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About me

I am a native Washingtonian.   My family is from the Sumner / Puyallup Valley, and my wife Marla and I reside in south Seattle.   For more than 20 years I have dedicated my career to providing excellent legal representation to clients throughout the Puget Sound region.   I have an office in Puyallup and in Seattle, to continue providing quality local service to my clients.


If you have a need for legal help feel free to give me a call.   I offer free consultations on all matters involving personal injury, wrongful death, or a violation of employee rights.  I also work on a contingency fee basis, which means you owe no attorney's fees except for a percentage of what I am able to recover in the successful resolution of your claims.   


Practice areas


  1. Personal Injury: 60%
  2. Wrongful Death: 20%
  3. Employment: 10%
  4. Business: 5%
  5. Real Estate: 5%



Contingent (33%), Free consultation (60 minutes)

Attorney endorsements

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  • Jonathan Ralph Nolley

    Talis is a very talented attorney with a deep compassion for his clients. He is very thorough and thoughtful in his representation and analysis. I would not hesitate to recommend him to anyone looking for quality representation and straightforward, no non-sense advice.


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  • Kenneth John Olaf Selander Jr

    Talis possesses a keen intellect and a strong desire to do the right thing for his clients. He provides intelligent, creative and diligent representation to all of his clients. Moreover, he is an active participant in local and community issues and offers a great perspective on social issues affecting our neighborhoods. Highly recommended.


    Kenneth Selander Personal injury Attorney
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Contact info

Advocates Law Group, PLLC

3829 S. Edmunds Street
Seattle, WA, 98118


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Certificate of Appreciation for ProfessionalismHonorable Vicki L. Hogan, Pierce County Superior Court2009
Life Saving AwardMountain Rescue Association2000
Real Hero, Wilderness Rescue CategoryAmerican Red Cross1999
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerAdvocates Law Group, PLLC2015 - Present
PartnerCampbell Dille Barnett & Smith, PLLC2007 - Present
AssociateCampbell Dille Barnett & Smith, PLLC2005 - 2007
AGO Contracts Work Group, Approval as to Form SubcommitteeWashington Attorney General's Office2003 - 2003
Assistant Attorney General, Torts DivisionWashington Attorney General's Office2001 - 2004
Assistant Attorney General, Transp & Public ConstructionWashington Attorney General's Office1998 - 2001
Assistant Attorney GeneralWashington State Attorney General's Office, Criminal Justice Division1991 - 1998
Association namePosition nameDuration
Washington State Association of JusticeBoard Member, Trial News2014 - Present
King County Bar AssociationN/A2013 - Present
Washington State Association for JusticeMember2011 - Present
Tacoma Pierce County Bar AssociationMember2005 - Present
Washington State Bar AssociationMember1991 - Present
Professional Activities Committee, Good Sam MulticareCommunity Member2008 - 2013
Youth Investment Center Advisory CouncilMember2007 - 2011
Fred Oldfield CenterBoard Member2007 - 2010
Puyallup Main Street AssociationExecutive Board Member2006 - 2011
Valley Football and Cheer AssociationBoard Member2005 - 2006
Tacoma Pierce County Bar Association, CLE CommitteeMember2005 - 2006
Tacoma Mountain RescueMember1998 - 2004
Corrections CommitteeChairman1997 - 1998
Civil Rights CommitteeMember1995 - 1996
Northwest Trek Advisory CouncilMember1994 - 1999
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
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
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Seattle University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1991
University of WashingtonN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1988
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Advanced Personal InjuryPreserving Issues for the Appeal2012
Employment LawEmployment Law, CLE Chair2005
Paralegal Education SeminarMaking Your Record / Preservation of Error for Appeal2004
Federal Practice Made PerfectFederal Practice, CLE Chair1995
Corrections SeminarCivil Rights Litigation1995