Steve Toole was admitted to practice in Washington in 1976. His practice is limited to personal injury litigation, mediation and arbitration. He received his BA degree from The Ohio State University in 1971 and his JD degree from the University of San Diego School of Law in 1975. He has lived and maintained a solo/small firm practice in Bellevue, Washington since 1983 where he became active in the East King County Bar Association and eventually served as its president in 1993.
In 1991 Steve was elected to the Board of Governors of the Washington State Association for Justice (formerly WSTLA) and was its president in 2002-2003. He was elected to the Board of Governors of the Washington State Bar Association for a three-year term from 1993-1996 and served as its president in 2010-2011. Steve has also just concluded a three-year term on the Executive Council of the National Conference of Bar Presidents (2011-2014) and presently serves on the NCBP Diversity and Program Committees, having chaired the Diversity Committee in 2013-2014.
In the mediation field, Steve has completed formal mediation training through the Straus Institute at Pepperdine University School of Law and has attended numerous other ADR CLE seminars and conferences. He conducts the typical half day and full day mediations and, in appropriate cases, he also conducts telephone mediations.
Steve is regularly used by all the major insurance carriers and can provide references on both the plaintiff and defense side. He mediates all types of tort cases, including automobile, premises liability, professional negligence, employment discrimination and timber trespass. He has also mediated cases involving boundary disputes, breach of contracts and partnership dissolutions. If Steve is not familiar with a particular area of law, he will do the necessary research on his own time so that he can best be prepared to assist the parties in resolving their dispute.
Steve Toole has expanded his mediation practice to go throughout Western Washington, from Vancouver to Bellingham. He is willing to come to your community and does not charge for his travel time.
Steve is AV®-rated* under Martindale-Hubbell’s peer review rating system.*; has been selected numerous times as a Washington SuperLawyer, by Washington Law and Politics magazine; and has a 10.0 AVVO rating.
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