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Justice is important to everyone. No matter what type of legal issue you are presented with, find a lawyer that will listen to you, your needs and will spend the time to explain what can be a difficult process.


I work in Administrative Law most of the time, but I try to fit in some family law and personal injury law into my practice. I use a sliding scale for my clients and I believe strongly in public service.  In my "spare time" I teach law topics at a local college.


Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 50%
    16 years, 150 cases
  2. Personal Injury: 25%
    16 years, 100 cases
  3. Family: 15%
  4. Arbitration: 10%
    14 years, 50 cases



Hourly ($150-300/hour), contingent (25%), Free consultation (60 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Sean Cleary

    I endorse this lawyer. An extremely talented and well respected attorney in the legal community.


    Sean Cleary Car accident Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Andrew William Wheeler

    As a former DOL Hearings Officer Josie is one of the best resources I know for assistance with the ins and outs of the Department of Licensing. Both during her tenure as a Hearing Officer and today, she can be counted on for sound legal advice relating to the Department.


    Andrew Wheeler DUI and DWI Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

211 E 11th St Ste 104
Vancouver, WA, 98660-3248


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Outstanding Leadership AwardCity of Vancouver2003
Expeditionary Medal - U.S. ArmyN/A1996
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Hearings ExaminerWashington State Department of Licensing2006 - Present
ProfessorWarner Pacific College2003 - Present
Attorney At LawTownsend Law PLLC2001 - Present
City ProsecutorCity of Vancouver2002 - 2005
Assistant Zone CommanderNew York State Police1983 - 2002
Association namePosition nameDuration
Clark County Bar AssociationMock trial facilitator2002 - 2007
Washington State Bar AssociationFormer Chair - Criminal Law Section2002 - 2006
Washington State Commission on Judicial ConductFormer Member2002 - 2007
Society of Human Resource ProfessionalsMember1996 - 2007
Publication nameTitleDate
Law & OrderThe Silence of Sexual Harassment2006
Criminal Section NewsletterCriminal Section Newsletter2006
Law and OrderProgressive Discipline2004
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Syracuse University College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2001
Chapman UniversityHuman Resource ManagementMA - Masters1997
State University of New YorkPublic AdministrationBA - Bachelor of Arts1992
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
SHRM TrainingEmployment Law and Legislative Issues2007
Department of Licensing HearingsDepartment of Licensing Administrative Hearings2007
Child Abuse ReportingChild Abuse Reporting2007
Coroner's InquestPolice Shooting2004