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Barry J Wallis

Litigation Attorney at Tacoma, WA

5.0   7 reviews
  • Licensed for 17 years
    State WA
    Acquired 2006
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Mr. Wallis' aggressive practice emphasizes personal injury, criminal defense of innocent people and civil litigation.  Mr. Wallis worked as a federal extern for the Honorable Thomas Coffin, U.S. District Court.  From there he was hired by Bill Barton of Newport Oregon where Mr. Wallis helped secure millions of dollars in major medical malpractice claims.  This success launched Mr. Wallis into doing trial work here in Washington State where he runs the Wallis Law Firm, PLLC.   While practicing in King and Pierce County Mr. Wallis has been active with the Pierce County Bar Association, and American Inns of Court.  In the past, Mr. Wallis also worked as an expert biologist for the State of Washington and this experience now helps him tremendously in addressing legal issues involving medical malpractice or any other physical injury to his clients.

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Wallis Law Firm, PLLC
1101 Fawcett Avenue
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Posted by Gary | December 18, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Beyond our expectations
My wife and I are very fortunate to have selected the legal services of Mr. Barry Wallis of Wallis Law Firm in Tacoma to take the lead in helping us through an extremely complicated and challenging personal injury lawsuit. When all was said and done, it was Mr. Wallis’ attention to detail, professional acumen, his highly talented staff and his irreproachable integrity that ultimately provided an outcome beyond our expectations. Please consult with Mr. Wallis before you select any other counselor.
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Posted by Doris | June 10, 2012
I have nothing but wonderful things to say about Mr. Wallis. He made me feel so comfortable during this difficult time in my life. I have never been in trouble with the law, other than a traffic ticket 20 years ago. But this was totally different. He has so much compassion and understanding, which made it alot easier for me. He fought for me on my case and got my case dismissed. Without his help, I would not be able to move on with my life, So "Thank you so very much Mr. Wallis". I would definately recommend Mr. Wallis to family and friends.
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Posted by Cassandra | June 6, 2012
Amazing Attorney
Mr. Wallis did an amazing job for me. My fines and requirements were far less than I expected and he was able to get consideration for the needs of my children. He was extremely kind and honest from the moment I met him. I would highly recommend his services.
Posted by Anthony | February 7, 2010
Saved me in a DUI/Physical Control
Mr. Wallis handled my case in a very professional and efficient manner. He turned a nightmare into something much less scary. He managed to get my case set aside and save my clean record, as well as saving me over 4000 dollars in court fines. The outcome to the case he handled was more then I could have ever expected and I can honestly say that if it weren't for Mr. Wallis' willingness to take the time to listen to what I had to say and really go to bat for me when the time counted, I would probably be sitting in jail right or some other terrible fate. Thanks to him, I've been able to move on with my life much faster than I thought I would have been able to.
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Posted by anonymous | January 31, 2010
Help with some great advice and friend help :)
Barry has always given fabulous advice when it comes to contract reviews, along to the correct action, even with small claims. Any legal need call Barry :)
Posted by Keli | October 30, 2009
After recieving a ticket for possesion and being placed under arrest by a fairly unrespectful officer, I met Barry. On the arrival of my second court date, feeling rather confused about where to sign in, and who to talk to, Barry came over and saved me from my discontentment. We talked over my case, he asked my some questions about myself, what my future plans we etc. After going over all that had happened. . . scared my clean record would be scratched. . . Barry ensured me i had a great chance and said if we didnt get all the charges erased today then we would keep fighting. Fortunatly Barry got all of the charges erased that day. I still have a clear record and he saved me from paying over a 1000 dollar fine. I recommended Barry to a friend who recieved another charge similar to my own and his charges were also significantly decreased!
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Posted by Ben | October 15, 2009
Top Notch Lawyer
I met Barry through a couple of friends after I was pulled over and given a DUI. Barry had me come to his office and had a meeting talking about what happened and so on. From that point on it felt like he was backing me up 100% and really doing everything he could to help me. In the end he was able to get everything dropped to a neg1 which made me very happy. In the end I would recommend Barry to everyone that I know. He is a great guy and will get to know you personally as well as legally.
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Payment methods
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Lead Partner
  • Wallis Law Firm, PLLC
  • 2007 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Law Office of H. Gary Wallis
  • 2006 - 2007
  • Legal Intern
  • Barton & Strever, PC
  • 2003 - 2005
  • Clerk
  • U.S. District Court
  • 2003 - 2003
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  • University of Oregon School of Law
  • Doctor of Jurisprudence
  • 2005
  • Evergreen State College
  • MA - Masters
  • 1998
  • American University of Paris
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1991

Legal Cases

  • Carr v. Arbiol, Christensen and Wright
  • $3,660,000 Stipulated Settlement for Personal Injury
  • Ackley vs. Suchar
  • $500,000 Court Judgment
  • Over 380 cases in Washington Courts


  • Slavic Bar Association of Washington
  • President
  • 2015 - Present
  • Barton Litigation Boot Camp
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • Cardozo Society of Washington State
  • Co-Chair
  • 2010 - Present
  • Washington Association for Justice
  • Eagle Member
  • 2008 - Present
  • American Inns of Court
  • Barrister
  • 2007 - Present
  • Washington Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys
  • Member
  • 2006 - Present
  • Tacoma Pierce County Bar Association
  • Admitted to Practice
  • 2006 - Present
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • Admitted to Practice
  • 2006 - Present
  • Unitied States District Court
  • Admitted to Practice
  • 2006 - Present
  • Sound Credit Union
  • Director
  • 2015 - 2016
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Languages Spoken

  • French
  • Russian

Honors and Awards

  • Scholarship Award
  • University of Oregon School of Law
  • 2005
  • Scholarship Award
  • Seattle University School of Law
  • 2002
  • Berlin Scholarship Award
  • Berlin Senate
  • 1990


  • Washington State Department of Transportation
  • Biological Assessment: SR 202: Tokul Creek Slide Repair
  • 2001
  • Biological Assessment: SR 20: Debris Flow Structure
  • 2001
  • Biological Assessment: SR 20: Campbell Lake Road Realignment
  • 2001
  • Biological Assessment: SR 542: Snow Bridge & Culvert Replacement
  • 2001
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Speaking Engagements

  • American Inns of Court
  • Magna Carta
  • 2015
  • Law Day Luncheon
  • Magna Carta - Symbol of Freedom Under Law
  • 2015
  • American Inns of Court
  • Discovery Abuse-Enough is Enough
  • 2014
  • American Inns of Court
  • Criminal Defense Fee Agreements
  • 2012
  • American Inns of Court CLE
  • Anderson vs. Akzo Nobel and the Frye Standard in Washington State
  • 2012
  • Everest College Class
  • Working in a Law Firm
  • 2011
  • American Inns of Court
  • Legal Argument Demonstration
  • 2009
  • Joint Meeting of State Biological Planners
  • Biological Assessment : SR 20 Debris Flow Structure
  • 2001
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Attorney endorsements

Received (18)
Given (33)
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Personal injury Attorney | Jun 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Barry is very knowledgeable and skilled. He has extensive experience. He is definitely one of the best lawyers I know."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"With his legal knowledge and determination, Barry is a go-to person when it comes to criminal defense and personal injury. He takes time to develop the best strategy for his clients, never leaving a stone unturned. Aside from being a sharp attorney, Barry is also a respected community leader, volunteering his time to making his community a better place. I do not hesitate to endorse Barry."
Personal injury Attorney | Sep 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Barry is an extremely thoughtful, passionate, and most importantly, well rounded attorney. He has handled difficult PI cases with great skill, and achieved recoveries for his clients in cases other Lawyers would not take. No hesitation to hire him if I needed to do so!"
Personal injury Attorney | Aug 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I would highly recommend Barry for any personal injury or criminal defense matters. He is well respected by his legal peers in Tacoma and the greater Seattle area and anyone would be lucky to have him as a lawyer, colleague, or friend. I look forward to co-counseling with him on future matters and believe he is an inspiring colleague and mentor!"
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Barry. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Unknown Attorney | May 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Wallis is a skilled and effective member of the legal community."
Personal injury Attorney | Jul 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Barry is a terrific attorney. He is a tireless advocate for his clients while being approachable and down to earth."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Feb 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. While Barry Wallis is a highly skilled trial attorney, his in-depth knowledge of the law and his professional demeanor towards his colleagues also make him a great negotiator. He is well respected in the legal community and gets excellent results for his clients. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend him."
Litigation Attorney | Feb 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Wallis is an exceptionally qualified attorney. He has earned the respect of his colleagues and the Judges' he has been in front of. If you are seeking an attorney who is competent and who will be a strong advocate for you, you should retain Mr. Wallis."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Barry Wallis is a rock solid attorney. I have spent the last four months working in close proximity to him. Barry continues to impress me with his intelligence, knowledge of the laws and rules, and polished interpersonal skills. I highly recommend Barry Wallis to anyone needing legal counsel."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Wallis has experience, integrity, and abilities that place him among the best practitioners in the greater Seattle and Tacoma areas. I would refer individuals and families with serious legal matters to Mr. Wallis with my highest confidence."
Personal injury Attorney | Nov 14
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Barry is a creative, intelligent attorney who heartily advocates for his clients. I would have no hesitation sending clients his way, as I know they'll be taken care of and receive excellent and comprehensive representation."
Litigation Attorney | Oct 26
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Barry is a highly effective attorney with a great presence in the courtroom in addition to his thorough knowledge of the law. If you will need to persuade a Judge, Jury, or anyone else that the law and facts are on your side, Barry is the attorney for you."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 25
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"Barry Wallis sets the standard for what we hope to see in attorneys. He is ethical, conscientious, strategic and professional. He is a gifted trial lawyer and is very comfortable in front of a jury. He knows how to value a case and how to double-check his assessments. Because of his extensive education and background, he is an excellent researcher, and is very strong on both the facts and the legal theories in a case. He develops good client relationships and has a strong reputation in Washington and Oregon. There is a spectrum of skills a lawyer can have that benefit the client, and I have seen Barry Wallis display all of these admirably."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Barry Wallis is a talented trial attorney AND a nice guy. He effectively advocates on behalf of his clients to ensure they are treated fairly. He has tremendous experience in the courtroom and is not afraid of going to trial. I highly recommend Barry."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Barry Wallis is definitely one of Washington's rising legal stars. I've seen firsthand the formidable intelligence, sincerity and determination that Barry brings to every client. Barry is quite simply a cut above the rest."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Barry is one of the best lawyers in Pierce County. With an attention to detail and an ability to relate to and help clients, he is truly an asset to any client that walks through his door."
Personal injury Attorney | Feb 22
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have consulted with Mr. Wallis on various personal injury matters. I am also aware that he is a fine criminal defense attorney. He is a very knowledgeable and professional attorney who serves his clients well."
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Tacoma Litigation Lawyer Barry J Wallis
Barry J Wallis
Litigation Attorney
Tacoma, WA
Licensed for 17 years
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