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James Edmund Oliver JR

Personal injury Attorney at Tacoma, WA

4.7   13 reviews
  • Licensed for 23 years
    State WA
    Acquired 2000
    Active No misconduct found

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

About James

Learn James’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Personal injury
    Motor Vehicle Accidents, Motorcycle Accidents, Bicycle Accidents, Dog Bites, Slip and Fall.

    24 years, 200 cases

  2. Criminal defense
    Serious Felony and Misdemeanor Defense: Burglary, Assault, Attempting to Elude, Possession of Stolen Property, Unlawful Possession of Controlled Substance, Possession with intent to Deliver, Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Felony Harassment, Vehicular Assault, Vehicular Homicide, Felony DUI, Arson, Theft, Malicious Mischief, Domestic Violence, Kidnapping, Rape, Shoplifting.

    23 years, 3,000 cases

  3. DUI and DWI
    Defense of Drug and/or Alcohol related driving charges. Drunk driving, DUI, DWI, BUI, Physical Control, Drugged Driving. Marijuana, weed and booze.

    23 years, 700 cases

  4. Speeding and traffic ticket
    Tacoma traffic attorney. We handle speeding tickets, too fast for conditions, HOV violations, Negligent Driving, following too closely and other infractions.

    23 years, 2,000 cases

You deserve a top rated defense that you can afford.  If you have been charged with a crime, received a traffic ticket, or have been injured, the choice you make in an attorney will have long lasting consequences.

You should carefully choose an attorney who fill fight for you, your freedom, your future, your health. I'm an experienced trial attorney in an office of experienced trial attorneys who will fight for you. IF YOU DEMAND JUSTICE, DEMAND DURFLINGER OLIVER!

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Washington DUI/DWI court process. Tacoma drunk driving attorney represents clients in Seattle, King County and Pierce County. Criminal lawyer, Jim Oliver of Durflinger Oliver & Associates can help you with DOL, traffic, and alcohol offenses.
Washington DUI/DWI and your license. Tacoma drunk driving attorney represents clients in Seattle, King County and Pierce County. Criminal lawyer, Jim Oliver of Durflinger Oliver & Associates can help you with DOL and alcohol offenses.
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Durflinger Oliver & Associates
711 Saint Helens Ave.
Suite 209
Tacoma, WA, 98402


4.7 / 5.0
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Posted by Jerramy | March 11, 2015
The best attorney a guy looking at time in prison could ever ask for!!!
He came in the court house and everyone acknowledged him right away. Me being a salesmen most of my life I knew right there how much foot work it took to get that kind respect and they all greeted him with a smile. Got me PR'rd on a bail jumping which I've never heard nor seen that ever happen. Ended up getting charges dismissed!! Man I couldn't have done it withouty Gurl cause she's the one introduced me to Jim and it was the best idea she spoken yet!! Lol
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Posted by Aaron | February 6, 2015
I have had a few tickets in the last few years and never went anywhere else. Very easy and speedy. I have had all of my traffic infractions off my record and couldn't be happier. (mainly in the Pierce County area) Highly recommended
Posted by moises | May 9, 2014
my case was dismissed
This is the best lawyer I've ever had I highly recommend him if your in real trouble. I was facing 20 plus years and 5 months later I'm home with my family. Hes really good and knows exactly what he's doing. on top of that he's a great guy. This is the attorney you want. him and his staff were always there to do there best to answer any questions I had. Durflinger Oliver is the way to go
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Posted by Jamey | April 21, 2013
Great defense
Jim is the best lawyer i have ever dealt with.He is down to earth and knows the law.Jim and his staff make you feel right at home and everything is going work out in the best possible way to benefit you.I highly recommend Jim to defend you in any way needed.
Posted by Valdez | April 19, 2013
If you ever find yourself and your life counting on somebody, put your life in the hands of James Oliver.
First and for most, I would like to thank James Oliver and staff for all that they have done for myself and my case. I couldn't have asked for a better turn out with such satisfaction than I got with James Oliver Attorney at law, So I highly recommend if you ever find yourself at need of an attorney at law, James Oliver all the way.
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Posted by Patrick | February 4, 2013
A very competant, professional and friendly lawyer. HIGHLY recommended.
I hired Mr. Oliver recently when my existing lawyer had to withdraw from my case due to a conflict of interest. I was facing six months in custody due to a no-contact order violation. This case was pending and holding over my shoulders for over one year. The prosecuting attorney was not willing to negotiate at all, even though the alleged victim in the matter did not want to press charges. Throughout the whole process James was confident that he would be able to persuade the judge to allow electronic home monitoring as an alternative to jail time. He informed me that this was not a case that would be worth taking to trial, and recommended that I plea guilty and try to convince the judge to allow EHM as opposed to jail time. The time cam to plea guilty, and we appeared in front of a Pro-Tem judge. She reviewed the evidence, and made the decision to sentence me to three months jail time, and the remaining three months on EHM. At this point, I was ready to just get it over with, serve my time and move on with my life. James did not take the initial decision lightly, and informed the Pro-Tem judge that he would be filling a motion to re-consider with the presiding judge that usually oversees the cases in that court. Keep in mind throughout this entire process, he was very re-assuring and was very confident that he was going to make a strong argument in order to overturn the initial ruling. About a week after the initial ruling, he called to inform me that we would be going to the same courtroom again to appear before the presiding judge to plead our case. The judge ended up amending the initial findings, and sentenced me to three days in custody, and the remainder of the time to be served on EHM. Now I will be able to keep my job, continue therapy, and move on with my life. I can't recommend this lawyer enough. Not only is he confident, friendly and professional, he is also extremely articulate when speaking on the record and presents his argument very well. I have dealt with many lawyers in the past, and I can honestly say he is the best I have ever worked with. He will not give up, fight hard for you, and help you to feel as though there is justice in this biased legal system. Legal troubles are a serious thing in this day and age. I have seen many innocent people railroaded by the legal system and lose everything they had ever worked for. If you have any problems, and are facing any legal troubles you do not want to just hire anybody. If you had a life threatening illness that needed to be treated, you would not just trust any doctor to conduct the surgery, so why leave your life in the hands of an in-competent lawyer? James is the best there is, do not hesitate to hire him! You will not be sorry!
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Posted by Jason | October 20, 2011
Looking for Excellence, Look for James Oliver
I hired Mr. Oliver in 2008 where he handled my case and was amazing. He let me feel at ease with his confidence and knowledge of what he was doing. He is not only professional but very personable. He is very trust worthy and has outstanding ethics. Very hard to find in todays world let alone in an attorney. He truly cares about what he does and the people he serves.
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Posted by anonymous | February 22, 2011
Great lawyer at an affordable price
I decided to use this lawyer because he was recommended by a friend. I was concerned that his fees were a bit lower than what other lawyers were charging but he had lots of experience and we really liked him. I hired him to represent my son and he did a great job. He tried the case and my son was acquitted of all charges.
Posted by jim | January 27, 2011
the light at the end of the tunnel
i was extremely happy with the knowledge and confidence Jim Oliver showed to me in my time of chaos. i was unsure about having another lawyer give me false hopes just because i haven't been in this situation before. Jim Oliver not only gave me confidence he showed that great lawyers still exist. i couldn't have been happier with the service of Jim Oliver. thank you again.
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Posted by Jamie | January 19, 2011
Outstanding services with outstanding results !!!!
I have gone to Mr. Oliver for many things, including a lot of referrals. He is the lawyer everyone wishes they knew. I have referred him to all of my family members, friends, co-workers, and even to people I don't even know. He is a sincere person, and you feel that when you first contact him...... I have ONLY used Mr. Oliver for an attorney since 2007, and will only take the legal advise from him . He has always given me piece of mind, and was beat everything ! Thanks SO much !!!!
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Posted by Mike | January 3, 2011
Very Satisfied
I have used Jim Twice with very good success.. He was very knolledgable about both topics and was able to get the cases thrown out of court. I have recomended him to multiple people.
Posted by anonymous | May 17, 2008
Goes the extra mile for the client
Mr. Oliver represented me recently in a traffic incident in which he prevailed. He had to argue against a city attorney and he even impressed the other side's witness. He is determined, very knowledgeable, detailed and and thorough in both his work and in his explanations to me about the process and the law. He is also reassuring, which is a great comfort, and he is very easy to work with. I highly recommend Mr. Oliver.
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Posted by anonymous | May 17, 2012
You get what you pay for?
Mr. Oliver represented me several years ago Pro-Bono. Not at any point did I feel that he represented me fairly, he was unfamiliar with my case and on more than one occasion he simply didn't bother to show up at all. I plead to a charge that I was NOT guilty of for fear of a much longer sentence since he was not working towards my defense. I was in prison almost a year and have been out for almost 3 years now. I have since talked to others he represented pro-bono and they shared simular stories. On the flip side, I also know a client of his who paid Mr. Oliver to represent him, and he did well. I just feel that he should represent all his clients best his abilities, Lord knows how many other Pro-Bono clients he may have that will spend time away from their families because Mr. Oliver failed them.
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  • Free Consultation 60 minutes
  • Contingency 25%-40%
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Durflinger, Oliver & Associates
  • 2011 - Present
  • Attorney at Law
  • Law Office of James Oliver
  • 2002 - Present
  • Partner
  • Wickens Oliver, PS
  • 2008 - 2010
  • Paralegal/Contract Attorney
  • Davies Pearson, P.C.
  • 1999 - 2002
  • Mediator
  • Pierce County District Court
  • 1997 - 1999
  • Street Law Teacher
  • Lincoln High School
  • 1997 - 1997
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  • Washington Assoc. of Criminal Defense
  • Continuing Legal Education
  • 2011
  • Tacoma/Pierce County Bar Association
  • Continuing Legal Education
  • 2010
  • Pierce County Center for Dispute Resolution
  • Basic Mediators Course
  • 1998
  • Seattle University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1998
  • University of California - Santa Cruz
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1994
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Legal Cases

  • Rupp v. Chan
  • Insurance Policy Limits.
  • St. v. Meza Flores
  • Dismissals of all but one Assault 3.
  • St. v. Perea
  • Acquittal
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  • Tacoma Events Commission
  • Of Counsel
  • 2014 - Present
  • Tacoma/Pierce County Chamber of Commerce
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • Washington Defender Association
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • Tulalip Tribal Bar Association
  • Admitted to Practice
  • 2010 - Present
  • Tacoma Pierce County Bar Association, Legislative Committee
  • Chairman
  • 2009 - Present
  • Puyallup Tribal Court
  • Admitted to Practice
  • 2005 - Present
  • Tillicum American Lake Gardens Community Service Center
  • Past President
  • 2005 - Present
  • Republican Party
  • Precinct Committee Officer
  • 2005 - Present
  • Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2003 - Present
  • Federal Court
  • Admitted to Practice
  • 2002 - Present
  • Washington State Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2001 - Present
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2000 - Present
  • Tacoma Pierce County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2000 - Present
  • City of Lakewood Planning Advisory Board
  • Board Member
  • 2007 - 2011
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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Honors and Awards

  • Top 100 Criminal Defense Lawyers In State of Washington
  • The American Society of Legal Advocates
  • 2015
  • Firm of the Year
  • NALS
  • 2013
  • Firm of the Year
  • NALS
  • 2012
  • Best Answer to Legal Question
  • Avvo
  • 2011
  • Best Pierce County Law Firm 2011-2012
  • NALS - Association for Legal Professionals
  • 2011
  • Spring 1997 Mock Trial - 1st Place
  • Seattle University Moot Court Board
  • 1997
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Speaking Engagements

  • Local Politics
  • Reagan Political Accomplishments
  • 2007
  • Candidates Forum
  • Legislative Candidate
  • 2006
  • Career Day
  • Overview of the Law
  • 1999
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Attorney endorsements

Received (41)
Given (57)
Endorse James
Unknown Attorney | Jan 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Aug 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Apr 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"A U.C. Santa Cruz undergrad with a Seattle University School of law degree and 15 solid years of practice is what we refer to as highly experienced. Knowledge of both the law and procedure is excellent and evident in his pro bono contributions here. His client reviews are beyond stellar, they reflect his worth to his clients. READ THEM! Endorsements from peer attorneys are also outstanding. Do yourself a favor if you or a loved one need help and give him a call for a consultation. If you are lucky he might just agree to represent you."
Unknown Attorney | Apr 16
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer. Responsible and respected member of the legal community"
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 07
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Speeding and traffic ticket Attorney | Sep 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse James. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I've known Jim for years, first working "against" him as a prosecutor and have observed him for years since as fellow defense counsel. He's knowledgeable and presents very professionally. He was always pleasant dealing with prosecutors, and as a former PA and now defense attorney now I can say that's no small task. That sort of demeanor and approach pays dividends for his clients. Jim also has great taste in eyewear and shoes. In fact, when I got Lasic last year I hesitated for a moment, because I knew I'd never again have a need cool glasses like Jim's. Well at least there's still the shoes. Jim is a great attorney and I endorse him without reservation."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I've known Jim professionally for many years, and I am always impressed with the high level of service he provides for his clients. Inside the courtroom he uses his vast knowledge of the law to effectively persuade Judges and Prosecutors. Outside the courtroom he is very personable, able to connect with his clients and understand their needs. Jim's clients can feel confident they are in good hands and that everything possible is being done to ensure their resolution is the best possible outcome."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have had the privilege of working with Mr. Oliver for the past 2 1/2 years. Previously, as a prosecutor I negotiated cases with Mr. Oliver. As a defense attorney, I have been fortunate to benefit from his vast experience as criminal defense trial attorney. I have enjoyed watching and participating in Mr. Oliver's trials and have been impressed by his expertise and command of the courtroom."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Jim is a great and well respected trial attorney in the community. He has a very successful practice due to his great work ethic and his success in the courtroom."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. James is a compassionate and outstanding lawyer and will successfully defend his clients with passion. I highly recommend him."
Personal injury Attorney | Feb 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Attorney Oliver is a very experienced attorney and has shown his analytical skills through his providing answers to Avvo community posed questions. I would highly recommend him."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Never looks a horse in the mouth. Has some interesting ideas about ponies, too. I'd hire him."
Unknown Attorney | Jul 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. During my time as a deputy prosecuting attorney, I was always impressed by Jim's passionate advocacy for his clients. He has a sound legal mind and delivers top-notch results. Now, as a criminal defense attorney, I admire Jim for these same qualities."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. He's a rock star at crim defense!"
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 07
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Jim and I have worked together many times. I am always impressed with his passion for his clients."
Lawsuits and disputes Attorney | Feb 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
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