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Jean Meschke Bouffard

Litigation Attorney at Tacoma, WA

5.0   8 reviews

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About Jean

Learn Jean’s areas of practice.

4
Practice areas
  1. Litigation
    40%
    As a trial attorney, Ms. Bouffard has represented clients in cases involving contract disputes, contract enforcement, business partner disputes, shareholder disputes, fraud, mechanics liens/contractor liens, construction defects, Homeowners Association's common area disputes, tradename protection, real estate disputes, eminent domain proceedings, property line disputes, land use disputes and contested probates, among others.

    38 years

  2. Business
    20%
    People who enter into business ventures together should have a written agreement, signed by all the parties, which sets out how certain difficult situations will affect the business and/or be treated by the business. Shareholders in a corporation need a Shareholder Agreement, the members of an LLC need an Operating Agreement, and partners in a partnership need a Partnership Agreement. Anticipating conflict resolutions protects each of the business partners.

    38 years

  3. Contracts and agreements
    20%
    When property owners (commercial or residential) have construction work done on their property, they should be aware that contractors, subcontractors, and suppliers can put liens on their property for lack of payment, even if the general contractor has been paid in full. That means, before a property owner pays the general contractor, the property owner needs to verify that the subcontractors and suppliers received timely payment before paying the general.

    38 years

  4. Real estate
    20%
    In the purchase and sale of a business or the purchase and sale of real property, one of the more common mistakes involves contract provisions that leave the contract open ended. People think if they include a closing date, they have a binding contract. However, if the contract has a condition that has to happen before the closing occurs and that condition does not have a time limit for being accomplished, then the contract is not definite; it’s "illusory" and not binding.

    33 years

Jean M. Bouffard, Attorney at Law, provides real estate, contract and litigation legal services for businesses and individuals throughout the Puget Sound area. We offer aggressive, success oriented services at a competitive price. Our clients receive individualized attention, strategic planning and open lines of communication. Unlike the large law firms, where contract attorneys and litigators often work in completely separate departments, Jean Bouffard combines the skills of efficient contract preparation with the skills of successful contract litigation to offer clients the best of both legal services.

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Licensed for 37 years
State WA
Status Active
Acquired 1991
Updated 11/25/2022
State OR
Status Resigned
Acquired 1985
Updated 12/11/2022

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

Contact Jean

Satillite offices in Kent, Seattle, Everett and Silverdale
McFerran Law, PS
3906 South 74th Street
Tacoma, WA, 98409

Reviews

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Posted by Arny | October 18, 2012
Our Attorney Is A Winner
We had the misfortune of hiring an inexperienced contractor to remodel our bathroom. He was very unprofessional and didn't quite know how to do a remodel. We paid him a lot of money but got shoddy workmanship in return. He sued us in Small Claims Court for a final payment of $1280.00 but we were fortunate to have found Jean Bouffard to defend us. Jean had the lawsuit transferred to Superior Court and we sued the contractor for breach of contract. The case was a mess of facts and figures but Jean was able to sort it out and win a judgement of $21,030 for us including attorney fees. We are very happy with her professionalism, knowledge and demeanor.
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Posted by anonymous | June 25, 2009
Bouffard, Jean M., Attorney
Jean Bouffard has been my lawyer from 2001 to current. She primarily handles all of my Corporate needs for our S Type Corporation, including the initial formation and charter. She has also handled other legal issues including will and trust planning. Her commitment to me and my company as a client has always met or exceeded my expectations; including legal advise and ethical standards. I trust her fully.
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Posted by anonymous | June 23, 2009
Feedback | Jean M. Bouffard
We were fortunate to be referred to Jean for what turned out to be an extensive case involving various aspects of our newly constructed home. Jean was great about keeping us updated and included in communications. One of Jean's most endearing qualities is her ability to tell it like it is without attorney jargone. Would highly recommend her.
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Posted by anonymous | June 19, 2009
Jean is an excellent attorney
Ms. Bouffard was extremely competent and handled my contracts very professionally. I would highly recommend her.
Posted by anonymous | June 18, 2009
Rating Ms. Bouffard
Ms. Bouffard handled a very complex land use issue. She was up against city attorneys and a very high-powered corporate law firm with unlimited resources. I would not hesitate to use her services for any land use case I may have in the future. A pleasure to work with and very up front about the process.
Posted by anonymous | June 18, 2009
Wright's Consulting & Construction Services
FOR THE PAST TWENTY FIVE (25) YEARS, I HAVE BEEN INVOLVED WITH CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS AND CONTRACTS, AND HAVE WORKED WITH OVER 30 DIFFERENT ATTORNEYS DURING THIS PERIOD, BOTH IN THE GOVERNMENT AND PRIVATE SECTORS. DURING THIS TIME, I HAVE WITNESSED MANY DIFFERENT LEGAL CASES HANDLED BY JEAN BOUFFARD, AND FOUND THAT HER LEGAL EXPERTISE, ATTENTION TO DETAIL AND CUSTOMER SERVICE WAS OUTSTANDING, WINNING CASE AFTER CASE. I HIRED JEAN BOUFFARD' AS MY ATTORNEY BECAUSE OF HER WINNING RECORD AND HER EXPERTISE, FOR OVER 15 YEARS, HER KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE HAS HELPED MY BUSINESS TO BE A SUCCESS, INVOLVING MANY COMPLEX LEGAL ISSUES . I WOULD HIGHLY RECOMMEND THE SERVICES OF JEAN BOUFFARD, ATTORNEY AT LAW, TO ANYONE WHO REQUIRES EXPERIENCED LEGAL REPRESENTATION. BASED UPON HER PAST PERFORMANCE FOR OVER 15 YEARS, I WILL CONTINUE TO USE THE SERVICES OF JEAN BOUFFARD FOR MY BUSINESS AS WELL AS MY PRIVATE LEGAL REQUIREMENTS.
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Posted by anonymous | June 17, 2009
Jean Bouffard
Her advice was always solid. She was always well prepared, whether for a deposition or arguements before the judge. In addition, I was kept informed as to everything that was being done. She would give me the options along with pros and cons of each.
Posted by anonymous | June 17, 2009
Wed review
I find that Jean is a fair, honest & just person & tends to keep me in line & looks out for my best interests. Wayne Fortenberry
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Cost

Rates
  • Hourly Rates $ 275-300 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

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AVVO RATING 7.9 (Very Good)

Work Experience

  • Senior Attorney
  • McFerran Law, PS
  • 2014 - Present
  • Senior Counsel
  • J.M.Bouffard, Attorney at Law
  • 1991 - 2014
  • Associate
  • Stoll Stoll Berne Lokting & Shlachter, PC
  • 1987 - 1990
  • Law Clerk
  • Chief Judge, Oregon Court of Appeals
  • 1985 - 1987
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Education

  • Lewis & Clark Northwestern Law School
  • Juris Doctorate
  • 1985
  • University of Montana-Missoula
  • BS with High Honors
  • 1980

Legal Cases

  • MacLean v Advanced Educators
  • Plaintiff's verdict - win
  • Crawford v. WSDOT
  • $447,000 plaintiff's verdict - win
  • Hassan v. International Thrift, LLC
  • Plaintiff decision -- win

Associations

  • King County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1992 - Present
  • Washington State Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 1992 - Present
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1991 - Present
  • Oregon State Bar
  • Inactive Member
  • 1985 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2015
  • Client Choice Award
  • Avvo
  • 2012
  • Commendation - Pro Bono Publico Service
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • 2007
  • Commendation - Pro Bono Publico Service
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • 2004
  • Commendation - Pro Bono Publico Service
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • 2003
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Publications

  • Environmental Law Review
  • Proposed Federal Land Use Management of the Columbia River Gorge
  • 1984

Speaking Engagements

  • Partnerships from Start to Finish
  • Ethical Considerations
  • 2010

Attorney endorsements

Received (4)
Given (3)
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General practice Attorney | Jan 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Jean is an excellent lawyer whose professionalism, integrity, courage, and judgment are outstanding. She provides sensible and competent advice and services to her clients while vigorously supporting their legal rights."
Litigation Attorney | Nov 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Jean for over a dozen years, and have referred clients to her who are not in my area of expertise. She is a quality advocate and a lawyer of the highest caliber. I highly recommend Jean for litigation, business contract disputes and real estate matters."
Business Attorney | Nov 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ms. Bouffard's sound advice is clear and to the point. I endorse this lawyer."
Business Attorney | Oct 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Although quite new to the Avvo community, Ms. Bouffard offers correct and analytic advice customized to the needs of the Avvo asker. There are exactly the qualities that any prospective client would want in an attorney."
Criminal defense
Divorce and separation
Estate planning