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Joseph Orry-Leroy Baker

Criminal defense Attorney at Des Moines, WA

4.2   9 reviews
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  • Licensed for 21 years
    State WA
    Acquired 2002
    Active No misconduct found

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Law Offices of Gehrke, Baker & Doull


4.2 / 5.0
  9 customer reviews
Posted by anonymous | March 8, 2021
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A Real Pro
Mr. Baker "Joe" provided timely assistance in completing my expungement and vacating the incident, for which I had entered a plea with their firm some years before. He was professional, to the point, and quick to respond and got it done in no time at all. I had a pleasant and speedy experience and happily recommended his firm! Thank you
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Posted by Nicole | October 4, 2019
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An excelent atterney, who will get you to resolution!
My Divorce Decree called for specific performance. As the deadline approached, the ex-spouse has not acted on the agreed obligations. I came to Joseph for help. Joseph listened to me, reviewed the decree, and provided sound legal advice. Joseph eloquently conveyed to the ex, the consequences that will follow, if the agreed performance not met. Joseph helped me navigate unfamiliar territory and assisted in getting the specific performance out of the other side, timely. I later returned to Joseph for another legal advice. In the world we live today, having an excellent legal advisor on your side is extremely valuable. I would strongly recommend Joseph for any family law related issue.
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Posted by P & A | January 24, 2017
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Property Damage Claim and Successful Resolution
We were referred to Joseph through an Employee Assistance Program at work. We had personal property damage through a contractor and our home owners insurance denied the claim as not qualifying as one of the allowed damage reasons and the contractor’s insurance was difficult and unresponsive. We met with Joseph and he took on our claim and represented us through both insurance companies and he was able to help us recover the financial loss that we experienced while being very fair and reasonable on his rates. We had a great, easy experience.
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Posted by Ben | March 18, 2015
Lawyer that will work hard for your rights, freedom and justice.
This is the best Lawyer that I will ever have in my lifetime and that I have ever had a family member has referred me to Joe and it has been a blessing. I have had a couple charges and both have been dismissed Joe worked very hard. He is highly respectable and very knowledgeable. I have made some mistakes in life and Joe has given me more than just a 2nd chance at life. He is very reliable always very responsive. He has good communication skills always lets you know what can happen and has certain goals set for you to succeed. Joe fought for my freedom, rights and showed me the right path to correct my wrongs by making them right.
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Posted by Justin | July 9, 2013
Restoration of rights to possess a firearm
Extremely knowledgeable in firearm rights. Very up front and open with options. Always very prompt and clear with responses. Did not nickel and dime for every question asked or phone call placed.
Posted by Jonas | July 31, 2012
Joseph Baker – the shield to defend against the money making apparatus masquerading as traffic enforcement.
I found myself in a bit of a jamb when I swerved to avoid an errant vehicle and upon hitting a light post flipped my truck. The perceptions and accounts at the scene did not seem to match the infraction with which I was eventually cited. Joseph listened to me for understanding and then protected my legal rights and my driving record. We went from a possible two to three point hit to my record and a $550 fine down to a $150 fee to the court on a silly non-moving trifle which most importantly left my record unaffected. I am quite pleased with his services and the result he was able to negotiate for me.
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Posted by anonymous | April 10, 2009
Highly knowlegable and Caring Attorney
Joe is an excellent attorney. He always got back to me quickly and took time to listen to my issues. He treated me like I was his only client which is hard to find in any field. I would definately recommend him to all my friends and family.
Posted by anonymous | December 20, 2011
I would not recommend
Joe Baker is curently working on my divorce case. I was referred to him by a friend that works at the firm. I am going through a divorce and got my children taken away from. Completely blindsided by my soon to be ex. I gave Joe a $3500 retainer to represent me back 3 months ago and the case is still going on. I have asked him to try to settle the case for me because it is costing a lot more than I was quoted. I dont feel like Joe is a good advocate for me at all. I question if he is really looking out for my best interest. I had to give him another $3500 two months in to the case. I have spent far more that what I expected and not getting the representation I feel I have paid for. Joe's response is If I am not happy with his representation I can fire him. I feel like I have been mis-informed and have not had good strong represetation . I should have looked at attorneys with better ratings on the internet. You get one chance to make a good impression on the court and need good strong represtation. Joe is not the guy for the job.
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Posted by anonymous | December 26, 2014
Poor Representation
I am unsatisfied with Mr.Baker's performance and representation. His communication with me was poor and at times felt confrontational. On occasion I asked him to clarify his strategy and for more assertiveness, his response was always; "you are welcome to find someone else to represent you". I suggest that you do! If you are seeking aggressive defense, I suggest that you keep looking!
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  • Retainer Sometimes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 8.2 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Managing Member
  • Law Offices of Gehrke, Baker, Doull & Kelly, PLLC
  • 2014 - Present
  • Principal
  • Law Office Of Joseph O. Baker
  • 2012 - 2013
  • Associate
  • Van Siclen, Stocks & Firkins
  • 2007 - 2012
  • Attorney
  • Law Offices of Gehrke & Baker
  • 2005 - 2007
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  • Gonzaga University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2001
  • Washington State University
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1998
  • Highline High School
  • High School Diploma
  • 1994

Sample of Legal Cases

  • In re Marriage of Pribic, 2021 Wash. App. LEXIS 552
  • Reversed
  • In re Pers. Restraint of Shelton, 2017 Wash. App. LEXIS 553
  • Remanded for resentencing
  • In re Marriage of Brown, 2015 Wash. App. LEXIS 1255
  • Affirmed
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  • King County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2005 - Present
  • Tacoma Pierce County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2003 - Present
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2002 - Present
  • South Highline American Little League Board of Directors
  • Information Officer
  • 2015 - 2016
  • Washington State Bar Association Rules of Professional Conduct Committee
  • Member
  • 2007 - 2008
  • Washington State Bar Association Civil Rights Committee
  • Member
  • 2005 - 2007
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Excellence for the Future Award (Creditors' Rights)
  • CALI
  • 2000

Speaking Engagements

  • Seattle Central College Business Law 201
  • Contract Remedies
  • 2014
  • Seattle Central Community College Career Fair
  • Vacating Criminal Convictions
  • 2003

Attorney endorsements

Received (13)
Given (23)
Endorse Joseph
Child custody Attorney | Nov 10
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Joe is a skilled and tenacious lawyer. He and I were opposing attorneys in a difficult case, and throughout the process he demonstrated not only strong advocacy for his client, but creative problem solving and collaboration to arrive at a good outcome to everyone involved. I enthusiastically endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"When a family member needed a lawyer in the Seattle area I didn't hesitate to recommend Joe. He did an excellent job and obtained a result that exceeded our expectations. If you have been accused of a serious crime in the Seattle area and you need a top flight lawyer to represent you, give Joe a call."
Family Attorney | Jun 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Joe is a fantastic attorney. I have referred many clients to Joe over the years, and he has always done an amazing job of taking care of their legal problems."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 17
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"How is a top notch attorney who fights hard for his clients. I have mo hesitation endorsing him."
General practice Attorney | Nov 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Joe Baker is one of the most knowledgeable attorneys I have ever met. If there is an area of law that you have a question about, Joe Baker will know about it."
Unknown Attorney | Aug 24
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 30
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I worked with/against Joe for several years and he was always looking out for his client's best interest and advocating on their behalf. He is knowledgeable not only in the law but in working with people in general. I endorse this lawyer."
Litigation Attorney | Jan 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Joe is an exceptional DUI & Criminal Law Attorney, who is well respected amongst his peers. He is able to tackle complex legal issues and present them to the Court in an understanding and convincing manner. Joe is a zealous advocate for his clients. I have referred clients to Joe and will definately do so again."
Unknown Attorney | Jul 28
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Business Attorney | Mar 12
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer's work. Joe is very intelligent, funny, and a hard worker. He can find the correct answer in stressful business situations for clients while keeping a cool, calm head about him."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 09
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer's work."
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