffered physical and cognitive impairments due to prolonged exposure to phosgene from a defective propane tank.
  • $300,000 civil rights verdict for a high school student with autism who was serially bullied and harassed by a group of students, despite repeated notice the school district failed to stop the harassment and conduct resulting in long-term psychological injury to the minor.

Pro-Bono Activities

  • Pierce County Bar Foundation, President, 2009 to 2010
  • Campaign for Equal Justice, Board of Directors, Vice-President, 2019 to Present
  • Board of Directors, Ashley House for Medically Fragile Children , 2009 to Present
  • Friends of the University of Washington Experimental Education Unit, Member, 2011 to Present
  • University of Washington Autism Center & Experimental Education Unit, Advisory and Fund Raising Board Member, 2004 to 2005
  • Tacoma Pierce County Bar Association, Volunteer Services/Pro Bono Committee, Chair, 2002 to 2003
  • Board of Directors, The Academy of Precision Learning
  • University of Washington Experimental Education Unit, Annual Auction, Emcee
  • Appointed as Western District of Washington, 9th Circuit Lawyer Representative
  • Federal Bar Association, Western District of Washington, Trustee , 2020 to Present

Classes & Seminars

  • Regularly Scheduled Speaker, Trial Practice, Medical Malpractice and Evidence, CLE Seminars
  • Lecturer, WSBA CLE Courses
  • Lecturer, WSAJ CLE Courses
  • Weekly Tutor, McCarver Elementary School - Werlin Reading Program
  • Speaker, WSAJ Annual Convention 2019, 09/20/2019
  • Speaker, "Don't Let Your Case Drive You", WSAJ, 12/14/2018
  • Presenter, "Damages in Personal Injury", National Business Institute CLE, 09/28/2012
  • Faculty, "Civil Procedure and Judicial Review Outside of Trial", National Business Institute Seminar, 09/30/2011

Published Works

  • Chapter Author, WSAJ Medical Negligence Deskbook, Washington State Association for Justice, 2016

Past Positions

  • Western District of Washington Ninth Circuit, Lawyer Representative, 2016 to 2019
  • Honorable Jane B. Cantor of the New Jersey Superior Court, Clerk
  • New Jersey, Assistant Prosecutor