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Michael John Tario

Founding Personal Injury Attorney at Tario & Associates, P.S., Bellingham, W
Contact: 360.671.8500
Experience:
Law School: Seattle University School of Law - Seattle University
Jurisdiction: Washington

OVERVIEW

About Michael John Tario
Michael John Tario is thought of by many as being one of Washington State’s most experienced and successful trial lawyers. In 2013, he was recognized as being one of the nation's top 100 trial lawyers by the National Trial Lawyer's Association. In the same year, he was also ranked as a “Top Lawyer in Washington” for Ethical Standards and Professional Excellence by the Legal Network. In 2014, he earned a “Very High–Distinguished” and a "BV Distinguished" rating from Martindale-Hubbell which signifies a very high rating in both Legal ability & Ethical Standards. In 2007, the Bellingham Business Journal rated Mr. Tario as “The Best Attorney in Bellingham to Defend You in a Lawsuit”. Mr. Tario is a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum and he has earned a 2014 “Superb” 10.0 rating and a 2012 clients choice award both with Avvo. Mr. Tario has resided in Bellingham, Washington since 1979 when he graduated from the University of Puget Sound Law School (now Seattle University Law School). Prior to attending law school, Mr. Tario obtained both a Bachelor of Arts and Masters Degree in Persuasion and Speech Communication and Psychology (both degrees with Honors). In particular, he studied the psychology and social dynamics of perception and persuasion, focusing on the cognitive processes associated with the development of speech communication skills and persuasion techniques. Mr. Tario’s undergraduate and graduate education afforded him significant insight and skills, which aided in becoming one of Washington state’s most experienced and successful trial lawyers. Mr. Tario has made guest appearances, or has been interviewed by, or has appeared on, various local, national and international television and radio and news programs including “The O’Riley Factor” (Fox News), “Court TV”, NPR, PBS, MSNBC, CNN, ABC, NBC. During his career, Mr. Tario has successfully represented over 2,000 clients. He has negotiated well over one thousand
Directory Practice Areas
  • Personal Injury
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Maritime
  • Products Liability
  • Criminal Law
Fees
  • Credit Cards Accepted
    • Cash, Check or credit card
  • Contingent Fees
    • 33%-40%
  • Free Consultation
    • Up to 45 minutes
  • Rates, Retainers and Additional Information
    • Fixed (Sometimes), Hourly ($240-$275/hour), Retainer (Sometimes)
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
Washington
Languages
 SpokenWritten
EnglishYesYes
FrenchYesYes
Professional Experience
Attorney, Owner, Tario & Associates, P.S.
-Current
Judge, Judge ProTem - Part time at Whatcom County District Court
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Legislative & Statute Analyst , Washington State Counsel on Crime and Deliquency
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Education
Seattle University School of Law - Seattle UniversityJ.D.Law
University of Wisconsin - SuperiorM.A.Communication
Honors: Graduated with honors
University of Minnesota - DuluthB.A. Communication Psychology
Honors: Cum Laude
Professional Activities
The Fourth Amendment and Privacy Interests NPR 2004
Privacy and Eavesdropping O'Reilly Factor - No Spin Zone - Bill O'Reilly - Fox News 2004
Criminal Defense Seminar Jury Selection 1985
Awards
“Very High–Distinguished” and a "BV Distinguished", Martindale-Hubbell
“Very High–Distinguished” and a "BV Distinguished" rating from Martindale-Hubbell which signifies a very high rating in both Legal ability & Ethical Standards.
“Superb” 10.0 rating, Avvo
Top 100 trial lawyers, National Trial Lawyer's Association
Top Lawyer in Washington, The Legal Network
Ranked as a “Top Lawyer in Washington” for Ethical Standards and Professional Excellence
Clients' Choice Award, Avvo
The Best Attorney in Bellingham to Defend You in a Lawsuit, The Bellingham Business Journal
Professional Associations
Member, The Million Dollar Advocates Forum
-Current
Founding Member, Washington Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys
-Current
Member, National Association Of Criminal Defense Attorneys
-Current
Member, Washington State Bar
-Current
Member, American Bar Association
-Current
Member, American Trial Lawyers Association
-Current
Member, Federal Bar Association Western District Washington
-Current
Member, Washington State Association for Justice
-Current
Board of Directors, Law Advocates - Whatcom County
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PUBLICATIONS

Articles & Publications
  • Alaska Fishing Boat Murders
    People Magazine - Interview

WEBSITES & BLOGS

Website: Website
Blog: Tario & Associates Personal Injury Blog - Bellingham Lawyer

SOCIAL MEDIA

CONTACT & MAP

119 N Commercial St. #1000
Bellingham, WA 98225
USA
Telephone: 360.671.8500
Fax: 360.733.7092