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Meet Our Attorneys

Palace Law is built on the idea that every client deserves a competent team of legal professionals to handle all aspects of their case. At Palace Law every client is assigned a team to work on each case. Our teams are comprised of attorneys and legal professionals. Please take a moment to learn about the attorneys at Palace Law and the legal professionals that make up our legal teams.


PATRICK A. PALACE

Patrick A. Palace is the owner of Palace Law. He is a proud plaintiff’s trial lawyer with an emphasis on workers’ compensation, personal injury, civil rights and social security matters.

Patrick served as the President of the Washington State Bar Association from 2013-2014, which watches over the state’s nearly 35,000 lawyers. Prior to that, he was elected to the Washington State Bar Association’s Board of Governors in 2008 and served a three year term representing the 6th Congressional District.

Patrick is frequently heard on the radio on 99.9 KISW and 100.7 The Wolf and is well known among listeners for straight talk for the working men and women of the Northwest. He is also a proud main sponsor and regular attendee of the “Pain in the Grass” concert series every year since 2007. Patrick has produced and moderated two television programs: “The Peoples Law School” and “LawTalk”. These programs provide consumers with information about our legal system, and citizens’ rights and remedies under the law.

Patrick is a member of the American Bar Institute (ABI), is a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation and a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum. He served nine terms on the WSAJ Board of Governors (1999- 2008) and was the Secretary in 2007. He served on many of its committees, including WSAJ’s Executive committee, chair of the Public Affairs Committee for 2 years, state co-chair of the People’s Law School (1998-2000), vice chair of the Continuing Legal Education Committee, and vice chair of Development.

Patrick was chosen in 2013 by the “National Trial Lawyers” as one of the Nation’s Top 100 trial lawyers and also chosen in 2013 by “Seattle Met Magazine” as one of the “Top Attorneys in Washington”. In 2012, he was awarded the Outstanding Service Award from the Tacoma Pierce County Bar Association. He was also chosen in Washington Law and Politics as a “Super Lawyer” for ten years including 2014. He is a past President of the Washington State Bar Young Lawyers.

He is a regular speaker at continuing legal education seminars. He has chaired CLEs and lectured at the request of the Washington State Association for Justice (WSAJ), the Washington State Bar Association, the Tacoma-Pierce County Bar Association and other organizations. He has written chapters for the WSAJ “Automobile Accident Desk Book” and the WSAJ “Automobile Accident Litigation Desk Book.”

Patrick was also the YMCA Association Chair for the Strong Kids campaign for the 2010 and 2011 for Pierce and Kitsap Counties. In April 2010, the Strong Kids Campaign raised $1.3 million dollars in contributions to support YMCA community programs targeted at youth and their families. In 2011, the Strong Kids Campaign raised an additional $1.5 million dollars. In total, $2.8 million dollars was raised by the campaign in 2010-2011.

In 2014, he and his wife Lisa opened a yoga studio, The Yoga Palace, in Tacoma. Patrick is a dedicated yogi with his wife, is a father of three, and practices meditation and mixed martial arts to find balance and to further his practice of mindfulness. Patrick has a strong connection to his line of work and cares deeply about the outcome of all of his cases. He is a man of integrity who strives to be the same person, no matter what hat he is wearing. Whether he is at home with his wife and kids, practicing at his yoga studio, or at work fighting for justice, Patrick wants his actions to always come from the heart. He also has a tendency to listen to music louder than his non-rocker kids would like.
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Carrie Umland

Carrie Umland is a personal injury lawyer who earned her Bachelor of Arts from Central Washington University and received her Juris Doctor degree from Seattle University School of Law. She grew up in Washington and has always been a resident of the Pacific Northwest.

Carrie has practiced personal injury law for nearly 20 years representing plaintiffs and defendants. While attending law school she worked as a case manager/negotiator for a small plaintiff’s personal injury firm. Prior to that, she had been a claims representative for State Farm Insurance Company. Following graduation from law school her practice focused on insurance defense work until 2000. Realizing she had a greater calling, she then changed her practice and began exclusively representing injured people in her community against the larger and more powerful insurance companies, large business and government entities. As a result, Carrie’s love of law again flourished, and her reputation quickly grew as a fierce but fair advocate for the injured.

Today she is a member of the Washington State Bar Association and an Eagle Member (an exclusive group of trial lawyers) of the Washington State Association for Justice. She has served as a judge for the American Association of Justice Student Trial Advocacy Competition and the Seattle University School of Law Appellate Argument Competitions.

If you have met Carrie, then you know her passion for life. She is an avid runner, cyclist and swimmer and has participated in many triathlons and half marathons. She has completed marathons in Arizona, Scotland and Greece which included running in the 2500th anniversary of the original Athens Marathon in Greece. Carrie not only ran the original Olympic marathon, she finished with a personal best time.

In her free time, she is involved as a volunteer raising money and awareness for The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
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John Ledford

John Ledford is a workers compensation attorney who is passionate about helping others. That is one of the reasons he entered into the legal field and practices law as a worker’s compensation attorney at Palace Law. He has always focused his career on helping those who have been injured.

John is originally from Albany, Georgia. He attended the University of Georgia where he attained his bachelor’s degree in business. He went on and graduated from Mercer University, Walter F. George School of Law, in Macon Georgia. He began his career as an attorney in Albany, Georgia where he practiced in a family firm with his father who is also an attorney. His practice focused on representing clients in civil matters such as personal injury, medical malpractice, wrongful death and criminal defense. He gained valuable experience in a broad range of issues at both the federal and state levels. While in Georgia, John volunteered with Georgia Legal Services, where he provided advice and legal help with wills, estates, and other civil issues for individuals who could not afford legal representation. He also participated in clinics where people from the community could come with legal problems and he would provide assistance. John also enjoyed volunteering as a judge during area high school mock trial competitions through The Young Lawyer division in Dougherty County, GA.

John and his wife, who is also an attorney and a Washington native, decided to move to the Pacific Northwest in August 2014. He transferred his practice and joined Palace Law where he now focuses solely on assisting injured workers. John understands the difficulties of the legal system and is dedicated to working hard on behalf of his clients. He enjoys working closely with his clients to help them through the difficult legal process and is strongly dedicated to protecting their rights and obtaining all benefits possible for his clients.

In his free time, John enjoys spending time with his wife, who is originally from Burien. Together, they enjoy running, skiing, hiking and exploring the beautiful Pacific Northwest. He is also an avid hunter and fisherman.
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Jordan Couch

Jordan Couch is a worker’s compensation attorney and a dedicated advocate for those in need. His commitment to helping people both in and out of the courtroom is what brought him to Palace Law.

Jordan grew up in the prairie land of eastern Montana. After high school he moved to Maryland where he obtained his bachelor’s degree in Liberal Arts from St. John’s College. From there he travelled to Indiana and graduated from Indiana University’s Maurer School of Law where he was awarded membership in the Order of Barristers. While in law school Jordan worked for NASA and clerked for judges in the Maryland Court of Appeals and the Federal District Court for the Western District of Washington. He also managed and litigated cases for a pro bono organization that provided assistance to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking. Through each of these roles he gained valuable experience in a wide array of legal fields and honed his skills as a courtroom advocate.

Jordan moved to Washington in June of 2015 and put his skills and experience to use helping injured workers. He knows his way around the complex legal system and enjoys working with his clients to help them obtain the benefits they deserve.

Outside of the office, Jordan is heavily involved in the legal community. He can frequently be found at the University of Washington School of Law or the Seattle University School of Law donating his time to teach advocacy to the next generation of lawyers.

In his free time, Jordan is usually outside. You might see him at a concert or in the wilderness, hiking, fishing, skiing, and diving his way through life.
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Steven P. Pyle

Steven P. Pyle started his legal career in Florida, representing the insurance industry in liability and workers’ compensation claims. He was board certified in civil trial practice from 1993 to 1998. In 1998 the focus of Steven’s practice shifted to workers’ compensation. It further focused in 2006 in the area of complex workers’ compensation claims, particularly in the area of the heart and lung statute.

Steven has analyzed and tried cases before Judges of Compensation Claims throughout Florida and has briefed and argued cases before the First, Fourth and Fifth District Courts of Appeal. He has counseled insurance and industry leaders, uninsured employers, and individuals in all areas of workers’ compensation matters. He has presented, on multiple occasions, at the Florida Workers’ Compensation Convention and served three years on the ethics panel for attorneys.

In 2016 Steven and his wife decided it was time for a change. They had long admired the Pacific Northwest and fell in love with Tacoma because of the abundance of outdoor activities and its larger metropolitan influence. Steven has 3 children and enjoys gardening and beekeeping in his spare time.