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Philip N Petersen

DUI and DWI Attorney at Kent, WA

4.9   78 reviews
  • Licensed for 21 years
    State WA
    Acquired 2002
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

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

About Philip

Learn Philip’s areas of practice.

4
Practice areas
  1. DUI and DWI
    50%

    22 years, 2,000 cases

  2. Criminal defense
    25%

    22 years, 1,200 cases

  3. Speeding and traffic ticket
    20%

    22 years, 2,300 cases

  4. Domestic violence
    5%

    22 years, 370 cases

Located in Kent, WA, my practice is geared solely towards criminal and traffic offenses in Pierce, King, Thurston, and Snohomish County. Consultations are always free, and available weekdays and Saturdays.  Available after hours for emergency calls. .

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Location

Philip N Petersen
6703 S. 234th St., Ste 130
Kent, WA, 98032

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Reviews

4.9 / 5.0
  78 customer reviews
Posted by Shannon | March 17, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Philip is the best!
My husband kept having run ins with the law & everytime Philip was able to get his charges dropped down lower than we ever thought possible and his jail time suspended. We used Philip quite a few times & he was always quick to return phone calls, made sure we understood what was going on, had no judgement, & made things happen we never thought possible. He's the best. Thankfully we don't need him anymore but I will always recommend him to anyone that needs a defense attorney. He is seriously a miracle worker. Thank you Philip, for everything!
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Posted by Christina | February 20, 2022
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Great lawyer!
Mr. Petersen was amazing! From start to end of the DUI process he was great at communication and giving realistic expectations. I knew “what’s the worst that could happen” every time we had court or any other significant meeting. His hard work allowed me to maintain a reasonable punishment while still being able to work and live.
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Posted by Amber | July 22, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
10000/10 recommend!
My significant other recommended Phil to me after Phil was able to remove multiple speeding tickets from his record. It was so simple, he didn’t have to go to court-Phil took care of everything. He got a letter in the mail for each ticket saying they were all dropped! VERY affordable too! I used Phil after my first DUI and I was TERRIFIED. Phil made ALL my worries go away. He was so helpful, optimistic and knew he could handle my case! I know because of Phil, I got off WAY easier with my DUI compared to most. Everyone I have spoken with has been SHOCKED at how cheap Phil’s prices were for his services and how little I had to do for the state following my arrest. Phil gave me his personal number so I could reach him anytime if I had any questions. My significant other called him on a Sunday and he picked up and gave his help! I have recommended numerous friends to Phil, and I always will! My boyfriend and I have even joked while on vacation if we ever got into a legal altercation we would probably still call Phil if we were out of state! LOL! He is our lawyer for life!
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Posted by Noelle | May 21, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
I'd give Atty Petersen 10 stars if I could
My case had been drawn out for a year and a half before I contacted Phil Petersen. He is extremely experienced and knowledgable and, as other reviewers have pointed out, very respected in his field. He gave me a very fair quote to take on my case and see it to closure. He acted quickly and effectively. He stayed in communication with me every step of the way and my case was successfully closed within weeks. My only regret in hiring Mr. Petersen is that I didn't do it two years ago when this mess started.
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Posted by Danny | November 5, 2019
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Top Notch
Phil is a professional and knows his way around the court system. Highly respected and a very thorough attorney. He successfully helped me through a 5-year deferred prosecution and all charges were dropped upon my completion of the probationary period. He listens and understands clients and whatever situation they are in or going through. I highly recommend Phil if you are in need of help. Thank you Phil for all you’ve done for me and I’m grateful I’ve done the work and got back on track.
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Posted by Sean | June 18, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Perfect partner for DUI defense!
Philip is outstanding. I’m a nervous guy, and my first DUI hit me pretty hard mentally. Philip’s personal approach, clam demeanor and sense of humor helped me feel more at ease from start to finish. He made the seven-month ordeal bearable. Philip ensured I took all the right steps and prepared me for what I could expect at every turn. I peppered him with a lot of emails and texts throughout, and he always responded quickly with clear and concise answers. In court he was efficient, confident and eloquent. In the end, Philip got my cut-and-dried, no-way-out case reduced to Reckless Driving with a few days on work crew. What a relief. The flat fee he charged me seems reasonable, especially considering the money he "saved" me with that wet reckless plea bargain he pulled out of his hat. But really, the peace of mind he helped me maintain during this horrible time in my life was worth every penny. TLDR; I don’t think you can go wrong with Philip on your side for a DUI. I have witnessed firsthand his concern for me as a client and his professional excellence.
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Posted by Austin | February 26, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Go with this guy!
Philip actually gave me the time and attention that I needed. He sat down with me several times in preparation for my case. If you need solid representation, go with Phil. He got me out of ALL jail time. Seriously, too many good things to say about him. Great price, great value. Highly recommended!
Posted by Lillian Diaz | August 21, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Lillian Diaz
I am so happy I chose to work with Phillip Peterson. He was so professional and helpful not to mention so quick to ALWAYS get back to me and get my case taken care of. He was recommended to me by family and friends and I truly understand why I could not recommend him enough!
Posted by Olena | June 30, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Great attorney
Philip helped me to obtain a permanent anti-harassment order against my contractor, who not only took my money, but started to send me abusive threats, harassing emails and calls. Philip was very attentive, helpful and highly professional. He spent 2 hours listening to all story, gave a good advice. He went to all court hearings with me, was fighting for my case and we got the order. He is one of the best attorney in respect of professionalism, attention to details and willing to get best results for his clients. I highly recommend him as an attorney.
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Posted by Bryan | March 27, 2018
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Knowledgeable Lawyer
I was ticketed by Kent PD for "Fail to Yield Stationary Emergency Vehicle." Spoke with Philip Peterson, and he resolved the problem in the first court hearing. very good and reliable lawyer.
Posted by anonymous | September 19, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Responsive ,Competent and Professional
A+ Philip responds to all inquiries - be it phone, email etc so quickly. he cares about his clients and has an excellent relationship with the legal community. A+ He saved me tons of $$ !!
Posted by anonymous | September 15, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
So thankful for Philip!
Ok so long story short, I got myself into a heap of trouble with the law. We're all human, we all make mistakes but my mistake was a little more extensive than others. I was pulled over for a DUI and my BAC level was really high (I'm so thankful I didn't harm anyone or anything). Although it was my first DUI (and LAST!) and I had never been in trouble before, we knew that was going to be a hard one to win in court. Philip really did have his work cut out for him with my case. After going to court numerous times, I didn't think the odds would be in my favor. Then, miraculously, thanks to Philip's high level of professionalism and expertise, he won our case and it was reduced to a reckless driving. I honestly didn't think it was possible and I could not have done it without Philip. I will be forever grateful and would highly recommend him to anyone seeking an attorney for a DUI. Thank you, Philip!
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Posted by Eshak | August 9, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
He is the best
I had business with Mr. Petersen. I really had the best experience with him. He know what he is doing. when I was looking to hire atterny I noteced that Mr. Petersen is a former persecutor that one of the points make me chose him. He also well respected by the court stuff, judges and persecutors. He also NOT expensive his hourly rate is very reasonable. I highly recommend Mr. Petersen. Thank you for the hard work.
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Posted by Emily | April 13, 2017
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Mr Philip N Petersen
Mr Philip N Petersen is a very experienced lawyer, He made us successful. Our whole family thanked him very much
Posted by huanhuan | April 13, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Mr Philip N Petersen
Mr Philip N Petersen is a very responsible and a highly competent lawyer
Posted by Quincy | April 4, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
2 words "THE BEST"
Mr. Peterson made lemonade out of lemons. I had a situation that was almost hopeless and very limited to what could be done. But Mr. Peterson was honest and very concerned about my situation. He went into the courtroom and displayed confidence and a level of Professionalizim that is unmatched and ultimately came out with a victory ! Theres no doubt in my mind that anyone who is in need of a good Attorney should call for a consultation and he will do his very best to make sure you know all your options and what is the best approach to your situation. Look no more this is the best man for the job hands down.
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Posted by Fred | March 6, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Great Attorney
I attained Philip's services for a DUI I had received in the Auburn area. I was unfamiliar in this arena. Philip did a great job representing me and was able to get my DUI reduced to a reckless driving. He is friendly, knowledgeable and easy to talk to. I am very thankful he represented me and would recommend his great service to anyone needing representation in the Auburn area. Thanks Again Philip for a Job Well Done!!!
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Posted by Mex | December 20, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Best attorney That I've had
So I was on my 3rd DUI offense and I was recommended to Phillip through my boss. We hired him because my wife and I heard he was good at what he does and for for a good price.. we've spent more then twice as much as he charged us on attorneys. Phillip just worked on my case in and out of court .on our last court date was the motion hearing and he did such a great job defending my case and got my DUI completely dismissed... I'm still in shock.. I really recommend him and I will tell anyone I come across with a DUI case. Mex
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Posted by anonymous | July 27, 2016
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Look no further for reliable & affordable representation!!
Thanks to Philip my DUI charge was amended to reckless driving. I had prior drinking and driving charges as a minor so I am very thankful Philip was able to get this done for me. He was always there when I had questions, he responds immediately when you need help and never leaves you hanging. He reminded me of my upcoming court dates as well which was very helpful. He came highly recommended by a family friend and I'm highly recommending him if you need help with a DUI charge! You can rely 100% on Philip to help you get you out of a bind! He is also very reasonably priced compared to other lawyers in the area based on how great he is! Thank you Philip!
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Posted by Keri | June 30, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Case Unbelievably Dismissed!
Phil Petersen accomplished quite the feat with my first and last DUI case. I started with the most important fact for those readers with a short attention span. He's a very skilled attorney and he's honest. I had consultations with other attorneys prior to retaining him. He had better prices and seemed more understanding and knowledgeable than the others. He didn't promise me the pie in the sky, but he also didn't try to scare me with the worst case scenario or false information. I appreciated his complete attention each time we met. He treated me with respect and listened to all of my concerns. He spoke with the voice of experience, despite his young age. He KNOWS the laws, even the most recent ones. Mr. Petersen is also willing to answer your questions without making you feel ignorant. My favorite quality is that he entertains your ideas. I had tried to research as many loop holes and alternatives, as possible. Each one he would acknowledge and explain how this might be helpful or why it wasn't an option. He has prompt responses to emails, phones calls, and even texts. He doesn't clock in and out; this is his own practice and he handles everything himself. You are paying for your own attorney to do it all; not a paralegal or secretary. He works hard for himself, by himself. He makes sure to submit everything on time and request the needed records. Each court appearance, he was dressed professionally and arrived on time. He had a very big challenge with my case since the prosecuting attorneys were not willing to negotiate the DUI down to a neg or reckless. We tried to reach a plea agreement for six months and they wouldn't budge. Finally, it was time for the trial to begin. He kept me informed every step of the way. He also let me decide when choices were presented. He made every effort to avoid going to trial and ultimately succeeded. His unwavering belief in the law and providing evidence to the court resulted in the case being dismissed. Even when things looked hopeless, he continued to defend my case and make motions on my behalf. I'm certain that no other lawyer would have put forth this much time and effort on a case like mine. Sometimes the quarterback throws a Hail Mary and it scores a touchdown. That's exactly what ended up happening and I'm still cheering from the sidelines. I will continue to cheerlead for Mr. Petersen by telling all of my friends, family, and colleagues about his game-saving (life-saving) performance in and out of the courtroom. He has earned my respect and the admiration of those in his professional community by being trustworthy and having follow through. Hopefully I will never require legal assistance again, but I know he'll be there if I need him. He's truly the best choice to have by your side. Thank you, Mr. Petersen, for being competent, courageous, courteous, and committed!
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Cost

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

Resume

AVVO RATING 9.6 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Petersen Law PLLC
  • 2005 - Present
  • Associate
  • Law Offices of Barbara Bowden
  • 2004 - 2005
  • Associate
  • Dore & Dore PS
  • 2003 - 2004
  • Deputy Prosecutor
  • Grant County
  • 2002 - 2003
  • Deputy Prosecutor - Rule 9
  • Whitman County
  • 2001 - 2001
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Education

  • National College of DUI Defense
  • Mastering Scientific Evidence in DUI Cases
  • 2012
  • WSBA Continuing Legal Education
  • Winning Strategies
  • 2004
  • University of Idaho College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2002
  • Eastern Washington University
  • 1999
  • Quincy High School
  • High School Diploma
  • 1995
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Sample of Legal Cases

  • State v. McHugh
  • Case dismissed, no probable cause to arrest
  • State v. Smith
  • BAC refusal suppressed

Associations

  • National College of DUI Defense
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • Tacoma Pierce County Bar Association
  • Attorney Member
  • 2004 - Present
  • United State District Court - Western District of Washington
  • Attorney Member
  • 2003 - Present
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • Attorney Member
  • 2002 - Present
  • YMCA Mock Trial
  • Judge
  • 2008 - 2008
  • Seattle University School of Law
  • Judge for Mock Trial participants
  • 2005 - 2007
  • Washington State Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2003 - 2004
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Top 100 DUI Lawyers in Washington
  • National Advocacy for DUI Defense
  • 2015
  • "10 Best" Attorneys for Washington
  • American Institute of DUI/DWI Attorneys
  • 2015
  • 2015 Washington Excellence Award recipient
  • US Commerce and Trade Research Institute
  • 2015
  • Top One Percent
  • National Association of Distinguished Counsel
  • 2015
  • 2015 Winter Session attendant
  • National College for DUI Defense
  • 2015
  • Attendee - Year end CLE
  • Tacoma Pierce County Bar Association
  • 2014
  • Top 100 DUI Attorneys in Washington State
  • National Institute for Trial Advocacy
  • 2014
  • TOP 100 DUI Attorneys in Wa. St.
  • National Institute for Trial Advocacy
  • 2013
  • Chief's Award - Citizen Commendation
  • City of Kent, WA
  • 2013
  • Mastering Scientific Evidence in DUI Cases
  • National College for DUI Defense
  • 2012
  • Pro Bono Publico Service Commendation
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • 2012
  • Client Choice Award - DUI
  • AVVO
  • 2012
  • Client Choice Award - Traffic tickets
  • AVVO
  • 2012
  • CLE Attendence
  • Tacoma Pierce County Bar Association
  • 2011
  • Pro Bono Publico Service Commendation
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • 2011
  • CLE Attendence
  • Tacoma Pierce County Bar Association
  • 2010
  • Pro Bono Publico Service Commendation
  • State Bar Association of Washington
  • 2010
  • Defending DUI's, certificate of completion
  • Washington Foundation for Criminal Justice
  • 2009
  • Pro Bono Publico Service Commendation
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • 2007
  • CLE Attendance
  • Washington State Trial Lawyers Association
  • 2004
  • Traumatic Brain Injuries at Trial
  • Washington State Trial Lawyers Association
  • 2003
  • Enrolled
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2003
  • Certificate of Training for Mediation Advocacy
  • University of Idaho
  • 2002
  • Deans List
  • University of Idaho School of Law
  • 2001
  • Deans List
  • Eastern Washington University
  • 1997
  • Deans List
  • Eastern Washington University
  • 1996
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Speaking Engagements

  • UW Alcohol Education
  • Impact of Alcohol and DUI's on college students
  • 2010
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Attorney endorsements

Received (30)
Given (28)
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Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Phil is an exceptional attorney and he is well respected by attorneys in the community and by the Court. He is a zealous advocate for his clients and will fight hard to obtain the best results. I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Phi is a knowledgeable and gifted attorney who is always there for his clients. I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Phil is an outstanding advocate for his clients and have not hesitated to refer cases to him when they are out of my jurisdiction with nothing but positive results."
Unknown Attorney | Oct 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Phil works for his clients to achieve the best possible outcome.."
Unknown Attorney | Mar 19
Relationship: Other
"A very knowledge and competent attorney. I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Mr. Peterson. He pays great attention to his clients and his case and always produces great results."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Philip. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Aug 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have interacted with Mr. Petersen both as a prosecutor and fellow criminal defense attorney. Mr. Petersen is always very professional and courteous and has never hesitated to help out his colleagues. He knows the law and clearly cares about his clients. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this attorney."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Aug 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Philip is a familiar face in every court in Western Washington. He is always well prepared and knows his stuff. Philip always appears to have a good relationship with his clients does what he can to protect their rights."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 23
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I had the opportunity to work with Philip as opposing counsel on several matters over five or six years. Philip is a zealous advocate for his clients and has always been a pleasure to work with. I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Phil is an amazing lawyer and has a lot of experience representing clients in all kinds of criminal charges. He is a very positive guy and always seems to able to work out some of the best deals for his clients. He's worked with some of the best DUI attorneys out there and has really made a name for himself now in the field of DUI defense especially. I would definitely recommend Phil to anyone I knew that needed help with a DUI or other criminal charge in the Seattle-Tacoma area."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Feb 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have personally observed Philip in action in the courtroom and he is impressive. He is a creative, prepared, dilligent advocate for his clients. I am happy to endorse him.."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I am a family law attorney in Tacoma, and former Pierce County Prosecutor. While I was a prosecutor, Philip and I often had cases together. Now that I am in private practice, I often refer my clients in need of a criminal defense attorney to Philip. He is not only thorough, but also easy to work with. He is organized, efficient, extremely competent and fights hard for his clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Phil is well respected by the legal community and is an dedicated DUI attorney."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Feb 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Phil is not only one of the most decent people you'll meet in the legal community but he is also extremely knowledgable and hard working. I have had the pleasure of working both against him as a prosecutor and with him as a defense attorney. He was always easy to work with and I can personally attest to the great results he was able to achieve for his clients. I highly recommend him."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Phil is friendly, knowledgable and very compassionate in his defense of his clients. Phil is dependable and presents well in court proceedings. His clients are well represented in his cases."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Feb 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Phil Peterson is an exceptional attorney. He is easily one of the best traffic defense attorneys in the Seattle/ Tacoma area. He is always courteous and professional and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend him."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Philip Petersen in and out of court for quite some time. His reputation as a great lawyer is absolutely warranted. He's very intelligent, knows the law, and works hard for his clients. If you've chosen Mr. Petersen for a lawyer, you've chosen wisely."
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Kent DUI and DWI Lawyer Philip N Petersen
Philip N Petersen
DUI and DWI Attorney
Kent, WA
Licensed for 21 years
Free Consultation