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The Thompson Law Office provides DUI and criminal defense services in Olympia and Thurston County, Washington. James Thompson has successfully defended hundreds of clients from misdemeanor and felony charges. He has a firm understanding of the local court system and procedures. His practice is concentrated on criminal defense. He represents and advises clients in a wide variety of criminal matters such as driving under the influence, theft, assault, etc. Many of his cases consist of more serious felonies such as rape, manslaughter, and possession of controlled substances with intent to deliver. He graduated from the University of Iowa College of Law and received his undergraduate degree from George Fox University.

Prior to founding the firm, James worked in the fast-paced oil boomtowns of North Dakota, which were seeing major increase in crime. During law school, he was a certified legal intern at the San Diego County Public Defender. He was involved in defending serious felony cases, including murder, sexual assault, and drug possession. Before that, he clerked at the San Bernardino County Public Defender and was assigned to the misdemeanor unit. 

During law school, James worked at Student Legal Services. He zealously advocated for students in alcohol-related and landlord-tenant cases. He served on the University of Iowa mock trial team and competed in multiple tournaments. James also participated in the appellate advocacy program. In his free time as a law student, James volunteered with Iowa Legal Aid and the Johnson County Public Defender.

He is an active member of the United States Practical Shooting Association and enjoys weightlifting, whitewater kayaking, and traveling in his spare time.




Languages spoken: English, Vietnamese

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Practice areas


  1. DUI & DWI: 50%
    3 years, 500 cases
  2. Criminal Defense: 40%
    3 years, 300 cases
  3. Personal Injury: 10%
    3 years, 20 cases



Fixed (always), Free consultation (60 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Justin Kalemkiarian

    James is a thorough, thoughtful attorney. I highly recommend him!


    Justin Kalemkiarian Criminal defense Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • Richard Robert William Sand

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    Richard Sand DUI and DWI Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

Thompson Law Office, PC

1700 Cooper Point Rd. SW #A-3
Olympia, WA, 98502


NDAuthorized to practice law201307/24/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Stephenson Mock Trial Tournament FinalistUniversity of Iowa2012
Faculty Award for Academic ExcellenceUniversity of Iowa College of Law2010
Law Opportunity FellowshipIowa Law Foundation2010
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AssociateChapman Law Office2015 - 2015
AssociateLaw Office2013 - 2014
Legal InternStudent Legal Services2012 - 2012
Certified Legal InternSan Diego County Public Defender's Office2012 - 2012
Law ClerkSan Bernardino County Public Defender2011 - 2011
Association namePosition nameDuration
National College of DUI DefenseMember2015 - Present
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember2014 - Present
North Dakota Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember2013 - Present
State Bar Association of North DakotaMember2013 - Present
Upper Missouri Bar AssociationMember2013 - Present
National Rifle AssocationMember2012 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
City of Williston v. (Name Withheld)Leaving the Scene
State v. (Name Withheld)Pretrial Diversion
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Publication nameTitleDate
BlogFirst Time DUI Penalties2015
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
George Fox UniversityHistoryBA - Bachelor of Arts2008
University of Iowa College of LawLawJD - Juris DoctorN/A
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Law DayLaw Day -- Legal Advice for the Community2014