For plaintiff Attorney Thad Martin, practicing law is a “24/7” enterprise. It’s been that way for this high-profile lawyer since he first interned for Pierce County’s largest law firm.
“It’s almost like I take a break from work to live a regular life,” Thad quipped during a recent interview in his University Place office. “I will do whatever it takes for my clients…..staying up all night, working all weekend, living and breathing every case.”
This commendable work ethic has earned Thad much public praise and his clients some history-making settlements. It also accounts for this advocate’s impressive rise to prominence among members of the local and state bar.
Thad’s legal career began back in 1996 when, as a first-year law student at Seattle University (then located in downtown Tacoma), he was hired as a summer associate by Gordon Thomas Honeywell, one of the area’s most prestigious law firms. On graduation, Thad became an associate at the firm, making partner in just four short years and generating more business than any associate in Gordon Thomas’100-year history. (That record remains unbroken today.)
Among Thad’s biggest cases as a young attorney was serving as a c0-counsel in a discrimination suite against the Puyallup School District on behalf of a group of minority students who claimed they were subjected to racial slurs and related harassment from students and teachers. The $7.5 million settlement, handed down in September 2002, represents the largest recovery of its kind in U.S. history. And, while Thad points to this case with a sense of real satisfaction, he is equally proud of other victories, large and small, that he has achieved on behalf of literally hundreds of other deserving clients.
For me and my staff, practicing law is more than a 9 to 5 job. We live our cases-always strategizing, always figuring out how to maximize results for our clients.” – Attorney Thaddeus P. Martin
When Thad launched his own personal injury practice in 2006, he brought with him a single paralegal and, later that year, hired a secretary, For three years, the THADLAW team of three worked virtually around the clock, generating so much work that defense councel often asked, “how many people are on the payroll at your firm anyway?” The answer never failed to astonish them.
Today, operating in offices near the Lakewood Mall that opened in 2010, THADLAW’S staff includes a host of paralegals and legal assistants. Together they concentrate their practice on personal injuries, corporate and government negligence, civil rights/discrimination, wrongful death actions, and premises liability matters.
As for Thad Martin himself, life is good and getting better. This father of five has a rock-solid sense of who he is and what he wants.
“Of course, I always want to win,”he says, “but I’m not afraid to lose. I’m not afraid of anything-and that includes going up against the biggest firms in the state. They don’t intimidate me a bit. I can match them letter for letter, motion for motion.
“And I have no fear of going to trial. In fact, I welcome the chance to tell my clients’ stories to judges and juries who, I know, will ensure that justice is served.”