Timothy B. Fennessy

Partner
Spokane, WA
509-455-8883
Timothy B. Fennessy

TIMOTHY B. FENNESSY is an attorney with Layman Law Firm, PLLP and practices in the areas of commercial and civil litigation, serious personal injury, contract interpretation, product liability, and employment law. He is a member of the Board of Advisors for Gonzaga University School of Law, the Spokane County and Washington State Bar Associations, as well as the Washington State Association for Justice.

Mr. Fennessy attended Gonzaga University, where he received both his B.A., cum laude, and his J.D., and has practiced law in Spokane since 1983. He has argued cases to the Washington Court of Appeals, the Washington State Supreme Court and the Idaho Supreme Court.

After starting with a general practice firm in 1983, Tim began his personal injury and medical negligence focus as an associate with Dan McKelvey, Jr., in 1985. A long-time member of the Washington State Association for Justice, Tim has served on their Public Affairs, Continuing Legal Education and Spokane Core Group Committees, as well has having been a speaker at numerous WSTLA Seminars.

A native of Montana, Tim has practiced litigation in Spokane for more than twenty-five years. His work has included representation of individuals at mediation, arbitration, private trial, jury trial and in the appellate courts of both Washington and Idaho. He has also served as the arbitrator for a number of Spokane County Superior Court matters and as Settlement Guardian ad Litem (SGAL) for settlement of minor claims in cases involving injuries to minors or their parents. He also works with a number of businesses on governance and business succession planning.

Education

Gonzaga University School of Law, Spokane, Washington, 1983
J.D.
Honors: Presidential Scholar 1980 – 1982

Gonzaga University, Spokane, Washington, 1979
B.A.
Honors: Cum Laude
Major:  Political Science

Bar Admissions

  • Washington, 1983
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Washington, 1984
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims, 1990
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit, 1984

Areas of Practice

Associations and Memberships

  • Gonzaga University School of Law Board of Advisors, 2004 – 2011Chair, Development Committee
  • Gonzaga University School of Law Board of Advisors, 2010 – Present
  • Spokane Club Board of Trustees, 1992 – 1998
  • Spokane Club Board of Trustees, 1996 – 1997President
  • Spokane County Bar Association Volunteer Lawyers Program, 1987 – Present
  • Dunn & Black, P.S., Principal, 2006 – 2010
  • Eymann Allison Fennessy Hunter Jones, P.S., Shareholder, 2000 – 2006

Classes and Seminars Taught

  • Overview of the Court System and Discovery for National Business Institute, Mechanics of Washington Civil Procedure, 2010
  • Fundamentals of Employment Law, Sexual, Racial and Other Harassment in the Workplace, National Business Institute, 2009
  • Evidence and Expert Testimony Best: Ethics, Evidence & Experts; Evidence, Experts & Hearsay, Washington State Association for Justice, 2009
  • Employment Law Update: Arbitration and Mediation Agreements in Employment, Sterling Education Systems, Inc., 2009
  • December Ethics Seminar, Chairperson and Moderator, Washington State Trial Lawyers Association, 2007
  • Annual Insurance Law Seminar, Insurance Bad Faith, Washington State Trial Lawyers Association, 2006
  • Trial of the Case: Plaintiffs Perspective, Washington State Trial Lawyers Association, 1996
  • Premises Liability: Preparation and Trial in WA, Ethics, Proof Problems & Practical Pointers, Washington State Trial Lawyers Association, 1995 – Present
  • Essentials of Evidence: Use of Documentary Evidence, Washington State Trial Lawyers Association, 1994
  • Annual Tort Law Update: Update Professional Liability, Washington State Trial Lawyers Association, 1994
  • Essentials of Evidence, Evidence for the Washington State Trial Lawyers Association, 1993
  • Employment: Arbitration & Mediation Agreements, Sterling Ed. Services, Inc., 2009
  • Statutes which Affect Liability Eval., National Business Inst., 2006

Honors and Awards

  • Knights (Service Fraternity)
  • Member Moot Court Council, 1982 – 1983
  • Spokane’s Top 100 Lawyers, 2008 – 2010