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Steven Avery

About me

Steve received his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with an emphasis in Computer Applications and Systems Analysis from California State University Fresno. He received his law degree from the San Joaquin College of Law in Fresno, California, graduating in the top ten of his class. Steve has practiced law since 1994. He is licensed to practice law in Washington and California. Steve was named a Washington Rising Star (only 2.5% of Washington lawyers) by Washington Super Lawyers Magazine in 2013. Steve is accredited by the Department of Veterans Affairs (Veterans Administration).


Steve is the Secretary of the Board of Directors of the Whatcom County Council on Aging which oversees the Meals on Wheels program for seniors in Whatcom County, among other things. His practice includes estate planning, trusts (emphasizing special needs trusts for disabled individuals), planning for incapacity/disability, guardianships, probate, long-term care planning (Medicaid), and mediations.


He is a member of the Washington State Bar Association, National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, and the California State Bar Association. Steve is the founder of the Bellingham Bay Marathon, and served as the Chairman of the Board of Directors and Race Director of its inaugural race in 2007.


Practice areas


  1. Elder Law: 100%
    22 years, 1 thousand cases


Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • W. Scott Railton

    Steve is a terrific attorney specializing in Elder Law. He has outstanding knowledge of this area of law, and stays up-to-date on the latest changes in various jurisdictions. I find Steve a pleasure to work with, and I refer clients to him with great confidence.


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Contact info

Avery Elder Law, PS

4200 Meridian St., Ste. 103
Bellingham, WA, 98226


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2016
Rising StarSuper Lawyers2013
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneyAvery Elder Law, PS2013 - Present
OwnerElder Law offices of Meyers & Avery2007 - 2014
AttorneyZender Thurson, PS2004 - 2007
County CounselCounty of Fresno1999 - 2004
AssociateMarderosian, Swanson, Oren & Paboojian1994 - 1999
Association namePosition nameDuration
Whatcom Counsel on AgingSecretary2011 - Present
Washington State Bar AssociationAttorney Member2004 - Present
State Bar of CaliforniaAttorney1994 - Present
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
San Joaquin College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1994
California State University, FresnoComputer SystemsBS - Bachelor of Science1987
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Caregivers conferenceEstate planning, guardianship, Medicaid2014