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John J. Tollefsen

Lawsuits and disputes Attorney at Seattle, WA

5.0   9 reviews
  • State Years
    Dist. of Columbia - DC 8 years
    New York - NY 13 years
    Washington - WA 40 years
    Texas - TX 8 years
    California - CA 9 years
    Oregon - OR 49 years
  • Licensed for 8 years
    State DC
    Acquired 2015
    Good Standing No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 13 years
    State NY
    Acquired 2010
    Currently Registered No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 40 years
    State WA
    Acquired 1983
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 8 years
    State TX
    Acquired 2015
    Inactive No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 9 years
    State CA
    Acquired 2014
    Inactive No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 49 years
    State OR
    Acquired 1974
    Retired No misconduct found

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

About John

Learn John’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Lawsuits and disputes
    John has over 38 years of experience with complex business litigation.

    49 years, 3,000 cases

  2. Securities and investment fraud
    John has over 35 years of experience with securities fraud litigation. He is a certified fraud examiner and financial controls specialist.

    49 years, 500 cases

John is now retired. 

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Tollefsen Law PLLC
800 5th Avenue Suite 4100
Seattle, WA, 98104-4023
Tollefsen Law PLLC
5 Penn Plaza
23rd Floor
New York, NY, 10001-1810
Tollefsen Law PLLC
1001 SW 5th Avenue Suite 1100
Portland, OR, 97204-1127
Tollefsen Law PLLC
2122 164th St SW
Suite 300
Lynnwood, WA, 98087-7812
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Posted by anonymous | August 15, 2015
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Great communication !
Actually having the lawyer call personally is one of the best things. Quick expedient in the consultation and able to address my needs in minutes. Highly recommend this firm to anyone.
Posted by anonymous | February 23, 2010
Attorney that is Accessible and has Integrity
I was a client of John's in a case against a very wealthy and powerful company with unlimited resources. In my case, John utlized the most efficient use of technologies, staff and legal precedent to litigate the case. John was very accessible in discussing the case, options and always produced results expediently. I recommend John highly for any case of wrongdoing regardless of the size of the opponent.
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Posted by anonymous | June 25, 2007
excellent counselor
Extremely helpful and patient ,
Posted by anonymous | June 20, 2007
Knowledgeable and Professional
John helped me produce a proposed easement change/contract issue and gave me a quick response in a very professional manner.
Posted by anonymous | June 19, 2007
I/We and business associates have worked with Mr. Tollefsen for many years. We can attest to the fact that he is a rare practitioner. He has been invaluably helpful in securities and investment matters as well as in dispensing with frivolous litigation He is comfortable with himself, poised and impressive, with considerable skills and knowledge. Yet, he projects quiet confidence and competence -- whether it be on Wall Street or Main Street. He enjoys professional challenges and takes satisfaction in meeting client needs while achieving just outcomes. Above all, John Tollefsen has an unusual ability among lawyers. Namely, the capacity to think strategically and act tactically. With extraordinary effectiveness. This is because he is knowledgable, clear, current and well-informed from diverse first-hand experiences in many areas of law. He knows what he knows well and quickly researches and comprehends any issue about which new facts and decisions might affect his clearly-thought-through opinions. Opinions that are expressed in common sense coupled with astute timing. As a person, Mr. Tollefsen is straightforward and ethical. He would have risen to the top in any field he had chosen due to immense intelligence and an undefinable quality of personal charisma. Again, in closing, I/we recommend him highly and without reservations.
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Posted by anonymous | June 19, 2007
John Tollefsen is one unusually experienced, kind, honest, and wise attorney. He is well respected though out the Pacific Northwest for his expertise in some of the most complex areas of law. He works for legislative change and serves as an expert on a state, local and national level. He is genuine and completely non-arrogant, thoughtful and easy to work with. He is hard working, gives prompt services, and is flexibly relaxed in decision making and thinking. He even responded positively to my unschooled suggestion to try an approach other attorney's might not have considered. This shows me he really listens and is willing to take risks. His dedicated knowledgeable office staff is as thoughtful, caring and pure as they come as well. John Tollefsen has even taken one case I know of all the way to the Washington Supreme court based on his own passion of justice and willingness to go the extra mile!
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Posted by anonymous | June 19, 2007
Client Review
Tollefsen Law Office has worked for me in a fraud case. He has been very supportive and has been a great asset for me in this case. I rate him with 5 stars. He is a very honest attorney with a great moral standards.
Posted by anonymous | June 19, 2007
excellent for business and contract law
John did an outstanding job and completed specifically what I asked him to do. He did not "run up" the bill and was very responsive in his communication. He built the trust and I will continue to use his services.
Posted by anonymous | June 19, 2007
Best Lawyer on the Earth
Within the confines of case veracity, and the practical aspects of attorney time and 'justice system' logistics, Mr. John Tollefsen is the best of attorneys. John exhibits keen perception in effecting workable attorney/client interaction, given money, time, client strength, and the legal standing of the case; exhibiting creativity, flexibility. I have found Mr. Tollefsen to be ethical and dependable, consistent, fair in cost applications, and willing to weigh a legal fight on principle. John's skill places him as a prevailing match with the highest levels of securities attorneys under both State and Federal securities law. John Tollefsen recovered for my family's devastating fraud loss, and he has our gratitude and loyalty.
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  • Hourly Rates $ 375-450 per hour
  • Contingency 20%-30%
  • Retainer Sometimes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney at Law
  • Tollefsen Law
  • 2001 - Present


  • Suffolk University Law School
  • LL.M - U.S. and Global Business Law
  • 2013
  • Łazarski University, Warsaw, Poland
  • LLM Transnational Commercial Transactions
  • 2013
  • Trinity Seminary
  • MA - Masters
  • 2008
  • International Academy of Apologetics, Evangelism & Human Rights
  • Diploma (MA)
  • 2007
  • Western Seminary
  • MA - Christian Leadership
  • 2000
  • Willamette University College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1974
  • University of Washington Foster
  • BA- Business Administration
  • 1971
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Sample of Legal Cases

  • Tides v The Boeing Company
  • State v Immelt
  • Won in Washington Supreme Court
  • Martindale v Labadie et al.
  • Successful against most defendants
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  • State Bar of California
  • Lawyer
  • 2014 - Present
  • ABA State Attorneys General and Department of Justice Issues Committee
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • Oregon State Bar Association, House of Delegates
  • Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • Hearing Officer
  • 2007 - Present
  • Association of Certified Fraud Examiners
  • Member
  • 2005 - Present
  • Washington State Bar Association, Judicial Recommendation Committee
  • Member
  • 2003 - Present
  • American Bar Association, Litigation Section, Securities Litigation Committee
  • Member
  • 2003 - Present
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1983 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1975 - Present
  • Oregon State Bar
  • Member
  • 1974 - Present
  • Oregon State Bar Association, Unauthorized Practice Committee
  • Member
  • 1976 - 1979
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Clients' Choice
  • 2012
  • Distinguished Achievement Award
  • Association of Certified Fraud Examiners
  • 2011
  • Top Lawyers 2010 - Seattle - Litigation
  • Seattle Metropolitan Magazine
  • 2010
  • AV Rating (continuous since 2001)
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2009
  • The Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers
  • LexisNexis
  • 2005
  • Pro Bono Publico Service Commendation
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • 2004
  • Certificates of Appreciation - JRC 2003-2008
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • 2003
  • AV Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2001
  • Whos Who in Media and Communications
  • Marquis Whos Who
  • 1997
  • Whos Who in American Law
  • Marquis' Who's Who
  • 1989
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Speaking Engagements

  • Graduate Course - asistant instructor
  • Forensic Accounting for Enterprise
  • 2015
  • Pacific NW Chapter Training
  • Evaluating the Proposed New Ethical Standards of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners
  • 2014
  • EFactor
  • Legal Aspects for Entrepreneurs
  • 2012
  • Annual Fraud Conference
  • Paying and Protecting the Squealer: Understanding the Realities of Proving and Collecting Whistleblowing Claims
  • 2008
  • Western Regional Conference of the Institute of Internal Auditors
  • I am from the Federal Government and I am here to Pay You: Understanding the Legal Requirements for Proving and Collecting from Whistleblowing Claims
  • 2007
  • Oregon Association of Certified Fraud Examiners
  • Help Taxpayers Fight Fraud: Getting Paid for Investigating Fraud on the Government
  • 2007
  • Washington State Certified Public Accountants - Business Valuation and Litigation Committee
  • The Accountant as an Expert Witness in a Securities Fraud Case: Understanding the Legal Requirements for Proving Damages in Washington with Expert Testimony
  • 2006
  • Fall Conference of Pacific Northwest Chapter of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners
  • Anatomy of a Civil Fraud Trial
  • 2006
  • Washington Law Institute CLE
  • Internet, Legal Research and Law
  • 1998
  • Washington Law Institute CLE
  • Internet Legal Research
  • 1998
  • King County Bar Association CLE
  • Wired for Law
  • 1998
  • King County Bar Association CLE
  • The Virtual Law Office
  • 1997
  • Securities Exchange Commission - Small Business Capital Conference
  • Equal Access to Capital
  • 1990
  • American Institute of Banking Program
  • Business Law
  • 1978
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Attorney endorsements

Received (11)
Given (27)
Endorse John
Securities and investment fraud Attorney | May 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"John is a highly qualified and very experienced. I endorse this lawyer."
Securities and investment fraud Attorney | May 06
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"John has a deep understanding of securities fraud and a wealth of experience handling fraud matters of all types."
Securities and investment fraud Attorney | Apr 28
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer."
Business Attorney | Dec 07
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I worked for John in the early 90's. He is ethical, competent and an all around good guy. Highly recommended."
Unknown Attorney | Mar 25
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Securities and investment fraud Attorney | Mar 22
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer."
Securities and investment fraud Attorney | Mar 22
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Securities offerings Attorney | Oct 07
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer's work."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Jun 19
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"John is an outstanding attorney who works in the area of bankruptcy fraud. He has great depth of knowledge and created an argument which turned a case on its heels. I recommend him wholeheartedly."
Business Attorney | Jan 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Tollefsen is an authority on fighting financial fraud. In addition, he is a highly effective business lawyer and business litigation attorney. He receives my endorsement."
Lawsuits and disputes Attorney | Jun 19
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer's work. Very thorough and detail oriented. "
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