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John J. Tollefsen

About me

John provides legal services primarily to business clients in Oregon, Washington, California, Texas, and New York offering over 40 years of multifaceted business and legal experience. He has in-depth experience with financial and securities fraud litigation. John also works on international cases and is a trained mediator.


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Practice areas


  1. Lawsuits & Disputes: 70%
    41 years, 3 thousand cases
  2. Investment Fraud: 30%
    41 years, 500 cases



Hourly ($375-450/hour), contingent (20-30%), Fixed (sometimes), Retainer (sometimes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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  • Lawrence Hindin Geller

    John is a highly qualified and very experienced. I endorse this lawyer.


    Lawrence Geller Divorce & Separation Attorney
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  • Fara Daun

    John has a deep understanding of securities fraud and a wealth of experience handling fraud matters of all types.


    Fara Daun Business Attorney
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Contact info

Tollefsen Law PLLC

800 5th Avenue Suite 4100
Seattle, WA, 98104-4023

Tollefsen Law PLLC

5 Penn Plaza
23rd Floor
New York, NY, 10001-1810

Tollefsen Law PLLC

1001 SW 5th Avenue Suite 1100
Portland, OR, 97204-1127

Tollefsen Law PLLC

2122 164th St SW
Suite 300
Lynnwood, WA, 98087-7812



DCActive 201511/29/2015
NYCurrently registered 201003/13/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Clients' Choiceavvo.com2012
Distinguished Achievement AwardAssociation of Certified Fraud Examiners2011
Top Lawyers 2010 - Seattle - LitigationSeattle Metropolitan Magazine2010
AV Rating (continuous since 2001)Martindale-Hubbell2009
The Bar Register of Preeminent LawyersLexisNexis2005
Pro Bono Publico Service CommendationWashington State Bar Association2004
Certificates of Appreciation - JRC 2003-2008Washington State Bar Association2003
AV RatingMartindale-Hubbell2001
Whos Who in Media and CommunicationsMarquis Whos Who1997
Whos Who in American LawMarquis' Who's Who1989
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Attorney at LawTollefsen Law2001 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
State Bar of CaliforniaLawyer2014 - Present
ABA State Attorneys General and Department of Justice Issues CommitteeMember2013 - Present
Washington State Bar AssociationHearing Officer2007 - Present
Oregon State Bar Association, House of DelegatesMember2007 - Present
Association of Certified Fraud ExaminersMember2005 - Present
Washington State Bar Association, Judicial Recommendation CommitteeMember2003 - Present
American Bar Association, Litigation Section, Securities Litigation CommitteeMember2003 - Present
Washington State Bar AssociationMember1983 - Present
Oregon State Bar Association, Unauthorized Practice CommitteeMember1976 - 1979
American Bar AssociationMember1975 - Present
Oregon State BarMember1974 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
MacDonald v Olsen$1.4 Million judgment - 5 week trial
Martindale v Labadie et al.Successful against most defendants
Mansfield et al. v Bastrom et al.Successful
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Suffolk University Law SchoolInternational BusinessLL.M - U.S. and Global Business Law2013
Łazarski University, Warsaw, PolandN/ALLM Transnational Commercial Transactions2013
Trinity SeminaryChristian TheologyMA - Masters2008
International Academy of Apologetics, Evangelism & Human RightsChristian ApologeticsDiploma (MA)2007
Western SeminaryN/AMA - Christian Leadership2000
Willamette University College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1974
University of WashingtonN/ABA- Business Administration1971
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Graduate Course - asistant instructorForensic Accounting for Enterprise2015
Pacific NW Chapter TrainingEvaluating the Proposed New Ethical Standards of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners2014
EFactorLegal Aspects for Entrepreneurs2012
Annual Fraud ConferencePaying and Protecting the Squealer: Understanding the Realities of Proving and Collecting Whistleblowing Claims2008
Western Regional Conference of the Institute of Internal AuditorsI am from the Federal Government and I am here to Pay You: Understanding the Legal Requirements for Proving and Collecting from Whistleblowing Claims2007
Oregon Association of Certified Fraud ExaminersHelp Taxpayers Fight Fraud: Getting Paid for Investigating Fraud on the Government2007
Washington State Certified Public Accountants - Business Valuation and Litigation CommitteeThe Accountant as an Expert Witness in a Securities Fraud Case: Understanding the Legal Requirements for Proving Damages in Washington with Expert Testimony2006
Fall Conference of Pacific Northwest Chapter of the Association of Certified Fraud ExaminersAnatomy of a Civil Fraud Trial2006
Washington Law Institute CLEInternet, Legal Research and Law1998
Washington Law Institute CLEInternet Legal Research1998
King County Bar Association CLEWired for Law1998
King County Bar Association CLEThe Virtual Law Office1997
Securities Exchange Commission - Small Business Capital ConferenceEqual Access to Capital1990
American Institute of Banking ProgramBusiness Law1978