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Thomas Alan Baldwin Jr

Family Attorney at Puyallup, WA

4.4   14 reviews

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About Thomas

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I have been a practicing attorney in the state of Washington since 1998.  Since that time I pride myself in being a problem solver for my clients.  Clients come to me with a variety of problems and legal issues.  It is my job to help solve those problems and to resolve their issues. Sometimes the answer to the problem is aggressive litigation while other times simple, competent assistance with legal transactions is all that is needed.   Regardless of what type of problem or legal issue you have, I am here to help you solve that problem or issue.

 

In addition to my legal practice, I have also served as a faculty member for Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU).  ERAU is the world's largest, fully accredited university specializing in aviation and aerospace.  My faculty rank with ERAU was an Associate Professor and I taught a variety of legal subjects to include the following: Aviation Law; Business Law; Federal Regulations; Ethics; and the Legal System.  

 

I also served in the United States Military as an Army Aviator and Safety Officer and retired from military service is in 2005.

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Licensed for 24 years
State WA
Status Active
Acquired 1998
Updated 02/01/2023

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

Contact Thomas

Law Office Of Thomas A Baldwin Ps
1002 39th Ave SW, #205
Puyallup, WA, 98373-5915

Reviews

4.4 / 5.0
  14 customer reviews
Posted by Jaime | July 6, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great family lawyer
Thomas helped me and and my wife with a child custody battle over my 7 year old twins. He was clever and seen things I did not see and communicated his angle and approach to my case with a very difficult ex that was trying to ruin me in every possible way. Amy, his legal assistant kept me informed and calm in tough times as well as she was there for us whenever I struggled with a question or expressed a concern to her. Both Tom and Amy are a great team and we are so blessed to have found them. Long story short, we got the outcome we were asking for which was AMAZING. All we wanted was access to our kids and he got us a 50/50 split. We pray every night and include them in our prayers and express our gratitude over the settlement. We will continue to use the "Law Office of Thomas Baldwin" if ever any other family law issue comes up.
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Posted by Jason Sierra | March 9, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Representation for my divorce
Thomas and his staff were extremely helpful and patient with me. Having a lot of questions about divorce and what my best options were, Thomas was very cordial and explained things very well so that I could understand it all. He responded to everything very quickly and I truly felt that he had my best interests at heart.
Posted by anonymous | January 25, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Mr. Baldwin is a legal rockstar!
I hired Mr. Baldwin to represent me in my divorce trial. He kept me informed every step of the way, always in constant communication and quickly returned any emails or messages that I left for him. He is a very wise man, who purposely built issues into my case that I didn’t care about. He used legal strategies to lead my ex into believing that he had won something, when in reality, it was something I couldn’t have cared less about. Again, very wise. I would definitely use him again, although I hope I never have that need.
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Posted by anonymous | August 11, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Awesome Attorney
Tom represented my husband and I in an unexpected attempt to gain custody of my stepchild. Tom was awesome! He was honest, direct and very hardworking. Both he and Amy, his paralegal, responded quickly to any requests and really worked hard to insure that the were represented well. This was a devastating time for us, so it was reassuring to have someone to trust and know has your best interest and the interest of your child in mind. Tom worked hard to insure not only that we had a voice to be heard, but that we were vindicated in this unsuccessful attempt to wrestle away our custody. Tom won our case and we couldn't be more thankful for what he was able to do for us. We most certainly would use him again and recommend him highly.
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Posted by John | May 16, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Fantastic Service!
We have used Thomas Baldwin multiple times. Great service, efficient and gets things done in a timely manner. Highly recommend Mr. Baldwin.
Posted by Maddison | August 26, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Parenting Plan Case
Mr. Baldwin did an outstanding job representing me in my parenting plan case. Both him and his Paralegal Assistant Amy kept me involved and guided me through the court proceedings. All paperwork was filled on time, if not early, and they both took time to clearly explain each step in the case. Being represented by Mr. Baldwin was the best decision, and I couldn't be more pleased with the outcome of my case. I would definitely recommend this attorney to my friends and family without question. Thanks again Tom and Amy!
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Posted by Emma | January 15, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Professional and Personable
Mr Thomas Baldwin represented me with my divorce, parenting plan and protection order. Both he and Amy were very professional and personable whilst being knowledgeable and guiding me in the right direction. He is listed with my EAP through work and I would highly recommend his service to any friend in need. He made the stressful and life changing situation easier and always answered by questions and concerns quickly and straight forward. His fees are VERY reasonable compared to other lawyers. Thank you Thomas and Amy Baldwin!
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Posted by anonymous | June 20, 2014
Parenting Plan
Thomas Alan Baldwin JR, took on my case for a Parenting Plan dispute. Thomas is a lawyer who cared what happened in my case, he was very helpful and informative. My case was a bit difficult, Thomas took the time to understand what was going on in my case, and worked with me to figure out what the best approach for my case would be and what we should do. When I had questions he was always available for me to contact. If I emailed him, the response back was quick and very informative. He always took the time to listen to my case and his communication was impeccable, if I didn't understand what was being explained or if I was confused on the case he would take the time to help me to understand. Thomas put a lot of hard work, effort, and time into my case. When we went to court Thomas stood his ground on what he believed and what he thought was the best for my case. I feel that my case was resolved with the best interests of my child in mind. I would recommend Thomas Alan Baldwin JR to anyone who is looking for a lawyer. He works hard and wants to make sure that your case is resolved in the best way possible.
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Posted by anonymous | May 28, 2014
Great Divorce Attorney
Divorce is never gonna be cheap or painless. I am very satisfied with the level of service provided and was able to get it finalized. I am thankful for this representation, they are professional and extremely knowledgeable.
Posted by Terri | May 18, 2014
Divorce Professional
I was referred to Tom by my company EAP. It was the best referral I have been given. Tom is highly professional, knowledgeable lawyer. He explained my options and answered every question I had in a way that was very easy for me to understand. He and Amy always responded quickly to my calls and emails; often just confirming all was tracking as scheduled. All papers were filed in a timely fashion without any delays. I will recommend Tom to anyone seeking a lawyer. He made a very difficult situation much easier to process and resolve.
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Posted by anonymous | May 2, 2014
Awesome Attorney
Mr. Baldwin handled my divorce case and he was awesome. From the initial consultation through the finalization of my divorce he kept me informed and gave me critical advice that paid off in the end. As a father I was not expecting a parenting plan with equal time with my kids. I was told by several other attorneys that Washington was a mommy state. Mr. Baldwin's expertise and tenacity helped me get a fair and equal parenting plan with my kids. Thank you Mr. Baldwin for great representation.
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Posted by Erik | May 12, 2014
Trustworthy
Tom was very sympathetic, yet straight forward. Immediately upon speaking with him I knew he was trustworthy and honorable. I would encourage anyone with child custody issues to speak with Tom. This was the second time I had to go to court to fix injustices in a parenting plan. Tom went above and beyond, finding things my last lawyer either didn't know or just didn't care enough to handle. Tom is the man.
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Posted by anonymous | June 14, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Do Not Hire! Extremely unprofessional!
Hired Thomas Baldwin to do the documents for an uncontested legal separation. The draft of the legal pleadings took some weeks on his part. However, the drafts contained significant errors (addresses incorrectly entered, missing VIN numbers, incorrect parcel number on the home, etc) which I had to catch and for which I was charged. When my husband was putting a lot of pressure on me to check when the changes I submitted to the attorney would be made, I called the attorney's office to explain the situation to the legal secretary because I did not receive responses to my emails to the attorney. She misrepresented the conversation to the attorney who then emailed and stated he would quit my case because he had some high priority trials to attend to and my uncontested agreement was a low priority for him. The office made no mention of their priorities when they asked for the retainer to take the case. Moreover, the attorney informed me that I would not find any other family attorney who would be willing to make my case a priority over other trials they might have. He offered to refund the balance money which was a very small amount and the office mailed it to the wrong address. Somehow, fortunately, the refund check was delivered to me. Not only was I able to hire another attorney right away, but their firm completed my agreement in one day and filed it in court the following day without any mishaps and errors. And did I mention that Thomas Baldwin didn't even have the courtesy to greet me when I saw him at his office while talking to his legal assistant (after I paid the retainer to hire him)? Please save your money, time, and energy and hire someone else.
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Posted by anonymous | July 13, 2011
Be careful
Mr. Baldwin started representing me in my divorce. He was aware of my financial situation from the beginning. I put down my retainter and was assured the fees shouldn't go beyond that and if they did we could go after my ex to cover them as the divorce was his idea and I wasn't working at the time because I was in college. My ex was out of area temporarily, so there wasn't that much to do until he returned. Upon his return, Mr. Baldwin had exhausted my retainer on who knows what and got the court to grant him an additional sum to be paid by my ex for services to that point, to be paid within 60 days. My ex did nothing but try to bash my character in court during the divorce, spouting nothing but lies and even when I had proof it was all lies, Mr. Baldwin did nothing to counter the character defamation, which has allowed my ex to think he can continue to do so in court. With 3 weeks until the settlement conference, my ex had barely made a dent in the monies he was to pay. Being just 10 days away from the 60 day mark Mr. Baldwin informed me there was an additional 2000 owing, though he hadn't done anything. I had just started working. Mr Baldwin wanted the additional 2000 within 3 days or he was dropping my case. Again, nothing had really been done. Since he was awarded the fees, he gave nothing but bad advice, did not return calls, even telling me to "not rock the boat we we're almost done" when my ex threatened violence. I asked about a restraining order and was told fine but put the money down first. I ended up representing myself in the settlement conference and it was a disaster. I have physical custody of my children but can't wipe their noses without my ex holding me in contempt, which he has attempted on multiple occasions.
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Cost

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  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Law Office of Thomas Baldwin, P.S.
  • 2000 - Present
  • Associate Attorney
  • Van Siclen, Stocks & Firkins
  • 1998 - 2000
  • Associate Professor
  • Embry Riddle Aeronautical University
  • 1993 - 2016
  • Vice President of Operations
  • Northwest Aviation College
  • 1992 - 1995
  • Aviator & Safety Officer
  • U S Army, Reserves and National Guard
  • 1985 - 2005
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Education

  • Seattle University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1998
  • Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
  • MAS - Master of Aeronautical Science
  • 1993
  • University of Central Texas
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1990

Legal Cases

  • In Re the Marriage of Stonack
  • Settled without the need for trial
  • In Re the Estate of Penz
  • Successfully had the fiduciaries removed from their duties and obtained a judgment against them in the amount of $250,000.
  • Thun v Blevins
  • Successfully recovered the property to the landowner and recovered full fees.
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Associations

  • American Institute of Legal Counsel
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association
  • Member
  • 2006 - Present
  • Tacoma Pierce County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2000 - Present
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1998 - Present
  • Experimental Aircraft Association
  • Member
  • 1993 - Present
  • National Guard Association of Washington
  • Member
  • 1993 - Present
  • American Legion
  • Member
  • 2014 - 2017
  • American Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 1999 - 2001
  • Lawyer Pilots Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1998 - 2005
  • Veterans of Foreign Wars
  • Member
  • 1991 - 1993
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • AIOFLA's 10 Best in Washington for Client Satisfaction
  • American Institute of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2019
  • Top 10 Family Law Attorney - Washington
  • Attorney and Practice Magazine
  • 2019
  • AIOFLA's 10 Best in Washington for Client Satisfaction
  • American Institute of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2018
  • Top 10 Family Law Attorney - Washington
  • Attorney and Practice Magazine
  • 2018
  • AIOFLA's 10 Best In Washington for Client Satisfaction
  • American Institute of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2017
  • AIOFLA's 10 Best In Washington for Client Satisfaction
  • American Institute of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2015
  • Distinguished Faculty
  • JBLM
  • 2014
  • Instructor of the Year
  • Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
  • 2005
  • Distinguished Faculty
  • JBLM
  • 2004
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Publications

  • FAA/Riddle Press
  • Readings to Accompany Aircraft Crash and Emergency Management
  • 2005
  • Army Aviation Magazine
  • Troop Safety in the J-Series TOE
  • 1990

Speaking Engagements

  • Trusts 101
  • An Overview of Trusts
  • 2018
  • Trusts From A-Z
  • Simple Testamentary Trusts and Revocable Living Trusts
  • 2017
  • Trusts From A - Z
  • What Are Trusts? Main Trust Principles
  • 2017
  • The Probate Process from Start to Finish
  • Administering the Estate Effectively
  • 2017
  • WEA Pre-Retirement Seminar
  • Estate Planning
  • 2004
  • Puget Sound Council's Pre-Retirement Seminar
  • Estate Planning
  • 2002
  • WEA Pre-Retirement Seminar
  • Estate Planning
  • 2001
  • Puget Sound Pre-retirement seminar
  • Estate Planning
  • 2000
  • WEA Retired Pre-Retirement Seminar
  • Estate Planning
  • 1999
  • Puget Sound Uniserve Pre-Retirement Workshop
  • Estate Planning
  • 1998
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Attorney endorsements

Received (10)
Given (11)
Endorse Thomas
Family Attorney | Nov 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Tom Baldwin. He has excellent trial and courtroom demeanor and is a worthy, but amicable opposing counsel."
Family Attorney | Oct 29
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Tom and I were opposing counsel on a dissolution matter. He was a zealous advocate on his client's behalf, but also very professional."
Probate Attorney | Sep 20
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Sep 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Tom is very knowledgeable and a hard worker for his clients. He is as genuine a guy as you will ever find!"
Family Attorney | Sep 13
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Tom was opposing counsel on a dissolution which resulted in reconciliation. During the pendency of the matter Tom proved himself to be professional, courteous, responsive, and straight forward. Tom practices with ethics, focusing on real solutions for parties. I would be pleased to see Tom as opposing counsel in future cases. I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | May 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have worked with Mr. Baldwin on several cases and respect the quality of work and dedication that he provides for his clients. I endorse this attorney."
Aviation Attorney | Mar 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Real estate Attorney | May 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Litigation Attorney | May 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | May 12
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I have worked with Mr. Baldwin on several cases and respect him for the quality of work that he provides for his clients."
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Puyallup Family Lawyer Thomas Alan Baldwin Jr
Thomas Alan Baldwin Jr
Family Attorney
Puyallup, WA
Licensed for 24 years
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