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Leslie Eugene Tolzin

Violent crime Attorney at Tacoma, WA

5.0   7 reviews
  • Licensed for 33 years
    State WA
    Acquired 1990
    Active No misconduct found

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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.


Leslie E. Tolzin, Attorney At Law
705 S 9th St.
Suite. 301
Tacoma, WA, 98405-4593

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Posted by anonymous | March 7, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Saved my son's life
My son was accused of child rape that the "victim" claimed happened over 12 years ago. I hired Mr. Tolzin to represent my son and through his hardwork, dedication and 20 years experience he made sure my son was going to be aquitted. Indeed he was found NOT GUILTY. Thank you Mr. Tolzin!
Posted by carl | January 8, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Last chance 4 life
my name is Carl Smith and I would like to tell you a very short story. I was at a bar one night in Spanaway and a fight broke out and somebody got stabbed and died. They snagged me up with three other people and we were tried and convicted for murder in the 2nd° I was sentenced to 35 years. To make a long story short seven years had went by and the court of appeals division to the court of appeals said that I did not get a fair trial and granted me a new trial so after seven years in prison they came and got me and put me back in Pierce County jail and that's where Mr. Leslie E tolzin he represented me in my new trial. After seven years of incarceration I really thought that my hopes would not be very high. But Leslie believed in me and we started working together. Leslie was like a pitbull in my trial he latched on to something and wouldn't let go until it was submitted. When the case went to the jury my jury was only out 15 minutes and came back with a not guilty verdict. I would like to thank Leslie for all his hard work and would recommend him for any type of case. Sincerely yours Carl Smith
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Posted by Nobi Roni | March 23, 2015
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| Consulted Attorney
Great experience
Great Profesionalism and really looking for client benifit the most. Know exactly what he's doing and give the best advice right the way.
Posted by anonymous | March 31, 2014
Great to work with. Highly recommended!
Les was great to work with. I would recommend him to anyone seeking legal advice or representation. He helped me to get the best possible outcome in my case and was willing to take it all the way to the end. I would use Les again and of course recommend him to others. In fact I already have.
Posted by anonymous | July 22, 2013
Couldn't have asked for any better!
My wife was being harassed by an old boyfriend she had over 40 years ago. Because we have been married for over 30 years I also felt threatened. Everyone who examined our situation agreed that the harassing ex-boyfriend clearly has significant psychiatric problems and that further fueled our fears. When the ex-boyfriend filed a petition saying we were harassing HIM we decided it was time to get a lawyer. We contacted Mr. Tolzin on the advice of a long time family friend who had worked with Mr. Tolzin for several years. We had to travel several hundred miles to meet with him for our initial consultation that lasted over 4 hours. During our meeting Mr. Tolzin immediately began to research our case in our presence by calling the legal staff where our hearing was scheduled, consulting with another lawyer in his office, reviewing the relevant law, preparing our declarations, etc. Not only did we like him very much personally, we could directly observe his working style as we sat with him. We didn’t have to trust that he was competent we, could see it for ourselves. We discussed various legal strategies with him and unprompted he always mentioned the cost associated with each one and focused on minimizing expenses. After several hours of discussion we were sure we wanted to hire him so we settled on a strategy and the associated charges that were more reasonable than I initially thought they would be. Mr. Tolzin never trivialized our fears and went out of his way to keep our location hidden from the harasser, suggesting where to park, what to wear to the hearing, etc. These may seem like small issues if you’re not the one being harassed but they were incredibly important to our feeling of safety when dealing with harassment that had the chance of a personal confrontation or even violence. During the hearing he was respectful of both the judge and the harassing ex-boyfriend in order to keep the emotional temperature low and not further inflame the situation. The judge did dismiss the unjustified complaint against us and we feel safer than before. It’s not only winning but just as importantly how you win that matters. Winning in a way that minimizes possible future problems and litigation is best and that’s exactly what Mr. Tolzin did for us. Mr. Tolzin’s email communication was very prompt and responsive to our questions and concerns. And it hasn’t stopped despite our “win”. He continues to offer help, with no additional fees, with other steps we might take regarding this harasser. I would unreservedly recommend Mr. Tolzin. I might add that there were several side discussions we had that clearly indicated Mr.Tolzin is truly understanding, sympathetic and sensitive regarding issues relating to race and feminism.
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Posted by anonymous | February 12, 2013
Excellent job.
I was charged with a fairly bad felony. The whole process took over a year but in the end Mr. Tolzin was able to get a not guilty verdict from the jury. Through out the trial he displayed his experience well, showing that he was in control of the situation every step of the way. With out a doubt Mr. Tolzin is an excellent trial attorney and I will be forever great full.
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Posted by Joseph Naimo | September 27, 2012
Leslie Tolzin SAVED MY LIFE
Les Tolzin, SAVED MY LIFE. I was 62 years old, my wife committed suicide. Because I was the husband and NOTHING else, no evidence, no motive, no insurance benefit, no other woman NOTHING, I was charged with 1st degree murder. I was facing 26 years in prison, at 62 years old thats a death sentence. The prosecution fought and fought to keep the truth from coming out. Leslie Tolzin fought harder to make sure the jury was able to hear the truth. Because there was no evidence against me, the prosecutor tried to twist words, the police tried to twist words to make me look guilty. Leslie Tolzin grabbed ahold of their twisted words and UNTWISTED their statements and the jury heard the truth and today I am a free man. To anyone who reads this, do not think because your innocent you will be set free, our legal system is not about the truth when it comes to the prosecution all they care about is winning, they do not want a jury to hear the truth. If I had had a court appointed lawyer or any lawyer that was anything less then the best , I would be spending the rest of my life in jail. Leslie Tolzin will not stop fighting for you, he has the background the experience and HE CARES- BELIEVE ME! I WAS THERE, it happened to me. I am alive and FREE because of LESLIE TOLZIN. THANK YOU LES.
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  • Free Consultation 60 minutes
  • Hourly Rates $ 230-250 per hour
  • Retainer Sometimes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Leslie E. Tolzin, Attorney at Law
  • 1992 - Present
  • Contract attorney
  • Tucker & Stein, PS, Inc.
  • 1992 - 1992
  • Attorney
  • Law Office of Thomas Dinwiddie
  • 1990 - 1992
  • Legal Intern
  • Law Offices Of Thomas Dinwiddie
  • 1990 - 1990
  • LegaI Intern
  • Curran Kleweno and Johnson
  • 1989 - 1990
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  • John E. Reid & Associates
  • Certificate
  • 2014
  • John E. Reid & Assocaites
  • Certificate
  • 2014
  • University of Washington
  • Certificate Program in Forensics
  • 2002
  • Mercer Law Schol
  • Certificate
  • 1999
  • University of Puget Sound School of Law
  • J.D.
  • 1990
  • Winona State University
  • B.S.
  • 1987
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Sample of Legal Cases

  • State v. Carl Smith
  • Acquitted - Not Guilty
  • State v. Peters
  • Acquitted - Not Guilty
  • State v. Naimo
  • Acquitted - Not guilty
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  • Hon. Robert J. Bryan American Inn of Court
  • Master of the Bench
  • 2012 - Present
  • Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Board of Governors
  • 2012 - Present
  • Washington Defender Asociation
  • Member
  • 2005 - Present
  • N.O.R.M.L.
  • Legal Committe
  • 2000 - Present
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 1997 - Present
  • Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Patron Member
  • 1993 - Present
  • Washington Defender Association
  • Board of Governors
  • 2005 - 2016
  • California Attorneys for Criminal Justice
  • Member
  • 1999 - 2014
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Certificate of Appreciation
  • Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • 2015
  • Recognition as Scout Den Leader
  • Boy Scouts of America, Den 375
  • 2008
  • Certificate of Recognition - Superior Court Juror
  • Pierce County Superior Court
  • 1996
  • Criminal Defense Attorney of the Year
  • Consumer Business Review
  • 1995
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Speaking Engagements

  • WACDL Annual Conference
  • Crossing the Cop
  • 2015
  • The Big Mouth: Dealing with Statements By and About Your Client"
  • The Reid Technique
  • 2015
  • OPD Regional Training for Public Defenders
  • Using Investigators in Misdemeanor Cases
  • 2014
  • Ace the Case - Getting Started in Misdemeanor Defense
  • Ten Rules for Misdemeanor Sentencing
  • 2014
  • WDA Trial Advocacy Program
  • Program Instructor
  • 2013
  • Looming Issues in Serious Felony Cases
  • Co-Chair
  • 2013
  • Department of Assigned Counsel monthly CLE
  • The Rise, Fall, and Resurection of Corpus Delicti in WA
  • 2013
  • Nuts and Bolts of Cross Examination
  • How to Control a Witness
  • 2012
  • WDA Trial Advocacy Program
  • Voire Dire, and Program Instructor
  • 2011
  • Emerging Issues on Ethics and Practice in Criminal Defense
  • The Ethical Requirements of Investigation, Guilty Pleas, Sentencing and Communicating with Our Client
  • 2011
  • WDA Trial Advocacy Program
  • Conducting Voire Dire
  • 2010
  • 11th Annual Bar Convention
  • Dealing with License Suspensions
  • 2005
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Attorney endorsements

Received (11)
Given (13)
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Criminal defense Attorney | May 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Leslie. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Violent crime Attorney | Oct 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"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."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 02
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Les is smart, experienced and likeable. He treats his clients with dignity and explains things clearly. He is well known and well-respected in the legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Les is fantastic. I am always impressed by how calm and collected he remains, all while doing brilliant work in difficult cases. Les is a wonderful person to have as a colleague, but most impressive are his results. I endorse him without hesitation."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 28
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Leslie is a "Lawyer's Lawyer." His knowledge, experience and character makes him standout one of the best lawyers in the State of Washington. You will be hard pressed to find a lawyer who takes his job of protecting his client's rights as vigorously and aggressively as Leslie. We have worked on numerous cases together throughout the 20 plus years I have known him. He is the first person I turn to for advice and assistance. I wholeheartedly endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Les is an outstanding lawyer. He has knowledge and integrity that surpasses the norm in our profession. He is is a fighter for his clients and really cares about the outcome of the case. He will provide outstanding representation. Les is the the kind of attorney you want by your side when you are going to war. He is the Sgt. Fury of trial lawyers. There is never any doubt he is going to do everything possible to defend his client. Amazingly, he is still a very effective negotiator, probably because the DPA knows how tough trial will be. Les is smart, makes compelling arguments and is well respected by judges, prosecutors and fellow lawyers. We have been counsel for co-defendants in cases and I have always been impressed with his advocacy for his clients. You cannot go wrong hiring Les to represent you."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Les Tolzin with the highest, utmost regard. I worked with him in Pierce County when he represented one of the infamous "Hilltop Crips" in the 30+ defendant gang case. He worked the state to death, was a leader amongst our group to deal with the judges and prosecutors, and was highly respected by all! I've seen him win big murder cases, multiple other significant cases, always diligently and intelligently! His tenaciousness often earns him deals others would never get! He is on a very short list should any close friend or family member need a "home run hitting" defense attorney! (He is also a sweet father and great family man!)"
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 06
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Les is a dedicated and relentless trial lawyer. He drives prosecutors crazy. He is a great lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 06
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have known Les Tolzin for a decade or longer. He is a focused, brilliant and hardworking lawyer. Les is a top flight, criminal defense lawyer and he has a track record of successes that is truly remarkable. Unflinching, fearless and dedicated are the three adjectives that come to my mind when I think about him. I believe that he can handle any case that comes his way and his client will be extremely well represented."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Les is an amazing attorney who fights hard for his clients. He is a pitbull in the courtroom. If you want an attorney who will get you results, go to Les."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 05
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer's work."
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