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Avelin served as an attorney for four years with the U.S. Army's Judge Advocate General Corps (last tour at Ft. Lewis) beginning in 1971. He began private practice in Olympia in 1975. His practice is focused on personal injury, Social Security disability, and arbitration/mediation.


Practice areas


  1. Personal Injury: 55%
  2. Social Security: 15%
  3. Mediation: 15%
  4. Arbitration: 15%



Hourly ($275-325/hour), contingent (33-40%), Free consultation (45 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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  • Lani Jeanne Sockle

    Skilled and respected lawyer.


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  • Terry William Church

    I have known Avelin for 20 years. He has a fine reputation for having both a wide breadth of experience and knowledge in personal injury law and also a high level of personal integrity. I would not hesitate to recommend him as a lawyer, arbitrator, and mediator.


    Terry Church Litigation Attorney
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Contact info

The Law Offices of Connolly, Tacon & Meserve

201 5th Avenue SW Suite 301
Olympia, WA, 98501


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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AV Peer Review RatingMartindale-Hubbell2015
Super LawyerWashington Law & Politics Magazine2015
AV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2014
Super LawyerWashington Law & Politics Magazine2014
AV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2013
Super LawyerWashington Law & Politics Magazine2013
Super LawyerWashington Law & Politics Magazine2012
AV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2012
AV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2011
Super LawyerWashington Law & Politics Magazine2011
AV Peer Review RatingMartindale-Hubbell2010
Super LawyerWashington Law & Politics Magazine2009
Super LawyerWashington Law & Politics Magazine2008
Super LawyerWashington Law & Politics Magazine2007
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Super LawyerWashington Law & Politics Magazine2003
One of the 500 Best LawyersWashington Law & Politics MagazineN/A
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerConnolly, Tacon & Meserve1975 - Present
AttorneyUS Army JAG Corps1971 - 1975
Association namePosition nameDuration
Association of Trial Lawyers of AmericaMember1987 - Present
Washington State Trial Lawyers AssociationMember1981 - Present
National Organization of Social Security Claimants RepresentativesMember1981 - Present
Mason County Bar AssociationMember1976 - 1991
Thurston County Bar AssociationMember1976 - Present
Washington State Bar AssociationMember1975 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Vehicle v. "Cherry Picker"Plaintiff $3,000,000
Boat AccidentPlaintiff $2,500,000
Wrongful Death (Drowning)Plaintiff $2,000,000
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Publication nameTitleDate
CBCWhat do you Think? The Case of Borromeo v. SheaN/A
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Trinity University (San Antonio, Texas)N/AN/A1968
University of Texas School of LawLawJD - Juris DoctorN/A