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Thomas Martin Morningstar

Bankruptcy and debt Attorney at Seattle, WA

5.0   8 reviews

About Thomas

Learn Thomas’s areas of practice.

5
Practice areas
  1. Bankruptcy and debt
    25%

    32 years

  2. Foreclosure
    25%
    Defense and litigation on behalf of homeowners and sometimes of tenants of defaulted owners.

    12 years, 40 cases

  3. Debt collection
    20%

    32 years, 200 cases

  4. Litigation
    20%
    Litigation including securities, taxation, commercial and private contracts, leasing, financing, government liability, product liability, premises liability, auto, construction defect, insurance coverage, bad faith and construction contracting

    35 years, 5,000 cases

  5. Consumer protection
    2%
    Fraud in insurance and financial transactions, paper, staged and false "occurrences" of all kinds, Examinations Under Oath of claimants in all areas from inflated claims to organized fraud rings. Any kind of attempt to secure money or property by making a false or misleading representation is fair game.

    32 years, 5,000 cases

  6. Chapter 11 bankruptcy
    1%

    14 years

  7. Chapter 13 bankruptcy
    1%

    32 years

  8. Chapter 7 bankruptcy
    1%

    32 years

  9. Contracts and agreements
    1%

    35 years

  10. Credit repair
    1%

    12 years

  11. Debt and lending agreements
    1%

    35 years

  12. Debt settlement
    1%

    32 years

  13. Real estate
    1%

    35 years

I am a people person at heart.  If you need assistance, give me a call and see how I can help put my experience on your side.

Licensed for 34 years
State WA
Status Active
Acquired 2011
Updated 11/25/2022
State OR
Status Inactive
Acquired 1994
Updated 10/10/2022
State CA
Status Inactive
Acquired 1988
Updated 09/18/2022

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

Contact Thomas

THOMAS MORNINGSTAR
12535 15th Avenue NE
Suite 214
Seattle, WA, 98125
Washington Debt Law, PLLC
1612 4th Street
Marysville, WA, 98270
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Posted by Traci | July 13, 2021
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Excellent and correct advice!
I had a question on here. He took the time to answer very detailed and all correct and great information. I would definitely recommend hiring him he will win!
Posted by Patricia | August 7, 2020
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
So helpful and friendly
I'm trying to help my mom from predatory landlords and Mr. Morningstar gave multiple resources to help us fight. He took time to get web addresses, phone #s and so many references to help. He is very knowledgeable, friendly and fair. I would recommend his services. Thank you so much for taking the time to help, very much appreciated.
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Posted by Hollee | February 20, 2019
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Beyond Our Expectations - Very Happy with Consult
Mr. Morningstar was exceptionally informative, knowledgeable, thorough and caring. My elderly mother and I who are both handicapped have been going through a horrible slumlord situation for years, and feeling very helpless and alone after contacting every known person and organization with no specific advice. We are so thankful for the professionalism and kindness of Mr. Morningstar, and we recommend him to anyone for direction in these matters.
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Posted by Norma | February 11, 2015
Tom Morningstar
I would recommend Tom Morningstar to anyone in need of an attorney. He is intelligent, diligent and will always provide his clients with honesty and good service. He has provided advice on a variety of topics for me over a lengthy period of time. I trust him completely.
Posted by chris | February 3, 2015
outstanding
Any time the average person has to deal in the American judicial system, it is extremely stressful and usually unwelcome. Thomas Morningstar has figured out a way to work in a manor that greatly reduces that unwelcome stress. Through his knowledge and dedication to me as his client. Thomas Morningstar was very diligent in getting me updates, returning my phone calls and more than patient in explaining the processes in a manor that could be processed/understood by someone other than another attorney. Only one word comes to mind. Awesome!!
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Posted by anonymous | February 3, 2015
Very Impressed
Thomas Morningstar is a wealth of information. I was needing some landlord guidance and he did an extraordinary job explaining options and what the law requires. I highly recommend Mr. Morningstar.
Posted by Laura | April 12, 2013
Outstanding attorney
We first met Tom Morningstar on the morning of a meeting in the next phase of a legal matter. He immediately put us at ease and we felt confident he would represent us well. His expertise in bankruptcy law was obvious and impressive. Although we just met him the morning of that meeting, Tom was already familiar with our case with which we were very impressed. Tom represented us with confidence and professionalism at the meeting and was successful in meeting his intended goal. He will continue working for us in the next phase of this matter. We highly recommend Tom Morningstar.
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Posted by anonymous | September 18, 2012
One of the good ones!!
Mr. Morningstar won my case for me when my landlord was attempting to evict my family for unsubstantiated reasons. Mr. Morningstar was positive, was helpful, and explained the steps we needed to take. He is a nice man and I can't say enough about his being one of the good guys. Whenever we were confused or had more questions he was patient with us and never made us feel stupid or like we were bothering him. Highly recommend!
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Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 15 minutes
  • Contingency 33%-40%
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 9.1 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Of Counsel
  • Washington Debt Law, PLLC
  • 2012 - Present
  • Managing Attorney
  • Law Office of Thomas Morningstar
  • 2003 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Stephen C. Duringer & Associates
  • 2001 - 2003
  • Attorney- Allied Insurance Special Investigations Unit
  • Nationwide Insurance
  • 1998 - 2001
  • Attorney
  • Lee A. Wood, Inc.
  • 1998 - 2003
  • Attorney
  • Michael A. Dolan & Associates
  • 1993 - 1998
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Education

  • Pepperdine University School of Law
  • Certification
  • 2005
  • University of San Diego
  • LL.M.
  • 1988
  • Willamette Univ COL
  • J.D.
  • 1987
  • Washington St Univ
  • undergraduate
  • 1984
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Legal Cases

  • Manley v. Krebs
  • $60k non-dischargeable judgment awarded

Associations

  • King County Bar Association Housing Justice Project
  • Volunteer Attorney
  • 2012 - Present
  • Snohomish County Bar Association, Housing Justice Project
  • Volunteer Attorney
  • 2012 - Present
  • Washington State Bar Association, Solo and Small Practice Section
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • Washington State Bar Association, Creditor-Debtor Section
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • Pro Bono Publico Service Commendation
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • 2014
  • Pro Bono Publico Service Commendation
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • 2013
  • Volunteer of the Year
  • King County Bar Association
  • 2012
  • 2012 Contributor of the Year Landlord Tenant
  • AVVO
  • 2012
  • Pro Bono Publico Service Commendation
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • 2012
  • Pro Bono Publico Service Commendation
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • 2011
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Publications

  • WDL Blog
  • Fee Reasonability in Collection Cases
  • 2015
  • probonodicta.com
  • Benefits of Volunteering
  • 2011

Speaking Engagements

  • WDL In House Training
  • Unlawful Detainer Basics
  • 2015
  • WDL House Seminar
  • Evidence in Unlawful Detainer
  • 2012
  • PSIA Annual Seminar
  • Insurance Fraud
  • 1996
  • Oregon IASIU Annual Training
  • Insurance Fraud Investigations in Oregon
  • 1996
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Attorney endorsements

Received (13)
Given (13)
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Jan 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Morningstar is a very knowledgeable and effective advocate for his clients."
Debt settlement Attorney | Aug 12
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Mr. Morningstar is one of the most knowledgeable members of his field, and a zealous advocate for his client while still being cordial and polite."
Litigation Attorney | Jan 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Tom is a fantastic lawyer! He is extremely knowledgeable and does high quality legal work. I endorse him."
Unknown Attorney | Sep 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Top-notch attorney. Highly respected in the legal community."
Landlord or tenant Attorney | Sep 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have volunteered with Mr. Morningstar at the King County Housing Justice Project. Mr. Morningstar is a very experienced attorney who has a great, professional courtroom demeanor. I would highly recommend him for any landlord / tenant matters."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Jul 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"An extremely talented and well respected attorney in the legal community, I wholeheartedly recommend him to anyone looking for a lawyer who knows the law and truly cares about protecting the rights of his clients and getting them the most favorable result possible."
Landlord or tenant Attorney | Sep 24
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Mr. Morningstar served as opposing counsel on a matter through the Housing Justice Project. I found Mr. Morningstar to be incredibly professional, knowledgeable, and very respectful. He represented his clients ethically and with zeal. I would recommend Mr. Morningstar anytime."
Landlord or tenant Attorney | Jul 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Landlord or tenant Attorney | Jan 18
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"Mr. Morningstar is a fantastic attorney who's understanding of landlord-tenant law and its application is on the highest level. I have had the opportunity to work both with and against Mr. Morningstar and I can say from first hand experience that he is one of the finest landlord-tenant attorneys in the Puget Sound Region. Mr. Morningstar possesses the unique ability and patience to explain complex issues and ideas in a straight forward and easy to follow manner. An excellent negotiator and advocate, Mr. Morngingstar is a guy you would want in your corner."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Dec 21
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Sep 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Morningstar is a highly distinguished attorney with great knowledge across multiple states. He is very able to ascertain the particular issues of a case and move to resolve them."
Insurance Attorney | Sep 09
Relationship: Co-worker
"Thomas Morningstar is insightful, possessing the ability to zero in on the true issue for any situation. Being both highly organized and focused provides him with the ability to spot issues or defenses missed by many. I personally rely upon Mr. Morningstar as a resource for my own practice trusting without concern the advice or insight he provides."
Real estate Attorney | May 27
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Tom is an outstanding attorney. I got to know Tom through his work at the Housing Justice Project and have also referred several eviction/tenant rights cases to him. In each case, Tom has done excellent work and has represented his clients with zeal and confidence. I would not hesitate to refer clients to Tom in the future or to recommend his services to anyone requiring an experienced lawyer."
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