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We believe that everone going through the Criminal justice system deserve to be treated with dignity and respect.


Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 85%
    11 years, 1.5 thousand cases
  2. Personal Injury: 10%
    11 years, 40 cases
  3. Wills: 5%
    11 years, 35 cases



Hourly ($200-250/hour)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

6 total 

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  • Nathaniel Hall Wylie

    I recently worked with James on a matter in the Kittitas County District Court system. I was thoroughly impressed with his availability, knowledge, and skill in steering the case to a remarkably favorable outcome in a very short period of time. I endorse his work without hesitation.


    Nathaniel Wylie DUI and DWI Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • Luke Edward Baumgarten

    I have worked opposite and alongside Mr. Kirkham on several cases and I have found him to be a friendly, knowledgeable, and effective advocate. I am happy to endorse his work.


    Luke Baumgarten Criminal defense Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact info

420 N Pearl Ste 303
Ellensburg, WA, 98926-3112


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Pro Bono AwardWashington State Bar Association2015
Pro Bono AwardWashington State Bar Association2012
Pro Bono Publico AwardWashington State Bar Association2009
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
OwnerKirkham Law Office, PLLC.2009 - Present
Business Law Adjunct ProfessorYakima Valley Community College2011 - 2012
Owner and PartnerLutgen and Kirkham, PLLC.2005 - 2008
legal clerk/Rule 9 internCrary, Clark & Domanico, P.S.2002 - 2005
Association namePosition nameDuration
Kittitas County Bar AssociationMember2009 - Present
Washington Association of Criminal Defense Attorney'sMember2005 - Present
Washington Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember2005 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
State V. YoungbloodHung Jury in part
State V. DyfortHung Jury, Prosecutor declined to refile
State v. ComoNot Guilty, Guilty and Hung Jury
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Gonzaga University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2005
Central Washington UniversityPolitical ScienceOther - Bachelors2000
Central Washington UniversityPublic PolicyBS - Bachelor of Science2000