Legal/ Judicial Experience: Admitted to the bar of the State of Washington, the United States Supreme Court, and the United States Courts of Appeal for the Federal and Ninth Circuits. Private practice of law, 34 years.
Other Professional Experience: Graduate teaching associate, University of Washington. Document analyst, Washington Attorney General's Office. Court-appointed guardian, King County Superior Court. Trustee of million-dollar trust for injured motorcyclist.
Education: Bachelor of Arts with honors, Harvard University. National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowship. Master of Arts (Sociology) and Juris Doctor, University of Washington.
Community Service: Open-door policy. Advice given regardless of ability to pay. Multi-year volunteer in prosecutorial misconduct case.
Statement: For 34 years from his storefront office, Tom has fought the good fight for individuals and small businesses. He is fiercely independent, having successfully brought lawyers, politicians, and Fortune 500 companies to justice.
Tom is experienced. He has practiced in eleven superior courts. He has argued before juries in five different counties and in the Seattle federal district court. Tom knows how to manage a courtroom.
Tom will be an advocate for reform. Justice is moving beyond reach of the middle class due to ever increasing legal costs. Pretrial procedures should be streamlined. No one should be forced to pay a mediator thousands of dollars. Neutral lawyers should receive continuing education credits for volunteering. Lawyers who obstruct discovery should have their fees reduced.
Tom will protect the vulnerable. There should be a committee of judges to review guardianship cases, eliminate the abuses in that system, and give a voice to friends and families. There should be an early referral to mental health professionals when any act of violence is tied to mental illness. This will implement the Brady Act, protecting future victims and the mentally ill themselves. Be an informed voter! Visit clineforjudge.com for more information.