Lance Hester has had the privilege of representing a variety of victims of sexual abuse, medical malpractice and drivers’ negligence. His results are a reflection of the hard work he puts into each of his cases, including working with his clients to prepare for all aspects of the discovery process. His goal is that every client is confident to advance to the next step of litigation, whether it be depositions, paperwork, or even trial testimony.
Lance also is a strong advocate for protecting his clients Constitutional Rights. He protects those accused of DUI’s and takes care of their Department of License (DOL) licensing hearings as well. His trial experience spans from Murder to misdemeanor trespass. With his experiences comes an eye for legal issues that often time result in filing motions designed to make sure the playing field is as fair for his clients as possible. Sometimes this restricts the extent of the evidence the opposition is allowed to introduce at trial, and at other times is has resulted in complete dismissal of charges. It is the pursuit of justice and fairness to his clients that motivates Lance.
As mentioned, his DUI legal practice is vast. It has included managing cases of driving while under the influence in many jurisdictions, including trials as near as Pierce and King counties, and some in eastern Washington as well. DUI’s have long-term consequences, and can affect not just a clients freedom, but even the ability to travel to other countries. Mr. Hester maintains active research on the Washington DUI laws and incorporates his working knowledge into all of his case analysis. Often this can lead to favorable negotiations bearing sensible resolutions for his clients.
In his personal injury practice, Lance Hester is not afraid to find justice when to others it may not appear possible. In some cases it appears as though the perpetrator lacks resources to pay on a judgment. In addition to helping vehicle drivers hold other negligent drivers accountable, Lance works hard pursuing justice for cyclists, pedestrians, and vehicle passengers. Mr. Hester has a remarkable track record of fleshing out those resources. He also is not afraid to evaluate all possible theories of who is liable if it means finding justice for his injured client. That’s what Lance Hester’s clients deserve.
Lance Hester’s entire career has been with the Hester Law Group. He graduated from the Seattle University School of Law in December, 1997. He has maintained a trial practice, including plaintiffs' personal injury work and criminal defense ever since.
Mr. Hester is currently admitted to practice law in Washington and Idaho, and the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington. He has experience in the majority of counties in the state of Washington, all three Divisions of the Court of Appeals and Seattle and Tacoma Federal Court. His practice includes a full range of appellate work, both civil and criminal.
Maintaining an active lifestyle is part of what defines Lance Hester. He enjoys snow and waterskiing, running, biking, and swimming. He has completed the New York and Disneyworld marathons and regularly competes in local triathlons, half-marathons, and 5k road races. He enjoys travelling, boating, and about any kind of adventure with his wife and two boys. Lance’s youngest son lives with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. Lance is a committed advocate for the disadvantaged and actively spends considerable time personally meeting with researchers, Congressional representatives, government agencies, and advocacy groups. He serves on a national board (Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy) and is committed to continuing this work until there is an end to Duchenne.
Professional and Personal Affiliations
- Past President Young Lawyers Division Washington State Bar Association
- Past President Tacoma Pierce County Bar Association Young Lawyer Division
- Washington State Association for Justice
- American Bar Association
- Washington State Bar Association
- National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
- Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
- Trustee to the Pierce County Young Lawyer's Division
- Two-time Washington Law and Politics "Rising Star"
- Secretary/Treasurer Tacoma Pierce County Bar Association
- Treasurer Robert Bryan Chapter of American Inns of Court
- Former Committee Chair - Gig Harbor Peninsula area Young Life
- Board Member and Treasurer of national organization - Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy
Lance Hester appeared with his client in Whatcom County Superior Court (Bellingham) for trial on four felony counts: 1. Assault in the second degree, 2. Felony Harassment, 3. Unlawful possession of firearm and 4. Unlawful possession of short barreled shotgun. Knowing that Mr. Hester was prepared to prove his client's innocence, the state dismissed all charges. The client was thrilled.
During two consecutive weeks Lance Hester achieved anti-harassment orders for two separate clients. One had been the subject of bullying and road-rage harassment by a co-worker; the other’s family had been stalked by a former baby sitter over the course of several months following termination of her services.
Lance Hester successfully negotiated settlement on behalf of a disabled plaintiff whose rights were violated by a strip mall owner in Seattle’s International District whose property lacked appropriate wheelchair access.
Lance Hester and Casey Arbenz helped a client facing a serious charge of Violating a Anti-harassment Order in Lakewood Municipal Court avoid a conviction despite overwhelming evidence of guilt. The client was thrilled to enter a two-year stipulated order of continuance.
During a Federal probation violation hearing, Lance Hester successfully assisted his client in convincing the court to release him from continued incarceration despite the fact the client admitted to cutting off his electronic monitoring ankle bracelet.
Attorney Lance Hester successfully negotiated settlement on behalf of a disabled plaintiff whose rights were violated by a University District strip mall owner whose property lacked appropriate wheelchair access.
Lance Hester's client was facing a probable life sentence in Louisiana as well as federal criminal sex charges in the Western District of Washington. Thanks to Mr. Hester's expansive knowledge and negotiation, the case was settled globally and the client was able to avoid the life sentence.
Attorney Lance Hester secured a successful settlement for a disabled plaintiff whose rights were violated by a Woodinville strip mall owner. The result came about whem Mr. Hester pointed out the many instances where the property lacked appropriate wheelchair access.
In Cowlitz County District Court, Lance Hester reduced his client's case from a criminal Reckless Driving charge to an infraction.
Lance Hester successfully negotiated a resolution for his client in Tacoma Municipal Court whereby the client's DUI (refusal) case was amended to Negligent Driving in the first degree. The client received no jail time and roughly a $300 fine.
Lance Hester helped a client have her DUI case from 2005 dismissed with prejudice in Lakewood Municipal Court.
Brett Purtzer just convinced a jury to find his client not guilty of unlawfully displaying a weapon (a handgun) in Tacoma Municipal Court. The client was looking at a lengthy jail term and was very pleased with Mr. Purtzer's effort in proving that he was acting in self-defense. This is the second time the Hester Law Group has obtained a not guilty verdict for this same client. Roughly six years ago, Lance Hester and Casey Arbenz convinced a jury to find the client not guilty of trespassing in the second degree.
Lance Hester successfully negotiated a policy-limit settlement for a homeless pedestrian who attepted to cross a busy four-lance road without using a crosswalk and was struck by a vehicle that failed to "lookout" for the pedestrian.
Lance Hester's hard work convinced a Pierce County Prosecuting Attorney to dismisses serious theft/embezzlement charges (without prejudice) against a client who was falsely accused by a former employer.
Attorney Lance Hester successfully negotiated a $275,000 settlement of a complicated head-on accident for his client.
Lance Hester represented two clients facing seven total counts of violating Lakewood's Municipal Code - all relating to their ownership of two dogs. Mr. Hester and his team were able to have 5 of the 7 allegations dismissed. His clients were very pleased to only have to pay $150 in fines.
Lance Hester helped a client obtain a one-year stipulated order of continuance with a small fine and no other conditions in response to a charge of Hit and Run. The client was very pleased with the result.
Lance Hester was able to have assault in the fourth degree, domestic violence charges dismissed on behalf of a client charged in Federal Way Municipal Court.
Lance Hester helped a client have his DUI case DISMISSED with prejudice.
Lance Hester fought for a client charged with felony assault in the second degree and convinced the prosecutor to DISMISS the charge.