Tom Chambers – Champion of The People
The state of Washington lost a champion of the people when Retired Supreme Court Justice Tom Chambers passed away peacefully in his sleep on the evening of December 11, 2013. Throughout his legal and judicial career, Justice Chambers advocated for the rights of the individual and staunchly supported the rights of ordinary citizens in the face of more powerful interests. He was known throughout Washington’s legal community as a true gentleman and a superb trial lawyer who rose to our state’s highest court, proudly declaring that his head remained attached to his heart when deciding legal issues. Justice Chambers was born and raised in the Yakima Valley and grew up working on cars in his father’s gas station. Throughout his life he loved automobiles, his Harley Davidson motorcycle, and airplanes, becoming an accomplished pilot and serving as the chair for Washington’s chapter of the Pilot Lawyer Bar Association.
In Lieu of Flowers
Tom Chambers’ former office building on Seattle’s Capitol Hill is now home to Gilda’s Club. The family asks that donations be made to that organization in lieu of flowers.
A service will be held for family and friends on December 22,2013 at The Golf Club at Newcastle beginning at 2:00 p.m.
A public memorial to honor Justice Chambers will be held at 4:00 p.m. on January 9, 2014, at the Museum of Flight in tribute to the fact that Tom Chambers always reached for the sky.
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- Seattle Housing Authority Neighborhood House Good Neighbor Award for 20 Years of Commitment to Residents of Seattle Public Housing, 1999
- United Way of King County Board Member, 1999-2001
- Providence Seattle Medical Center Foundation Board Member, 1998-99
- Rise n’ Shine Foundation, Director and Honorary Director, 2000-2012
WRITINGS AND PUBLICATIONS. During his career as a lawyer, Tom authored more than 100 articles and papers which were presented at seminars or published lawyer publications such as the Seattle King County Bar Bulletin, The Trial News, or Bar News. He wrote a popular column called “Tom’s Tips on Torts.” He also published a two volume, 1,000-page book, “Tom Chambers Trial Notebook” Published by the Washington State Trial Lawyers, 1992. He wrote, produced, and supplied the “talent” for two instructional videos intended to be viewed by the clients of lawyers: Preparing for Your Defense Medical Exam and Preparing for your Deposition in a Personal Injury Case. Although produced in the early 1990’s, both videos are still being used today.