;I became a lawyer because of the movie Liar Liar starring
Jim Carrey. The pen is blue.
;Before law school, I worked in minor league baseball. I have
always loved baseball. If I were faster, had a better arm, and
could hit a curveball, I’d probably still be playing today.
;My greatest accomplishment as a lawyer is a 12-minute
guilty verdict as a prosecuting attorney. The jury had just
enough time to read the instructions and walk back to the
courtroom. I guess I should tell you about how good it felt
to help the multiple families I worked with in the abuse and
neglect unit of Legal Services of Southern Missouri. Helping
families work toward reunification was extremely fulfilling. But
I’m pretty proud of that verdict, too.
;In my practice, I work on improving the lives of my clients.
The reason I do what I do is to help people get through difficult times. In my practice areas of criminal defense and personal injury, I see people at their worst. It’s my job to make
sure that my clients know that someone is in their corner
fighting for them and working to get them back to their lives.
;The best advice I have for new lawyers is don’t be afraid to
jump in. Trust that you are capable of practicing law and you
will find success.
;During my free time, I injure myself constantly doing Cross-fit. I have a hard time understanding that my body is not
capable of taking the punishment that it did when I played
rugby in college. Perhaps it is those years of helmetless
contact that prevents me from understanding my limits.
Nonetheless, I enjoy physical fitness and competition.
You can often find me on the softball diamond during the
;I absolutely can’t live without St. Louis Cardinals baseball.
I grew up in St. Louis and it truly is the best baseball town
in America. I have adopted the Mariners, but my heart be-
longs to the Birds on the Bat.
;I have recently tried or want to try learning how to fish for
salmon. I’m great with trout, bass, and catfish but I’m lost
when it comes to the bread and butter of the Pacific Northwest. I will gladly take you up on any tips.
;I enjoy reading teenage fiction novels. I enjoyed The
Hunger Games, The Maze Runner, and the Divergent
series. I’m not ashamed.
;Nobody would ever suspect that I paint. This is not a declaration that anything that I have ever created is acceptable
as art, but I enjoy expressing myself abstractly on a blank
canvas. Additionally, it’s a cheap way to decorate the house.
;I give back to my community by volunteering at the King
County Bar Association Neighborhood Legal Clinic in
Seattle and the Housing Justice Project in Kent.
;This makes me roll my eyes: grass fed beef. I don’t understand paying more for a steak that tastes worse and costs
less to produce. I guess that’s my Midwest upbringing.
;This makes me smile: My 100-pound Golden Retriever
named Ollie. He is the sweetest animal I have ever met. He
is scared of small dogs, loud noises, water, car rides, and he
doesn’t play fetch but I couldn’t ask for a better dog.
;If I could pick a superpower, it would be invisibility. I
might have to re-read the ethics rules if that ever happened.
Imagine the possibilities.
;My first car was a 1993 Plymouth Acclaim. To this day, I
miss having a bench seat in the front of my car. I would love
to have my wife slide over next to me and take a long drive
down a country road.
;If I have learned one thing in life, it is that I don’t know
anything. I wish others would learn that same lesson.
My name is TOM VENNEMAN. I moved to Seattle nearly four years ago from St. Louis, MO, where I was a prosecuting attorney. I am very excited to announce that my wife Anna and I welcomed our beautiful baby girl Ila in 2016. I am sole practitioner at Venneman Law P.L.L.C. My areas of practice are personal injury and criminal defense. My contact information can
be found at www.vennemanlaw.com.
Thomas C. Venneman
Bar No. #48364
Law School: University of Missouri, Columbia
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