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Thomas Balerud, after 17 years with the same firm, has opened his own law practice, located in downtown Tacoma. Tom is a graduate of both Pacific Lutheran University and the University of Puget Sound. Tom has enjoyed success in many well publicized high-profile State and Federal cases. He is currently serving as a Trustee to the TPCBA. Tom and his experienced staff are currently available to assist clients in his two practice areas: Criminal Law and Personal Injury.


Languages spoken: English, Spanish

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Practice areas


  1. Personal Injury: 40%
    26 years
  2. Car Accident: 40%
    26 years
  3. Criminal Defense: 20%
    26 years



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Attorney endorsements

10 total 

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  • Dennis Edward Schroader JR

    Tom is a top notch lawyer in the area of criminal defense. I have had the privilege of working with him a bit on a couple of matters, and have always been impressed with his work.


    Dennis Schroader DUI and DWI Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • David Kennedy Barrett

    I endorse this lawyer. I have worked with Mr. Balerud and have been opposing counsel with him in the past. He is a smart, dedicated professional. Tom's also a very nice guy too!


    David Barrett Car accident Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact info

Law Office of Thomas A. Balerud

417 S. G Street

Tacoma, WA, 98405-4711


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Mentor Recognition AwardN/A2005
YMCA Mock Trial Service Recognition AwardN/A1998
Negotiation AwardN/A1989
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
OwnerLaw Office of Thomas A. Balerud1991 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
Quinault Tribal Bar AssociationMember2011 - Present
Nisqually Tribal Bar AssociationMember2008 - Present
Eastern District of Washinton Federal CourtMember2005 - Present
Puyallup Tribal CourtMember2003 - Present
U.S. Court of Appeals, 9th CircuitMember1995 - Present
Western District of Washington Federal CourtMember1991 - Present
Tacoma Pierce County Bar AssociationTrustee2007 - 2010
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
$275,000 - Head-on Motor Vehicle Accident$275,000
Medical Marijuana AcquittalNot guilty
$150,000 - Award against Pierce County Sheriff's Department$150,000
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Publication nameTitleDate
Washington Law & PoliticsThe Joys of Litigation Lawsuits of the Year1998
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Seattle University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1989
Pacific Lutheran UniversityPolitical ScienceBA - Bachelor of Arts1982
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Law DayPrimer on our legal system2001
Church ForumDeath Penalty Practice in Washington State1993
Lions ConferenceEfficacy of Death Penalty as Deterrence in Washington State1991