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Martha A Mclaughlin

DUI and DWI Attorney at Lakewood, WA

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About Martha

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Martha McLaughlin earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from the University of Puget Sound in 1984. Despite working full-time as a Microbiologist with Multicare Health Systems and raising two boys while her Air Force officer husband was frequently deployed, Martha managed to graduate from Seattle University School of Law with honors in 2007. She is an avid shooter and grew up in a shooting family. She is working toward a perfect score in skeet.

 

Martha was the first attorney to enter a client into Lakewood’s Veterans Court Program, a program which takes into account the special circumstances of veterans when there is a nexus between consequences of their military duty and the crime committed. She also has a background in personal injury and criminal misdemeanor law. Here in our office, she handles mainly criminal traffic cases and occasionally traffic infractions as well.

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Licensed for 14 years
State WA
Status Active
Acquired 2008
Updated 02/01/2023

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

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The law Offices of Barbara Bowden
5611 76th Street W
Lakewood, WA, 98499

Reviews

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Posted by anonymous | July 7, 2022
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Potential Client
Martha was very generous with her time to go over the law for firearm restoration. Provided more information than any previous attorney I had spoken with. I would highly recommend her for any of your legal needs.
Posted by Jesse | January 20, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
One of a kind
Martha took a vested interested in both my cases, she developed a relationship with me as a person not just a client. She answered all my questions, steered me in the right direction and never left my side. This whole process disrupted my entire families lives and she knew that, she was more than just council, i had her support and her assistance through every step of this process. Today our family is pushing forward stronger than ever and i could not have done it without her. Although i must say i was responsable for my part, she can only assist the willing. If you need to get through a case and come out the otherside and are willing to do the work Martha is your go to attorney. Forever greatful!
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Posted by Conan | October 20, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Awesome
All I can say is wow. She is a spectacular Lawyer with and amazing personality. She took on two very difficult cases and shined all the way through it. I am so glad that I used her for my cases.
Posted by Kathleen D. | October 15, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Martha A. McLaughlin
I have never had to use a lawyer before, and when I ran into a hard time last year, I found an advertisement for Martha Mc Laughlin of Durflinger Oliver & Associates, and upon my first meeting with Ms. McLaughlin, her firm handshake and warm persona made me feel immediately like she had what it took to help me in my dilemma. Not only did she work with me financially by allowing me to have a payment arrangement that suited my then current finances; but she also worked very detailed and hard to fight for the best results possible... Which is exactly what I got! Thank you Martha Mc Laughlin for making what could have been a really expensive and drawn out process into a fair and manageable lesson learned. If you're looking for an amazing attorney I would highly recommend Martha McLaughlin, she has got what it takes!
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Posted by Amy | February 20, 2015
Amazing
Words don't even come close to being able to describe how wonderful Martha is and what a really great job she does. I was a complete mess and extremely clueless after my ordeal. Martha totally took me under her wing and made me feel like I really was going to get through this. She "had my back" the entire time. She made sure I understood what I was being charged with and made sure I agreed entirely. She worked very diligently and efficiently to make sure I was being treated fairly. She was early for court so I knew I was not going in alone. During court everyone (judge, other lawyers/prosecutors, court clerk, etc) knew her and you could tell really enjoyed her company. Her professionalism was stellar and calmed my nerves just having her by my side. I didn't even have to say anything really except my name! She also made me feel like I wasn't a bad person, something bad just happened to me and she was going to make sure I came out the same person I came in. Plus she even got my charge dropped down which is huge. I have already recommended her to someone else and will continue to do so. I can honestly say I could not have gotten a better situation or outcome. I am so grateful and thankful for Martha's hard work and dedication to her field and clients. Thank you so much Martha!
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Posted by Cheryl | January 28, 2015
Excellent Legal Representation
Martha has been very helpful with legal advice for my business. She always go above and beyond to find the answers to my questions and looks at all possible outcomes to give me well rounded legal advice. She reviewed the last vendor contract for my business and was very thorough in providing me with any areas of concern. She gets things done fast and doesn't waste time. I would recommend Martha to all of my friends and business partners.
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Posted by Marc | July 19, 2014
I Didn't Have To Lift A Finger!
From the moment I called Durflinger, Oliver & Associates Martha took me from step one to the finish line without me having to do anything but follow the steps Martha laid out for me. Martha got all of my DUI charges reduced to almost nothing and won my License hearing saving me from a years suspension of my license. I've never had such thoughtful and diligent follow through from an attorney, it made my whole ordeal a breeze. I owe Martha my sanity!
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Posted by Jonathan | June 21, 2014
Handles business!
I hired her for a dui, granted it being my first ever and I am 29, but she was extremely helpful and kept me informed ahead of time. Made me feel comfortable with my case and everything going on. Hire this lady if you need a great dui attorney.
Posted by Sam | October 10, 2013
Martha is a rockstar!
I hired Martha to defend me in a difficult DUI case. She worked deligently and was able to get my charge reduced. She was very knowledgable, especially when it comes to driving laws. Her positive outlook and hard work was comforting to me in a time of stress.
Posted by Frank | April 3, 2013
Restoration of gun rights
Besides the restoration of my gun rights in WA, Martha went over and above in keeping the CPL supervisor advised and engaged re: his statement to pursue NICS OK re: federal and the state of Kansas restoration.
Posted by Nel E. Martins | April 8, 2012
Highly recommended
I contacted Ms McLaughlin because a service company had over charged me and was refusing to reimburse me. The letter she wrote on my behalf caused the company to promptly pay me what they owed. She was always available when I had questions, and very supportive.
Posted by anonymous | April 2, 2012
Hard worker and willing to go the extra mile
Worked extremely hard in getting my charges lowered and was successful. Kept in contact and was was easy to reach when I had questions. Also, was honest with me about what was going on at all times. I highly recommend.
Posted by Lucious | April 1, 2012
great help with my traffic ticket
Ms McLaughlin was gracious and knowledgeable in dealing with my bogus traffic citation. Her legal skill and experience led to successful resolution.
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Cost

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  • Free Consultation 60 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 9.7 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Corporate Counsel
  • Steampunk Vapory Lounge LLC
  • 2013 - Present
  • Senior Associate
  • Durflinger, Oliver & Associates
  • 2010 - Present
  • Moot Court Judge
  • University of Seattle School of Law
  • 2010 - 2010
  • Volunteer Attorney
  • Tacoma Pierce County Bar Expungement Clinic
  • 2009 - 2015
  • Legal Intern
  • Pierce County Prosecuting Attorney's Office
  • 2008 - 2010
  • Legal Intern
  • The Law Offices of Rachel Rolfes
  • 2007 - 2007
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Education

  • Seattle University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2007
  • University of Puget Sound
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1984

Legal Cases

  • State v. Defendant
  • Motion granted, guilty plea vacated and charges dismissed
  • State v. Defendant
  • Acquittal
  • Firearm restoration
  • Motion was granted and clients rights were restored
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Associations

  • Tacoma Pierce County Bar, Lawyerpalooza Committee
  • Board Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • Tacoma Chamber of Commerce
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • Washington State Association for Justice
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • National College of DUI Defense
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • Tacoma Pierce County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2008 - Present
  • Tacoma Pierce County Bar Expungement Clinic
  • Volunteer Attorney
  • 2008 - Present
  • Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity International
  • Member
  • 2007 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Honors and Awards

  • Superb- Criminal Defense
  • AVVO
  • 2015
  • Excellence - Criminal Defense
  • AVVO
  • 2015
  • Client satisfaction Award
  • American Institute of DUI/DWI Attorneys
  • 2015
  • Award of Excellence
  • Durflinger Oliver & Associates
  • 2014
  • Pro Bono Publico Service Commendation
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • 2013
  • Pierce County Firm of the Year
  • NALS
  • 2012
  • Award of Excellence
  • Durflinger, Oliver & Associates
  • 2012
  • Pro Bono Publico Service Commendation
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • 2012
  • Pierce County Firm of the Year
  • NALS
  • 2011
  • Pro Bono Publico Service Commendation
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • 2011
  • Pierce County Volunteer Award
  • Pierce County
  • 2010
  • Pierce County Volunteer Award
  • Pierce County
  • 2009
  • Cum Laude
  • Seattle University School of Law
  • 2007
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Publications

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Speaking Engagements

  • Expungment Clinic
  • Expunging and Vacating Criminal History
  • 2010
  • University of Seattle School of Law
  • Moot Court Competition/ Judge
  • 2010

Attorney endorsements

Received (19)
Given (24)
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Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Martha is an excellent attorney who truly has her clients best interests in mind throughout every stage of her representation. She is always prepared in court and well respected by her peers."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have litigated against Martha while she was at the prosecutor's office, and have also seen her in action and with clients in private practice. I fully endorse her legal skills, and her compassion for and dedication to her clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Not only is very adept at negotiating and handling criminal cases, she is kind and compassionate."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Martha is an outstanding attorney who fights hard for his clients. I endorse this lawyer!"
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Martha is a brilliant attorney. Not only is she well versed in her field, she is one of the hardest working and most conscientious attonreys I know! If you are looking for an attoney to handle a criminal matter, she is the best."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 26
Relationship: Co-worker
"Martha is a truly remarkable attorney and person. I've had the unique pleasure of knowing Martha since I was a Rule 9 while still in law school. She took the time and effort to show me the ropes. Since that time, Martha moved on to the area of private practice. However, I was delighted to learn that she was the same knowledgeable and helpful person she's always been. Martha works tirelessly for her clients and she never gives up her zeal and advocacy. Countless clients owe many thanks to Martha. I do not say this often, but of all the attorneys I've had the pleasure working with, I think Martha displays the most genuine concern for her clients' well beings. She takes the time to get to know each and every client, find out what's going on in their lives, and what sort of resolution works the best for their given situation. Martha is also a revelation when it comes to the intricacies of the Department of Licensing. Anyone in need of help should contact Martha McLaughlin!"
Unknown Attorney | Jan 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Martha is one of the hardest working attorneys I know. She is friendly, personable and knowledgeable. She unfailingly helps out when a fellow attorney is in a bind!"
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Martha is a well respected trial attorney in the community by all her peers. She is a highly skilled criminal defense trial attorney and has a great work ethic. What impresses me the most about Martha is her demeanor in court and positive attitude with her clients. I would recommend anyone needing help with any type of criminal case to Martha."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have had the opportunity to witness firsthand this lawyer's exceptional work ethic and legal acumen. She cares deeply about her clients and diligently applies the her legal knowledge to get the best results in each of her cases. I cannot recommend her highly enough."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Ms. Mclaughlin is a great attorney who works hard to achieve the best possible results for her clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I worked with Martha briefly as prosecutors a few years back and have observed her recently as a defense attorney. I'm impressed with how she's worked with her clients; they always appear to have their full trust in her. And with good reason - Martha is a skilled and compassionate advocate for her clients, and they are fortunate to have her representing them. I gladly endorse Martha without reservation."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I certainly endorse this lawyer. Ms. McLaughlin has the skills and experience to provide a solid defense for any client, regardless of the circumstances or level of difficulty of the case. Her prior experience in the Pierce County Prosecutor's Office allows her to bring a unique perspective to criminal defense that many attorneys lack, which benefits her clients greatly."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I know known Martha for a couple years, both on the prosecuting and defense side of cases. She is always well prepared for her cases, and respected by the court. For this reason, I endorse her work."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Martha is a great advocate for her clients and gives each and every case 100%."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 16
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"What a relief! I have rarely experienced less "malarky" from such a fantastic attorney. I have her take care of my own [TOP SECRET] matters... ;)"
Unknown Attorney | Jul 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. During my time as a deputy prosecuting attorney, I was always impressed by Martha's passionate advocacy for her clients. She has a sound legal mind and delivers top-notch results. Now, as a criminal defense attorney, I admire Martha for these same qualities."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 28
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 20
Relationship: Co-worker
"I have had the pleasure of working with Martha at both the prosecutor's office and our current office and I am constantly amazed at her ability to find new and innovative techniques of fighting cases. Martha is one of the most hardworking and well prepared attorneys I have ever met. I whole heartedly endorse her work."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 20
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"Martha is an exceptional attorney. I have known few attorneys who work as hard or prepare as thoroughly as Martha does. With her attention to detail, nothing gets by this attorney. She genuinely cares about her clients and works tirelessly on their behalf to get great results in every case. I strongly endorse this attorney!"
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Lakewood DUI and DWI Lawyer Martha A Mclaughlin
Martha A Mclaughlin
DUI and DWI Attorney
Lakewood, WA
Licensed for 14 years
Free Consultation