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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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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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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.
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Whitman College
B.A.
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
Legal Answers
4 Questions Answered

Q. Can owner of marina tell liveaboards to leave without putting request in writing?
A: This is not an admiralty or maritime question. Best check State landlord tenant laws.
Q. A Ca police officer sees a suspected murderer while both are on board a cruise ship bound from SD to Hawaii.
A: The officer should call ahead and make arrangements for arrest once the vessel hits port in Hawaii. Arrests are fairly common upon arrivals. Also, during the period before reaching port the validity of the warrant can be confirmed. There are often mistakes in the system and the warrant must be validated. Hawaii will issue whats called a detainer. The jurisdiction issuing the warrant is required to retrieve the suspect. It would be unusual for a person with a valid warrant especially a felony warrant to make it on to the vessel given warrants and other passenger issues are checked before boarding. Registration of the vessel and interim location has nothing to do with this. Tom Evans Injury At Sea
Q. slip fully paid for the year. sold the boat and promised buyer the slip as well. can the Marina try charging new owner ?
A: This does not involve maritime law or admiralty. You need to consult with a local attorney about breach of contract issues
Q. What steps do I need to take to become of majority status and correctly use the name? Indiana and internationally.
A: Sorry, but this does not sound like a maritime question. Also, the naming in issue did not come through. Please try trademark and copy write experts. Thank you and best regards. Tom Evans Maritime Lawyer Please see Justia disclaimer.
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Contact & Map
Injury At Sea
Seattle, WA
4020 E Madison St
#210
Seattle, WA 98112
USA
Toll-Free: (800) 732-7258
Fax: (206) 527-0725
Injury At Sea
Tacoma, WA
3639 N Pearl St
Tacoma, WA 98407
USA
Toll-Free: (800) 732-7258
Fax: (206) 527-0725