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When a loved one dies or is catastrophically injured , due to the fault of another person or company, monetary damages cannot bring them back or restore their health, but it can provide medical or other necessities and comforts of life to help face an uncertain future. While no lawyer can guarantee a result, I know what kind of dedication, hard work and resources it takes to successfully settle or try these types of cases.


Mike is a tenacious trial lawyer who puts every ounce of effort and enthusiasm possible into his work.  His approach to each project is thorough, exhausting all possible angles to a problem.  His legal research on a number of cases - from procedural issues to medical malpractice - is a trusted tool in the office. Mike has a unique understanding of the dynamics and strategies involved in preparing personal injury and wrongful death cases for trial in such a way that defendants often settle. "I can't let these people down," Mike says.  "These people are hard-working, sincere in their efforts and have had the worst of all things happen to them because of physical injuries or death.  Even in the era of 'tort reform,' I refuse to apologize for representing these people.  It's a privilege.  All I try to do is bring them back to as nearly as whole as possible within the bounds of the law, so they can rebuild their shattered lives.  Perfect justice would require the undoing of the tragedy that has visited my clients.  We all know, however, that that cannot be done, which is why the law requires that full compensation be paid,"  Mike said.  "I think I'm lucky to be doing positive things for so many people."


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Practice areas


  1. Car Accident: 35%
    14 years, 100 cases
  2. Wrongful Death: 20%
    14 years, 10 cases
  3. Trucking Accident: 10%
    14 years, 12 cases
  4. Nursing Home Abuse: 10%
    14 years, 6 cases
  5. Other: 25%
  6. More 



Contingent (30-40%), Free consultation (60 minutes)

Attorney endorsements

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  • James Wesley McCormick

    Mike is one of the hardest working lawyers I know. He fights hard for his clients. He constantly is putting innovative strategies to work in his cases.


    James McCormick Personal injury Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • Kenneth W Blanford

    I endorse this lawyer. Mike Fisher is an excellent lawyer and is very aggressive in representing his clients.


    Kenneth Blanford Criminal defense Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact info

Rush, Hannula, Harkins & Kyler, L.L.P.

4701 S. 19th Street
Suite 300
Tacoma, WA, 98405-1199


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Top 10 Finalist Trial Lawyers Care AwardTrial Lawyers Care2014
SuperlawyerWashington Law & Politics Magazine2014
Top 40 under 40The National Trial Lawyers2014
Top 40 Under 40The National Trial Lawyers2013
Super LawyerWashington Law & Politics Magazine2013
Top 40 under 40The National Trial Lawyers2012
Rising StarWashington Law & Politics Magazine2012
Rising StarWashington Law & Politics Magazine2011
Rising StarWashington Law & Politics Magazine2010
Rising StarWashington Law & Politics Magazine2009
Rising StarWashington Law & Politics Magazine2008
Who's Who in Personal Injury AttorneysWashington Law & Politics Magazine2007
Rising StarWashington Law & Politics Magazine2007
Certificate of AchievementABA TIPS National Trial Academy2006
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerRush, Hannula, Harkins & Kyler, L.L.P.2009 - Present
AssociateRush, Hannula, Harkins & Kyler, L.L.P.2002 - 2008
InternRush, Hannula, Harkins & Kyler, L.L.P.2000 - 2002
Association namePosition nameDuration
Washington State Association for JusticeBoard of Governors2011 - Present
AAJ Nursing Home Litigation GroupMember2008 - Present
American Association for JusticeMember2003 - Present
Washington State Association for JusticeMember2003 - Present
Washington State Bar AssociationMember2002 - Present
Tacoma Pierce County Bar AssociationMember2002 - Present
Northwest Junior Rodeo AssociationPresident2013 - 2015
WSAJ Nursing Home Litigation SectionChair2009 - 2010
Hon. Robert J. Bryan Inn of CourtAssociate2007 - 2011
TPCBA Young Lawyers SectionPresident2007 - 2008
American Bar AssociationMember2003 - 2008
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Estate of Roberta Kite v. Regency at Tacoma Nursing Home$262,500
Dean Hetherington v. City of Seattle$475,000
Johnson v. (Confidential) Trucking Company$5,000,000
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Publication nameTitleDate
Trial News (Washington State Association for Justice)"Twin careers of service: Getting to know Pierce County Superior Court Judge Jack Nevin"2014
Washington Nursing Home Litigation Desk Book"Falls." Chapter 142013
Trial News (Washington State Association for Justice)"WSAJ members help Taylor Bridge Fire Victims"2012
Trial News (Washington State Association for Justice)"Nursing Home Dignity Claims"2010
Trial News (Washington State Association for Justice)"Counts v. Muth and how the Allstate Litigation Strategy can be used to your advantage"2010
Trial News (Washington State Association for Justice)"Past medical bill review: Who is best qualified to determine the reasonableness of costs"2010
Trial News (Washington State Association for Justice)"Voir dire in the nursing home negligence case"2010
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Seattle University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2002
University of WashingtonPolitical ScienceBA - Bachelor of Arts1998
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Nursing Home CLEDeveloping Damages in Nursing Home Cases2010
Betrayers of Trust, Protecting the Elderly and VulnerableNursing Home Negligence Litigation2009
Tort SeminarNursing Home Liability Claims2008
Damages CLEElder Abuse and Nursing Home cases2008
Advanced Auto Accident LitigationEffective Jury Selection2008
Personal Injury CLEEffective Discovery - A Case Study2005