Background Information about Thomas E. Gates, Esq., P.E., F.A.S.C.E.

Thomas E. Gates has served the people of his community not only in law, but has served politically for two terms on the City Council and Mayor for the City of Richland. He is dedicated to serving the people of Washington, and was the King County Bar associations Volunteer Legal Services Attorney of the year in 2004. He has repeatedly been identified as a rising star by the Washington Super Lawyers. His areas of expertise are in estate planning and probate, personal injury, and small business.

  • Attorney
  • Licensed Professional Engineer – Civil

Contact

Phone: (253) 332 7899 | Email: tegates@gates-law.com

Legal Field Experience

  • Estate Planning – Wills, Power of Attorney, Trusts
  • Probate
  • Personal Injury
  • Small Business & Nonprofit
  • Misdemeanor, Felony, and DUI
  • Civil Litigation

Professional Development

Bar Admissions:

  • Washington State, 2003

U.S. District Court

  • Western District of Washington, 2012

Profession Engineer

  • Washington, Kansas, Alaska

Education:

  • Seattle University School of Law, 2001 J.D.
  • Kansas State University, Civil Engineering, 1981 M.S.
  • Kansas State University, Civil Engineering, 1979, B.S.

Current & Past Memberships:

  • Washington State Bar Association
  • King County Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • American Society of Civil Engineers
  • South King County Estate Planning Council

Community Involvement:

  • KCBA’s Volunteer Legal Services
  • KCBA’s Neighborhood Legal Clinic

Other:

  • Fellow, American Society of Civil Engineers
  • Tom was elected to two terms on the Richland City Council and served as Mayor.
  • He has been active in community affairs, having served on the Richland Physical Planning Commission for 5½ years, 4 as Chairperson.
  • He was elected to two terms as a Director, Association of Washington Cities.
  • He served as Chairperson of the Washington State Solid Waste Advisory Committee.
  • He is a member of Saint Vincent DePaul Church in Federal Way and has served as a Eucharistic Minister.

Honors:

  • 2017 American Top 100 Attorneys, Lifetime Achievement
  • 2016 National Academy of Personal Injury Attorneys, Top 10 Under 40 Award
  • 2015 American Academy of Trial Attorneys, Premier 100 Trial Attorneys
  • 2015 Preeminent 5.0 out of 5, Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2014 National Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys, Top 10 Under 40 Award
  • 2014 National Ranked Top 10 Under 40 Attorney Award, National Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys
  • 2012 – 2013 Rising Star, Washington Super Lawyers
  • 2004 KCBA’s Volunteer Legal Services’ Attorney of the Year
  • 1997, 2013-2015 Marquis Who’s Who in America
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Hours of Operation

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
8:30am to 5pm 8:30am to 5pm 8:30am to 5pm 8:30am to 5pm 8:30am to 5pm
Weekend and Evening hours available upon request.