Title: Attorney, Civil Engineer
Location: Federal Way, Washington, United States
Thomas Edward Gates, Esq, PE, FASCE, Attorney and Civil Engineer, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Lawyers for dedication, achievements, and leadership in engineering and law.
Mr. Gates is a registered professional engineer in three states as well as a noted personal injury, criminal defense, and commercial attorney. He is utilizing his unique talents as manager of Gate’s Law, PLLC, in Tukwila Washington, as well as an acting program manager at the Basalt Waste Isolation Project of the Battelle Pacific Northwest Laboratories of Richland, Washington since 1988. Mr. Gates was recently presented with a 2017 Lifetime Achievement distinction from America’s Top 100 Attorneys. He is a Marquis Who’s Who Industry Expert, and the recipient of an Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award. Mr. Gates was selected for the pages of Who’s Who in Finance and Business, Who’s Who in Finance and Industry, Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in Science and Engineering, Who’s Who in the West, Who’s Who in the World, and Who’s Who of Emerging Leaders in America.
Born in Tachikawa, Japan to Harold Charles Gates and Masako Gates in 1953, Mr. Gates attended Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas, earning a BS in 1979 and a MS in 1981. He conducted civil engineering research there while working on a master’s degree, and became a state inspector with the Riley County Public Works in Manhattan. Mr. Gates went to Washington in 1981 as an engineer with Battelle Pacific, and was appointed manager of waste package projects in 1986. In 1988 he went on to the Westinghouse Hanford Company in Richland, and managed numerous projects as a manager concurrently with working at the Battelle laboratories. Mr. Gates earned a JD from Seattle University in 2001 and launched Gates’ Law in 2004. Since 2013, he has also been a pro team judge in the city of Federal Way.
Mr. Gates has been recognized by the state of Washington as former chairman of the Solid Waste Advisory Committee, and was a member of the Municipal Research and Service Center with the Washington Department of Community Development from 1991 to 1993. He has additionally consulted with the state’s Electrical Power Research Institute and Atomic Energy of Canada Ltd. In his civic duty, Mr. Gates has been a prolific volunteer with numerous energy, community, and faith groups, notably with the Richard Kiwanis Foundation, Kamp Kiwanis, and the Knights of Columbus, which named him 1992 Sir Knight of the Year. His legal work has accrued numerous awards for volunteerism and excellence, notably with a 2015 Excellence in Legal Service honor from the U.S. Commerce and Trade Research Institute. Needless, to say, he is a member of an incredible number of professional societies, and is presently active with the Washington State Bar Association as well as Wayfind, formerly the Washington Attorneys Assisting Community Organizations.
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