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Benjamin D Cushman

Construction and development Attorney at Olympia, WA

5.0   4 reviews

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About Benjamin

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I am an Olympia native and Capital High School graduate.  I have practiced law in Olympia since graduating from Lewis and Clark law school in 1996.  In law school, I focused on land use, environmental, real property and contract law.


I am also Vice-President of the Board for Harlequin Productions and have been a volunteer and sometime assistant coach for the Capital High School speech and debate team.


My work team includes my principal land use paralegal, Doreen Milward, who was trained in land use by Sandy Mackie, of Owens Davies Mackie, who was the premier land use attorney in southwest Washington until departure from the firm.

Licensed for 26 years
State AK
Status Active
Acquired 2004
Updated 12/13/2022
State ID
Status Active
Acquired 1997
Updated 01/19/2023
State OR
Status Active
Acquired 1997
Updated 12/10/2022
State WA
Status Active
Acquired 1996
Updated 11/25/2022
State NC
Status Active
Acquired 1996
Updated 12/27/2022

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

Contact Benjamin

Deschutes Law Group, PLLC
1202 State Ave. NE
Olympia, WA, 98506


5.0 / 5.0
  4 customer reviews
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Posted by Kelly | April 1, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
This guy is a pitbull
Ben , is amazing. He took our case when no one else would. We did end up with a partial settlement from a former landlord who was attempting to abuse us and the system. He was very considerate when it came to spending more money and was very honest with us through the case and it was a difficult case. If this guy gets ahold of something he doesn't let it go. He is intellgent and the type of aggressive that you want on your side when you enter the court room. Thank you Ben
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Posted by Heather | December 4, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Best attorney hands down!
My husband and I have used Ben on several different cases, he is an amazing, compassionate, honest attorney. The fact that he is so straight forward is something I absolutely respect about him. My cases are never easy to win...but Ben has always gotten us good results!
Posted by Clay and diana | November 21, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Long time clients
Ben has been a very knowledgeable and successful legal representative for my wife and I for over 10 years and we are very happy with all aspects of his work and compassion for every and all situations. When we need legal help we don’t hesitate to call him and nobody else. We put our trust, and faith into Ben Cushman without hesitation or doubt.
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Posted by Ursula | August 5, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Small Business Special Use Permit
Ben Cushman saved my business. I was in a difficult and complex land-use issue in Thurston County. Ben took on the challenge and demonstrated his ability to work with stakeholders and navigate the myriad of permitting rules and constraints. Ben worked tirelessly and achieved an outcome which allowed me to continue my business. Ben’s understanding of the land use regulations earned my trust, his civil approach minimized unnecessary conflict and his resoluteness resulted in an agreement I could live with.
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  • Hourly Rates $ 200-250 per hour
  • Contingency 25%-50%
  • Pro bono 10 %
  • Retainer Sometimes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 7.6 (Very Good)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Deschutes Law Group, PLLC
  • 2017 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Cushman Law Offices, PS
  • 1996 - 2017


  • Lewis & Clark Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1996
  • Reed College
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1993

Legal Cases

  • Jackowski v. Borchelt
  • Settlement after favorable decision at Supreme Court


  • Alaska Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2004 - Present
  • Oregon State Bar
  • Member
  • 1997 - Present
  • Idaho State Bar
  • Member
  • 1997 - Present
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1996 - Present
  • North Carolina Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1996 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
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Languages Spoken

  • English


  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2019

Speaking Engagements

  • Construction Law for Public Projects
  • Public Procurement Law Applicable to Construction Contracting
  • 2014
  • Construction Law for Public Projects
  • Bond Claims, Contractor Claims and Subcontractor Issues
  • 2014

Attorney endorsements

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Given (1)
Endorse Benjamin
Construction and development Attorney | Jul 11
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this attorney wholeheartedly! He's an amazing lawyer."
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