Perennially selected to Super Lawyers, Washington child abuse attorney Allen Ressler has been practicing law for almost four decades.  He has achieved numerous multi-million dollar settlements and verdicts for clients in many areas of personal injury law, including cases against the State of Washington for negligence that has led to severe child abuse.

Representing clients in child abuse cases against the State of Washington is personal.  As DSHS child abuse attorneys, our office sees horrible cases of abuse involving sexual molestation, beating, imprisonment, and death.

Unlike tragic cases of personal injury where an accident can suddenly result in terrible injury or the loss of life, there is nothing accidental about abuse.  Typically abuse is not a one-time event – it occurs continuously, often over many months or even years.  What is perhaps the most tragic are the cases in which abuse would not have taken place, or would not have continued, except for the negligence or failure of Washington agencies to properly do their jobs.

We cannot let such failure go unchecked; otherwise, future abuse will likely occur.

At Ressler & Tesh, our role is to take on and hold accountable the State of Washington when it negligently fails to protect our children through DSHS or CPS. In addition to working tirelessly to prove the cases of our clients and to seek full compensation on their behalf, we hope to send a strong message to the State of Washington, and to DSHS and CPS, that such negligence and failure will not be accepted.

We also hope that as a result of these tragic cases, new standards and procedures will be adopted to prevent future cases of neglect and abuse.

If you or a loved one has suffered from abuse or neglect as a result of the actions or inaction of the State of Washington, I would invite you to call me so that we may schedule a time to learn about your case.  We offer a free, no-obligation consultation so that you can learn about our firm and we can discuss with you your legal options to pursue recovery against those responsible. We accept cases on a contingency fee basis, meaning that there is no fee for us unless and until we recover for you.

Badges for Allen Ressler


  • American University, J.D., 1971
  • City College of the City University of New York, B.B.A., 1968


  • 1971, Missouri
  • 1972, District of Columbia
  • 1973, Washington
  • 1974, U. S. District Court, Western District of Washington
  • 1974, 9th Circuit
  • 1977, U. S. District Court, Eastern District of Washington
  • 1987, U.S. Supreme Court


  • Washington State Bar Association
  • Washington State Association for Justice
  • The Association of Trial Lawyers of America
  • American Bar Association
  • Selected "Super Lawyer" 2002-2009, 2013-2021

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