Tario & Associates, P.S.

For 35 years Tario & Associates, P.S. has been serving and representing personal injury victims throughout the Pacific Northwest. We have built a reputation for being tough in court and fair with our clients. Call us today for a FREE Consultation!

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Firm Overview

In 1979, founding attorney Michael Tario opened the prominent law firm Tario & Associates, P.S. in Bellingham, Washington. Since then Michael has provided legal counsel to thousands of victims of personal injury throughout Whatcom, Skagit, Island, and Snohomish counties. Michael strives to provide each client with superior legal representation at competitive and reasonable attorney fees. Michael Tario has earned the respect of his peers and thousands of satisfied clients.

Representing thousands of legal cases both in and out of court, Tario & Associates, P.S. is the law firm you want on your side. Tario & Associates, P.S. strives to employ competent, caring, and concerned attorneys who respect your budget while helping you solve your legal issue with the best possible outcome. Whenever possible, they favor out-of-court solutions but always obtain client approval before closing a case.

We promise to listen to you and treat you with dignity and respect in resolving your legal case. Call us today for a FREE CONSULTATION at 360-671-8500.
Main Office

Main Office
119 N. Commercial, suite 1000
Bellingham  WA  98225

Phone
  • (360) 671-8500
Fax

Office Information

Office Hours

Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.

Office Manager

Lori Gillies

Emergency After Hours

No

Languages Spoken

English, Spanish

Other Offices

  • Tario & Associates
    413 S. 1st Street
    Mount Vernon,  WA  98273
Personal Injury
Since 1979, the personal injury attorneys at Tario & Associates have helped thousands of injured parties receive fair compensation and just treatment for their injuries.
Since 1979, the personal injury attorneys at Tario & Associates have helped thousands of injured parties receive fair compensation and just treatment for their injuries. We have the resources, experience, and knowledge necessary to represent our clients. Our network of well regarded specialists in medicine, accident reconstruction, psychology, and engineering serve as invaluable resources when determining liability and calculating the extent of your injuries and costs related to your serious injury. With Tario & Associates personal injury law team on your side, you will have the experience and knowledge you need to win and receive fair compensation for your injury.

The only way to be certain as to whether you have a case, is to meet with one of our experienced personal injury associates for a free consultation. At no cost to you, we will fully evaluate your case and advise you as to your legal rights.

An insurance adjuster works for the insurance company, not you. If your insurance company has already presented you with a proposed settlement, you need to know whether it is fair, if your claim is worth more, or if you need to hire an attorney to force the insurance company to pay you the fair and full compensation you deserve. During your initial free consultation we can help you determine the best way to proceed.

There are no upfront costs or fees paid by our clients to pursue an injury claim. We provide representation on contingency fee basis for personal injury cases. While you will not incur any attorney fees if you do not win your case, Washington law requires clients to reimburse the law firm for out-of-pocket expenses. Our firm advances out-of-pocket costs for our injury clients and does not require our clients to pay any of these costs up front. When cases are concluded with a monetary recovery, our firm is repaid out of the recovery for the out-of-pocket costs we have advanced.

In most cases, seeking professional advice from an attorney will yield better results, even for seemingly minor claims. At Tario & Associates, we stand by our injured clients every step of the way. It is not unusual for our attorneys to be able to achieve monetary recoveries several times what an insurance company has offered.
Wrongful Death
Our medical malpractice attorneys advocate for victims who have been injured or died as a result of mistakes made by doctors and other medical and healthcare providers.
Our medical malpractice attorneys advocate for victims who have been injured or died as a result of mistakes made by doctors and other medical and healthcare providers. Often the result is tragic. We believe your well being and the well being of your family and loved ones is more important than money or legal action. However, if you suspect that you or a loved one has suffered an injury or harm from medical or healthcare provider's mistake, you should seek the opinion of a qualified malpractice attorney as to ascertain whether or not medical negligence has occurred and whether or not a claim should be brought.

Malpractice cases raise complicated medical and scientific questions that require experience and expertise. We can help you identify whether a mistake was made and whether someone should be held accountable. Over the past 30 years our law firm has evaluated hundreds of cases involving medical and healthcare negligence issues, including misdiagnosis, medication errors, birth injuries, surgical negligence, failure to treat, and other matters concerning healthcare, medical, dental, nursing, and other instances of medical malpractice.

Insurance companies have the money, resources, and desire to vigorously defend every case. At Tario & Associates, we have the knowledge and experience that an injured patient needs to fully pursue all viable malpractice claims and ensure that injured patients receive full and fair compensation for their injuries.

Normally to determine whether or not you have a viable malpractice claim, it is often necessary to hire an outside and independent medical expert to evaluate your case. Tario & Associates,P.S. has vast experience working with various independent and outside medical experts who may be retained in the investigation and evaluation of your claim.
Auto Accident
Our experienced auto accident lawyers will help you identify the details of your accident and fight the insurance companies on your behalf to get the compensation you deserve. Pay nothing until the completion of your successful settlement.
A car accident can be very traumatic, especially if you or a loved one was seriously injured or if the other party was to blame and you need to seek an insurance claim for injuries and a damaged vehicle. An auto accident lawyer helps you identify the details of your accident and fight the insurance companies on your behalf to get the compensation you deserve.

Auto accident lawyers are personal injury lawyers who represent victims of car accidents where another driver was at fault. An auto accident lawyer will:
Review and gather evidence about the accident including police reports and contacting eye witnesses, the other driver's lawyer or insurance company
Make an assessment of the total cost of your accident including medical treatment, lost wages and the amount to repair your vehicle
Negotiate a settlement with the other driver's insurance company
File a lawsuit if a settlement cannot be reached
Represent you in court if the case cannot be settled out of court

There are several reasons to hire an auto accident lawyer. An experienced auto accident lawyer has experience handling car accident cases similar to yours, knows the personal injury laws in your state, and is capable of negotiating a fair settlement and representing you in court. It is not uncommon that an accident attorney is able to settle a claim for three to four times the amount that someone could receive by fighting on their own.

Accident attorneys receive a contingency fee for our work which means that you pay nothing upfront but upon the completion of a successful claim, you will share a percentage with your attorney.

What experience or education distinguishes your lawyers from others

Michael John Tario is thought of by many as being one of Washington State's most experienced and successful trial lawyers. In 2013, he was recognized as being one of the nation's top 100 trial lawyers by the National Trial Lawyer's Association. In the same year, he was also ranked as a "Top Lawyer in Washington" for Ethical Standards and Professional Excellence by the Legal Network. In 2014, he earned a "Very HighDistinguished" and a "BV Distinguished" rating from Martindale-Hubbell which signifies a very high rating in both Legal ability & Ethical Standards. In 2007, the Bellingham Business Journal rated Mr. Tario as "The Best Attorney in Bellingham to Defend You in a Lawsuit". Mr. Tario is a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum and he has earned a 2014 "Superb" 10.0 rating and a 2012 clients choice award both with Avvo.

Mr. Tario has resided in Bellingham, Washington since 1979 when he graduated from the University of Puget Sound Law School (now Seattle University Law School). Prior to attending law school, Mr. Tario obtained both a Bachelor of Arts and Masters Degree in Persuasion and Speech Communication and Psychology (both degrees with Honors). In particular, he studied the psychology and social dynamics of perception and persuasion, focusing on the cognitive processes associated with the development of speech communication skills and persuasion techniques. Mr. Tario's undergraduate and graduate education afforded him significant insight and skills, which aided in becoming one of Washington state's most experienced and successful trial lawyers.

What distinguishes your law firm from others?

Tario & Associates, P.S. strives to employ competent, caring, and concerned attorneys who respect your budget while helping you solve your legal issue with the best possible outcome. Whenever possible, we favor out-of-court solutions but always obtain client approval before closing a case.

We promise to listen to you and treat you with dignity and respect in resolving your legal case.

Michael Tario

Michael John Tario is thought of by many as being one of Washington State's most experienced and successful trial lawyers. In 2013, he was recognized as being one of the nation's top 100 trial lawyers by the National Trial Lawyer's Association. In the same year, he was also ranked as a "Top Lawyer in Washington" for Ethical Standards and Professional Excellence by the Legal Network. In 2014, he earned a "Very HighDistinguished" and a "BV Distinguished" rating from Martindale-Hubbell which signifies a very high rating in both Legal ability & Ethical Standards. In 2007, the Bellingham Business Journal rated Mr. Tario as "The Best Attorney in Bellingham to Defend You in a Lawsuit". Mr. Tario is a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum and he has earned a 2014 "Superb" 10.0 rating and a 2012 clients choice award both with Avvo.

Mr. Tario has resided in Bellingham, Washington since 1979 when he graduated from the University of Puget Sound Law School (now Seattle University Law School). Prior to attending law school, Mr. Tario obtained both a Bachelor of Arts and Masters Degree in Persuasion and Speech Communication and Psychology (both degrees with Honors). In particular, he studied the psychology and social dynamics of perception and persuasion, focusing on the cognitive processes associated with the development of speech communication skills and persuasion techniques. Mr. Tario's undergraduate and graduate education afforded him significant insight and skills, which helped him to become one of Washington State's most experienced and successful trial lawyers.

Mr. Tario has made guest appearances, or has been interviewed or appeared on various local, national and international television, radio, and news programs including "The O'Riley Factor" (Fox News), "Court TV", NPR, PBS, MSNBC, CNN, ABC, and NBC.

During his career, Mr. Tario has successfully represented over 2,000 clients. He has negotiated well over one thousand favorable out-of-court settlements, and where settlement has not been possible, has taken hundreds of cases to trial, fighting hard to protect the rights and interests of his clients. Michael is known for his hard fighting tenacity, his determination, and his commitment to try to do everything possible (within the bounds of the law) to give his clients "top notch" representation. While no attorney can win every case he/she handles, Mr. Tario's win/loss record speaks for itself. His advertised claim of "proven record of success" is based upon the results obtained in and out of court since 1979.

Mr. Tario has spent a significant portion of his legal career trying jury trials with substantial success. He generally focuses his practice upon plaintiff personal injury and criminal defense. Mr. Tario is admitted to practice law in the United States Supreme Court, the Supreme Court for the State of Washington, and the Federal District courts for the Western and Eastern Districts of Washington. Mr. Tario has appeared and represented clients on a "pro hac vice" basis in various other states including Alaska, Oregon, and California. He has been a continuing legal education teacher, a judge pro tem, a member of the Washington State Bar Association, the American Bar Association, the American Trial Lawyers Association, the Washington State Association for Justice, the Federal Bar Association for the Western District of Washington, and the National Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys. Mr. Tario is one of the thirty-three founding members of the Washington Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys.

Michael is an avid sportsman, seaplane pilot, and sailor, who enjoys camping, fishing, hunting, hiking, and sailing and exploring with his friends and family.

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