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Bruce J. Finlay

Personal injury Attorney at Shelton, WA

4.5   8 reviews
  • Licensed for 34 years
    State WA
    Acquired 1989
    Active No misconduct found

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About Bruce

Learn Bruce’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    Experienced in both prosecution and defense of criminal cases, from misdemeanors to serious felonies. Has successfully handled 100's of DUI cases. All types of driving offenses; domestic violence; you name it. Has appeared in courts throughout the state. Has won published cases in the Court of Appeals and the Supreme Court of Washington.

    35 years

  2. Personal injury
    Auto accidents, injuries, dog bites, assaults, any type of personal injury. Personal injury recovery experts on staff. Has successfully resolved high-dollar cases.

    35 years


Bruce J. Finlay
Po Box 3
Shelton, WA, 98584-0003

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Posted by Victor | September 11, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
The Best You Will Find - in Shelton, WA
Where do I begin? Mr. Finlay has about 30+ of experience. That should tell you a lot already. He has a fantastic personal office, right in the center of Shelton. That should tell you more. Mr. Finlay is a serious and highly capable attorney. Whatever serious matter you have in Shelton, or around - I suggest you talk to Mr. Finlay first. He has represented me on a very, very serious matter - 4 criminal cases against me, in two courts - District Court of Mason and Lakewood Municipal Court. It was all a lie, made up by a disgusting individual. But I digress. All 4 cases against me were dismissed. One of them - after a serious courtroom hearing, and back and forth arguments. Where Mr. Finlay has represented me to outmost quality. Basically, Mr. Finlay won that case, with my assistance. In short, you will be well-represented here. Mr. Finlay, I would say, is the top attorney in Shelton area.
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Posted by Jesus | March 9, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
We got Justice and and the maximum settlement
We used Bruce Finlay for a civil matter. I was the victim of a hit and run and the other guy who hit me did not have insurance. Bruce was able to get me the maximum settlement paid to me by my insurance company with my underinsured benefits. He is really smart and knowledgeable about my rights and the law and never gives up. He always puts his clients first.
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Posted by Steve | December 12, 2014
Finally a lawyer that truly cares.........
My small business was sued back in 2006. The case was a civil case and it was about nuisance. Initially we hired a lawyer from a large firm in Tacoma. The case drug on and the expenses were really mounting. It didn't seem like we were moving forward and we clearly could not afford to go on. So we decided to try finding a local attorney in hopes that he/she would know the local scene better and perhaps take a more effective approach. After interviewing many friends in the area regarding attorneys, we finally decided to meet with Bruce Finlay to discuss our case. After spending about 4 hours with us reviewing our "situation" he said he would take our case. He gave us several options as to how to handle the fees. He was extremely fair, but more importantly, he seemed to take a keen interest in our case and it gave us the confidence to go on and not give up. It turned out to be one of the best and most important decisions of our lives. Bruce stuck with us on our case for over 8 years. He saw us through a 2 day trial in Superior Court, and then again stuck with us through a 2 year Court of Appeals episode and finally, he got us a successful victory in the State Supreme Court. He never tried to back down nor did he ever pressure us for more money, though he was spending very long hours working the case. He is the most hard working, honest man that I have ever encountered and I would be honored to recommend him. We will be forever grateful to him for the faith that he has restored to us in the law.
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Posted by anonymous | May 14, 2014
Excellent Lawyer
When I needed a Lawyer Mr. Finlay came highly recommended by one of his Colleagues within the legal system. Since I had never been involved in the legal system before, I didn’t have a clue what to do or expect. From the start I was reassured by Mr. Finlay’s knowledge of the Law and the dignity with which he treated me and my Wife. During each continuance, hearing and eventual trial Mr. Finlay never waivered in his dedication to my case nor did he ever compromise giving his full attention and expertise. My case had a successful outcome and that had everything to do with Mr. Finlay’s conviction in obtaining Justice for his Clients. This was one of the most stressful times in my life and thanks to Mr. Finlay’s representation it didn’t remain that way.
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Posted by Bob | January 19, 2014
STELLAR PATRIOT persuing the untainted cause of Constitutional Justice for the people of this country.
I have had the honor and pleasure knowing Mr. Finaly through the course of both business and private matters. On any playing field you can expect this man to be consideratley tenacious and a champion for the people. I have never known him to throw in the towel and by contrast have seen this man turn days into nights in strenuous effort to represent his clients with 110% until the course is run. Mr. Finlay has a deep and noble love for the Constitution of our United States and always strives to ensure that his clients are afforded the proper and accurate representation of these rights. Our founding fathers I'm sure had fought for these rights in the hope that men such as Mr. Finaly would be there in the future to uphold them. Bruce is one of the most trustworthy men I have ever known and it is my hope that his standard and ethics will prevail upon the unjust and ignorant as long as he chooses to bless us with his representation. Bob Jr.
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Posted by Dena | December 13, 2013
Takes care of Business, Compassionatly
We have used Mr. Finlay a few times with a neighbor dispute that could not be resolved outside of the courts. The confidence that he gave at all times was just what we needed with such an ugly situation. Mr. Finlay was always responsive to our needs, he even emailed us back while on family vacation with his concerns. With all the anxieties and fears we faced dealing with such a horrible situation, "losing our Peace at home" we could not have had a better person by our side. I don't think we could ever express enough our gratitude for his professional & friendly guidance and services. Thank you Mr. Finlay for the peace we now have when we come home.
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Posted by Julie | July 16, 2012
Bruce Finlay, A Great Lawyer Not affraid to go that extra mile to prove a person's innocence!
Mr Finlay along with his wonderful PI Greg Gilbertson really helped make me feel that I was going to be heard. Mr Finlay really had such a cool calm confident attitude that helped ease my nerves. He took several extra steps to assure that we had a strong case! i would highly recommend Bruce Finlay to any of my friends or family should they need an attorney for anything! Thanks Bruce!
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Response from Bruce Finlay March 15, 2013
Thanks for the review, Julie, I appreciate it.
Posted by anonymous | May 13, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Ineffective Lawyer
I paid Bruce Finlay $5000 with the agreement that he would take the case to trial. Once hired, he only waved the court proceedings; lasting 2 years and then said he couldn't take it to trial. Moreover, his communication tactics were either ambiguous and confusing or nonexistent as he is often out of his office, leaving all the work for his paralegal. In hindsight, it would have been better to go with a public defender or hire an attorney out of Mason County.
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Response from Bruce Finlay October 4, 2018
and we never say we are going to trial in advance. That's impossible to say without fully knowing the case. Even if it looks like a good idea to try a case at first, that may become a less attractive option as we learn more about the case. So none of this sounds real to me.
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  • Free Consultation 9 minutes
  • Contingency 25%-35%
Payment methods
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AVVO RATING 8.7 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Bruce Finlay, Attorney at Law
  • 2007 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Brungardt and Associates
  • 1993 - 2001
  • Deputy Prosecuting Attorney
  • Mason County Prosecuting Attorney
  • 1992 - 1993


  • University of Puget Sound School of Law
  • Juris Doctor
  • 1989
  • Washington State University
  • B.A.
  • 1983

Sample of Legal Cases

  • State v. Nall
  • Client prevailed
  • Thompson v. State, Dept. of Licensing
  • Client prevailed


  • Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • 2008 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • President's Award
  • Washington Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys
  • 2011

Attorney endorsements

Received (7)
Given (6)
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Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I wholeheartedly endorse this lawyer. A brilliant, trustworthy and highly respected attorney in the legal community."
Personal injury Attorney | Aug 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. An extremely talented and well respected attorney in the legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Bruce is about as tenacious as they come. He's an excellent trial lawyer, possesses an incredibly sharp mind and is hardworking beyond belief. I endorse Bruce without reservation."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Finlay and I are members of Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. I have had the pleasure of dealing with Mr. Finlay through this organization and I can recommend him without reservation as an excellent and principled attorney who not only zealously advocates for his clients but who also supports his colleagues in the ultimate pursuit of justice for all."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Bruce is a fighter. He is intelligent, creative, and he works all the angles. I appreciate Bruce as a colleague and I do recommend him without hesitation."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Bruce Finlay is a level headed and practical attorney who represents his clients well. I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Bruce Finlay is a fierce trial attorney who flat out gets results for his clients. I would recommend him without hesitation to any of my family or friends if they ever needed a criminal defense attorney."
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Bruce J. Finlay
Personal injury Attorney
Shelton, WA
Licensed for 34 years
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