MCTLaw Attorney Talis Abolins

Talis Abolins

Title: Of Counsel
Office: Seattle, WA

Talis Abolins is a lifelong Washingtonian with nearly 30 years of experience as an attorney in the Evergreen State. His family hails from Puyallup/Summer Valley. Talis and his wife Marla are now on Bainbridge Island, where they enjoy easy access to the Olympic Peninsula via Hood Canal Bridge, and to the city of Seattle via Washington State Ferries.

Talis graduated with his B.A. from the University of Washington (the third of four generations of Husky grads!) and earned his law degree at Seattle University School of Law. A guiding principle in Talis’ personal and professional life has been the pursuit of justice for those harmed by neglect or the abuse of power by corporations, the government, or individuals.

In addition to wrongful death and personal injury matters, Talis represents people across the state in high profile lawsuits against orthopedic companies like Zimmer Biomet and Johnson & Johnson. He is actively involved in litigating and negotiating settlements for people who’ve experienced metal poisoning and other side effects from Biomet M2a Magnum metal hips and Pinnacle metal hips.

Talis began his legal career in the Washington State Attorney General’s office and served as Assistant Attorney General for the State for 14 years. As an AAG, Talis’ work included authoring multiple briefs involving civil rights before the United States Supreme Court, including a successful petition for certiorari and an amicus brief that was joined by 16 other states.

Over the years, Talis has successfully helped many Washington families find peace after tragedy. He represents survivors struggling with the wrongful death of a loved one, and he works tirelessly to get his personal injury clients the highest amount of compensation possible after a life-changing accident. In their spare time, Talis and Marla enjoy time with family, and adventuring on the mountains and waters of the Pacific Northwest and beyond.

Court and Bar Admissions

United States Supreme Court
Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals
Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals
United States District Court, Western and Eastern Districts of Washington
D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals
Washington State (#21222)

Education

J.D., Seattle University School of Law, Seattle, Washington
B.A., University of Washington, Seattle, Washington

Professional Affiliations

  • Washington State Bar Association
  • Civil Rights Committee and Corrections Committee (previously served as member)
  • Washington State Association of Justice
  • WSAJ Trial News, Board of Directors (2014 – 2017 and 2021 to present)
  • King County Bar Association
  • Tacoma-Pierce County Bar Association
  • Continuing Legal Education Committee (previously served as member)

Civic and Charitable Activities

Mount Baker Hub Alliance, Founding Member and Executive Board, 2015-2018

Friends of Mount Baker Town Center, Founder and Steering Committee Chair, 2014–2021

Good Samaritan Professional Activities Committee, 2007–2013

Puyallup Main Street Association, Executive Board, 2006–2012

Multicare Good Samaritan Foundation, Board of Directors, 2005–2008

Valley Football and Cheer Association, Board of Directors, 2005-2006

Tacoma Mountain Rescue, 1998–2005

Northwest Trek Advisory Council, 1994–1999

Awards and Recognition

Top Personal Injury Attorney, as rated by AVVO

Client Distinction Award, 2013

Client’s Choice Personal Injury Attorney, 2012

Professional Presentations

  • Advanced Personal Injury, Presenter, 2012
  • Appellate Practice Made Perfect, Coordinator, 2006
    Employment Law, Coordinator, 2005
  • Legal Writing By The Numbers CLE, 2004
  • IPE Paralegal Education Seminar, 2004
  • Federal Practice Made Perfect, 1995
  • National Association of Attorneys General – Corrections Seminar, 1995

Testimonials

“Knowledgeable, Honest and Dedicated. We would highly recommend Talis Abolins’ services. Talis is a hard-working, honest, dedicated attorney who went to great lengths to get the best possible settlement for our daughter. Talis quickly answered any questions we had during the process and took time to explain each step and every option we had available to us. Talis is very professional, knowledgeable, and trustworthy. Talis takes a personal interest in his clients which is shown through his commitment to each case.”
— Tanja, mother of a personal injury client, 2015

“Talis Abolins … took on my case, which was extremely complex. Talis and his staff were so professional and seemed to handle my case on a personal level. Anyone can put 100% trust in Talis. He expertly negotiated on my behalf and I received a settlement at or above what cases of my type are normally settled. Thank you Talis, so very much!”
— Kelly, personal injury client 2013

“Quick, efficient, and common sense. Talis Abolins helped put me at ease with a difficult contract/agreement situation. He took the information I had and did an amazing job of ensuring the security of my future and ability to provide for my family. I can’t thank him enough.”
— Michael, a Contract Client 2012

“I would highly recommend this attorney. Very trustworthy and honest. Our case involved unpaid wages, and Talis Abolins did a wonderful job representing us and being very honest on what we can expect. We would use him again if needed, and we highly recommend Talis for any legal matters. Talis also has a lot of integrity.”
— John, an employment client 2011

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My experience with mctlaw for my hip claim was remarkable, I found the communication to be outstanding. I also felt they did an excellent job setting expectations and then delivering on those stated expectations. From net amount, timing of the settlement, how much each related party would receive etc. they were outstanding. I would highly recommend them. They are very professional and set the bar in vaccine injury practice.

L.S
Client

Five stars for mctlaw! Paralegal Leslie Williams did an outstanding job communicating with us and keeping us informed. Thanks for all the help.

M.H.
Client

I am excited to be receiving my final payment so I can put all this behind me. I am really grateful to everyone who played a part in getting me this well deserved settlement as my life has been negatively impacted over the years.

M.B.
Client

We cannot thank you enough for the services your firm has provided for Marie and I in our time of need. I could not have chosen a finer firm near or far to represent us.

John and Marie (Last Name Withheld for Privacy)

My first response is “Wow!” It has only been 11 months since I first heard of “SIRVA” and an HHS program that awarded compensation to its victims and only 7 months since MC&T accepted my case. I feel that your efforts on my part made all the difference.

A. Stoneburner

Thanks to you I am living comfortably in my own home with assistance. After my devastating GBS diagnosis from the flu vaccine six years ago, I didn’t know what to do. Thank goodness I found you and your law firm. Thank you so much!

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Alison is a phenomenal attorney… When she put together the demand letter she was able to explain what I had been through and how I had felt… I want to thank your firm but personally thank all that had a hand in resolving my case.

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The past 10 months have been a whirlwind to say the least but we are truly thankful, grateful and appreciative of …all you have done for our family. This is truly life changing for us. The weight that this lifts off of our shoulders and the peace of mind it will give us….its priceless. So again, thank you.

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Thank you so much. It was so nice to deal with someone who treated us with respect and had a true interest in our future. This would not have happened without your hard work. Please tell anyone who helped with this that we truly appreciate it.

Martin (Last Name Withheld)

I am so grateful for all of your time and tireless work that you have put into resolving my case. Most sincere thanks.

M.R.

I just wanted to thank you for your help over the past 3 years…Thank you for negotiating with the DOJ in order to get as much as we could under the circumstance…It has been a pleasure having you and your wonderful staff here to assist me in this long and tedious effort.

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Thank you for all of your efforts all along to help resolve lifelong issues I will always have due to this defective implant. You have held my hand through a lot and each and everyone of you at MCT are appreciated for all of your efforts.

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Mr. Maglio, I want you to know the appreciation I have for Diana Stadelnikas and her team for the effort they have put into my wife’s claim! The settlement negotiation they achieved (in a very frustrating situation) is outstanding! While there’s a way to go yet, I want to assure you will they have my full confidence and gratitude to the finish! I know you must be proud of your people!

W.C.

I thank you so much for your diligent and hard work on my behalf. You are a thoroughly professional and pleasant person and I am grateful for having you on my case.

Susan M.
Client