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Our firm provides legal services for a wide range of business law issues, complex business litigation, private financial fraud investigations, bankruptcy, and expert witness services (See Practice Areas). The firm is focused on providing large-firm’s capabilities and outstanding service at a lower cost using the latest technologies. The firm keeps its overhead low through a unique business plan that services multiple states from a central location. To review some of firm’s cases covered in the press and reviews of the firm click on the appropriate link.

Fara-DaunFara Daun

With 16 years of government experience, Fara Daun assists businesses, municipalities, and individuals with administrative, regulatory, and legislative needs. She also assists businesses with their transactional needs and individuals with trusts, estate planning and maintenance.

Telephone: 206-624-5300 or any of the other phone numbers of the firm, then extension 611.

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Julia-JohnsonJulia Johnson

Julia assists businesses and individuals with commercial litigation and transactions, with an emphasis on international and multilingual matters. Fluent in Arabic and Spanish, she enjoys working with clients whose legal issues transcend national borders. She has extensive experience in the Middle East and is well versed in Islamic law, Sharia-compliant finance, and the interactions between foreign law and U.S. courts.

Telephone: 206-624-5300 or any of the other phone numbers of the firm, then extension 617.

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1506-TDKTimothy D. Knowles

Mr. Knowles is also a highly renowned international immigration consultant. With over 22 years of experience, he is one of a few pioneers involved in the EB-5 program since its initial launch in the early 1990s. His career includes national-level commercial lending, merchant and investment banking, securities sales, asset management and service as a public university Vice President, as well as more than 17 years in international business in the Asia-Pacific arena.Tim is in an of counsel role with the firm.

Telephone: 360-933-1612 Bellingham, WA

604-420-9600 Burnaby, BC Canada

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Christopher M RosfjordChristopher M. Rosfjord, Partner

Chris assists business with legal issues related both to litigation and business transactions. He also works in bankruptcy courts with filing and litigation. Chris litigations complex business issues often relating to financial fraud in both state and federal courts. He is an experienced litigator, having tried criminal and civil matters to both judge and jury.

Telephone: 206-624-5300 or any of the other phone numbers of the firm, then extension 608.

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Lindsey-B-W-SavageLindsey B. W. Savage, Partner

Lindsey assists business and non-profits with legal issues related both to litigation and business transactions.  Her transactional work includes startups, trademark registration, protection and enforcement, domain name disputes, employment matters, and contract drafting, review and negotiations.  She has significant international and domestic experience with business acquisitions and compliance work.

Telephone: 206-624-5300 or any of the other phone numbers of the firm, then extension 615.

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Shahrzad MajdemeliShahrzad Majdameli

Shahrzad’s practice is focused on energy, export control, and international business law, with a particular emphasis on Middle Eastern commercial matters. She also represents clients with immigration issues. She completed her Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.) at the University of Alameh Tabatabai, Tehran, Iran. She has a Master of Laws in Energy and Environmental Law from George Washington University Law School (Washington D.C.) and a Master of Laws in US and Global Business Law from Suffolk University Law School, Boston, MA. Shahrzad is licensed in Tehran and works from TL’s Washington, D.C. office in an of counsel capacity.

Telephone: 202-999-4430 or any of the other phone numbers of the firm, then extension 614.

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Ray Sugarman - business lawyerRay Sugarman

Raymond assists clients primarily in the areas of labor and employment law, civil litigation, and non-profit organizations. Ray completed his Juris Doctorate at the University Of Maryland Francis King Carey School Of Law in Baltimore, Maryland in 2014. While studying at Maryland, Ray earned several achievements including the position of Articles Editor on the Maryland Law Journal of Race, Religion, Gender and Class, as well as being a Semi-Finalist and winning a Best Brief award in a national moot court tournament. Ray is of counsel with the firm.

Telephone: 206-624-5300 or any of the other phone numbers of the firm, then extension 618.

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John J. TollefsenJohn J. Tollefsen, Partner

John is an international lawyer with multiple post graduate degrees from both U.S. and European schools including two master of laws degrees. He is a certified Fraud Examiner and Certified Controls Specialist. John graduated from the University of Washington business school with an emphasis on accounting and finance.

Telephone: 206-624-5300 or any of the other phone numbers of the firm, then extension 604.

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Steven N. TollefsenStephen N. Tollefsen

Steve Tollefsen provides clients with advice and counsel on U.S. transactional, corporate and securities law.  A major emphasis of his practice has been serving the needs of start-up, developmental and emerging growth companies, and enabling smaller reporting companies to comply with the requirements of state and federal securities laws in a cost-effective manner. He has more than 25 years experience in SEC filings including public offerings, quarterly and annual reporting, proxy solicitations, and tender offers. He is currently in an “of counsel” role with the firm.

Direct telephone line: 425-353-8883

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Matthew-VanZeipelMatthew VanZeipel

Matthew Phillip VanZeipel helps clients who need help with immigration issues. From Visa applications to removal hearings, Matthew has become a strong advocate for the rights of people to become United States citizens. He is also focused on helping small businesses and young entrepreneurs to found and grow their businesses in any way he can, including corporate formation, employment contracting, real estate negotiations, and dispute resolution.

Telephone: 206-624-5300 or any of the other phone numbers of the firm, then extension 616.

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Paralegals and Staff

Belinda-Born-ReidBelinda Born-Reid


Belinda joined the firm in 2009 and is John J. Tollefsen’s personal assistant. She has extensive knowledge and experience in business. Her primary work over the past five years has been in complex federal and state court litigation. She manages accounting, calendar, and litigation support. She also assists with and general business law matters.

Direct telephone line: 425-673-0300 extension 607.

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Teresa KristiansenTeresa Kristiansen


In her early professional years, Alison was a staff reporter for the Canon City Daily Record, the Northglen-Thornton Sentinel, and the Vail Daily newspapers in Colorado. She followed government affairs and crime, and received a Colorado Press Association Award for her work on articles exploring Methamphetamine use and its impact on communities as a whole. She pursued paralegal studies at Kaplan University,.

Direct telephone line: 425-673-0300 extension 609.

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Lane E. TollefsenLane E. Tollefsen


Lane graduated from the UCLA and holds two masters degrees. She has worked for the firm as a paralegal since 1981. She has extensive experience in private placements and business organization as well as litigation support.

Direct telephone line: 425-673-0300 or any of the other phone numbers of the firm, extension 602.

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Justin J. TollefsenJustin J. Tollefsen

IT and Network Administrator

Justin has extensive computer training, including knowledge of networking environments and computer hardware and software. He supports and maintains Tollefsen Law’s state-of-the-art network and paperless office environment.

Telephone: 425-673-0300 or any of the other phone numbers of the firm, then extension 613.

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