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

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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
Professional Profiles

John S. Stocks

Partner

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Primary Areas of Practice

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

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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
See John in Court:

 

See John Stocks Argue in the Supreme Court
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

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Primary Areas of Practice

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

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Career Highlights

Tyler’s practice emphasizes representation of individuals against corporations and governmental entities in the areas of wrongful death, personal injury, claims against Child Protective Services, medical malpractice, class actions and employment law. Tyler has handled countless 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).

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

 

 David Vinson v. Federal Way School District

 

Tyler on KOMO News
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

Deborah L. Gordon

Associate

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Primary Areas of Practice

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

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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
Professional Profiles

Stephanie L. Messplay

Associate

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Primary Areas of Practice

Civil Litigation, Appeals, Personal Injury, Employment, Criminal Defense

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Career Highlights

Stephanie L. Messplay was admitted to the bar in January, 2014. She is a graduate of the University of Virginia School of Law in Charlottesville, VA, where she served as a contributing editor on the Virginia Journal of International Law. Stephanie was also an active member of the Employment Law Clinic, representing clients in unemployment and wage theft disputes. She recently served on the Washington Court of Appeals, Division I, as a Law Clerk for the Honorable Stephen J. Dwyer. Stephanie graduated summa cum laude from Hope College in Michigan, with majors in International Studies and German and a minor in Economics.

Stephanie is a vital part of a team that pursues complex litigation and appeals, class actions, personal injury, and criminal defense.

Personal Background

In her spare time, Stephanie enjoys rollerblading at Alki Beach, whale watching, and playing board games. She is a fan of the Seattle Seahawks and German National Soccer Team.

Education
  • University of Virginia School of Law, J.D.
  • Hope College, B.A. International Studies and German, 2007
Affiliations and Courts Admitted
  • Admitted to practice, 2014, Washington State Bar
  • King County Bar Association

Jeffrey O. Musto

Associate

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Primary Areas of Practice

Personal Injury, Wage & Hour, Class Actions, Employment Discrimination, Civil Rights, Civil Litigation, Appeals

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Career Highlights

Jeff is committed to representing clients compassionately while using the law to promote social justice. Before coming to the Pacific Northwest, Jeff was an advocate and spokesperson for Ralph Nader in Washington, D.C. where he worked on several national campaigns attempting to raise the minimum wage, hold corporations accountable for wrongdoing, increase transparency in government spending, and stop privatization of public assets. In this role, he drafted federal legislation; drafted op-eds appearing in national media outlets; lobbied Senators and Congressmen; and intervened in Postal Regulatory Commission hearings to help defeat efforts to drastically reduce the U.S. Postal Service.

Since moving to Washington state, Jeff has worked on cases to protect farm workers who were underpaid by employers, prevent companies from mislabeling products, hold businesses accountable for illegal discrimination, compensate wrongfully convicted individuals, and reduce air pollution in poor neighborhoods. He is also dedicated to protecting Washington consumers from deceptive business practices and obtaining compensation for those who have been wrongfully injured.

Personal Background

Jeff graduated from the University of Pennsylvania, double majoring in Political Science and Psychology. Having fallen in love with the Pacific Northwest from childhood trips here, Jeff later moved to the Seattle and attended the University of Washington School of Law. Graduating with honors, Jeff was a Managing Editor of the Washington Law Review, a member of the UW Pro Bono Honors Society, and a part of UW’s Innocence Project Northwest Clinic.

Jeff and his wife, Meg, live in Seattle and enjoy traveling and hiking. Jeff’s other passion is ice hockey. He is a life-long hockey player and fan of the New York Rangers. He looks forward to the return of ice hockey to Seattle.

Education
  • University of Washington School of Law, J.D., with honors
  • University of Pennsylvania, B.A., double major in Psychology and Political Science, 2009
Professional Associations
  • American Bar Association
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • Washington State Association for Justice
  • King County Bar Association
  • Tacoma-Pierce County Bar Association
Affiliations and Courts Admitted
  • Admitted to practice, 2017, Washington State Bar
  • Admitted in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington
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