Hahm and Tavel. Serving Seattle, Bellevue, Redmond, Tacoma, Federal Way, Lynnwood, Everett and Edmonds. Also serving Skagit County, Pierce County, Kitsap County, Island County, Snohomish County and Thurston County.
Phone: 1.425.894.7373
Fax: 1.425.458.9049

Phillip Alden Tavel

My Legal Experience:

  • Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, Yeshiva University, in 1998 (Concentration in Trial Advocacy and Intellectual Property Law)
  • Member of the Cardozo Trial Team.
  • Member of the Texas Young Trial Lawyers Association.
  • Worked in the Early Case Assessment Bureau at the Manhattan District Attorney's Office
  • Internship with the Ulster County District Attorney (working on the first Death Penalty case in NY after reinstatement of the Death Penalty in 1995 – People v. Whitehurst.
  • Clerked for NY Supreme Court Justice Walter Tolub.
  • Won a $250,000 NASD arbitration against Ameritrade in 1998.
  • Extensive legal and executive experience in the video game industry in the U.S. and Australia.
  • Spent two years with King County's largest Public Defender Organization (Associated Counsel for the Accused) – handled more than 1000 cases and 12 trials.

Who I am as lawyer:

I was built to be a trial lawyer. I have a degree in Physics (which helps me to handle very complex material and subject matter, especially when dealing with the DatamasterBAC machine in DUI trials and the Physics of collisions in auto accident cases). I taught Physics (high school, college and adult education) for almost ten years which has provided me with the ability to take very difficult subject matter and deliver it in an understandable way to almost any audience (most importantly, juries). I have spent many years raising money for entrepreneurial endeavors, which has also taught me how to take an idea and present it to people in a compelling and understandable way. I am a storyteller, an educator, a salesman and a lawyer – these are all skills that combine to make me a top-notch trial lawyer.

My time as a Public Defender taught me that all lawyers are not the same. I watched private attorneys come in to court who clearly didn't care about their clients. They just went through the motions (and not legal ones), talked to make their clients think they were doing something and it was obvious that their clients were paychecks to them, and not people. Then, there were the private attorneys who cared, fought and really knew what they were doing. The public defenders were a different story, and for the most part cared a great deal about the people they were helping. However, as one of the judges said to a defendant one day, “if you want a lawyer to hold your hand and walk you through every step of this process, hire a private attorney. The Public Defenders have too many clients and not enough time to do that.”

Just because we all went to law school and those of us who are practicing did in fact pass the Bar exam, does not mean that we all know the same things and practice law the same way. If you have come to a place where you need a lawyer, make sure you find one that you are comfortable with. You want a lawyer who listens to you, a lawyer who makes you feel like they have your best interests at heart, and that they are going to fight for you every step of the way. You need to respect their intellect and their legal skills – they are your voice in the courtroom and your advisor outside of it. Don't choose a lawyer just because you can afford them, or because they are so expensive "they must be good"(price should not be the sole determining factor in the lawyer you choose, although we all do understand why it's a concern).

As a Public Defender I handled more than 1000 cases; DUIs, Reckless Driving, Assault, Possession of Marijuana, Negligent Driving, Trespass, Fishing Violations, Probation Violations, Prostitution, Theft, Cruelty to Animals, Hit and Run and a dozen other charges.

If you want to read the long version of my experiences, please feel free to do so by clicking HERE.