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Celia Marie Rivera

Celia Marie Rivera

also known as Celia M. Merkley

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About me

Celia Rivera is the founder of Rivera Law Offices.  She limits her practice to representing injured people and has represented hundreds of personal injury clients.  She has extensive litigation and arbitration experience, as well as jury trial experience.  Celia has been a featured speaker at continuing education seminars for attorneys and chiropractors, and is active in numerous legal associations.  She currently serves as the WSAJ Diversity Chair.  She is a WSAJ Eagle Member, a member of the Washington State Bar Association, the Thurston County Bar Association, and the Thurston County Chamber of Commerce. 



Languages spoken: Spanish

Practice areas


  1. Torts: 67%
  2. Insurance: 33%



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  • Edward K. Le

    Celia is the archetype of the lawyer most other lawyers aspire to be: charismatic, smart, friendly, and practical. She is the epitome of professionalism. Her clients respect her just as other lawyers respect her. Why not? She earned it with hard work and a sharp legal acumen.


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Contact info

Rivera Law Offices, PLLC

1800 Cooper Point Rd SW Bldg 14
Olympia, WA, 98502-1179


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
N/ARivera Law Offices, PLLC2008 - Present
N/AChurch Rietzke Rivera2003 - 2008
N/ABishop Law Offices2000 - 2003
Association namePosition nameDuration
Washington State Association for JusticeBoard Member2010 - Present
Washington State Association for JusticeMembership Committee2010 - 2012
Washington State Association of JusticeDiversity Chair2008 - 2013
Capital Scholarship FoundationBoard Member2008 - 2012
WSTLARoundtable Chair2006 - 2009
Washington State Bar AssociationMember2000 - Present
Latina/o Bar Association of WashingtonMember2000 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Premises Liability$170,000
Trucking Collision$375,000
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Publication nameTitleDate
Trial News Washington State Trial LawyersDiversity - Telling Your Non-English Speaking Client's Story2010
Trial News, Washington State Association for JusticeRepresenting the Non-English Speaking Client2009
Trial News, Washington State Trial LawyersClients and Interpreters2008
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Seattle University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2000
University of WashingtonSpanishBA1993
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
5th Annual Statewide Diversity ConferenceLawyer's Toolbox: Civil Litigation Basics2010
Real World Ethics in the PI PracticChair Person2009
Nuts and BoltsCar Accident Basics2003