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Peter Jaret Abbarno

Workers compensation Attorney at Centralia, WA

5.0   6 reviews
  • State Years
    Washington - WA 15 years
    Oregon - OR 4 years
  • Licensed for 15 years
    State WA
    Acquired 2008
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 4 years
    State OR
    Acquired 2019
    Inactive No misconduct found

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

About Peter

Learn Peter’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Workers compensation
    Time Loss, Loss of Earning Power, Partial Permanent Disability (PPD), Total Disability, Pension, Third Party Claims.

  2. General practice

  3. Personal injury
    Personal Injury, Vehicle Collisions, Wrongful Death, Accidents, Slip and Falls

Peter Abbarno is a community leader, partner with Althauser Rayan Abbarno, State Representative serving the 20th Legislative District, and most importantly, a husband and father.

Peter attended the State University of New York at Fredonia, graduating in 1997 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science. For almost 10 years, Peter worked in the field of government and politics.

Peter also earned a Juris Doctor from Vermont Law School in 2008, and a Master of Laws in taxation from the University of Washington in 2009.

Peter then worked as a deputy assistant prosecuting attorney in King County Juvenile Court. In 2010, he joined the law firm of Olson Althauser Samuelson and Rayan in Centralia, currently known as Althauser Rayan Abbarno, LLP. Peter became a partner in 2013.

Throughout his career, Peter has practiced many areas of law, including estate planning, business/corporate law, family law, criminal prosecution and defense, workers’ compensation, and personal injury.

Peter also volunteers time to assist victims of domestic violence and assaults, non-profits, and new entrepreneurs with business formation and business planning.

In 2015, Peter was elected to the Centralia City Council, re-elected in 2019, and voted mayor pro tem. In 2020, Peter was elected State Representative for the 20th Legislative District, which includes Thurston, Lewis, Cowlitz, and Clark counties. In his first legislative election, Peter earned the support of over 71% of the voters.

Peter is past president and member of the Centralia College Foundation, past president of the Lewis County Bar Association, former host of the KELA radio’s “Let’s Talk About It” show, a classroom volunteer with WATCH D.O.G.S. (Dads of Great Students) and with the Hub City Mission, and also serves as a mentor at both W.F. West High School and for the Morton High School Mock Trial Team. In addition, Peter and his wife, Holly, started the Centralia Back-to School supply drive, and he has coached Little League Baseball, the Centralia Youth Soccer team, and Centralia Parks and Recreation Basketball.

Rep. Abbarno holds numerous awards for outstanding community involvement. In 2012, he was named one of the top 20 professionals under the age of 40 in Lewis County. In 2018 and 2020, Daily Chronicle readers voted Peter as the “Best Volunteer” in Lewis County. In 2019, he received the “Economic Development Leadership Award” from the Lewis Economic Development Council, the “Human Rights Award” from the Church Women United organization and was voted the “Best Elected Official” in Lewis County. In 2020, Peter was named “Person of the Year” by the Daily Chronicle editorial board.

Peter has offices in Olympia and Centralia to serve the needs of his clients. Visit him at  or call.

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Althauser Rayan Abbarno, LLP
114 W Magnolia St
Centralia, WA, 98531-4316
Althauser Rayan Abbarno, LLP
111 Market Street NE
Suite 340
Olympia, WA, 98501
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5.0 / 5.0
  6 customer reviews
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Posted by Walter Freed | August 1, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Lewis County Injury
I was injured at work and went to see Mr. Abbarno at his office in Centralia. He and his staff were very knowledgeable and offered a free consultation to discuss my shoulder injury at work. He helped get my surgery approved, treatment, and got me back to work. It was a blessing to me and my family.
Posted by Jessica | January 8, 2014
I hired Mr. Abbarno part way into my Child Custody/Child Support case. He came into a mess and had to fix and re-do things from a previous attorney I had. He did! He took the time and dug through it all and was amazing.. He took the time for me and took the time to understand in detail the truth in my case. I was a person and not a number or a paycheck and that was wonderful. I still am able to call and get his help if and when needed. He understands the ins and outs of the child custody/support world and gave his all for me and my kids. I am very thankful for him and would absolutely recommend him.
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Posted by Mario and Mary | January 8, 2014
We couldn't have done it without you!
Peter represented us in a tough parenting plan with a lot of complicated issues. He was amazing and kept us informed throughout the entire difficult process. He went above and beyond in many areas. Peter would give many scenarios when we were uncertain on tough decisions, helping us see the big picture and possible challenges. In Meetings with him he always gave us 100 percent and never made us feel rushed and answered all of our questions. He was solid in court and in the end we were very happy with the results. Things have gone much smother in our life since.
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Posted by Christina | February 25, 2013
Child Custody
Mr. Abbarno has been very helpful with my case. He has provided me with information that has helped me with my case on numerous occasions. He know what he is doing and cares about his clients. Thank you Mr. Abbarno. I recommend Mr. Abbarno for any child custody case.
Posted by Kayla | September 17, 2012
Great Lawyer
I have been using Peter as my lawyer during my divorce and custody case. He has done an awesome job in court and has won my cases for me! I highly recommend him for divorce and child custody cases!
Posted by anonymous | November 3, 2010
Trustworthy, responsive and professional
Peter helped me with a compensation issue I was having with my outgoing/former employer. He responded with a sense of urgency and solid knowledge of how to handle the situation. The employer quickly replied with the full compensation I was seeking. Peter was very professional and I couldn't be more satisfied with the results!
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  • Free Consultation 60 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • State Representative
  • Washington State House Of Representatives
  • 2021 - Present
  • Partner
  • Althauser Rayan Abbarno, LLP
  • 2013 - Present
  • Associate Attorney
  • Olson Althauser Samuelson & Rayan, LLP
  • 2010 - Present
  • Deputy Assistant Prosecuting Attorney
  • King County Prosecuting Attorney's Office
  • 2009 - 2010
  • Clinic Attorney
  • Univerity of Washington Federal Tax Clinic
  • 2008 - 2009
  • Executive Director
  • Washington State Republican Party
  • 2001 - 2005
  • Executive Director
  • Vermont Republican Party
  • 2000 - 2001
  • Media and Policy Coordinator
  • New York State Assembly Republican Caucus
  • 1997 - 2000
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  • University of Washington School of Law
  • LL.M - Master of Laws
  • 2009
  • Vermont Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2008
  • State University of New York at Fredonia
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1997

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Van Ginneken v. Van Ginneken
  • Ubpublished at 2015 WL 6688811
  • State of Vermont v. Kulzer
  • Affirmed 2009 VT 79, 979 A.2d 1031


  • Centralia College Foundation
  • Boardmember
  • 2013 - Present
  • Boys and Girls Club of Chehalis
  • Boardmember
  • 2016 - 2018
  • City of Centralia
  • Concilmember
  • 2015 - 2020
  • Lewis County Bar Association
  • President
  • 2013 - 2014
  • United Way of Lewis County
  • Boardmember
  • 2013 - 2014
  • Lewis County Bar Legal Aid
  • Boardmember
  • 2013 - 2015
  • Lewis County Bar Association
  • Vice-Chair
  • 2012 - 2013
  • Lewis County Bar Association
  • Boardmember
  • 2010 - 2016
  • Centralia Downtown Association
  • Board Member
  • 2010 - 2011
  • City of Centralia- Economic Development Advisory Committee
  • Board Member
  • 2010 - 2012
  • King County Bar Association
  • 2008 - 2011
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Best Elected Official in Lewis County
  • The Daily Chronicle Newspaper
  • 2021
  • Best Volunteer in Lewis County
  • The Daily Chronicle Newspaper
  • 2021
  • Person of the Year
  • The Daily Chronicle Newspaper Editorial Board
  • 2020
  • Best Volunteer in Lewis County
  • The Daily Chronicle Newspaper
  • 2020
  • Human Rights Award
  • Church Women United
  • 2019
  • Economic Development Leardership Award
  • Lews Economic Development Council
  • 2019
  • Best Elected Official in Lewis County
  • The Daily Chronicle Newspaper
  • 2019
  • Best Volunteer in Lewis County
  • The Chronicle Newspaper
  • 2018
  • Best Place To Work in Lewis County
  • The Chronicle Newspaper
  • 2018
  • Top 20 Professionals under 40 in Lewis County
  • The Chronicle Newspaper
  • 2012
  • Grassroots Achievement Award- Elephant Hunt
  • Washington State Republican Party
  • 2005
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  • The Chronicle Newspaper
  • Getting Paid For Your Children without Selling Them.
  • 2011
  • The East County Journal
  • Job Hunting Advantage: Vacate Your Criminal Conviction
  • 2011
  • The Chronicle Newspaper
  • 2010
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Speaking Engagements

  • LIghted Tractor Parade
  • Parade Announcer
  • 2014
  • Election Debate
  • 2011 Centralia City Council Elections
  • 2011
  • CLE
  • IRS Tax Controversy
  • 2011
  • Twin Cities Chamber of Commerce
  • Estate and Gift Tax
  • 2010
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Attorney endorsements

Received (9)
Given (6)
Endorse Peter
Unknown Attorney | Nov 25
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"Peter is an incredibly hard working and dedicated attorney. I endorse Mr. Abbarno."
Family Attorney | May 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Peter. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Unknown Attorney | Apr 17
Relationship: Co-worker
"Mr. Abbarno is a brilliant attorney. He has the knowledge and skill necessary to tackle the complex issues in any case. He will not be pushed around and will stand up for what is in the best interest of his clients. I grateful to have to opportunity to learn from Mr. Abbarno."
Unknown Attorney | Apr 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Top-notch attorney. Highly respected in the legal community."
Tax Attorney | Apr 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I gladly endorse this lawyer. His clients like him, attorneys respect him, he knows the law and his advice is solid. If you have a tax question, he is your answer. Period. I recommend him to you."
Family Attorney | Jan 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Attorney Abbarno is one of the finest Family law attorneys in his state. He is a strong and zealous advocate for his clients and a credit to the legal profession. I highly recommend his legal services."
General practice Attorney | Nov 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
General practice Attorney | Mar 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I know Peter to be a hard-working and knowledgeable attorney. He has a sense of integrity that is integral when working with clients in sensitive matters which makes him an ideal family law attorney."
Tax Attorney | Nov 17
Relationship: Co-worker
"Peter is an excellent civil litigator and really puts his LLM in Taxation to good use. I am pleased to work with him."
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