Pfau Cochran Vertetis Amala PLLC
911 Pacific Avenue
Suite 200 Tacoma, WA 98402
(253) 777-0799 www.pcvalaw.com
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.
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.
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
Law Fund, Board Member 2009-present Pierce County Bar Foundation, President, 2009 - 2010 Tacoma-Pierce County Bar Association, Volunteer Legal Services Committee, Chairman
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