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James H. Johanson

Criminal defense Attorney at Edmonds, WA

4.9   8 reviews
  • Licensed for 34 years
    State WA
    Acquired 1988
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Jim Johanson provides a wide range of legal services and has a distinguished background. Jim grew up in the South Snohomish County area. He has been practicing law for more than 20 years and is a former Pierce and King County Deputy Prosecutor and assistant attorney for the City of Lynnwood who has taken hundreds of cases to trial. Jim was also a former member of the Washington State Legislature, where he served as vice chair of the House Judiciary Committee.

Prior to being an attorney, Jim sold real estate in the Puget Sound area for ten years. In the state of Washington, Jim has wide name recognition and knows many of the judges and bar members in the area. Accordingly, all of these factors will aid in the representation of clients. Jim's State and Federal practice includes extensive litigation experience with: Criminal Defense both Misdemeanor and Felony including DUI’s, Personal Injury, Civil Litigation, Wrongful Death, Real Estate, Contracts, Business Law, Wills, Trusts and Estate planning and Probate. Jim has a wide knowledge of the law and the skills to adeptly handle a case as he has prosecuted, drafted, helped pass and defend the laws of our State. He is a member of the Washington State Association for Justice and the Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.

Jim and his legal team have the knowledge and commitment to work hard on your behalf to ensure a sooth, consistent, professional experience for all of his clients.

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Johanson Law Group, Inc.
7009 212th Street Southwest #203
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Posted by Ann | July 14, 2023
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I had a great experience getting help from the Johanson Law group. Thank you Jim Johanson for your professional advice and caring. I have been to this office in the past too and always feel comfortable there and I know I will be taken care of. Nick also did a great job communicating with me.
Posted by anonymous | April 25, 2023
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Jim Johanson - HOA attorney support
Jim helped us straighten out an issue with our HOA. We were referred through a company EAP. We connected with Nick his paralegal who was kind, clear and understanding of our situation and did his best to get us on Jim’s scheduled first thing after a holiday weekend. Jim is an honest clear communicator who has a knack for helping a non legal person understand exactly what is going on with this case. Jim isn’t afraid to stand up for his clients but does a good job of balancing being amiable with opposing counsel and not letting his client get walked on. I sincerely hope we never need Jim’s services again, but if I did I would be a repeat client.
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Posted by Lynn | May 17, 2017
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Jim Johanson's Team Is Very Knowledgeable
I found myself in need of a criminal defense attorney. Jim and his team handled the situation very quickly. I am happy with the result Jim got me.
Posted by John Davidsson | December 10, 2016
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Excellent Results
Mr. Johanson is a consummate legal professional. I have known Jim for more than ten years. I have retained him on multiple occasions and he definitely gets quality results. One of the many reasons I continue to utilize Jim is that he has a depth and breadth of experience few attorneys possess – he was a former Prosecutor and also a member of the Washington State Legislature. Jim and his team work hard to provide top-tier quality legal services and strategies. He does his homework and ensures that his legal strategy is supported by case law and practical wisdom. Excellent legal representation is worth its weight in gold. I have a J.D. myself and I trust my legal needs to Jim. His personalized touch is excellent. Jim is definitely in a category of five-star service. I feel 100% confident in referring family and friends to him should the need arise. Sincerely, J.D. 12/2016
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Posted by anonymous | July 24, 2015
Very good attorney
I got into a big case where it was going to ruin my life, my previous attorney wouldnt answer my phone calls and was very shady. I hired jim and his staff and in 2 to 3 months case was dismissed. Him, his assistant, and his staff always do their homework. Answered every single call I gave them. Interveiwed everyone that was at the scene. Very professional.
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Posted by Michelle & Allen | April 15, 2014
Would Recommend!!
Our son got into a bit of trouble. We have used Jim a few times and each time he did AMAZING work. His reasonable fees + minimal court charges. Would definetely recommend him and have. Thanks again Jim! -Michelle and Allen
Posted by Judah and Olga | July 25, 2013
Mr. Johanson is detailed oriented, organized, knowledgeable
Mr. Johanson is detailed oriented, organized and knowledgeable, he provided me with expertise in many areas of law. Not to mentions he is quite an advocate within his community as former Prosecutor and State Representative and he has a great reputation in the criminal law. Jim completed our will, estate and helped me in difficult time with my health insurance marital status matter. Jim notarized an affidavit to support domestic partnership, and because his outstanding work, my wife and my kids are now fully covered under my healthcare benefit. My family and I are extremely grateful to his help and I would definitely recommend him to anyone!
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Posted by anonymous | September 9, 2011
Excellent Attorney
Jim helped me when I found myself in the unfortunate position of being arrested. I had got a public pretender at first, but found out about Jim through a friend. Jim was able to get the criminal charges dismissed completley and I got to move on with my life.
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Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Law Offices of Jim Johanson
  • 1995 - Present
  • Associate
  • Cody, Hatch & Blanchard
  • 1992 - 1995
  • Vice Chair of House Judiciary Committee
  • State Representative-44TH District
  • 1992 - 1994
  • Attorney
  • King County Prosecutors Office
  • 1988 - 1989
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  • University of Washington
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1982
  • University of Puget Sound School of Law
  • Juris Doctorate
  • 1982


  • Washington State Trial Lawyers Association
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  • Snohomish County Bar Association
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  • King County Bar Association
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  • American Bar Association
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  • South Snohomish County Chamber of Commerce
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
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  • 2011 Eagle Member
  • Washington State Association for Justice
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Personal injury Attorney | Jul 23
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"I have worked for Jim as a contract attorney. He is experienced and knowledgeable about personal injury, administrative law, probate, and criminal defense."
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Edmonds Criminal defense Lawyer James H. Johanson
James H. Johanson
Criminal defense Attorney
Edmonds, WA
Licensed for 34 years