A guiding principle in Talis’ personal and professional life has been the pursuit of justice for those harmed by neglect or the abuse of power by corporations, the government, or individuals.
Talis Abolins is a lifelong Washingtonian with nearly 30 years of experience as an attorney in the Evergreen State. His family hails from Puyallup/Summer Valley. Now in Seattle, Talis and his wife Marla have been dedicated to nonprofit activities supporting the vision of a diverse and livable Mount Baker Town Center.
Talis graduated with his B.A. from the University of Washington (the third of four generations of Husky grads!) and earned his law degree at Seattle University School of Law. A guiding principle in Talis’ personal and professional life has been the pursuit of justice for those harmed by neglect or the abuse of power by corporations, the government, or individuals.
In addition to wrongful death and personal injury matters, Talis represents people across the state in high profile lawsuits against orthopedic companies like Zimmer Biomet and Johnson & Johnson. He is actively involved in litigating and negotiating settlements for people who’ve experienced metal poisoning and other side effects from Biomet M2a Magnum metal hips and Pinnacle metal hips.
Talis began his legal career in the Washington State Attorney General’s office and served as Assistant Attorney General for the State for 14 years. As an AAG, Talis’ work included authoring multiple briefs involving civil rights before the United States Supreme Court, including a successful petition for certiorari and an amicus brief that was joined by 16 other states.
Over the years, Talis has successfully helped many Washington families find peace after tragedy. He represents survivors struggling with the wrongful death of a loved one, and he works tirelessly to get his personal injury clients the highest amount of compensation possible after a life-changing accident. In their spare time, Talis and Marla enjoy time with family, and adventuring on the mountains and waters of the Pacific Northwest and beyond.
If you have a need for legal help give Talis a call. He offers free consultations on all matters involving personal injury, wrongful death, or a violation of employee rights. He also works on a contingency fee basis, which means you owe no attorney's fees except for a percentage of what can be recovered in the successful resolution of your claims.
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Certificate of Appreciation for Professionalism||Honorable Vicki L. Hogan, Pierce County Superior Court||2009|
|Life Saving Award||Mountain Rescue Association||2000|
|Real Hero, Wilderness Rescue Category||American Red Cross||1999|
|Of Counsel||Maglio Christopher & Toale Law Firm||2020 - Present|
|Partner||Advocates Law Group, PLLC||2015 - 2020|
|Partner||Campbell Dille Barnett & Smith, PLLC||2007 - 2015|
|Associate||Campbell Dille Barnett & Smith, PLLC||2005 - 2007|
|AGO Contracts Work Group, Approval as to Form Subcommittee||Washington Attorney General's Office||2003 - 2003|
|Assistant Attorney General, Torts Division||Washington Attorney General's Office||2001 - 2004|
|Assistant Attorney General, Transp & Public Construction||Washington Attorney General's Office||1998 - 2001|
|Assistant Attorney General||Washington State Attorney General's Office, Criminal Justice Division||1991 - 1998|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Washington State Association of Justice||Board Member, Trial News||2014 - Present|
|King County Bar Association||N/A||2013 - Present|
|Washington State Association for Justice||Member||2011 - Present|
|Tacoma Pierce County Bar Association||Member||2005 - Present|
|Washington State Bar Association||Member||1991 - Present|
|Professional Activities Committee, Good Sam Multicare||Community Member||2008 - 2013|
|Youth Investment Center Advisory Council||Member||2007 - 2011|
|Fred Oldfield Center||Board Member||2007 - 2010|
|Puyallup Main Street Association||Executive Board Member||2006 - 2011|
|Valley Football and Cheer Association||Board Member||2005 - 2006|
|Tacoma Pierce County Bar Association, CLE Committee||Member||2005 - 2006|
|Tacoma Mountain Rescue||Member||1998 - 2004|
|Corrections Committee||Chairman||1997 - 1998|
|Civil Rights Committee||Member||1995 - 1996|
|Northwest Trek Advisory Council||Member||1994 - 1999|
|Seattle University School of Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1991|
|University of Washington||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1988|
|Advanced Personal Injury||Preserving Issues for the Appeal||2012|
|Employment Law||Employment Law, CLE Chair||2005|
|Paralegal Education Seminar||Making Your Record / Preservation of Error for Appeal||2004|
|Federal Practice Made Perfect||Federal Practice, CLE Chair||1995|
|Corrections Seminar||Civil Rights Litigation||1995|
|Leroy vs. State, 124 Wn. App. 65 (2004)||Won in Court of Appeals|
|Brosseau v. Haugen, 543 U.S. 194 (2004)||Victory in United States Supreme Court|
|Hudson v. Craven, 403 F.3d 691, (9th Cir. 2005)||Won in Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals|
|Northwest Properties Inc. vs. Glacier Water Products, LLC (2006)||$226,994 judgment after trial, plus attorney's fees|
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