Thomas B. Vertetis
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., 1997
University of San Diego, B.A., 1994
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, Washington State Association for Justice, 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)
- $5,425,000 auto accident settlement for a client struck by a motor vehicle and suffered serious injury.
- $5,000,000 auto accident settlement for a client struck by a motor vehicle and suffered serious permanent injury.
- $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.
- $1,250,000 medical malpractice settlement on behalf of widow for the wrongful death of his wife who was left unattended in ICU and suffered a heart attack and died.
- $1,200,000 medical malpractice wrongful death settlement for widower whose wife died of heart attack due to delayed diagnosis during admission to hospital.
- $1,000,000 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.