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Stephen M. ("Steve") Hansen is a Tacoma-based business, real estate and litigation attorney.  For almost 30 years, he has represented clients in minor and complex business and real estate matters. He is also recognized as a leading attorney in representing individuals who have been injured in automobile collisions and has been named as class co-counsel in class action cases which have resulted in settlements totaling over $100 million for tens of thousands of class members.

Steve has practiced in the state and federal courts in Western Washington and other jurisdictions in the United States.  He is recognized for his experience, preparedness, loyalty, and compassionate approach to representing clients.  He strives to resolve disputes creatively through negotiations, arbitration, mediation or trial, when necessary, and his track record is evidence of his commitment to creative problem solving and fairness.

Although he tries to resolve disputes outside of the tensions of litigation, when necessary, Steve possesses the skills and experience from almost three decades of practice to fully represent the rights and interests of his clients in the courtroom.

Along with his strong commitment to his clients, Steve is also committed to the Tacoma community in which he lives and works. He has served on local boards of directors and has been actively involved in civic, professional and legal associations and groups.


Practice areas


  1. Real Estate: 30%
    30 years
  2. Construction: 30%
    30 years
  3. Car Accident: 30%
    30 years
  4. Debt Collection: 10%
    30 years


Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

4 total 

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  • Brian Haig Krikorian

    I co-counseled a very contentious and complex real estate and civil claim case with Steve. He is a top notch trial lawyer and extremely professional. He is a devoted advocate for his client. I have also used Steve as an expert for the standard of care in a legal malpractice matter, and he was extremely well prepared and persuasive. I would strongly endorse Steve to anyone.


    Brian Krikorian Ethics and professional responsibility Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • Kenneth J. Levey

    I endorse this lawyer. I have referred a number of business clients to Steve and their feedback is immensely positive. Whether it is business formation, development, sale of a business, or even an employee-related issue, Steve provides expert and first-rate legal representation. He listens closely to what clients tell him, discusses all options with clients, and then together with the client, determines the best course of conduct and effectively and efficiently moves forward. Steve is a consummate professional with Grade A ethics and integrity. i cannot recommend him highly enough.


    Kenneth Levey Family Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

Law Offices of Stephen M. Hansen, PS

1821 Dock Street.
Suite 103
Tacoma, WA, 98402-5603


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
BV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2015
Mediator of the YearPierce County Center for Dispute Resolution2004
American Jurisprudence Book Award, Constitutional LawUniversity of Puget Sound, School of Law1983
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
OwnerLaw Offices of Stephen M. Hansen2011 - Present
ArbitratorPierce County Superior Court Panel Of Arbitrators1993 - Present
PartnerLowenberg Lopez & Hansen1992 - 2010
AssociateSchweinler & Lowenberg1986 - 1992
Association namePosition nameDuration
Washington Association for JusticeEagle Member2013 - Present
American Inns of Court, Hon. Robert H. Bryan ChapterMember2011 - Present
Tacoma Lawn Tennis ClubMember & Board of Directors2008 - Present
Washington State Trial Lawyers AssociationMember2006 - Present
Tacoma Pierce County Bar AssociationMember1990 - Present
Washington State Bar Association, Creditor-Debtor SectionMember1990 - Present
Child Guidance AssociationPast Member, Board of DirectorsN/A
Children’s Home SocietyPast Member, Board of DirectorsN/A
Seattle’s TablePast Member, Board of DirectorsN/A
Tacoma Children’s MuseumPast member, Board of DirectorsN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Busani v. USAA, Pierce County Superior Court Cause No. 99 2 08217 1Settlement of $5,637,369.00 paid to 17,371 class members
Moeller v. Farmers Insurance et al., Pierce County Superior Court Cause No. 99 2 07850 6; 155 Wn.App. 133 (2010);Settlement of up to $48,500.00 made available to 52,000 + class members.
Laughlin v. Allstate et al., Pierce County Superior Court Cause No. 02-2-10380-0Settlement of up to $23,000,000.00 made available to class members.
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Publication nameTitleDate
Rental Housing Association NewsletterRegular ContributorN/A
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Puget Sound School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1985
University of WashingtonBusiness AdministrationBA - Bachelor of Arts1982
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
CLEInsurance Law Basics2014
TRENDS Trade ShowConstruction Lien law and Unlawful Detainer law2008