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James D. Laukkonen

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     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.




Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 55%
    8 years
  2. DUI & DWI: 25%
    8 years
  3. Expungement: 10%
    8 years
  4. Administrative Law: 10%
    8 years



Hourly ($200-300/hour), Fixed (sometimes), Free consultation (30 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Megan Danielle Card

    Mr. Laukkonen is a well-spoken and hard fighting advocate for his clients. He understands the complexities of criminal law and has a very respectable reputation in his area of practice. Mr. Laukkonen is professional, courteous, and extremely driven. I endorse this lawyer.


    Megan Card Criminal defense Attorney
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  • Patrick Owen Earl

    I am proud to say that I endorse James! He is a very good attorney, smart and will work for you. I have read his answers/comments/advice on and he is very intelligent and knows the law. Call him today if you are seeking an attorney in his area.


    Patrick Earl Criminal defense Attorney
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Contact info

Cordes Brandt, PLLC

914 7th Ave SE
Olympia, WA, 98501


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Thomas Carl Damewood Evidence AwardWashington and Lee University, School of Law2008
Cum LaudeWestern Washington University2005
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Judge Pro TemThurston County District Court2013 - Present
Associate AttorneyCordes Brandt, PLLC2008 - Present
Managing MemberLaukkonen Law Office, PLLC2010 - 2011
Rule 9 InternSnohomish County Public Defender's Office2006 - 2007
Association namePosition nameDuration
Washington State Veterans Bar AssociationMember2015 - Present
Veterans of Foreign WarsMember2014 - Present
Washington Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember2008 - Present
Criminal Defense Section, Washington State Bar AssociationMember2008 - Present
Thurston County Bar AssociationMember2008 - Present
Washington State Bar AssociationMember2008 - Present
Thurston County Young Lawyers AssociationMember2008 - 2013
Lexington Principles ProjectAssociate2008 - 2008
Washington State Trial Lawyers AssociationMember2008 - 2011
Washington State Bar Association, Young Lawyers DivisionMember2008 - 2013
American Bar AssociationMember2005 - 2008
Golden Key International Honour SocietyMember2002 - 2005
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Snohomish County Jury TrialNot guilty jury verdict
Thurston County jury trialNot guilty jury verdict
Mason County jury trialNot guilty jury verdict
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Washington and Lee University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2008
Western Washington UniversityPhilosophyBA - Bachelor of Arts2005