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Carl A Munson JR

Workers compensation Attorney at Bellingham, WA

5.0   19 reviews
  • Licensed for 26 years
    State WA
    Acquired 1997
    Active No misconduct found

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About Carl

Learn Carl’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Workers compensation

    8 years

  2. Criminal defense
    I have been practicing criminal law since 1997 as a prosecutor and defense attorney, I have handled literally thousands of cases. I currently represent defendants charged with all offenses ranging from misdemeanors to felonies. I also help people vacate, seal and/or expunge old criminal records.

    27 years

  3. Personal injury

    8 years

I graduated from Gonzaga University School of Law in Spokane in 1997. I started working as a Deputy Prosecutor in the Yakima County Prosecutor’s office that fall. As a Deputy Prosecutor, I prosecuted cases from Driving Under the Influence to serious felony sexual assaults. Approximately six years later my family moved to Bellingham and I continued working as a Deputy Prosecutor for the Whatcom County Prosecutor’s Office. In 2006, I opened my own office and have practiced criminal defense ever since. In 2016, I got the opportunity to come to work at Maxwell & Webb, PLLC. I currently represent injured workers, personal injury clients and continue to represent people accused of criminal offenses. In my career I have accumulated extensive trial experience, having tried over 100 cases to juries and judges, including lengthy murder, manslaughter and robbery criminal trials.

When I’m not at work, I enjoy spending my time with my wife and kids. I enjoy reading, music, sports, volunteering for Meals On Wheels, Toys For Tots and the Bellingham Community Meal Program and traveling.


Carl A Munson JR
119 N Commercial St Ste 860
Bellingham, WA, 98225-4462

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Posted by Terrel | December 15, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
I felt helpless - Mr. Munson helped me!
Mr. Munson is an extremely approachable, non intimidating attorney to work with. I needed some cleanup of some old criminal records and was referred to Mr. Munson by a previous attorney that was no longer taking cases of my kind. I'm very ignorant when it comes to the legal system, Mr. Munson easily and calmly explained things to me in a way I could understand. I really felt as though I had legal counsel that was listening to me, was empathetic to my issues, and was non judgmental. He seemed eager to get things done, not afraid to call and ask why things aren't moving like they should. His office staff is very friendly, respectful, and professional. The fee I was charged was very fair, cheaper than I had expected, that was a pleasant surprise! I Hope to never be in the situation where I would need legal representation of this kind again, but if I do find myself there, without hesitation, I'm calling Mr. Munson.
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Posted by Rob | September 12, 2014
Great Lawyer Easy to work with would highly recommend
Try to fine a lawyer to handle my vacation of a felony and restoration of firearms right Avvo lead my to Carl and I couldn't be happier. He handled everything both in Whatcom and Skagit courts. He handled the firearms restoration in Whatcom with great ease getting it done quickly. When some problems came up he dealt with them and got it done He handled the vacation of a class c felony in Skagit. When they were slow on their end and did not do their part he was on it and held them to what they need to do and he got that done as well. His flat fee was also nice you knew what it would cost up front no question later on what you needed to pay. I would use this lawyer again if needed and would highly recommend him to anyone.
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Posted by anonymous | January 17, 2014
Trustworthy, Knowledgeable Lawyer
Carl helped my son with a very complicated case that involved multiple court dates. From the beginning, he conjectured as to how he saw the outcome. Carl was right in every single instance. Therefore, I see him as an intelligent, knowledgeable lawyer. He is also very trustworthy and incredibly honest. I was nervous hiring a lawyer, but felt completely confident in Carl's advice after our first meeting and appreciated his knowledge throughout a lengthy process. Moreover, his fee was incredibly fair and reasonable. Overall, I felt that Carl was very compassionate towards my son, extremely saavy in his understanding of the legal system, very reliable, and a lawyer whom I believed cared about the outcome for my son's sake. I was also confident that the legal system trusted Carl's reputation and each time we went to court, was relieved that he was helping us. I highly recommend him and would definitely hire him again if the need arises. You really can't go wrong with Carl Munson as your lawyer!
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Posted by Kimberly | March 24, 2013
THE BEST DEFENSE LAWYER IN THE STATE OF WA...HIRE THIS LAWYER ! I could never in a million years have thought I would go through anything like I went Through...I spent 3 days in JAIL, of course I was arrested on a Friday ..It was the most horrifing thing anyone who was Innocent could go through... I'm a 50 yr old grandmother married 30 years now.... I have never even had a parking ticket. I really feel this man who I called my "Prince Charming" saved my Life. Because for 10 Month's this wonderful lawyer Carl was ALWAYS there for me. Carl was as shocked as I was at what had happened to me. From the most law abiding citizen to a Drug Felony Charge for having my husband's prescription medication in my purse! I picked up my husband's meds every month from the Dr. and would bring it to him. There are not enough thank you's I can say to this man, For always talking to me, calming me. He always called me right back, never tried to hurry me off the phone. Carl fought tooth and nail for me....I refused to take a Plea in the end and wanted my case to go to Trial... On the day before Trial was to begin, Carl Did it, my case was DISMISSED. This was one of the most frustrating case's he had been through he once told me. And For Me it was a NIGHTMARE, but in the end, I knew Carl could do it! HIRE THIS LAWYER, who to me is now someone, that I will never forget and I consider him my friend...CARL MUNSON IS THE BEST DEFENSE LAWYER IN THIS STATE. THANK 'S A ZILLON TIME'S CARL! :O)
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Posted by David | May 31, 2012
The most dependable and reliable lawyer I've ever used.
I had a probation violation and was sentenced to 30 days , the only problem was I would lose custody of my sons if I had to do the 30 days in jail. Due to older convictions, house arrest and any other program was out of the question. I was referd to Carl and he diligently contacted all the right people and was able to put together a completely reasonable and legit proposyion and amazingly , after his consistency and hard work , I was able to do house arrest and will be able to keep full custody of my sons. Carl didnt just save my butt but also my sons future with me. I wouldnt even consider another lawyer if I were to need one again. He is a top notch lawyer!!!
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Posted by Margo | May 26, 2012
Thanks to Carl my driving record is still flawless!
Carl got my speeding ticket changed to a parking infraction. He did exactly as he said he'd do, scheduled a court hearing, attended the hearing and negotiated the compromise. The prosecutor failed to enter the negotiated judgement and the court rescheduled another hearing. Carl showed up for the second hearing and made sure the judgement was entered. I could not have asked for more! He always responded to my emails promptly, courteously and gave me all of the information I needed.
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Posted by cmn | March 30, 2012
Another successful dismissal!
Carl has so many great reviews, but I wanted to add another one. He seemed the most knowledgeable out of the Whatcom area attorneys I talked to for speeding tickets, and his prices were very reasonable. He got my ticket dismissed and I would not hesitate to hire him again when the cops decide they need a little more revenue this quarter..
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Posted by Buidoi | May 26, 2011
Good Lawyer
This is my first lawyer for a speeding ticket in Burlington, WA. I was happy with the result and I would recommend him to anyone. I only talked to him on the phone and he sounded very nice.
Posted by Neal | April 18, 2011
Helped with speeding ticket - highly recommend
Carl helped me with a speeding ticket I received a couple months back. It was easy contacting Carl, getting questions answered, finding out how the whole process works and getting follow up information. Overall it was a great experience and I highly recommend hiring Carl.
Posted by Angela | November 3, 2010
Excellent Service
Excellent service, easy payment plan, Case Dismissed, less expensive than paying for the ticket, what more could you ask for. I will definitely recommend Mr. Munson's service to anyone needed help with a traffic ticket
Posted by kayla | November 3, 2010
traffic infraction
Mr. Munson is a very nice and down to earth attorney. My ticket was dismissed and i have 3 other friends who had their tickets dismessed %100. I did no work either, all I had to do was sign a contract and not even have to worry about going to court. Thanks Carl.
Posted by Dima. | October 7, 2010
Great Lawyer!!!
Super good lawyer. Pleasure doing business with you. Very open and trustworthy.
Posted by Dan | October 5, 2010
ticket buster
The only thing neg. is if Carl moves on to something else!! 100%! You want the best darn old fasioned lawyer there is, "you've got em". Thanks Carl for the umpteenth time! Carl takes your ticket and gets it negated, all for small change compared to the cost of a what it will mean to you in insurance costs. If you're like me, with kid's in the drivers seat, each speed bump hurts. Carl helps take the major portion of your pain and you don't even have to see the darn old judge. Take it from a dad of three, its worth your time!!!!
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Posted by Teresa | February 21, 2010
Carl is great! We have used him for several different things over the past few years and he has come through every time. I have given his name to many others who are very happy with him also. He is very knowledgeable and finds a way to win cases!
Posted by anonymous | October 6, 2009
Great advice
I contacted Mr. Munson seeking advice on a criminal defense case. Carl took the time to explain my options and left me with full confidence in my decision I highly recommend retaining Mr. Munson for any of your legal requirements - I know I and my family will - Thanks again Carl!
Posted by anonymous | April 17, 2009
Record Expungement
I'm very pleased with Carl Munson and his services. I highly recomend him to others.
Posted by anonymous | March 20, 2009
Speeding/Traffic Ticket
A police officer cited me for speeding and I decided to get a lawyer to attempt to dismiss the infaction. Carl Munson represented me and took care of EVERYTHING! He is VERY knowledgeable and does ALL his homework to take care of your case. He explained to me in detail the different directions we could take to dismiss my ticket and the outcomes for each. He is an EXCELLENT LAWYER and a beacon of PROFESSIONALISM!
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Posted by anonymous | February 13, 2009
Great consultation & representation! Real gentleman.
It took "the system" quite a while to process my incident. I am thankful for Carl's perseverance, and steadfastness in seeing it through to the end. It was my good fortune and pleasure to meet him, to be counsuled by him and to be represented by him. It is one of my best investment I have made! I highly recommend Carl Munson as legal counsel!
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Posted by anonymous | February 5, 2009
I highly recommend Carl Munson!
I was impressed with Carl's professionalism and straighforward way of conducting business. During our first conversation, he explained, in detail, the process involved in the attempt to dismiss my traffic violation. I sent him the required information/paperwork and he literally took care of the rest and kept me informed throughout the process. He promptly returned my phone calls and emails. Working with Carl was trouble-free, not to mention stress-free, which I truly appreciated.
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AVVO RATING 9.4 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Maxwell & Webb, PLLC
  • 2016 - Present
  • Tribal Advocate
  • Nooksack Indian Tribal Court
  • 2012 - 2015
  • Pro Tem Judge
  • Bellingham Municipal Court
  • 2010 - 2019
  • Attorney
  • Law Office of Carl A. Munson
  • 2006 - 2017
  • Senior Deputy Prosecuting Attorney
  • Whatcom County Prosecutor's Office
  • 2003 - 2005
  • Senior Deputy Prosecuting Attorney
  • Yakima County Prosecutor's Office
  • 1997 - 2002
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  • Gonzaga University School of Law
  • Doctorate of Jurisprudence
  • 1997
  • University of Washington -Seattle
  • Bachelor of Arts
  • 1994

Sample of Legal Cases

  • State v. C.R.
  • Charged with 6 counts of Possession with Intent to Deliver a Controlled Substance - conviction reversed on appeal
  • State v. C.P.
  • Charged w/ Burglary 1, Robbery 1, Assault 2 - pled to misdameanor Rendering Criminal Assistance
  • State v. R.B
  • Charged with Hit & Run - Dismissed
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  • Washington State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1997 - Present
  • National Organization of Social Security Claimants Representatives
  • Member
  • 2018 - 2019
  • Nooksack Tribal Bar Association
  • Tribal Advocate
  • 2012 - 2015
  • Washington State Bar Association, Criminal Law Section
  • Member
  • 2012 - 2013
  • Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2007 - 2016
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2019
  • 2013 Top Contributor
  • Avvo
  • 2013
  • Avvo Clients Choice Award
  • Avvo
  • 2012
  • Avvo Top Contributor
  • Avvo
  • 2012
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Speaking Engagements

  • Yakima County Citizen's Academy
  • The Criminal Justice System
  • 1998

Attorney endorsements

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Given (20)
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Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Attorney Munson's advice is spot on; as shown by the answers he has posted to questions on criminal law, he takes the time to answer questions in a common sense manner and plainly addresses legal issues. (As one of my practice areas, I have been a misdemeanor prosecutor for a small town in Yavapai County, Arizona for six years)."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Carl is a hard working, ethical and detail oriented advocate for his clients"
Unknown Attorney | Jan 07
Relationship: Other
"Not only do I endorse this lawyer, but I also give them five stars for their tremendous work with the community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 23
Relationship: Friend
"I endorse this lawyer. Great lawyer. Very smart. Has a great presence in the courtroom. Very likeable to juries. Pass on this attorney at your peril. He may be soft spoken in your consultation but after watching him in court he uses this as a great strength in a courtroom."
Unknown Attorney | Apr 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Top-notch attorney. Highly respected in the legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 30
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Munson has many years of experience in the area of criminal law. His prior position as a prosecutor provides some insight for him into the minds of his opponents. I have seen many excellent responses to questions here on Avvo that clearly demonstrate that Mr. Munson is an attorney that you can turn to when faced with charges - often one of the most difficult times in a person's life."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Munson always offers thoughtful and concise answers to all questions posed. It is clear that Mr. Munson's criminal defense experience and reputation in the legal community would serve all of his client very well."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 07
Relationship: Other
"Mr. Munson's focus in criminal law and his many years of experience make him an excellent choice for a criminal defense attorney. The Bellingham area is fortunate to have him. I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have gotten to know Carl Munson from reading his advice on this website and find him to be very intelligent and knowledgeable as an attorney. He is well respected in the legal community and will be a great representative if you need his services. Don't hesitate to call him."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Carl Munson and worked with him in the same courts for several years. Carl is an experienced criminal defense attorney with invaluable experience as a former prosecutor. He is smart, ethical, and effective. I endorse Carl and his work."
General practice Attorney | Dec 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have observed Carl's work for several years and he consistently provides outstanding representation for his clients. I endorse this lawyer's work."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Carl for 14 years now - we were law students at Gonzaga together. He is compassionate and really goes to bat for his clients. As a former prosecutor in Yakima and Whatcom Counties, he possess vast knowledge and experience that greatly benefits his clients. Carl is well respected in our legal community and is very trustworthy. I am very happy to endorse Carl Munson."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 08
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer's work. I've known Carl for over a decade when we started out together in the prosecutor's office. Carl is a caring and intelligent person. He is well liked and respected in the legal community. I highly recommend him for any criminal matters."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 25
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"Munson is hard working, smart and honorable. You can trust him."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"For the 5 years I've known Carl, I I have always been impressed by how well thought out and prepared he is for each case he presents to the court. Go get'em Carl. Thanks for being a friend."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I’ve known Carl Munson for years. I can say without exception that you will not find a more honest person or a lawyer with more integrity. He is hard working, smart and a credit to the legal profession. I would be glad to have him on my team and would recommend him for yours."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Carl since law school and have trusted his opinion countless times concerning traffic ticket, DUI and criminal issues. With his experience as a prosecutor, you can expect a vigorous defense."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 27
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer's work. Carl and I worked together for several years early in our careers. He is an excellent attorney with great ethics, and very strong critical thinking skills. He is dedicated to his clients, his career, and the highest quality of work."
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Bellingham Workers compensation Lawyer Carl A Munson JR
Carl A Munson JR
Workers compensation Attorney
Bellingham, WA
Licensed for 26 years
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