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Raised in rural Eastern Idaho, Rajeev (of Irish, Italian and Bengali descent… since we knew you would ask!) completed his undergraduate studies at Albertson College of Idaho in the sciences.  He came to Washington in 1999 to do graduate work at the University of Washington, earning Masters in Public Administration and another in International Studies.  While completing his graduate research, he traveled extensively in Burma and India, worked as a consultant in matters of international security and was recruited to work for the National Nuclear Security Administration in Washington D.C.   While working for the Federal Government during the events of 9/11, he had a first-hand view of the Pentagon hours after it was hit and also visited the New York site several weeks later.  He worked to establish protocols of cooperation between the United States and several other nations to ensure the containment of WMD technology, which inspired him to go to law school. 

Rajeev attended law school at Seattle University, during which time he worked for the prestigious plaintiff’s litigation firm Carney Badley Spellman, and also, having passed the Tulalip Nation’s bar exam, as a prosecutor for the Tulalip Indian Nation.  Having come from a rural setting, and having tasted the fruits of Seattle and Washington D.C., Rajeev had long set his sights on Whatcom County as the perfect setting for the best of both worlds.  After working for the State’s Division of Child Support in Seattle, and taking the time to find the perfect fit, he accepted a position with the Law Offices of Roger Ellingson in 2008, and became a Partner in 2013.  His practice focuses on business transactions and formations.  He also serves as the City Prosecutor of Blaine.  He served as a pro-tem Superior Court Commissioner for Whatcom County on an ongoing basis from 2013 until 2016, at which time he ran for and was elected to the Washington State Bar Association's Board of Governors to represent District #2.

When not working, Rajeev spends time with his wife and daughter in the outdoors.  He serves on the boards of a number of non-profits committed to serving the indigent in our community.


Languages spoken: Bengali

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Practice areas


  1. Corporate: 18%
    8 years
  2. Contracts: 18%
    9 years
  3. Criminal Defense: 17%
    8 years
  4. Litigation: 16%
    9 years
  5. Other: 31%
  6. More 



Hourly ($210/hour), Retainer (always)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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  • Edward S Alexander

    I endorse this lawyer. I have known Rajeev for years. He is a great guy. I confidently refer folks to Rajeev.


    Edward Alexander Lawsuits and disputes Attorney
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  • Nicholas B Berning

    I have known Rajeev for years and worked with him when he taught a course for paralegals. I refer clients to Rajeev with confidence and have always been impressed with his reputation in the community.


    Nicholas Berning Immigration Attorney
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Contact info

289 H St
PO Box 1258
Blaine, WA, 98231-1258

2417 Main Street
Ferndale, WA, 98248



We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Pro Bono Public Service CommendationWashington State Bar Association2015
Local Hero AwardWashington State Bar Association and Whatcom County Bar Association2015
Pro Bono Public Service CommendationWashington State Bar Association2014
Pro Bono Public Service CommendationWashington State Bar Association2013
Pro Bono Public Service CommendationWashington State Bar Association2012
Pro Bono Public Service CommendationWashington State Bar Association2011
Acknowledgement of work for victims of Hurricanes Katrina & RitaLouisiana Supreme Court and Louisiana Bar Association2007
Cum Laude graduateSeattle University School of Law2007
Viola Spencer Memorial Award for Legal WritingNational Native American Law Students Association2007
Law ReviewSeattle University Law School2006
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
ProsecutorNooksack Indian Tribe2016 - Present
Adjunct ProfessorWestern Washington University2015 - Present
City Traffic & Mental Health ProsecutorCity of Bellingham2014 - Present
PartnerThe Law Offices Of Roger Ellingson2013 - Present
City ProsecutorBlaine Municipal Court2011 - Present
Ongoing Pro-tem CommissionerWhatcom County Superior Court2013 - 2016
Adjunct ProfessorWhatcom Community College2011 - 2012
AssociateThe Law Offices of Roger Ellingson2008 - 2013
Case OfficerWashington DSHS- Division of Child Support Enforcement2008 - 2008
Summer AssociateTulalip Indian Nation Prosecutor's Office2006 - 2006
Summer AssociateCarney Badley Spellman, P.S.2005 - 2005
FellowNational Bureau of Asian Research2003 - 2004
Graduate ResidentNational Nuclear Security Administration2001 - 2002
Association namePosition nameDuration
Washington State Bar AssociationBoard of Governors2016 - Present
North West Youth ServicesBoard of Directors2013 - Present
LAW Advocates - Indigent Civil Assistance Non ProfitBoard of Directors2012 - Present
Whatcom County Bar JournalEditor2010 - Present
Sun House - Housing for the Mentally IllBoard of Directors2010 - Present
Whatcom County Bar AssociationMember2008 - Present
Washington State Bar AssociationMember2007 - Present
Washington Young Lawyers DivisionCLE Committee2010 - 2012
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Accused of trying to burn down a house with people insideCharges dismissed by Judicial Order
Litigation over Cremation RemainsCremation ashes successfuly turned over to my clients and scattered according to the wishes of the deceased.
Contested ownership over thousands of lbs of frozen seafoodUtilizing the the legal recourse of replevin, all 8,000 pounds of goods were awarded to my client.
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Publication nameTitleDate
The Northern Light (Aug. 20)Interview cited in "Blaine City Prosecutor Honored for Charity Work"2015
The Bellingham Herald (Nov 30)Interview cited in "Kittens abandoned near Canadian border rescued in Blaine"2015
Whatcom Magazine (Nov. 10)Interview cited in Profile Piece2015
NW LawyerPracticing Out Here2014
The Seattle Times (Mar. 18)Interview cited in "Pot Law Creates a Hazy Border"2013
The Northern Light (Mar. 22)Interview cited in "Clearing the Smoke: Marijuana at the Border"2013
Journal of World HistoryMentioned in "That Grand Primeval and Fundemental Religion"2011
North Carolina Lawyers WeeklyInterview cited in "Reverter dispute involving Charlotte parkland, parking deck settles"2011
Indigenous People’s Journal of Law Culture & ResistanceThe Underutilized Sovereign Right to Eminent Domain: A Primer for Tribes2008
Seattle University Law ReviewRacially Restrictive Covenants in the State of Washington: A Primer for Practitioners2007
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
WSBA - Washington Leadership InstituteN/ALeadership and Management skills2015
The National Institute on the Prosecution of Domestic ViolenceN/ACase evaluation and trial advocacy skills2013
Seattle University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2007
University of WashingtonSouth Asian Studies -religion/securityMAIS - Masters in International Studies2003
University of WashingtonPublic Administration - InternationalMPA - Masters of Public Administration2003
College of IdahoBiology & Philosophy with Chemistry MinorBS - Bachelor of Science1999
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
2016 Annual WSBA Solo and Small Firm ConferenceCriminal Law for Civil Practioners2016
WSBA Board of Governor's MeetingLocal Hero Award2015
Whatcom County Bar AssociationSuccession Planning: Mentoring Pro Bono Commitment2015
Legal Care Center AcademyInfraction Procedure & Negotiation2015
Justice on Trial 11: Oct.22, 2015National Security2015
January 6, 2015 - South Fork Law Radio ProgramOn My Story & The Practice of Law2015
Hour of the Wolf News (October 12th, 2015)Mental Health & the Law2015
Special Considerations for Reluctant VictimsInvestigating & Documenting DV Cases2013
News ReportTelevision: A warning for B.C. residents who take pot across the border2013
KIwanis MeetingPerspectives on Bangladesh2011
Bellingham Staff ReviewPerspectives on Bangladesh2011
Identifying Child Support Arrears IndicatorsCost-benefit and Policy Analysis with Regards to Pursuing Criminal Contempt and Prosecutorial Discretion2008
Public Thesis DefenseNA-22 and the War on Terror: A case study, laying forth the changes and events that took place in the National Nuclear Security Administration’s Office of Research & Engineering after September 11th, 20012004
Diversity OverviewSouth Asian Demographics in Washington2001