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Sandlin Law Firm

Attorney at Law (1979 - present): Seatle, Tacoma, Yakima, Sunnyside, and Tri-Cities, WA, Western and Central Washington, Idaho, Oregon, California, New York, Florida and other U.S. States.

Developed trial practice with national and international trade and finance emphases.

Areas of experience include: serious felony defense, plaintiff personal injury litigation; plaintiff medical malpractice litigation; banking and lender liability litigation; bank compliance issue resolution; advocacy for farmers, ranchers and orchardists in agribusiness litigation; natural resource development.



In "Auvil v. CBS 60 Minutes" JJ Sandlin established new tort law regarding product disparagement claims in Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals jurisdictions (western states, including Alaska and Hawaii), after personal
appearance on “60 Minutes” in defense of apple growers in the State of
, all of which became internationally acclaimed as a landmark
lawsuit t
o hold accountable those who recklessly disparage agricultural

JJ's successful litigation practice has also been focused on serious felony defense.

In “State v. Melendrez” JJ successfully defended two Hispanic
teenagers falsely accused
of mop-handle rape during wrestling team
practice, which was scandalized on the Phil Donohue Show.

In “State v. Kerri Knowles” JJ Sandlin successfully defended an innocent, mentally challenged woman who was falsely accused of sex crimes in the notorious Wenatchee sex ring cases featured in the New York Times, Newsweek magazine, and CBS network.

JJ Sandlin is a vigorous advocate for farmers, ranchers and orchardists
in agribusiness litigation; commercial litigation regarding fraud and unfair
business practices
; federal and state racketeering plaintiff litigation;
protection of investors in interstate and international fraud schemes; lender liability litigation. Transactional Law Practice: international trade and finance negotiations; banking practices and compliance issues; real

property financing, development and litigation preparation; promotion of new technology; engineering and biotechnical research and development; human health science development and support; political action and project management for nonprofit ventures in water resource development, homeless mother issues, and child protection programs, water resources development and litigation; science and technology promotion and development; international trade and finance contract negotiations and issue resolution; fraud and unfair business practice litigation; real property development and litigation; commercial litigation and contract negotiations; international and interstate investments and ventures, capital enterprises; representation of start-up companies and contract negotiations; representation of employees in wrongful termination complaints, sex harassment claims, contract negotiations for executive compensation, including asset protection.

J.J. Sandlin's Associations And Memberships:

      Member of the Washington State Bar Association;

      Washington State Trial Lawyers’ Association; U.S.
      Federal Bar Association (Eastern and Western Districts of Washington)

      Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals,

      U.S. Supreme Court,

      Federal Claims Court,
      other interstate and international courts and administrative ribunals


During aftermath of first Gulf War promoted technology that
extinguished oil well fires in the various oil fields of Kuwait. Networked with
many businessmen and political leaders of Kuwait, Qatar, UAE, Saudi
Arabia, Malaysia, Singapore, South Korea, Vietnam, People’s Republic of
China, and various leaders/businessmen of Central Europe.

Sandlin Law Firm , Seattle WA
Attorney at Law (1977 - 1979)

Emphasized labor law and contract negotiations; arbitration, mediation, factfinding hearings, political action, labor force strike resolutions, public
relations releases for public sector management clientele; representation of
professional athletes in NFL contract negotiations, and arbitration hearings
for NFL dispute resolution; asset protection assistance for defense against
creditor harassment;
also established real estate development expertise, in
medical-dental clinic
promotion and construction; agribusiness

Gertrude Gardner Real Estate , New Orleans LA
Real Estate Salesman (1973 - 1977)

While a full-time law student at Tulane University School of Law, served as
real estate salesman in one of largest brokerages in New Orleans, and sold
several high-end properties such as shopping center, condominium
complex, executive homes for oil & gas corporate officers
located on New
Orleans Westbank;

also served in U.S. Navy Ready Reserve transport
squadrons at NAS Belle Chase, LA.

U.S. Navy Midshipman; Naval Flight Officer (1963 - present)

Received Bachelor of Science degree in Naval Science and Engineering
from Annapolis, U.S. Naval Academy;
active duty in U.S. Navy as Naval Flight Officer in A6A Intruder bomber squadron during Vietnam War; combat-experienced bombardier-navigator, operating off of various attack aircraft carriers in the Gulf of Tonkin and other locales throughout the world.

Qualified as Trans-Pacific Celestial Navigator aboard Naval transport aircraft. Currently inactive ready reserve, in Judge Advocate General’s Corps of U.S. Navy Ready Reserve.



Tulane University School of Law , New Orleans LA
Juris Doctor in Law (1976)

Three year full-time student, studied common law curriculum with
comparative law analysis with civil law codes


U.S. Naval Academy , Annapolis MD
Bachelor of Science in Naval Science and Engineering (1967)

Active duty Naval Midshipman; full time engineering student with overloads
in Weaponry, History, Spanish, and Naval Science.

Member, Washington State Bar Association;

Washington State Trial Lawyers' Association;

Certified to practice before U.S. Supreme Court,
Washington State Supreme Court, various other courts of unlimited
jurisdiction, administrative law courts
and agencies;

Washington State Real Estate Broker;

experienced in American Arbitration Association mediation
and arbitration protocol;

Federal Mediation and Conciliation Services labor
law conflict resolution

Washington State Public Employment Relations
Commission labor law conflict resolution;

International Chamber of Commerce arbitration protocol

Personal Information
Born in Suttoncoldfield, England  (British by birth) and a
United States citizen, through mother’s naturalization and father’s U.S. Citizenship.


Languages spoken: English, Spanish

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Practice areas


  1. Litigation: 20%
  2. Personal Injury: 20%
  3. General Practice: 20%
  4. Family: 20%
  5. Criminal Defense: 20%



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Contact info

The Sandlin Law FIrm

2010 W. Nob Hill Blvd.
Yakima, WA, 98902

The Sandlin Law FIrm

Po Box 1707
Prosser, WA, 99350-0835

Sandlin Law Firm

Zillah, WA, 98953




Professional misconduct

This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority.

  1. Reprimand
    issued in WA, 2010


    This means the attorney did something wrong, but the Bar did not suspend the lawyer. Typically in this case the lawyer's poor behavior is exposed to the public in hopes that he or she will not repeat the behavior.

  2. Reprimand
    issued in WA, 2007


    This means the attorney did something wrong, but the Bar did not suspend the lawyer. Typically in this case the lawyer's poor behavior is exposed to the public in hopes that he or she will not repeat the behavior.

    J.’s comment: “JJ Sandlin refused to file documents that would put his clients in danger of criminal fraud charges and expensive sanctions. This reprimand was never signed into effect yet is illegally posted to the WSBA site under the heading "Admonition". Attorney Sandlin has applied to have it removed.”

Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Pro Bono Certificate of MeritWSBA2009
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
OwnerThe Sandlin Law Firm1976 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
Washington State Bar AssociationN/A1976 - Present
Washington State Trial Lawyers' AssociationN/AN/A
certified to practice before U.S. Supreme Court, Washington State Supreme CourtN/AN/A
other courts of unlimited jurisdiction, administrative law courts and agenciesN/AN/A
Washington State Real Estate BrokerN/AN/A
Federal Mediation and Conciliation Services labor law conflict resolutionN/AN/A
International Chamber of Commerce arbitration protocolN/AN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Gary Graham, et ux, et al v. Concord Construction , et alGary and Nancy Graham, PREVAILED
"Auvil v. CBS 60 Minutes"new tort law:product disparagement claims
“State v. Melendrez”Found Innocent, successfully defended
See all legal cases 
Publication nameTitleDate
Book: Fear of Food: Environmentalist Scams, Media Mendacity, and the Law of DisparagementFear of Food: Environmentalist Scams, Media Mendacity, and the Law of Disparagement1990
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Tulane University Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor1976
Naval Academy, AnnapolisNaval Engineering ,Engineering, Naval1967
Annapolis, United States Naval AcademyScienceBS - Bachelor of Science1967