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After 30 years of representing clients in the Tacoma area,
Mr. Bauer has proved himself as not just an attorney, but a counselor at law. On both sides of the aisle, Mr. Bauer has represented people charged with crimes and victims of criminal acts. He realizes that everyone makes mistakes, that you don't need a lawyer to judge or condemn you, that what you need is dedicated passionate counsel who fights hard for you and your rights. Mr. Bauer gives seasoned advice, is able to assess your case with an experienced eye, and is not afraid to try some of the hardest cases imaginable.


Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 70%
    32 years
  2. Lawsuits & Disputes: 20%
    32 years
  3. Car Accident: 10%
    32 years



Fixed (always), Retainer (always), Free consultation (60 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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    If my close friend or relative needed an attorney, I would refer them to Erik.


    Ray Pollari General practice Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Tanya L Hankins

    I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Bauer is a knowledgeable and experienced trial lawyer who fights hard for his clients. I would highly recommend him.


    Tanya Hankins Litigation Attorney
    Relationship: Co-worker

Contact info

The Law Office of Erik L Bauer

215 Tacoma Ave South
Tacoma, WA, 98402-2523


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
BV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2014
BV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2013
Certified TrainerNational Association of Attorneys General2013
BV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2012
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
OwnerThe Law Office of Erik L. Bauer1985 - Present
PresidentWashington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers1987 - 1988
Public DefenderWashington State Supreme Court1984 - 1985
Association namePosition nameDuration
National Association of Attorneys GeneralMember2013 - Present
Pierce County Sexual Assault Resource CenterAssociated Attorney2012 - Present
King County Sexual Assault Resource CenterAssociated Attorney2010 - Present
United States District Court Eastern District of WashingtonAdmitted to Practice1985 - Present
United States Supreme CourtAdmitted to Practice1985 - Present
United States District Court for the Western District of WashingtonAdmitted to Practice1985 - Present
Tacoma Pierce County Bar AssociationAttorney Member1985 - Present
Washington State Bar AssociationAttorney Member1985 - Present
Utah State Bar AssociationAttorney Member1984 - Present
Washington Association of Criminal Defense LawyersPresident1987 - 1988
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
J.S., S.L. and L.C. v. Village Voice Media dba Backpage.comOral Argument in the Washington State Supreme Court is still being decided.
Largest Indoor Grow OperationReduction of Charges
Cocaine Dealer charged with PossessionReduction of Charges
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Puget Sound School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1984
University of UtahEconomicsBS - Bachelor of Science1979
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
JUST ConferenceFighting Backpage and Winning Justice for Juveniles2014
Training the and Human Sex Trafficking2013