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William K. Thayer

William Thayer

Licensed in Washington.
Of Counsel, Founding Partner.
Accepting appointments for Arbitration, Mediation, and SGAL.

  • Location: Vancouver, WA
  • Phone:  360-695-4244
  • Fax: 360-696-0583

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Bill is “of counsel” with the firm now. He previously advised and represented clients in personal injury and wrongful death claims and litigation from 1980 to 2021.

In addition to other areas of practice early on in his career, Bill handled wrongful death cases, construction site injury claims, automobile collision claims, dog bite cases, and a myriad of other types of injury claims. While most claims were settled through negotiation or mediation, Bill litigated, arbitrated and/or tried to verdict many cases for his clients. In his current capacity, he continues to be appointed by other lawyers to serve as an arbitrator of tort claims.

Bill was admitted to the practice of law in 1980. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration in 1977 from Southern Oregon College (magna cum laude) and later a Juris Doctorate degree in 1980 from the University of Oregon.

Bill served at one time on the Bench-Bar Committees for both Superior and District Courts in Clark County. He was frequently asked to be a speaker at various legal education seminars.

Bill was initially hired as an associate in a Hazel Dell law firm, he commenced his own solo practice in 1983 and was joined by Craig Schauermann in 1986 to form Schauermann Thayer. Although Bill’s nearly four decades of practice were for the most part anchored in Clark County, he also handled cases in Cowlitz, Skamania, Pacific, Lewis, Wahkiakum, Klickitat, Multnomah, Deschutes and Marion counties as well.

Bill is licensed to practice before all district, superior and state appellate courts in the State of Washington and has also been licensed to practice in Oregon courts since 2006. He is admitted to practice in the Western District Federal Court of the State of Washington, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the United States Supreme Court. He is also admitted to practice in the United States District Court for the District of Oregon.

Bill is a long-standing member of the Washington State Association for Justice (Eagle member since 1999), and of the Clark County Bar Association. Previously served as a judge pro tempore in Clark County District Court.

Bill is no stranger to hard work. He grew up on a cattle ranch in southwestern Oregon bucking hay, moving irrigation pipes, building fences and doctoring cattle. He worked in a lumber mill, cooked in a restaurant, and worked at other odd jobs as he completed his education. He has enjoyed being with his family, fishing, fly tying, playing and coaching basketball and soccer, coaching mock trial, music, reading and writing literary classics and novels in his free time. Bill and his wife live in Vancouver, Washington and have two adult children, and four grandchildren.

Year Joined Firm


Areas of Practice

Personal Injury

Wrongful Death

Claims and Litigation

Bar Admissions

Washington, 1980

U.S. District Court Western District of Washington, 1980

U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit, 1982

U.S. Supreme Court, 1995

Oregon, 2006

U.S. District Court District of Oregon, 2007


University of Oregon School of Law, Eugene, Oregon
J.D. – 1980

Southern Oregon College
B.A. magna cum laude – 1977
Major: Business Administration

Professional Associations and Membership

Washington State Trial Lawyers Association, Eagle Member (1999 – Present) (now WSAJ – Washington State Association for Justice)

Clark County Bar Association

Clark County Superior Court Bench-Bar Committee (former member)

Clark County District Court Bench-Bar Committee (former member)

Board Member – Clark County Volunteers Lawyers Program Board of Directors (2015 – 2018)

Past Employment Positions

Lee, Schauermann, Thayer & Day, Associate, 1980 – 1983

William K. Thayer, Sole Practitioner, 1983 – 1986