August 09, 2018
Thomas E. Gates, Esq, PE, FASCE was recently selected as Top Attorney & Civil Engineer of the Year for 2018 by the International Association of Top Professionals (IAOTP) for his outstanding leadership and commitment to the industry.
While inclusion with the International Association of Top Professionals is an honor in itself, only a few members in each discipline are chosen for this distinction. These special honorees are distinguished based on their professional accomplishments, academic achievements, leadership abilities, and longevity in the field, other affiliations and contributions to their communities. All honorees are invited to attend the IAOTP’s annual award gala at the end of this year for a night to honor their achievements.
With over 3 decades of professional experience serving the people of Washington as a licensed Civil Engineer, and more recently as a Lawyer, Mr. Gates has certainly proven himself as an expert in the field who has been becoming a household name.As a dynamic, results-driven leader, Mr. Gates has demonstrated success not only as serving politically for two terms on the City Council and Mayor for the City of Richland, but also as King County Bar Associations Volunteer Legal Services Attorney.As Owner & Founder of Gates-Law, Mr. Gates’ firm specializes in Civil Litigation, Personal Injury, Business and Non-profit, Estate Planning and Trusts, and defense of criminal and DUI charges.
Throughout his illustrious career, Mr. Gates has received many awards, accolades and has been recognized worldwide for his outstanding leadership and commitment to the profession.For 2019 he is being considered to be featured in TIP (Top Industry Professional Magazine), and is also being considered for IAOTP’s Lifetime Achievement Award. For 2018 he was selected as Top Attorney and Civil Engineer of the Year by the International Association of Top Professionals, listed with the Top 100 Registry for Attorneys and received the Lifetime Achievement Award by Marquis Who’s Who.For 2017 he was listed as America’s Top 100 Attorneys Lifetime Achiever, and named on multiple occasions as a “Rising Star” by Washington Super Lawyers. For 2016, Mr. Gates was named Top 10 Under 40 Award by the National Academy of Personal Injury Attorneys.For 2015 received Excellence in Legal Service by the US Commerce & Trade Research Institute and received the Premier 100 Trial Attorneys Award by the American Academy of Trial Attorneys.For 2014, he was named Top 10 Under 40 by the National Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys. In 2010 named Volunteer Attorney of the Year by the Volunteer Legal Services KCBA.In 2004 named King County Bar Association Volunteer Legal Service’s Volunteer Attorney of the Year. In 1992 named Sir Knight of the Year by the Knights of Columbus Fourth Degree and in 1987 named Outstanding Young Man of America.
As a practicing engineer for nearly twenty-five years, Mr. Gates focused on the environmental and waste management areas.He was a member of the American Concrete Institute and American Society of Civil Engineers national standards committees.He is credited with involvement in at least 14 technology reports and numerous presentations.He was a former consultant for the Electrical Power Research Institute and Atomic Energy of Canada Limited.Mr. Gates was also the lead Judge for Washington’s Science Talent Search for 6 straight years.For his contributions, he was elected as a Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers.He also served as the Chair of Washington State’s Solid Waste Advisory Committee providing guidance to the Department of Ecology.
Aside from his successful career, Mr. Gates is an active participant in his community.He served his community for two terms on the Richland City Council and as Mayor.Prior to that, he served nearly 6 years on the Physical Planning Commission; 4years as Chair.He has also served on the Boards of social service, civic, and fraternal organizations including the Salvation Army, The Benton-Franklin Community action Committee, March of Dimes, Kiwanis Club of Richland and the Knights of Columbus.In 1992 he was named Sir Knight of the Year by the Knights of Columbus, 4th Degree; Distinguished President, Kiwanis in 1996; Salvation Army’s Steven T. Pack Representative Award and in 1987 named Outstanding Young Man of America.
Mr. Gates received his Bachelor of Science Degree and Master of Science Degree in Civil Engineering from Kansas State University.He received his Juris Doctor Degree from Seattle University School of Law after going back to college.He formed his law firm immediately after being admitted to the Washington State Bar Association.Mr. Gates is licensed to practice before the Washington State Bar and in Federal Court by the United States District Court of the Western District of Washington. Stephanie Cirami, President of IAOTP stated, “Choosing Mr. Gates for this honor was an easy decision for our panel to make.Mr. Gates’ numerous awards, accolades’ and accomplishments are extremely impressive.He has tremendous foresight, extensive knowledge, is brilliant at what he does and was exactly what we were looking for.We are truly honored to have him as our Top Attorney and Civil Engineer of the Year and we are looking forward to meeting him at the gala.”
Looking back, Mr. Gates attributes his success for his education, mentors he had along the way and staying passionate in all of his endeavors.He says his work is very gratifying and hopes others will consider a career in Law and Engineering.When not working, he enjoys gardening, woodworking, cooking, and reading.For the future, he will continue to follow a simple creed: “He saw a need, he cared, he made a difference” and hopes to make a difference in the world and in people’s lives any way that he can.
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