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James Barry Feldman

DUI and DWI Attorney at Tacoma, WA

4.7   14 reviews
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  • Licensed for 36 years
    State WA
    Acquired 1986
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About James

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Practice areas
  1. DUI and DWI
    I will learn things about the case that may help in the criminal proceeding. It is possible to prevail in the administrative hearing for lack of cause to stop, improper advisements, failure to follow proper procedures with the blood or breath test.

  2. Domestic violence
    Be aware of the potential collateral consequences to your life. Sometimes the effects of a domestic violence charge can be ameliorated by a knowledgeable attorney. This requires that you adequately inform me about yourself.

  3. Speeding and traffic ticket
    I often find errors or omissions in the officer’s statement about his use of speed measuring devices (pace, laser or radar). These allow me to challenge the foundation for the statement of speed and often result in dismissal of a speeding infraction.

  4. Criminal defense
    I know that the Justice System can be dehumanizing and arbitrary and can fail to give an individual person the individual attention that she/he deserves. My mission is to ensure that your voice is heard and that your access to justice is assured.

  5. Federal crime
    I have been practicing federal criminal defense in the Western District of Washington since 2006 in areas including drug offenses, tax and mortgage fraud. I am also a member of the CJA panel and have been admitted to the bar of the Supreme Court.


James B. Feldman is an experienced trial and criminal defense attorney in Pierce, King, Kitsap and Thurston counties Tacoma and other areas of Western Washington. He is a graduate of the College of the University of Chicago and the University of Puget Sound School of Law.  For thirty years, he has been fighting to protect the rights of people accused of crimes both misdemeanors and felonies including dui, domestic violence, property crimes, fraud and murder.

He is a member in good standing of the Washington State Bar Association, The Federal Bar of the Western District of Washington, the Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.   He takes the time to listen to you and prepare your case well.  His personal service and knowledge of area courts have given him a proven track record of successful outcomes for his clients.

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James B Feldman PSC
4947 N Pearl St
Tacoma, WA, 98407-3119


4.7 / 5.0
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Posted by Januari | March 21, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Never disappointed
I used Mr. Feldman twice for traffic tickets and never disappoint me. First time Feb 2018 for speeding and he just dismissed my red lights ticket today at court. Mr. Feldman is the best on his field, straight forward and charge reasonable fee for his expertise. I would recommend Mr. Feldman to anyone who needs help in these type of cases.
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Posted by Shawn | May 10, 2016
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I was facing a DUI charge that would cost me my job. I was completely terrified and full of anxiety about the future. After only a few minutes of speaking with Mr Feldman, he had put my mind at ease. He handled my case with professionalism and answered all my questions promptly, going above and beyond to reach a better then expected outcome. If you ever find yourself in legal trouble, I highly suggest you contact James Feldman.
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Posted by Don | December 19, 2015
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Jim was very professional to work with. He was efficient and worked through my issues quickly. He was easy to work with. He is a nice man and I enjoyed meeting him. Thanks Jim for all of your help.
Posted by Nicole | September 29, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
Amazing, Intelligent, Personable, And Punctual
A friend referred me to Jim and I can't thank that friend enough. After meeting with Jim I knew he would going to be lawyer for my DUI. He always kept me up to date and reminded me of my upcoming court dates. He also advised I do things pro-actively and I feel that made a huge difference in my sentencing. He made sure I was aware of all the possibilities and outcomes of my case and never left anything "in the dark". Very upfront which in these situations is appreciated. Very punctual he was NEVER late for a court date. I appreciate him going over everything with me in detail and if I had any questions he had no problems explaining things to me. I would recommend Jim to everyone! He is one kick butt lawyer and you will be very happy with him. Thanks again Jim I appreciate everything you did for me!
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Posted by anonymous | September 27, 2015
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Life-saving career-saving legal representation
Hired Mr. Feldman for legal representation for a DUI. Contacted other lawyers but Mr. Feldman's positive approach gave me the impression that he would utilize all legal tools at his disposal. His legal representation resulted in an outcome that exceeded my expectations.
Posted by anonymous | September 18, 2014
We hired James Feldman to help with my sons 3rd DUI case after a recommendation from another attorney. James was honest and upfront about everything, never offering false hope or making the situation look hopeless. He very clear in his explanation of what to expect, what should be done in the interim, and what our goal was. There was never any guesswork and if we had questions, he was always quick to return emails and phone calls. During the court dates, it was apparent that James is highly respected by his peers and judges alike. When he talks, they listen. I couldn't have been happier with the representation that James offered. The outcome was the best that we could hope for and the violation that my son faced ended better than we had expected. James is a brilliant attorney and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend him on any type of case that would require an attorney.
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Posted by Jennifer | July 3, 2014
This man is an excellent choice!
Mr. Feldman is very approachable and personable while also being very professional. Unfortunately, I had the experience of getting two tickets within a couple of weeks. One was totally legitimate while the other gave me reason to question why the officer pulled me over. Mr. Feldman was immediately responsive to any inquiries I made about my cases with statements such as "I'll take care of it." I'm a very active person who is always on the go, and Mr. Feldman took the time, money, gas, rearrangements in schedule, and plain hassle it would've taken me to deal with these tickets off my usually full plate of things to do. He is very affordable as the lawyer in the area with the lowest fee I found in my pretty extensive search. In my opinion, Mr. Feldman is a great choice for your representation, and comes with my highest recommendation.
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Posted by anonymous | May 29, 2014
Fight speeding tickets with Feldman
James Feldman knows the local courts very well, is very reasonable with his fees, and very correct with the way he handled our case. I was very happy with his services.
Posted by Jennifer | May 21, 2014
A Run in with The Law
In Januray, I had run in with the law.I was pulled over for failing to stop at a stop sign. Come to find out my license was suspended! yikes! I was arrested and did not know what my next step should be. Luckily I had worked with Mr. Feldman in the past, so I knew exactly who to call! James took on my case with no hesitation. Instantly, I felt I had made the right choice and I was in good hands.
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Posted by anonymous | May 20, 2014
Professional services with a personal touch
I was referred to James Feldman through a friend. In spring of 2013 I was involved a complicated driving infraction in Lakewood WA that would have jeopardized my position in my career. When I researched my options on obtaining legal counsel it became very cumbersome. In most instances the legal offices I met with were looking to make a deal in court right away rather than defend my rights and treated me as if I was guilty. I had never been in trouble before and typically follow the rules in my daily life. I wanted to thank James for making time to meet with me on days I was not working to go over the case. He explained my options and what outcomes I could expect if I followed his advice. He was always on time to all the scheduled hearings for my case and had very thorough communication with me every step of the way. His attention to detail was extremely appreciated and the outcome of my case was better than I could have hoped for. I would highly recommend anyone facing criminal charges or any other legal issues to use James Feldman. Thank you for helping me with this potentially life altering issue.
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  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
  • Hourly Rates $ 250-500 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • James B. Feldman, Attorney At Law, P.S.C.
  • 2005 - Present
  • Pro tem Judge
  • Pierce County District Court
  • 2006 - 2015
  • Lead Attorney
  • Pierce County Assigned Counsel
  • 2002 - 2004
  • Public Defender
  • Pierce County Department Of Assigned Counsel
  • 1986 - 2005
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  • University of Puget Sound School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1986
  • University of Chicago
  • AB
  • 1983

Legal Cases

  • Confederated Tribes of the Chehalis Indian Reservation v Thomas Foley
  • Dismissed and Property Ordered Returned


  • United States Court of Appeals For the Ninth Circuit
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • Confederated Tribes Chehalis
  • bar member
  • 2013 - Present
  • United States District Court Western District Washington
  • CJA Panel Attorney
  • 2008 - Present
  • Pierce County District Court
  • Protem Judge
  • 2006 - Present
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2005 - Present
  • Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2005 - Present
  • Pierce County Department Assigned Counsel
  • Conflict Counsel
  • 2005 - Present
  • United States District Court for the Western District of Washington
  • Member
  • 1987 - Present
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1986 - Present
  • Tacoma Pierce County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1986 - Present
  • Kent Municipal Court Conflict Counsel
  • Member
  • 2006 - 2014
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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • French

Honors and Awards

  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2018
  • Certificate of Appreciation for Domestic Violence Seminar
  • NALS (Natl Assoc for Legal Professionals) of Washington
  • 2009


  • Washington Journal
  • Cocaine Addicted Mother Faced Distribution Charge
  • 1993
  • Tacoma News Tribune
  • Drug Charge in Pregnancy
  • 1993

Speaking Engagements

  • Domestic Violence Seminar
  • Domestic Violence Cases
  • 2009

Attorney endorsements

Received (7)
Given (2)
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Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 02
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. He is a very intelligent and aggressive advocate who will keep fighting for his client until he wins. Clients will be lucky to have this attorney to represent them."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Sep 27
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. He helped our mutual client gather the evaluations and records our client needed so I could apply for a DMV hearing. He was very helpful."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse James. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 20
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. I have known Jim for 20 years, and have worked with him on several criminal cases. He is a very hard working and conscientious attorney, and provides tough, aggressive representation in his cases, whether he is in a Municipal, District, Superior or Federal Court. I have seen him deliver some impressive results for his clients, and I would not hesitate referring him any challenging criminal case."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 20
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse Jim. He is a wonderful person and attorney. I've always admired his work ethic and his compassion for his clients. He has a comprehensive understanding of the criminal courts and is well respected in the legal community. If I ever needed a defense attorney he would be the very first person I called."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Jim Feldman for over 15 years. I have had co-defendant cases with Jim in United States District Court. I have seen Jim work in Pierce County Court. Jim is a tenacious advocate for his clients. He is highly respected by the bench and bar. I recommend him highly."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 15
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Jim is an excellent criminal defense attorney who cares deeply about his clients and loves a good fight. He is well respected by the legal community and feared by prosecutors. I fully endorse this lawyer."
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Tacoma DUI and DWI Lawyer James Barry Feldman
James Barry Feldman
DUI and DWI Attorney
Tacoma, WA
Licensed for 36 years
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