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About me

The only "work" I enjoy more then a good jury trial is coaching kids.  I love the joy  and  revelation on their faces when they learn a new skill.   My clients get a similar look when the jury says NOT GUILTY. 


Languages spoken: English, Spanish

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Practice areas


  1. DUI & DWI: 33%
    20 years, 600 cases
  2. Domestic Violence: 33%
    20 years, 1.5 thousand cases
  3. Criminal Defense: 33%
    20 years, 4 thousand cases
  4. Violent Crime: 1%
    20 years, 1.5 thousand cases



Hourly ($400/hour), Fixed (always), Free consultation (60 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Andrew C Huff

    I have known James for some time and have personally observed his work in the courtroom. He is truly an exceptional attorney who always represents his clients extremely well.


    Andrew Huff DUI and DWI Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • James Egan

    Mr. White is a very sharp and persuasive advocate for all his clients. He has a particular knack for convincing prosecutors to negotiate, and has developed relationships with many of them in the King County area. He is a tireless advocate for clients, and is well-versed in the area of criminal and DUI law. He has done countless jury trials, and always makes a good impression in any court.


    James Egan DUI and DWI Attorney
    Relationship: Supervised lawyer

Contact info

Law Offices of Smith & White, PLLC

1019 Pacific Avenue
Suite 701
Tacoma, WA, 98402

Kitsap County Courthouse

614 Division St.
Port Orchard, WA, 98366



We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
SDL Rated 2016Search DUI Lawyers2016
Lead Counsel Rated 2016Martindale-Hubbell2016
Client Distinction Award 2015Martindale-Hubbell2015
Client Choice Award 2015AVVO2015
Top Contributor 2014AVVO2014
Lead Counsel RatedMartindale-Hubbell2013
SDL CertifiedSearch DUI Lawyers2013
Top 100 DUI AttorneysThe National Advocacy For DUI Defense2013
Seattle Municipal Court Panel AttorneySeattle Municipal Court2012
Top Contributor 2012avvo2012
Client Choice Award 2012avvo2012
Superb Ratingavvo2012
Superb Ratingavvo2011
Class A Qualified Panel AttorneyDepartment of Assigned Counsel2011
A RatingBetter Business Bureau2011
Excellent AwardAVVO2011
Dedication AwardNational College for DUI Defense2010
Valuable ServiceKing County Mental Health Court2004
Lead Attorney King County Mental Health CourtAssociated Counsel for the Accused2002
Felony PositionAssociated Counsel for the Accused1999
Who's Who in Law School StudentsWho's Who Legal1996
Law ClinicSeattle University School of Law1996
Who's Who LegalWho's Who in Law School Stusdent1995
Am Jur Evidence LabSeattle University School of Law1995
Rule 9 AttorneyDepartment of Assigned Counsel1995
99.9% ScoreLaw School Admissions Test1992
Shakespeare ExcellenceUpward Bound Program1987
Kiwanis ScholarshipKiwanis Club1987
Rotary ScholarshipRotary Club1987
Excellence in EnglishLeggett Valley High School1987
ValedictorianLeggett Valley High School1987
Mathmatics ExcellenceUpward Bound1987
Who's Who in High School StudentsWho's Who1987
110% Varsity BasketballLeggett Valley High School1986
MVP Varsity BasketballLeggett Valley High School1986
Mathmatics ExcellenceUpward Bound1986
4th Place Regional Cross CountryCalifornia Athletics Varsity Cross Country1986
MVP Varsity BasketballLeggett Valley High School1985
Mathmatics ExcellenceUpward Bound1985
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerLaw Offices of Smith & White, PLLC2011 - Present
AttorneyLaw Offices of James Egan, LLC2009 - 2011
Trial AttorneyLegacy Legal, PLLC2006 - 2009
AttorneyAssociated Counsel for the Accused1997 - 2004
AttorneyDepartment of Assigned Counsel1994 - 1997
AttorneyCentro Latino1994 - 1997
Association namePosition nameDuration
United State District CourtAttorney in the US District Court2013 - Present
Washington State Bar Association, Solo and Small Practice Sectionmember2011 - Present
Washington State Bar Association, Criminal Law SectionN/A2011 - Present
Washington State Bar Association, Litigation SectionMember2011 - Present
Washington State Bar Association, Civil Rights Law SectionMember2011 - Present
Tacoma Pierce County Bar AssociationMember2011 - Present
National College of DUI DefenseMember2009 - Present
Washington Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember2009 - Present
Vashon Island Junior BasketballBoard Member2005 - Present
Washington Defender Associationmember1997 - Present
Washington State Bar Associationmember1997 - Present
King County Bar Associationmember2008 - 2009
American Immigration Lawyers Associationmember2005 - 2006
ABA/Microsoft Immigration Pro Bono ProjectLead Attorney2005 - 2005
Washington State Trial Lawyers Associationmember2004 - 2005
King County Mental Health CourtLead Counsel2002 - 2004
Seattle Municipal Mental Health CourtAttorney1999 - 2002
Casa LatinaLead Attorney1996 - 1998
HOLAExecutive Assistant1994 - 1996
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
State v. Alfred G.Not Guilty in under an hour
State v. Joshua E.Client released
3rd DUI in 7 years reduced to Reckless Driving3rd DUI in 7 years reduced to Reckless Driving
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Publication nameTitleDate
Tacoma Criminal Lawyer BlogJames White Criminal Law Blawg2016
AVVOField Sobriety Tests for DUIs2012
avvoConstructive Possession and Unwitting Possession2012
AVVOHow to Get the No Contact Order Dropped2012
AvvoSo You Admitted You were Driving2012
avvoWhere You Read Your Rights?2012
AvvoTop Ten Responses to Being Interrogated by Law Enforcement2011
AvvoWhat to Bring to Your Arraignment2011
AvvoStopped for Lane Travel2011
AVVODo You Need to Intend a DUI2010
Law School BulletinArguments Against the Death Penalty1993
Law School BulletinArguments Against the Death Penalty Reply1993
In Your FaceLos Lobos1991
EditorialYear Book1987
Short FictionYear Book1987
Short FictionYear Book1986
School CollectionCoyote1985
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Seattle University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1996
University of California - BerkeleySociologyOther - Bachelors1991
San Francisco State UniversityEnglishMinor1990
California State University, Humboldt State UniversityEnglishMinor1990
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Seattle University Legal Externship OrientationReal World Criminal Law2007
Political CaucusCandidate Qualifications2007
Seattle University Legal Extern OrientationReal World Criminal Law2006
Seattle University Legal Extern OrientationReal World Criminal Law2005
Mental Health ConferenceMental Health issues in criminal defense2004
Gains Conference in Las VegasMental Health & Criminal Defense2004
International Judges touring King County Mental Health CourtMental Health & Criminal Defense2003
CLE PresentationImmigration Update to Criminal Defense2001
Baptismal of J.QBaptism2001
Association of College EntrepeneursStudent Representative1990
Leggett Valley GraduationValedictorian1987
Student ElectionsStudent President1986
Interschool Council ElectionsPresident Elections1986
Fort Bragg School Board MeetingExchange Student Program1986
Student ElectionsStudent President1985