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Gary Michael Rusing

Gary Michael Rusing

Practice areas:

Personal Injury, Car Accidents, Slip and Fall Accident, Wrongful Death

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About Me

Gary’s practice has focused on representing seriously injured people for nearly forty years.  He has represented individuals against small and large corporations, cities and counties, and other at-fault parties. His successes include settlements in excess of one million dollars and, at the time of resolution, some of the largest jury awards and settlements in the State of Washington. 

Beyond his representation of injured clients, Gary has extensive criminal law experience.  Gary has tried hundreds of felony and misdemeanor jury trials, and has put a special emphasis on protecting the rights of those accused of Driving Under the Influence (DUI).  

Gary is a native of Bellingham, Washington and has practiced locally since 1970.  In 1965, Gary graduated from Western Washington University with a B.A. in Economics.  He received his law degree from the University of Oregon in 1970.




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Practice Areas

Licensed since 1970

  1. Personal Injury: 50%
  2. Car Accidents: 25%
  3. Slip and Fall Accident: 15%
  4. Wrongful Death: 10%



Contingent (33-40%), Free Consultation (60 minutes)

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Attorney Endorsements

2 total 

  • David Alan Nelson

    I endorse this lawyer. I have known Gary for many years, he has a proven record of ethical and effective representation of personal injury clients. He has a great personality and is a very considerate person with a sense of humor. Gary's reputation in the legal community is excellent. I have referred cases to his office.


    David Nelson Criminal Defense Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Aaron Lukoff

    I now have known Gary Rusing for 9 years. Before I met Gary I had heard all the stories about how great he was as an attorney. The stories are true, however; not only is Gary an excellent lawyer, Gary is a hell of a great guy. Sometimes, I go to his office to ask his advice on an issue or to get his input on the theory of a case. Because Gary is an excellent lawyer, I highly recommend that you hire him today.


    Aaron Lukoff Criminal Defense Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info

The Rusing Firm

120 Grand Avenue
Bellingham, WA, 98225

120 Grand Ave
Bellingham, WA, 98225-4415





Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Avvo Contributions

Legal Answers


Award NameGrantorDate Granted
BV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2015

Work Experience

TitleCompany NameDuration
Judge Pro TemporeWhatcom County District Court1978 - 1978
AttorneyGary M. Rusing PS1972 - Present
AttorneyFlynn & Rusing1970 - 1972
Public DefenderWhatcom County Superior Court1970 - 1980


Association NamePosition NameDuration
Washington State Trial Lawyers AssociationEagle Member1995 - 2005
Association of Trial Lawyers of AmericaMember1983 - 1990
United States Court of Appeals For the Ninth CircuitAttorney1976 - Present
Washington State Trial Lawyers AssociationMember1973 - Present
Washington State Bar AssociationAttorney1970 - Present
Whatcom County Bar AssociationMember1970 - Present
United States District Court for the Western District of WashingtonAttorney1970 - Present

Legal Cases

Case NameOutcome
Penn v. WattsFavorable Settlement

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School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Oregon School of LawJuris DoctorJD - Juris Doctor1970
Western Washington UniversityEconomicsBA - Bachelor of Arts1967

Speaking Engagements

Conference NameTitleDate
Washington State Trial Lawyers DUI SeminarDUI Defense1978