Prior to practicing law, I was an engineer for GM and Texaco. I was also an officer... more
Prior to practicing law, I was an engineer for GM and Texaco. I was also an officer in a residential development company for 10 years. My practice has focused on litigation -- primarily defending contractors and physicians, but in the past few years has focused more on all aspects of construction, property, and condemnation law. My hobbies include golf, fly fishing, volleyball, and hiking.
Accomplished and Experienced Seattle Area Attorney Steven G. Toole has built his... more
Accomplished and Experienced Seattle Area Attorney Steven G. Toole has built his reputation by fighting for his clients throughout western Washington, and doing it with dignity and respect and with the utmost professionalism. He has been recognized for his efforts and earned the respect of his peers. Inover 35 years of practice, he has been appointed/elected to various Boards, Committees and ... view profile
When you want to settle a dispute without going to court, you may benefit from the services of an arbitration lawyer. In an arbitration setting, you and the other involved party select a neutral third person to serve as an arbitrator. Acting in the role of an informal judge, the arbitration lawyer listens to both sides of your dispute. Unlike a court proceeding, arbitration involves no formal procedural rules and gives you a chance to tell your story in your own words. After hearing the arguments, the arbitrator makes a final binding decision. The decision is legally enforceable if someone later tries to renege. The arbitration process is very similar to court litigation but is more casual, flexible, and private—and less expensive and time-consuming.