Tomás A. Gahan


Tomás grew up in Madrid, Spain, and moved to Washington in 1991. He graduated with a B.A. in English and Philosophy from Seattle University, magna cum laude. He earned his law degree at the Notre Dame Law School and completed his second year at Notre Dame Law in London, where he studied common law and observed trials at the storied Old Bailey courthouse.

From law school, Tomás joined the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, where he served the public for 11 years. As a senior deputy prosecutor, Tomás tried nearly 100 cases, including scores of high profile domestic violence, sexual assault and gang cases. Tomás dedicated much of his career to serving King County’s most vulnerable and marginalized victims of violent crimes, and earned a reputation for successfully taking some of the toughest cases to trial. He has trained lawyers, interpreters, advocates and community leaders statewide and internationally on various aspects of trial work, victimology, cultural issues and working with undocumented persons.

Joining PWRFL in 2013 meant Tomás could continue his passion for representing severely injured and victimized people in the civil context. As a partner at PWRFL, Tomás takes tough cases to trial, consistently achieving extraordinary results for his clients. In Vignola v. M.O.E., his trial team secured a $15 million judgment against the insurance company; in Milliken v. Munchbar, the jury awarded over $3 million to the decedent’s estate against Bellevue’s notorious Munchbar nightclub; in 2017, Tomás and PWRFL lawyer Felix Luna obtained the first plaintiff's jury verdict in Yakima County in 25 years; in 2021, together with PWRFL partner Mike Wampold, Tomás tried one of the country’s first federal Zoom trials, securing a verdict many times greater than the insurance company’s offer.  In December of 2022, the trial team of Tomás, Mike and Felix secured the largest individual verdict against Monsanto chemical company for any of its products following a three month jury trial: $82 million. Tomás’ hard work and tenacity during litigation have also resulted in scores of multimillion-dollar settlements against corporations, insurers, municipalities, police officers and other at-fault defendants.   He has extensive experience representing injured persons in high-profile cases, including victims of assaults by professional athletes, police and jail officials, and victims of wrongful conviction.  Tomás is currently the co-chair of the Washington State Association for Justice’s Civil Rights section and teaches for the University of Washington’s Trial Advocacy course.  To learn more about Tomás and to read about his cases, follow these links:

Trial News | Why Do We Practice Civil Rights Law? The histories that help us persevere

Trial News | To Catch a Rapist: Proving “Actual” Innocence in a Wrongful Conviction Case

Seattle Times | Former jail inmate sues King County over attack in his cell

NBC Right Now | Jury awards $1.2 million to patient injured during spinal surgery | Woman, 25, who was punched in the face by Seattle cop while handcuffed in his patrol car is awarded nearly $200,000 two years after prosecutors found he 'acted professionally'

KIRO Radio | Dori, Seattle attorney argue over City’s $195K payout for officer punch

Seattle Times | Couple plan to sue state over daughter’s death at hands of man mistakenly freed from prison

Seattle Times | Chad Wheeler’s ex describes assault, why she appeared at former Seahawk’s arraignment

Seattle Times | King County pays $3 million to settle lawsuit filed by man who was severely beaten in jail

Trial News | Taking on Monsanto

When he's not in the courtroom, Tomás coaches soccer, cooks, draws, and plays with his family. He lives in Wedgwood with his wife, an ER nurse, and their four children.