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Althauser Rayan Abbarno: Attorneys Giving Back to Community!

Associate attorney Jake McGhie of the law firm of Althauser Rayan Abbarno LLP has been elected as the 2018 president of the Lewis County Bar Association. McGhie is a criminal defense attorney that has been with the firm since 2014. He represents clients charged with felony and misdemeanor offenses, DUI and traffic infractions.

“For more than 70 years, Althauser Rayan Abbarno has had a long and proud history of community service and serving the legal community,” Peter Abbarno, a partner at the law firm, said. “Jake continues that tradition and we are proud of his activity in the community.”

In addition, Emily Laz, another attorney at the firm, will also serve as the 2018 president of the Lewis County Bar Legal Aid. The nonprofit is a client-centered organization that serves the legal needs of the community. Its mission is to provide accessible, local, client centered civil legal services to low income residents of the county.

Laz, a family law attorney, has been with the firm since 2014 and assists clients with adoptions, divorces, child custody and support cases and cases that involve domestic violence.

“Althauser Rayan Abbarno could not be happier that our attorneys have adopted our law firm’s long standing commitment to the community,” Abbarno said. “We are always looking for opportunities to give back and improve the quality of life in Lewis County and beyond.”

Read more in the Chronicle. 


Peter Abbarno: Braves Icy Puget Sound for Special Olympics

Peter Abbarno, partner with Althauser Rayan Abbarno, LLP, will be braving the cold Puget Sound waters on February 10, 2018 as part of the Tacoma Polar Plunge to raise money and awareness for  Special Olympics Washington and Lewis County Special Olympics. Peter is raising money and awareness for the Special Olympics athletes in our community.

Consider supporting Peter’s efforts to raise money and awareness for the Lewis County Special Olympics by visiting his Fundraising Page

Law Firm Building Local Relationships For More Than 70 Years!

Look no further than the law firm of Althauser Rayan Abbarno when you think about local businesses with deep community roots and a history of involvement and public service. Since 1946, Althauser Rayan Abbarno, LLP has served our community and provided exceptional legal services.

Based in the heart of downtown Centralia, Althauser Rayan Abbarno is a full service law firm that seeks long-term relationships with its clients. While partners Todd Rayan and Peter Abbarno focus their practices on personal injury, wrongful death and workers compensation, their team of six attorneys and nine staff help the community in many areas of law, such as estate planning and probate, family law, criminal defense, real estate and property law, and corporate and business formation.

Here are four ways that Althauser Rayan Abbarno builds relationships that help their clients:

1. Commitment to Excellence
“Althauser Rayan Abbarno is proud to have a history of attorneys that were not only great lawyers, but cared about our community,” says Todd Rayan, partner since 2006. “Two recent partners, Ralph Olson and Chuck Althauser, were a credit to the legal profession and our community through their involvement with groups like Rotary, Centralia Dollars for Scholars, and the Providence Centralia Community Foundation.” Recent Althauser Rayan Abbarno partners have also donned the black robe with James Lawler serving as a Superior Court Judge and Wade Samuelson serving as a District Court Judge.

2. Dedication to Centralia
A partner in the firm since 2010, Peter Abbarno is dedicated to the people of Lewis County and was elected to the Centralia City Council in 2015.

“I love coming to work every day knowing that I am giving my clients a voice in the judicial system and equal access to justice,” says Peter Abbarno, partner since 2013. “I feel that same commitment to my community as I do my clients. As a Centralia City council member, I focus each day on moving the ball forward and creating a better community and better life for my children, my neighbors, and the region as a whole.”

Abbarno is also vice-chairman of the Centralia College Foundation, a board member of the Boys and Girls Club of Chehalis, and hosts the weekday morning talk show “Let’s Talk About It” on KELA.

Read more in the Chronicle Article featuring Althauser Rayan Abbarno.

Serving our Community is a Hallmark at Athauser Rayan Abbarno!

For more than 70 years, Althauser Rayan Abbarno has had a long and proud history of community service and serving the legal community. Two Althauser Rayan Abbarno Associates continue the tradition.

Congratulations to Althauser Rayan Abbarno, LLP attorney Jake McGhie on being elected President of the Lewis County Bar Association. The Bar Association meets monthly to discuss legal issues, legal education, and best legal practices for serving the residents of Lewis County.

Jake, a Criminal Defense attorney, has been with Althauser Rayan Abbarno since 2014 and represents clients charged with felony and misdemeanor offenses, DUI, and traffic infractions.

Althauser Rayan Abbarno, LLP attorney Emily Laz also serves as President of the Lewis County Bar Legal Aid. Lewis County Bar Legal Aid has been a client-centered non-profit organization serving Lewis County for over 25 years. Their mission is to provide local, accessible, client centered civil legal services to low income residents of Lewis County.

Emily, a Family Law attorney, has been with Althauser Rayan Abbarno since 2014 and assists clients with adoptions, child custody/support cases, divorces, and cases involving domestic violence.

For a criminal consultation with Jake McGhie or a family law consultation with Emily Laz, contact Althauser Rayan Abbarno in Centralia or Olympia by calling (360) 736-1301 or visiting

Peter Abbarno delivers presents for The Forgotten Children’s Fund

Peter Abbarno, partner with the law firm of Althauser Rayan Abbarno, LLP, helped deliver presents, food, books, and clothing for The Forgotten Children’s Fund to deserving families in Boistfort, Curtis, Pe Ell, Chehalis, Centralia, and throughout Lewis County.

The Forgotten Children’s Fund is a volunteer organization that works to give deserving children and their families a truly Merry Christmas.  With the support of the community volunteers we are able to create our own North Pole where we diligently work to have Santa and his Elves deliver gifts every year.

Over 190 families in Lewis County received food, clothes, books, and toys this year!! It is never too late to support this worthwhile cause by visiting

Centralia Lighted Tractor Parade

Althauser Rayan Abbarno Partner Peter Abbarno will be announcing the Centralia Lighted Tractor Parade before the Centralia Winterfest Fireworks Spectacular on Saturday, December 9th live on KELA / KMNT Radio 104.3 FM and streaming online at! Parade begins at 6pm and broadcast begins live at 4pm!

Be sure to visit all the local small businesses and the KMNT broadcast tent on the corner of W. Magnolia and Tower Avenue next to O’Blarney’s at the Gibson House in historic downtown City of Centralia to pick up your Althauser Rayan Abbarno candy filled bottles and other swag beginning at 4pm and while they last.

If you or someone you know was injured in an automobile collision or at work, contact the injury attorneys with Althauser Rayan Abbarno for a FREE consultation at (360) 736-1301 in Centralia or Olympia!

Seahawks Injury Report v. Eagles

The Seattle Seahawks Injury Report is brought to you by the Personal Injury and Worker’s Compensation attorneys at Althauser Rayan Abbarno. Be sure to listen to the Seattle Seahawks v. Philadelphia Eagles game on KMNT Radio 104.3 FM.

Althauser Rayan Abbarno offers FREE Injury consultations and evaluations in Centralia or Olympia by calling (360) 736-1301.

Police ‘Emphasis Patrols’: Your Rights and Responsibilities

The holiday season means a lot of traveling and fun with family and friends. It also means the driving conditions become dangerous because of traffic congestion, rain, snow, and slippery leaves on the roadway. The attorneys with Althauser Rayan Abbarno want to remind you to drink responsibly and stay focused on road conditions and avoid a DUI.

The State Patrol announced this past weekend that it will be conducting emphasis patrols in Lewis, Thurston, Cowlitz, and Clark counties. This means law enforcement will patrolling more aggressively, actively looking for infractions, and making more contact with drivers. At no other time is it more important to stay alert and stay sober. Unfortunately, mistakes happen and you, a friend, or a family member may find themselves detained by law enforcement. If you are stopped by law enforcement, remember the following:

1. Be calm and respectful. No one ever made a case better by arguing with an officer.

2. You have the legal obligation to share the following information: Your Identity, Your driver’s license, Your automobile registration, and Your proof of liability automobile insurance. RCW 46.61.020. Other than the above information, you have the right to remain silent. Inform the officer you don’t want to answer any questions and that you choose to invoke your right to silence.

3. Follow all lawful commands the officer makes, including getting out of the vehicle if ordered to do so. However, all roadside testing is voluntary, and you have no duty to perform any tests or answer any questions, including roadside sobriety tests.

4. If you are arrested for a DUI, you will likely be asked to provide a sample of your breath for testing. Before you do so, you have the right to contact an attorney, which you should exercise. RCW 46.20.308. It is important to unequivocally invoke your right to silence, and ask to contact an attorney for advice. Remember, ask to speak with your attorney, and at your first opportunity call Jake McGhie 24/7 at 360-880-2399.

The first and most important priority for your holiday season should be spending time with loved ones, and getting there and home safely. That’s the goal of law enforcement as well. Be safe, drive sober, but know your rights in case the unexpected occurs.

If you or a loved one has been arrested or charged with DUI, a traffic infraction, or any felony or misdemeanor crime, call Jake McGhie with Althauser Rayan Abbarno 24/7 at 360-880-2399 for a free consultation in Centralia or Olympia.

Low-Back Pain? Washington State L&I approves acupuncture pilot program!

Work Related Back Pain? Beginning October 1st, the Washington State Department of Labor & Industries (L&I), will pay for low-back pain acupuncture treatments as part of a two-year pilot program to determine the effectiveness and appropriateness of acupuncture in the Worker’s Compensation System.

How can I find participating acupuncturists?

  • Use L&I’s Find A Doctor tool:
  • Select the “All Providers” radio button.
  • Enter your town or address in the “Start location” field, then click “Search.”
    When you receive results, on the right-hand side you will see an option to “Sort by.”
  • Click the drop-down menu and select “Provider Type.” You will see the list of acupuncturists participating in the pilot, sorted by proximity to you.

If you or someone you know has been injured at work, call Althauser Rayan Abbarno, LLP at (360) 736-1301 for a FREE Consultation in Centralia or Olympia.

Learning to safely drive in the rain. . . Again!

The Personal Injury and Worker’s Compensation Attorneys with Althauser Rayan Abbarno want to remind you to drive safely during wet roadway conditions. Here are a couple tips to keep you and your family safe.

Plan Ahead
Planning is easier said than done. The best advice for driving in heavy rain and slick conditions is to simply avoid it, if possible. However, if travel is unavoidable, plan your trip to avoid the most hazardous and congested highways and roads. And, be sure to build in extra time.

Slow Down
Vision is poor, reactions times are slower, and slick roads means automobiles are harder to stop. To prevent collisions, try driving 10 miles an hour slower than usual. This will give you more time to brake and delivers more control over the vehicle.

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