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Insurance companies don't represent you - they represent themselves.  You need an experienced attorney to take care of ​​​​​​your rights.
Following a life-changing personal injury or loss, you need top rated attorneys with a proven track record and a history of highly satisfied clients. You get that with Payne & Hickel.    We will fight for your rights!
For a FREE CASE EVALUATION simply call us at (253) 839-1730, send a quick online message in the box to the right,  or you can use our Full Online Form to provide us complete details at your convenience so we can better evaluate your claim here.


Practice Areas

Auto Accidents
  • Car Accidents
  • Motorcycle Accidents
  • Train Accidents
  • Airplane Accidents
  • Bus Accidents
  • Commercial Truck and Semi-Truck (Tractor-Trailer) Accidents
  • Drunk Driver Collisions
  • Rollover and Roof Crush Accidents
  • Side Impact and Intersection Collisions
Personal Injury
  • Pedestrian/Car Accidents
  • Bicycle Accidents/Collisions
  • Public Property Injuries
  • Slip and Fall
  • Collisions with Livestock
  • Wrongful Death
  • Burn Injuries
  • Dog Bites
  • Animal Attacks
Product Liability
  • Automobile Air Bag Failures
  • Automobile Seat Belt Failures
  • Child Safety Seat Failures
  • Tire Failures
  • Injuries from Defective   Products

Our Firm

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.   

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.

Our Legal Team

Gaylen B. Payne
Timothy T. Hickel
Jarret Payne
Legal Assistant
Gaylen has been a member of  the Washington State Bar Association since 1985. He was also admitted to the Oregon State Bar Association in 2003.  He is a graduate of the University of Washington School of Business and Seattle University School of Law.  He is an experienced trial attorney with emphasis on civil litigation and personal injury.  Mr. Payne also serves as a consultant to many area hospitals.
Tim has been practicing law in Washington since 1988. He is a member of the Washington and California State Bar Associations and the Washington State Trial Lawyers Association.  Tim represents people that have been injured due to the negligence of others commonly referred to as personal injury law.  He also serves as a Guardian ad Litem for the King County Superior Court.  He is also a graduate of the University of Washington School of Business and Seattle University School of Law.

Jarret has been assisting both attorneys at Payne & Hickel since 2010. His main role is speaking with their clients, updating and preparing files for the attorneys. He will contact the firm's Personal Injury clients to keep up to date with their treatment and respond to any questions or concerns that may arise throughout their claim.
Your case is important to us.  Let us fight for your rights!


  1. I was a passenger in a car that was involved in a three car crash. Tim Hickel represented me and I was treated very well and he continued to check up on me. He resolved my case and got a great settlement from it. Thank you!

    Kim S. - Federal Way

  2. I just wanted to say thank you for all you did for me. Tim and Jarret helped me every step of the way and you guys were so professional and caring. Thank you again for all you did. My case was long and stressful and your firm took that stress away. Thank you again.

    Hillari S. - Federal Way