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W. Theodore Vander Wel


Practice Areas

  • Civil Litigation
  • Real Estate
  • Land Use
  • Contested Probates
  • Easements
  • Business Litigation
  • Boundary Disputes
  • Zoning
  • Collections


  • King County Bar Association
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • National Lawyers Association
  • Western Washington, U.S. District Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court


  • Law School: Drake University, J.D., with honors, 1988
  • Member, Drake University Law Review, 1987-1988.
  • College: Dordt College, B.A., 1985

Mr. Vander Wel is a founding member of Vander Wel, Jacobson & Kim, PLLC. He is primarily a real estate and business litigation attorney. He has received the highest (av) rating for attorneys since 1999.

When necessary, Mr. Vander Wel rigorously represents his clients in court. A litigator since he began practicing law in 1988, he has assisted clients in King, Snohomish, Skagit, Pierce, Thurston, Clark, Grays Harbor, Jefferson, Kitsap, Kittitas, Spokane, Grant, Clark, Waikiakum, Whatcom and Yakima Counties. His real estate and land use litigation experience includes disputes involving real estate transactions, boundary lines, easements, restrictive covenants (CC&Rs), adverse possession, zoning, code enforcements and real estate agents. He has also represented both plaintiffs and defendants in lawsuits related to contracts, collections, consumer protection, corporations, LLCs, employment, construction, civil rights, probates, trusts, torts, foreclosures and other real estate matters.

Mr. Vander Wel has argued cases in the State Superior Courts, Courts of Appeals and the Washington Supreme Court and the Federal Courts. He is licensed with the Washington Supreme Court, the Western District of Washington, the Ninth Court of Appeals and the U.S. Supreme Court. While most clients are charged on an hourly basis, some collections and contract litigation are performed on a contingency basis.

Mr. Vander Wel concentrated on real estate and environmental law when he studied at Drake University Law School. After serving on the Law Review, publishing two articles and receiving an award for research performed, he graduated in 1988 with honors.