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Anthony L. Rafel

also known as Tony Rafel

About me

Tony Rafel is an experienced trial lawyer and a trusted client advisor. His litigation practice focuses on representing condominium and homeowner associations and other property owners in disputes involving construction defects, product defects, warranty enforcement, breach of contract, insurance bad faith, easements, and other property-related issues. He also represents parties in business and partnership divorces and wrongful death actions. As general counsel, he advises many boards of directors of common interest communities on covenant interpretation and enforcement, corporate governance, and dispute resolution. With 34 years of experience, he has an active practice in Washington and Oregon.  


Practice areas


  1. Construction: 50%
    33 years
  2. Real Estate: 50%
    33 years


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Contact info

Rafel Law Group PLLC

600 University Street #2520
Seattle, WA, 98101


NYCurrently registered 198207/10/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
AV Preeminent RatedMartindale-Hubbell2016
Top Lawyer, Construction LitigationSeattle Met Magazine2016
Super Lawyer 2003-2016Washington Law & Politics Magazine2016
Top Contracts/Agreements LawyerWashington CEO Magazine2008
Boss of the YearNational Association of Legal Support Professionals2007
Top 100 Lawyers in Washington StateWashington Law & Politics Magazine2007
Top 152 Lawyers in SeattleSeattle Magazine2005
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Managing MemberRafel Law Group PLLC2005 - Present
Chair, Litigation & Alt. Dispute Res. Prac. GroupRiddell Williams P.S.2002 - 2005
PartnerRiddell Williams, PS2000 - 2002
PrincipalRohan Goldbarb Rafel Shapiro PS1995 - 2000
PartnerCulp, Dwyer, Guterson & Grader1983 - 1995
Judicial ClerkUnited States District Court Western Dist. Of Wa1981 - 1983
Association namePosition nameDuration
WSCAI Business Partners CommitteeMember2013 - Present
WSCAI Business Partners CommitteeCo-chair2011 - 2012
Federal Bar Association for the Western District of Washington Nominations CommitteeChair2000 - 2000
Federal Bar Association for the Western District of Washington Website/Communications CommitteeChair2000 - 2002
Civil Justice Reform Act Advisory Committee for the Western District of WashingtonMember2000 - 2004
Federal Bar Association (Western District of Washington)President1999 - 1999
Lawyer Representative to the Ninth Circuit Judicial ConferenceMember1998 - 2001
Civil Justice Reform Act Advisory Committee (WD Wash)Member1993 - 1998
Federal Bar Association for the Western District of Washington Local Rules CommitteeChair1984 - 1994
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Tidewater CoveFavorable settlements
Serenity at Juanita COAFavorable settlement
Defoor LitigationJudgment in favor of client
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Publication nameTitleDate
WSCAI's Community Association JournalFHA Legal Requirements for 55+ Communities in an Aging Population2013
WSCAI's Community Association JournalBudget Ratification Best Practices2013
Community Associations JournalTying Up Loose Ends: End of the Year Checklist for Self-Managed Communities2010
Community Associations JournalDispute Resolution: The Many Methods of Getting Along (Legally Speaking)2009
The Association Advisor (tm)55+ Communities and the Fair Housing Act2009
The Association Advisor (tm)The Ethics of Client Service2008
Community Associations JournalReserve Studies in Washington - The New Standard2008
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Yeshiva University, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1981
University of RochesterEnglish LiteratureBA - Bachelor of Arts1977
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
4th Annual Pacific Northwest Construction Defect SeminarWashington Industry Trends and Case Law Review2013
18th Annual Construction Defect & Insurance Coverage ConferencePacific Northwest Breakout Session: Coverage & Current Trends2012
WSCAI Managers Only DayAdvanced Tools for Managers- Unlocking Powerful Secrets of the Nonprofit Corporation Act2011
WSCAI Law DayCommon Board Member Mistakes2011
ORCAI Monthly Members LuncheonNavigating Management Changes in Community Associations2011
WSCAI Law DayAllocating Responsibility for the Cost to Repair Damage to Units and Common Elements: Who's Responsible When the Pipe Bursts2010
WSCAI SeminarAnnual Meetings that Bust Quorum and Snap Volunteers2009
ORCAI SeminarThe Essentials of Community Association Volunteer Leadership2009
Homeowners Association Services Group seminarManaging Communities in a Difficult Economic Environment2009
Federal Bar Associaiton Western District of WashingtonThe Nuts and Bolts of Commencing Cases in Federal Court from Filing to Discovery Conferences2009
CA DayAllocating Responsibility for the Cost to Repair Damage to Units and Common Elements: Who's Responsible When the Pipe Bursts2009
Annual Meeting of Oregon-Washington Community Association ManagersLegal Update on Oregon and Washington law2009
Lorman's Legal Aspects of Condominium and Homeowners' Associations in Washington seminarCondominium and Homeowner Associations: Understanding the Issues in Washington2008
WSCAI programParking Spaces - What a Tangled Web We Weave2007
Continuing Legal Education programCondominium Construction Defect and Warranty Claims2007
Mealey's Pacific Northwest Construction Defect ConferenceConstruction Defect Litigation2006