Tousley Brain Stephens PLLC

Tousley Brain Stephens PLLC

Firm History

Firm Overview

Tousley Brain Stephens is a Seattle law firm with a nationally recognized litigation practice and a renowned Pacific Northwest transaction practice.

Founded in 1978 as a real estate boutique law firm, Tousley Brain Stephens offers sophisticated transaction, real estate, and litigation services. Expanding over the years to meet client needs, our attorneys are nationally recognized in a multitude of complimentary areas including securities, condemnation, litigation, and intellectual property. Our complex civil litigation experience has allowed us to excel in our nationwide class action practice, where we have recovered more than a billion dollars for our clients. Whether clients need a superb trial lawyer or a knowledgeable business advisor, Tousley Brain Stephens is the go-to law firm.

Many of our clients are referred to us by other lawyers, judges, and accountants. We are often hired to litigate cases other law firms have been unable to resolve. Our well-designed work-flow system enables us to serve all clients, regardless of size and matter, efficiently and cost-effectively. We are entrepreneurial and share the risks and benefits of our legal advice through alternative fee arrangements where appropriate.

Our lawyers are smart, experienced, dedicated and creative advocates and counselors. They have excellent judgment and are business savvy. They are passionate about helping clients resolve problems and achieve success. Whether we are hired to handle a transaction or to litigate a dispute, the lawyers at Tousley Brain Stephens are trusted advisors to whom clients can turn for practical advice.

Main Office

Main Office
1700 7th Ave., Ste. 2200
Seattle WA 98101




Real Estate

Real Estate

There is no substitute for experience. Tousley Brain Stephens was established in 1978 to support clients with real estate transactions of all sizes and complexities and today the firm has one of the most highly regarded real estate practices in the Puget Sound region.

Our lawyers have excellent judgment and provide practical advice. Equally important, we understand how the real estate industry works. We enjoy close, long-lasting relationships with many of our real estate clients, who appreciate our willingness to dive in to the details, work closely with their team, and maximize the value of their transaction.

We bring to every real estate transaction a deep knowledge of the law. We work with our clients through the full cycle of a project - from acquisitions, zoning and entitlements, to contracts with architects, engineers and contractors; from construction and permanent financing, to leasing arrangements with major tenants. We have represented a broad spectrum of clients, including owners, developers, homebuilders, REITs, contractors, engineers, tenants and homeowners associations. Plus, our experience in real estate litigation and condemnation cases gives us the perspective to avoid many problems before they arise.

While real estate may be all about location, real estate law is all about experience. Tousley Brain Stephens has that experience.

Chase Alvord

Tousley Brain Stephens PLLC

Chase has been a commercial litigator and trial lawyer in Seattle since 1996 and concentrates his practice in the areas of real estate and construction litigation, insurance coverage, shareholder and corporate disputes, and intellectual property litigation. He also represents the firm's clients in creditor-side bankruptcy matters in Washington and Oregon. He began his career in a large, regional law firm before joining Tousley Brain Stephens in 2001 and becoming an owner in 2004. Chase has represented individuals, publicly-traded companies, and privately-held businesses. He has been recognized by the Bar for his pro bono service, as a Rising Star by Washington Law and Politics, as a Best Lawyer in America in the area of Construction Litigation by Best Lawyers, and is rated AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubble. Chase has litigated commercial cases from Hawaii to Alaska and before the Washington and Oregon State and Federal trial courts, the Washington State Court of Appeals, and the Washington Supreme Court.


Willamette University College of Law