James Laukkonen primarily practices criminal law. He has successfully defended a wide variety of cases from complex felonies to simple misdemeanors. James has handled cases in District and Superior courts in Thurston, Lewis , Mason , Grays Harbor, Pierce, King and Snohomish Counties, as well as Division 2 of the Washington State Court of Appeals. He is a member of the Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the Washington State Bar Association, and the Thurston County Bar Association.
James graduated from Washington and Lee University, School of Law, in Virginia, and did his undergraduate studies at Western Washington University. He is a native of Washington, and he grew up in King and Snohomish Counties. At WWU, James studied Philosophy. Many areas of his studies, such as Formal Logic, Epistemology and Ethics, all combine to create an excellent background for an attorney. They contribute to the ability to break a statute down into its constituent propositions, to build solid arguments, and to spot the logical fallacies on which opponents’ arguments might be based. Each of these skills is invaluable for any practicing attorney.
For law school, James selected the prestigious Washington and Lee University in historic Lexington, VA. Washington and Lee University School of Law has an excellent reputation for producing solid legal scholars. While at W&L, James contributed to the Lexington Principles Project, and volunteered at Blue Ridge Legal Services in Lexington, a civil legal aid organization.
James is also a veteran of the U.S. Army, having served in Desert Storm and Somalia while an active duty soldier. Later, James spent several years in the reserves.
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|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Thomas Carl Damewood Evidence Award||Washington and Lee University, School of Law||2008|
|Cum Laude||Western Washington University||2005|
|Judge Pro Tem||Thurston County District Court||2013 - Present|
|Associate Attorney||Cordes Brandt, PLLC||2008 - Present|
|Managing Member||Laukkonen Law Office, PLLC||2010 - 2011|
|Rule 9 Intern||Snohomish County Public Defender's Office||2006 - 2007|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Washington State Veterans Bar Association||Member||2015 - Present|
|Veterans of Foreign Wars||Member||2014 - Present|
|Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers||Member||2008 - Present|
|Criminal Defense Section, Washington State Bar Association||Member||2008 - Present|
|Thurston County Bar Association||Member||2008 - Present|
|Washington State Bar Association||Member||2008 - Present|
|Thurston County Young Lawyers Association||Member||2008 - 2013|
|Lexington Principles Project||Associate||2008 - 2008|
|Washington State Trial Lawyers Association||Member||2008 - 2011|
|Washington State Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division||Member||2008 - 2013|
|American Bar Association||Member||2005 - 2008|
|Golden Key International Honour Society||Member||2002 - 2005|
|Snohomish County Jury Trial||Not guilty jury verdict|
|Thurston County jury trial||Not guilty jury verdict|
|Mason County jury trial||Not guilty jury verdict|
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|Washington and Lee University School of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||2008|
|Western Washington University||Philosophy||BA - Bachelor of Arts||2005|