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Janissa practices complex civil litigation, including securities,
minority shareholder oppression, shareholder derivative, class action,
and commercial litigation. She has litigated matters involving complex
financial instruments including structured products, principal protected
notes, and derivatives, such as interest rate swaps. Janissa has
significant trial experience with commercial cases involving claims of
fraud, securities fraud, professional malpractice, consumer protection
violations, and breach of contract.


Janissa's practice also includes trust, estate, and fiduciary duty
litigation in which she has represented charitable and individual
beneficiaries and individual fiduciaries. She has also litigated
property damage and hazardous waste issues in cases involving
contaminated sites, including the ASARCO Tacoma Smelter and the Tacoma
Landfill Superfund sites, and has obtained favorable settlements for
plaintiffs exposed to uncontrolled asbestos releases.


Janissa is a graduate of the National Institute of Trial Advocacy and has received an "AV" Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rating for demonstrating the highest level of legal skill and integrity.


Before entering private practice, Janissa was a law clerk to the
Honorable Eugene A. Wright, Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and a
television news reporter and anchor.




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Practice areas


  1. Litigation: 50%
    22 years
  2. Investment Fraud: 40%
    19 years
  3. Class Action: 10%
    22 years


Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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Contact info

Tousley Brain Stephens PLLC

1700 7th Ave
Suite 2200
Seattle, WA, 98101-4416


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2015
Bar Register of Preeminent Women LawyersMartindale-Hubbell2015
Bar Register of Preeminent Women LawyersMartindale-Hubbell2014
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2014
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2013
Bar Register of Preeminent Women LawyersMartindale-Hubbell2013
Bar Register of Preeminent Women LawyersMartindale-Hubbell2012
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2012
Bar Register of Preeminent LawyersMartindale-Hubbell2011
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2011
Preeminent Client Review RatingMartindale-Hubbell2010
2010 Top LawyersSeattle Metropolitan Magazine2010
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2010
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2009
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2008
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2007
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2006
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2005
Rising StarWashington Law & Politics Magazine2000
M.S.J. With HonorsNorthwestern UniversityN/A
Order of the CoifArizona State University College of LawN/A
Magna Cum LaudeArizona State University College of LawN/A
Cum LaudeGeorgetown UniversityN/A
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
MemberTousley Brain Stephens PLLC2001 - Present
PartnerRiddell Williams, P.S. 2000 - 2001
AssociateRiddell Williams Bullitt & Walkinshaw1994 - 1999
Law ClerkNinth Circuit Court of Appeals - Honorable Eugene A. Wright1992 - 1993
Association namePosition nameDuration
King County Washington Mandatory ArbitrationArbitrator2010 - Present
Western District of WashingtonCR 39.1 Mediator2009 - Present
Public Investors Arbitration Bar AssociationMember2009 - Present
Federal Bar Association (Western District of Washington chapter)Member2008 - Present
King County Washington Women LawyersJudicial Evaluation Committee2008 - Present
King County Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Washington State Bar AssociationMemberN/A
American Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Olympic Music FestivalBoard MemberN/A
Families With Children From China - NorthwestGeneral CounselN/A
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Georgetown UniversityN/ABA - Bachelor of ArtsN/A
Northwestern UniversityN/AM.S.J.N/A
Arizona State University Sandra Day O'Connor College of LawLawJD - Juris DoctorN/A
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Advising Small BusinessesDisputes Among Owners2012
Advising Small and Mid-Sized BusinessesDisputes Among Owners2011