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Michael John Tario

Michael John Tario

Founding Personal Injury Attorney: Tario & Associates, P.S., Bellingham, WA
  • Personal Injury, Medical Malpractice, Maritime Law...
  • 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 2018 “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 2,500 clients.

Practice Areas
  • Personal Injury
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Maritime Law
  • Products Liability
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)
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
Washington
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Languages
  • English: Spoken, Written
  • French: Spoken, Written
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
J.D. | Law
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University of Wisconsin - Superior
M.A. | Communication
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Honors: Graduated with honors
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University of Minnesota - Duluth
B.A. | Communication Psychology
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Honors: Cum Laude
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Awards
Client's Choice Award
Avvo
Client Champion
Martindale-Hubbell
Distinguished Peer Rated for High Professional Acheivement
Martindale-Hubbell
“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
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Washington Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys
Founding Member
- Current
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National Association Of Criminal Defense Attorneys
Member
- Current
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Washington State Bar # 10845
Member
- Current
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American Bar Association
Member
- Current
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American Trial Lawyers Association
Member
- Current
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Federal Bar Association Western District Washington
Member
- Current
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Washington State Association for Justice
Member
- Current
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NPR
The Fourth Amendment and Privacy Interests
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O'Reilly Factor - No Spin Zone - Bill O'Reilly - Fox News
Privacy and Eavesdropping
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Law Advocates - Whatcom County
Board of Directors
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Jury Selection
Criminal Defense Seminar
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Publications
Articles & Publications
Alaska Fishing Boat Murders
People Magazine - Interview
Contact & Map
Main Office - Bellingham
Bellingham Towers
119 N Commercial St. #1000
Bellingham, WA 98225
USA
Telephone: (360) 671-8500
Fax: (360) 733-7092
Mount Vernon Office
413 S. 1st Street
Mount Vernon, WA 98273
USA
Telephone: (360) 336-6666