Tacoma attorney, 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, wrongful death, medical malpractice, school liability, and civil rights claims.
As a trial attorney Tom has tried in excess of 45 cases to juries and obtained plaintiff’s verdicts in diverse cases including 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 $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. Recently, Tom was nominated to the “Top 40 under 40 in Washington” by the National Trial Lawyers Association. Tom sits as a board member on Washington’s Law Fund and is the immediate past president of the Pierce County Bar Foundation. 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 is also 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.
Villanova University School of Law, J.D., 1994
University of San Diego, B.A., 1987
United States Supreme Court
United States Court of Appeals 9th Circuit
U.S. District Court Western District of Washington
U.S. District Court Eastern District of Washington
Washington State Association for Justice
American Bar Association
Tacoma-Pierce County Bar Association
King County Bar Association
Selected to “Super Lawyers,” Washington Law & Politics Magazine, 2010-current
“Top 100 Lawyer in Washington,” Washington Law & Politics, 2014-current
“AV-Rated,” Martindale Hubbell Peer Review Ratings, 2012-current
“Superb Rated”, avvo.com, 2012-current
“2016 Top 100 Civil Plaintiff Lawyer,” The National Trial Lawyers
Recipient, Washington State Bar Association “Local Hero Award.”
Recipient, National Association of Legal Secretaries, Pierce County “Boss of the Year.”
Co-Recipient, Tacoma-Pierce County Bar Association “Pro Bono Award.”
Chapter author, WSAJ Medical Negligence Deskbook
WSAJ Medical Negligence Deskbook, WSAJ, 2016
Routinely Invited lecturer, WSBA and WSAJ CLE courses
Corey v. Pierce County, 154 Wn. App. 752, 225 P.3d 367 (2010)
Payne v. Peninsula Sch. Dist., 653 F.3d 863 (9th Cir. 2011)