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Tacoma Lawyer Thomas B. Vertetis

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Thomas Vertetis
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Tacoma, Washington
P: 253.777.0799
F: 253.627.0654
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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 40 cases to juries and obtained multiple plaintiff’s verdicts 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 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. In 2015, he was recognized as a “Top 100” lawyer in Washington by Washinton 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 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.

Education
  • Villanova University School of Law, J.D., 1994
  • University of San Diego, B.A., 1987
Admissions
  • United States Supreme Court
  • Washington
  • Pennsylvania (inactive)
  • New Jersey (inactive)
Associations
  • Washington State Trial Lawyers Association
  • American Bar Assn.
  • Tacoma-Pierce County Bar Assn.
  • King County Bar Assn.
Professional Recognition
  • Top 100 Attorneys by Washington Law & Politics (2015)
  • Selected to SuperLawyer list by Washington Law & Politics
  • Top 40 Under 40 of Washington, National Trial Lawyers Assn. (2012)
  • Local Hero Award, Washington State Bar Assn.
  • Pro Bono Award, TPCBA, 2002
  • Boss of the Year, Pierce County National Assn. of Legal Professionals
Professional Leadership
  • Law Fund, Board Member 2009-present
  • Pierce County Bar Foundation, President, 2009 – 2010
  • Tacoma-Pierce County Bar Association, Volunteer Legal Services Committee, Chairman
Community Involvement
  • Tutor at McCarver Elementary School – Werlin Reading Program, 2001-2010
  • University of Washington Autism Center and Experimental Education Unit, Volunteer
  • Ashley House, Board Member, 2013-present
Confidential v. Confidential

Confidential Cause No.: 2014
Recovered $1 million in a medical malpractice settlement for a 52 year old who presented to a local hospital with a suspected acute leukemia. The treating oncologist and hematologist failed to properly diagnose the subset of AML leukemia and initiate potentially life-saving protocol resulting in death and loss of chance.

Confidential v. Confidential

Confidential Cause No.: 2013
Recovered $3.4 million in a medical malpractice settlement for a neurologically devastated young man that suffered an intra-procedural complication during a cardiac catheterization. The client suffered a tear in a branch of the left pulmonary artery which was left untreated, which subsequently lead to hemorrhage and cardiac arrest.

Confidential v. Confidential

Cause No.:2013
Recovered a $437,500 in a medical malpractice settlement for an 85 year-old coastal resident who fell and broke his hip. He was taken to a hospital with complaints of lower extremity pain. No orthopedic consultation resulted. The defendant doctor referred the patient to a rehabilitation center, where, despite noting a leg length discrepancy, the physical therapists and other employees failed to refer the patient for further workup. The patient was then discharged home and died from complications relating to an undiagnosed, untreated hip fracture.

Confidential v. Confidential

Confidential Cause No.: 2012
Recovered $900,000 in a medical malpractice settlement for a 67 year old woman who presented to her primary care physician with acute signs of kidney disease. The treating physician and her pulmonologist failed to properly identify her acute onset of Wegener’s granulomatosis and refer her to a nephrologist for treatment. The patient suffered serious kidney damage and requires dialysis and possible transplantation.

Confidential v. Confidential

Confidential Cause No.: 2011
Recovered $330,000 in a medical malpractice settlement against an ophthalmologist for a 56 year old woman who suffered visual disturbances and night-time visual difficult following a failed multifocal lens procedure.

Confidential v. Confidential

Confidential Cause No.: 2011
Recovered $300,000 in a medical malpractice settlement against an oncologist for a 52 year old woman misdiagnosed with myelodysplasia, a pre-cursor to leukemia and underwent unnecessary treatment including chemotherapy medications.

Binns v. United States (USPS)

Federal Cause No.: 12-13-88 SEA
Recovered a $500,000 personal injury settlement for a 57 year old truck driver who required a C4-C7 fusion due to a workplace accident. The client was struck by a large metal container when a USPS employee recklessly drive a forklift into the area.

Corey v. Pierce County, et al.

King County Cause No.: 06-2-14647-6 KNT
Co-counsel to a $3.075 million jury verdict in King County for the wrongful termination and defamation of a 20-year decorated senior prosecutor from the Pierce County Prosecutor’s Office. The verdict was received after four weeks of trial.
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Drost v. Group Health Cooperative, et al.

Pierce County Cause No.: 07-2-09460-7
Recovered a $776,400 medical malpractice jury verdict in Pierce County on behalf of a nineteen year-old woman who suffered permanent and severe injuries from a mistreated distal radius fracture of her right forearm. The jury returned a verdict finding the medical providers were both negligent in their care and treatment and failed to provide informed consent.

Cogger v. Blakeney

Pierce County Cause No.: 06-2-12810-4
Co-counsel to a $1 million jury verdict in Pierce County for a medical malpractice claim against an OB/GYN arising from a failure to properly repair a bladder laceration after performing a hysterectomy.

Northern Oyster v. State of Washington, et al.

Pacific County Cause No.: 03-2-80472-5
Co-counsel to a $1.4 million jury verdict in Pacific County against the State of Washington for unlawful and tortious conduct that interfered with the client’s business expectations.

Estate of Haresnape v. Multicare Health System Inc., et als.

Pierce County Cause No.: 09-2-02766-2
Recovered a $400,000 medical malpractice verdict in Pierce County on behalf of a wife and children as a result of the health care provider’s failure to properly diagnose and treat their husband/father’s stage IV mucinous cancer. The defendant’s negligence deprived the family of aggressive chemotherapy options and approximately 3-18 months of future life expectancy.

Quincy Reynolds v. Franciscan Health Systems-West, et als.

Pierce County Cause No.: 09-2-12719-6
Represented an eighty-four (84) year old woman left with paraplegia and a resulting grade IV decubitus ulcer following post-operative complications and hypovolemic shock.  The matter reached settlement for a confidential amount.

Schimpf v Alderwood Manor

Spokane County Cause No.: 08-2-02988-8
Represented the estate of a seventy-four (74) year old woman in a wrongful death action stemming from nursing home neglect.  The matter was appealed to the Washington State Court of Appeals, Div III and subsequently settled for a confidential amount.

Figuration v. Hyder et als.

Pierce County Cause No.: 04-2-08394-5
Represented a six-year old boy left with permanent bilateral blindness after his pediatrician and ophthalmologist jointly failed to timely identify and treat an intracranial condition that caused optic nerve atrophy. The matter reached settlement for a confidential amount.

Harris v. Buttorff

Pierce County Cause No.: 05-2-04327-5
Recovered a confidential settlement in Pierce County against a vascular surgeon arising from surgery that resulted in client suffering partial permanent paralysis.

Confidential v. Confidential

Recovered one of the largest dental malpractice settlement in Washington on behalf of a client left with partial permanent facial paralysis after receiving an over injection of the dental anesthetic, Septocaine.

Estate of Yvonne Sanford v. UWMC

Pierce County Cause No.: 05-2-05069-7
Represented the husband and estate in a wrongful death action brought as a result of the hospital’s failure to properly monitor patient’s blood pressure which lead to an acute intracranial hemorrhage. The matter reached settlement prior to trial for a confidential amount.

Purdy Cost Less v. Hansen, et al.

Pierce County Cause No.: 05-2-04327-5
Successfully obtained verdict in Pierce County for local pharmacy against an employee involved in a theft ring designed to convert hundreds of thousands of dollars in pharmaceutical medications.

Estate of Nadia Van Rosendael v. Puyallup School District

Pierce County Cause No.: 03-2-80472-5
Represented parents and estate of student in wrongful death action brought as a result of failure of school district to enforce transportation policies. The matter reached settlement on the third day of trial for a confidential amount.

Estate of O’Neill v. Franciscan Health Systems

Pierce County Cause No.: 99-2-08048-9
Represented the wife, son and the estate of the father in a wrongful death action brought as a result of the hospital’s failure to properly supervise the patient admitted for psychiatric evaluation. The patient unilaterally left the facility and took his own life. The matter reached settlement for a confidential amount.

Thomas v. AtBest, et al.

Kitsap County Cause No.: 06-2-02064-4
Recovered a confidential settlement in Kitsap County for toxic exposure of hydrochloric and hydroflouric acid to clients which caused serious physical and cognitive impairments.

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