Hugh McGavick Profile

Hugh McGavick

Attorney at Law

A native Washingtonian, I was raised in Tacoma, and have had a residence or business in Thurston County since 1986. I’ve had an active federal and state court litigation practice in Pierce and Thurston counties, focused on civil rights and employment law, with some criminal defense, personal injury and consumer protection cases. I still handle select civil cases.

Education and Work History

University of Puget Sound (1976), BA, US history;
University of Oregon School of Law (1981) JD:
Admitted to the Washington State Bar (1981):
Law Clerk to US District Court Judge Jack E. Tanner in Tacoma (1981-83); and
Self-employed attorney in Pierce and Thurston Counties since 1983.


Both sides of my father’s Irish family settled in Pierce County in the 19th century. I am blessed to have three generations of family within 45 miles of my Thurston County home. In August 2017, 34 US McGavick clan members (14 from my father’s line) spent two weeks in Ireland with scores of Irish relatives at three separate reunion events, from Dublin to County Antrim on Ireland’s northeast coast. The Cushendall (County Antrim) house my great-grandmother Rosetta went out the window to elope with my great-grandfather (Hugh “Fiddler” McGavick) in 1889 is still in the family, so of course we had a party there. ‘Twas the trip of a life time.

Besides family time, work, volunteering and teaching, I stay physically fit and active. You may run into me at Broadway shows, musicals and theater. (I saw Bruce Springsteen on Broadway in May 2018, and Hamilton in Seattle two months earlier: the two best shows I’ve ever seen.) I travel as my calendar and pandemics allow, and visit family and friends in Canada, Ireland, Switzerland, Germany, Brazil, and the US when able.