Terry P. Abeyta

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Top Rated Personal Injury Attorney in Yakima, WA

Abeyta Nelson Injury Law
 | 1102 West Yakima Avenue, Yakima, WA 98902
Phone: 509-575-1588
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2003 - 2017
Licensed Since: 1976
Practice Areas:
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
Attorney Profile

Attorney Terry P. Abeyta of Abeyta Nelson Injury Law has over four decades of experience practicing personal injury law in Washington state.  As an attorney specializing in auto and truck accidents, as well as a wide range of other personal injury accidents, Abeyta has tried and successfully settled numerous cases over the course of his career for clients in the Yakima and Seattle areas.

After graduating at the top of his class from Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington, Abeyta earned his law degree from the University of Washington School of Law. He has been admitted to practice in the state of Washington since 1976. In addition to being involved in many significant cases throughout his legal career, Abeyta has also authored articles on legal topics and served as a presenter at a variety of litigation conferences and seminars.

This dedication to the legal realm has been recognized by numerous organizations in different ways, including an invitation to the prestigious Damage Attorney’s Round Table (an invitation-only group). Abeyta is also listed in the publication “The Best Lawyers in America” and was recognized as one of the “Leading 500 Plaintiff’s Lawyers in America” by Lawdragon. He received this honor as a result of a case involving a tribal jail suicide that lead to a record-breaking settlement.

In addition to his law practice, Abeyta has served in various roles for the Washington State Association for Justice and is a former president of the Yakima County Bar Association and the American Board of Trial Advocates. Other organizations he belongs to include the American Association for Justice and the Million Dollar Advocates Forum, an organization of attorneys who have recovered verdicts or settlements for their clients in excess of $1 million.

Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Personal Injury - General (100%): Animal Bites, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Slip and Fall, Wrongful Death, Construction Accident, Brain Injury, Trucking Accidents

Focus Areas

Personal Injury - General: Animal Bites, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Slip and Fall, Wrongful Death, Construction Accident, Brain Injury, Trucking Accidents


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Super Lawyers: 2003 - 2017

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About Terry Abeyta

Admitted: 1976, Washington

Professional Webpage: http://abeytanelson.com/attorneys/terry-abeyta/

Honors and Awards:

  • President, Damage Attorneys Round Table, 2009
  • Lawdragon Leading 500 Plaintiffs' Lawyers in America, Lawdragon, 2007
  • The Best Lawyers in America, 2006
  • WSAJ’s Alvin Anderson award
  • Super Lawyer, 1999-present

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • President, Yakima County Bar Association, 1999
  • Past President, Yakima County Bar Association
  • Past President, Washington Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates
  • Washington Association for Justice (formerly Washington State Trial Lawyers Association) Board of Governors; Vice President-East; Vice President Development; Vice President Membership

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • RCIA team, St. Paul Cathedral Parish
  • School Board, St. Joseph/Marquette School
  • Parish Council, St. Paul Cathedral Parish
  • Board of Directors, Larson Gallery Guild
  • Board of Directors, Yakima Symphony Orchestra
  • Leadership team, United Way of Central Washington
  • President/Board of Directors, Yakima Valley Community Foundation
  • Board of Directors, Yakima Valley College Foundation

Verdicts and Settlements:

  • $6.M in bleacher fall case, largest settlement in history of Yaima County; $1.5M underinsured mortorist arbitration award in Yakima County, largest arbitration award in history of Yakima County; largest jury verdict for cervical strain in history of Yakima County; $4.1M settlement  in auto crash case and $3.5M settlement in playground injury case, two largest settlements in history of Kittitas County; $2.5M settlement of workplace injury in Grant County, largest settlement in history of Grant County; and $2.5M auto crash settlement in Klickitat County, largest settlement in history of Klickitat County.


Educational Background:

  • Whitman College, B.A., Phi Beta Kappa; summa cum laude; graduated No. 1 in class; honors in major field of study, 1976
  • Yakima Valley Community College, A.A., 1973
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Office Location for Terry P. Abeyta

1102 West Yakima Avenue
Yakima, WA 98902

Phone: 509-575-1588


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Last Updated: 6/21/2017

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