paul larson

Paul M. Larson

  • Agricultural Law
  • Business Law
  • Estate Planning & Probate
  • Lawsuits & Litigation
  • Real Estate Law

509-457-1515 x 102

Emphasis of Practice

Mr. Larson has been practicing law since 1974 and focuses primarily on real estate and business transactions as well as estate planning and probate cases.  He helps clients to anticipate potential legal concerns relative to their business endeavors, succession strategies, and exposure to potential liabilities.  He has experience representing and advising businesses and individuals throughout Washington.  Mr. Larson actively participates as a mediator and arbitrator.  He has successfully tried numerous lawsuits.

Licensure & Associations

Mr. Larson is member of the Washington State Bar Association, the Yakima County Bar Association, and the American Bar Association. He is qualified to practice before numerous courts, including all Washington State-level superior courts and district courts, the Washington Court of Appeals, the United States District Court (both Eastern and Western Districts of Washington), the United States Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the United States Bankruptcy Court.


Professional Service

Mr. Larson has served on committees and in official roles for the Washington State Bar Association and the American Bar Association. As a partial list, his service includes the following:

Washington State Bar Association – Business Law Section

  •  Executive Committee, 1978-1994
  •  Chairperson, 1987-1988
  •  Uniform Commercial Code Sub-Committee, 1981-2006

Washington State Bar Association

  •  Hearing Examiner, 1999-2006
  •  Chairperson, Taskforce on Unlicensed Practice of Law, 1994-1995
  •  Client Security Program Committee, 1991-1996
  •  Officer, WA Supreme Court Limited Practice, 1989-1994
  •  Special District Counsel, 1986-1987
  •  Unauthorized Practice of Law Committee, 1985-1986
  •  Task Force of Code for Professional Responsibility, 1983-1985
  •  Chairperson, Inter-professionals Committee, 1981-1984
  •  Chairperson, Inter-professionals Committee, 1981-1984
  •  President, Young Lawyers Section, 1981-1982

America Bar Association

  •  Fellow of ABA, 1998-Present
  •  Lawyers Responsibility for Client Protection Committee, 1984-1990
  •  House of Delegates, 1982-1984
  •  Delegate, Young Lawyers Assembly Executive Committee, 1979-1983

Publications & Conference Participations

  • Washington Commercial Law Deskbook – Contributing Author
  •  Frequent Lecturer for Washington State Bar Assoc. CLE Programs
  •  Presenter – WSBA Annual Meetings, 1980, 1986, 1994
  •  Faculty – WSBA Skills Training Program, 1989-1994
  •  Faculty – Escrow Association of WA Seminar, 1991
  •  Faculty – Women’s Escrow Association Seminar, 1994
  •  Presenter – WSBA Ethical Dilemmas Program
  •  Co-Chair – WSBA Real Property, Probate & Trust, 2006

Professional Awards & Acknowledgments

Among other recognitions, Mr. Larson has an AV Rating from Martindale-Hubbell, he has been honored as a “Super Lawyer” by Washington Law & Politics magazine, and he has been named in the “The Best Lawyers in America” publication since 1987.

Personal Life


Mr. Larson graduated with a bachelor’s degree from Stanford University in Palo Alto, CA. He then attended law school at the Gonzaga University School of Law in Spokane, WA. Graduating in 1974, he entered private practice as a trial attorney and business lawyer.

Community Service

Throughout his career, Mr. Larson has actively served on a variety of charitable and social organizations. These organizations include the following:

Cardio Pulmonary Research Institute of Yakima

  • Board of Directors, 1976-1992
  • President,1981

Yakima YMCA

  • Board of Trustees, Present
  • Board of Directors, 1981-1990 & 1992-2006
  • President, 2001 & 2002

Providence Hospital/Yakima Regional Medical and Cardiac Center

  •  Board of Directors, 1986-1997
  •  Vice President, 1991
  •  President, 1992
  •  Community Board, 1993-1997
  •  Service Area Board 2000-Present

Yakima Downtown Rotary Club

  • Board of Directors, 1995
  • President, 2005-2006

Yakima Schools Foundation

  • Board of Directors, 1993-2006
  • President, 2000 & 2001

Yakima Chapter of Red Cross

  • 1990-1996

Yakima Chapter of American Heart Association

  • 1990-1993

American Heart Association Planned Giving Committee

  • 1989-1993

Personal Activities

Together with his wife, Kristy, Paul Larson lives in the city of Yakima. Mr. Larson is a  member of the Yakima YMCA and active in the Yakima Downtown Rotary Club. As an avid boating enthusiast and fisherman, he regularly captains his own vessel from the Puget Sound to Alaska in search of salmon and recreation. Several long-term clients have been guests on his trips. In addition, Mr. Larson played varsity NCAA tennis while attending Stanford and is a former tennis professional. He is a Past Sectional VP for the USTA Pacific Northwest Tennis Association.