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Stephen Michael Hansen

Car accident Attorney at Tacoma, WA

5.0   6 reviews

also known as Steve Hansen

  • Licensed for 37 years
    State WA
    Acquired 1986
    Active No misconduct found

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Practice areas
  1. Car accident
    Twenty-two years of representation on behalf of injured claimants with proven results.

    37 years

  2. Construction and development
    I have Twenty-two years of experience in the representation of contractors, architects, and devolopers in connection will all aspect of construction law. I have also represented commerical property owners and individual homeowners in constrcution dispute claims

    37 years

  3. Real estate
    Real Estate Purchases and Sales; Representation of Homeowner's Assocaitions; Boundary/Easement matters; Real Estate Litigation; Representation of land lords in Unlawful Detainer actions.

    37 years

  4. Debt collection
    I have represented collection agencies, businesses and private lenders in connection with debt collection and debtor/creditor issues.

    37 years

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.

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Law Offices of Stephen M. Hansen, PS
1821 Dock Street.
Suite 103
Tacoma, WA, 98402-5603


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Posted by Terry | June 8, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Car Accident
Mr Hansen was referred to me by another attorney to handle an accident where my car was rear-ended. The insurance company representing the person who struck my car completely stonewalled my attempts to get restitution. Mr Hansen quickly and effectively settled my claims of pain and suffering and my claim of diminished value of my Lexus. Very personable and knowledgeable.
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Posted by anonymous | November 25, 2014
Great advocate!
Steve has helped us out of a tight spot with a contentious litigation matter. He hit the ground running, kept us apprised of progress, and made himself readily available to discuss options. Steve is a great legal ally!
Posted by anonymous | February 28, 2014
Calm, Organized
I was a bit of a wreck when I contacted Mr. Hansen re my employment law issue. He was calm, organized, explained options well, and listened to what I had to say. Steve was very responsive to emails and phone calls during the whole process. The discovery and mediation process was so stressful, but it could have been much worse without Steve's attention to detail, and collected nature. In the end the settlement was okay, especially based on what the judge had to say regarding precidence.
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Posted by John | January 13, 2014
Great Attorney
I own a construction business and have used Steve Hansen for many years now. He has proven to be a great asset in helping me with multiple legal issues. He has won several cases including mediation, litigation, collections, contract law and employee issues. I would recommend Steve if you are looking for a solid Business Attorney as he has saved me thousands of dollars over the years and gets results.
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Posted by Douglas | January 13, 2014
I give Stephen my strongest recommendation
I have know Stephen for more than 10 years professionally. He has provided a number of legal services and counsel for me over those years and always gets exactly what I need done right away. His knowledge is undeniable but what really sets him apart from other lawyers I have had to work with is his integrity and personality. He is always enjoyable to work with. Other lawyers have other agendas that don't involve taking care of the client, but that is Stephen's first priority and I appreciate it a great deal. Anyone who hires Stephen will be very pleased they did.
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Posted by Joanne | January 8, 2014
Highly Recommend Stephen Hansen
My husband and I had a great experience with Stephen Hansen. My case need extra work just to see if I had a case. He walked me through the process and came to trust his judgment explicitly. I highly recommend Stephen Hansen and his staff.
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Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Law Offices of Stephen M. Hansen
  • 2011 - Present
  • Arbitrator
  • Pierce County Superior Court Panel Of Arbitrators
  • 1993 - Present
  • Partner
  • Lowenberg Lopez & Hansen
  • 1992 - 2010
  • Associate
  • Schweinler & Lowenberg
  • 1986 - 1992
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  • University of Puget Sound School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1985
  • University of Washington
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1982

Legal Cases

  • 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.
  • Busani v. USAA, Pierce County Superior Court Cause No. 99 2 08217 1
  • Settlement of $5,637,369.00 paid to 17,371 class members
  • Laughlin v. Allstate et al., Pierce County Superior Court Cause No. 02-2-10380-0
  • Settlement of up to $23,000,000.00 made available to class members.
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  • Washington Association for Justice
  • Eagle Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • American Inns of Court, Hon. Robert H. Bryan Chapter
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • Tacoma Lawn Tennis Club
  • Member & Board of Directors
  • 2008 - Present
  • Washington State Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2006 - Present
  • Tacoma Pierce County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1990 - Present
  • Washington State Bar Association, Creditor-Debtor Section
  • Member
  • 1990 - Present
  • Child Guidance Association
  • Past Member, Board of Directors
  • N/A
  • Children’s Home Society
  • Past Member, Board of Directors
  • N/A
  • Seattle’s Table
  • Past Member, Board of Directors
  • N/A
  • Tacoma Children’s Museum
  • Past member, Board of Directors
  • N/A
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • BV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2015
  • Mediator of the Year
  • Pierce County Center for Dispute Resolution
  • 2004
  • American Jurisprudence Book Award, Constitutional Law
  • University of Puget Sound, School of Law
  • 1983


  • Rental Housing Association Newsletter
  • Regular Contributor
  • N/A

Speaking Engagements

  • CLE
  • Insurance Law Basics
  • 2014
  • TRENDS Trade Show
  • Construction Lien law and Unlawful Detainer law
  • 2008

Attorney endorsements

Received (4)
Given (5)
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Real estate Attorney | Dec 02
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"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."
Business Attorney | Dec 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"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."
Class action Attorney | Sep 02
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Steve and I have worked on numerous cases since 1999. Every minute that we have gotten to work together has a been a pleasure. Steve's sense of humor is great. His moral and ethical standards are unsurpassed. He doesn't play games and is a straight shooter. He wants what is always best for the client. When we appear in Court, it is clear that the Judges and their staff like and respect Steve. The Judges know that he will always speak the truth and that he can be trusted. He adds so much to all of our cases."
Class action Attorney | Aug 11
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have worked with Mr. Hansen for over 15 years on a variety of matters. He had demonstrated throughout our working relationship that he is a superb lawyer. A lawyers, lawyer. He is thoughtful, has superb judgment, is on top of things, and I know that anytime I approach any judge with Mr. Hansen at my side that I will get a respectful audience."

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Tacoma Car accident Lawyer Stephen Michael Hansen
Stephen Michael Hansen
Car accident Attorney
Tacoma, WA
Licensed for 37 years