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Hello, Since opening my ofice in 1992 I have focused on the aggressive defense of persons accused of crime. Just some of the types of cases I have previously tried in front of a jury include murder, 3 strikes offenses, rape, robbery, assault, burglary, theft, and traffic offenses such as DUI, physical control, reckless driving, driving on a suspended license, and negligent driving.


Practice areas


  1. Violent Crime: 35%
  2. Criminal Defense: 25%
  3. DUI & DWI: 20%
  4. Domestic Violence: 10%
  5. Child Abuse: 10%



Hourly ($230-250/hour), Fixed (sometimes), Retainer (sometimes), Free consultation (60 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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  • Michael S. Waddington

    I endorse Leslie. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community.


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  • Heather Rogers Straub

    Leslie Tolzin is one of my mentors and role models for serious, violent crime. He works hard and knows the law inside and out, and he is an outstanding advocate for the accused. I am honored to endorse Leslie Tolzin.


    Heather Straub Criminal defense Attorney
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Contact info

Leslie E. Tolzin, Attorney At Law

705 S 9th St.
Suite. 301
Tacoma, WA, 98405-4593


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Certificate of AppreciationWashington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers2015
Recognition as Scout Den LeaderBoy Scouts of America, Den 3752008
Certificate of Recognition - Superior Court JurorPierce County Superior Court1996
Criminal Defense Attorney of the YearConsumer Business Review1995
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
N/ALeslie E. Tolzin, Attorney at Law1992 - Present
Contract attorneyTucker & Stein, PS, Inc.1992 - 1992
AttorneyLaw Office of Thomas Dinwiddie1990 - 1992
Legal InternLaw Offices Of Thomas Dinwiddie1990 - 1990
LegaI InternCurran Kleweno and Johnson1989 - 1990
Association namePosition nameDuration
Hon. Robert J. Bryan American Inn of CourtMaster of the Bench2012 - Present
Washington Association of Criminal Defense LawyersBoard of Governors2012 - Present
Washington Defender AsociationMember2005 - Present
N.O.R.M.L.Legal Committe2000 - Present
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember1997 - Present
Washington Association of Criminal Defense LawyersPatron Member1993 - Present
Washington Defender AssociationBoard of Governors2005 - 2016
California Attorneys for Criminal JusticeMember1999 - 2014
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
State v. Carl SmithAcquitted - Not Guilty
State v. PetersAcquitted - Not Guilty
State v. NaimoAcquitted - Not guilty
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
John E. Reid & AssocaitesAdvanced Program for Police Interviews and InterrogationsCertificate2014
John E. Reid & AssociatesBasic Program on Police interviews and InterrogationsCertificate2014
University of WashingtonForensic ScienceCertificate Program in Forensics2002
Mercer University - Walter F. George School of LawNational Criminal Defense College - Trial Practice InstituteCertificate1999
University of Puget Sound School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1990
Winona State UniversityPolitical ScienceB.S.1987
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
WACDL Annual ConferenceCrossing the Cop2015
The Big Mouth: Dealing with Statements By and About Your Client"The Reid Technique2015
OPD Regional Training for Public DefendersUsing Investigators in Misdemeanor Cases2014
Ace the Case - Getting Started in Misdemeanor DefenseTen Rules for Misdemeanor Sentencing2014
WDA Trial Advocacy ProgramProgram Instructor2013
Looming Issues in Serious Felony CasesCo-Chair2013
Department of Assigned Counsel monthly CLEThe Rise, Fall, and Resurection of Corpus Delicti in WA2013
Nuts and Bolts of Cross ExaminationHow to Control a Witness2012
WDA Trial Advocacy ProgramVoire Dire, and Program Instructor2011
Emerging Issues on Ethics and Practice in Criminal DefenseThe Ethical Requirements of Investigation, Guilty Pleas, Sentencing and Communicating with Our Client2011
WDA Trial Advocacy ProgramConducting Voire Dire2010
11th Annual Bar ConventionDealing with License Suspensions2005