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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 one of the most highly respected and experienced practicing personal injury attorneys in Bellingham, Washington. He opened his practice more than four decades ago and has earned the respect of his peers and the industry as exemplified by his many awards and high ratings. Through most of his career, Mr. Tario practiced plaintiff personal injury and criminal defense but re-focused as a personal injury lawyer in 2006. During his career, Mr. Tario has successfully represented over 3,000 clients. He has negotiated well over 2,500 favorable out-of-court settlements, but where settlement was not possible, he has taken hundreds of cases to trial; fighting hard to protect the rights and interests of his clients. Michael is known for his hard fighting tenacity, his determination, and his commitment to try to do everything possible (within the bounds of the law) to give his clients “top notch” representation. While no attorney can win every case they handle, Mr. Tario’s win/loss record speaks for itself. His advertised claim of “proven record of success” is based upon the results obtained in and out of court in over 40 years in practice.

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). Mr. Tario has made guest appearances or has been interviewed or appeared on various local, national and international television, radio, and news programs, including “The O’Riley Factor” (Fox News), “Court TV”, NPR, PBS, MSNBC, CNN, ABC, and NBC.

Practice Areas
  • Personal Injury
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Maritime Law
  • Products Liability
Additional Practice Areas
  • Car Accidents
  • Wrongful Death
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
Silver Client Champion Award
Martindale-Hubbell
Award for high customer ratings.
Distinguished Peer Rating for High Professional Achievement
Martindale-Hubbell
Award for high peer ratings
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
Telephone: (360) 671-8500
Fax: (360) 733-7092
Mount Vernon Office
413 S. 1st Street
Mount Vernon, WA 98273
Telephone: (360) 336-6666
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