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Talis M. Abolins

Phone: (253) 848-3513, ext. 214
Fax: (253) 845-4941
Appointments in Puyallup and Seattle
email: talisa@cdb-law.com

Talis M. Abolins


Talis and his family enjoy a variety of outdoor activities. Hobbies include photography and mountaineering.


A graduate of Sumner High School, Talis received a B.A. from the University of Washington in 1988, and a Doctor of Jurisprudence from the University of Puget Sound School of Law in 1991.

Areas of Practice

Talis focuses primarily on personal injury and business matters.  During his thirteen years with the Attorney General’s Office, Talis developed experience in a variety of areas including: personal injury, wrongful death, employment and business; as well as civil rights, appeals, contracts, environmental, transportation. Talis joined Campbell, Dille, Barnett & Smith in 2005.  He has successfully presented cases at all levels of the state and federal courts, including the United States Supreme Court.

Professional Memberships

Talis is a member of the Washington State Bar Association. In that organization he has served as Chair of the Corrections Committee and as a member of the Civil Rights Committee. He is also admitted to practice in the United States Supreme Court, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the United States District Courts in the Eastern and Western Districts of Washington.

Other Memberships

Good Samaritan Professional Activities Committee (2007 – present); 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 to 2005); Northwest Trek Advisory Council (1994 to 1999).

Representative Personal Injury and Employment Cases

Hudson v. Craven, 403 F.3d 691, (9th Cir. 2005): Employment case in which professor claimed she was wrongfully discharged after taking economics students to World Trade Organization protests in Seattle.

Leroy v. State, 124 Wn. App. 65 (2004): Wrongful death case against State Department of Transportation for failing to address icy conditions on bridge in Grays Harbor County.

Brosseau v. Haugen, 543 U.S. 194 (2004): In this United States Supreme Court case, Talis served as counsel of record for 16 states supporting a Puyallup police officer who used deadly force to stop a fleeing criminal.

M.W. v. Dep’t of Social and Health Services, 149 Wn.2d 589 (2003): Case against the State for negligent investigation of sex abuse.

Vargas v. State, 116 Wn. App. 30 (2003): Employment case in which state employee claimed wrongful discharge after drug charges were dismissed and Personnel Appeals Board reinstated him to his job.

Morris v. State, 115 Wn. App. 1020 (2003): Claim of wrongful adoption brought against Department of Social and Health Services for negligent failure to disclose mother’s alcohol and drug abuse during pregnancy.

Other representative cases include: a wrongful death claim arising from workplace fatality; wrongful death claim arising from collision caused by intoxicated driver; medical product liability claims arising from installation of defective hip replacement devices.

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).