Tarl R. Oliason


Born (1956) and raised entirely in Idaho, I moved to Seattle specifically to attend the University of Washington School of Law. In 1978 I graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Idaho with degrees in English and Journalism, and chose the UW Law School for my legal education. Upon graduation from law school in 1981 my first job was with MSO Law, then known as McKisson & Sargent Inc. P.S. I became a partner in 1987 and the firm changed its name to McKisson, Sargent & Oliason P.S.

I am admitted to practice before all courts sitting in Washington State: both trial and appellate, and both state and federal.

When not in the office or in court, I am a distance cyclist, and compete in local triathlon relays. In the winter I put away my bike and get out my snowboard.

MSO Law encourages pro-bono and volunteer work, and I have taken full advantage of opportunities to serve the community. My most rewarding non-profit endeavors have been or continue to be:

  • Board of Directors of the Greater Seattle Business Association from 1982 - 1986.
  • Incorporator of the Pride Foundation
  • Legal counsel for the incubation (incorporation and obtaining 501 (c) (3) status) for Washington Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays.
  • Provided instruction in the areas of real estate and estate planning for private groups and non-profit associations. Was certified as an instructor for the state mandated Real Estate Law section of the real estate brokers instructional series, and for three years (1995-1997) taught that course through Windermere Real Estate.
  • Member of the panel of attorneys providing pro bono legal services through the VAPWA (Volunteer Attorneys for People with AIDS) program sponsored by the Seattle-King County Bar Association.
  • Board member and ex vice president of Gay City Health Project.
  • Chairman of the Judicial Evaluation Committee for Washington LEGALS (the predecessor to QLaw) 1999 - 2005.
  • Seattle Mayor's Lesbian/Gay Task Force (now Commission) from 1985 - 1987. I chaired the task force in 1987.
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