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James D. Laukkonen

Gun Law Attorney at Olympia, WA

5.0   6 reviews
  • Licensed for 15 years
    State WA
    Acquired 2008
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

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

About James

Learn James’s areas of practice.

3
Practice areas
  1. Gun Law
    90%
    Restoring firearm rights. Many have lost their gun rights, sometimes even without realizing it. That leaves them vulnerable later on when they need to protect their families. I can help.

    16 years

  2. Expungement
    8%
    In Washington most of what is called 'expunging' in other states is called 'vacating'. In many cases, we can vacate your prior convictions, leaving you legally able to say that you have never been convicted!

    16 years

  3. Criminal defense
    2%
    From serious aggravated felonies down to simple criminal driving offenses, a criminal charge can strip you of your money, your home, your freedom - everything that is important to you! Call for a free consultation.

    16 years

     James Laukkonen has been restoring firearm rights, expunging records, and defending criminal cases for over a decade.  He has successfully handled matters from complex felonies to simple misdemeanors. James has taken cases in District and Superior courts throughout Western Washington as well as 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. He was recently named as US Business News' Top Criminal Defense firm of 2019, 2020, and 2021 for Western Washington. 

 

     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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Location

Laukkonen Law, PLLC
1800 Cooper Point Rd SW #12
Olympia, WA, 98502

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Reviews

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Posted by Michael | December 22, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
My Rights Restored!
Thank you James Laukkonen. My rights to posses a firearm were restored and the process was quick and easy. I just wish the courts moved as fast as you do. Thanks again, I highly recommend you to anyone facing injustice.
Response from James Laukkonen December 23, 2022
Thank you! Glad I could help.
Posted by Dale and Michele | July 13, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Grateful for James Laukkonen
My husband and I are eternally grateful to James Laukkonen and we thank God for bringing him to us. We can, from the depths of our hearts, say that through James's efforts, guidance and compassion, we would be in a state of despair and fear. Instead, we have been blessed to be given the gift of peace-of-mind. James quite literally saved our life. Anyone reading this review, be assured you're in wonderful hands if James Laukkonen is representing you.
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Response from James Laukkonen July 26, 2018
Thank you! I'm glad I could help.
Posted by Eloise | January 11, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
An answer to my prayers
I wish there were 6 stars to rate James Laukkonen. I fought hard to leave an abusive relationship of 7 years which left me destitute and alone with a small child. I have no family here in America and few friends due to the nature of the relationship so it was easy for my ex to take advantage of me. It was at this time he began using the court system to continue his abuse and control tactics and he came very near to having me jailed. It was a complicated and ugly mess of a problem that was ruining my life. James took the case quickly, worked with me at every turn and was very clear about what may or may not happen. I was terrified completely, but the level of professionalism James held at all times put me at complete ease. He answered all of my communications quickly, had a working plan at all times and I never felt any doubt that I wasn't in good hands. My case was differed and all issues resulting after were handled by him with success. I am very lucky to have found him.
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Response from James Laukkonen August 31, 2018
Thank you! I'm always glad when I can help someone.
Posted by S | April 25, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Laukkonen is a great attorney
Mr. Laukkonen was able to get false assault charges against me dismissed and is representing me in another matter, which appears to be going very favorably for me. I highly recommend him. He also responds quickly.
Posted by Jeremy | January 19, 2014
Effective Counsel
Mr Laukkonen was the most reasonable when it came to cost and offered advice prior to hiring him as my counsel. I attempted to resolve myself but hit a road block when it came to self-negotiation. My tickets was changed to a non-moving violation. This is worth the cost in the long run when you consider the cost of higher insurance.
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Posted by Alex | October 29, 2012
From a Lie to Freedom
I highly recommend James Laukkonen and his firm. I'm a law abiding citizen that just graduated high school when my world turned to hell. A very close relative of mine got in trouble with the authorities, their entire case was based off of lies. Somehow while he got in trouble they sucked me into the middle of the situation and attempted to make me lie in their favor so that they could win the case. The Mason County Police Department nearly destroyed my entire family and attempted to drug my relative and I to prison. Due to the fact that the cops did so much damage to my family and relative I had little hope of winning my case, even though I was innocent. But when James Laukkonen became my lawyer my hopes went up, I was assured that he would fight and try his very best to gain my freedom back. Little by little my case was delayed due to the uncooperative authorities. James Laukkonen and my relative's lawyer worked on the case and got our cases dismissed due to the lies an officer stated in his report. After months of not being able to see my family daily and having no contact with my relative, it was a relief that the case was dismissed. James Laukkonen always kept me well informed in the situation of my case, and fully explained everything that went on in my case. James Laukkonen was a very trustworthy, knowledgeable, and positively reassuring. I highly recommend James Laukkonen to anyone in need of his services.
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Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 45 minutes
  • Hourly Rates $ 275-375 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Laukkonen Law, PLLC
  • 2017 - Present
  • Judge Pro Tem
  • City of Olympia Municipal Court
  • 2017 - Present
  • Board Member
  • Thurston County Bar Association
  • 2016 - Present
  • Judge Pro Tem
  • Thurston County District Court
  • 2013 - Present
  • Managing Member
  • Laukkonen Law Office, PLLC
  • 2010 - 2011
  • Associate Attorney
  • Cordes Brandt, PLLC
  • 2008 - 2016
  • Rule 9 Intern
  • Snohomish County Public Defender's Office
  • 2006 - 2007
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Education

  • Washington and Lee University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2008
  • Western Washington University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2005

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Thurston County felony sex offense
  • Original counts dismissed, plea to misdemeanors.
  • Thurston County Appeal to Superior Court
  • Dismissed.
  • Mason County Violation Controlled Substances Act
  • Dismissed before trial.
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Associations

  • Washington State Veterans Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2008 - Present
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2008 - Present
  • Thurston County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2008 - Present
  • Criminal Defense Section, Washington State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2008 - Present
  • Thurston County Bar Association
  • President
  • 2020 - 2021
  • Thurston County Bar Association
  • President-Elect
  • 2019 - 2020
  • Thurston County Bar Association
  • Treasurer
  • 2018 - 2019
  • Veterans of Foreign Wars
  • Post Judge Advocate
  • 2014 - 2020
  • Lexington Principles Project
  • Associate
  • 2008 - 2008
  • Thurston County Young Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2008 - 2013
  • Washington State Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division
  • Member
  • 2008 - 2013
  • Washington State Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2008 - 2011
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Criminal Defense Attorney of the Year - Western Washington
  • US Business News Legal Elite Awards
  • 2019
  • Top Contributor
  • AVVO
  • 2017
  • Top Contributor
  • Avvo
  • 2016
  • Pro Bono Honor Roll
  • Washington Supreme Court
  • 2016
  • Top Contributor
  • Avvo
  • 2015
  • Top Contributor
  • Avvo
  • 2014
  • Pro Bono Honor Roll
  • Washington Supreme Court
  • 2014
  • Pro Bono Honor Roll
  • Washington Supreme Court
  • 2013
  • Pro Bono Honor Roll
  • Washington Supreme Court
  • 2012
  • Thomas Carl Damewood Evidence Award
  • Washington and Lee University, School of Law
  • 2008
  • Cum Laude
  • Western Washington University
  • 2005
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Publications

Speaking Engagements

  • Washington Senate Committee on Law & Justice
  • EHB 1632
  • 2016
  • Washington House Committee on Public Safety
  • HB 2260
  • 2016
  • Washington Senate Committee on Law and Justice
  • SB 5036
  • 2015
  • Washington House Committee on Public Safety
  • HB 1320
  • 2015
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Attorney endorsements

Received (17)
Given (23)
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Criminal defense Attorney | May 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"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."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"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 Avvo.com and he is very intelligent and knows the law. Call him today if you are seeking an attorney in his area."
Unknown Attorney | Dec 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have known Mr. Laukkonen for several years now. I have had many interactions with Mr. Laukkonen as a Judge Pro Tempore and as a litigator. I can attest to Mr. Laukkonen's dedication to his clients and his profession. He handles himself with the utmost professionalism."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Laukkonen is undoubtedly a top notch attorney who has skillfully mastered his primary area of practice over the course of his professional experience. His sharp critical thinking and flawless work ethic are perhaps the key qualities which ensured the success of a remarkable number of his cases. I endorse this lawyer and encourage anyone who needs superior legal representation to opt for his services."
Unknown Attorney | Mar 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. His answers to questions posed are very informative and well thought out."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Excellent attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse attorney James Laukkonen. Provides excellent legal answers on Avvo for people seeking assistance. An asset to the legal profession."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Oct 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Top-notch attorney. Highly respected in the legal community."
Unknown Attorney | Sep 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"With a great track record of published answers to consumers' questions on Avvo.com and the recommendations from clients and attorneys alike, it is easy to see that attorney Laukkonen is skilled and knows the law well too. If you have a legal question in his area of expertise, he is your answer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"An extremely talented and well respected attorney in the legal community, I wholeheartedly recommend him to anyone looking for a lawyer who knows the law and truly cares about protecting the rights of his clients and getting them the most favorable result possible."
DUI and DWI Attorney | May 19
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer. James takes the time to get to know both his clients and their cases. He is very well prepared, and he gets results!"
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 02
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 29
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer. I have observed scores of answers by Mr. Laukkonen to the criminal law questions presented here on Avvo. He clearly knows the law and what he is doing. He takes great care in giving a substantive answer, not just a one-liner that provides no help to the asker. When I see he has answered a question, I read the answer too because I like to see his take on it. If he puts that much care and consideration into Avvo questions, just think how well he takes care of his own clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 05
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 01
Relationship: Co-worker
"The reality is, family law crosses over with criminal law more often than not. As a family law practitioner I know when I have a criminal law related question I can go to Jim and he will get me the right answer. More importantly, if he does not know the answer he will take the time to find it. I cannot express how important it is to have an attorney who you can turn to who will lead you in the right direction. Whether it is writing, research or oral arguments Jim is a bright and talented attorney. I have the pleasure of working with him every day and with that said I know that he puts his talents to the test. Not only does Jim get results, I see firsthand how Jim puts the interests of his clients first. If you have a criminal law related matter you can't go wrong choosing Jim Laukkonen to represent you."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"James is a zealous advocate committed to defending his client's rights and interests. He has an excellent grasp of the law and the system, which he uses to achieve favorable results for his clients. I gladly endorse this lawyer!"
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Olympia Gun Law Lawyer James D. Laukkonen
James D. Laukkonen
Gun Law Attorney
Olympia, WA
Licensed for 15 years
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