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Charles (Chuck)  was born and raised in Tacoma, Washington. He graduated from the University of Washington and received his JD from Seattle University in 1978. He has been practicing law, specializing in criminal defense in both State and Federal Courts since 1979. 

Chuck has fought aggressively for citizens accused of every crime, from murder to drugs and alcohol-related offenses throughout Washington State. Chuck is respected for his experience at trial and his proven results have earned him a reputation for excellence and providing exceptional service.

Chuck also assists those with family law issues, including divorce, custody and support/maintenance issues.

Chuck and his team, Kim Kohn, paralegal/office administrator/notary public  and Mike Baldassin, investigator, bring passion and concern to every case, criminal and family. They see and care about their clients as people, not just cases. 

If you or a loved one is being investigated, have been arrested or charged with a crime, or is facing a family law issue, seek the experienced counsel of Charles A. Johnston.


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Practice areas


  1. Family: 50%
  2. Criminal Defense: 50%


Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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  • Daniel N Cook

    I endorse this lawyer. Chuck can present a case better then any attorney I know. He can take the toughest situations and find the positives for his client. I regularly refer clients to Chuck.


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  • Kevin Gregory Byrd

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Contact info

Charles Johnston, Attorney at Law

202 E 34th St
Tacoma, WA, 98404-1503


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Top 100 Trial LawyersThe National Trial Lawyers2015
Top 100 Trial LawyersThe National Trial Lawyers2014
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Head Football Coach- FreshmanBellarmine High School2000 - Present
OwnerCharles Johnston, Attorney at Law1995 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
Pierce County Rules CommitteeCommittee Member2000 - Present
Puyallup Tribal Court Bar AssociationMember1985 - Present
United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth CircuitMember1985 - Present
United States District Court for the Western District of WashingtonMember1982 - Present
Tacoma Pierce County Bar AssociationMember1980 - Present
Washington State Bar AssociationMember1979 - Present
Tacoma Pierce County Bar AssociationTrustee2011 - 2013
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Seattle University School of LawLawJD - Juris DoctorN/A