Shirley l bluhm, attorney at law, llc



Experienced, Guidance, Results

obtaining justice for clients since 1993

My motto is “experience, guidance, results”. I have been practicing law in Olympia since 1993 and opened my own firm in 1997. I am also licensed to practice in Oregon. I enjoy the environment and personableness of a small firm, which is why I only have one staff member. It is my goal to have an open line of communication with my client, to relieve as much stress as possible, and to obtain compensation for what they are entitled to. I treat each and every client as I would want to be treated if I were the client.

Get in touch with us to set up a consultation, or use the contact form at the bottom of this page to enquire whether our services are right for you.




2620 RW Johnson Rd SW, Ste 200
Tumwater, WA 98512



Areas of Practice

General personal injury

When a person suffers a physical and/or emotional injury because of another persons wrongful conduct, he or she may be entitled to recover damages by way of a personal injury claim or lawsuit. Personal injury cases include, but are certainly not limited to, automobile and trucking accidents; unsafe premises (trip and fall); dog bites; medical malpractice; dangerous construction sites; and defective products.

Premises Liability

Property owners have certain obligations under local, state, and federal laws. While these laws vary, the basic underlying fact of them is similar regardless of where you live: property owners have an obligation to keep their land and the buildings on top of it safe for authorized visitors and those with business there. When they fail to do so, innocent people can suffer devastating personal injuries.


The death of a loved one is devastating. It is not made any easier when it could have been avoided. Wrongful deaths can occur for many reasons such as automobile or trucking collisions, medical negligence, nursing home abuse or neglect, construction accidents, or dangerous drugs. If a loved one dies due to someone else’s wrongdoing, family members have a right to recover for their loss and can include medical and funeral expenses, pain and suffering, loss of support and services, and loss of companionship.

Automobile and trucking collisions:

Whether it be texting and driving, changing the radio station, drinking and driving, or simply not paying attention, our roads are filled with distracted/impaired drivers every single day. Every action has a consequence and unfortunately, the negligent actions of others leaves innocent parties in bad situations.

A collision can be devastating, especially if there are injuries or death. Injuries can be as simple as a neck/back strain or sprain to as complicated as broken bones, brain damage, or loss of a limb. Often a collision can cause emotional suffering as well or leads to the inability to work and long-term disabilities that cost thousands in medical expenses.

A bad situation can be made worse by insurance companies who often look for reasons not to pay or if there is not sufficient insurance available to fully compensate you for your loss and injuries.

Not all collisions involve cars. There are also trucking collisions, which often cause more severe injuries than a collision involving a car. Common causes of trucking accidents include driver fatigue or inattention, inexperience, overloaded or improperly loaded trucks, and exceeding safe speed for the roadway or conditions. Proving fault in trucking collisions is usually more complex than automobile accident cases.

When an automobile or trucking collision causes injury or death, the everyday life of victims and their families are turned upside down. That is why it is best to seek the advise of experienced legal counsel as quickly as possible.

Medical Malpractice:

Medical malpractice occurs when a doctor, nurse, dentist, or other healthcare provider acts negligently and injures a patient. There are many different ways this type of malpractice can happen. Medical malpractice can happen because a diagnosis was missed, because the wrong surgical technique was used, because the wrong medication or dosage was prescribed, or because the patient was not fully informed of the risks of a drug or medical procedure.


There are many different types of insurance claims: automobile, homeowners, and general liability, just to name a few. What they have in common is a contract between the insurance company and the insured. First thing when a covered event happens is to read the insurance policy or contract to determine if there are any exclusions to the coverage you are seeking. If there is no exclusion then a claim can be made.

When you have a valid claim but the insurance company delays, denies, or simply does not pay for your damages, you then may have a claim against your own insurance company. This routine denial of payment is happening more and more often. There are several types of claims you can bring against your own insurance company, including violation of the Insurance Fair Conduct Act (IFCA), of the Consumer Protection Act (CPA), of the Washington Administrative Codes (WAC), and breach of contract.


Law and justice are not always the same.
— Gloria Steinem


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