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Christopher Lee Thayer

Litigation Attorney at Seattle, WA

4.2   10 reviews
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  • Licensed for 29 years
    State WA
    Acquired 1994
    Active No misconduct found

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

About Christopher

Learn Christopher’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Litigation
    Broad range of litigation experience, including trials and appellate work, from commercial disputes (contracts, business disputes, lease issues, real estate litigation) to personal injury and medical malpractice claims and litigation.

    30 years

  2. Personal injury
    Helping severely injured clients and those who have lost loved ones due to the negligence or wrongful conduct of others.

    29 years

  3. Business
    Assisting in start up and formation of limited liability companies, partnerships, corporations and advice to small to medium-sized businesses in the greater Seattle area.

    26 years

  4. Real estate

  5. Commercial real estate

  6. Residential real estate

I solve problems for my clients.

 Seattle Litigation Attorney - Business Problems:

Regardless of what type of business you're in, it is not uncommon to run into problems you hadn't anticipated. Let's face it, sometimes even people who used to see things the same way, or thought they did, end up in a dispute. In those situations the legal system gets to be the decision-maker and it is important to have an advocate on your side who can fight for your position. Disputes amongst former business partners can be uncomfortable for clients. Businesses are made of people, and disagreements can cause a lot of stress, not to mention the financial toll. I work hard to earn my clients' trust and try to take as much of the sting out of the process as possible.

 Here is a link to my website with more information on my commercial collection practice:


Seattle Personal Injury, Malpractice and Insurance

 I help clients who have been injured in serious accidents or in cases of medical malpractice. This involves working with clients to understand how the accident or malpractice affected their lives and then working hard to seek a fair settlement or resolution of their claims from the at fault parties or insurance companies.

 Here is a link to my website with more information about my personal injury practice:


Top Contributor 2014,2012
Top Contributor
2014 2012
Client's Choice 2012
Client's Choice

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IBM Building; Suite 1217
1200 5th Ave.
Seattle, WA, 98101


4.2 / 5.0
  10 customer reviews
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Client's Choice
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Posted by Kate | August 31, 2011
Excellent Attorney
Chris Thayer and the team at Pivotal have been incredibly helpful to me on multiple occasions for business-related legal issues, incorporating, contracts, etc. I have been incredibly happy with their work. A number of years ago, I recommended Chris to my parents for a real estate transaction and they were incredibly happy. I would highly recommend Chris.
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Posted by anonymous | May 1, 2009
Excellent guidance and strategy
I had an employment contract issue that Christopher Thayer helped me handle in an effective and timely manner. He gave me excellent early feedback, guided a strategy overview and kept my confidence up during the negotiation. Here's the deal: This was not a large case, so Chris was perfect at keeping his involvement to an appropriate level, coaching me via phone and email, and helping me get a successful result without undue expense. I had done some marketing work for his firm and was aware of their "customer oriented" reputation. Now that I've had an opportunity to use Chris' services on a case of my own, I can wholeheartedly endorse him. Thanks, Chris! Phil Baechler
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Posted by Marcus | July 14, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
General Manager at a Construction Company
Our company has done business with Chris Thayer and the team at Pivotal for over 15 years. I personally have worked with Chris and his team for six plus years. He has always been upfront and honest with us when it comes to any business related legal items whether it be reviewing contracts, settlement negotiations or general legal matters. Chris’ attention to our needs is always handled promptly and with great expertise. Chris is an excellent attorney and we will continue to do business with Chris and his team for many years to come.
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Posted by Sofia Blaine | August 2, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Insurance claim attorney
If I knew earlier that will get insurance claim so soon because of attorney Chris Thayer, then I contacted him much before. He is really an experienced legal professional. His expertise and knowledge helped me a lot in getting the claim which was rejected 5 times. Millions of thanks! I would definitely recommend his service to my friends. They also need his assistance.
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Posted by Charles | May 30, 2013
Batting 1,000
Chris has been doing work for us since the mid 90's. He's worked on numerous contracts and several matters that required litigation. In each and every instance, Chris Thayer has settled matters to our liking. We can’t say enough good things about Chris. We wish him all the best in his new practice; where we continue to use his services.
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Posted by anonymous | March 20, 2013
Outstanding Personal Injury Attorney
Chris is an excellent attorney. He is very knowledgeable, kept me in the loop the entire time, and walked me through the process including potential pitfalls. He successfully negotiated a larger settlement than expected while avoiding a trial. I highly recommend Chris and would hire him again in an instant should the need ever arise.
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Posted by Michael | August 31, 2011
Chris has always done an excellent job for me personally, everybody I have recommended to Chris and the company I am the president of. Chris has always responded back to me quickly which is extremely important to me. I can tell Chris takes everything, large or small very seriously and with the up most integrity. I have never been disappointed hiring Chris. I would highly recommend him and his firm to anyone.
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Posted by anonymous | February 18, 2009
Regional Manager
Excellent Service Prompt Feedback
Posted by anonymous | September 17, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
We finally cut all ties with every member Christopher's firm as a result of Christopher materially misrepresenting his abilities on several botched cases. I would recommend that prospective clients find a different attorney and a different firm.
Response from Christopher Thayer September 18, 2019
I am sorry that you were disappointed with the services my firm and I provided. As always, I am willing to sit down face to face with any of my clients to address any concerns they may have. If you wish to meet with me I would be happy to do so.
Posted by Rob | August 22, 2011
Lack of Knowledge and practice
I used this lawyer for a real estate case and he completely botched the case. I have used several attorneys and this one was very unresponsive and was not competent to do the job. I would not recommmend using this attorney for any real estate related transaction....
Response from Christopher Thayer September 2, 2011
First off, I would like to say thank you for your comment, I am sorry that you feel this way about my legal services. This is a very unusual response to receive from one of my clients. I strive to provide the highest quality service possible at all times and maintaining client satisfaction is a top priority for me. If this comment is from an actual client, I would encourage you to contact me to discuss your matter. I am easy to get in touch with and would be happy to talk to you about any concerns you may have.
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  • Free Consultation 20 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 9.9 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Managing Partner
  • 2010 - Present
  • Special Deputy
  • King County Prosecuting Attorney
  • 2007 - Present
  • Member
  • Larson, Hart & Shepherd, PLLC
  • 1998 - 2010
  • Associate Attorney
  • Hoffman, Hart & Wagner, PS
  • 1995 - 1997
  • Associate Attorney
  • Weinstein, Fischer, Riley, Erickson & Wolf, PS
  • 1994 - 1995
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  • Lewis & Clark, Northwestern School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1993
  • University of Washington
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1990

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Benaroya Capital v. Bothell Fitness, et al
  • Avoided personal liability for defendant


  • Global Directory of Who's Who - Executives and Professionals
  • Member
  • 2018 - Present
  • Washington State Association for Justice - Judicial Committee
  • Member
  • 2017 - Present
  • Washington State Association for Justice
  • Eagle Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • King County Bar Association, Judicial Evaluation Committee
  • Member
  • 2008 - Present
  • King County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1994 - Present
  • Kappa Sigma Beta Psi Chapter Building Board
  • Secretary
  • 1994 - Present
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1994 - Present
  • King County Bar Association
  • Judicial Conferencing
  • 2012 - 2015
  • Snohomish County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2005 - 2007
  • World Affairs Council
  • 2000 - 2011
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Top Contributor
  • Avvo
  • 2014
  • Client's Choice
  • Avvo
  • 2012
  • Who is Who in Plaintiff's Personal Injury
  • Law & Politics Magazine
  • 2009
  • Helen M. Geisness Memorial Award
  • King County Bar Association
  • 2002
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  • Trial News Washington State Trial Lawyers
  • Cracks in Seattle Sidewalks: Who has the duty to Maintain and Who is Liable in the Event of an Injury?
  • 2017
  • Litigation News WSBA
  • Corporate Disregard: A Case Overview
  • 2008
  • Washington Journal
  • Bankruptcy Reforms Aim to Clear Gray Areas
  • 1994
  • Tenth Annual Pacific NW Bankruptcy and Credit Seminar
  • Important Bankruptcy Cases of 1993-1994
  • 1994
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Speaking Engagements

  • South King County WSAJ Roundtable
  • Corporate Disregard
  • 2009
  • Snohomish County WSTLA Roundtable
  • Corporate Disregard
  • 2009
  • Thurston County WSTLA Roundtable
  • Corporate Disregard
  • 2008

Attorney endorsements

Received (15)
Given (14)
Endorse Christopher
Business Attorney | Sep 19
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"Chris handles business disputes efficiently and creatively. He is diligent, aggressive and always keeps his clients' interests at the forefront. Chris consistently keeps his clients informed of their options so they can decide whether litigation, alternative dispute resolution or settlement best suits their needs. I don't hesitate to endorse Chris for any business dispute."
Litigation Attorney | Feb 14
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"With a broad breadth of knowledge, Chris is an exceptional litigation attorney. He gives sound counsel outside of the courtroom and strong advocacy inside the courtroom. I highly endorse him."
Business Attorney | Dec 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I wholeheartedly endorse this lawyer. A brilliant, trustworthy and highly respected attorney in the legal community."
Unknown Attorney | Nov 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Business Attorney | Jun 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"An extremely talented and well respected attorney in the legal community, I wholeheartedly recommend him to anyone looking for a lawyer who knows the law and truly cares about protecting the rights of his clients and getting them the most favorable result possible."
Personal injury Attorney | May 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Christopher. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Personal injury Attorney | Apr 04
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Working side by side with Chris it is obvious that he is extremely knowledgeable, thoughtful and deliberate - all the qualities needed to make a good lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Dec 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Top-notch attorney. Highly respected in the legal community."
Commercial real estate Attorney | Jul 07
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer's work."
Real estate Attorney | Jun 09
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I enjoyed working with Chris, even though he represented the other party. He was honest and fair while zealously advocating for his client's position. I endorse this lawyer's work."
Litigation Attorney | Jun 07
Relationship: Co-worker
"I worked with Chris for a number of years and I endorse his work."
Litigation Attorney | Jun 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Chris is a smart and highly effective lawyer. I strongly recommend his services."
Probate Attorney | Jun 05
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer's work."
Litigation Attorney | Jun 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work."
Business Attorney | Jun 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work."
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Landlord or tenant
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