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Mr. Tomlinson has spent the last twenty five (25) years working as counsel to companies in the areas of construction, real estate, insurance and governance. He has litigated or been involved in the litigation of literally hundreds of construction and real estate disputes representing the interests of developers and owners as well as contractors and subcontractors. These disputes range from simple change order claims to breaches of representation and warranties, and every aspect in between. Mr. Tomlinson has served as first party insurance coverage counsel, both for and against insurance companies and insureds.

Mr. Tomlinson routinely works on projects in both the private and public sectors. He is involved from the earliest conception of the project, from drafting the contracts, securing and reviewing the financing, and all aspects of construction through to occupancy. He works with both contractors and homeowners on condominium claims and defense of claims.

Mr. Tomlinson works with major commercial property management companies and provides legal services for all types and manner of problems associated with commercial leasing and landlord/tenant issues. In this regard, he acts as counsel on debtor/creditor disputes and represents hundreds of landlords in matters concerning their tenants.

Mr. Tomlinson is widely recognized as a preeminent litigator and he is called upon to try cases in various courts throughout the country and was recently named a Washington Super Lawyer for 2004. Additionally, Mr. Tomlinson has arbitrated many cases involving construction defects and disputes.


Practice Areas


  1. Business: 25%
  2. Real Estate: 25%
  3. Litigation: 25%
  4. Construction & Development: 25%

Attorney Endorsements

2 total 

  • Herbert Glenn Farber

    I have known John Tomlinson (known personally and professionally as JT) for 10 years. We have worked on cases together and I hired him to prosecute a case for me as a client against another lawyer. The reason I retained John was that I knew he would do a great job, and he did. He is dedicated, tenacious,and an exceptional lawyer. I recommend him for any construction, real estate or general business litigation.


    Herbert Farber Defective and Dangerous Products Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • Scott Roberts Weaver

    John and I have been opposing attorneys on a number of matters. He is a relentless bull dog when representing his clients but always professional, collegial and ethical. If I were in need of a litigator for a real estate matter or a construction matter, I would have no qualms about hiring John.


    Scott Weaver Real Estate Attorney
    Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter

Contact Info

Barokas, Martin & Tomlinson

1422 Bellevue Avenue
Seattle, WA, 98122


AKActive Out of State198401/16/2013

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2006
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2005
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2004
National MemberOrder of the Barristers1983
Association NamePosition NameDuration
Utility Contractors Association of WashingtonDirector1995 - 1996
Washington State Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Alaska Bar AssociationMemberN/A
King County Bar AssociationMemberN/A
American Bar AssociationMemberN/A
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Willamette University College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1983
Linfield CollegeN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1979