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I don’t know what you do in life but I defend the accused.

Defending someone who is accused of a crime is more than “getting them off.” It is about giving their life back to them. The person who is in a legal difficulty because they made a mistake needs an attorney. The person who has not done what they are accused of absolutely needs an attorney. The innocent person is ground up just as well as the guilty. Do not let this be you.

If you are accused of a crime or even if you might be, get a lawyer. Do not expect that the system will get it right. If you are suspected of a crime the full force of the government will be put to work to investigate and prosecute you. The government has a cadre of lawyers who specialize in prosecuting you.

What kind of a lawyer you need depends upon what you are accused of doing. Do not have your real estate, business or other lawyer dabble with your criminal case. Get a criminal defense attorney. If you are accused of driving under the influence get a lawyer who defends people who are accused of this crime. Every year the laws are changed and your lawyer needs to know these changes.

Most importantly, get a trial lawyer. Lawyers have reputations and government lawyers know which lawyers will fight and which ones do not. The trial lawyer will cost you more because they do more but you need to maximize your opportunity to obtain the best result.

Call for a free consultation.


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Practice areas


  1. DUI & DWI: 60%
    36 years
  2. Criminal Defense: 30%
    36 years
  3. Speeding & Traffic Ticket: 10%
    36 years



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  • Laura Kathleen Keys

    I proudly endorse this lawyer. Mr. White is a fantastic attorney who is not afraid to go to bat for his clients. He is an exceptionally skilled advocate who is devoted to the practice of law and the community. Mr. White has a heart of gold and is always willing to lend his expertise and advise to colleagues.


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Contact info

William A White PLLC

Atrium Court Building
705 South 9th Street, Suite 205
Tacoma, WA, 98405-4622



Professional misconduct

This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority.

  1. Censure
    issued in WA, 1987


    This means the attorney did something wrong, but the Bar did not suspend the lawyer. Typically in this case the lawyer's poor behavior is exposed to the public in hopes that he or she will not repeat the behavior.

Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Certificate of AppreciationNALS2013
Boss of the YearNALS2013
2012 Contributing MemberCitizens for Judicial Excellence2012
Recognizing continued dedication to our communitySocial Treatment Opportunity Program2004
Washington State Trial Lawyers Association 25 year practiceWashington State Trial Lawyers Association2001
Outstanding Service Award: Leadership, Dedication, and IntegrityNortac1996
Volunteer of the YearMetro Parks Tacoma1995
Century Club Award: For Generous Support of ServiceYMCA1986
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Attorney at LawWilliam A. White, PLLC1980 - Present
Judge Pro TemporePierce County District Court2003 - 2014
Judge Pro TemporeTacoma Municipal Court2003 - 2014
Deputy Prosecuting AttorneyPierce County District Court1978 - 1980
Association namePosition nameDuration
Citizens for Judicial ExcellenceN/A2011 - Present
Washington State Bar AssociationN/A1978 - Present
Tacoma Pierce County Bar AssociationN/A1978 - Present
Washington State Trial Lawyers AssociationN/AN/A
Washington Association of Criminal Defense LawyersN/AN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
November 2012 DismissalCase Dismissed.
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Puget Sound School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1978
University of WashingtonHistory, Political ScienceBA - Bachelor of Arts1975
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
DUI Defense in Washington StateDUI Defense in Washington State2013
DUI- Drive Hammered Get NailedDriving Under the Influence2005
Nuts & Bolts of General LitigationTraffic Infractions2001