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
Fax: 509-457-8426
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2003 - 2018
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, Dram Shop Laws, Construction Accident, Brain Injury, Sexual Abuse - Plaintiff, Trucking Accidents, Premises Liability - Plaintiff

Focus Areas

Animal Bites, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Slip and Fall, Wrongful Death, Dram Shop Laws, Construction Accident, Brain Injury, Sexual Abuse - Plaintiff, Trucking Accidents, Premises Liability - Plaintiff


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Super Lawyers: 2003 - 2018

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About Terry Abeyta

Admitted: 1976, Washington

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

Honors and Awards:

  • The Best Lawyers in America, 2017
  • The Best Law Firms in America, U.S. News & World Report, 2017
  • Chosen Best Law Firm & Best PI Law Firm by readers of Yakima Herald-Republic newspaper, 2017
  • Chosen Best Attorney in the Yakima Valley, Yakima Business News, 2017
  • This award is given annually to an individual who provides an outstanding contribution to the development and resources of WSTLA, now known as the Washington State Association for Justice., Alvin Anderson Award, Washington State Trial Lawyers Association, 2008
  • Lawdragon Leading 500 Plaintiffs' Lawyers in America, Lawdragon, 2007
  • Served as Secretary, Treasurer, Vice President, and President of the Washington Chapter , Member, American Board of Trial Advocates, 1999
  • This invitation-only group, comprised of 25 of the state's top trial lawyers, has only three from Eastern Washington., President, 2007, Damage Attorneys Round Table, 1999
  • President, Yakima County Bar Association, 1998
  • Super Lawyer, 1999-present

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • 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:

  • Vice President Catholic Charities of Central Washington, 2017
  • Vice President, La Salle High School Board of Trustees, 2017
  • Volunteer Attorney Services, 2015
  • Board of Directors, United Way of Central Washington, 2015
  • Founder, Peoples Law School
  • Board of Overseers, Whitman College, Walla Walla, Washington
  • 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:

  • Yakima Valley Community College, A.A., Phi Theta Cappa, chosen by faculty as top English student, 1973
  • Whitman College, B.A., Phi Beta Kappa; summa cum laude; graduated No. 1 in class; honors in major field of study, 1976
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Office Location for Terry P. Abeyta

1102 West Yakima Avenue
Yakima, WA 98902

Phone: 509-575-1588

Fax: 509-457-8426


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Last Updated: 3/7/2018

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