Bankruptcy Court Information For Tacoma, WA

Tacoma, Washington 98401

Residents of Pierce County, Washington file bankruptcy in Washington Western District Bankruptcy Court

2 courthouses serve the Washington Western District Bankruptcy Court.

Review the list of courthouses below and confirm that the one you'd like to use serves Pierce County.

Three Kinds of Information You Will Need from the Court

(Note: Court websites change often and links go out of date. If a link does not work, go to the home page for the court and look for the materials from there.)

Official Website of the
Washington Western District Bankruptcy Court

Official Court Website

* Home page

What you'll find there

You'll need to file your papers with one of the courthouses that serve the Washington Western District Bankruptcy Court.

Pre-COVID, you had to go to court, in person, at least once to meet with the bankruptcy trustee for your 341 hearing. During the Coronavirus pandemic, those meetings were typically done by phone or zoom. A few courts may still allow that.

Where To Start

Before you file, there are three kinds of information you'll need to get from the court's website:

1. Info on Filing Without an Attorney

Court "Pro Se" Info

Information specific to your district

You'll need information specifically about your particular court's procedures.

Fortunately, the Washington Western District Bankruptcy Court offers information specifically designed for people filing without an attorney. Virtually all courts link to the generic national information mentioned above. The Washington Western District Bankruptcy Court offers specific guidance about local procedures.

General information about how to file

If you're new to the bankruptcy process, the website of the US Courts Adminstrative Office now offers a basic orentation page for those filing bankruptcy without an attorney. The information inlcudes a Bankruptcy Basics video in English Spanish and Creole. The half hour video is split into chapters so you can go back and review parts that went by too fast the first time.

2. Local Rules

Local Rules - WAW

Each court has its own rules about filing procedure, how to list creditor's names and addresses, and they tend to be fussy about it.

You must comply with the details of the process, such as filing dates, filing procedures, fees, and a myriad of other bureaucratic wonderfulness. Depending on how poorly they're written, your court's local rules probably won't make much sense to you. Don't worry. You may not be affected by most of the rules.

However, you will need to follow the rules about filing procedure and how to format the creditors' "mailing matrix" (a list of creditor's names and addresses).

Your court publishes plain-English instructions for those filing without a lawyer in the Washington Western District Bankruptcy Court . Use that first, rather than trying to read the actual rules.

How to File for BankruptcyChapters 6 and 7 of How to File for Chapter 7 Bankruptcy offer more information on what to look for in local rules and how to ask the court clerk for the information you need as you prepare your paperwork and fill in yourforms.

3. Court Forms

Local Forms

Bankruptcy is a forms-intensive process, kind of like doing a long tax return.

The main forms you use in bankruptcy are federal forms, used nationwide in all bankruptcy courts.

Your bankruptcy court may have additional local forms for the Washington Western District Bankruptcy Court for dealing with things like the list of creditors.

4. Exemption Charts

Your court also publishes a helpful list of current exemption amounts in your state. For more on bankruptcy exemptions, click here.

Other information from the court

Most courts link to a downloadable U.S. Courts publication called "Bankruptcy Basics." This offers a decent overview of Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 bankruptcy -- but has no information about how to actually file or fill in the mountain of forms.

Now most courts also link to a helpful YouTube video created by the Federal Courts that explains the bankruptcy process.

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Courthouses of the Washington Western District Bankruptcy Court

Review the list of courthouses below and confirm that the one you'd like to use serves Pierce County.


Court Website info

700 Stewart St., #6301
Seattle, WA 98101

Maps: Google - Yahoo


Court Website info

Union Station
1717 Pacific Avenue, Ste 2100
Tacoma, WA 98402-3233

Maps: Google - Yahoo

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Washington Western District Bankruptcy Court List of Private Trustees by Chapter

Source: The U.S Trustee Program - Washington List of Private Trustees by Chapter



Note: The individuals listed are private parties, not government employees.





Matthew J. Anderton 
1424 West Summitview Avenue 
P.O. Box 711 
Yakima, WA 98907 
Phone: (509) 469-6648 


John D. Munding 
9425 N Nevada St., Ste 212 
Spokane, WA 99218 
Phone: (509) 624-6464 
Fax: (509) 624-6155 


Kevin D. O'Rourke 
421 W. Riverside Ave. 
960 Paulsen Building 
Spokane, WA 99201 
Phone: (509) 624-0159 
Fax: (509) 624-9231 



Ronald G. Brown 
P.O. Box 2369 
Kirkland, WA 98083 
Phone: (425) 522-3649 
Fax: (425) 963-1740 


Brian Lowell Budsberg 
1314 S. Grand Blvd Ste 2 
Box 120 
Spokane, WA 99202 
Phone: (360) 584-9093 
Fax: (360) 252-8333 


Virginia A. Burdette 
P.O. Box 16600 
Seattle, WA 98116 
Phone: (206) 441-0203 
Fax: (206) 624-2631 


Dennis L. Burman 
P.O. Box 1620 
Marysville, WA 98270 -1620 
Phone: (360) 657-3332 
Fax: (360) 657-3522 


Charles D. Carlson 
P.O. Box 3339 
Vancouver, WA 98668 
Phone: (503)-703-0744 
Fax: (360)993-2918 


Kathryn A. Ellis 
5506 Sixth Ave S #207 
Seattle, WA 98108 
Phone: (206)682-5002 


Russell D. Garrett 
1499 SE Tech Center Place, Suite 380 
Vancouver, WA 98683 
Phone: (360) 567-3911 
Fax: (360) 567-3901 


Nancy L. James 
15008 63rd Drive, SE. 
Snohomish, WA 98296 -4213 
Phone: (425)485-5541 


Michael P. Klein 
330 Madison Avenue S, Suite 110 
Bainbridge Island, WA 98110 
Phone: (206) 842-3638 
Fax: (206) 842-1541 


Donald A. Thacker 
P.O. Box 118 
La Center, WA 98629 
Phone: (360) 841-7093 
Fax: (360)993-2918 


Mark D. Waldron 
6824 19th Street, PMB 250 
University Place, WA 99202 
Phone: (253) 565-5800 


Edmund J. Wood 
303 North 67th Street 
Seattle, WA 98103 -5209 
Phone: (206)623-4382