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Sandra Elaine Johnston

Family Attorney at Tacoma, WA

5.0   10 reviews
  • Licensed for 26 years
    State WA
    Acquired 1997
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

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About Sandra

Learn Sandra’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Family
    50%
    Dissolution (Divorce), Child Custody, Dependency, Domestic Violence, Child Support, Spousal Maintenance (Alimony), Military & Civilian Retirement Division, Asset Distribution

    27 years

  2. Criminal defense
    20%
    Felony Criminal Defense: Assault, Kidnapping, Drugs, DUI, etc.

    28 years

  3. Military law
    19%
    Family and criminal law support to military service members. I am an Army Veteran, having served honorably from 1978 to 1982 & ETS'd as a SGT with the Berlin Brigade. I also served as a civilian GS-11 with Naval Intelligence, circa 1987-1990.

    27 years

  4. Personal injury
    10%
    Auto Accidents, Slip & Fall

    25 years

  5. General practice
    1%
    General civil litigation; property disputes;

    28 years

Location

The Law Office Of Sandra E. Johnston
705 S. 9th Street.
Suite. 104
Tacoma, WA, 98405-4678

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Posted by anonymous | August 4, 2021
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Consummate Professional
We were in need of an attorney for a Family Court child custody case. A friend recommended Attorney Sandra Johnston. Her credentials and the comments were excellent, so we contacted her for input and assistance. After speaking with us about our case, she agreed to check further and provide her evaluation. Sandra is one lawyer you want on your side because she believes in fighting for what is right. She provided us with the unvarnished facts; it would be an uphill battle. Not only is Attorney Johnston the ultimate professional, but in addition she is thorough, honest and has the highest ethical standards. She did take our case and against all odds we prevailed. It wasn’t easy, but she never gave up and she gave us hope. Our whole family owes her a debt of gratitude. Our grandchildren now live in a stable, loving home and are thriving. We highly recommend Attorney Johnston and feel confident in her hands.
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Posted by Matt | July 30, 2021
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Saving Lives
Attorney Johnston has represented me in family court for the past seven years. I’ve been told by multiple sources that my case is in the top 2% of difficult cases. Throughout the entire process, Attorney Johnston has continually fought not only for me, but she has fought for what is right, fair and just with the ultimate goal being the stability and betterment of my children. Attorney Johnston’s professionalism, exceptional work and moral ethics helped to alleviate much of the angst involved with navigating the constant challenges involved with the family court system, contentious opposing party and overall processes. Attorney Johnston’s 20+ years of experience has proven invaluable in obtaining the desired results throughout a seven-year uphill battle. Attorney Johnston has a military background and can relate to the challenging circumstances that military members and their families face in the family court system. Thanks to Attorney Johnston, I have beaten the odds and obtained full-custody of my children as a deployable, military father. My children are now all thriving in a safe, stable and fruitful environment. Attorney Johnston truly helped to save the lives of these children.
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Posted by Brandon | September 8, 2015
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A Blessing to My Family. Understand Airline Pilot / Military schedules and life!
I had began an "amicable" divorce by beginning my paperwork and filing without assistance. This "amicable" divorce quickly turned south. I'm a full time Airline Pilot, and I thought I could do this myself (you all know the stereotypes of pilots...and my ex used these all against me). My attempts in to do this without legal counsel, left me in a very bad position. I was kicked out of my house (based on lies), and had the time with my kids reduced to almost nothing. I was at a loss for what to do, and searched AVVO to quickly find an attorney represent me before there was further damage. Sandra had the best rating that I could find on AVVO, and I reached out to her. With 5 days notice, she prepared a good defense for temporary orders, and we were able to restore some time with the kids. Over the course of the next two years, we had a successful trial, and came out with a very fair result. I have a shared 50/50 plan of two very young children (at my request), and with my career and availability, its a HUGE victory! Getting to have a substantial part in my children's life was paramount in the divorce and separation. Sandra has great advise. She is very to the point, very honest. She doesn't waste your time. The best part about Sandra, is that her memory is amazing. This saves TONS of money. I can tell her a story once, and she remembers in detail to be recalled later. This saved hours and days of trial prep. Her trial experience and abilities are off the chart good. There was no comparison to the professionalism of Sandra compared to the counsel of my ex-wife's. She always represented the truth, which made trial successful. If you have an attorney that wants to lie or embellish, it will leave you in some tight spots later during the divorce. Sandra's integrity and advice (which I followed) set me up to be seen in a good light. I am so thankful that I had Sandra on my side. Look no further, she is the BEST!
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Posted by Kris H | January 16, 2015
My guardian Angel!
I want to let everyone know that if you have a hard time trying to find a good lawyer Sandra is the best of the best! She takes all her cases very personally and give it 200%. I was very bless to have her represent me. The state wanted to teach me a lesson and tried to prosecute me, because I was a domestic violence victim and did not showed up for court on their behalf. I was very scared, but Sandra explained and took her time and walk me through all the courts process and just made me feel safe again. even though my case was pro bono she made me feel like I was paying millions. Thanks to Sandra my case was dismissed. She has given me the courage to leave my abusive husband. Also her assistant Michelle is very caring, understanding and helpful.
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Posted by Al | October 19, 2011
Sandra is the BEST out there!
Sandra has been my lawyer since the beginning of my very messy divorce. It's often difficult for a man to end up with custody, and she fought hard for me because she believed my daughter would be better off in my care. In the end, she was able to factually lay out all the reasons why my daughter would be best fitted to stay in my care, and I've been happily raising her ever since. My daughter is healthy, happy and will always be well taken care of because of Sandra.
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Posted by Sherry | June 11, 2011
Thorough and true client advocate.
In any professional service I have ever had in my long walk in life, I have never had the attention and expertise given me that Sandra showed. When presented with a portion of our case that happened to be in Pierce County when we live in Snohomish County, she dug down 2 years into our ongoing 3rd party custody case, our backgrounds and those backgrounds of our false accusers and compiled a fact filled, convincing, and compelling argument that was useful in our case as a whole and not just the part she defended us against. She went well over and above what would have been considered an appearance in a false anti-harassment case. Her staff paralegal is top notch and you will find no better I believe. Michelle's performance was late into the evening the same as Sandra's. She showed me the difference this type of assistant makes to the quantity of real hard information quickly presented to the attorney, and the format it can be presented in professionally, completely, and in a multitude of copies. She followed up with me frequently and on time. What a find for any practice. This type of attention makes you know that your best interest is the forefront of their agenda, right up until the time your case is won. Sandra listens. She listens and then goes to work with the energy of a typhoon. She is not distracted and keeps the client on track as well. I left with a positive outcome and much more, I left having met one of the truest and best real people I have ever met. When my grandson asked who she was, I told him she was our Courtroom Angel.....I meant it. I would not hesitate to recommend her or use her services again, and count myself fortunate she was recommended to us and she accepted our case.
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Posted by Valerie and Mike | September 25, 2010
outstanding
Sandra is an outstanding lawyer. She is very intelligent, has good judgement and knows the law well. Although she can fight hard for her clients, she used diplomacy in our case in gettting the opposing party to come to an agreement that suited us. We recommend her highly and wouldn't hesitate to use her again.
Posted by Frank | September 6, 2010
Outstanding job!
I feel that I was very fortunate to have found Sandra. My case was not an easy one. My case was a dissolution matter that involved custody of my two kids. There was sexual misconduct that happened, and Sandra was able to consult with the leading experts in this field and present the facts at trial. Sandra did a fantastic job putting together the pieces of my case. She was exceptionally knowledgeable of the law and how to present the facts. I would not ever hesitate to recommend Sandra. Although I hope I never have the need for an attorney again, I would not hesitate to seek Sandra for my representation.
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Posted by anonymous | April 20, 2009
Hard working great attorney
Attorney Johnston has done great work with my dissolution case. She is a no nonsense, persistant lawyer who has handled my case and got me the outcome that I desired. She cares about her clients and it shows in the work she does. Thank You!!
Posted by anonymous | June 11, 2007
Best Lawyer Ever
Ms. Johnston was very well prepared and presented my case better than I thought was possible. The outcome was very favorable. I credit the outcome to Ms. Johnston hard work and knowledge of the law and the court system.
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Resume

AVVO RATING 9.8 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • The Law Office of Sandra E. Johnston
  • 1997 - Present
  • Contract Deputy Prosecutor
  • King County Prosecuting Attorney's Office
  • 1997 - 1997
  • Legal Intern
  • Preston Gates & Ellis
  • 1996 - 1996
  • Public Defender
  • Department of Assigned Counsel
  • 1996 - 1997
  • Legal Intern
  • Drew & Napier, Singapore
  • 1995 - 1995
  • Program Manager
  • KPMG Peat Marwick
  • 1994 - 1994
  • Special Asst to the Excutive VP
  • Center for Strategic & International Studies
  • 1992 - 1993
  • Intelligence Research Specialist (GS11)
  • Navy Operational Intelligence Center
  • 1987 - 1990
  • Electronic Warfare Signal Intelligence Analyst (Sergeant)
  • US Army
  • 1978 - 1982
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Education

  • Trial Warriors College
  • Grad I
  • 2009
  • Trial Warriors College
  • Grad II
  • 2009
  • Seattle University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1997
  • Georgetown University
  • Executive International Business Program
  • 1993
  • Indiana University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1986
  • US Army
  • Several Certificates in Multiple Disciplines
  • 1982
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Associations

  • Tacoma Pierce County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2005 - Present
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1997 - Present
  • Pierce County Minority Bar Association
  • Vice President
  • 2014 - 2015
  • Pierce County Minority Bar Association
  • Chair, Youth & Law Forum
  • 2008 - 2008
  • Pierce County Minority Bar Association
  • Chair, Judicial Evaluation Committee
  • 2008 - 2015
  • Washington State Trial Lawyers Association
  • Co-chair, Holly Ball
  • 2006 - 2007
  • Pierce County Minority Bar Association
  • Vice-Chair, Judicial Evaluation Committee
  • 2005 - 2008
  • Pierce County Minority Bar Association
  • Member, Judicial Evaluation Committee
  • 2005 - 2015
  • Washington State Trial Lawyers Association, Criminal Law Section
  • Chair
  • 1999 - 2000
  • Washington State Association for Justice, Women of WSAJ section
  • Member
  • 1999 - 2009
  • Washington State Association for Justice
  • Eagle Member
  • 1999 - 2009
  • American Bar Association
  • YLD Liaison to the ABA Standing Committee on Armed Forces Law
  • 1997 - 1998
  • American Bar Association
  • National Law Student Liaison to International Law Section
  • 1995 - 1997
  • Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA)
  • Program Chair
  • 1994 - 1995
  • Women's Law Caucus
  • Fund Raising Chair
  • 1994 - 1995
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Languages Spoken

  • Russian

Honors and Awards

  • Letter of appreciation from Dean James Bond
  • Seattle University, School of Law
  • 1997
  • Who's Who of American Law Students
  • Who's Who Legal
  • 1997
  • Who's Who Professional & Business Women
  • Who's Who
  • 1997
  • Order of the Barristers
  • Moot Court Board, Seattle University, School of Law
  • 1997
  • Who's Who of American Law Students
  • Who's Who Legal
  • 1996
  • Who's Who Professional & Business Women
  • Who's Who
  • 1996
  • Metzger Scholarship Finalist (competitive writing scholarship)
  • Seattle University, School of Law
  • 1996
  • Who's Who of American Law Students
  • Who's Who Legal
  • 1995
  • Trustee"s Scholarship
  • Seattle University, School of Law
  • 1994
  • Letter of appreciation from Ambassador J. V. Reed, UN
  • United Nations
  • 1993
  • Letter of appreciation from CIA
  • Central Intelligence Agency
  • 1989
  • Cum Laude & Political Science Honor's
  • Indiana University, Bloomington
  • 1986
  • Blue Key National Honor Fraternity
  • Indiana University, Bloomington
  • 1986
  • Golden Key National Honor Society
  • Indiana University, Bloomington
  • 1986
  • Pi Sigma Alpha (National political science honor society)
  • Indiana Univeristy, Bloomington
  • 1986
  • Wendell L. Wilkie Award (Excellence in Political Science)
  • Indiana University, Bloomington
  • 1986
  • Letter of Appreciation, Dr. John Ryan, President
  • Indiana University
  • 1986
  • Little 500 Scholarship
  • Indiana University, Bloomington
  • 1985
  • Graduate with Honors in Russian
  • Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center
  • 1980
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Publications

  • Trial News, Washington State Trial Lawyers
  • Overview Criminal Law
  • 1999

Speaking Engagements

  • Early Years of Litigation Practice
  • Military Family Law
  • 2009
  • Practice Blues (Co-Chair)
  • Setting up a Solo Practice
  • 2005
  • WSTLA Annual Meeting & Convention
  • BTC - "Breaking the Cycle" or "Breaking the Constitution"
  • 2000
  • Early Years of Litigation Practice
  • How to Jump Right into your own Criminal Law Practice
  • 2000
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Attorney endorsements

Received (8)
Given (6)
Endorse Sandra
Unknown Attorney | Dec 07
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Feb 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Dec 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Nov 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 18
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer's work. Sandra is a zealous and persistent advocate who fights hard for her clients."
Family Attorney | Sep 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Sandra. She is very creative and a passionate advocate for her clients. I would hire her in a minute."
Family Attorney | Sep 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Sandra is smart, creative, and tough as nails. A graduate of the renowned Trial Lawyers College, and fights tirelessly and tenaciously for her clients."
Family Attorney | Apr 05
Relationship: Friend
"I endorse this lawyer's work. Sandra is an extremely agressive advocate devoted to her clients' interests. Her moral compass is unwavering and true. She is trustworthy, kind, and diligent. A client can ask for no more from an attorney than what Sandra can and always delivers. She is simply one of the best attorneys I have ever had the pleasure to know. I am proud to call her a dear friend."
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Tacoma Family Lawyer Sandra Elaine Johnston
Sandra Elaine Johnston
Family Attorney
Tacoma, WA
Licensed for 26 years