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Rico Jon Tessandore

Car accident Attorney at Everett, WA

5.0   29 reviews

Licensed for 24 years

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Attorney Rico Tessandore has represented clients in superior and district courts throughout the state of Washington.  His trial experience includes personal injury cases, civil and criminal cases. In his legal career, Mr. Tessandore has handled over 2000 cases to resolution. Whether your case involves a personal injury accident or civil action, Mr. Tessandore has the knowledge and experience to help you. Mr. Tessandore is the past President of the Snohomish County Bar Association.  He regularly serves as an arbitrator in Snohomish, King and Skagit County.  Rico has been appointed to serve as an Pro-Tem Judge in Superior, District and Municipal courts.

 

Rico grew up in rural King County, the son of a single parent.  He was the first person to graduate from college in his family.  He attended Seattle University for his undergraduate studies, before attending Northeastern University School of Law in Boston, Massachusetts, where he worked for Chief Federal Judge Joseph Tauro.

 

After graduating from law school in 1998, Rico served as a law clerk to the presiding judge of Snohomish County Superior Court.  Thereafter he worked for the Snohomish County Prosecutor’s Office where he was nominated for Attorney of the Year.  Following his work at the Prosecutor’s Office, Mr. Tessandore moved into the civil arena working for the law firm of Hollenbeck Lancaster Miller and Andrews.  He now puts this unique knowledge to work for individuals and families. 

 

Licensed for 24 years
State WA
Status Active
Acquired 1998
Updated 11/25/2022

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

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Law Offices Of Rico Tessandore
2707 Colby Avenue
Suite 901
Everett, WA, 98201
Law Offices Of Rico Tessandore
19000 33rd Avenue West
Suite 100
Lynnwood, WA, 98036
Law Offices Of Rico Tessandore
1224 Harris Avenue
Suite 107
Bellingham, WA, 98225
The Law Offices of Rico Tessandore
3400 188th Street SW
Alderwood Business Center - Suite 210
Lynnwood, WA, 98037
The Law Offices of Rico Tessandore
1812 Hewitt Avenue
The Hermes Building - Suite 204
Everett, WA, 98201
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Posted by anonymous | October 10, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Took on the Lizard and Good Hands People--great result
Rico is a great attorney. I have used him more than once. I can't believe the other side's tactics, but through it all, Rico fought and won. It is not like the old days where you just submit a settlement proposal and you get a resolution. Every little thing is contested nowadays, and I'm glad I had Rico handling it.
Posted by Celeste | May 8, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Phenomenal help
He and his team represented me in a pedestrian vs vehicle case. He is a phenomenal lawyer and an even better person. I am so grateful for everything he did to help me over the 3.5 year case. His team is efficient and works hard to pursue what is right.
Posted by Mary | September 20, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best advocate ever!
I came to Rico with what he considered a "spaghetti marinara" case, involving injuries from two accidents with different types of responsible parties - basically a mess. From the beginning of our relationship, Rico was upfront with possible outcomes, challenges, and where we could succeed. At our consultation, he used a step by step visual to show me the process and made sure I understood before moving to the next step. I found this incredibly useful and easy to follow, even though at that stage I had pain interfering with every moment of my day. Rico is empathetic and caring as well as astute. Rico's thoroughness continued throughout our attorney-client relationship and he communicated as needed when new things arose with my case. It was a timely process because of the situation, but there was just the right amount of information given and asked for at just the right time. Having Rico in my corner to navigate with the insurance companies and my caseworkers made my life so much easier and helped me to focus on what both he and I felt was most important - recovering from life-changing injuries. I was grateful he emphasized early on - to work on reaching my maximum medical improvement no matter what. Best advice ever. I managed my care, he managed my case. I definitely recommend Rico Tessandore for your injury litigation. I have provided his number to several people already. Rico has your best interest at heart, he cares, and he KNOWS what it takes to achieve the best outcome for you. Honest. Knowledgeable. Empathetic. Good communication. Trustworthy. That's Rico!
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Posted by Mary | June 11, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best attorney ever!
Rico was very clear from the beginning about the specific steps he would take, how long it would take, and how much money I would walk away with. I was in a car accident of no fault of my own. It was minor but the insurance company only offered me a drop in the bucket. Rico assured me my case was worth much more. When I signed the papers to close the claim I walked away with my car fixed and almost six times the amount original offered.
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Posted by R | February 16, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
A true professional.
I have to say... I have been nothing but extremely impressed with Rico. He fought for me really hard, kept me well informed throughout the process, the outcome was superb, and he was very thorough. The Green Lizard took one look at the situation and folded up like a lawn chair. Rico is THE MAN and I cannot recommend him enough. Very Legit, very well known in the industry, and a pleasure to work with.
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Posted by Michelle | September 19, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best car accident lawyer there is
I'd highly recommend Rico as a lawyer for any car accident case. Rico was excellent through out my entire case at explaining each step and all possible outcomes of them so I would understand what would happen moving forward. He made it simple as it could be to follow along and kept me up to date through-out. It is not often you find a lawyer that is easy to work with and to get ahold of. If I had not hired him, I would have given up in the beginning due to the amount of time and effort car insurance companies and doctor offices require, on top of the amount of care it took my body to fully recover. He puts his clients first and wants the best outcome for them, while also not charging an arm and leg for his legal consultation. He's the best, you will not find better.
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Posted by Justin | September 12, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
RICO 5 Star ..Very professional
Rico helped me with my Auto accident very informative and answered all my questions.Don't hesitate to call his office. walk through every step takes worry some out of it.
Posted by Ann | October 7, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Would hire this attorney every time.
I have hired Mr. Tessandore for two separate accident cases. Each time he was professional, kind, and genuinely interested in getting the best outcome for me and my family. Equally important, he acts fast and gets results immediately. In my first case by the time I left his office after our first meeting I had a rental car and payment to replace my kids' car seats. In the second case he took on USAA Insurance when they tried to avoid paying a claim that was due to us. After we hired Mr. Tessandore, he immediately initiated action against USAA, and within a day we were paid the money we were owed. I will hire Mr. Tessandore every time I have the misfortune to be involved in an accident.
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Posted by Sara | November 28, 2014
Great job against three potential defendants
Rico represented me in a car accident that took place in Renton. The car accident was a pretty bad; I was taken the hospital. The other side denied that it was their fault. On top of that, three of the people in the other car claimed they were the actual driver. The other side did everything in their power to deny liability. The police report wasn't that clear, but Rico kept after it, hiring someone to investigate it. I thought for sure that there was no way we were going to win the case, but Rico's effort saved the day. Not only did the other side accept 100 percent liability, he was able to get policy limits and fight back my own insurance company. Great attorney and looked out for my best interests.
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Posted by Bryan | November 26, 2014
Outstanding work by a guy who will fight for you
I hired Rico after a motor vehicle accident which happened during my senior year of high school. The other party was represented by the Lizard's insurance company. Rico kept me informed regarding my case, and eventually fought with my insurance company and the defendant's insurance company to get me a great outcome. I endorse his work.
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Posted by Linda | March 8, 2014
Golf Cart
1st Time hiring an attorney. Rico did a great job. Friends told me it would be 2 to 3yrs before it would be settled. Well, 1yr and it's settle. I was always informed of everything. Great jobs. Thank you very much.
Posted by anonymous | February 20, 2014
Great Character
Rico was patient and realistic about my case. I was up against odds that as Rico said, “Only John Grisham could think up” and I knew it. It was a case no attorney, “high powered” legal firm or tribal attorney in Washington wanted to take on; I was a client whose civil, constitutional, medical and employment rights had been violated by a tribal government that stood behind sovereign immunity from being sued and blatantly had its insurance company refuse me necessary medical treatment for injuries I suffered in the line of duty as a police officer. Having kept meticulous notes and timelines I presented my case to Rico and we worked diligently to form a suit that should have been taken on by the U.S. Attorney’s Office. Rico went out of his way obtaining additional credentials to represent me in tribal court and stood by me when no other firm or attorney would. We filed suit against the tribal government and its insurance company and upon presentation of our facts the tribe’s attorney suggested to the tribe and its insurance company to settle. Any person, attorney or legal firm that knows anything about U.S. and Tribal relations regarding tribes being sued knows this is a huge victory and is tantamount to suing a sovereign county and not breaking a bank in doing it. He will fight for your rights.
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Posted by Roman | January 21, 2014
A Fantastic Attorney
In January of 2013 I was struck by a car while crossing the crosswalk by an inattentive driver. After to speaking with a few attorneys about my case I decided to have Rico Tessandore represent me and that was probably one of the smartest decisions I have ever made. Rico made the whole settlement process easy for me and took the time to ensure I understood everything that was going on and that I was comfortable with the way things were progressing. With him representing me I was able to focus on rehabilitation instead of paper work or dealing with insurance companies. When I ran into a billing issue with the physical therapy clinic suggested by my orthopedic surgeon he stepped and resolved the issue without me paying a dime. Rico also navigated the frustrating process of dealing with an unresponsive insurance company and the confusing mess that is medical billing with acumen and insight that left me constantly feeling like I was being represented by the best. Throughout the process I experienced a high level of responsiveness, with my questions and concerns addressed promptly and completely. I never felt in the dark nor like I wasn’t important. When the settlement was reached, it was to my satisfaction. I was never pushed to settle nor was I just dropped after the paperwork was signed. Rico took the time to explain to me what happens now, any tax implications from the settlement and what to do if I need follow up care or assistance. I hope you never find yourself in need of a lawyer, but if you do, the best one you could hire would be Rico Tessandore.
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Posted by KRS | December 12, 2013
WORDS ARE INADEQUATE to describe the level of expertise and legal representation you’ll get from hiring RICO but here’s an att
WORDS ARE INADEQUATE to describe the level of expertise and legal representation you’ll get from hiring RICO but here’s an attempt: Excellent, knowledgeable, sharp, diligent, detailed, relentless, dedicated, aggressive, thorough, impressionable, character-building, professional, patient, realistic, no-nonsense attorney you’ll want on your SIDE. And Rico is the only attorney I have run across who returns your calls or emails promptly and consistently to answer any questions you may have as well as respond in the same manner with the other side. He makes you feel like you not only have a personal injury attorney but an attorney/confidant who you can count on to be there at all times for any legal questions. Rico is excellent at keeping his clients informed of status of your case on regular basis even if there is no news. He is very knowledgeable in many areas of law and knows how to find the answers and who to contact. He knows his stuff in the insurance industry. You will find he is very well respected by other attorneys in all areas of law. When he’s done settling your case you’ll wonder how you had access to such an attorney of his caliber practicing law and want to refer him to every family member, friends or coworkers. He’s so good he’ll maximize your chances of recovery and get the BEST settlement you’re entitled to. You will never feel afraid to be involved an auto accident again. Rico is a GOOD GUY and you want an attorney like him to represent you at least once in your lifetime. I wish he could represent me in all my legal needs. I don’t normally do reviews but I was very excited to share this attorney with everyone. I highly recommend him.
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Posted by Auliilani | October 11, 2013
Gave me the best case scenerio in my terrible situation.
From the first contact, Rico assured me that he would do everything possible to help me get the best treatment and settlement from my auto accident. He explained the whole process and always kept me informed of any updates. With his help, I received the best recovery with the least amount of stress. In the beginning I was overwhelmed and worried about my situation, but Rico eased my nerves and made me very happy to know he was assisting my case. I simply felt like I was in good hands! I highly recommend Rico Tessandore without reservation! I will look to him for any future advice if needed.
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Posted by anonymous | October 7, 2013
Fantastic, responsive, incredibly knowledgeable, trustworthy, down-to-earth. Will refer everyone to Rico!
Rico represented me in a car accident case. I'm so glad I called him right away. He was very easy to talk to, professional, and obviously he knew the ins and outs of the insurance company industry from lots of experience. It was his insider knowledge that impressed me the most. But also he was just a pleasure to work with. He is so down to earth. I felt so confident with his solid advice, and his advocacy. I do not usually leave reviews anywhere, but Rico impressed me THAT much. Highly recommend.
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Posted by Amy | July 22, 2013
Helpful and Responsive
Rico represented my family when we were victims of a hit and run injury accident. I am a criminal defense attorney so I consider myself a pretty good judge of an attorney's skills. Rico was on top of my case from day one and he did everything he could to make sure we got the care and money we deserved. He is the only attorney I will ever call if someone in my family is injured or in need of legal advice on a personal injury matter!
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Posted by anonymous | July 18, 2013
Trustworthy and Honest
From the moment of initial interview, Rico was professional, straight forward, honest, and kept me informed. I focused on my recovery and he made sure I was taken care of. Rico is very patient, listened to my concerns and wishes, and took time to explain my options with full disclosure. He was a great advocate for me in my case, and I HIGHLY recommend him.
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Posted by Christopher | February 3, 2012
I Owe Him My Life
I had never been in any legal trouble prior to my DUI, and I had no idea what my rights were, how to navigate the legal system, or what to expect. Mr. Tessandore was prompt in returning my phone calls, forthcoming with legal advice, honest in his evaluation of my situation, and sympathetic to my cause (without selling me a bunch of BS). His strategy for trial won me a better outcome than I could have expected. His legal arguments for my DOL hearing were creative and original, and most importantly, they worked. He was neither the most expensive nor the most affordable lawyer available, but he was worth every penny. Even if I had lost, I would still recommend him for his hard work, reliable and open communication, and creative approach.
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Posted by Bao-Uyen | December 28, 2011
a trusted advocate
Rico kept me informed every step of the way. He laid out all of my options, with the pros and cons of each option. He was always available to answer any questions I had and believe me--- I had many questions considering this is my first (and hopefully last) car accident. He dealt with the insurance companies and fought to make sure the insurance companies paid for all of my medical treatments. Instead of dealing with the insurance companies, I was able to focus on recovery and it was a long road to recovery! I could not ask for a better adviser and advocate. I highly recommend Rico and thank you for making my first case a smooth sailing one (well, from my perspective anyway... I am sure Rico went through some rocky and turbulent conversations with the insurance companies on my behalf!)
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • the Snohomish County Volunteer Guardian ad Litem Program
  • 2010 - 2012
  • Judge Pro-Tem
  • Snohomish County
  • 2007 - 2017
  • Deputy Prosecuting Attorney
  • Snohomish County Prosecutor's Office
  • 2000 - 2005
  • Attorney
  • Attorney for VGAL Program of Snohomish County
  • 2000 - 2001
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Education

  • Northeastern University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1998

Associations

  • Washington State Association for Justice
  • member
  • 2010 - Present
  • Whatcom County Bar Association
  • member
  • 2009 - Present
  • Snohomish County Bar Association
  • President 2009
  • 2004 - Present
  • Washington Defense Trial Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2006 - 2010
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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Publications

Speaking Engagements

  • Mandatory Arbitration an Overview
  • County Specific Rules and Deadlines
  • 2019
  • Snohomish County Bar Association
  • Ethical issues: an appeal of a MAR award
  • 2011
  • Snohomish County Bar Association
  • District Court Rules
  • 2011
  • Vice President in charge of CLE's for the Snohomish County Bar Association
  • CLE's
  • 2008
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Attorney endorsements

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Litigation Attorney | Mar 11
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Rico is a very strong litigator and a very capable opponent. He has been opposite me on several cases. He is smart, diligent in his preparation, and skilled in the technical aspects of litigation. He puts a lot of heart into his work and that is something that benefits his clients in a very big way."
Litigation Attorney | Jul 28
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer's work. I have had the opportunity to be opposing counsel on a number of cases against Rico. Rico has always been extremely professional, thorough and prepared. As advocates we often hold vastly different views but I truly respect his skill level, legal knowledge, and integrity. I can confidently say all of Rico's clients are well represented."
Personal injury Attorney | May 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known and worked with Rico for many years. He is an experienced and skilled lawyer who represents his clients tenaciously."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Rico has a quick mind and a comprehensive understanding of the law. I have referred a number of clients to Rico with confidence that they will be in good hands."
Personal injury Attorney | May 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Rico. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Car accident Attorney | Feb 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Rico is a skilled and intelligent attorney. I have sought his advice on personal injury matters and would not hesitate to refer a friend or client to his practice."
Personal injury Attorney | Jan 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Rico is a talented and tenacious lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Rico is an excellent attorney who does excellent work for his clients. He fights hard for for his clients, and is willing to go the extra mile. I highly recommend his services."
Personal injury Attorney | Jun 27
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Rico brings a wide breadth of experience in different areas"
Litigation Attorney | Sep 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Rico is a talented attorney, well versed in many aspects of law. Rico is a diligent and thorough advocate who works extremely hard for his clients. Rico goes the extra mile to obtain the best results for his clients. I strongly endorse this lawyer."
Litigation Attorney | Sep 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Having known Rico for many years, I can easily say that he is among the top lawyers in our community. Rico is compassionate, yet tough as nails when fighting for his clients. Rico has a passion for justice that is rare, and is someone I would trust to represent my own family. I endorse Rico without hesitation."
Litigation Attorney | Sep 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Whether you need a serious trial lawyer or just one that's feared and respected by the attorney on the other side of the table, take Rico with you."
Unknown Attorney | Jul 29
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Mr. Tessandore is a great litigator and brings a wealth of experience to the table. I would not hesitate to recommend his services to anyone in need of help."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 04
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Mr. Tessandore assisted me in a criminal charge for a civil client of mine. I found him to be very knowledgeable, compassionate and thorough; and in the end, was able to obtain a favorable disposition."
Car accident Attorney | Mar 15
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I highly endorse Rico's work. Rico is a leader in the legal community and well respected by his peers and local Judges. Rico is an expert in his field, works hard for his clients, and obtains excellent results. Rico is always willing to answer legal questions, and offer sound legal advice. Rico is a pleasure to work with, understands the value of a good reputation, and can be trusted to take great care of anyone referred to him by his colleagues."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Exceptional attorney who not only I endorse but most every attorney in his field endorses. I would not hesitate to recommend Rico."
Personal injury Attorney | Feb 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Rico is one of the best lawyers I know for any complex litigation. I fully trust his ability to handle any legal matter with skill, insight and precision. I endorse his work to the fullest extent."
Personal injury Attorney | Jan 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I've know Rico for many years, both as a Prosecutor, and later as a personal injury lawyer. He has presented lawyer training presentations for other lawyers. He is very experienced, dedicated and well thought of by his fellow lawyers."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 23
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I fully endorse Mr. Tessandore in both the criminal and civil sides of law. Having tried cases against him in the past, and having practiced before him when he was a judge pro tem, I can state without question that Rico is a true professional in every sense of the word, an advocate for his clients, and a champion for justice. I've also been witness to Rico's abilities in the civil realm both as a arbitrator, and an attorney. Any client he represents is in excellent, qualified hands."
Litigation Attorney | Jan 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Rico is one of the most respected attorneys in Snohomish County--if not statewide. He is a leader as evidenced by the many Bar Association leadership positions he has held over the years. His preeminence in his practice area of choice--litigation--is also well known and he has been good enough to share his pearls of wisdom with other lawyers in the community through his CLE (continuing legal education) endeavors. If you need a legal shark, bulldog, eagle, hawk (insert other aggressive animal name here:______), Rico should be your go-to attorney."
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Everett Car accident Lawyer Rico Jon Tessandore
Rico Jon Tessandore
Car accident Attorney
Everett, WA
Licensed for 24 years
Free Consultation