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Thomas Andrew Balerud

Thomas Andrew Balerud

Practice areas:

Car Accidents, Criminal Defense, Personal Injury

About Me

Thomas Balerud, after 17 years with the same firm, has opened his own law practice, located in downtown Tacoma. Tom is a graduate of both Pacific Lutheran University and the University of Puget Sound. Tom has enjoyed success in many well publicized high-profile State and Federal cases. He is currently serving as a Trustee to the TPCBA. Tom and his experienced staff are currently available to assist clients in his two practice areas: Criminal Law and Personal Injury.


Languages Spoken: English, Spanish

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Practice Areas

Licensed since 1990

  1. Criminal Defense: 40%
    25 years, 2.5 thousand cases
  2. Car Accidents: 40%
    25 years, 365 cases
  3. Personal Injury: 20%
    25 years, 278 cases



Free Consultation (60 minutes)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

10 total 

  • Dennis Edward Schroader JR

    Tom is a top notch lawyer in the area of criminal defense. I have had the privilege of working with him a bit on a couple of matters, and have always been impressed with his work.


    Dennis Schroader Criminal Defense Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • David Kennedy Barrett

    I endorse this lawyer. I have worked with Mr. Balerud and have been opposing counsel with him in the past. He is a smart, dedicated professional. Tom's also a very nice guy too!


    David Barrett Car Accidents Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact Info

Law Office of Thomas A. Balerud

417 S. G Street

Tacoma, WA, 98405-4711




Professional Misconduct

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

Avvo Contributions

Legal Answers


Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Mentor Recognition AwardN/A2005
YMCA Mock Trial Service Recognition AwardN/A1998
Negotiation AwardN/A1989

Work Experience

TitleCompany NameDuration
OwnerLaw Office of Thomas A. Balerud1991 - Present


Association NamePosition NameDuration
Quinault Tribal Bar AssociationMember2011 - Present
Nisqually Tribal Bar AssociationMember2008 - Present
Tacoma Pierce County Bar AssociationTrustee2007 - 2010
Eastern District of Washinton Federal CourtMember2005 - Present
Puyallup Tribal CourtMember2003 - Present
U.S. Court of Appeals, 9th CircuitMember1995 - Present
Western District of Washington Federal CourtMember1991 - Present

Legal Cases

Case NameOutcome
$275,000 - Head-on Motor Vehicle Accident$275,000
Medical Marijuana AcquittalNot guilty
$150,000 - Award against Pierce County Sheriff's Department$150,000

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Publication NameTitleDate
Washington Law & PoliticsThe Joys of Litigation Lawsuits of the Year1998


School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Seattle University School of LawLawJuris Doctorate1989
Pacific Lutheran UniversityPolitical ScienceBachelor of Arts1982

Speaking Engagements

Conference NameTitleDate
Law DayPrimer on our legal system2001
Church ForumDeath Penalty Practice in Washington State1993
Lions ConferenceEfficacy of Death Penalty as Deterrence in Washington State1991