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Michael E Harbeson

About me

With more than 18 years of experience, I will fully commit myself to your case, help you navigate through the complex legal system and educate you about the legal and practical options presented by your case.


Because I have extensive experience as both a prosecutor and defense attorney, I have a comprehensive knowledge of what the prosecution is likely to try in your case.  This allows me to aggressively rebut any frivolous allegations and aggressively defend you in negotions or litigation.  I am always committed to the best possible outcome; if it is not possible to get a charge dismissed, I will do everything possible to mitigate any possible consequences and preserve your professional and personal life.


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Practice areas


  1. DUI & DWI: 40%
  2. Criminal Defense: 25%
  3. Speeding Ticket: 15%
  4. Federal Crime: 10%
  5. Other: 10%
  6. More 



Retainer (always), Free consultation (120 minutes), Pro bono (5%)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Joseph B Cutter

    I endorse this lawyer's work. He is hard working and very pleasant to deal with. He is honest and always patient. He goes the extra mile for his clients


    Joseph Cutter DUI and DWI Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Eric James Schurman

    I have known Mr. Harbeson professionally for many years and hold him in the highest regard. His skill, experience, and knowledge as a criminal defense attorney is remarkable. He has an outstanding reputation in the legal community--from prosecutors, judges, and defense attorneys alike and have consulted him on numerous occasions. I highly endorse this lawyer.


    Eric Schurman Criminal defense Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

Law Office of Michael E. Harbeson

105 W Main St, Suite B117
Puyallup, WA, 98371


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Top 100 DUI AttorneysNational Advocacy for DUI Defense2014
Eagle ScoutBoy Scouts of America1988
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
OwnerLaw Office of Michael E. Harbeson2004 - Present
Judge Pro-temEatonville Municipal Court2012 - 2012
AssociateLaw Office of Barbara A. Bowden, P.S.2002 - 2004
AssociateCrawford, McGilliard, Peterson, Yelish & Dixon1999 - 1999
Prosecuting AttorneyCity of Auburn1999 - 2001
Deputy Prosecuting AttorneyKing County Prosecutor's Office1998 - 1999
Deputy Prosecuting AttorneyPierce County Prosecuting Attorney's Office1997 - 1998
Association namePosition nameDuration
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember2016 - Present
Washington State Bar Association, Criminal Law SectionMember2015 - Present
National College of DUI DefenseMember2015 - Present
Pierce County District Court Liason CommitteeMember2014 - Present
National Advocacy for DUI DefenseMember2014 - Present
Tacoma Pierce County Bar Association, Criminal Law SectionMember2004 - Present
Tacoma Pierce County Bar AssociationMember2004 - Present
National Institute for Trial AdvocacyMember2004 - Present
United States District Court for the Western District of WashingtonAttorney Member2002 - Present
Federal Trial BarMember2002 - Present
Washington State Bar AssociationMember1996 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
City of Seattle v. Holifield, 150 Wn.App. 213, 208 P.3d 24Motion to vacate Jacob Culley's disposition entered while on appeal was denied and suppression of evidence under CrRLJ 8.3(b) was not an available remedy.
Federal DUIReduced to Negligent Driving with no jail
Assault - Domestic ViolenceNot Guilty at Jury Trial
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Publication nameTitleDate
Continuing Legal Education Seminar publicationCan the State Toxicology Lab Still Make Mistakes?2011
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Gonzaga University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1996
Seattle UniversityPolitical ScienceBA - Bachelor of Arts1993
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
CLEState Toxicology Lab2011