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About Me

I am passionate about vigorously and ethically representing each and every client I have the privilege to work with and believe it is very important to give back to the community.  In that vein, I not only teach attorneys about specific areas of the legal landscape in the state of Washington (this year I was Chair of a full day seminar discussing advanced issues involving real estate and land use litigation and co-presented on two of the topics with Jack McCullough and Chris Brain and will alos present at a National Conference on e-discovery issues in October of 2014) but also am very active in the community in general.


For example, I am currently serving as a Trustee at my alma mater, Seattle Pacific University, am serving as the as Immediate Past Chairman of the County Board of Directors of the Boys and Girls Clubs of King County (the third largest club of clubs in the United States) working with 25 county board members and over 200 local club board members, am serving on the Board of Governors of the Washington Athletic Club and am a nominated member of the Fellows of the Amercian Bar Association and The 101 Club.


With regard to my professional work as a commercial trial attorney, I have been named a Washington State SuperLawyer from 2003-2014, was listed as a Top Attorney in Washington by the SeattleMet magazine for Business Litigation in 2011, was listed as a Top Trial Attorney in Washington by the Seattle Magazine in 2012 and listed as a Top Rated Lawyer in Banking and Finance Law by Martindale Hubbell in 2013.   


Languages Spoken: French

Practice Areas


  1. Litigation: 50%
  2. Real Estate: 20%
  3. Banking: 20%
  4. Intellectual Property: 10%

Attorney Endorsements

1 total 

  • Shawn B Alexander

    I endorse this lawyer's work after working on a long case I have a deep respect for Mr. Thoreson and his understand of the issues and willingness to work toward a mutually agreeable solution even with extremely difficult clients.


    Shawn Alexander Real Estate Attorney
    Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter

Contact Info

Foster Pepper PLLC

1111 3rd Avenue Suite 3400

Seattle, WA, 98101-3264



Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2014
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2013
Top Rated Lawyer in Banking and Finance LawMartindale-Hubbell2013
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2012
Top Trial Attorneys in WashingtonSeattle Magazine2012
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2011
Top Attorneys in Washington - Business LitigationSeattleMet Magazine2011
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2010
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2009
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2008
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2007
Super LawyerN/A2006
Super LawyerN/A2005
Super LawyerN/A2004
Super LawyerN/A2003
Super LawyerN/A2002
Super LawyerN/A2001
Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
Senior PartnerFoster Pepper PLLC2000 - Present
PartnerJameson Babbit Stites & Lombard1993 - 2000
AssociateFerguson & Burdell1987 - 1993
Association NamePosition NameDuration
Fellow of the American Bar AssociationNominated Fellow2014 - Present
Washington Athletic ClubGovernor - Board of Governors2012 - Present
Seattle Pacific UniversityTrustee - Board of Trustees2011 - Present
Friends of Hoop of WashingtonChair - Advisory Board2010 - 2014
The Boys and Girls Clubs of King CountyChair Emeritus - County Board of Directors2006 - Present
Washington State Bar AssociationChairman - Mid Year RPPT 3 day meeting2003 - 2003
Washington State Bar AssociationBest of CLE Speaker1999 - 1999
Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
Jane and John Does 1-15 v. KOMO et. al.On Appeal
Syntrix Biosystems v. Illumina, Inc.On Appeal
Regence Blue Shield et. al. v. BNY( MellonSettlement
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Publication NameTitleDate
Real Property DeskbookThe Bona Fide Purchaser Doctrine2012
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Puget Sound School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1988
Seattle Pacific UniversityN/ABS - Bachelor of Science1985
Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
Advanced Seminar - co-presenter on 2 topicsChair- Advanced Issues in Real Estate and Land Use Litigation2014
Washington ACC PresentationMonetizing Your IP2013
Advanced Seminar on Real Estate LitigationDisputes over CCR's and Easements2012
Advanced Issues in Real Estate LitigationDisputes over CCR's and Easements2011
Advanced Issues in Real Estate LitigationDisputes over CCR's and Easements2010
Easements and Covenants, Conditions and Restrictions: Uses and Considerations in Today's WorldDrafting Language to Stand the Test of Time: What Recent Cases Tell Us About Changes in Circumstances Arising from Intensification of, and Changes in, Land Use?2006