Memorial Guest Book

Tom wanted to make a space on this website for people to contribute.  If you’d like to post a story, quote, anecdote, image, video, or anything at all about Tom, this is the place.

Text can be posted below.  If you’d like to submit a video or image, please email me at marybethmanleyart@gmail.com so I can convert the file for web and post to this page.

I’ll start with one of my favorite images of Tom.  I edited the photo it from its original version as it was a tandem jump, but I felt that it was more fitting for him to be alone, clearing his own path.

 

tom skydiving

 

Comments 21

  1. This is late I coming. I just now with much sadness discovered that Tom is no longer with us. I used to work for Tom as a legal receptionist / legal assistant in the, mid 90’s in the Capital Hill office in Seattle. I just want to say that I loved working for Tom. He was a kind man, with a great sense of humor. He was generous and forgiving as well. He is most definitely missed by many! Much love to his family, and to those that I worked with in his practice.
    Angie Bennett-Johnson

  2. It was with great sadness I learned of Tom Chamber’s passing just today. He was my attorney in the late 80s for a personal injury case involving my daughter Holli. Such compassion and caring, and knowledge. I don’t know what I would have done without him during that time. He helped us obtain the best medical care, resolved our issues with our insurance company refusing to pay. It was amazing how people trembled when they heard he was our attorney. But he was more than that. After four years in litigation we finally finished with a nice award for my daughter. But more than that, I knew he had our back…all the way. He was such an example to all of us. The world was a better place because of him. Oh yes, and he taught me like the video said, to only answer the question asked …..and no more. 🙂 RIP Tom!

  3. I spent the first 15 years of my practice doing defense work, including defending many auto cases on behalf of Farmers Insurance Groups. I had multiple case against Tom. He was always the consummate professional. What he said, he meant, no posturing.
    My favorite Tom story is the case he had, which was a soft tissue case, admitted liability, with low medical expenses and a very nice client. Tom put it into mandatory arbitration, back when the limits for arbitration were $25,000. A plaintiff oriented arbitrator awarded Tom the maximum $25,000. The insurance company felt it was excessive so I was told to appeal.

    I was concerned that his client was so nice, and Tom always did such a great job with lay witness testimony, that a Jury might award more. I cleverly decided not to request a jury trial, knowing that if the case was tried to a Judge, the file would disclose that Tom had initially put the case into mandatory arbitration. Surely the Judge would realize that even Tom Chambers believed the case was worth less than $25,000 and I would have no down side.

    We were assigned to a new Superior Court Judge who told Tom and me that he had no experience in Personal Injury cases and this would be his first one. I knew I was safe then. This inexperienced Judge would carefully read the file and see that Tom put the case into mandatory arbitration. Tom did a wonderful job of using lay witnesses to show the ongoing and permanent damages his client suffered. The judge considered the case for a day and invited us back to hear his decision. The award was $47,000.

    Tom and I went out in the hall and I explained my clever thoughtful approach to not asking for a Jury. We both had a good laugh and Tom explained: “Well, I guess Judge Burdell is no longer a virgin when it comes to PI cases”.
    We remained good friends, especially after I became a plaintiff’s lawyer. We both enjoyed scuba diving. My last nonprofessional involvement with Tom was scuba diving off of Orcas Island 4 or 5 years ago. Tom was a great lawyer and a great person and will be missed.

  4. I enjoyed getting to know Tom and working with him on an Advisory Board committee. Tom was always respectful of the opinion of others and kind beyond words. He was a man I admire.

  5. I’m proud to say that Tom was my brother-in-law for almost 20 years. He only lived 70 years but accomplished goals that would take the average person 125 years to obtain. We shared many flying trips in his planes and mine. Tom loved life and enjoyed new adventures. I have many pleasant and humorous stories to tell about Tom but I think I’ll wait till the statue of limitations run out! I’ll miss you Tom, many thanks for the memories and fun times above and below the water.

  6. I met Tom in 2000, having been hired as his finance director for his first Sup. Ct race. When asked by our political consultant what secrets or past misdeeds might be used against him…he had NONE. He was hands down the most upright candidate I’ve worked for.

  7. Myself & my family got the pleasure to know Tom for over 15 years. Tom was a very dear family friend to us whose generosity & humbleness always shined thru him. We have always known him to be a very adventurous person. His keenness and welcoming nature to various culture was so inspiring. My wife & I had the pleasure of our first small recreational plane ride with him here in the US. We feel so very fortunate that such a great human being was a part of our life, & we were fortunate enough to visit him in his last days. We pray for his soul to rest in peace. Our heartfelt condolence to Judy & rest of the family members. He will forever remain in the hearts and prayers of all the many people whose lives have been positively impacted by him. He will be missed dearly. May his soul rest in peace as he is free of pain & that he is in a much better place.

    Sincerely
    The Sherpas
    Pawan, Dawa, Sonam, Pemba & Kunjang.

  8. I had the privilege of helping Tom arrange his many travel adventures. I inherited Tom and his family as clients from my Mom, Peggie Oldfield. We both loved working with him and sending him off in the world. He enriched my life and was a true inspiration to all….The world has lost some of it’s light. RIP…..

  9. I met Tom Sr. (Big Tom, as all us kids called him), back in High School as I was in the same class as his son Tommy. Their house was where the kids hung out. Many great summer days and good times at the Chamber’s house. He was always ready to chat and talking to him wasn’t much different than talking to someone my age. He had a calmness about him that made him easy be around. I recall one particular summer day he took me and Brian Skinner out for a ride in his “Lounge Chair”. You could tell he was getting a kick our of seeing our faces as he showed us how fast that Lounge Chair could “recline”. I will never forget Big Tom and his legacy is firmly cemented in the hearts and minds of all those who were fortunate enough to know him. God speed Sir!

  10. Tom and I were classmates in grades 1-8 in Wapato. You always had the feeling that Tom would “grow into” someone who would make a positive and lasting “mark”. He did! RIP, Tom.

  11. We met Tom back in 1984 after our son sustained a head injury from a hit and run while walking on the beach south of Grayland. Tom helped us through a very difficult time and we appreciated his efforts on behalf of our son and us.

  12. I was Tom’s roommate at WSU for three years. We had great times as Jim Case said. The Bovill run is still famous in WSU lore. Also enjoyed times in Wapato with Tom Sr. & Doris. As Tom would say: If you don’t have a clean norcum, you can’t kopahochi! Chica-a-lika-funga! Fair well friend.
    Bruce
    Bruce-Suzanne@hotmail.com
    Judy, would love to hear from you. All the best.

  13. Tom and I started our careers together at Lycette Diamond & Sylvester. I was there the afternoon that one of our senior partners burst into the library to announce that Tom had passed the bar. Tom returned the favor and was there when I passed the bar.

    Tom left the firm to start his own firm, and our practices were much different, but he always made time to say hello and even have lunch with me from time to time.

    Tom was a great jurist and maybe even a greater man.

    My heartfelt sympathies to his family and to our community on our loss.

  14. I first met Tom when he had his law practice in the 4th Avenue Building in Seattle and actually had a hole in the sole of one shoe. I liked him immediately and even though a year or more would pass when we wouldn’t talk, it felt like it was yesterday. He was/is a very dear and long time friend to me! I also got to know Judy during the 1970’s and it took no time at all to realize who kept him grounded. A wonderful man known as Tom Chambers is no longer with us in a physical form, but his spirit will be with us always!

  15. RIP Tom, I met Tom back during his very successful private practice in 1990 on Capital Hill at his famous aka ‘The Chambers Court Building’. I worked for him while he was President of the Damages Attorney’s Round Table (DART), American Board of Trial Advocates WA Chapter (ABOTA). It was truly an honor to work for him. He’s the only attorney in my life I have ever completely trusted and was in awe of just being in his presence. This world and the Pacific NW will truly miss you personally, your inspiration – nationally acclaimed countless publications, your dedication and endless works of setting precedence(s), publications, all for the people, etc. Attorneys since have asked me for your Trial Prep Notebooks! You were such an inspiration to me when I was single and all alone in 1990 when I first moved to Seattle from Dallas and I was attending paralegal school. Later years he never forgot me and when he was seeking nomination for the bench he sent me an invitation (at that time I was working at an int’l firm downtown Seattle) and everyone wanted to go with me, ha! Thank you my friend, Tom for the opportunity to serve you, especially your friendship, our late night talks at your allegedly haunted Chambers building, and much later years for taking my telephone calls whenever I sought advice and/or a referral for a friend, and for just being you, but most of all for being my friend. I loved his picture of his home in his office – I still laugh because he told me it was because it was a reminder from his wife Judy to go home instead working all hours! Condolences to your family. Should your family need any assistance I would be honored to assist one last time on my dime. I can be contacted via email I listed above. Heaven is truly lucky to have you when we need more attorneys and true Justices here on earth! Amen to you. Sincerely, Kelly

  16. A fond long ago memory: Washington State University 1964/65-1965/66 – The infamous Bovill Run – the object was to hit as many taverns as possible between Moscow and Bovill Idaho…sometimes we’d go north out of Moscow to Viola, then veer east to Onaway and Potlatch, then south to Deary and on to Bovill – other times we’d head further east of Potlatch to Princeton, Harvard, Stanford and Vassar (yes those towns are really there!), then on to Deary and Bovill. Or we’d head straight east out of Moscow to Troy, then Deary and sometimes all the way to Elk River and then back to Bovill. Great memories before Tom went to Law School and before we started our serious grown-up lives! Tom was a tremendous person and will be greatly missed by those who knew and loved him. RIP Tom.

  17. I met Judge Chambers during the course of his cancer treatment. I never knew his occupation until many weeks later (and we chatted on a daily basis). He was so humble, kind, and gentle. He never complained. At the last opportunity I had to see him, he shared with me that he knew his time on earth was limited, but still had no complaints. What an inspirational and life-changing experience it was to know him. My heart goes out to his family and friends..

  18. So sad to know this wonderful man has left us. Tom was one of my first clients when I began my business at 24 years old and not really knowing what I was doing. He was very kind and generous with his time. As accomplished as he was as a lawyer he always made me feel like I a valuable part of his trial team. Tom taught me much about what I know today regarding trial advocacy and making evidence come alive with visual techniques.
    I will never forget the moment my son was being born, 23 years ago, my cell phone rang in the delivery room and like an idiot I answered it. It was Tom with a new case he wanted to talk about. I explained the situation and he said, “Congratulations Aaron, and next time don’t answer the phone”. He never let me forget that.

  19. Tom Chambers will always be a hero in my book. I worked for him in his then new law office in Pioneer Square until he got too successful and I got back into my primary field, theatre, with a job at Seattle Rep. He had a sense of humor and a gentle compassion that belied his steely grip on the facts of a case. I so enjoyed being in his office and knowing a truly fine and honorable man. My love and best wishes to Judy and their family –I think I still have a picture of the girls when they were about 3 or 4. He loved them so much and was so proud of them. What a joy it is to say, “I knew Tom Chambers.”

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