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Judge Turner has been practicing law in Olympia, Washington, since 1984. In 1995 he was elected to the Washington State Court of Appeals, where he served his term with distinction. He later retired from the bench to return to his community-based law practice.

Judge Turner was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan. He graduated from Western Michigan University with a BA in sociology and social work, and earned a Juris Doctorate degree from Thomas M. Cooley Law School in 1983. Upon completion of his education, Mr. Turner moved to the Pacific Northwest to enjoy the quality of life here.

In addition to his education and experience, Judge Turner uses his dispute resolution skills and assertive representation to resolve any unavoidable legal problems. He believes that helping people understand the process and their options relieves some of the stress and uncertainty associated with legal matters.


Practice areas


  1. DUI & DWI: 30%
    32 years, 1 thousand cases
  2. Criminal Defense: 22%
    32 years, 1 thousand cases
  3. Estate Planning: 20%
    32 years
  4. Real Estate: 15%
    32 years
  5. Other: 13%
  6. More 



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Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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    I am pleased to endorse Mr. Turner. His commitment to practicing law while providing fair and reasonable approaches for his clients is what I feel makes him a valuable resource in our community. Furthermore, Mr. Turner delivers clear and concise communications while managing the needs and expectations of his clients. I would highly recommend those in need of legal consultation to take advantage of his knowledge and years of experience. I have known Mr. Turner for over four years and continue to assert my professional endorsement of him, his staff, and approach to practicing law in our community.


    Daniel Liebman Divorce and separation Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Jennie Patton

    I endorse this lawyer. I have known attorney John Turner since 1996 when our law offices were co-located in the same building in downtown Olympia. John's law practice has always emphasized criminal law defense, DUI, estate planning, and probate. He is very knowledgeable in these areas and has decades of experience. I admire John's compassionate and professional approach to legal problems. He is open-minded and easy to talk to. He is good at what he does. I recommend you give him a call and see for yourself.


    Jennie Patton Car accident Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

501 Columbia Street NW
Suite D
Olympia, WA, 98501


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Commencement SpeakerThomas M. Cooley Law School1996
Certificate of ElectionWashington State Court of Appeals1995
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
OwnerJohn E. Turner, PLLC2012 - Present
JudgeWashington State Court of Appeals1995 - 2011
Association namePosition nameDuration
Washington State Bar Association, Criminal Law SectionMember2008 - Present
United States District Court for the Western District of WashingtonMember1987 - Present
Washington State Bar AssociationMember1984 - Present
Thurston County Bar AssociationMember1984 - Present
Washington State Bar Association, Real Property, Probate and Trust SectionMember1984 - Present
Washington State Bar Association, Committee for Lawyer Assistance ProgramMember1997 - 1999
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Maupin caseSeven-figure jury verdict. The largest in Clark County, Washington at that time.
Campbell caseNot Guilty jury verdict
Mounts caseAcquitted by jury of felony delivery of a controlled substance.
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Publication nameTitleDate
84 Wn.App. 602, 929 P.2d 1172Ord v. Kitsap County1997
84 Wn.App. 596, 929 P.2d 1175State v. Campbell1997
83 Wn.App. 662, 922 P.2d 818Schrader v. Grange Ins. Ass'n1996
82 Wn.App. 782, 919 P.2d 630Neigel v. Harrell1996
82 Wn.App. 471, 918 P.2d 543In re Marriage of Schneider,1996
84 Wn.App. 186, 926 P.2d 929State v. Dykstra1996
84 Wn.App. 387, 928 P.2d 423Woldrich v. Vancouver Police Pension Bd.1996
84 Wn.App. 113, 924 P.2d 953Loushin v. ITT Rayonier1996
84 Wn.App. 5, 924 P.2d 397State v. Edwards1996
84 Wn.App. 20, 924 P.2d 933State v. Frodert1996
83 Wn.App. 741, 923 P.2d 709State v. Marshall1996
83 Wn.App. 715, 924 P.2d 44Edwards v. Edwards1996
84 Wn.App. 222, 928 P.2d 1111Harris v. Pierce County1996
84 Wn.App. 214, 928 P.2d 1119Ottgen v. Clover Park Technical College1996
83 Wn.App. 464, 921 P.2d 1098Doherty v. Municipality of Metropolitan Seattle1996
83 Wn.App. 432, 922 P.2d 126Pederson's Fryer Farms, Inc. v. Transamerica Ins. Co.1996
83 Wn.App. 77, 920 P.2d 1201State v. Stockmyer1996
83 Wn.App. 55, 920 P.2d 589Sing v. John L. Scott, Inc.1996
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Thomas M. Cooley Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor1983
Western Michigan UniversitySociologyBA - Bachelor of Arts1979
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Performance of CeremoniesWeddings2014
Occasional SpeakerEstate Planning and Avoiding Probate2009
Ocassional SpeakerWhat to do after a Car Accident2009