Thomas Ahearne

Thomas Ahearne

Member, Foster Pepper PLLC

Tom Ahearne has over 30 years of litigation experience.  His practice focuses on two distinct areas: (1) representing policyholders in insurance coverage disputes, and (2) representing litigants in suits based on constitutional law, statutory rights, and election disputes.

Insurance Coverage:  Tom has been successfully representing insureds and claimants in a wide array of state and federal court coverage litigation since the 1980s.  He’s a frequent speaker on insurance coverage at trade association and legal industry seminars, and was named the Best Lawyers® 2011 Insurance Law “Lawyer of the Year” in Seattle.

Constitutional Law, Statutory Rights, & Elections:  Tom’s experience over the past three decades includes major constitutional suits such as the McCleary education funding litigation, election disputes such as the Rossi-Gregoire Governor’s election lawsuits, numerous ballot title challenges including I-933, I-895, I-892, I-885, I-884, I-864, & I-860, and cases resolving the enforcement or validity of statutes and initiatives such as Washington’s Top-Two primary system and various Tim Eyman measures.  Tom’s related work has been recognized in publications such as Washington Super Lawyers (2012 “Paramount Duty” article) and Seattle Magazine (“2010 Most Influential Lawyer of the Year”).



  • J.D., University of Chicago (with honors), 1984
  • B.A., University of Notre Dame (magna cum laude), 1981
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