Skip to main content

About me

Tim Sutherland embodies the fiercely competitive state of his birth, and
like that state, he hates to lose. Born in San Antonio, Texas, Tim was
raised to believe that every problem has a solution; it just needs to
be found. The legal experience Tim has gathered over the previous few
years, combined with his natural determination and enthusiasm, makes him
an ideal yet unusual attorney.

Tim grew up a military dependent in the United States Air Force and
bounced around between several states before his father retired as an
air traffic controller after twenty years of service to his country.
After graduating from a military high school, Tim attended the
University of California at Davis and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts
in Political Science. He made the Dean’s honor list and participated in
the University’s Political Science Honor Program.

While in college, Tim also worked in Sacramento, the capitol of
California, for the political arm of the National Rifle Association (NRA-ILA). His duties included
tracking and interpreting legislative bills, assisting NRA members with
various gun-related inquiries, and occasionally "working" at the firing

Tim also spent a summer abroad with his future wife, studying medieval
warfare and history at Sterling University in Scotland. While there, he
learned the real history behind the movie Braveheart, and visited
numerous countries, including England, France, Belgium, the Netherlands,
Germany, Czechoslovakia, and Austria.

Legal Experience

During Tim’s first year of law school, he worked for a premier boutique
law firm in Southern California. Michel & Associates specializes in the areas of firearm law, criminal defense, and contract
law. The firm represents such groups as the NRA, California Rifle &
Pistol Association, and Second Amendment Foundation, and the California
Association of Firearm Retailers. One of the firm’s original partners,
Mr. Carmen "Nuch" Trutanich was recently elected Los Angeles City
Attorney in 2009.

As a legal clerk for the firm, Tim handled a number of complex matters,
including the drafting of an amicus curiae brief to a court of appeals
explaining the legal and technical applications of California’s assault
weapons laws. Tim spoke daily with the legal department of the firearm
division to the California Department of Justice and worked closely with
firearm clients.

Tim also assisted in a number of criminal defense matters relating to
firearms, ranging from charges of possessing firearms that should have
been classified as antiques, pen guns, and assault weapons. In addition
to his firearm work, Tim worked on an assortment of other legal matters,
including a first amendment freedom of express case, defamation case,
and the incorporation of various business entities.

Following his time at Michel & Associates, Tim proceeded to work for
the Domestic Violence division of the Clackamas County District
Attorney’s Office (located near Portland, Oregon). Tim was entrusted
with prosecuting the county’s restraining order violations and
overseeing the county’s domestic violence deferment program, a program
directed at the rehabilitation of domestic violence offenders. As part
of the deferment program, Tim worked closely with various woman’s
groups, battered women intervention programs, and shelters. In
addition, Tim prosecuted physical assaults, cases of strangulation, and
other incidents relating to domestic violence. Tim also had the
opportunity to work on several felony cases, including prosecution for
the sexual assault of a minor and a high profile organized crime capital
murder case

In addition to his work fighting for victims of domestic
violence, while studying at Lewis & Clark School of Law, Tim focused
on working with the National Crime Victim Law Institute []
(NCVLI), the first institute of its kind aimed at promoting crime
victims with comprehensive and meaningful legal rights in the criminal
justice system. Through NCVLI’s
, Tim helped draft a brief aimed at protecting the identity
of a child victim in a criminal sex abuse case. In that same case, they
vigorously protected the rights of the child from being forced to
testify in open court in front of her offender. Tim also assisted
victims of crime with enforcing their rights on appeal after their
rights were denied at the trial court level.

Tim also has experience working for the public defender’s office,
defending individuals accused of various misdemeanor crimes and has
represented clients in an assortment of practice areas, including
wrongful termination, real estate issues, and business copyright

Tim currently resides in Tacoma with his lovely wife, two cats,
and two rabbits. When Tim isn’t tirelessly working to advance the
interests of his clients, he relaxes by exercising and playing softball,
watching sports (baseball and hockey), watching Babylon 5 with his wife
(the best sci-fi show ever created), and playing online strategy war
computer games with his friends. He also helps his wife run her small
business, you can see her beautiful art and jewelry at!

Bar Membership

Pierce County Bar Association, Member in Good Standing
Washington State Bar Association, Member in Good Standing


The National Alliance of Victims' Rights Attorneys (NAVRA)


Juris Doctorate, Lewis & Clark School of Law, 2009
Bachelor of Arts, University of California at Davis,2006

Other Tidbits:

Favorite Books: The Rainmaker (John Grisham); Romance of the
Three Kingdoms; The Rise & Fall of the Third Reich (William Shirer)

Favorite Sports & Teams: Seattle Mariners (Baseball-
American League); San Francisco Giants (Baseball- National League); San
Jose Sharks (Hockey- Western Conference)

Favorite Movies & Shows: The Lord of the Rings Trilogy;
Monty Python & The Search For the Holy Grail; Braveheart; Godfather
Trilogy; Batman Begins; Live Free or Die Hard; John Adams (HBO mini
series); The Band of Brothers (HBO mini series); Babylon 5.

Favorite Music: Alternative Rock; Classic Rock.

Book It


Photos and videos

1954311 1278371923

1954311 1278371876

Practice areas


  1. Family: 50%
  2. Criminal Defense: 40%
  3. Lemon Law: 5%
  4. Debt Settlement: 5%



Hourly ($175-200/hour), Fixed (sometimes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

9 total 

Are you an attorney? Endorse this lawyer

  • Slaveia Lazarova Iankoulova

    Mr. Sutherland is knowledgeable and professional. I endorse him.


    Slaveia Iankoulova Family Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Martha A Mclaughlin

    I have observed Mr. Sutherland in court and have been impressed with his advocacy and knowledge of the law. I endorse this lawyer.


    Martha Mclaughlin DUI & DWI Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

1105 Tacoma Avenue South
Tacoma, WA, 98402-2031


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Best BriefNational Native American Law Student Association2009
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneyLaw Offices of Tim Sutherland2010 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
Pierce County Bar AssociationAttorney2010 - Present
Washington State Bar AssociationAttorney2010 - Present
Publication nameTitleDate
Criminal Jurisdiction and Non-Indian Crime in Indian CountrySovereignty Symposium XXI, 2008, VII 78 – VII 1302008
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Lewis & Clark Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor2009