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Jonathan Alexander Sprouffske

Probate Attorney at Olympia, WA

4.7   12 reviews

Licensed for 15 years

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Jonathan's practice focuses primarily on real estate matters, bankruptcy and business law.  He is also involved in civil litigation, including collections, and represents individuals and businesses regarding incorporation, limited liability companies and other related matters.

 

 

Jonathan graduated from Seattle University School of Law where he was nominated to the National Order of the Barristers.  His undergraduate education was at St. Martin’s College in Lacey, Washington, where he majored in Business Administration and Theatre Arts.  He has completed mediation training with the Pierce County Dispute Resolution Center, and is a volunteer mediator with the Dispute Resolution Center of Thurston County.

 

 

Jonathan is very active with the Saint Martin’s Alumni Association.  He was elected to the Alumni Board in 2004 and served two years as Vice-President of the Association.  He was appointed by Governor Christine Gregoire in 2006 to serve a one-year term on the Higher Education Coordinating Board. 

 

Jonathan has been a volunteer with SE Thurston Fire and EMS since 1999.  He completed the Thurston County Fire Recruit School in 2000, and earned his EMT Certification in 2001.  He still maintains his EMT certification, and was elected to the office of Fire Commissioner in November 2007 for a term beginning in 2008.

 

Jonathan was an Associate with the Robert J Bryan American Inn of Court in Tacoma.  Jonathan began serving with the Inn in 2006 and continues his involvement through 2009.  American Inns of Court are designed to improve the skills, professionalism and ethics of the bench and bar.  An American Inn of Court is a blend of judges, lawyers, and in some cases, law professors and law students. Each Inn meets approximately once a month to hold programs and discussions on matters of ethics, skills and professionalism.

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Since 2008, members of Connolly, Tacon & Meserve have joined together at the Relay for Life of Thurston County to celebrate cancer survivors, remember those we've lost, and fight back against cancer.  http://main.acsevents.org/goto/CTM2010
Licensed for 15 years
State AK
Status Active
Acquired 2021
Updated 12/13/2022
State WA
Status Active
Acquired 2007
Updated 11/25/2022

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

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Connolly Tacon & Meserve
825 5th Ave SE
Olympia, WA, 98501

Reviews

4.7 / 5.0
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Posted by anonymous | April 12, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great lawyer
Jonathan is Very knowledgeable on estate plan and probate. We are extremely happy with his work and will definitely recommend him to anyone who needs those services. He is very ethical too.
Posted by Joanne M Lacy | June 1, 2016
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Well Done
I felt very comfortable working with Jonathan. He actually read the will and trust documents I gave him and explained the ramifications of them being so ambiguously written. There is nothing he can do regarding this matter, but I will definitely use him in the future.
Posted by Sandra | January 26, 2015
Jonathan Eases The Pain of Unfamiliar Territory
Jonathan was absolutely the BEST for us! We found ourselves in an unfamiliar territory when my husband became disabled. We asked Jonathan for his advice and following through on his suggestions, now I can say it was truly making the best of an unforeseen situation and definitely Jonathan was reassuring and wonderful at communicating with us. Following that personal challenge we then were faced with the declining health of my mother. We, after such a good experience, asked Jonathan for advice on my mother's situation and wouldn't you know, he was absolutely RIGHT on about that as well. All I can say, if you are like me, a 52 year old educated professional working woman, that has never needed an attorney and then to be faced with back to back situations that required legal help, contact Jonathan, he is REAL and his communication and demeanor are above all else FABULOUS!
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Posted by Julia | September 13, 2014
Outstanding service - and a True Gentleman
Jonathan Sprouffske was recommended to me by a co-worker who I trust. I hired him to help with finalizing an estate that had no will. From the time we had our first conversation to the final meeting after everything was finished - Jonathan and his team walked next to me, helping me make decision after decision. It was a difficult situation - but Mr. Sprouffske was thoughtful, respectful and kind. I grew to trust him and will turn to him again, when a situation arises. In every turn, his guidance and recommendations were right on target. I highly recommend him.
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Posted by Lori | December 7, 2013
Knowledgeable, compassionate, and experienced!
Jonathan is knowledgeable, well-organized, bright, and knows the law. Further, if he isn't the best person to help with a particular problem, who knows who IS and is makes confident referrals. He helped my husband and me with a bankruptcy and the entire process was smooth from start to finish. He was prompt, courteous, and on time and made us feel comfortable through what can be a very uncomfortable matter. Previously, when my spouse was very ill and in the hospital, Jonathan came to the hospital with another attorney and an experienced paralegal to have my spouse sign some important estate documents. That personal touch is what sets him apart from other attorneys.
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Posted by Sherry Jennings, MSc | August 21, 2013
Jonathan Sprouffske
I have worked with Jonathan on real estate and business issues. Jonathan's skills as a listener and advocate are what set him apart from most attorneys in these specialties. Not only does he listen well, but he asks great questions which demonstrated that he was truly interested in my needs. His support staff is terrific. I can tell it's because they enjoy working with Jonathan. Jonathan brings a warmth, sincerity, and dare I say...fun...to the work. Many times legal problems are no fun, but Jonathan helps one feel comfortable. When I left one of my issues in his hands, I immediately knew it would be taken care of and done right. It was. And much sooner than I anticipated. Thank you Jonathan!!
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Posted by Thomas | August 21, 2013
New Business Creation
Mr. Sprouffske guided me through the advantages and disadvantages of establishing an LLC within Washington State. After he obtained an understanding of my business objectives, Mr. Sprouffske performed the activites required to establish the business within state and federal regulations. He provided advice regarding transitioning my clients from my existing business to the newly formed LLC, and provided his perspective regarding notification of existing business partners.
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Posted by Curt | August 8, 2013
Solid legal advice from a good guy!
After some suspicions that a family trust was drafted improperly by another attorney, I took the matter to Jonathan for his counsel. After a thorough review, he pointed out the flaws and advised of an appropriate action plan in response, all in very clear, understandable terms. He also went took the extra step to review the will of the trust beneficiary to be certain that assets would transfer according to our wishes. Jonathan is a true professional who always has his clients' best interests at heart. I highly recommend his services for estate planning needs.
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Posted by Joel | June 17, 2012
Helped Us Successfully Collect Money Owed
I am a member of a non profit organization. We provided services to another organization, and it later refused to pay us $4,000 of the total amount it owed us. The loss of this income was devastating to our organization. We obtained a judgment in small claims court against the organization, and it still refused to pay us. Jonathan helped us garnish the debtor organization's bank account, and he was very successful. Jonathan was knowledgeable, efficient, personable, professional, and successful. We enjoyed working with him and unconditionally recommend him to others.
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Posted by Susan | December 1, 2009
Jonathan is an excellent attorney. He is trustworthy, ethical, compassionate and always kept me informed as to status.
Jonathan works hard for his clients. I really appreciated that I could always trust him to do the right thing for my case and to be there when I need to ask questions.
Posted by anonymous | April 8, 2008
Managing Partner, Cludr LLC
Jonathan is an amazing lawyer. I have used him to incorporate both of my businesses, to assist with the acquisition of a business, to assist in the sale of a business, and as my personal attorney. He is incredibly trustworthy, responsive, and knowledgeable. I would recommend him to anyone.
Posted by Jacob | March 9, 2022
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Poor service and very lazy
I called Mr. Sprouffske to inquire about Notary Public services. His assistant Tammy answered. She screened his call so I asked her if Mr. Sprouffske does Notary Public services. She said no. I then asked if he knew any attorneys that did notaries. Tammy said she didn't believe so. I asked her if she can ask him to be sure. Tammy then said he only does notaries for his clients. I was very clear with Tammy that I am looking for an attorney and was at his profile on avvo.com. however, I only want to work with attorney's who are Notary Publics. They just lost a potential client from her lies and dishonesty when she said he's not a Notary then said he only notarized his clients documents. If Mr. Sprouffske hires dishonest and lazy people, I can only imagine him to be the same. If you want your money worth in legal services, go elsewhere.
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Cost

Rates
  • Hourly Rates $ 185-250 per hour
  • Contingency 30%-35%
  • Pro bono 5 %
  • Retainer Sometimes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Pro Tem Judicial Officer
  • Thurston County Superior Court
  • 2019 - Present
  • Partner
  • Connolly, Tacon & Meserve
  • 2014 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Connolly, Tacon & Meserve
  • 2007 - Present
  • Pro Tem Judicial Officer
  • Thurston County District Court
  • 2013 - 2016
  • Adjunct Professor
  • Saint Martin's University
  • 2008 - 2009
  • Legal Intern
  • Gordon Thomas Honeywell Governmental Affairs
  • 2007 - 2007
  • Legal Intern
  • Olympic Regional Clean Air Agency
  • 2005 - 2005
  • Associate
  • Lexis Nexis
  • 2005 - 2006
  • Program Assistant
  • Seattle University School of Law
  • 2005 - 2006
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Education

  • Max Gardner's Bankruptcy Boot Camp
  • Certificate
  • 2012
  • Seattle University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2007
  • St Martin's College
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2004
  • St Martin's College
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2004
  • Thurston County Medic One
  • EMT
  • 2001
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Legal Cases

  • Will Contest and Request for Burial
  • Won on all three issues
  • Gun Rights Restoration
  • Favorable
  • Dispute Between Members of LLC
  • Favorable
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Associations

  • Southeast Thurston Regional Fire Authority
  • Chair
  • 2012 - Present
  • Gateway Rotary Club - Thurston County
  • Charter Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • Washington State Bar Association, Elder Law Section
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • Washington State Bar Association, Creditor-Debtor Section
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • Rotary International
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • Federal Bar Association (Western District of Washington chapter)
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • Southeast Thurston Regional Fire Authority
  • Fire Commissioner
  • 2008 - Present
  • Thurston County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • Washington State Bar Association, Business Law Section
  • Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • Thurston County Chamber of Commerce
  • Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • Washington State Bar Association, Real Property, Probate and Trust Section
  • Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • Gateway Rotary Club - Thurston County
  • President
  • 2014 - 2015
  • Gateway Rotary Club - Thurston County
  • President-Elect
  • 2013 - 2014
  • Gateway Rotary Club - Thurston County
  • Vice President
  • 2012 - 2013
  • Rotary Club of Hawks Prairie
  • Member
  • 2010 - 2011
  • WSBA Home Foreclosure Legal Aid Project
  • Volunteer
  • 2009 - 2013
  • Animal Legal Defense Fund
  • Member
  • 2008 - 2009
  • Olympic Rental Association
  • Member
  • 2008 - 2009
  • Thurston County Dispute Resolution Center
  • Mediator
  • 2007 - 2010
  • Thurston County Bar Association, Young Lawyers Section
  • Member
  • 2007 - 2017
  • Lead Thurston County
  • Graduate
  • 2007 - 2008
  • Washington State Higher Education Coordinating Board
  • Board Member
  • 2006 - 2007
  • Honorable Robert J. Bryan American Inn of Court
  • Associate
  • 2006 - 2009
  • American Association for Justice
  • Member
  • 2005 - 2009
  • Washington State Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2005 - 2009
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2004 - 2017
  • Saint Martin's Alumni Association
  • Vice President
  • 2004 - 2008
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • Distinguished
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2016
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • Pro Bono Publico Service Commendation
  • 2015
  • Preeminent 5.0 out of 5
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2015
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • Pro Bono Publico Service Commendation
  • 2014
  • BV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2014
  • Pro Bono Publico Service Commendation
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • 2013
  • Top Contributor
  • AVVO
  • 2013
  • BV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2013
  • Rotary Benefactor
  • Rotary International
  • 2013
  • Graduate of Distinction
  • Rainier High School
  • 2012
  • Top Contributor
  • AVVO
  • 2012
  • Pro Bono Publico Service Commendation
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • 2012
  • Paul Harris Fellow
  • Rotary International
  • 2011
  • Pro Bono Publico Service Commendation
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • 2011
  • Pro Bono Publico Service Commendation
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • 2010
  • Sword of Hope
  • American Cancer Society
  • 2010
  • Thurston County Green Business
  • Thurston County Chamber
  • 2009
  • Pro Bono Publico Service Commendation
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • 2009
  • Thurston County Green Business
  • Thurston County Chamber
  • 2008
  • Board Member of the Year
  • Saint Martin's Alumni Association
  • 2008
  • 40 under 40
  • The Business Examiner
  • 2008
  • National Member
  • The Order of Barristers
  • 2007
  • Volunteer of the Year
  • Saint Martin's Alumni Association
  • 2004
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Publications

  • Tough Talk with Family Law Clients: Practical Tips from the Trenches CLE, February 24, 2010
  • The Challenge and Stress of Debt Issues
  • 2010
  • FTE News Magazine
  • You and Your Credit
  • 2010
  • Family Law Midyear CLE, June 2010
  • Don't Let Your Clients Throw Caution to the Wind - What You Need to Understand About Protecting Clients from Spousal Debt
  • 2010

Speaking Engagements

  • Cancer Survivor Celebration
  • Family Conversations About Legal Concerns
  • 2014
  • Cancer Survivor Celebration
  • Family Conversations about Legal Concerns
  • 2012
  • MBA Commercial Law
  • Bankruptcy Law
  • 2012
  • Cancer Survivor Celebration
  • Estate Planning for Cancer Survivors
  • 2011
  • 2010 Family Law Section Midyear Meeting and Seminar
  • Don't Let Your Clients Throw Caution to the Wind - What You Need to Understand About Protecting Clients from Spousal Debt
  • 2010
  • CLE
  • Helping Debtors Understand their Rights
  • 2010
  • Saint Martin's University - BA 226 - Spring 2010
  • Commercial Law
  • 2010
  • Saint Martin's University - BA 225 - Fall 2009
  • Business Law
  • 2009
  • Saint Martin's University - BA 225 - Spring 2009
  • Business Law
  • 2009
  • Saint Martin's University - BA 226 - Spring 2009
  • Commercial Law
  • 2009
  • Saint Martin's University - MBA 661 - Fall 2008
  • Commercial Law
  • 2008
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Attorney endorsements

Received (22)
Given (27)
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Unknown Attorney | Apr 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Jonathan is one of the brightest lawyers out there. He is meticulous and thorough. When he is on your side you know that he will work every angle to get you the best outcome. His level of professionalism and skill is widely known and respected in the community and the courts. I have no hesitation in referring clients to him as I know he will do everything he can to ensure each one a great result."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Mar 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I've known Jonathan for several years and have had the pleasure of working with him on resolving legal matters in areas that may be outside of my area of practice. I feel confident referring clients to him as I know they will be taken care of in a professional manner."
Real estate Attorney | Jul 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I am completely comfortable referring clients to Jonathan for issues I cannot handle or when I have a conflict. He is very professional, and very good at making sure his clients understand their legal position and are making knowledgeable decisions."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Jan 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Jonathan has developed his bankruptcy and business law practice for the past decade and has acquired a tremendous reputation among his peers for excellent legal representation.. He is passionate about the law and compassionate for his clients. He takes time to serve our local community. I endorse this lawyer."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Feb 01
Relationship: Co-worker
"Jonathan has a great reputation in the legal community and is an experienced attorney. I endorse this lawyer."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Dec 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Time spent with Jon on your bankruptcy matter is time well spent; I've consulted with him and it's clear he knows bankruptcy law very well. Moreover, he's friendly, enjoyable to speak with, and communicates the law plainly. When I have a question on bankruptcy issues he's the first name that comes to mind to ask."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Jul 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Jonathan is my "go to guy" when it comes to bouncing questions and thoughts regarding bankruptcy and civil litigation. He is a skilled litigator and takes great pains to know his judges as well as his opponents. Jonathan is a class act and I highly recommend him."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Apr 13
Relationship: Friend
"Jonathan is a capable attorney and is one of the most dedicated individuals I know."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Nov 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr, Spouffske is consistently helpful in the AVVO community and the bankruptcy bar."
Estate planning Attorney | Sep 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Jonathan is knowledgeable, dedicated, and has a personable demeanor that makes him easily approachable by clients. I do not hesitate to refer clients to him."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Aug 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Sprouffske is a professional in the truest sense of the word. He clearly puts his clients' interests first, and it is apparent from even the most brief conversations that his goal is to be on the cutting edge of legal practice and theory. He is a pleasure to work with and I regularly communicate with him when regarding the most complex of cases."
Business Attorney | Apr 24
Relationship: Co-worker
"Jonathan is competent and tenacious. He's not afraid to tell clients what they need to hear (not what they want to hear). Jonathan has unwavering pride in our community and is a fearless leader and organizer. We are very fortunate to have Jonathan as a member of our firm."
Real estate Attorney | Apr 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work. He returns phone calls, listens to settlement proposals, and is very easy to work with."
Business Attorney | Sep 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Jonathan's work without hesitation. I had the pleasure of serving on Inns of Court with Jonathan before I left Tacoma. I also was privileged to join the Relay for Life team that Jonathan put together to raise money for the American Cancer Society. Not only is Jonathan driven by a strong work ethic, he is also a trustworthy and great human being."
Real estate Attorney | Aug 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I confidently and enthusiastically endorse Jonathan Sprouffske's work. Jonathan is that rare individual that will treat his clients like close friends, and his client's legal matters as if they were his own. Jonathan has a refreshing approach to "attorney and counsellor" because he can reflect on his uncommon experience and keen insight when advising clients. You will be tremendously happy working with this attorney."
Business Attorney | Aug 11
Relationship: Co-worker
"Jonathan has the intelligence and practical experience to complete complicated legal matters in an efficient and complete manner. The quality of his work is excellant. I highly endorse him."
Business Attorney | Mar 02
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer's work. Jonathan and I teach business law courses at Saint Martin's University. He is knowledgeable and well prepared ."
Business Attorney | Apr 21
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer's work without reservation. Jonathan has a tremendous work ethic and an engaging personality. Jonathan's intelligence and real world experience enable him to stand out and excel in the practice of law. "
Business Attorney | Apr 14
Relationship: Co-worker
"Jonathan was selected by us out of an impressive group of candidates to represent our Business Law and Real Estate clients. His combination of "real world" common sense and impressive computer literacy is a valuable asset to his clients. He is active in the Thurston County Chamber of Commerce and numerous other civic organizations. Bottom line is he is someone you can depend on"
Business Attorney | Apr 09
Relationship: Co-worker
"Jonathan's civic involvement is impressive. He has demonstrated initiative and passion in his work on behalf of the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life. He is well-known and respected in the business community, in part because of his work in the larger community. Beyond that, he enjoys a good relationship with his co-workers and colleagues because of his considerable personal skills. Clients speak highly of his work on their behalf."
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