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Areas of Practice:

Estate, Probate and Elder Law

Property and Real Estate Law
Business and Corporate Law
Business Succession



Robert L. Michaels has earned a solid reputation in the community for ethical and professional legal services. Bob is a student of people and is driven by a passionate belief that the spirit of law is usually more important than the letter of the law. Usually, when the "Golden Rule" is followed in business practices the life of our erasers on our pencils is extended.

Married to Deborah since 1977; dedicated father to Kati, Holli, Jacki, Alexi and Ivy. Long-term resident of University Place, Washington committed to community development and family devotion. Graduated 1984 from Seattle University School of Law. Undergraduate studies with Bachelor of Arts degrees in political science and legal studies from Pacific Lutheran University, 1981 with honors.

First admitted to and continuous member of the Washington State Bar Association and the Pierce County Bar Association since 1984. Longtime member of the Washington State Trial Lawyers Association and member of the American Trial Lawyers Association Served on various Bar committees. Secretary, Tacoma Estate Planning Council. Board Member Univesity Place Volunteer Center. Business Adjunct Professor at Pierce College. Advisory Board Member Pierce College Business Department. Past President of the Graham Business Association and the Business Exchange. Board Member University Place Chamber of Commerce. Published in several local publications. Numerous speaking engagements.


Practice areas


  1. Elder Law: 60%
    33 years, 5 thousand cases
  2. Estate Planning: 30%
    33 years, 5 thousand cases
  3. Real Estate: 10%
    33 years, 2.5 thousand cases



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  • Thor Ansen Hoyte

    Bob is the consummate professional. I enjoy working with him very much. Easy going, smart, and results driven.


    Thor Hoyte Corporate and incorporation Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • Satya Grace Vanderbilt Kaskade

    I enjoyed working with Bob during my second summer in law school. He is professional and knowledgeable, and I learned a lot from him.


    Satya Kaskade Personal injury Attorney
    Relationship: Worked for lawyer

Contact info

Smith Alling, P.S.

1102 Broadway Plaza
Suite 403
Tacoma, WA, 98402-3526


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Association namePosition nameDuration
Tacoma Estate Planning CouncilPresident2011 - Present
Washington State Bar AssociationMember1984 - Present
Tacoma Pierce County Bar AssociationMember1984 - Present
Washington State Trial Lawyers AssociationMemberN/A
American Trial Lawyers AssociationMemberN/A
Tacoma Estate Planning CouncilVice President2010 - 2011
Tacoma Estate Planning CouncilSecretary2007 - 2008
Pierce County Bar AssociationBoard of Trustees1998 - 2000
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Seattle University School of LawLawN/A1984
Pacific Lutheran UniversityPolitical Science And Legal StudiesBA - Bachelor of Arts1981