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William John Carlson

Car accident Attorney at Bellevue, WA

4.6   21 reviews

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About William

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Our mission is simple and clear: justice for our clients, responsibility for the dangerous and reckless, no matter how big and powerful they are, and just compensation for the losses suffered by those victimized.

Licensed for 45 years
State WA
Status Active
Acquired 1977
Updated 02/01/2023

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

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William J. Carlson, Attorney At Law
2135 112th Avenue Northeast Suite 220
Bellevue, WA, 98004-2923

Reviews

4.6 / 5.0
  21 customer reviews
Posted by Katherine | November 25, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Rear-End Collision
Mr. Carlson always made time to meet with me. We met several times as I had a lot of questions. But, he was patient and answered my questions thoroughly. In the end, he was fair and honest and did NOT overcharge me for his expenses. I felt I received a good settlement. I recommend him.
Posted by Christen | October 2, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Expert in dealing with motorcycle accidents.
I love Mr. Carlson. He took a chance on me and won my case. He knows exactly what to do and never let me down. He returned my calls promptly and cared for me like I was apart of his family. I was involved in a near fatal motorcycle accident. He hired experts to videotape the recreation of my accident to prove my case. He is worth his weight in gold and I highly recommend him if you are involved in a motorcycle accident. He took excellent care of be during this whole process.
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Posted by David | January 16, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Handled my case well
I had an injury occur that I knew was not my fault. I was told that there would originally be no coverage because of the legal status of the entity and that didn't sound quite right to me. I was doing a quick Internet search on the subject and Mr. Carlson's name popped up with some information on the specifics of the situation. I have known Mr. Carlson from his representation of people I knew in the past and so I called him up for a consultation to discuss the specifics of the case. After talking with him we arranged a time to meet and I gave him all the paperwork and details and pictures. He took over from there and handled everything for me so I didn't have to be involved. I was not out to make some type of large settlement, I only wanted to make sure I was reimbursed fairly, with the least amount of hassle possible. He did this very well and I am happy with the way he handled the case and I'm glad that it is all settled and behind me. I highly recommend Mr. Carlson as attorney.
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Posted by Gayle | December 12, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Honest and experienced
Bill Carlson has represented myself as well as my son in separate cases. He is upfront and honest in his assessment of the time and scope involved in legal action. Cases that need legal representation are sad and overwhelming to manage. I never had to deal with what our loss was " worth" . Bill managed all the communication with the insurance companies and he knew what the monetary range the compensation for our loss would be . He is a widely experienced attorney with a deep knowledge and understanding of the legal system , and compassion for the people involved. I am always very thankful we had him to handle the tragedy we needed to seek compensation for. Thank you Bill and Stephanie
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Posted by anonymous | September 18, 2019
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Very helpful
Very considerate and helpful answering my questions. It cleared up a lot of questions I had and will also help to to consult my current attorney on the matters I am dealing with. Thanks again.
Posted by anonymous | July 24, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Genuine Lawyer
I hired William J. Carlson to handle an auto accident insurance claim. He came highly recommend from 2 individuals that I work with saying that they were very pleased with his professionalism and all round good guy. Immediately after my accident I was receiving phone calls at least 2-3 times a day after my accident from the opposing insurance company after I asked them to give me at least 2 weeks before talking settlement. The insurance company ignored my request and continued calling and emailing for me to settle. I was frustrated so I went to Mr. Carlson to help me. He was upfront and responsive. He immediately took action and the harassment from the insurance company stopped immediately. I was able to move ahead with my recovery while Mr. Carlson took care of the rest. When it came down to settle he was honest and explained in details my options. He allowed me to make informed decisions and kept me informed through the process. I was pleased with the stress free outcome. If I am in another accident I will immediately call Mr. Carlson to handle my case. I enjoyed getting to know Mr. Carlson and I highly recommend him if you need help.
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Posted by anonymous | April 25, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Would recommend
From my first consultation to the end when we were in mediation Bill and Stephanie were very open, honest, realistic and kept me informed and prepared for the three years of this process. He was very thorough, committed, timely. Both Bill and Stephanie always return phone calls or emails,answer any questions that I had. They prepared me for trial if it went that far. And in the end got me a good settlement for being rear ended while in a work vehicle. I will always speak highly of Bill and Stephanie and would recommend them to anybody and would hire them again.
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Posted by anonymous | March 27, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great experience
Mr. Carlson and his paralegal Stephanie were very helpful during the whole process. They were very reachable and gave prompt responses to our questions. They helped us to obtain a very favorable settlement. We highly recommend them if you need legal help.
Posted by Lynda | February 28, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Ethical Perserverance
Mr Carlson was persistent during an extended process of fighting a large insurance company. He advised fair and ethical practices and we stood strong with our offer. In the end, we settled in mediation and got more than expected. I was happy with the outcome and thankful he stood by my side. Thank you
Posted by anonymous | February 14, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Pleasant experience
He got back to me quickly. Understood my needs. Was very down to earth and easy to talk to. Very personable
Posted by Michelle | September 27, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Lawyer with compassion and integrity
Mr. Bill William Carlson, a lawyer with compassion and integrity. He is kind trustworthy, and loyal. I believe these qualities make him very successful this field. He has over 40 years of experienced! ( read Bill William Carlson attorney bio). I had the privilege to work with him and his legal assistant Stefanie. They are amazing, kind hearted people. They handled my case for me. I am grateful for the outcome. If you are searching for a lawyer? Without a doubt, Bill William Carlson law office is the place to go to.
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Posted by Lee | June 13, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Motorcycle accident
Mr Carlson was a great lawyer walked me through every aspect of my case answering any of my questions at any time. He settled my case and got me a very fair settlement I would use him again.
Posted by Terry | May 24, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
The Best Lawyer Ever
Mr. Carlson and his paralegal Stephanie were there for me at any time that I needed them. When I left a message they got back to me sometimes before I could hang up the phone. Pleasant in all areas. Thank you!
Posted by Joe | January 19, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Auto Accident
Great advice. Thank you!
Posted by cheatem1989 | December 31, 2014
Happy Client
Mr. Carlson and his team were very helpful and trustworthy throughout my time working with them. I was very grateful that they decided to help me. The process went smooth and im happy with the outcome! Thanks again!
Posted by hoyt | October 15, 2014
Carlson Review
Mr. Carlson was very helpful in addressing a legal issue and protecting my interests. He negotiated a settlement to cover medical bills resulting from a car accident where the other driver was at fault.
Posted by Susan Kitzmiller | April 12, 2013
Justice for Specialist Ronald E. Dreier U.S. Army
Our family wanted justice for my brother twenty two years old, Specialist Ronald E. Dreier of the U.S. Army. He was killed in an off duty accident at Solo Point Fort Lewis May 2, 1990. The U.S. District Court dismissed our suite claimed it was bared by the Feres Doctrine. Whoever, Mr. Carlson with his expertise, dedication and countless efforts for my brother case was relentless. Mr. Carlson won a reversal on appeal where he persuaded the Appellate Court to apply “activities-Based” analysis to Feres cases now broadening access to civil justice for service members throughout the United States Armed Forces. Mr. Carlson was instrumental in creating new law under the Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA) Wrongful Death Dreier v. United States, 95 F.3d 1435 (9th Cir. 1996) commonly cited as “Controlling Authority”. because of Mr. Carlson’s continued dedication for justice to my brother and our family we have been able to help other military families to prevail with the legacy of my brother. Mr. Carlson’s recognized with posturing and tenacious attitude he could make change, in that commitment he was able to seize the opportunity to take this case all the way to the supreme court! He was committed to our case for over six years, that’s dedication!!! Our family is forever grateful! Susan Kitzmiller / sister
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Posted by Christine | January 9, 2013
Excellent Attorney
When I was involved in a serious car accident, I thought the situation would take care of itself. Unfortunately, some people are dishonest and I had to seek legal counsel. During my first interview with with Bill Carlson, I was glad he was very upfront with what to expect with the legal process and the compensation I could potentially receive. He was amazing at answering all my questions and concerns in a timely fashion. Bill was my attorney for about a year and I can say without a doubt that he is in the legal field as a practitioner and not as a businessman. He truly cares about his clients and has a passion for what he does. If you are seeking a personal injury attorney, I would highly recommend William J. Carlson.
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Posted by PAUL | June 25, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Head-on collision accident
I felt it was a team effort between my attorney and me. It was obvious that Mr. Carlson was working hard to get me a respectable settlement. My settlement turned out to be better than we expected. All parties involved were happy with the settlement. I would recommend this attorney to others. Mr. Carlson was also fun to work with though I think more communication would have been better, me not knowing anything about legal matters and law.
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Posted by anonymous | July 24, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Terrible Representation
I was going to fire his office effective immediately today July 24th, 2020. Theyhaven’t been any help in my case whatsoever. It shouldn’t be the injured parties responsibility to get medical records it’s what your attorney gets paid to do. Now because of this matter my medical records will not be present. Also numerous voicemails have been left for his Paralegal Stephanie and my phone calls weren’t ever returned. I don’t see anyone can run a practice this way. She also misunderstood my email on our scheduled phone conference. I will now have to represent myself on a next day hearing ridiculous.
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Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • WILLIAM J. CARLSON, INC., PS
  • 1977 - Present

Education

  • Seattle University School of Law
  • 1976

Associations

  • Washington State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1977 - Present
  • Washington State Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Washington State Trial Lawyers Association
  • Board of Governors
  • N/A
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • Disciplinary Board
  • 2006 - 2009
  • East King County Bar Association
  • Past President
  • 1986 - 1988
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • AV rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2013
  • AV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2012
  • AV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2011
  • AV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2010
  • AV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2009
  • AV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2008
  • AV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2007
  • AV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2006
  • AV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2005
  • AV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2004
  • AV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2003
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Speaking Engagements

  • CLE
  • Civil Practice Rules
  • N/A

Attorney endorsements

Received (16)
Given (10)
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Car accident Attorney | Nov 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Feb 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. His question responses are well thought-out and responsive. He is experienced and his written answers display that experience."
Car accident Attorney | Feb 05
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I tried a jury case against Mr. Carlson. He is very effective in front of a jury, and has a distinctive aura of competence and confidence in the courtroom. I am happy to endorse this lawyer for both his trial skills and professional ethics."
Car accident Attorney | Mar 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Carlson is a great lawyer. Dedicated to getting justice for his clients."
Car accident Attorney | Sep 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. An extremely talented and well respected attorney in the legal community."
Car accident Attorney | Mar 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Attorney Carlson is a top notch attorney. His clients like him and his legal opponents respect him."
Unknown Attorney | Sep 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Top-notch attorney. Highly respected in the legal community."
Personal injury Attorney | Jul 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Bill Carlson for a number of years via our respective involvement with the Washington State Association for Justice (WSAJ). Bill is a well respected arbitrator and personal injury practitioner."
Personal injury Attorney | Apr 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Bill Carlson is an admirable attorney with excellent legal skills and client relations. I warmly endorse Bill to any and all potential clients with personal injury claims."
Car accident Attorney | Apr 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Bill is a very experienced, committed, kind but tough attorney who uses his talents to take good care of his clients."
Unknown Attorney | Feb 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Attorney Carlson's responses to the questions posed in the forum are always well thought and informative to the person who posed the question. This attorney's experience shows well in his willingness to help others."
Car accident Attorney | Jan 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I highly endorse Mr. Carlson. He is experienced in this area of the law and is dedicated to providing his clients with the very best legal representation."
Personal injury Attorney | Nov 20
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Bill Carlson is the experienced, committed and compassionate lawyer everyone hopes to find when they have legal issues. I have had the pleasure of working with Bill on a number of matters and have found his knowledge and skill in handling personal injury matters to be of the highest level. Bill has a caring manner and regard for his clients at every step of the way and he is willing to take insurance companies and corporations to trial when necessary to obtain justice for his clients. I endorse Bill Carlson without reservation."
Personal injury Attorney | Oct 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have known Bill for over 30 years. He has a vast wealth of experience in personal injury claims, especially those of a serious or catastrophic nature. He has gotten excellent results in a long string of cases, in negotiation, at trial and in arbitration. I have referred a number of cases to him. Bill is an excellent lawyer who is widely respected by his peers, including those who have the bad luck of being his opponent."
Personal injury Attorney | Oct 11
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I highly recommend Bill to any PI client. I've sent several clients to Bill for their PI matters, and all have reported back that Bill is an excellent advocate and easy to work with. I've consulted with Bill on bankruptcy aspects of his PI cases and he is very knowledgeable, professional and great to work with."
Car accident Attorney | Oct 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Bill is an excellent lawyer who goes to battle for his clients. I have referred several clients to Bill over the years and have received nothing but great reviews for his advocacy and professionalism. He has years of trial experience and would rather go to court for his clients than accept a lesser settlement. I recommend Bill without question."
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Bellevue Car accident Lawyer William John Carlson
William John Carlson
Car accident Attorney
Bellevue, WA
Licensed for 45 years
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