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Stephen A. Teller

Federal regulation Attorney at Seattle, WA

5.0   12 reviews

About Stephen

Learn Stephen’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Federal regulation
    20%
    There are multiple whistleblower reward programs that support people who come forward with knowledge of fraud against the federal government by giving them a percentage of the recovery.

    28 years, 25 cases

  2. Wrongful termination
    20%
    Employment Discrimination, Wrongful Discharge for opposing illegal activity. Whistleblower protection and whistleblower rewards.

    28 years, 800 cases

  3. Government contracts
    15%
    Government contractor fraud. Whistleblower reward programs.

    28 years, 25 cases

  4. Medicaid and medicare
    15%
    Fraud against the federal government or state government - Pharmaceutical companies and large medical providers. Off label promotion and Medicare/Medicaid fraud.

    28 years, 25 cases

  5. Discrimination
    10%
    Racial, religious, and other Harassment, Employment Discrimination (race, age, religion, sexual orientation, veteran s and the like), Wrongful Discharge for opposing illegal activity. Whistleblowing.

    28 years, 800 cases

  6. Tax fraud and tax evasion
    10%
    The IRS has a whistleblower reward program. If there is Major tax fraud, the person who reports it can get a percentage of the money recovered

  7. Consumer protection
    5%
    False claims act (Qui Tam). Whistleblowers can receive a portion of the money the federal government recovers after the fraud is reported. Medicare fraud, federal grants, and military weapons are common areas. Fraudulent loan guarantee, shoddy QA.

    28 years, 25 cases

  8. Securities and investment fraud
    5%
    The Securities and Exchange Commission has a whistleblower reward program for insiders with knowledge of fraud, dishonesty, or misconduct that would affect the stock price.

Our main interest is in false claims act (Qui Tam) cases involving fraud against the government, as well as whistleblower reward programs in the area of tax fraud and material misstatements by publicly traded companies.

If you are aware of off label selling by pharmaceutical companies, Medicare or Medicaid fraud, false certifications for government guaranteed loans or grants, military procurement fraud, or similar rip-offs, give us a call.

I also have extensive experience as a plaintiff side employment and discrimination lawyer, fighting for individuals who are mistreated by their employers, including discrimination, harassment, retaliation, wrongful discharge and other employment law problems.

Choose your lawyer based on whether you think you can work with them for a period of years as well as their "rating." Do they listen?  Do they tell you bad news as well as good things?  Most lawyers are very honest, and hard to offend, so ask them the tough questions to get straight answers.

Licensed for 29 years
State WA
Status Active
Acquired 1993
Updated 11/25/2022

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

Contact Stephen

Teller and Associates
1139 34th Avenue
Suite B
Seattle, WA, 98122-5119

Reviews

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Posted by anonymous | October 18, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Honest Advocate
Teller & Associates represented me in a civil case against a former employer in which I received a 6-figure settlement (even after paying Teller and taxes). These lawyers are "true believers" in civil rights and social justice. They have high integrity and truly care for their clients; I never noticed any hint of dishonesty, deception, or manipulation. They aren't in this just for the money; they want to help. Furthermore, Steve's facial structure was genetically engineered by extraterrestrial social justice warriors to persuade juries to believe just about anything, so your case would probably prevail in court. I recommend hiring Steve's firm.
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Posted by anonymous | September 13, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
Best Representation Ever!
Steve Teller is an amazing lawyer and a wonderful person. He believes in justice and will fight for you when you don’t have the strength to fight for yourself. During my case, he took time to explain each process and never over promised. If it wasn’t for him, my husband and I would not be in the position that we’re in today. I highly recommend his services. Thank you for everything Steve!
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Posted by Kathy | September 1, 2014
YOU REALLY CAN FIGHT CITY HALL
Steve is a fantastic attorney. He is knowledgeable and will work long and hard for you. I was a little skeptical when he joined my complicated employment case in progress, but he was up to speed on the facts almost immediately, and he brought a fresh insight and new life to my case. He is enthusiastic, persistent, determined and will aggressively fight for you. Steve is also personable, caring, and compassionate and understands your emotional distress. He was easily accessible and kept me informed and up to date. After nearly two years, my case settled for almost 1 million dollars (which is rarely seen in Eastern Washington). If you have been wronged by your employer, I highly recommend you call Steve. It was a blessing having him in my corner.
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Posted by Elizabeth | April 4, 2013
I highly endorse Mr. Teller
Mr. Teller represented me in a very difficult litigation matter. He handled my case as if it were the only case he had. He is skilled, efficient and thorough. At no point did I feel without an advocate. I would highly recommend this attorney to anyone.
Posted by anonymous | October 28, 2011
INTEGRITY -
The honesty & integrity of this firm helped me to feel at peace during one of the most difficult situations I have ever experienced.
Posted by Angella | August 29, 2009
Services of Stephen A. Teller
Steve Teller provided professional, compassionate and thorough service. Steve took the time to answer all of my questions. Any concern I had was addressed immediately. He was responsive and available. It was an emotional and sensitive case for me and Steve was very understanding. Steve handled all facets of my case with expertise.
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Posted by anonymous | October 8, 2007
Thoroughly Pleased
I must say that I was thoroughly pleased with the beginning, middle and the outcome of my case. This was a very difficult time for me and my family. However the compassion, understanding, and confidence that naturally emulated from Mr. Teller made it that much easier. His staff are very professional as he is. I would definitley refer him to family and friends. It is very important to know you have representation that is precise, aggressive when it really matters,confident and stands his or her ground. With Teller and Associates you are getting just that!
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Posted by anonymous | October 8, 2007
One great Lawyer
I met Stephen Teller while looking through the phonebook in order to find counsel to represent me after I was wrongfully terminated at my management position. I did not have any experience in this matter and thus had to play the phone book lottery. I truly feel that I was blessed to be a winner after contacting Stephen. Not only is he a great and very knowledgeable lawyer, but he also brings with him personal warmth and understanding. I always felt that I was not alone in my fight, but had a great counsel at my side, which would go the extra mile to get the job done. Stephen truly cares and did make my fight his purpose. As a consequence, I did win my suit. I wholeheartedly can recommend Stephen Teller and his law firm to anyone who is in need of professional representation. Thank you Stephen, for making the difference in my life.
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Posted by anonymous | October 7, 2007
Sharp, Caring and Conscientious
Stepehen and his law firm are top notch professionals. They also have a little something extra that is missing from some lawyers and firms that I have come into contact with... They have a genuine caring for the clients that they represent. When they are talking to you, they are talking to you... not to dollars and cents. They have the ability to be selective with regard to the cases that they represent. If you find yourself in the unfortunate situation of having to seek out an attorney, I highly recommend Stephen Teller (Teller and Associates). I have recommended and referred Stephen and his firm, without reservation, to friends and business associates of mine. I am a professional and a very discriminating judge of character and performance. I do not make recommendations lightly and I'm certainly not opposed to steering people clear of those who do not meet my standards. They are good people, helping good people. MP
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Posted by anonymous | October 6, 2007
A great competent lawyer
Steve represented me in one of the most difficult cases filed against the state of Washington in regards to labor and employment violations, and discrimination. He was well organized with his evidence and documentation. We won the case.
Posted by anonymous | October 6, 2007
Employment Law Experts
Mr. Teller and his staff effectively fought for me against a very aggressive employer. I was very pleased with the staff responsiveness and understanding. The mutually agreeable settlement that was reached was a direct result of the hard work and persistence of Mr. Teller and his staff. Thank you!
Posted by anonymous | October 5, 2007
The Best Lawer
Steve Know alot and is a winner and will go to bat for anyone and works hard for the employee not the employer He is up on all employment laws and a very friendly person> I would tell everyone to use him all the time when they need a great lawer
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Cost

Rates
  • Hourly Rates $ 485-485 per hour
  • Contingency 33%-40%
  • Retainer Sometimes

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Teller Law
  • 2001 - Present

Education

  • University of Washington School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1993
  • University of Washington -Seattle
  • MA - Masters
  • 1992
  • Reed College
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1989

Legal Cases

  • Thompson v. City of Union Gap and James Lemon
  • $950,000 Settlement
  • Ude v. Diamond Parking
  • Verdict over $300,000, including punitives

Associations

  • Washington State Trial Lawyers Association
  • Legislative Steering Committee
  • 2002 - Present
  • Washington State Trial Lawyers Association
  • Eagle Member
  • 2001 - Present
  • Unemployment Law Project
  • Chair of the Board
  • 2004 - 2007
  • Unemployment Law Project
  • Board member
  • 2001 - 2009
  • Washington Employment Lawyers Association
  • Chairman
  • 1999 - 2001
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Languages Spoken

  • German

Awards

  • SuperLawyer 2015
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2015
  • SuperLawyer 2014
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2014
  • Washington Super Lawyer 2013
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2013
  • Washington Super Lawyer 2012
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2012
  • Member
  • Who's Who in American Law -Marquis
  • 2000
  • Mediator Certification
  • Snohomish County Dispute Resolution Center
  • 1993
  • Comendation for Academic Excellence
  • Reed College
  • 1989
  • Television appearances
  • King 5 News
  • N/A
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Publications

  • Employment Law Deskbook
  • Chapter XXVI: Employment Law Forms
  • 2004
  • RoadStar Magazine
  • You're Fired!! Can you sue?
  • 2002
  • Trial News, Washington State Trial Lawyers
  • A Single Employer: Making a group of related corporations into one Defendant
  • 2000
  • Trial News, Washington State Trial Lawyers
  • Using Vocational Rehabilitation Experts in Employment Claims
  • 1999
  • Trial News, Washington State Trial Lawyers
  • Sometimes When It’s Over, It’s Not Over: Reopening Final Judgments on the merits under CR 60
  • 1999
  • Trial News, Washington State Trial Lawyers
  • Jury punishes company for failure to promote African-American worker
  • 1999
  • American Psychology Law Society Annual Meeting, poster
  • Lawyer Overconfidence as a Function of Time to Trial
  • 1992
  • Aspects of Memory
  • Memory and Eyewitness Testimony
  • 1992
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Speaking Engagements

  • Americal Psychology Law Society Annual Meeting
  • Lawyer Overconfidence as a Function of Time to Trial
  • 1992

Attorney endorsements

Received (8)
Given (11)
Discrimination Attorney | Jan 20
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Steve stepped in to help take a case to trial when I had to go out on maternity leave and there couldn't have been a better firm to trust with the matter. He went above and beyond in reaching a resolution and I appreciated his insights and the assistance of his great team."
Wrongful termination Attorney | Oct 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Teller is an outstanding lawyer in the field of employment law. I would suggest you call him first to get his opinion before you do anything else."
Employment and labor Attorney | Mar 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Steve is an outstanding employment and discrimination attorney. I have associated with Steve on a case and find him to be an intelligent, compassionate and, at the same time, a tough advocate for those who have had problems with employers in the work place. I recommend Steve as a top lawyer for you to call if you have a discrimination, harassment or employment problem."
Employment and labor Attorney | Jan 08
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I had the good fortune of working for Steve Teller on numerous projects over the course of several years right out of law school. He provided excellent training as an attorney and mentor who is extremely dedicated and responsive to his clients. He was always willing to go the extra mile both in attention to detail in his legal work, and his personal care and concern for clients. I don't hesitate to refer cases to Steve."
Employment and labor Attorney | Dec 02
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer's work. He and I have worked together in drafting legislation to protect employee rights. Steve has a great level of attention to detail, and an in debth knowlege of the law necessary and essential to prosecute complex employment cases. I recommend him without reservation, and from my understanding he gets great results for his clients."
Employment and labor Attorney | Dec 02
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer's work. Steve is a great advocate for his clients. He works hard, is professional and thorough."
Wrongful termination Attorney | Sep 30
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I worked with Steve Teller on a trial and other cases. He is hard working, does excellent research and writing. He is a focused attorney who cares about his clients."
Employment and labor Attorney | Aug 24
Relationship: Co-worker
"Steve Teller is a dedicated and supportive Plaintiff's lawyer. I have learned volumes from his example. If you need to find a compassionate and knowledgeable employment lawyer, call Steve."
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