Michael John Tario

Michael John Tario

Founding Personal Injury Attorney at Tario & Associates, P.S., Bellingham, W
  • Personal Injury, Medical Malpractice, Maritime...
  • Washington
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Summary

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

Education
Seattle University School of Law
J.D. / Law
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University of Wisconsin - Superior
M.A. / Communication
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Honors: Graduated with honors
University of Minnesota - Duluth
B.A. / Communication Psychology
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Honors: Cum Laude
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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Publications
Articles & Publications
Alaska Fishing Boat Murders
People Magazine - Interview
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
The Million Dollar Advocates Forum
Member
- Current
Washington Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys
Founding Member
- Current
National Association Of Criminal Defense Attorneys
Member
- Current
Washington State Bar # 10845
Member
- Current
American Bar Association
Member
- Current
American Trial Lawyers Association
Member
- Current
Federal Bar Association Western District Washington
Member
- Current
Washington State Association for Justice
Member
- Current
NPR
The Fourth Amendment and Privacy Interests
O'Reilly Factor - No Spin Zone - Bill O'Reilly - Fox News
Privacy and Eavesdropping
Law Advocates - Whatcom County
Board of Directors
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Jury Selection
Criminal Defense Seminar
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
Washington
Fees
  • Free Consultation
    Up to 45 minutes
  • Credit Cards Accepted
    Cash, Check or credit card
  • Contingent Fees
    33%-40%
  • Rates, Retainers and Additional Information
    Fixed (Sometimes), Hourly ($240-$275/hour), Retainer (Sometimes)
Practice Areas
  • Personal Injury
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Maritime
  • Products Liability
  • Family Law
  • Bankruptcy
  • Criminal Law
Languages
  • English: Spoken, Written
  • French: Spoken, Written
Social Media
Websites & Blogs
Website
Website
Blog
Tario & Associates Personal Injury Blog - Bellingham Lawyer
Contact & Map
Bellingham Towers
119 N Commercial St. #1000
Bellingham, WA 98225
USA
Telephone: (360) 671-8500
Fax: (360) 733-7092