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Terence F. Traverso

Personal injury Attorney at Bellevue, WA

4.9   7 reviews

also known as Law Offices of Terence F. Traverso, P.S.

  • Licensed for 32 years
    State WA
    Acquired 1991
    Active No misconduct found

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About Terence

Learn Terence’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Personal injury
    Claims, trials, and arbitrations involving motor vehicle collisions, wrongful death, medical malpractice, and other wrongful conduct and major injury cases. Representation limited to police officers and civilians with serious personal injury or wrongful death claims.

    33 years, 800 cases

  2. Medical malpractice
    Contact us if you or a loved one was injured or died as a result of a medical error or medical malpractice. Medical malpractice cases include: • Doctor, Hospital, or Nursing Errors • Failure to Correctly Diagnose • Delay in Reaching Diagnosis • Failure to Treat Medical Condition • Delay in Treating Medical Condition • Failure to Obtain Patient's Informed Consent before Treating • Prescription Drug Errors • Nursing Home Negligence, Neglect, or Abuse • Wrongful Death

    33 years

  3. Wrongful death
    Attorney Terence Traverso and his legal team have successfully resolved many wrongful death cases and they will help you recover all compensation available to you by law, either by settlement, arbitration, or trial. For a free consultation or to ask questions about a possible wrongful death case, call us at 425-453-0115 or e-mail us at [email protected].

    33 years

  4. Insurance
    Insurance coverage denial, insurance bad faith conduct, Insurance Fair Conduct Act violations.

    33 years

Terence Traverso has been practicing law in the Seattle area since 1991.  Since that time his practice has been limited to serious personal injury, medical negligence, and wrongful death claims.  Mr. Traverso has litigated cases successfully in virtually all levels of Washington courts, including trial courts, the Washington Court of Appeals, and federal court.  He is a member of the Litigation Section for the Washington State Bar Association and an Eagle member of the Washington State Trial Lawyers Association (Washington State Association for Justice) and the American Association for Justice (Association of Trial Lawyers of America).  In addition to state courts, he has also been admitted and qualified to practice in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington, and is frequently requested by other attorneys to assist on their cases. He received a 9.5/10 score and a rating of “Superb" by Avvo Lawyer Ratings, the highest rating available. He occasionally presents instruction to other attorneys at continuing legal education events and seminars. He has been selected as a Super Lawyer by Washington Super Lawyers Magazine through a peer-evaluated process and to which only 5 percent of the state’s attorneys have been selected. 

In his over 30 years of handling major personal injury, insurance, medical malpractice, and wrongful death cases, Mr. Traverso has been successful in a variety of claims and lawsuits, recovering many millions of dollars in compensation for his clients.  Case types have included the following:

  • Auto Accidents
  • Brain Injuries
  • Spine and Spinal Cord Injuries
  • Failure/Delay in Diagnosis
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Police Officers’ Injuries
  • Uninsured Motorist Claims
  • Drunk Driver Accidents
  • Defective Products
  • Wrongful Death
  • Work and Workplace Accidents
  • Motorcycle Accidents
  • Bicycle Accidents
  • Pedestrian/Crosswalk Accidents
  • Truck Accidents
  • Insurance Coverage/Bad Faith
  • Premises Liability
  • Slip and Fall Accidents
  • Trip and Fall Accidents
  • Dog Bite Incidents


After growing up in the Seattle area, Mr. Traverso obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree in Liberal Arts--Behavioral Science from Concordia University in 1988.  While in college he was a decorated baseball player and scholar-athlete.  He then received his Juris Doctor degree from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law in 1991.  While in law school, he received membership into the prestigious Traynor Society for academic achievement (multiple years on the Dean's List), and served as a two-year writer and Assistant Editor for the school's law review, the Pacific Law Journal (legislative review staff).


After returning to Seattle and receiving his license to practice law in 1991, Mr. Traverso began representing injured police officers for their personal injury claims.  After working in a prominent Seattle law firm, he moved his practice to the Seattle Police Officers’ Guild in the 1990s, where he limited his practice at that time to representing injured police personnel and was the only Washington lawyer doing so.  While his practice has substantially expanded over the years to include citizen clients, Mr. Traverso continues to help officers and civilian employees from all Washington police departments, and their loved ones, with personal injury, medical malpractice, or wrongful death claims, in addition to representing all members of society with such claims.


As an experienced personal injury lawyer, athlete, and college coach (hitting coach/assistant coach for Seattle University's Women's Softball program), Terence Traverso is also uniquely aware of the value of physical health and the personal losses that injury-accidents can cause.  These personal losses often extend beyond just pain and frequently include devasting losses to one's activities, work duties, and lifestyle.


For a free consultation or to ask questions about your case, call us or e-mail us.



Law Offices of Terence F. Traverso. "Western Washington's Trusted Personal Injury Attorney."
1408 140th Pl. N.E., Suite 140
Bellevue, WA, 98007

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Posted by anonymous | December 2, 2014
Excellent attorney, great results
Terry handled my auto accident/personal injury lawsuit. He earned every bit of his commission; he kept me very well informed along the way, and was available even outside of business hours to make sure we were well prepared for court. The defendant's insurance company was difficult to work with, yet he obtained a very fair settlement. I would not hesitate to recommend Terry.
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Posted by Lt SO | April 17, 2011
Terence Traverso
I've known and worked through the course of three separate traffic accidents with Terry in over 10 years. Needless to say, his service level was at such a high level, that I returned to him to for each subsequent accident. His comprehensive, professional, and friendly style put me at ease, knowing that my case would be handled effectively and efficiently. He kept me up to date as far as the progress of my cases, and provided knowledgeable guidance, so I could make the best decision for my situation. I would recommend him to a friend, without hesitation.
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Posted by Sheri | March 17, 2011
We recommend Terence Traverso
We have used Mr. Traverso over the years for various legal matters, he was always very professional, his attention to detail was very articulate and he kept us informed on each step that would take place. We would recommend Terence.
Posted by Susie | March 17, 2011
Review of Terence F. Traverso, Attorney
Easy to talk to, if I called regarding question I had on my case he was always available, if I left a message for him he would always call me back. He would explain the law to me so I could understand what was going on. We talked about fees in the very beginning.
Posted by Charles | March 17, 2011
Honest, thorough
I worked with Terry over the course of a few years, because he advised me to not rush and to see how my injuries played out. The thing that really impressed my about Terry was his honesty and thoroughness. We had numerous intelligent discussions about my case, and I always felt that I knew what was going on and that my expectations were realistic. He was on top of every detail, every brief, and seemed to have all angles covered. Even after we settled and his financial interest in my case was exhausted, he continued to follow up on lingering details. If I, or a friend, ever have another personal injury case, Terry will be the first person I call.
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Posted by SLK | March 16, 2011
Very highly recommend Terence Traverso
Mr. Traverso was very responsive, knowledgeable and quick with a resolution. I would recommend Mr. Traverso strongly! Thank you!
Posted by Melanie | March 16, 2011
Motor Vehicle personal injury case
Terry worked with me through two car accidents personal injury claims. It did take a lot of patience, probably on his end as well as mine. And I 'm first to admit, I'm probably not an easy client to have. Not that anyone wants to be in car accident and have to get an attorney but, if I have to do it again, I will be calling Terry back up. I really appreciate his time, effort and knowledge he put into my case. I have already recommended him to someone and will again.
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  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
  • Contingency 33%-45%


AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • President, shareholder
  • Law Offices of Terence F. Traverso, P.S.
  • 1996 - Present
  • Self-employed attorney
  • offices of Seattle Police Officers Guild
  • 1994 - 1996
  • Associate Attorney
  • Clinton Fleck, P.S.
  • 1992 - 1994


  • McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific
  • Juris Doctor
  • 1991
  • Concordia University-Portland
  • Bachelor of Arts
  • 1988

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Salisbury v. City of Seattle, No. 82474-1-I, 522 P. 3d 1019 (2023)
  • Reversal of the trial court and ordered entry of judgment on the verdict for $1,215,000.00, plus ordering a new trial adding the amount of lost earnings. Defendant's final settlement offer before trial was only $90,000.
  • Beasley v. GEICO, 23 Wn. App. 641, 517 P.3d 500 (2022), review denied, No. 101395-7, 2023 WL1818615 (Feb. 8, 2023).
  • History-making appellate court decision establishing that insurers must pay non-economic damages they cause their customers due to an unreasonable denial of insurance benefits or coverage under the Insurance Fair Conduct Act.
  • Jury verdict in insurance bad faith conduct case
  • Jury verdict and judgment for $1,204,298.00. The insurer's settlement offer was only $10,000, forcing the lawsuit to be filed, and its final settlement offer before trial was $45,000.
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  • Insurance company(ies)
  • Expert witness on attorney standards of conduct
  • 2023 - Present
  • Washington Supreme Court
  • Appearance to practice
  • 2023 - Present
  • U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
  • Admitted to Practice
  • 2017 - Present
  • Washington State Bar Association, Litigation Section
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • American Association for Justice (Association of Trial Lawyers of America).
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • American Association for Justice, Motor Vehicle Collision, Highway and Premises Liability
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • American Association for Justice, Insurance Law Section
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • Washington State Association for Justice
  • Eagle Member
  • 1997 - Present
  • Federal U.S. District Court of Western Washington
  • Admitted to Practice
  • 1993 - Present
  • Washington State Court of Appeals
  • Appearance to practice
  • 1993 - Present
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • Member/Admitted to Practice
  • 1991 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyer
  • Washington Super Lawyers
  • 2023
  • Top Attorneys in Washington
  • Seattle Metropolitan Magazine
  • 2023
  • Super Lawyer
  • Washington Super Lawyers
  • 2022
  • Top Attorneys in Washington
  • Seattle Metropolitan Magazine
  • 2022
  • Member, Traynor Honor Society for Excellence in the Study of Law
  • McGeorge School of Law
  • 1991
  • Law Review Assistant Editor
  • Pacific Law Journal
  • 1991
  • Dean's List
  • McGeorge School of Law
  • 1991
  • Law Review legislative staff writer
  • Pacific Law Journal
  • 1990
  • Dean's List
  • McGeorge School of Law
  • 1989
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  • 21 Pacific Law Journal, Legislative Review 386
  • SB 290 Civil Procedure; corporations--service of process
  • 1990
  • 21 Pacific Law Journal, Legislative Review 536
  • AB 584 Property; disclosure of environmental hazards in real property transactions
  • 1990
  • 21 Pacific Law Journal, Legislative Review 398
  • AB 320 Consumer Protection; weight loss contracts--cancellation
  • 1990
  • 21 Pacific Law Journal, Legislative Review 350
  • AB 1873 Agriculture; violation of economic poison laws
  • 1990
  • 21 Pacific Law Journal, Legislative Review 449
  • AB 1450 Criminal Procedure; controlled substance offenses--forfeiture of property
  • 1990
  • 21 Pacific Law Journal, Legislative Review 405
  • SB 408 Crimes; blood-alcohol concentration
  • 1990
  • 21 Pacific Law Journal, Legislative Review 412
  • AB 2212 Crimes; abuse of a minor under 14 years of age
  • 1990
  • 21 Pacific Law Journal, Legislative Review 435
  • SB 407 Crimes; possession of drugs and a firearm
  • 1990
  • 21 Pacific Law Journal, Legislative Review 418
  • AB 669 Crimes; firearms--prior conviction
  • 1990
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Speaking Engagements

  • Thurston County WSAJ Roundtable
  • Preparing and Trying a UIM Bad Faith/IFCA Case Against GEICO
  • 2020
  • Spring Conference WSAJ Insurance Law Seminar
  • Considerations for Trying the Underinsured Motorist Claim With the Insurance Bad Faith Claim
  • 2020
  • Eastside WSAJ Roundtable
  • Preparing and Trying a UIM Bad Faith/IFCA Case Against GEICO
  • 2019

Attorney endorsements

Received (5)
Given (3)
Endorse Terence
Personal injury Attorney | Jun 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Terence. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Personal injury Attorney | Jan 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Terry is a fearless lawyer who is not afraid to challenge insurance companies. He finds creative ways to help his clients make their best possible outcome. He has taken many cases to trial and arbitration, and consistently maintains a high level of practice. I recommend Terry highly."
Personal injury Attorney | Mar 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer because Mr. Traverso is unrelenting in his pursuit of justice for people injured through the fault of others. He is energetic, well skilled, diligent, and highly creative in developing successful strategies for each case. He is bright, a quick study, good advocate, and willing to spend the time and effort needed to succeed. His results exceed those commonly seen."
Personal injury Attorney | Mar 17
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. I have worked closely with Mr. Traverso on cases (medical malpractice, wrongful death, car accidents and other personal injury). I can strongly vouch for his determination and compassion on behalf of his clients, as well as his knowledge and overall effectiveness toward obtaining great results."
Personal injury Attorney | Jun 23
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Terence Traverso, Attorney at Law, has associated with me on numerous personal injury cases I have referred to him to take on for primary representation of my clients, since 1996, zealously advocating for the injured party. Mr. Traverso has a great ability to realistically and practically, focus on the key issues for every case, including complex legal and medical factors, strategize the approach that is more than likely to assure a successful outcome for clients, and still not take any less seriously all the facets critical to progressing a case diligently and as aggressively needed to completion. Mr. Traverso's years of experience in handling complex cases and tirelessy advocating the necessary stance for a client's case to succeed, has allowed him to recover settlements and verdicts that reflect positively on the judicial system as a result of his professional knowledge, training and care about his clients. Without reservation, I strongly endorse Terence Traverso."
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Bellevue Personal injury Lawyer Terence F. Traverso
Terence F. Traverso
Personal injury Attorney
Bellevue, WA
Licensed for 32 years
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