Marquis Who’s Who, the world’s premier publisher of biographical profiles, has named Thomas Edward Gates a Lifetime Achiever. An accomplished listee, Gates celebrates many years’ experience in his professional network, and has been noted for achievements, leadership qualities, and the credentials and successes he has accrued in his fields. As in all Marquis Who’s Who biographical volumes, individuals profiled are selected on the basis of current reference value. Factors such as position, noteworthy accomplishments, visibility, and prominence in a field are all taken into account during the selection process.
Founded by Gates, a resident of Federal Way, in 2004, Gates’ Law, PLLC, in Tukwila was built on the guided principal of striving to offer the best possible results for clients based on making sound decisions, the facts presented, the law, and the cost/benefit analysis. A full-service law firm, his firm offers legal services in estate planning, business law, infractions and criminal matters, civil litigation, and personal injury. In addition to Gates’ extensive experience in these areas of law, he is a licensed professional civil engineer.
Admitted to the Washington State Bar Association in 2003, Gates earned a bachelor of science degree and master of science degree in civil engineering at Kansas State University, spending more than 20 years in the field as an engineer, research engineer, senior research engineer and in management in the environmental and waste management fields for several companies, including Batelle Pacific Northwest Laboratories and Westinghouse Hanford Company. Going back to college to pursue a law degree at Seattle University, he graduated in 2001 and formed his law firm three years later. He has also since become licensed to practice in Federal Court by the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington.
A former consultant of the Electrical Power Research Institute in Washington and a lead judge for the Washington State Scientific Talent Search, Gates also previously served two terms on the Richland City Council, later serving as mayor. He spent time on numerous boards, including the Salvation Army, the Benton-Franklin Community Action Committee, as well as other social service organizations, and the Association of Washington Cities. He is a Fellow and member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, where he also served on the technical council on the computer practices publication committee, in several positions for the American Concrete Institute and as a member of the King County Bar Association, the Kiwanis Club of Richland and the Knights of Columbus. He also served as chair of Washington State’s Waste Advisory Committee.
Named Volunteer Legal Services Attorney of the Year by the King County Bar Association, one of the Washington Rising Stars by Super Lawyers from 2012 to 2013, Gates also was honored for Excellence in Legal Services by the U.S. Commerce and Trade Research Institute in 2015. Ranked Top 10 Under 40, Gates received several other accolades for his work, in addition to being named to more than 40 editions of Who’s Who in Finance and Business, Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in Science and Engineering, Who’s Who in the West and Who’s Who in the World.
In recognition of outstanding contributions to his profession and the Marquis Who’s Who community, Gates has been featured on the Marquis Who’s Who Lifetime Achievers website. Visit https://wwlifetimeachievement.com/ for more information about this honor.