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Steve C Franklin

About me


I have been fortunate to have served as a lawyer on many different cases in many different places.  Starting out as a military attorney with the US Navy I worked on matters ranging from landlord tenant issues to prosecution and defense of serious criminal matters.  After leaving active duty I've practiced exclusively in the field of personal injury law. I enjoy the practice of law and commit myself to my clients irrespective of which side of a case they happen to be on.


It is important to me that my clients are as fully informed as they want to be about the legal aspects of their cases and that we jointly identify their goals and obtain them.   I always make myself available for my clients when they need to talk.  I am very troubled by stories I hear of clients who are unable to communicate with their attorneys.


I  place a priority on providing value for my clients.  I consider it a privilege to be your attorney, and it is important that my clients are truly better off because of my representation.


Please don't hesitate to contact me for a free consultation and case review.  I am happy to talk about whatever questions and concerns you may have.Please don't hesitate to contact me for a free consultation and case review.


My physical office is in Tacoma, but I meet my clients wherever it is most convenient. I've even represented clients who live out of Washington State or out of the country, and am available to discuss your case over the phone or Skype!






Languages spoken: Japanese, English

Practice areas


  1. Personal Injury: 40%
    10 years
  2. Insurance: 20%
    5 years
  3. Car Accidents: 20%
    10 years
  4. Wrongful Death: 20%
    10 years



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Attorney endorsements

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  • Donald John-Mark Kenney

    Steve is a great personal injury with years of experience and successful results. We have a mutual client and they raved about Steve's handling of their personal injury case. I can wholeheartedly endorse Steve as a personal injury attorney.


    Donald Kenney Estate Planning Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • Matthew R. Kiffin

    I first met Steve when he and I represented different parties in a personal injury case. We have been counsel for other parties in several cases since then. Based on that experience, I can say without hesitation that Steve is a highly skilled and committed personal injury attorney and a zealous advocate for his clients. He is also a great people person who relates well to everyone. He is well liked and respected not only by his clients, but also by his adversary attorneys and by their clients as well. Steve’s friendly demeanor, strong legal skills, and tenacious commitment to his mission as an attorney is a winning combination that produces great results! I would recommend Steve without hesitation to anyone looking for a highly skilled and effective attorney to represent them in their personal injury claim or any other legal matter.


    Matthew Kiffin Personal Injury Attorney
    Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter

Contact info

524 Tacoma Avenue South
Tacoma, WA, 98402


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Navy Commendation MedalUnited States Navy2012
Pro Bono Service CommendationWashington State Bar Association2010
Navy Commendation MedalUnited States Navy2010
Pro Bono Publico Service CommendationWashington State Bar Association2009
Navy Achievement MedalUnited States Navy2002
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerLockner & Crowley, Inc.2012 - Present
AttorneyGraham Lundberg & Peschel2010 - 2012
AttorneyKitsap Legal Services2007 - 2009
AttorneyUnited States Navy (Reserve Duty)2005 - 2014
Article 32 OfficerUnited States Navy (Reserve Duty)2005 - 2014
AttorneyLaw Offices of J.Michael Koch & Associates2005 - 2010
Staff Judge AdvocateUnited States Navy Jag2002 - 2004
Legal Assistance AttorneyUnited States Navy Judge Advocate General Corps.2000 - 2002
AttorneyUnited States Navy Judge Advocate General Corps.2000 - 2002
Association namePosition nameDuration
Washington State Bar Association, Litigation SectionMember2015 - Present
Washington State Bar Association, Character and Fitness BoardMember2015 - Present
Tacoma Pierce County Bar AssociationMember2011 - Present
Washington State Association for JusticeMember2006 - 2012
Washington State Bar AssociationMember2005 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Dupuy v. PetsmartAppellate Victory
Granville Condominium Association v. KuehnerIssue of first impression
Ruiz v. ZimmermanSuccessful Trial Defense
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Publication nameTitleDate
Court of Appeals Division 2Granville Condominium Association v. Kuehner2013
Court of Appeals Division IDupuy v. Petsmart2010
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Florida State University College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2000
Rutgers University, New Brunswick/PiscatawayPolitical ScienceBA - Bachelor of Arts1997
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Business Network of Gig HarborSettlement of Personal Injury Claims2013
Kitsap Conference CenterPayment in Full2012
Bremerton Health Care Provider SeminarMedical Liens2012
The Inn at Port LudlowHot Topics in Personal Injury2011
Bremerton Convention CenterBattling Insurance Company Tactics2011