TERRY ABEYTA has tried 50 jury trials and arbitrated hundreds of cases. Although practicing in the most conservative area of the state, Mr. Abeyta has earned recognition as one of the top plaintiff’s personal injury attorneys in Washington. He recovered $4.1 million on a car crash case, $3.5 million on a school injury case (the largest settlement in the history of Kittitas County), the highest settlement in the history of Klickitat County, the largest recovery on an uninsured motorist case in Yakima County history, the largest jury verdict on a cervical soft-tissue case in the history of Yakima County, and obtained a $700,000 settlement for the children of 39-year-old Native American man who committed suicide in the Yakama Tribal Jail.
Mr. Abeyta was the first plaintiff’s attorney from Central Washington chosen for The Best Lawyers in America, the first in Central Washington named to the Super Lawyer list, has been named to the Top 100 Super Lawyers list, Top 40 Plaintiffs Super Lawyers List, and Lawdragon’s 500 Leading Plaintiffs’ Lawyers in America. He is an invited member and past president of the Damages Attorney Round Table, past president of the Washington Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates, has served in many leadership roles for the Washington State Association for Justice, and is a past president of the Yakima County Bar Association. He has received WSAJ’s Alvin Anderson award for outstanding contribution to building WSAJ’s Eagle membership.
Mr. Abeyta was born and raised in Yakima. He graduated from Yakima Valley Community College, at the top of his class from Whitman College, and from University of Washington School of Law. He worked his way through college as a newspaper report for the Yakima-Herald Republic, Walla Walla Union- Bulletin (owned by the Seattle Times), and the Seattle Post-Intelligencer (may it rest in peace). He has practiced with Rod Nelson for more than 30 years.