Peter Abbarno is a small business owner and attorney with Althauser Rayan Abbarno, LLP. Peter lives with his wife Holly (Hawes) Abbarno, a math teacher at Centralia Middle School, and their two children Sophia and Antonio, students at Edison Elementary School. In 2015, Peter was successfully elected to the Centralia City Council, re-elected to the Centralia City Council in 2019, and voted Mayor Pro Tem in 2020.
Peter graduated from the State University of New York at Fredonia in 1997 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science. For almost 10 years after graduation, he worked in the field of government and politics as a media and policy coordinator, campaign manager, and executive director of the Vermont Republican Party and Washington State Republican Party.
Peter earned a Juris Doctor from Vermont Law School in 2008 and a Masters of Law in Taxation from the University of Washington in 2009. In 2010, Peter joined Olson Althauser Samuelson & Rayan, LLP, currently known as Althauser Rayan Abbarno, LLP. He became partner in 2013.
Prior to joining Althauser Rayan Abbarno, Peter served as a Deputy Assistant Prosecuting Attorney in King County and staff attorney with the University of Washington Tax Clinic.
Peter practiced many areas of law throughout his career; including Estate Planning, Business/Corporate Law, Family Law, Criminal Prosecution, Workers’ Compensation for both the employer and worker, as well as personal injury.
Peter has also volunteered his time to assist victims of domestic violence and assaults, non-profits, and new entrepreneurs with business formation and business planning.
Peter is the current president of the Centralia College Foundation, member of the Lewis County Economic Development Council board, host of the AM1470 KELA “Let’s Talk About It” show, volunteers with WATCH D.O.G.S. (Dads of Great Students) and the Hub City Mission Cold Weather Shelter, and also serves as a Mentor at WF West High School and as a Mentor for the Morton High School Mock Trial Team.
In 2012, Peter was named one of the top 20 professionals under the age of 40 in Lewis County, WA. For the past three years, Peter was nominated by Daily Chronicle readers as one of the top three “Best Elected Officials” in Lewis County, WA; and in 2018, voted the “Best Volunteer” in Lewis County, WA and his law firm was voted “Best Place to Work” in Lewis County.
In 2019, Peter received the “Economic Development Leadership Award” from the Lewis County Economic Development Council, received the Human Rights Award from the Church Women United organization, and received the Chronicle Newspaper’s Person of the Year honor.
Peter coached Centralia Little League Baseball, Centralia Youth Soccer, and coordinates the Centralia Back to School Supply Drive.
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