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Languages spoken: Russian

Practice areas


  1. Family: 50%
    19 years
  2. Criminal Defense: 20%
    20 years
  3. Military Law: 19%
    19 years
  4. Personal Injury: 10%
    17 years
  5. General Practice: 1%
    20 years


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Contact info

The Law Office Of Sandra E. Johnston

705 S. 9th Street.
Suite. 104
Tacoma, WA, 98405-4678


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Order of the BarristersMoot Court Board, Seattle University, School of Law1997
Letter of appreciation from Dean James BondSeattle University, School of Law1997
Who's Who Professional & Business WomenWho's Who1997
Who's Who of American Law StudentsWho's Who Legal1997
Metzger Scholarship Finalist (competitive writing scholarship)Seattle University, School of Law1996
Who's Who Professional & Business WomenWho's Who1996
Who's Who of American Law StudentsWho's Who Legal1996
Who's Who of American Law StudentsWho's Who Legal1995
Trustee"s ScholarshipSeattle University, School of Law1994
Letter of appreciation from Ambassador J. V. Reed, UNUnited Nations1993
Letter of appreciation from CIACentral Intelligence Agency1989
Blue Key National Honor FraternityIndiana University, Bloomington1986
Golden Key National Honor SocietyIndiana University, Bloomington1986
Pi Sigma Alpha (National political science honor society)Indiana Univeristy, Bloomington1986
Wendell L. Wilkie Award (Excellence in Political Science)Indiana University, Bloomington1986
Cum Laude & Political Science Honor'sIndiana University, Bloomington1986
Letter of Appreciation, Dr. John Ryan, PresidentIndiana University1986
Little 500 ScholarshipIndiana University, Bloomington1985
Graduate with Honors in RussianDefense Language Institute Foreign Language Center1980
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneyThe Law Office of Sandra E. Johnston1997 - Present
Contract Deputy ProsecutorKing County Prosecuting Attorney's Office1997 - 1997
Public DefenderDepartment of Assigned Counsel1996 - 1997
Legal InternPreston Gates & Ellis1996 - 1996
Legal InternDrew & Napier, Singapore1995 - 1995
Program ManagerKPMG Peat Marwick1994 - 1994
Special Asst to the Excutive VPCenter for Strategic & International Studies1992 - 1993
Intelligence Research Specialist (GS11)Navy Operational Intelligence Center1987 - 1990
Electronic Warfare Signal Intelligence Analyst (Sergeant)US Army1978 - 1982
Association namePosition nameDuration
Tacoma Pierce County Bar AssociationMember2005 - Present
Washington State Bar AssociationMember1997 - Present
Pierce County Minority Bar AssociationVice President2014 - 2015
Pierce County Minority Bar AssociationChair, Judicial Evaluation Committee2008 - 2015
Pierce County Minority Bar AssociationChair, Youth & Law Forum2008 - 2008
Washington State Trial Lawyers AssociationCo-chair, Holly Ball2006 - 2007
Pierce County Minority Bar AssociationMember, Judicial Evaluation Committee2005 - 2015
Pierce County Minority Bar AssociationVice-Chair, Judicial Evaluation Committee2005 - 2008
Washington State Trial Lawyers Association, Criminal Law SectionChair1999 - 2000
Washington State Association for JusticeEagle Member1999 - 2009
Washington State Association for Justice, Women of WSAJ sectionMember1999 - 2009
American Bar AssociationYLD Liaison to the ABA Standing Committee on Armed Forces Law1997 - 1998
American Bar AssociationNational Law Student Liaison to International Law Section1995 - 1997
Women's Law CaucusFund Raising Chair1994 - 1995
Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA)Program Chair1994 - 1995
Publication nameTitleDate
Trial News, Washington State Trial LawyersOverview Criminal Law1999
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Trial Warriors CollegeAdvanced Trial SkillsGrad II2009
Trial Warriors CollegeAdvanced Trial SkillsGrad I2009
Seattle University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1997
Georgetown UniversityBusinessExecutive International Business Program1993
Indiana UniversityPolitical Science & RussianBA - Bachelor of Arts1986
US ArmyGeneral EducationSeveral Certificates in Multiple Disciplines1982
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Early Years of Litigation PracticeMilitary Family Law2009
Practice Blues (Co-Chair)Setting up a Solo Practice2005
WSTLA Annual Meeting & ConventionBTC - "Breaking the Cycle" or "Breaking the Constitution"2000
Early Years of Litigation PracticeHow to Jump Right into your own Criminal Law Practice2000