Attorneys

Robert C. Van Siclen

Partner

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Primary Areas of Practice

Personal Injury, Products Liability, Medical Negligence, Malpractice Litigation, Employment Law, Aviation Law, Civil Rights Litigation, Arbitration & Mediation of Complex Litigation

Attorney Details

Career Highlights

Bob has been noted for representing a number of persons caught up in the now infamous Wenatchee Sex Ring Cases. Representing three of the defendants in that case, all of whom were acquitted, they are the only defendants to have gained acquittals in the criminal cases filed against them. (See: Power to Harm, Andrew Schneider and Mike Barber, Seattle Post Intelligencer).

Practicing law continuously in Auburn since March 1968, Bob began his practice as an assistant City Attorney for the cities of Auburn and Pacific serving each city as prosecutor as well as performing corporate work in each city’s civil divisions.

His practice has primarily been as a trial attorney in the various litigation fields of practice including personal injury, product liability (especially aviation related), professional negligence, civil rights litigation and complex commercial and labor law.

Bob is the first Auburn, WA attorney to receive the “AV” rating in the Martindale Hubbell Legal Directory.

Personal Background

An avid pilot, Bob is an instrument rated pilot holding single and multi-engine ratings.

Quotes from Clients:

“You guys are the best.  Top-flight lawyers!  We owe you our freedom and will never forget you.”  (Criminal defense, civil rights, 1995-2009).

-Honnah and Jon of Wenatchee

“Bob is not only the best attorney in the state, but in the whole world!  And I mean that.  Although I never want to go through my ordeal again, I am so happy God connected me to his firm.” (Criminal, Jury Verdict “Not Guilty”, 1995) (Civil Rights Settlement, 6 figures, 2008).

-Pastor Roby of Wenatchee

“Bob is not only a honest and patient attorney, but has a brilliant legal mind.”  (January, 2010)

-Ken S. of Auburn
Education
  • Willamette University, J.D., 1967
  • Oregon State University and Willamette University, B.S.L., 1966
Professional Associations
  • Seattle-King County Bar Association Judicial Selection Committee
  • South King County Bar Association, President
  • Lawyer Pilots Bar Association
  • Active in local organizations
Affiliations and Courts Admitted
  • Admitted to practice in all courts in the state of Washington
  • Admitted in Federal Courts, U.S. District Courts for both the Western District of Washington and the Eastern District of Washington
  • Admitted to practice before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court
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John S. Stocks

Partner

jstocks@vansiclen.com

Primary Areas of Practice

Divorce and Family Law, Criminal Defense, Personal Injury, Civil Litigation

 

 

 

 

Attorney Details

Career Highlights

John finished law school at an early age and had the honor of arguing before the Supreme Court at age 25; He has been the lead trial attorney in several complex trials, including family law, criminal defense, and civil cases.

Primarily a trial attorney, John obtained the largest and first-ever jury verdict for negligent investigation against a law enforcement agency against Douglas County Sheriff’s held in Spokane County Superior Court (July 31, 2001 – $3 Million).

He has won many, large, complex, and/or publicized criminal jury trials. In addition, John has successfully argued several cases before Divisions I, II, and III of the Court of Appeals. John is admitted to practice in the State of Washington and the U.S. District Court, both the Western and Eastern Districts of Washington.

Personal Background

John was born and raised in Olympia, Washington, where his father was with the State Auditor’s office for many years. He graduated from the University of Washington and then went to law school at Seattle University (formerly University of Puget Sound School of Law). He maintains his residence in King County, and remains active in the community, including Auburn Eagles, Elks, Rotary, Lions Club, Chamber of Commerce, Softball Associations, and other volunteer organizations. He enjoys participating and/or being a spectator in local softball, basketball, baseball, and professional sports; John also writes and composes music.

Quotes from Clients:

“I know that John has other cases, but he made the time for my “drama” at the drop of a hat.  Thanks for the personal attention and sincere advice.  (Divorce, March 1995, Contempt, 2012).

-Tina K. of Covington

“I found John and his staff to be professional, prompt, and passionate.  …will use no-one else.” (Divorce, Custody case)

-Jessica M. of Auburn

“John is my ‘go-to-guy’ for all my legal concerns.” (Divorce case)

-Kylie H. of Federal Way

“John is hard working; would take my texts and phone calls (even from home after dinner) just to answer my growing concerns and calm me down.” (Divorce client – 26 year marriage).

-Gary S. of Lake Tapps
Education
  • Seattle University School of Law, J.D., 1991
  • Member of Seattle University Law Review (1989-1991)
  • University of Washington, B.A. in Business Administration, graduated magna cum laude, 1988
  • Centralia Community College, High Honors, A.G.S, 1986
Professional Associations
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • Oregon State Bar Association
  • Washington State Trial Lawyers Association
  • King County Bar Association
  • South King Bar Association
  • Washington State Trial Lawyers Association Eagle
  • Washington Civil Rights Section of WSTLA
Affiliations and Courts Admitted
  • Admitted to practice, 1991, Washington State Bar
  • Admitted to practice, 2002, Oregon State Bar
  • Admitted in Federal Courts, U.S. District Courts for both the Western District of Washington and the Eastern District of Washington.
  • Admitted to practice before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals
Professional Profiles

Tyler K. Firkins

Partner

tfirkins@vansiclen.com

Primary Areas of Practice

Catastrophic Injury, Wrongful Death, Government Liability, Civil Rights, Medical Malpractice, Commercial Litigation, Education Law, Constitutional Law, Criminal Defense

Attorney Details

Career Highlights

Tyler’s practice emphasizes representation of individuals against corporations and governmental entities in the areas of wrongful death, personal injury, medical malpractice, and employment law. Tyler has handled many high profile cases, including the landmark cases of Federal Way School Dist. No. 210 v. Vinson, 172 Wn.2d 756 (2011) and Bellevue John Does 1-11 v. Bellevue School Dist. #405,164 Wn.2d 199 (2008).  Tyler successfully prosecuted a case in which the largest award of sanctions in state history was affirmed on appeal in Roberson v. Perez, 123 Wn.App. 320 (2004).

Personal Background

Tyler is married with three daughters.  In his free time, Tyler enjoys skiing, dirt biking and wakeboarding.  Tyler also plays the banjo.

Quotes from Clients:

“Tyler got me a PI settlement 4 times (400%) over the “final and best offer” I had received to settle. He kicked the insurance company butt in trial and then kicked it again with a post trial motion that got me even more money. Since, I always get savvy, common sense advice. No BS, just the truth, even when I didn’t like what he told me. If you want someone to tell you what you want to hear, go somewhere else. If you want an aggressive, smart attorney who gives it to you straight, use Tyler Firkins.”

- Joshua M. of Bremerton

“Tyler is tough, fair, and he knows his stuff. He won’t let people in positions of authority get away with wrongdoing, and he fights for people who are doing good things in their life. He’s a straight shooter who won’t waste your time but will cut to the heart of the matter so you can get on with your life. His knowledge of education law make him someone you will want on your side, should you find yourself in a battle against ‘the system.’”

- Sarah P. of Kent

“I was impressed with how much more prepared and polished Tyler was in court for me compared to the other attorneys.  It gave me a lot of confidence and I was happy with the results.”  (Car Accident Trial, January, 2011).

-Kathy L. of Des Moines
 
See Tyler in Court:

 

 David Vinson v. Federal Way School District

 

Bellevue John Doe v. Bellevue School District (Audio)

Education
  • Seattle University School of Law, J.D., 1991
  • University of Washington, B.S., 1985
Professional Associations
  • Washington Association of Justice (WSAJ) EAGLE
  • Washington Employment Lawyers Association (WELA)
  • King County Bar Association (KCBA)
  • Tacoma Pierce County Bar Association (TPBA)
Affiliations and Courts Admitted
  • Admitted to practice, 1991, Washington State Bar
  • Admitted in Federal Courts, U.S. District Courts for both the Western District of Washington and the Eastern District of Washington
  • Admitted to practice before the U.S. Bankruptcy Appellate Panel, Ninth Circuit
  • Admitted to practice before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals
Professional Profiles

Michael J. Kelly

Partner

mkelly@vansiclen.com

Primary Areas of Practice

Labor and Employment, Civil Litigation, Criminal Defense

Attorney Details

Career Highlights

Mike represents employees who have been subject to illegal discrimination, harassment, retaliation and wrongful termination based on their race, religion, gender, or disabilities, or who have been wrongfully denied wages in violation of overtime and mandatory meal or rest break laws. He began his career representing and advising employers and managers, including providing legal compliance and management training and continues to represent small business owners and managers in these areas. Mike also represents individuals who are victims of government misconduct including violations of their rights by agencies such as DSHS, CPS, and law enforcement. As a criminal defense lawyer, he vigorously represents those accused by the government of the most serious crimes. Mike additionally represents victims of accidents who have suffered painful and debilitating injuries.

He has a proven track record of achieving results for his clients in all of his practice areas. Mike has successfully represented both employers and employees in significant cases including verdicts or settlements for workers who have been discriminated against or denied pay. Similarly, Mike has successfully litigated police misconduct cases including against the King County Sheriff’s Office where a Deputy Sheriff seriously and intentionally injured an innocent bystander to a driving crime. As a criminal defense lawyer, he does not shy away from even the toughest cases. He has gone to trial on the most serious felonies and prevailed for his clients, including cases of false allegations of child abuse.

Personal Background

Mike is a former college cross country and track and field distance runner and continues to run today. He is also a Pacific Northwest outdoor enthusiast and enjoys hiking, camping, and fishing in his free time. He has two young sons and is involved as a coach in their youth soccer associations.

Education
  • University of Washington, J.D.
  • University of Washington M.A., German Literature
  • Gustavus Adophus College, B.A.
Professional Associations
  • Innocence Project Northwest (IPNW)
  • Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Washington Employment Lawyers Association
  • Washington Association for Justice
Affiliations and Courts Admitted
  • Admitted to practice in all courts in the state of Washington
  • Admitted in Federal Courts, U.S. District Courts for both the Western District of Washington and the Eastern District of Washington
  • Admitted to practice before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals
Professional Profiles

Jeffrey R. Caffee

Associate

jcaffee@vansiclen.com

Primary Areas of Practice

Personal Injury, Family Law, Civil Rights, Estate Planning, Probate/TEDRA Litigation

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Career Highlights

Jeff has served as the lead trial attorney in several cases on behalf of  disadvantaged citizens against the State of Washington, local counties, and insurance companies.  In 2009, Jeff was honored by The International Academy of Trial Lawyers with an Award for Advocacy for distinguished achievement in the art and science of advocacy.  In 2011, Jeff received the American Bar Association Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section Trial Academy Scholarship.

Jeff in an active legal speaker in the Auburn community on estate planning and has been a featured speaker at events such as the Aging Successfully Expo hosted by the Auburn Area Chamber of Commerce.

While attending law school at the University of Notre Dame, he was an active student member of the University of Notre Dame Legal Aid Clinic representing low-income clients in landlord-tenant, mortgage, and estate planning issues.

Personal Background

When away from work Jeff enjoys hiking, bouldering, and playing board/card games with his family.  He is an avid fan of the University of Notre Dame Football.  Go Irish!

Education
  • University of Notre Dame School of Law, J.D.
  • Notre Dame Dean’s Fellowship Scholar
  • Saint Leo University, B.S. in Biology, 2003
Professional Associations
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • Washington State Association for Justice
  • Seattle-King County Bar Association
  • Tacoma-Pierce County Bar Association
Affiliations and Courts Admitted
  • Admitted to practice in the State of Washington
  • Admitted in U.S. District Courts for both the Western District of Washington and the Eastern District of Washington
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Neal R. Kingsley

Associate

nkingsley@vansiclen.com

Primary Areas of Practice

Civil Litigation, Criminal Defense, Personal Injury

Attorney Details

Career Highlights

Neal has defended more than one hundred clients from a variety of felony and misdemeanor charges, including armed robbery and attempted murder.  He has helped many individuals receive justice in a wide spectrum of conflicts relating to employment and contract disputes, serious injuries, and civil rights violations.  Neal also has experience in the administrative, State, and Federal appeals process.

In law school he was an active student member of the Ronald A. Peterson Law Clinic and completed an externship with the Honorable Ronald B. Leighton in United State District Court for the Western District of Washington.

Personal Background

Neal enjoys spending time with his family, hiking, cooking, and frequently attends local concerts.  He is an active supporter of both Sounders FC and Aston Villa FC, and enjoys attending games whenever he has the chance.

Education
  • Seattle University School of Law, J.D. cum laude
  • University of Washington, B.A. English- Writing Emphasis, 2003
Professional Associations
  • Admitted to practice, 2010, Washington State Bar
  • Tacoma-Pierce County Bar Association
  • Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
Affiliations and Courts Admitted
  • Admitted to practice in the State of Washington
  • Admitted to practice in the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington
Professional Profiles

Zachary W. Jarvis

Associate

zjarvis@vansiclen.com

Primary Areas of Practice

Criminal Defense, Labor & Employment Law, Personal Injury, Civil Litigation

 

 

 

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Career Highlights

Zach began his career as an attorney handling appeals for indigent persons. In six years as a public defender in King County, Zach and his clients enjoyed an atypical streak of trial victories. He has been lead or co-counsel on over twenty-four trials. Zach’s experience in criminal, appellate and civil practice runs the spectrum from representing a man accused of murder to representing the civil legal needs of persons in mental institutions.

While in law school, Zach participated in both mock trial and the Arts Law Clinic. He also studied abroad in India.

Personal Background

When away from the office Zach enjoys movies of all eras, drawing, practicing the drums, going to concerts, and spending time with his wife and son. He has travelled extensively throughout Northern Europe, Asia, and Mexico.

Education
  • Seattle University School of Law, J.D.
  • University of Washington, B.A., 2002
Professional Associations
  • Admitted to practice, 2005, Washington State Bar
  • Washington State Association for Justice
  • Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
Affiliations and Courts Admitted
  • Admitted to practice in the State of Washington
Professional Profiles

Deborah L. Gordon

Associate

dgordon@vansiclen.com

Primary Areas of Practice

Divorce and Family Law, Custody, Child Support, Litigation and Collaborative Law

Attorney Details

Career Highlights

Deborah has represented hundreds of individuals facing marital turmoil, ranging from complex divorce litigation to the simple, uncontested divorces. Deborah takes an aggressive approach to many cases, but also thrives in the arena of dispute resolution. In law school, she was active in the Northwest Institute for Alternative Dispute Resolution and received first place in school-wide negotiation and mediation advocacy competitions. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Western Washington University with minors in History and Sociology.

Deborah has a reputation of achieving the best possible outcomes for her clients, particularly those facing legal issues during a vulnerable time. She is able to guide her clients through an otherwise intimidating process, making sure they are taken care of.

Personal Background

When away from work, Deborah enjoys snowboarding, camping and whitewater rafting.

Education
  • University Of Idaho School of Law, J.D.
  • Western Washington University, B.A., 2000
Professional Associations
  • Admitted to practice, 2005, Washington State Bar
  • King County Bar Association
  • Pierce County Bar Association
Affiliations and Courts Admitted
  • Admitted to practice in the State of Washington
  • King County Bar Association Neighborhood Legal Clinic Volunteer
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