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Elizabeth Rankin Powell

Landlord or tenant Attorney at Tacoma, WA

4.6   81 reviews

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  1. Landlord or tenant
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    This summer, the Legislature authorized the Right to Counsel program to provide representation to tenants in eviction proceedings. I have gone to work as a Staff Attorney for the Housing Justice Project. You can apply at http://www.tacomaprobono.org

    22 years, 10,000 cases

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Licensed for 22 years
State WA
Status Active
Acquired 2000
Updated 09/20/2022

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Tacoma Pro Bono Housing Justice Project
621 TACOMA AVE. S., SUITE 303
Tacoma, WA, 98402

Reviews

4.6 / 5.0
  81 customer reviews
Posted by anonymous | January 12, 2021
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Tenants
I called Ms. Powell about my case. I was having problem with my apartment complex in Tacoma Wa, gave her all the information/records I had. I moved out in June 2020 out of my apartments my property manager didn't feel like she wanted to give my security deposit back so I been fighting with them myself wasn't getting anywhere, but the run around pretty much. So I called Ms. Powell to handle my case and I finally get my whole deposit back. I am very satisfying with the decision we made together. Thank You so much...
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Posted by Michael | December 17, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Tenant Liberated from Fraudulent Rental House
Elizabeth listened to my concerns and used her expertise to help me discover that my rental was not only unsafe, but also unpermitted. She gave me comprehensive guidance from the beginning to the end of the path for the appropriate remedy under RCW code. When it was time for a lawsuit, her powerful reputation among her peers made achieving an ideal resolution as swift as imaginably possible. Elizabeth is more than just a masterful lawyer. She was also a masterful diplomat in her communications with the parties involved. Some lawyers are robotic or cold, but Elizabeth exhibited genuine empathy and was personable to the extent of seeming like a long lost friend. Elizabeth also puts in the work with a fortitude and youthful energy that defies the weary bitterness that typically accompanies devoting this many years to a profession. I am a self professed introvert and cynic, and found Elizabeth to be comfortable to work with and sincere in her pursuits. Thank you, Elizabeth!
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Posted by Malissa | October 20, 2020
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Stop wondering who you should contact - Call, E-mail NOW
Whatever it is that may be happening in your life, that you lead you here to seek counsel…stop thinking about if you should call Elizabeth Powell, P.S. She is fabulous. You will be called back. You will be treated with kindness, dignity and respect. (With an awesome side of sense of humor and directness) You will have one of the most knowledgeable attorney’s available in her area of practice that you could possibly hope to find, no matter how hard you seek. If you want to know your rights and how you should move forward from your current situation…Make the contact. Reach out ASAP. You will feel so much better that you did! Ms. Powell, thank you for all you do and the amazing person you are. This review is not and could never offer enough thanks.
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Posted by Kyle | August 4, 2020
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Integrity & Class
My husband and I were in a very desperate and dire situation regarding a predator landlord that was threatening legal action against us. We had signed a lease digitally online because of Covid 19, and when we arrived to do the house tour- all pictures and video we had seen were completely different than was given to us. We had found rot in the sub-floor [in a carpeted bathroom! So disgusting!], and multiple instances of mold and water damage. We were calling multiple lawyers and leaving messages on a Sunday from a hotel room. Elizabeth called us back- which is absolutely incredible on a Sunday! She gave us the help and aid that we needed in this dire situation, and told us the steps to go through. She then put us at ease, and said she would represent us if this landlord decided to come after us. Out of the 20+ lawyers we contacted in Washington State Elizabeth was the ONLY one that returned our call! [This is 3 days later!]. Thank you so much Elizabeth for taking care of us, and having the time and integrity to run your practice with compassion, and understanding. We are back at home now, and are so happy to put this gnarly experience behind us!
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Response from Elizabeth Powell August 5, 2020
Thank you Kyle! Call me if you need me. : ) Elizabeth
Posted by Michael | July 20, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Successful outcome
Thanks so much Elizabeth for a successful outcome in my recent litigation with a landlord who without reason or proof tried to keep my deposit money. This landlord tried to exploit the fact that I could not travel back to WA due to COVID and had to move out with the assistance of others. The landlord did not follow any kind of process for move-out, ignoring the move-in documentation and fraudulently tried to claim the entire apartment needed painting and cleaning - neither of which was necessary or even proven by them to be needed. Elizabeth successfully demonstrated that this goes against law and I won a settlement. Excellent outcome!
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Response from Elizabeth Powell July 22, 2020
Thanks, Michael! Glad it worked out. And thank you for the nice review! Elizabeth Powell
Posted by anonymous | May 12, 2020
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Prompt and valuable advice
I recently contacted Elizabeth Powell about an issue with my landlord. She replied promptly with valuable advice that helped me to take the necessary steps to resolve the problem. I'm grateful for her quick response.
Posted by anonymous | April 14, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Fantastic!
Ms. Powell is highly effective and an expert in landlord-tenant law. She handled my matter swiftly and skillfully, and was a pleasure to work with throughout the process. I am grateful to have had her as my advocate, and will be keeping her card. She is a superstar attorney.
Posted by Jeannie | May 1, 2019
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Landlord tenant
So I called and Elizabeth about toxic mold in my apt. She immediately to me codes RCWs and even before speaking about fees etc.. she stated she was contacting either my big wig management companies lawyers or the management office. Never ever mentioning payment as of yet. However If she did I would have no problem. I 100% trust her as she is knowledgeable and seems to be an attorney no company would want to deal with. I’d give her 10 stars however I’m only allowed 5. The end result isn’t here yet but I’m pretty confidant she will help me either alone or with her help get the achieves move/ compensation I deserve.
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Posted by Bob | November 4, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
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Intelligent, considerate and kind. This awesome attorney has always given me great advice.
Posted by Anant | July 20, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Geniune, fair and knowledgeable
Elizabeth helped me evict a tenant who didn’t pay her rent and started making bogus complaints to avoid paying any rent. I contacted Elizabeth, she knew the right legal approach and got her evicted in timely manner. She is very knowledgeable and thorough in her practice. Her fees are reasonable and conduct has been very professional. I have already contacted her for reviewing the lease for my new tenant, she will be my go to person for future needs. I would recommend her to anyone looking for a great attorney who is responsible, knowledgeable and works for a fair fees.
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Posted by anonymous | May 13, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Thanks for your referral
Elizabeth gave me a prompt reply and she kindly refer me three different attorneys.
Posted by anonymous | April 12, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Very helpful
I explained exactly what was going on and she answered me directly and honestly. I really appreciate that because I didnt have a clue in my situation. Ms. Powell is excellent definitely recommend.
Posted by Nelya | April 9, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Very Experienced, Compasionate Attorney
I highly recommend Elizabeth, she is very experienced, knowledgeable and goes above and beyond to help out, I highly recommend her, she knows the law and will fight for you.
Posted by Rick McGuire | December 22, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Amazingly Helpful, never charged me a dime for advice
I am a very small, and inexperienced landlord (one house,) who was faced with a tenant who suddenly seemed to go crazy, convincing himself he owned the place, didn't need to pay rent, letting me know he had guns there and knew how to use them and that I better not show my face there. I contacted Ms. Powell's office and they were amazingly helpful. I never had to talk with Ms. Powell directly, but her paralegal did, more than once, and was right there, picking up the phone immediately when I called, explaining how an eviction process worked, what it would cost, seemingly not expensive at all compared with other lawyers I have previously dealt with on other matters. Ms. Powell's paralegal Christi was endlessly patient and helpful, probably spending close to an hour with me over the course of a number of phone calls. Just the info she gave me seems to have been enough for me to convince my crazy tenant that I could and would indeed get him off my property, and he would have an eviction record to dog him forever. The story is not fully over yet, but he appears to be leaving, thanks to all the advice I got. Should I need further help I would hire Ms. Powell in a heartbeat. So, hugely helpful lawyer and team, willing to offer helpful advice to avoid court action without running the meter just to speak with me, and right there to quickly help and go to court if necessary. I can't say enough good about her and her team. They will be my first and only phone call should I ever need legal assistance again. Just really good people!
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Posted by anonymous | November 12, 2017
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Review
An exceptional experience. I was both over-whelmed and impressed. We had an off-hours conversation, that was both thorough and responsive. Each issue was addressed quickly, with citations. I could not have had a better experience. Absolutely fantastic!
Posted by Samuel | November 12, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Seattle Traffic Ticket
Ms. Powell is amazing. After my cat died, I inadvertently made a illegal left hand turn in front of a camera. The fine was in the hundreds of dollars. I was completely bereft and at a loss as to what to do and where to turn. During this extremely difficult time in my life, Ms. Powell's work on my behalf made an incredible difference. If you've gotten a ticket, contact her immediately. Don't check any boxes, just email her.
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Posted by anonymous | September 27, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Brilliant, caring, dedicated.
I have known Ms. Powell as a vendor. Today I contacted her regarding a landlord/tenant issue. She responded immediately, knew the pertinent laws, knew what needed to be done, and cut straight to the heart of the matter. Ms. Powell is personable, genuine, and conducts herself with integrity. She is incredibly knowledgeable about property law. You can't ask for a better person to help you when dealing with property matters.
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Posted by anonymous | May 5, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Excellent
Elizabeth was extremely helpful. I only had a few moments of her time but she answered my question and made me feel confident in tackling the issue I had. She is professional and had a positive impact on the way I handled my situation. I would highly recommend her.
Posted by rick kohl | April 29, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Lawyer and Person of high standards
mistakes are only made when you dont have Elisabeth Powell at your side. She is truley a individual that has no hesitations to stand, where others tremble for the lack of knowledge of what's with-in and what is not... your court combat experiences shows your uncountable tours of duty... Never close your eyes at night thinking you have lacked or should have done more... the best fit navy seal or Marine. even Special forces or Ranger, would mentally sigh in exhale. To think of humping every minute in battle, the ruck pack and ammo bag you carry in all venues of your work... you are the ninja that people don't see but relieved when they need you to stand for them. I can only smile and say thank you...
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Posted by Tavia | June 10, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Help for The Tenants & Fairly exposed Landlord
As a family from another state moving to Washington State, we completely taken advantage of by a landlord. Atty. Powell advised us & we hired her and fighting back against landlord & quite interesting enough Atty. Powell is helping and getting our justice thru the courts.
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AVVO RATING 9.7 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Staff Attorney
  • Tacoma Pro Bono Housing Justice Project
  • 2021 - Present
  • Solo Practitioner
  • Elizabeth Powell PS Inc.
  • 2001 - 2021

Education

  • Seattle University School of Law
  • J.D.
  • 1999

Legal Cases

  • Prudhon v Thoreson Homes, LLC
  • Reversed, fees awarded
  • Kallansrud v Weavver
  • Plaintiff got the property's title quieted in him, except as to the six inches we contested
  • State Farm v Blegen
  • Dismissed pre-motion by agreement
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Associations

  • Puyallup Tribal Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2005 - Present
  • Tacoma Pierce County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2001 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • Housing Justice Project - Kent
  • 2005
  • Pro Bono Attorney of the Month October
  • 2005
  • Pro Bono Publico Service Commendation
  • 2005

Publications

  • Lexis Nexis Publishing
  • Lexis Nexus practice guide to Washington Real Estate Litigation
  • 2014

Speaking Engagements

  • Landlord-Tenant Law from Lease to Eviction
  • Drafting Leases, Tenant Accommodations
  • 2016
  • How to Profit in the new economy
  • Lease drafting, caselaw update
  • 2015
  • New Lawyer education
  • Breaking Up is Hard to Do
  • 2014
  • Title 59 Unlawful Detainer Defense Training
  • Unlawful Detainer Defense
  • 2013
  • Fundementals of Landlord-Tenant Law
  • Caselaw and Legislative Update, Fair Housing
  • 2013
  • Landlord-Tenant 101
  • Landlord-Tenant
  • 2012
  • Dependencies
  • Ethics in Dependencies - Virgil to your client's Dante
  • 2011
  • Landlord - Tenant Update
  • Landlord-Tenant
  • 2009
  • Practice for New Lawyers
  • Landlord Tenant
  • 2007
  • Litigation Basics
  • Landlord Tenant - notices & getting paid
  • 2007
  • Animal Law Annual Conference
  • Animals/Disabilities in Housing
  • 2006
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Attorney endorsements

Received (90)
Given (59)
Unknown Attorney | May 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Elizabeth is an extremely bright, hard working attorney. She diligently seeks to meet her clients' goals, and she does so with a compassionate heart. She is a mentor to many lawyers in the community and shares her knowledge generously. I strongly endorse Elizabeth as a lawyer."
Landlord or tenant Attorney | Apr 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I happily endorse Elizabeth. She is a fantastic attorney and was a mentor to me when I first started practicing law. If you have an issue with Landlord & Tenant law, call Elizabeth."
Landlord or tenant Attorney | Apr 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Attorney Elizabeth Rankin Powell is an absolutely fantastic lawyer. She is extremely dedicated to the practice and truly believes in justice for all. I would have no hesitation about recommending her to anyone."
Landlord or tenant Attorney | Apr 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"A brilliant, trustworthy and highly respected attorney in the legal community. I wholeheartedly recommend her to anyone looking for an attorney 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 | Apr 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I enthusiastically endorse this lawyer. He has a tremendous amount of respect among his peers. He is also well-thought of with his clients as demonstrated by all the 58 client reviews and lastly provides invaluable assistance on the Avvo forum."
Landlord or tenant Attorney | Nov 08
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Estate planning Attorney | May 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. i have had opportunity to read the answers of this attorney provided in Avvo's forum. She is an excellent attorney."
Unknown Attorney | May 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. He gives practical and sound advice, demonstrating sharp legal acumen."
Landlord or tenant Attorney | Mar 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Elizabeth is who I turned to when I had a landlord-tenant issue of my own, I fully endorse her."
Landlord or tenant Attorney | Feb 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Elizabeth Rankin Powell. She communicates with the public in a kind and easy to understand manner. Well respected in the community."
Litigation Attorney | Feb 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have read a number of Ms. Powell's responses on this forum and they are consistently outstanding and at the top of the field. As a former Superior Court judicial officer, I am impressed with her grasp of the court process."
Unknown Attorney | Jan 27
Relationship: Other
"This attorney strives to get the best result for clients. I endorse this lawyer."
Landlord or tenant Attorney | Jan 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ms. Powell's advise is very sound and reliable. She's quite knowledgeable."
Family Attorney | Jan 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this attorney, Ms. Powell offers excellent advice in a number of legal areas and is a good example of how a lawyer should comport herself in the professional arena."
Family Attorney | Jan 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Elizabeth is a knowledgeable and giving attorney. I'd recommend her to anyone facing a landlord tenant/family law case. She comes highly recommended."
Speeding and traffic ticket Attorney | Dec 22
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer. Her advice and suggestions are spot on."
Litigation Attorney | Dec 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Oct 24
Relationship: Other
"I highly endorse this attorney, they are a well respected member of the legal community and always give 110% to their clients cases, if you are looking for excellent representation, then look no further!"
Unknown Attorney | Oct 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Well respected, experienced, and top-notch."
Estate planning Attorney | Sep 28
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
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