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Accomplished and Experienced Seattle Area Attorney

Steven G. Toole has built his reputation by fighting for his clients throughout western Washington, and doing it with dignity and respect and with the utmost professionalism. He has been recognized for his efforts and earned the respect of his peers. In over 35 years of practice, he has been appointed/elected to various Boards, Committees and lawyer related Task Forces, and has received numerous awards and accolades from legal associations and other attorneys, including:


  • AV®-rated* under Martindale-Hubbell’s peer review rating system.*

  • Selected numerous times as a Washington SuperLawyer, by Washington Law and Politics magazine

  • Past President of the East King County Bar Association

  • Past President of the Washington State Trial Lawyers Association (now known as the Washington State Association for Justice)

  • Elected as the Eighth Congressional District Representative to the Washington State Bar Association Board of Governors

  • Past President of Washington State Bar Association (2010-2011)

  • Vice-President of Board of Trustees of The Washington State Bar Foundation (currently)

  •  Elected to Executive Council of National Conference of Bar Presidents (2011-2014)

  • President's Award Recipient by the Washington State Trial Lawyers Association

  • Alvin A. Anderson Award Recipient by the Washington State Trial Lawyers Association recognizing extraordinary effort to promote and preserve the civil justice system


*CV, BV, and AV are registered certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards, and policies. Martindale-Hubbell is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the confidential opinions of members of the Bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell ratings fall into two categories - legal ability and general ethical standards. AV is their highest rating.


In the mediation field, Steve has completed formal mediation training through the Straus Institute at Pepperdine University School of Law and has attended numerous other ADR CLE seminars and conferences.  He conducts the typical half day and full day mediations and, in appropriate cases, he also conducts telephone mediations.  Steve mediates throughout most of Western Washington and does not charge for his travel time.


Steve is regularly asked to mediate by all the major insurance carriers and can provide references on both the plaintiff and defense side. He mediates all types of tort cases, including automobile, premises liability, professional negligence, employment discrimination and timber trespass.  He has also mediated cases involving boundary disputes, breach of contracts and partnership dissolutions. If Steve is not familiar with a particular area of law, he will do the necessary research on his own time so that he can best be prepared to assist the parties in resolving their dispute.



Practice areas


  1. Mediation: 62%
    16 years
  2. Personal Injury: 35%
    40 years
  3. Arbitration: 3%
    29 years



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  • Edward K. Le

    I have mediated dozens of cases with Steve. Some were hard to resolve, others even harder where the parties are at polar opposite ends. For some reason, Steve always manages to find a way to settle them. Perhaps it comes from his intuition and skills. I think that it is simply because he is a brilliant mediator who has the wisdom and perseverance to pierce through the core of raw emotions and dogmatic thinking that often plague both parties in litigation and simply find a practical middle ground where all parties benefit.


    Edward Le Brain injury Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Michael S. Waddington

    I endorse Steven. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community.


    Michael Waddington Military law Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

Po Box 50008
Bellevue, WA, 98015-0008


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Award nameGrantorDate granted
Alvin Anderson AwardWashington State Association for Justice2006
President's AwardWashington State Association for Justice2001
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PresidentLaw Office of Steven G. Toole, PS1983 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
Washington State Association for JusticeBoard of Governors (1991-1994, 1996-2009), President (2002-2003)1977 - Present
Washington State Bar AssociationMember, Board of Governors (1993-1996), President (2010-2011)1976 - Present
Publication nameTitleDate
Washington State Bar Association Bar NewsTaking the High Road2011
Washington State Bar Association Bar News50 Years and Counting2011
Washington State Bar Association Bar NewsThe 24 Hour Rule2011
Washington State Bar Association Bar NewsTragedy in Arizona: Who'S Accountable??2011
Washington State Bar Association Bar NewsWhat Makes a Leader?2011
Washington State Bar Association Bar NewsDoes it Take a Natural Disaster?2011
Washington State Bar Association Bar NewsWisdom2011
Washington State Bar Association Bar NewsThe WSBA Leadership Institute2011
Washington State Bar Association Bar NewsThe Unending Journey2011
Washington State Bar Association Bar NewsServing with Soul2010
Washington State Bar Association Bar NewsMy Six-Year High School Career2010
Washington State Bar Association Bar NewsThe Monkey and the Moldy Peanuts2010
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of San Diego School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1975
Ohio State University Moritz College of LawHistory, pre-medBA - Bachelor of Arts1971
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Solo/Small Firm Success StrategiesWhy I Love Being in a Solo Practice2012
WSBA Annual Awards DinnerEmcee and Awards Presenter2011
Solo and Small Firm Section Annual ConventionKeynote Address: Why I Love Being a Sole Practitioner2011
Dist & Muni Courts Judges Ass. Judicial ConferenceState of the WSBA2011
Annual Goldmark Award LuncheonPresentation of Goldmark Award2011
Access to Justice /Bar Leaders Annual ConferenceAwards Presentation2011
Annual WSBA 50 Year Member Celebratory Luncheon50 Years and Counting2010