ABOUT US

The Law Firm of Payne & Hickel has an outstanding reputation in the Puget Sound region and across the State of Washington. In 2008, the law firm was awarded "Best Professional Business" by the Federal Way Chamber of Commerce. The principal attorneys Gaylen Payne and Tim Hickel have over 50 years of combined legal experience. In both 2004 and 2007, Tim Hickel was voted "best attorney" in a poll conducted by the Federal Way Mirror newspaper. Gaylen Payne is an experienced trial lawyer who also serves as an arbitrator for the King and Pierce County Superior Courts. In addition, he serves as an advisor to several area hospitals, which is an outstanding benefit to our personal injury clients.

We pride ourselves on providing our clients with high quality legal services by taking the time to listen and then working together on a strategy to get the best possible results.
 

We will work with you every step of the way to make sure you receive the legal services you need. At our firm, your case will be handled by one of the principal attorneys and you will deal directly with that attorney from the beginning of your case until final resolution. We will always keep you informed as to the status of your case and we encourage your questions. We maintain strict client confidentiality and will always protect your privacy.

We offer free personal injury consultations and case reviews. Injury cases are handled on a contingency fee. This means that if we do not obtain a settlement you do not owe us an attorney fee.   

Gaylen Payne
 
Mr. Payne graduated cum laude from both the University of Washington School of Business and Seattle University School of Law. While Payne & Hickel is principally located in Federal Way, Mr. Payne has represented injured victims from all areas of Washington and Oregon.

Mr. Payne currently serves as an Arbitrator for King County Superior

and Pierce County Superior Court, hearing personal injury cases as well as other types of civil litigation cases. In addition, he serves as a Special Assistant Attorney General for the State of Washington handling civil cases for various governmental agencies. He has been a guest speaker at many continuing legal education (CLE) seminars training other lawyers on various legal topics. He also serves as a volunteer on several hospital advisory boards dealing with patient care.

Mr. Hickel also serves as a King County Superior Court Special Master based on his experience and expertise in handling personal injury cases. In this capacity, Mr. Hickel has been appointed by the Court in over 50 cases to review and evaluate the work of other personal injury lawyers representing injured children and make expert recommendations to the Superior Court as to the adequacy of the proposed settlements.

Mr. Hickel was voted “Best Attorney in Federal Way – 2007” and "2004" in annual polls conducted by the Federal Way Mirror newspaper. He has been a guest writer for the “Trial News” the official monthly newspaper of the Washington State Trial Lawyers Association. His article, “Settling the Traumatic Brain Injury Case,” was featured in the September 1996 edition and discussed the handling of a traumatic brain injury case that resulted in a $462,000.00 injury settlement. He has also provided legal and legislative commentary involving “Good Samaritan Laws” on the ABC network 20/20 and Geraldo Rivera CNBC.
 
Mr. Hickel currently serves on the
 
Board of Directors of the Federal Way Chamber of Commerce. He is a past member of the Board of Directors of Communities in Schools of Federal Way and is Past-President of the Board of Directors of the Multi-Service Center, a $12 million non-profit social service agency operating in South King County. The Multi-Service Center provides food, clothing, energy and housing assistance, long-term care advocacy, and adult literacy help to the citizens of South King County and North Pierce County.

In the mid 1990’s Mr. Hickel served in the Washington State House of Representatives representing approximately 150,000 residents of the 30th District (Federal Way, and parts of Auburn, Fife, Northeast Tacoma, and Kent). During this time, he served as Vice-Chair of the Law and Justice Committee and as a member of the Statute Law Committee. In his position as Vice-Chair of the Law and Justice Committee he played an integral role in formulating the laws of the State of Washington including laws that protect the rights of injured victims.
 
Timothy Hickel
 
Tim Hickel has been a successful personal injury trial attorney and experienced injury settlement negotiator for over 20 years. He is a graduate of the University of Washington School of Business and Seattle University Law School. He is licensed to practice in Washington and California and is a member in good standing of the Washington and California State Bar Associations as well as the Washington State Trial Lawyers Association. Although Payne & Hickel is located in Federal Way, Mr. Hickel has represented injured victims from all areas of the State of Washington as well as California.