Law Offices of Steven J. Gordon, P.S.

Compassionate, Experienced, Effective Injury Lawyer

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Firm Overview

Steve Gordon has been serving King County since 1982, with primary practice areas including personal injury, motor vehicle accidents, insurance disputes and other civil litigation. For injury cases, attorney fees are contingent upon recovery of damages by trial or settlement so people of all income levels can afford to get experienced professional help in dealing with insurance companies. No Recovery, No Fee. Hourly rates apply for other types of civil litigation.

Being injured (or having a loved one die) in an accident is painful and stressful. Nothing anyone says or does can make the pain of loss go away but sometimes it seems that insurance company representatives make it worse by minimizing the loss and offering pennies on the dollar for the true value of serious injury or death. Insurance companies hire trained professionals who will take advantage of your inexperience to settle your claim for less than it is worth. Get the help you deserve so you can receive adequate compensation for your injuries! Steve Gordon is a lawyer who genuinely cares about his clients and maintains direct contact with them (unlike most injury lawyers who delegate client contact to staff members). Steve is aggressive when necessary with insurance adjusters and defense lawyers but he remains sensitive to the needs of his clients. This combination of sensitivity and zealous representation has made Steve Gordon the personal injury lawyer of choice for hundreds of Eastsiders for more than 30 years. The firms's website at www.SteveGordonLawyer.com provides additional information and client testimonials. You deserve a personal injury lawyer who cares about you!

Main Office

Law Offices of Steven J. Gordon, P.S.
11033 NE 24th Street, Suite 200
Bellevue  WA  98004

Phone
  • (425) 455-4778, ext 3006
Fax
  • 425-454-4289

Fees

Free Initial Consultation?

Yes

Services Offered For Fixed Fees?

None

Hourly Rates

Personal injury and other damages cases on contingent fee basis, other civil litigation at hourly rate, currently $300.00.

Office Information

Office Hours

Monday through Friday, 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM except holidays. Home & Hospital visits can be arranged.

Office Manager

Monica Monson

Emergency After Hours

No

Languages Spoken

English as well as some Spanish (un poco). Translation services can be arranged.

Personal Injury
We represent clients in the fields of personal injury, wrongful death, auto accidents, and other claims against insurance companies. These claims are usually handled on a contingent fee basis so you pay no legal fees unless money is obtained.
Steve Gordon has been representing injured clients in King County since 1982. His practice has always emphasized personal injury claims and other claims against insurance companies on a contingent fee basis but he also continues to handle select civil litigation cases (especially involving real estate) at his current hourly rate. For comments from a few of Steve's many satisfied clients, see the firm's website at www.SteveGordonLawyer.com.

Steve is a 1982 graduate of the UCLA School of Law and has devoted his career to helping people assert their personal and property rights against insurance companies and others who would deprive them of those rights. Insurance companies have spent countless millions of dollars poisoning the jury pool with advertising about so-called "insurance fraud", thereby driving down valid jury verdicts and settlements by more than 50% in the past 20 years. Steve believes that you are entitled to adequate compensation for your injuries and will fight to get it for you. Usually settlement is the best way to resolve a claim but sometimes litigation is necessary. Steve is an experienced communicator who effectively settles cases or goes to court for you, if a case cannot be settled. Steve will communicate directly with you, the client, rather than having an assistant field your calls. For personal injury law with a personal touch, Steve Gordon has been the choice of Eastsiders for 30 years.

You probably want a lawyer who cares about you, your injuries, and the result you get. Steve is a compassionate human being who also happens to be a personal injury lawyer. His manner in the office is pleasant and empathetic but he can be as aggressive as necessary in settlement negotiations and the courtroom. Whether your claim ends with a settlement before any lawsuit is filed, a mediated settlement after filing suit but before trial, or a jury verdict, you want the best possible result with the least possible wear and tear on your psyche. For the past 30 years, hundreds of Eastsiders have believed that Steve Gordon has the best combination of skills to help resolve their injury claims. No Recovery, No Fee.

How did your firm decide on the primary area of practice(s)?

Insurance companies and other gigantic corporations often deny people their rights in the search for ever-greater profits. I have always thought that people were more important than corporate profits (or ever-greater bonuses for insurance company CEOs), and I enjoy fighting for your rights against the rich and powerful. Given my attitude, it is not surprising that I have chosen a career as a personal injury lawyer.

What experience or education distinguishes your lawyers from others

I am a lifetime learner who has been reading law, history, biographies, psychology and other sciences for many years beyond my formal education. My undergraduate and law degrees were just the beginning of my higher education. I have learned a lot from my extensive reading, as well as from my pre-law experiences in the advertising and broadcasting fields. My pre-law professional background helped to prepare me to be an effective trial lawyer by developing my writing and speaking abilities. Of course, those writing and speaking skills have been sharpened by 30 years of practicing this type of law here in Bellevue.

What distinguishes your law firm from others?

Personal service. Most other lawyers meet the client, sign the fee agreement, and then have an assistant take all the client's calls thereafter. I believe in treating my clients as I would want to be treated myself so I personally deal with my clients. When you call me, I take the call myself or return it myself. Ditto for emails. Not only does this make most people feel better, it also gives me an on-going sense of how your recovery is progressing and gives me the opportunity to answer client questions and prepare the client for upcoming events in the course of the representation.

How frequently does your firm use mediation, arbitration, or collaborative law to resolve cases?

In King County Superior Court, EVERY case must be mediated before it can be tried. Mediation is a settlement conference with a professional trained to assist each side in understanding why a settlement might be better than going to trial. I have settled many cases with the help of a mediator. Arbitration is usually available only for smaller cases (such as King County Superior Court Mandatory Arbitration for cases under $50,000) or if the dispute involves a contract and the contract has an arbitration provision. Collaborative law doesn't apply to personal injury claims, where there is no possibility of one professional representing both your interests as a claimant and the interests of the insurance company that wants to minimize your claim.

Does your firm provide pro bono legal services or otherwise participate in your community?

Yes. Personal injury law (where the fee is paid from the monetary recovery) is unsuitable for pro bono work (because anyone can afford a contingent fee) so our pro bono work has been in other areas of law, such as foreclosure defense, criminal defense, and family law cases with real estate issues. We believe that pro bono work is an important way for lawyers to "give back" to the community.

Steven J. Gordon

I have been practicing personal injury law in Washington since 1982. I have not become jaded about the sometimes horrific injuries sustained by my clients and sincerely care about them as people to understand and respect (as well as zealously working to get money for them). That's probably why I maintain direct contact with my clients throughout our association (unlike most injury lawyers who deal with clients through support staff after the fee agreement is signed). I treat clients as I would like to be treated, and I don't delegate client communication to secretaries. I chose personal injury law as my primary area of practice to help people obtain justice from insurance companies, who are arrogant economic oppressors of ordinary people. In my observation, an insurance company will say or do just about anything to save money. People need help against the insurance juggernaut to get what they deserve. The website, www.SteveGordonLawyer.com, contains additional information about my law firm and comments from a few of my many satisfied clients.



Prior to beginning practice in Bellevue in 1982, I lived in Southern California and worked as a copywriter for an advertising agency and then as an on-air personality for a commercial radio station. While these jobs were fun, there wasn't enough meaning in them for me, so I decided to become a lawyer to have a more significant impact on peoples' lives. Fighting for justice on behalf of injured people gives me a tremendous amount of personal and professional pleasure. I have spent my whole adult life developing the abilities and personality traits necesary to represent people against insurance companies. The writing and speaking skills honed in the course of my advertising and broadcasting jobs (as well as 30 years practicing law) have helped me become a more effective communicator, and thus a trial lawyer more effective at asserting your rights. If you are having a problem getting adequate compensation for your injuries from an insurance company, I'd like to meet you.

I am happily married, with three children and three grandchildren. My hobbies include having fun with my family, reading history, biographies and science fiction, travel, wilderness hiking, soaking in hot springs and eating ethnic foods of every derivation.
License
  • Bar Number: Washington State Bar
    Washington , 1982
Education
  • UCLA School of Law
    Juris Doctor , 1982
    Los Angeles, CA
    I knew from the first day of law school that I wanted to become a trial lawyer so I took as many classes as possible relating to litigation. In addition to classes, practicums and Moot Court competitions, I worked for the Los Angeles City Attorney during my third year of law school and had experience researching, briefing and arguing motions in court even before graduation.
  • San Diego State University
    B.A., cum laude, with Special Distinction in History , 1979
    San Diego, CA
    College was great fun! I attended for two years right after high school, dropped out to work in advertising, and went back to college after I decided to become a lawyer. I got to read as much history as I liked, was president of the history honor society, and scheduled my classes around my job as an on-air radio personality. I didn't have much free time but that doesn't seem to matter when you enjoy what you do.

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