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Donna L. Johnston

Criminal defense Attorney at Kent, WA

3.0   6 reviews
  • State Years
    Washington - WA 29 years
    New Jersey - NJ 39 years
    Pennsylvania - PA 40 years
  • Licensed for 29 years
    State WA
    Acquired 1994
    Status
    Active Lawyer disciplined by state licensing authority in 2021
  • Licensed for 39 years
    State NJ
    Acquired 1984
    Status
    License Administratively Revoked
  • Licensed for 40 years
    State PA
    Acquired 1983
    Status
    Administrative Suspension

This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority in 2021. See details

About Donna

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I have been an attorney since 1983. I was a high profile drug prosecutor in New Jersey for 3 years before moving to Washington State. I have the experience needed to help resolve your case!

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Location

Brumley & Hull, PLLC
1303 Central Avenue South, Suite 201
Kent, WA, 98032

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Posted by Alicia | June 29, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Trusted Advisor
I hired Donna a couple of times when my family needed legal help. I learned that she is warmly received in court rooms all over the state by court staff who know her. She's plain speaking and will treat you well. Her knowledge is both broad and deep. Don't let the 2021 disciplinary action deter you. As a woman business owner I know Donna has seen it all and in some ways paid a price. This means to you that she knows her stuff. I highly recommend Donna especially for criminal defense and family law matters.
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Posted by NICHOLE | April 5, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
SHE HAS DONE AMAZING FOR US
DONNA HAS BEEN THERE FOR MYSELF AND MY FIANCE WHEN WE NEEDED HER THE MOST. SHE IS CONTINUING TO FIGHT IN COURT FOR US DUE TO MY FIANCE'S SONS MOM CONTINUOUSLY IS TAKING US TO COURT AND COSTING US MONEY IN ATTORNEY FEES AND LOSS OF WAGES. SHE MEETS WITH US ON WEEKENDS TO WRITE DECLARATIONS AND GOES ABOVE AND BEYOND. I WOULD RECOMMEND HER TO ANYONE:)
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Posted by Kimberlie | December 29, 2014
Best Attorney
Ms Johnston was the best attorney money could buy. My son was a juvenile(age 16) facing very serious charges that would of sent him to prison for many years. With her hard work and negotiation skills my son was given a fair sentence and was released before his 21st birthday. Ms Johnston was very honest and extremely helpful with the complete case. We couldn't of done it without her.
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Posted by Lou | June 29, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Be your own representative you come out better
Recently I had this lawyer to represent me in court That was a big mistake on my part I would’ve been better off representing myself. She never returned my emails nor return my calls she only contact me the day before the trial and that was her preparation for me. Has she read my statement and also the witness statements she wouldn’t know that the witness was a lie. Because she is a public defender she was only entitled to $300 per case and that was all she cared about when or lose. This Was a very simple case all she had to do was let the policeman’s and the detective read their report And I wouldn’t have been found guilty of a very simple crime that cost me a lot at the end . Right after the trail I went home and I looked up her name and found out that she was recently suspended 2021 and reprimanded two other time. If you get her for an attorney, fired her quickly and do it yourself you would be better off. I gave her a zero for rating
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Posted by anonymous | July 31, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Client
Donna is unorganized,unprepared and unprofessional. She does not write anything down and then when she goes to court cannot remember anything including important details of the case. You would be better if with no representation than paying her or her associate Josh Brumley.
Posted by Terina | January 13, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Very disappointed in this attorney, very rude and unprofessional.
I contacted this attorney told her my situation she offered to help and the just stopped all contact. I called her several times with no return calls. She was obviously ignoring me since when I called from a different number she answered my call. She acted like nothing had happened. I said hi this is .... I have been trying to get a hold of you....oh hi dear....I am driving can I give you a call in a hour....I said maybe two cause I will be working. Never got a call. I called back (of course I get the voice mail again) later that evening or the next day and left a message to call if she wanted....been several days and no calls back. Obviously she did not want to. Very rude and unprofessional.
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  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
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Cash, Check, Credit Card

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AVVO RATING 2.9 (Strong Caution)

Professional misconduct

This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority in 2021.

Suspension issued in WA, 2021
updated on 12/01/2021

This means the attorney lost his or her license to practice law for a period of time. The attorney typically returns to practicing law when the suspension expires.

Reprimand issued in WA, 2006
updated on 06/05/2010

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.

Reprimand issued in WA, 2003
updated on 06/05/2010

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.

Work Experience

  • Senior Criminal Defense Attorney
  • Brumley & Hull, PLLC
  • 2018 - Present
  • Owner
  • Law Office of Donna L. Johnston
  • 1991 - Present

Education

  • Rutgers University, Camden
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1983

Associations

  • Washington Defender Association
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1984 - Present
  • King County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2002 - 2003

Honors and Awards

  • Mentor of the Year
  • Brumley & Hull, PLLC
  • 2017

Attorney endorsements

Received (4)
Given (8)
Endorse Donna
Family Attorney | Apr 30
Relationship: Co-worker
"Donna has been invaluable in helping me better understand the nuances of the law, both criminal and family, and I am extremely grateful to be on the same team as her!"
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Donna is very knowledgeable and goes the extra mile for her clients. She is kind and supportive of her clients and colleagues. I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Donna Johnston offers high quality representation to people in all manner of circumstances. Her dedication to excellence is best reflected in the outcomes she achieves for her clients charged with felonies and misdemeanors."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 24
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"Donna has been a wonderful mentor to me since the beginning of my criminal law practice. She is very knowledgeable and her years as a prosecutor doing drug crimes in New Jersey really help her bring a special point of view to criminal defense work. She is an amazing person and I don't know what I would do without her! If you are looking for a great Criminal Defense attorney in Seattle, look no further! Donna is the solution!"

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Kent Criminal defense Lawyer Donna L. Johnston
Donna L. Johnston
Criminal defense Attorney
Kent, WA
Licensed for 40 years
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This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority in 2021. See details