History of GTH

In 1894 Elmer M. Hayden opened a law office in downtown Tacoma. His practice later merged with firms founded by Joseph H Gordon and Scott Z. Henderson. Together, they formed the core of what has become one of the most successful law firms in the Pacific Northwest.

Today, Gordon Thomas Honeywell has over 50 attorneys and maintains offices in the heart of both Tacoma's and Seattle's business districts. We are proud to practice with some of the best attorneys in the state. In recent years, many of our lawyers have been honored with a variety of prestigious awards. These include regular listings of our attorneys in "Best Lawyers in America," recognition of our attorneys as Washington Super Lawyers and Rising Stars in Super Lawyers magazine, two "Trial Lawyer of the Year" awards from the Washington State Association For Justice, and the majority of our attorneys are AV Preeminent rated by Martindale, its highest rating.

A Philosophy of Dedication

Although the firm has necessarily evolved since its inception in response to changes in the law and society, one thing has remained the same: Our philosophy.

You notice our dedication the moment you begin working with us. We take a personal interest in you. If you have a question, we will answer it. If you don't understand something, we will explain it. You are the reason we are here.

By keeping in close contact with you and consulting with other team members, we can ensure you are well represented. We keep abreast of current developments in the law, and we can anticipate changes in the law that may affect you.

Our firm has the experience and depth to handle complicated legal matters, but we are small enough to provide these services in a way that is both personal and tailored to your needs.

We Make the Community an Area of Practice

For over a century, Gordon Thomas Honeywell attorneys have made significant contributions to the profession and the community.

Our lawyers have gone on to hold the following positions: Washington State Attorney General, Pierce County Prosecuting Attorney, Superior Court Judges, Washington State Court of Appeals Judges, Washington Supreme Court Justice, and District Court Judges. Our attorneys have also included three presidents of the Washington State Bar Association along with three members of its Board of Governors. Gordon Thomas Honeywell lawyers have also gone on to become members of the United States Congress, officers of the American Bar Association and Governor of the State of Washington.

  • Reflection pond by the Tacoma Glass Museum
  • Pioneer Square
  • Fireboats on the Seattle Waterfront
  • Duwamish Waterway and brown field cleanup
  • Tacoma Arches at the History Museum
Gordon Thomas Honeywell LLP


1201 Pacific Ave, #2100
Tacoma, WA 98402

Telephone: 253.620.6500
Fax: 253.620.6565


One Union Square
600 University St, #2100
Seattle, WA 98101

Telephone: 206.676.7500
Fax: 206.676.7575

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1201 Pacific Ave, #2100, Tacoma, WA 98402
Telephone: 253.620.6500  Fax: 253.620.6565


One Union Square, 600 University St, #2100, Seattle, WA 98101
Telephone: 206.676.7500  Fax: 206.676.7575