PRE LAW BACKGROUND
A native of the Pacific Northwest, Terry D. Gobel was raised by loving parents in the pioneer tradition of true appreciation for the value of an honest day's work, importance of the family circle, genuine respect for your fellow man, loyalty to America, and love for our Almighty Creator. During his teens, whether from the long harvest days in local farmers' fields to pulling lumber from the dusty conveyors in a nearby mill, Terry understood that education was the key to better ones' self for maximum Christian service to mankind.
Mr. Gobel was accepted for undergraduate studies, as an honors candidate, at Walla Walla University, a private institution, in 1981. His studies emphasized history, business, and modern languages. Summers were spent working in all aspects of Alaskan fisheries. In 1983, Mr. Gobel left the United States and spent a year in Valencia, Spain at Colegio Adventista de Sagunto. There he took intensive courses in Spanish language, history, art, culture, and literature. Mr. Gobel so distinguished himself as a student that he was asked to join the staff as an assistant professor of English for high school level students. Walla Walla University bestowed on Mr. Gobel a Bachelor of Arts Degree in 1985. Mr. Gobel is bilingual in Spanish, written and spoken.
In 1985, Mr. Gobel was appointed by Security Pacific Bank to serve as a salmon purchasing agent in the Pacific Rim, based primarily out of Bristol Bay, Alaska, and Bellingham, Washington. In 1986, he was recruited by ADRA to join the humanitarian relief effort in Kartoum, Sudan, a city located along the River Nile in Northeast Africa. Vast quantities of food resources were placed in vaults for use in case of future famine. This work continued until conflict resulting from the on-going civil war forced Mr. Gobel's secret evacuation from Sudan to Nairobi, Kenya by a special squad of United States Marines dispatched from the Embassy.
Mr. Gobel was unable to return to Sudan due to civil unrest. After returning to the United States, he was offered the position of Development Director with International Children's Care, Inc. (ICC). ICC is a non-profit organization under §501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Mr. Gobel traveled the world raising nearly $1,000,000.00 in funds annually, meeting with civic and government leaders seeking their assistance in the rescue, adoption, and raising of orphan or abandoned children. In 1988, he and his wife, spent six months administrating an orphan relief center in Guatemala City, Guatemala.
LEGAL EDUCATION & WORK-STUDY EXPERIENCE
In 1989, Mr. Gobel accepted an invitation to enter the Juris Doctorate program at Gonzaga University School of Law in Spokane, Washington. During the course of doctoral studies, Mr. Gobel clerked for the Office of Attorney General of the State of Washington, Idaho Legal Aid, and the Gonzaga University Clinical Law Program. He graduated from law school in 1992.
After graduation, Mr. Gobel was hired to intern with the father and son firm of Dullanty Law Offices in Spokane, Washington. He was admitted to the Washington State Bar in 1993. He continued to work in all aspects of civil litigation with Dullanty Law Offices as an Associate Attorney until 1997.
Mr. Gobel founded his own law office on March 3, 1997. He continues to work at his thriving practice to this day. Since initial admission to the Washington State Bar Association, Mr. Gobel has also been admitted to the U.S. District Court (9th Circuit), U.S. Court of Appeals (9th Circuit), Supreme Court of the United States, and the Spokane Tribal Court of the Spokane Tribe of Indians.
Mr. Gobel has extended his practice to represent clients in Idaho with admission to that State's Bar in 2004. Mr. Gobel served the Superior Court for several years as a Family Law Guardian ad Litem. He presently serves the Spokane County Superior Court as an experienced Arbitrator, deciding contested cases. From 2007-2009, Mr. Gobel served as Trustee for the Spokane County Bar Association. In 2008-2009, the Washington Office of Administrative Hearings appointed Mr. Gobel as Judge Pro Tem to adjudicate contested matters involving State agencies and the public, until the global economic downturn forced a restructuring. From 2012 to present, Mr. Gobel has presided over cases as a Spokane County District Judge Pro Term. He is also a frequent lecturer on legal topics at continuing legal education seminars and a consulting expert to other law firms.
Mr. Gobel’s rock solid values and sense of fairness made it very comfortable to work together for a positive resolution in my divorce.”
I have appreciated the fact that Mr. Gobel stays on top of things. When we talk about doing something and obtaining information or whatever the case may be, he doesn’t let things fall between the cracks so to speak. When Mr. Gobel says he is going to do something, he gets it done.
We appreciate very much the free legal advice that Mr. Gobel gave us. He helped us through a very trying time in our life and we are deeply indebted to him. Mr. Gobel is a wonderful man.
Mr. Gobel is honest, courteous and extremely knowledgeable in the law. He has represented me for many years and I always feel like I have the upper hand with him in my corner. He fights hard to make sure my rights are protected, and I know he won’t back down from whatever challenges we are up against.
Mr. Gobel is the reason our family stayed together, the reason we got to finish raising our three youngest kids. He is very professional, did amazing research to find all the options available and won our case. When the financial part became overwhelming, he helped us get free legal aid to finish what he had started. We were at a loss as to what needed to be done and Mr. Gobel led us through step by step. He was very thorough and supportive.