About Peter

Peter Abbarno is an attorney and small business owner 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.

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 with the Daily Chronicle publisher Michael Wagar receiving the 2018 Best Volunteer award at the Best of Lewis County awards ceremony.

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.

Lewis County Prosecuting Attorney Jonathan Meyer, Providence Health and Services’ Chris Thomas, and Peter at the Providence Centralia Healthier Together 5k.

Peter has practices in many areas of law, including Estate Planning, Business/Corporate Law, and Family Law. Peter focuses his current practice on helping injured workers navigate the complex workers compensation system and victims of automobile collisions. Peter also helps many local businesses, non-profits, and entrepreneurs with formation and business planning. Peter was also a criminal prosecuting attorney, and practiced family law and criminal defense.

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 and received the Human Rights Award from the Church Women United organization.

Peter and Holly with Antonio and Sophia at Safeco Field for the Mariners’ Centralia Little League Day.

Peter coached Centralia Little League Baseball, Centralia Youth Soccer, and coordinates the Centralia Back to School Supply Drive.

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