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Thank you for visiting my Avvo page. I've been litigating and trying complex civil cases for over 28 years, and I've enjoyed (almost) every one of them. In the "cases" section you can view a list of some of the cases I have handled. For more detailed information about my background and experience, or for a consultation, please feel free to contact me.


Languages spoken: German

Practice areas


  1. Litigation: 50%
    30 years, 200 cases
  2. Lawsuits & Disputes: 25%
  3. Employment: 10%
    19 years, 5 cases
  4. Environmental: 10%
    26 years, 15 cases
  5. Appeals: 5%
    30 years, 10 cases



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  • Brenda S Molner

    Steve is a top notch litigator. He has a knack for finding the weaknesses in the opposing party's case and intelligently utilizing the strengths in his client's case to reach a favorable resolution.


    Brenda Molner Construction and development Attorney
    Relationship: Co-worker

  • Daniel P. Harris

    Steve is a brilliant lawyer. I have referred a number of clients over to him and they have always been pleased.


    Daniel Harris International law Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact info

18214 13th Place W.
Lynnwood, WA, 98037


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
2010 Top LawyersSeattle Metropolitan Magazine2010
Champion of Civil Rights AwardNAACP2008
Service to Education AwardSt. Joseph School (Seattle)2007
Certificate of Recognition (Jury Service)King County Superior Court2006
Hall of Honor AwardSt. Joseph School (Seattle)2004
Ames Moot Court Competition FinalistHarvard Law School1985
Phi Beta KappaUniversity of Virginia1981
"AV" Peer-review ratingMartindale-HubbellN/A
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Affliate AttorneyNewLAWu.s.2015 - Present
Senior CounselAter Wynne LLP2013 - 2014
ShareholderAter Wynne LLP1994 - 2013
Senior AssociateAter Wynne LLP1990 - 1993
AssociateGarvey, Schubert & Barer1986 - 1990
Association namePosition nameDuration
American Bar AssociationMember1991 - Present
Washington State Bar AssociationMember1986 - Present
King County Bar AssociationMember1986 - Present
Federal Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Garibay, et al. v. Advanced Silicon Materials LLCSummary judgment was granted in favor of my client
Garibay v. Advanced Silicon Materials LLCCourt of appeals affirmed summary judgment
Patrisha Rankin v. Alfoster Garrett, Jr. and Seattle-King County NAACPArbitration award in favor of my client
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Publication nameTitleDate
Northwesy Business Litigation BlogSignificant Changes to FRCP 26 Will Protect Communications Between Counsel and Testifying Expert Witnesses2010
Northwest Business Litigation Blog"You've Gotta Pay to Play, Says the Washington Court of Appeals"2008
Northwest Business Litigation Blog"Conflicting Decisions in Washington Court of Appeals Regarding Fraudulent Transfer Liability"2007
Northwest Business Litigation Blog"Washington Supreme Court Holds that Pregnancy is not a 'Disability' Under Employment Discrimination Laws"2007
The Legal Foundation of Washington"On Your Own: Your Legal Rights" (co-editor)1991
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Harvard University Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor (with honors)1986
University of VirginiaEconomics and American GovernmentBA - Bachelor of Arts (with High Distinction)1982
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Junior Achievement - "Project Business"Business and Economics1997