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Cindy Johnson

Litigation Attorney at Puyallup, WA

5.0   11 reviews
  • State Years
    Washington - WA 23 years
    California - CA 23 years
  • Licensed for 23 years
    State WA
    Acquired 2000
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 23 years
    State CA
    Acquired 2000
    Inactive No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Cindy

Learn Cindy’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Litigation
    Preparation and filing of pleadings, expert witness recruitment, planning case strategy, courtroom representation/advocacy, settlement mediation, arbitration.

    24 years, 50 cases

  2. Contracts and agreements
    Promissory notes drafting and defaults, multi party contracts, contract negotiation,

    24 years, 50 cases

  3. Probate
    Probates of estates.

    24 years, 30 cases

  4. Administrative law
    Occupational licensing matters, representation and advocacy before licensing board, government agencies.

    24 years, 20 cases

  5. Land use and zoning
    Zoning codes, land use management, SEPA, environmental land use planning.

    24 years, 20 cases

Cindy Johnson calls Washington state home with her family roots in the Puget Sound area.  She began her practice of law in 2001 and maintains memberships in the Washington State Bar and California State Bar in addition to membership in the Robert J. Bryan Inns of Court.  She concentrates her practice on Administrative Law (occupational licensing matters and government agency issues), Real Estate, Contract and Land Use law, and litigation.  She has also published numerous articles on the topic of Environmental and Land Use law.


Acebedo & Johnson, LLC
112 Third Street SW
Puyallup, WA, 98371

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Posted by anonymous | April 30, 2021
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
An honest, upright attorney
During my initial consult, Ms. Johnson pointed out a small detail of my case that would have made it difficult to proceed further. Thank you so much for your honest opinion and advice!
Posted by Jean | July 7, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Sincerely the best attorney
I found her through legal services when my domestic partner filed yet another spurious lawsuit against me. I had worked with Skellenger Bender in the first round. Big bucks no resolution. I met Ms Johnson and we clicked. So friendly, thoughtful, professional. I asked for a quick solution and she found it. So grateful for her and her Assistant Ellen.
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Posted by anonymous | August 24, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Superior Rating for Acebedo & Johnson Firm
Our experience with this firm from day one has been excellent. My opinion extends to the entire office staff who are all extremely courteous and helpful people. We had a difficult situation with a non-communicative entity in the onset but with time, Ms. Johnson skillfully launched a plan that eventually led us to an impressive financial settlement plus she successfully negotiated a long-term contract for a substantial amount of money with a billion dollar corporation. Yes, she appears to be a gentle and calm dispositioned woman but there's a raging spirit within her who will not be intimidated by powerful big business and she will continually fight and strategize until you succeed in your cause. This case took almost 2 years to conclude but one of the most fortunate and wise things I've ever done in business was to hire Ms. Johnson.
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Posted by stephanie | September 28, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Acebedo & Johnson are the BEST!
Cindy Johnson represented me during the arbitration phase of a lawsuit against the builder of a new construction home that I purchased in 2014. The lawsuit was originally filed in June 2015 by my former attorney, Forrest Carlson. When Ms Johnson took over the case in January 2017 (a year and a half in) there was a lot of information for her to get caught up on. Ms Johnson did not miss a beat! I was amazed by how quickly she was able to sort through the many issues in my complaint and familiarize herself with the case. It was almost like she was there from the beginning in 2014. She was very thorough when she reviewed the hundreds of documents forwarded to her by my former attorney. Ms Johnson clearly explained to me what to expect during arbitration. I just can't say enough about what a great job Ms Johnson and her team- Mr Acebedo, Adam and Shawn did for my case. I was the prevailing party against a builder that was represented by a high powered law firm located in downtown Seattle. Ms. Johnson is highly experienced, and is a very knowledgeable construction defect attorney. Ms Johnson stuck to the relevant facts in my case. She worked very hard to prepare for the arbitration hearing and her hard work resulted in me being awarded a judgement that covered all fees and cost. I am very pleased with the outcome. I am forever grateful that I found Acebedo & Johnson. I would highly recommend this firm to anyone seeking hard working attorneys with a high level of integrity. Acebedo & Johnson will represent you well. I could not be happier to have this three year nightmare behind me, but most of all I'm so very pleased to be the prevailing party thanks to Acebedo & Johnson. It's intimidating to file a lawsuit against a developer that is financially well established in a municipality where the developer has a lot of influence and friends at City Hall, but with the right legal team you can prevail. Thank you- Ms Johnson, Mr Acebedo, Adam and Shawn for everything!
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Posted by angela | May 3, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great Attorney
I have seeked assistance in my natter and I am very pleased with the work the Acebedo and Johnson Law Firm performed for me. Pleasant to work with, everything is done in the timely manner. I was informed about updates and the plan.Thank you. I would recommend this firm to everyone. They went through pages and pages and seems like they were on top of the case. Thank you again. Calm and humble, however, to the point and thorough. They had the job done.
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Posted by Joe | June 15, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent client representation
Ms. Johnson and her associates were great to work with. Their communication is outstanding and they placed a high level of importance on my case. Their services exceeded my expectations.
Posted by anonymous | February 6, 2015
Five Star Attorney
When I first met Cindy she seemed meek and timid. Don't let her mild manner fool you. She's assertive, authoritative, and five steps ahead of the opposition. She and her firm handled a contract issue for me. She and the other attorneys and staff in her firm use a collaborative approach that produced outstanding results for me. She's worth twice what you'll pay, even if your issue ends up going to court and costing thousands. If you go to Tacoma or Seattle for an attorney expect to pay twice what you'll pay her and not receive the quality of service and results.
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Posted by Marcia | October 13, 2014
A Positive Review for Cindy Johnson Acebedo
Ms. Johnson Acebedo has helped us with business issues as well as our personal estate planning needs. We have been clients for several years. She is a careful listener and thorough in her answers and recommendations. She is conscientious about follow-up. We are confident we are getting the advice and support we need from her.
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Posted by Cathy | October 10, 2014
Cindy Johnson Acebedo Review
Cindy has assisted me with various questions and consultations regarding personal and business concerns. She has always been trustworthy and honest with me regarding each set of circumstances. Her level of service and follow through has been top of the line and very professional. I highly recommend her and her office.
Posted by Richard | October 6, 2014
Ms. Johnson has my Thanks and Recommendation
Myself and my neighbors were involved in a dispute with the corporation bordering our properties. The city we live in had given the corporation the right to buy property unrestricted and once they bought the property the zoning changed from residential to commercial on the property purchased. In other words the owner could not sell it as commercial property, but once it was purchased by the one corporation in town that could buy the property for use as commercial property it became commercial property. This was a very high profile case that was in the news paper three times. Ms. Johnson stopped the expansion of the corporation in our residential neighborhood, helped set up a one hour parking restriction for non residents on our streets so the residents and not the corporation could park in front of our homes she also worked with the city on having the corporation build an 8 foot wall between the corporation and our homes.
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Posted by Bob | October 6, 2014
I wouild not hesitate to work with Cindy Johnson or Peter Acebedo.
I have had Acebedo and Johnson help me twice with two totally different situations. In both cases they were very professional and I was very happy with the advise and service I received.
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  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
  • Hourly Rates $ 230-230 per hour
  • Retainer Sometimes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 8.0 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Hearing Examiner
  • Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department
  • 2009 - Present
  • Partner
  • Acebedo & Johnson, LLC
  • 2005 - Present
  • Alternate Hearing Examiner
  • Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department
  • 2007 - 2009
  • Contract Attorney
  • Marten Law Group, PLLC
  • 2005 - 2005
  • Associate Attorney
  • Short Cressman & Burgess, PLLC
  • 2004 - 2004
  • Associate Attorney
  • Dickson Law Offices, PLLC
  • 2001 - 2004
  • Contract Counsel
  • San Diego District Attorney’s Office
  • 2000 - 2001
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  • New England School of Law
  • Juris Doctor
  • 1999
  • University of Washington
  • BA
  • 1995


  • American Inns of Court
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • Washington Environmental & Land Use Law Newsletter
  • Editorial Board
  • 2001 - 2012

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • CALI Award in Government Lawyer
  • New England School of Law
  • 1998


  • Washington Lawyer's Practice Manual
  • Shoreline Management Act; Author/Co-Author - Chapter 23, Part 8
  • 2013
  • Washington State Bar Association Environmental & Land Use Law Newsletter
  • Environmental Law Case Update
  • 2009
  • Washington State Bar Association Environmental & Land Use Law Newsletter
  • A Difficult Balancing Act: Recent Shorelines Hearing Board Decisions and Case Law Regarding Cumulative Impacts
  • 2008
  • Washington State Bar Association’s Environmental & Land Use Law Newsletter
  • King County Provides Guidance Regarding Maintenance on Lakefront Beaches and Wetlands
  • 2007
  • Washington State Bar Association’s Environmental & Land Use Law Newsletter
  • Show Me the Money: A Glimpse into Environmental Bankruptcy Issues
  • 2006
  • Washington State Bar Association’s Environmental & Land Use Law Newsletter
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit (Alaska) and Texas Supreme Court Decide Arranger Liability Cases
  • 2005
  • Washington State Bar Association’s Environmental & Land Use Law Newsletter
  • Difficulties With Designation: Agricultural Lands Under The Growth Management Act
  • 2005
  • Washington State Bar Association’s Environmental & Land Use Law Newsletter
  • NPDES Permit Exemption for Logging Activities: Court Rules Against EPA
  • 2004
  • Washington State Bar Association’s Environmental & Land Use Law Newsletter
  • A Business Perspective on the 2003 Shoreline Guidelines
  • 2003
  • Washington State Bar Association’s Environmental & Land Use Law Newsletter
  • Criminal Provisions of Environmental Statutes, Recent Case Law and Trends in the Ninth Circuit
  • 2001
  • New England Journal on Civil and Criminal Confinement
  • For Better or Worse-Alternatives to Jail Time for Environmental Crime
  • 2000
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Attorney endorsements

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Given (4)
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Unknown Attorney | Jun 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Feb 26
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
General practice Attorney | Oct 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Cindy Johnson Acebedo is a valued colleague and resource. Her knowledge on real estate, land use, and other matters is recognized by her peers. She is a professional."
Land use and zoning Attorney | Oct 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Ms. Acebedo is an excellent attorney. Her attention to detail and problem solving abilities are exceptional. She has many years experience in land use issues, which are very complicated."
Land use and zoning Attorney | Oct 06
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Land use and zoning Attorney | Oct 03
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"I endorse this lawyer."
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Puyallup Litigation Lawyer Cindy Johnson
Cindy Johnson
Litigation Attorney
Puyallup, WA
Licensed for 23 years
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