What is a Lawyer?

law·yer

noun \?l?-y?r, ?l?i-?r\

 

Definition of LAWYER : “one whose profession is to conduct lawsuits for clients or to advise as to legal rights and obligations in other matters.” ~ Merriam Webster

Lawyer. Attorney. Barrister. Legal Eagle. Council. Solicitor. Advocate. Regardless of what you call them, lawyers are an essential part of our day-to-day lives. So many of our life experiences require the skill of a quality lawyer to help us navigate the loopholes and uncertainties of the legal system. If you think lawyers are just for the big-wigs, or those with massive assets and holdings, guess again. From the king of the castle to the worker bee, nearly everyone has a need for an attorney.

Have you ever: written your will, planned your estate, negotiated a contract, opened a business, adopted a child, filed for bankruptcy, been sued, fought for custody of a child, filed a harassment claim, needed to be advised on a business issue or prepared business documents, gotten a DUI, set up a foundation to support a cause, needed to protect your intellectual property, purchased a rental property, been in a complicated real estate transaction….The list could go on for pages, but you get the point: lawyers are necessary in nearly every part of our lives.

Knowing the importance of these professionals, it only makes sense to make sure that you are working with the best. How to know though? Word of mouth is always a great place to start, but sometimes it helps to have something that quantifies your choice. That’s where our Top Lawyer list comes in to play. This year, we again turned to Avvo, a Seattle-based company that rates and profiles dental, legal and medical professionals. Avvo’s proprietary algorithm rates all attorneys on a 10-point scale, factoring in peer endorsements as well as experience, education, training, speaking, publishing and awards. These dynamic ratings are regularly refreshed based on new information gleaned from attorneys as well as from licensing and disciplinary authorities.

 

While the list in the pages that follow is wide-ranging and carefully researched, many good attorneys don’t appear on the list. This reference is best used as just one step in the careful journey toward finding the attorney who is right for you.

(please note, the number to the right of their name is their Avvo rating.

 

Bankruptcy / Debt

Thomas Bassett, 10

K&L Gates

618 W Riverside Ave., Suite 300

Spokane, WA 99201

(509) 241-1538

www.klgates.com

 

Robert Hahn, 9.3

The Law Office of Robert C. Hahn, III

2906 N Argonne Rd/

Spokane Valley, WA 99212

(509) 921-9500

www.rhahn.com

 

Brett Sullivan, 10

Sullivan & Stromberg, PLLC

827 W 1ST Ave., Suite 425

Spokane, WA 99201

(509) 413-1004

www.sullivanstromberg.com

 

James Swapp, 9.6

Craig Swapp & Associates

16201 E. Indiana Ave., Suite 1900

Spokane, WA 99202

(801) 990-1919

www.craigswapp.com

 

 

 

Brain Injury

John Layman, 10

Layman Law Firm

1423 N GOVERNMENT WAY

COEUR D ALENE, IDAHO 83814

800-377-8883

www.laymanlawfirm.com/

 

 

 

Business

James Black, 10

Lukins & Annis

717 W Sprague Ave., Suite 1600

Spokane, WA 99201

(509) 623-2031

www.lukins.com

 

Christopher Crago, 10

Paine Hamblen

717 W Sprague Ave., Suite 1200

Spokane, WA 99201

(509) 455-6000

www.painehamblen.com

 

Robert Dunn, 10

Dunn & Black

111 N Post St., Suite 300,

Spokane, WA 99201

(509) 455-8711

www.dunnandblack.com

 

Timothy Fennessy, 10

Layman Law Firm

601 S Division St.

Spokane, WA 99202

(509) 455-8883

www.laymanlawfirm.com

 

Michael Franklin, 9.4

Lukins & Annis

717 W Sprague Ave., Suite 1600

Spokane, WA 99201

(509) 623-2049

www.lukins.com

 

Aaron Goforth, 9.5

Reed & Giesa, PS

222 N Wall St., Suite 410

Spokane, WA 99201

(509) 838-8341

www.reedgiesa.com

 

Carol Haugen, 9.2

Virtual Counsel,

505 W Riverside, Suite 500
Spokane, WA 99201

www.virtualcounselnw.com

 

Robin Haynes , 10

Reed & Giesa, PS

222 N Wall St., Suite 410

Spokane, WA 99201

(509) 838-8341

www.reedgiesa.com

 

Gregory Johnson, 10

Paine Hamblen

717 W Sprague Ave., Suite 1200

Spokane, WA 99201

(509) 455-6000

www.painehamblen.com

 

Kathryn McKinley, 10

McKinley Fossum, PS

528 E Spokane Falls Blvd., Suite 502

Spokane, WA 99202

(509) 324-9500

www.wolkeymckinley.com

 

Michael NienSuitedt, 10

Witherspoon Kelley

422 W Riverside Ave., Suite 1100

Spokane, WA 99201

(509) 624-5265

www.witherspoonkelley.com

 

Donald Querna , 10

Randall Danskin

601 W Riverside Ave., Suite 1500

Spokane, WA 99201

(509) 747-2052

www.randalldanskin.com

 

Eowen Rosentrater, 9.2

Law Office of Eowen S. Rosentrater, PLLC

108 N Washington St., Suite 402

Spokane, WA 99201

(509) 868-5389

www.eowenatlaw.com

 

Eric Sachtjen, 9.3

Workland Witherspoon

601 W Main Ave., Suite 714

Spokane, WA 99201

(509) 455-9077

www.workwith.com

 

Geoffrey Swindler, 9.7

Law Office of Geoffrey D. Swindler
103 E Indiana Ave., Suite A
Spokane, WA 99207

(509) 326-7700

www.swindlerlaw.com

 

Charles Van Marter, 9

Lukins & Annis

717 W Sprague Ave., Suite 1600

Spokane, WA 99201

(509) 623-2008

www.lukins.com

 

 

 

 

Child Custody

Glenn Tanner , 10

Glenn E. Tanner, Attorney at Law

901 N Adams St.

Spokane, WA 99201

(509) 244-6353

www.thecollaborativedivorce.com

 

 

 

Civil Rights

Jeffry Finer, 10

Jeffry K. Finer, PS

35 W Main Ave., Suite 300

Spokane, WA 99201

(509) 474-7611

www.finer-bering.com

 

Lawrence Kuznetz, 10

Powell, Kuznetz & Parker, PS

316 W Boone Ave., Suite 380

Spokane, WA 99201

(509) 455-4151

www.spokanelitigationlawyers.com

 

Susan Nelson, 10

Dunn & Black

111 N Post St., Suite 300

Spokane, WA 99201

(509) 455-8711

www.dunnandblack.com

 

 

 

Commercial

William Hyslop, 10

Lukins & Annis

717 W Sprague Ave., Suite 1600

Spokane, WA 99201

(509) 623-2020

www.lukins.com

 

David Kulisch, 9.6

Randall Danskin

601 W Riverside Ave., Suite 1500

Spokane, WA 99201

(509) 747-2052

www.randalldanskin.com

 

Kammi Smith, 9.6

Winston & Cashatt

601 W. Riverside Ave., Suite 1900
Spokane, WA 99201

(509) 838-6131

www.winstoncashatt.com

 

 

 

Contracts / Agreements

Wesley Mortensen, 10

Dunn & Black

111 N Post St., Suite 300

Spokane, WA 99201

(509) 455-8711

www.dunnandblack.com

 

 

 

Criminal Defense

Lewis Cooney, 9.5

Cooney Law Offices

910 W Garland Ave.

Spokane, WA 99205

(509) 326-2613

www.jcooney.com

 

Karen Lindholdt, 10

Karen Lindholdt, Attorney at Law

901 N Adams St. Delphi Building

Spokane, WA 99201

(509) 326-3502

www.KarenLindholdt.com

 

Gloria Ochoa, 9.7

Ochoa Law, PLLC

1528 W Carlisle Ave.

Spokane, WA 99205

(509) 328-3771

www.ochoa-law.com

 

Phillip Wetzel, 10

Phillip J. Wetzel, Attorney at Law

901 N Adams St.

Spokane, WA 99201

(509) 326-3502

 

 

 

Debt Collection

Patti Jo Foster, 10

Layman Law Firm

601 S Division St.

Spokane, WA 99202

(509) 455-8883

www.laymanlawfirm.com

 

 

 

Domestic Violence

Laurie Powers , 9

Gonzaga University Law School Center for Law in Public Service

PO Box 3528

Spokane, WA 99220

(509) 313-3688

www.law.gonzaga.edu

 

 

 

Elder Law

Patrick Johnson, 10

Patrick T. Johnson, Attorney at Law

1100 W Mallon Ave.

Spokane, WA 99260

(509) 477-2877

http://lawyers.law.cornell.edu/lawyer/patrick-t-johnson-jr-816539

 

Lynn St. Louis , 9.7

Lynn St. Louis Law Office, PLLC

207 W Nora Ave.

Spokane, WA 99205

(509) 468-0551

www.spokaneelderlaw.com

 

 

Employee Benefits

Timothy Quirk, 10

Pain Hamblen

717 W Sprague Avenue, Suite 1200

Spokane, WA 99201

(509) 455-6000

www.painehamblen.com

 

 

 

Employment / Labor

Mary Giannini, 9.9

Witherspoon Kelley

422 W. Riverside Avenue, Suite 1100
Spokane, WA 99201

(509) 624-5265

www.witherspoonkelley.com

 

Erin Jacobson, 9.6

Assistant City Attorney for the City of Spokane

808 W Spokane Falls Blvd.

Spokane, WA 99201

(509) 625-6225

 

Elizabeth Kennar, 9.6

Summit Law Group
10202 E. Ferret Dr.,

Spokane, WA 99206

(206) 676-7000

www.summitlaw.com

 

Thomas McLane, 10

Randall Danskin

601 W Riverside Ave., Suite 1500

Spokane, WA 99201

(509) 747-2052

www.randalldanskin.com

 

Ryan Yahne, 10

Winston Cashatt

601 W Riverside Ave., Suite 1900

Spokane, WA 99201

(509) 838-6131

www.winstoncashatt.com

 

 

 

 

Estate Planning

Angel Base, 10

Angel Base, Attorney at Law

1312 N Monroe St., Suite 117

Spokane, WA 99201

(509) 328-1773

 

K Connolly, 9.2

Witherspoon Kelley

422 W Riverside Ave., Suite 1100

Spokane, WA 99201

(509) 624-5265

www.witherspoonkelley.com

 

Patty Grossman, 9.9

Burke Law Group, PLLC

7307 N Division St., Suite 203

Spokane, WA 99208

(509) 466-7770

www.burkelg.com

 

Gair Petrie, 10

Randall Danskin

601 W Riverside Ave., Suite 1500

Spokane, WA 99201

(509) 455-6000

www.randalldanskin.com

 

 

 

Family

Teresa Border, 10

Border Law Firm

827 W 1st Ave., Suite 306

Spokane, WA 99201

(509) 599-2676

www.borderlawfirm.com

 

Julie Twyford, 10

Twyford Law Office

430 W Indiana Ave.

Spokane, WA 99205

(509) 327-0777

http://www.twyfordlaw.com

 

 

 

Foreclosure

Michael Paukert, 10

Paukert & Troppmann, PLLC

522 W Riverside Ave., Suite 560

Spokane, WA 99201

(509) 232-7760

www.paukertlawgroup.com

 

Spencer Stromberg, 10

Sullivan Stromberg, PLLC

827 W 1st Ave., Suite 425

Spokane, WA 99201

(509) 413-1004

www.sullivanstromberg.com

 

 

 

 

GAMING

Brian McClatchey, 10

K&L Gates

618 W Riverside Ave., Suite 300

Spokane, WA 99201

(509) 241-1538

www.klgates.com

 

 

 

Government Contracts

Robert Crick, 10

Robert Crick Law Firm, PLLC

421 W Riverside Ave., Suite 1555

Spokane, WA 99201

(509) 747-0977

www.cricklawfirm.com

 

John Guin, 9.2

Law Office of John H. Guin, PLLC

220 W Main Ave.

Spokane, WA 99201

(509) 747-5250

www.guinlaw.com

 

Nicholas Kovarik, 9.1

Dunn & Black

111 N Post St., Suite 300

Spokane, WA 99201

(509) 455-8711

www.dunnandblack.com

 

 

 

Guardianship

Mark Iverson, 10

Mark R Iverson, PS

921 W Broadway Ave., Suite 301

Spokane, WA 99201

(509) 462-3678

www.adoptionwa.com

 

 

 

Insurance

Ashley Richards, 9.1

Layman Law Firm

601 S Division St.

Spokane, WA 99202

(509) 455-8883

www.laymanlawfirm.com

 

 

 

Landlord / Tenant

James Studt, 10

James L. Studt, Attorney at Law

901 N Monroe St., Suite 356

Spokane, WA 99201

(509) 327-2549

www.StudtLaw.com

 

 

 

Lawsuits / Disputes

J Keyes, 10

K&L Gates

618 W Riverside Ave., Suite 300

Spokane, WA 99201

(509) 624-2100

www.klgates.com

 

John Nelson, 9.9

Foster Pepper, PLLC

422 W Riverside Ave., Suite 1310

Spokane, WA 99201

(509) 777-1604

www.foster.com

 

Kenneth Zigler, 9.5

Ken Zigler Jr., Attorney at Law

1304 W College Ave., Lower Level

Spokane, WA 99201

(509) 327-2000

www.ziglerlawoffice.com

 

 

 

Limited Liability Company (LLC)

Lisa Dickinson, 10

Dickinson Law Firm, PLLC

1320 N Atlantic, Suite B

Spokane, WA 99201

(509) 326-0636

www.dickinsonlawfirm.com

 

 

 

Litigation

Keller Allen, 10

Law Firm of Keller W. Allen, PC

4102 S Regal St., Suite 102

Spokane, WA 99223

(509) 777-2211

www.kellerallen.com

 

John Black, 10

Dunn & Black

111 N Post St., Suite 300

Spokane, WA 99201

(509) 455-8711

www.dunnandblack.com

 

Kevin Curtis, 10

Winston Cashatt

601 W Riverside Ave., Suite 1900

Spokane, WA 99201

(509) 838-6131

www.winstoncashatt.com

 

Carl Hueber, 10

Winston Cashatt

601 W Riverside Ave., Suite 1900

Spokane, WA 99201

(509) 838-6131

www.winstoncashatt.com

 

Thomas Jarrard, 9.5

Service Member Law

1020 N Washington St.

Spokane, WA 99201

(425) 239-7290

www.servicememberlaw.com

 

Jason Piskel, 10

Dunn & Black

111 N Post St., Suite 300

Spokane, WA 99201

(509) 455-8711

www.dunnandblack.com

 

Brian Rekofke, 10

Witherspoon Kelley

422 W. Riverside Ave., Suite 1100

Spokane, WA 99201

(509) 624-5265

www.witherspoonkelley.com

 

Kevin Roberts, 10

Dunn & Black

N 111 Post St., Suite 300

Spokane, WA 99201

(509) 455-8711

www.dunnandblack.com

 

Eric J. Roth, 9.8

Roth Law Offices

PO Box 511

Spokane, WA 99209

(509) 413-1000

 

William M. Symmes, 10

Witherspoon Kelley

422 W Riverside Ave., Suite 1100

Spokane, WA 99201

(509) 755-2026

www.witherspoonkelley.com

 

William D. Symmes, 9.1

Witherspoon Kelley

422 W Riverside Ave., Suite 1100

Spokane, WA 99201

(509) 624-5265

www.witherspoonkelley.com

 

Susan Troppmann, 10

Paukert Troppmann, PLLC

522 W Riverside Ave., Suite 560

Spokane, WA 99201

(509) 232-7760

www.paukertlawgroup.com

 

Michael Tucker, 10

Dunn & Black

111 N Post St., Suite 300

Spokane, WA 99201

(509) 455-8711

www.dunnandblack.com

 

Leslie Weatherhead, 9.5

Witherspoon Kelley

422 W Riverside Ave., Suite 1100

Spokane, WA 99201

(509) 624-5265

www.witherspoonkelley.com

 

Michelle Wolkey, 10

McKinley Fossum PS

528 E Spokane Falls Blvd., Suite 502

Spokane, WA 99202

(509) 324-9500

www.mckinleyfossum.com

 

 

 

Mediation

Frank Hoover, 9.2

Law Offices of Frank Hoover, PS

1402 W Broadway Ave.

Spokane, WA 99201

(509) 323-9595

www.frankhoover.com

 

Kenneth Kato, 9.2

Kenneth H. Kato, Attorney at Law

1020 N Washington St.

Spokane, WA 99201

(509) 220-2237

www.kennethkatolaw.com

 

 

 

 

Medical Malpractice

Ryan Beaudoin, 10

Witherspoon Kelley

422 W Riverside Ave., Suite 1100

Spokane, WA 99201

(509) 624-5265

www.witherspoonkelley.com

 

Edward Bruya, 10

Keefe Bowman & Bruya, PS

601 W Main Ave., Suite 1102

Spokane, WA 99201

(509) 624-8988

 

Patrick Cronin, 9.6

Winston Cashatt

601 W. Riverside, Suite 1900

Spokane, WA 99201

(509) 838-6131

www.winstoncashatt.com

 

James Domanico, 9.1

Crary, Clark & Domanico, PS

9417 E Trent Ave.

Spokane Valley, WA 99206

(509) 926-4900

www.ccdlaw.com

 

Richard Eymann, 10

Law Offices of Eymann Allison Hunter Jones

2208 W 2nd Ave.

Spokane, WA 99201

(509) 747-0101

www.eahjlaw.com

 

Patrick Fannin, 9.1

Fannin Litigation Group, PS

1312 N Monroe St.

Spokane, WA 99201

(509) 328-8204

www.fanninlaw.com

 

Stephen Haskell, 9.3

Stephen Haskell Law Offices, PLLC

222 N Wall St., Suite 402

Spokane, WA 99201

(509) 443-9909

www.haskellaw.com

 

Kathleen Paukert, 10

Paukert Troppmann

522 W Riverside Ave., Suite 560

Spokane, WA 99201

(509) 232-7760

www.paukertlawgroup.com

 

Mary Schultz, 10

Mary Schultz Law, PS

111 S Post St., Suite 2250

Spokane, WA 99201

(509) 458-2750

www.mschultz.com

 

 

 

Native Peoples Law

William Schroeder, 9.5

Paine Hamblen

717 W Sprague Ave., Suite 1200

Spokane, WA 99201

(509) 455-6000

www.painehamblen.com

 

 

 

Patent Application

Steven Bertone 9.5

K&L Gates

618 W RIVERSIDE AVE SUITE 300

Spokane, WA 99201

(509) 624-2100

www.klgates.com

 

Deepak Malhotra, 9.4

Malhotra Law Firm

PO Box 1433

Spokane, WA 99210

(509) 869-8289 |

www.patentsusa.com

 

 

 

Public Finance / Tax Exempt Finance

Jeffrey Nave, 10

Foster Pepper, PLLC

422 W Riverside Ave., Suite 1310

Spokane, WA 99201

(509) 777-1601

www.foster.com

 

 

 

Social Security

Thomas Doran , 9.4

Law Offices of Thomas L. Doran

1212 W Sharp Ave.

Spokane, WA 99201

(509) 777-0600

www.tdoranlaw.com

 

Michael Pontarolo, 10

Delay, Curran, Thompson, Pontarolo & Walker, PS

601 W Main Ave., Suite 1212

Spokane, WA 99201

(509) 455-9500

www.delayandcurran.com

 

Michael Thompson, 9.3

Michael G. Thompson, Attorney at Law, PLLC

1212 N Washington St., Suite 212

Spokane, WA 99201

(509) 328-2040

 

 

 

Speeding / Traffic Ticket

Jeremy Benson, 9.6

Benson Law Office, LLC

1312 N Monroe St.

Spokane, WA 99201

(509) 994-9787

www.bensonlawspokane.com

 

Scott Staab, 10

Andersen Staab, PLLC

1020 N Washington St.

Spokane, WA 99201

(509) 327-6100

www.staablaw.com

 

 

 

Trusts

Frederic Emry, 9.9

Paine Hambeln

717 W Sprague Ave., Suite 1200

Spokane, WA 99201

(509) 455-6000

www.painehamblen.com

 

Rial Moulton, 9.7

Moulton Law Offices

1220 N Mullan Rd.

Spokane Valley, WA 99206

(509) 328-2150

www.moultonlaw.com

 

Karen Sayre, 10

Sayre & Sayre, Attorneys at Law

201 W North River Dr., Suite 460

Spokane, WA 99201

(509) 325-7330

www.sayrelaw.com

 

Richard Sayre, 10

Sayre & Sayre, Attorneys at Law

201 W North River Dr., Suite 460

Spokane, WA 99201

(509) 325-7330

www.sayrelaw.com

 

 

 

Wills / Living Wills

William Buckholdt, 10

Randall Danskin

601 W Riverside Ave., Suite 1500

Spokane, WA 99201

(509) 747-2052

www.randalldanskin.com

 

Michael Gainer, 10

Michael J. Grainer, Attorney at Law

1320 N Atlantic St., Suite B

Spokane, WA 99201

(509) 456-4993

www.mikegainer.com

 

Levi Liljenquist, 9

Paine Hamblen

717 W Sprague Ave., Suite 1200

Spokane, WA 99201

(509) 455-6000

www.painehamblen.com

 

 

 

Wrongful Death

Breean Beggs, 10

Paukert Troppmann, PLLC

522 W Riverside Ave., Suite 560

Spokane, WA 99201

(509) 232-7760

www.paukertlawgroup.com

 

Dean Brett, 10

4400 NE 77th Ave., Suite 275

Vancouver, WA 98662

(800) 925-1875

http://www.WAinjury.com

 

Robert Crary, 10

Crary, Clark & Domanico, PS

9417 E Trent Ave.

Spokane Valley, WA 99206

(509) 926-4900

www.ccdlaw.com

 

Richard Lewis, 10

Richard E. Lewis, PS

421 W Riverside Ave., Suite 830

Spokane, WA 99201

(509) 838-4148

www.richardlewislaw.com

 

J Thompson, 10

Layman Law Firm

601 S Division St.

Spokane, WA 99202

(509) 455-8883

www.laymanlawfirm.com

 

Matthew Zuchetto, 10

The Scott Law Group, PS

926 W Sprague Ave., Suite 680

Spokane, WA 99201

(509) 455-3966

www.thescottlawgroup.com