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Bill is a native of Tacoma, Washington, having attended elementary through High School and graduating from Wilson High School in 1968. 

He served in the U.S. Army and while there began his legal career. He supervised a brigade legal section supporting commanding officers in their judicial and administrative duties under the Uniform Code of Military Justice and administrative regulations.

Upon his return, he completed his undergraduate work at the University of Washington. In 1975 he received his B.A. in history and political science.

In 1978 he received his Juris Doctorate degree at the University of Puget Sound School of Law. He began as a lawyer for the Pierce County Prosecuting Attorney's office and was later hired to do defense work for a local firm.  He opened his own practice thereafter and has been practicing as a solo practitioner for over thirty-five years.

He serves as Judge Pro Tempore for the Pierce County District, Tacoma Municipal and Roy Municipal Courts.


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Practice areas


  1. DUI & DWI: 60%
    37 years
  2. Criminal Defense: 30%
    37 years
  3. Speeding Ticket: 10%
    37 years



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Contact info

William A White PLLC

Atrium Court Building
705 South 9th Street, Suite 204
Tacoma, WA, 98405-4622



Professional misconduct

This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority.

  1. Censure
    issued in WA, 1987


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Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Certificate of AppreciationNALS2013
Boss of the YearNALS2013
2012 Contributing MemberCitizens for Judicial Excellence2012
Recognizing continued dedication to our communitySocial Treatment Opportunity Program2004
Washington State Trial Lawyers Association 25 year practiceWashington State Trial Lawyers Association2001
Outstanding Service Award: Leadership, Dedication, and IntegrityNortac1996
Volunteer of the YearMetro Parks Tacoma1995
Century Club Award: For Generous Support of ServiceYMCA1986
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Attorney at LawWilliam A. White, PLLC1980 - Present
Judge Pro TemporePierce County District Court2003 - 2014
Judge Pro TemporeTacoma Municipal Court2003 - 2014
Deputy Prosecuting AttorneyPierce County District Court1978 - 1980
Association namePosition nameDuration
Citizens for Judicial ExcellenceN/A2011 - Present
Washington State Bar AssociationN/A1978 - Present
Tacoma Pierce County Bar AssociationN/A1978 - Present
Washington State Trial Lawyers AssociationN/AN/A
Washington Association of Criminal Defense LawyersN/AN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
November 2012 DismissalCase Dismissed.
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Puget Sound School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1978
University of WashingtonHistory, Political ScienceBA - Bachelor of Arts1975
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
DUI Defense in Washington StateDUI Defense in Washington State2013
DUI- Drive Hammered Get NailedDriving Under the Influence2005
Nuts & Bolts of General LitigationTraffic Infractions2001