Tacoma Office AttorneysSeattle Office AttorneysComplete Directory
Philip J. VanDerhoef

Phil VanDerhoef has been elected by his peers to the American College of Trial Lawyers and the American Board of Trial Advocates. He has been a Super Lawyer by vote of his peers since 2003. Phil represents physicians and other professionals in malpractice actions in the civil courts, in disciplinary proceedings before state agencies (professional boards and Quality Assurance Commissions), in hospital privileges disputes within hospital organizations, and in disputes with healthcare insurance plans and networks. His experience includes civil jury trials, administrative agency proceedings, insurance plan appeals, and hospital medical staff proceedings. Phil also has extensive experience advising and consulting with large healthcare institutions on quality improvement plans and risk management issues. Phil’s work with his clients includes urgent or emergent consultation on evolving potentially adverse events, representation in legal matters, and educational presentations on evolving areas of law effecting health care providers, safe medical practices, and risk management strategies. Phil is a Seattle native who returned home for law school and the practice of law after obtaining his undergraduate degree in Philosophy from the University of Notre Dame in 1981. While at Notre Dame, Phil was elected Phi Beta Kappa, and graduated magna cum laude. During law school at the University of Washington, Phil was elected to the Moot Court Honor Board and was a member of the Washington Law Review for two years. He served as the Executive Editor for Notes and Comments in his final year. In 1997, Phil and the other founding members of Fain Anderson & VanDerhoef, PLLC formed their own firm. In 2015, they joined with other accomplished health care attorneys to form Fain Anderson VanDerhoef Rosendahl O’Halloran Spillane, PLLC. The firm continues to serve their long-term clients and has expanded its practice to serve developing needs in the fluid environment of healthcare.


  • ‍Medical Professional Liability Defense
  • Licensing and Disciplinary Actions
  • Medical Staff, Peer Review, Privileging/ Credentialing
  • Civil/Business Litigation
  • Healthcare Risk Management
  • Review and negotiation of partnership and employment agreements


  • University of Washington, J.D., 1984
    - Law Review 1982-1984, Executive Editor, Notes and Comments 1983-1984
    - Moot Court Honor Board
  • University of Notre Dame, B.A., Philosophy, magna cum laude, 1981
    - Phi Beta Kappa

Admitted to Practice

  • State of Washington
  • State of Idaho
  • United States District Court - Western District of Washington and Eastern District of Washington
  • United States District Court - District of Idaho

Professional Experience

  • Fain Anderson VanDerhoef Rosendahl O’Halloran Spillane, PLLC, Principal/Owner, 2015 - Present
  • Fain Anderson & VanDerhoef, PLLC, Founding Member, 1997 – 2015
  • Williams, Kastner & Gibbs, PLLC, Seattle, WA, Member, 1992 —1997
  • Williams, Kastner & Gibbs, PLLC, Seattle, WA, Associate, 1984 - 1992

Professional Memberships

  • American College of Trial Lawyers, 2013 – Present
    American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), 2003 - Present
  • Washington State Bar Association
    - Litigation Section
    - Health Law Section
  • King County Bar Association
    - Trial Practice Section
  • Washington Defense Trial Lawyers
  • Washington Healthcare Risk Management Society

Honors & Awards

  • Rated “A/V Preeminent” by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Fellow: American College of Trial Lawyers since 2013
  • Super Lawyers 2000-2022, Top 100 2015-2017 and 2019-2021

Philip J. VanDerhoef
Of Counsel