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Timothy Daniel Sutherland

Family Attorney at Tacoma, WA

5.0   3 reviews

also known as Tim Sutherland

  • Licensed for 14 years
    State WA
    Acquired 2010
    Active No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Timothy

Learn Timothy’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Family
    Child custody; parenting plans; uncontested divorce; child support; protective orders.

  2. Criminal defense

  3. Debt settlement
    Litigation and non-litigation. Non-litigation includes contesting a debt held by a creditor, and negotiating payment. Litigation includes possible attempts at settlement as well dismissal of the case. Restoration of credit by contesting listings on your credit report.

  4. Lemon law
    Wrongful repossession of your vehicle; fraudulent/negligent sale of a used vehicle in violation of state and/or federal law (such as odometer tampering).

Tim Sutherland embodies the fiercely competitive state of his birth, and like that state, he hates to lose. Born in San Antonio, Texas, Tim was raised to believe that every problem has a solution; it just needs to be found. The legal experience Tim has gathered over the previous few years, combined with his natural determination and enthusiasm, makes him an ideal yet unusual attorney.


Tim grew up a military dependent in the United States Air Force and bounced around between several states before his father retired as an air traffic controller after twenty years of service to his country. After graduating from a military high school, Tim attended the University of California at Davis and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. He made the Dean’s honor list and participated in the University’s Political Science Honor Program.


While in college, Tim also worked in Sacramento, the capitol of California, for the political arm of the National Rifle Association (NRA-ILA). His duties included tracking and interpreting legislative bills, assisting NRA members with various gun-related inquiries, and occasionally "working" at the firing range.


Tim also spent a summer abroad with his future wife, studying medieval warfare and history at Sterling University in Scotland. While there, he learned the real history behind the movie Braveheart, and visited numerous countries, including England, France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, Czechoslovakia, and Austria.


Legal Experience


During Tim’s first year of law school, he worked for a premier boutique law firm in Southern California. Michel & Associates specializes in the areas of firearm law, criminal defense, and contract law. The firm represents such groups as the NRA, California Rifle & Pistol Association, and Second Amendment Foundation, and the California Association of Firearm Retailers. One of the firm’s original partners, Mr. Carmen "Nuch" Trutanich was recently elected Los Angeles City Attorney in 2009.


As a legal clerk for the firm, Tim handled a number of complex matters, including the drafting of an amicus curiae brief to a court of appeals explaining the legal and technical applications of California’s assault weapons laws. Tim spoke daily with the legal department of the firearm division to the California Department of Justice and worked closely with firearm clients.


Tim also assisted in a number of criminal defense matters relating to firearms, ranging from charges of possessing firearms that should have been classified as antiques, pen guns, and assault weapons. In addition to his firearm work, Tim worked on an assortment of other legal matters, including a first amendment freedom of express case, defamation case, and the incorporation of various business entities.


Following his time at Michel & Associates, Tim proceeded to work for the Domestic Violence division of the Clackamas County District Attorney’s Office (located near Portland, Oregon). Tim was entrusted with prosecuting the county’s restraining order violations and overseeing the county’s domestic violence deferment program, a program directed at the rehabilitation of domestic violence offenders. As part of the deferment program, Tim worked closely with various woman’s groups, battered women intervention programs, and shelters. In addition, Tim prosecuted physical assaults, cases of strangulation, and other incidents relating to domestic violence. Tim also had the opportunity to work on several felony cases, including prosecution for the sexual assault of a minor and a high profile organized crime capital murder case . 


In addition to his work fighting for victims of domestic violence, while studying at Lewis & Clark School of Law, Tim focused on working with the National Crime Victim Law Institute [] (NCVLI), the first institute of its kind aimed at promoting crime victims with comprehensive and meaningful legal rights in the criminal justice system. Through NCVLI’s clinic, Tim helped draft a brief aimed at protecting the identity of a child victim in a criminal sex abuse case. In that same case, they vigorously protected the rights of the child from being forced to testify in open court in front of her offender. Tim also assisted victims of crime with enforcing their rights on appeal after their rights were denied at the trial court level.


Tim also has experience working for the public defender’s office, defending individuals accused of various misdemeanor crimes and has represented clients in an assortment of practice areas, including wrongful termination, real estate issues, and business copyright matters. 


Tim currently resides in Tacoma with his lovely wife, two cats, and two rabbits. When Tim isn’t tirelessly working to advance the interests of his clients, he relaxes by exercising and playing softball, watching sports (baseball and hockey), watching Babylon 5 with his wife (the best sci-fi show ever created), and playing online strategy war computer games with his friends. He also helps his wife run her small business, you can see her beautiful art and jewelry at !


Bar Membership 


Pierce County Bar Association, Member in Good Standing

Washington State Bar Association, Member in Good Standing




The National Alliance of Victims' Rights Attorneys (NAVRA)




Juris Doctorate, Lewis & Clark School of Law, 2009

Bachelor of Arts, University of California at Davis,2006


Other Tidbits:


Favorite Books: The Rainmaker (John Grisham); Romance of the Three Kingdoms; The Rise & Fall of the Third Reich (William Shirer)


Favorite Sports & Teams: Seattle Mariners (Baseball- American League); San Francisco Giants (Baseball- National League); San Jose Sharks (Hockey- Western Conference)


Favorite Movies & Shows: The Lord of the Rings Trilogy; Monty Python & The Search For the Holy Grail; Braveheart; Godfather Trilogy; Batman Begins; Live Free or Die Hard; John Adams (HBO mini series); The Band of Brothers (HBO mini series); Babylon 5.


Favorite Music: Alternative Rock; Classic Rock.

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Timothy Daniel Sutherland
1105 Tacoma Avenue South
Tacoma, WA, 98402-2031

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Posted by Michelle | February 12, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Client of Tim Sutherland
I have always been impressed with Tim Sutherland. He has the ability to not only complete the task at hand but to do it with compassionate sensitivity and delivery with authority demanding nothing but the respect he deserves. He in my opinion is a class above the rest. I wouldn't expect anything but the best hands down bar none he is a man of his word and an example to follow.
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Posted by Liz | August 7, 2011
EXTREMELY impressed & appreciative of Tim's personalized, thourough& precise attention.Perfect work & results.Highly recommended
Tim worked extremely hard for my family and I in regard to a domain squatting/ trademark issue we encountered. He is knowledgeable and patient and worked consistently to help us positively resolve an unexpected, extremely important business issue. I was especially impressed by Tim's personalized, thorough, knowledgeable, and quick attention. He is directly responsible for repairing a vital part of our business that we were very concerned about. We are VERY impressed with Tim's professional, kind, and intelligent work. We appreciate his exceptional efforts and results very much. I really can't say enough positive words about Tim's work. Both my family and I deeply appreciate the level of care, concern, and patience Tim provided. We are so happy with the positive results that were accomplished as the result of his help. Thank you Tim!!!!
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Posted by Michelle | November 3, 2010
Honest and hardworking lawyers are hard to find!!
Mr. Sutherland was amazing!! I had worked with another attorney for over a year who did not help me or listen to my needs! Within 4 weeks of hiring Tim, he had changed my situation for the better!!! He always called me back (often calling me before I had a chance to call him) and was very honest and realistic with my case. He took my case at the last minute was very understanding about finances. He put in SO much effort to learn my case inside and out in such a short time. Not often do you meet lawyers that honestly care! It is odd for me to say honesty and lawyer in the same sentence!! Tim Sutherland is that... HONEST and hard working. He really cared and I will forever be greatful for that!!
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  • Hourly Rates $ 175-200 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 8.1 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Law Offices of Tim Sutherland
  • 2010 - Present


  • Lewis & Clark Northwestern Law School
  • Law
  • 2009


  • Pierce County Bar Association
  • Attorney
  • 2010 - Present
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • Attorney
  • 2010 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Best Brief
  • National Native American Law Student Association
  • 2009


  • Criminal Jurisdiction and Non-Indian Crime in Indian Country
  • Sovereignty Symposium XXI, 2008, VII 78 – VII 130
  • 2008

Attorney endorsements

Received (9)
Given (2)
Endorse Timothy
Litigation Attorney | Oct 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Sutherland is knowledgeable and professional. I endorse him."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have observed Mr. Sutherland in court and have been impressed with his advocacy and knowledge of the law. I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Jan 10
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I just finished a trial where Tim was opposing counsel. Tim was well prepared and always acted in a professional manner. His arguments were well versed and he represented his client well. I endorse this lawyer."
Debt settlement Attorney | Oct 07
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Jun 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I find Mr. Sutherland to be an excellent attorney who cares very deeply about his clients and the outcome of their cases. He practices with the utmost professionalism and integrity. I strongly endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Tim is an attorney who works tireless hours, is consistently getting great results for his clients, and is one of the few attorneys I trust to cover cases when I am unavailable. I can personally attest to his amazing courtroom demeanor and his unparalleled work ethic. I am proud to call him a collegue and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend him to anyone. He has my highest recommendation and respect."
Family Attorney | Nov 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Jun 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I enthusiastically endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Tim Sutherland is a skilled and zealous advocate for his clients. He is smart and puts in the work to prepare for court. His clients are lucky to have him. I endorse this lawyer without reservation."
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Tacoma Family Lawyer Timothy Daniel Sutherland
Timothy Daniel Sutherland
Family Attorney
Tacoma, WA
Licensed for 14 years