About Blaine L. Tamaki
Celebrated Trial Lawyer
Blaine Tamaki has been a trial lawyer for over 35 years. He graduated with a Juris Doctorate from the University of Washington Law School in 1982. He obtained his Bachelor of Art degree in Economics with Honors Distinction from the University of Washington in 1979. He founded Tamaki Law in 1994 and has record-breaking results in cases throughout the Northwest.
Trial Lawyer Of The Year
In August 2012, Blaine received the distinguished “Trial Lawyer of the Year” award. This award, presented by the Washington State Association for Justice, honors a lawyer who advances the art and skill of advocacy, either in trial or by training others so as to benefit humankind. He was also designated a Super Lawyer by Washington Law & Politics, a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The selection process is multi-phased and includes independent research, peer nominations, and peer evaluations.
"He is a passionate advocate, a trusted and loyal colleague, and approaches complex litigation with creativity and zeal.
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Noteworthy Case Results
- Settling or achieving verdicts for over a million dollars 17 times in his career
- Serving as one of the lead lawyers announcing the settlement of $167.3 million record breaking settlement against the Northwest Jesuits which made global news
- Achieving a $30 million settlement for his own Native American clients who suffered sexual abuse as children
- A $6.4 million dollar settlement against State Department of Corrections for negligent supervision of a serial rapist and murderer
- A $6.55 million settlement against the State Department of Social and Health Services for negligent protection of four foster children
When Blaine Tamaki was 8 years old, his family moved from Berkeley, California to Yakima, Washington. Blaine continues to reside in Yakima, where he has practiced law since graduating from law school.
He attributes his success as a trial lawyer to his hard work, persistence, and competitiveness. He takes pride in his savvy negotiation skills and in-depth knowledge of his business.
Blaine is very committed to the Washington State Association of Justice (WSAJ), having served on the Board of Directors for decades. He recently served as vice president of WSAJ and has served as chairman of several committees and events. He is also a graduate of the Trial Lawyers College in Dubois, Wyoming. On October 3, 2017, Blaine was appointed by Governor Jay Inslee as a Regent at the University of Washington. Most recently, he has been appointed 2021-2022 Chairman of the University of Washington Board of Regents.
Blaine is very active in community civic activities, supporting dozens of non-profit charities through his charitable donations every year. He likes to spend time with his wife and three children. He enjoys traveling and participating in and watching sports, especially the Mariners, Seahawks, and Huskies.