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Tom Evans

Tom Evans

We are not suits. Clients are our friends. We fight for them. No matter what.
  • Maritime Law
  • Washington
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Tom knows this industry and knows how to get a case resolved for top dollar, whether that is pre-lawsuit or in litigation.
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Summary

Picking the wrong maritime lawyer can be like drowning in a bath tub of salt water.But salt water runs through my veins. Being born in Seattle, My first salt water job as a longshoreman and ILWU membership starting at age 16. This was long before containerization and when longshoreman carried steel hooks for grabbing boxes, and the entire waterfront was controlled by the ILWU. I walked picket lines during strikes and learned what living without a wage means.I beame a lawyer after seeing what employer union busting looked like and how marine employers out-gunned and out lawyerd workers in negotiations. I worked my way through law school, made law review and was fortunate enough to work briefly with Senator Warren Magnuson, chair of the U.S. Senate Commerce Committee. When it became time to start a private practice I went back to my saltwater roots and started by representing persons working on huge factory trawler boats just as the Bering Sea bottom fish industry was starting. All of the fish companies were treating processors, below deck workers, and about every position except in the wheelhouse, as non-seaman unentitled to the benefits of Federal Law, Jones Act and General Maritime law. So, I brought suit in District Court, Donna Wells v. Artic Alaska and won a ruling, regardless of their work status, a maritime worker contributing to the mission and function of a vessel, including processors etc.are protected by Fedderal law and to be treated as seamen.This resulted in benefits to thousands of workers who had little to no benefits for injury, except occasionally workers comp. Years later I brought and won a class action on behalf of some 8,000 Alaska workers compensation workers who were actually Federal seamen
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I am the founding partner of INJURY AT SEA, we only do maritime injury. I have personally practiced maritime injury law for over 43 years. For me, its all about and only about helping an individual. We are not suits looking for the next big brag.

Practice Area
  • Maritime Law
Fees
  • Free Consultation
    We are available, toll free, 24/7 by phone ( 1 800 SEASALT)(1-800-7327258) or personal cell: 1-206-499-8000, or email tom@maritimeinjury.com kelsey@maritimeinjury.com for free no charge, consultation. If you would like a preliminary investigation into your case before committing to retainer contract, we will do that as well for appropriate cases. For more information check out our web sites at: maritimeinjury.com injuryatsea.com
  • Contingent Fees
    Our fees are negotiable depending on the strength/weakness of the case and we are open to reduced fees for stronger cases.
  • Rates, Retainers and Additional Information
    We advance all costs necessary to pursue your case so at no time are you paying anything out of pocket. If your case requires bringing you to a courthouse or law office for legal proceedings those costs, including air travel, hotel stay, living expense are advanced by us as well. Same thing for medical exams or treatment if further testing, a better medical provider, or more sophisticated treatment is required.
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
Washington
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9th Circuit
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All State Courts in the Washington State
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U.S. Supreme Court
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Languages
  • English: Spoken, Written
  • French: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
Partner
Injury At Sea
Current
FOUNDING PARTNER
I FOUNDED INJURY AT SEA, STARTING 1982
Current
Education
University of Washington School of Law
J.D. (1973)
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Whitman College
B.A. (1970)
Honors: Phi Beta Kappa
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Awards
COMMITTEE CHAIR
STATE TRIAL LAWYERS ASSOCIATION - CHAIR 1998
Professional Associations
Washington State Bar
Member
Current
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American Trial Lawyers Association
Member
Current
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Washington State Trial Lawyers Association
Member
Current
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Maritime Lawyers Section of the State Trial Lawyers
Member
Current
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ALL ORGANIZATIONS ABOVE
- Current
Activities: CHAIR, MARITIME LAW PRACTICE SECTION STATE TRIAL LAWYERS ASSN' 1998
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Publications
Articles & Publications
Court Sinks Fishboat From Hell
Washington State Trial News
Speaking Engagements
Vessel Arrest In Washington , WSTLA , Seattle
Trial Lawyers
Practical aspects of vessel arrest in U.S.D.C. including methods, costs, releases.
Certifications
Maritime Law - Section Chair
WSTLA/WSAJ
WSTLA/WASJ
Washington State Bar Association
Websites & Blogs
Website
Tom Evans' Website Profile
Website
Injury at Sea Website
Blog
Maritime Injury Lawyer Blog
Legal Answers
8 Questions Answered

Q. can a co-owner of a boat be liable to another co-owner of a boat after one sustains an injury?
A: Yes. But it depends on the circumstances. Both the nature of the agreement for co ownership and the circumstances regarding the injury may lead to liability of the uninvolved co owner. First if the co ownership is by written agreement carefully review that agreement. Second and assuming this is not a Jones Act General maritime matter where an employer employee relationship is involved then the facts regarding how when where the accident occurred are much more important. If you had no role in how the accident came about likely your risk of liability will be less. But if you had any part in how the accident occurred including failure to properly maintain the boat you may be at risk. Regardless if you co owner is found liable and a judgment entered against him her your co owners joint interest might be subject to levy or execution.
Q. How are you able to confirm a court is operating under Maritime Law(dry dock) and not Constitutional?
A: More information is necessary to answer this question. “Maritime Law” includes admiralty within the US constitution. In order to answer this question the facts circumstances legal proceedings information is required.
Q. Can I file a lawsuit against someone for calling me a “lazy sod”?
A: Was any of this due to your being a minority of some sort - race color creed personal orientation? If so you may be able to make a civil rights claim. Otherwise you are left with defamation which likely tequire much more harm.
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Contact & Map
Injury At Sea
Seattle, WA
4020 E Madison St
#210
Seattle, WA 98112
Toll-Free: (800) 732-7258
Fax: (206) 527-0725
Injury At Sea
Tacoma, WA
3639 N Pearl St
Tacoma, WA 98407
Toll-Free: (800) 732-7258
Fax: (206) 527-0725
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