Skip to main content

Luke Edward Baumgarten

Criminal defense Attorney at Pullman, WA

5.0   100 reviews
Free consultation
Free consultation
  • State Years
    Idaho - ID 10 years
    Washington - WA 15 years
  • Licensed for 10 years
    State ID
    Acquired 2014
    Status
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 15 years
    State WA
    Acquired 2008
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

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

About Luke

Learn Luke’s areas of practice.

2
Practice areas
FORMER WHITMAN COUNTY PROSECUTOR. DEFEND YOUR RECORD. PROTECT YOUR FUTURE. TRUST EXPERIENCE.

I am a father, a lawyer, and a drummer. I live in Whitman County with my son, two dumb dogs, and a cat.  When I'm not lawyering, I'm playing drums for my church and for a local country rock band.

 

Awards

Client's Choice 2021,2018,2016,2015,2014,2013,2012,2011,2010
Client's Choice
2021 2018 2016 + 6 ...

Photos and videos

Location

Baumgarten Law Offices PLLC

Reviews

5.0 / 5.0
  100 customer reviews
5 Star
 
98%
4 Star
 
2%
3 Star
 
0%
2 Star
 
0%
1 Star
 
0%
Client's Choice 2021
Client's Choice
Client's Choice is an Avvo award granted to attorneys with a significant number of client reviews over 4 stars in a given year.
Posted by Robert | April 9, 2014
Exceeded my wildest hopes!
This was my first DUI and was in the dark as far as the whole legal process went. Fortunately, Luke answered every last one of my numerous questions. He also kept in touch with me very frequently with emails and phone calls. What I respected the most from Luke was that he gave it to me straight and the resulting consequences.To top it all off, he even got the DUI case dismissed! I would highly recommend Luke Baumgarten to anyone in a similar situation,
Read less
Posted by anonymous | October 28, 2011
Great Preparation, Communication, Result
As a parent of a college freshman, we all naturally worry about our sons and daughters adjusting to collegiate life away from home. Imagine the stress to find out your son was arrested. While only a misdemeanor offense, the unsettling situation weighed heavy on the shoulders of both my wife and I. Finding Luke Baumgarten was a blessing I won't forget. Luke was immediately responsive. He carefully explained the details and outlined the process. He was, at once, both professional and comforting. He asked hard questions and followed up on small points and facts. He built a strong case and through his due diligence, got my son's charges dropped. It is an old cliche to say 'this guy really cares' but for two distraught parents and a very worried son - it sure felt that way.
Read less
Posted by anonymous | December 7, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Baumgarten Law - best legal help in town.
It’s been a few months since my incident, but I am so very pleased with the outcome. I had been facing criminal charges and Mr. Baumgarten took my case, allowing me to pay my fees in segments over the course of a few months. I didn’t even have to sit in front of the judge once, and was able to settle this case outside of the court system with Mr. Baumgarten’s masterful assistance. My case was dismissed within two months of the citation pending payment of the court fees. A true delight to work with, these legal representatives put YOU first.
Read less
Posted by anonymous | September 30, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Defense attorney
Mr. Baumgarten was a terrific help throughout thw court process. He was not only prompt to return any question I had with a direct answer but also had great information of how thw process would play out taking away a lot of the stress and anxiety that would have come from doing this on my own.
Posted by anonymous | August 5, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Highly recommend if you need a criminal lawyer.
Luke took care of everything related to my case in a very professional and quick manner. I have never had to deal with a criminal case before, barely been in trouble with the law in the past and so I was very worried and anxious about what was happening to me and what could still potentially happen but Luke not only did everything within his ability to make sure only the minimal consequences would arise from the case, he provided me with a lot of tranquility, explaining every step of the process along the way and educating me about my case and the law itself. I barely had to do anything except for the things the judge would already be asking of me, that I literally would have to do myself one way or another after the fact, which he already knew about and had asked me to me do preemptively, to show good value and seriousness about the case, which only put me in a better standing with the judge and the court. He quite literally did everything else for me, I didn’t even have to go to any hearings until my arraignment. Very affordable given the peace of mind he provided me with. 10/10 would have him represent me again and recommend him to anyone I know needing the same kind of representation. If you need a criminal lawyer, I highly recommend Luke.
Read less
Posted by anonymous | April 23, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
An experienced and attentive lawyer.
Mr. Baumgarten an extremely professional individual with exemplary knowledge of the legal system. He talks you through all the outcomes of your situation, explains what is likely to happen, and provides trustworthy recommendations on what you should do. He is quick to respond and ensures that you understand the current situation. Mr. Baumgarten fights hard on your behalf and is well worth the cost to hire him.
Read less
Posted by Julie | February 5, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
February 2021 - Excellent Legal Service
We hired Mr. Baumgarten based on a recommendation of another lawyer regarding his expertise and suitability for our needs. He was engaging and intuitive right from the beginning. His straight-forward approach was balanced with an underlying reassurance that the process was being expertly managed. His communication was outstanding, both in extremely timely updates as well as in lengthy meetings explaining process, legalities, and action items that would/should be occurring. We trusted that he was working and strategizing in the best interest of his client; and he did just that. Mr. Baumgarten’s legal services proved to be invaluable to our family and to that we are eternally grateful.
Read less
Posted by Teresa | February 5, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Professional - Efficient-Knowledgable- Caring
Baumgarten Law Office/Staff offer the highest caliber of legal services we have ever encountered. 10 star rating. So grateful we found a personable representative!
Posted by anonymous | July 29, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent Customer Service
Luke handled my case very efficiently and kept me updated promptly. He took the time to explain in detail the process and didn't sugar coat anything. I really appreciated when I contacted him, he always responded back to me quickly. Best lawyer in town!
Posted by Brandt | April 28, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Amazing Work
I contacted Luke after receiving a DUI. I called after hours and he immediately answered on his personal phone and began to walk me though the steps I needed to take. While working with Luke I experienced an extremely high level of professionalism and he managed to get charged dropped to a simple traffic violation. If anything comes up in the future I won't hesitate to work with Luke again.
Read less
Posted by Cliff | November 2, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
I Can't Say Enough Good Things
Luke is exceptional. He is extremely responsive, a great communicator, and a really good lawyer. My son got into some trouble at school and the Pullman police charged him Obstructing Justice - a gross misdemeanor! It was an outrageous charge that was totally BS. We were panicked. This could have had long term consequences for him. We hired Luke and he went to work, quickly and efficiently. He and his team were fantastic. They worked closely with my son in Pullman to get all the facts of the case and kept us in the loop the whole time. He was super helpful in making sure that we understood everything and explained his plan. He got the body camera video as evidence from the police and was able to get them to drop all charges. Happy ending. On top of that he didn't and arm and a leg for doing all.
Read less
Posted by Michael | October 31, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Professional Detailed Oriented. Best Attorney in E. Washington
Luke Baumgarten is an incredible Attorney. He reviewed all the case evidence and found several inconsistencies that made the difference in our case. Extremely detailed in presenting our case that, quite frankly made the difference between success and failure. YOU WANT LUKE BAUMGARTEN ON UOUR SIDE.
Posted by anonymous | October 1, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great attorney and smooth process
Amended a criminal charge down to an infraction, which he worked to get deferred. The whole process was pain-free and relatively easy. I recommend his services fully for any situation involving the need for a criminal defense, he'll keep your record clean.
Posted by anonymous | September 13, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent Attorney
Luke helped me with my DUI case and ultimately got it dismissed altogether. He is extremely professional and will do his best to make sure you know what is going on with your case throughout the process. After our first consultation, I felt assured that he would be the best attorney to represent me and he really was the best. I was so stressed after I was charged with a DUI but Luke took care of everything and made the whole experience easier. Excellent attorney. I highly recommend him.
Read less
Posted by Diane | March 17, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Some times good people find themselves in bad situations...
Luke is without a doubt the best criminal lawyer there is. He is so patient as he explains all the terminology and it's consequences, which can be overwhelming in itself. I never felt defeated with Luke. He fought for what was right and worked well with the prosecuting attorneys, which is key. He fought back and forth for almost a year. He went through scenarios of each plea and how it would affect me. He got me more than I could have imagined and for that I am forever grateful. He is the lawyer you want on your side.
Read less
Posted by anonymous | March 1, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
outstanding service
He responded to my call for assistance almost immediately very promptly and professionally solved my problem. Then followed up with a call to be sure there was nothing further to be done. Absolutely what everyone wants from an attorney
Posted by Neil | February 25, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Did an amazing job managing my case.
Luke represented me in a DUI case. He explained everything in detail and asdidted me in learning the process. My case jad a favorable outcome that I believe would not have happened had he not been my legal representative. Forget the rest and obtain the best! Luke Baumgarten! Thanks Luke!
Posted by Trevor | February 23, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
EXCELLENT SERVICE
Mr. Luke was an amazing lawyer, he always kept me updated and didn’t get bothered by my annoying questions or constant contact. He did a very good job getting my DUI case dismissed and now I can move on with my life. I learned the lessons needed but without having to pay for it many’s years to come. I could not thank him enough for representing me.
Read less
Posted by anonymous | February 2, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Luke Baumgarten is a true professional
Our son was arrested for DUI and Luke was hired to represent him through the whole process, and what a difficult and complicated process it is. However, Luke did a great job of explaining each step, and he was able to get the case dismissed! Luke definitely knows the ins and outs of these types of cases. He kept us well informed along the way. I appreciated how Luke gave great life advice to our son, he wasn't just concerned about the matter at hand, but he also wanted him to do well in the future. Luke has a great demeaner, never overconfident, but has a way with people. If you ever find yourself in need of this type of help, you definitely want Luke in your corner.
Read less
Posted by Scott | June 22, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
DUI , DOL
Luke did so much to fight for and defend me in my dui case. I needed the charges reduced in order to ensure keeping my job. communication with him was excellent and always timely. He took care of all details and steps or directions I needed thru this stressful time. I thank him so much. I consider him a friend now and glad he was in my corner for me.
Read less
View less reviews

Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
  • Contingency 20%-33%
  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Founder
  • Eastern Washington DUI Defense Association
  • 2013 - Present
  • President
  • Whitman County Bar Association
  • 2013 - Present
  • Deputy Prosecuting Attorney
  • Whitman County Prosecuting Attorney
  • 2008 - 2010
  • Legal Intern
  • University of Idaho Legal Aid Clinic
  • 2007 - 2008
  • Legal Intern
  • Whitman County Prosecuting Attorney
  • 2006 - 2008
View all work experience

Education

  • University of Idaho College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2008
  • University of Idaho
  • BFA - Bachelor of Fine Arts
  • 2004

Associations

  • Whitman County Legal Services
  • Advisory Board member
  • 2014 - Present
  • Eastern Washington DUI Defense Association
  • Founder
  • 2013 - Present
  • Whitman County Bar Association
  • President
  • 2013 - Present
  • National College for DUI Defense
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • Washington State Association for Justice (formerly Washington State Trial Lawyers Association)
  • Attorney Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • WSBA Family Law Section
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2008 - Present
  • Whitman County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2008 - 2013
View all associations

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Avvo Clients' Choice Award, DUI/Criminal Defense
  • Avvo
  • 2014
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2014
  • Avvo Clients' Choice Award, Criminal Defense
  • Avvo
  • 2013
  • Avvo Clients' Choice Award, Criminal Defense
  • Avvo
  • 2012
View all awards

Speaking Engagements

  • Advice Clinic, 1/25/13
  • Family Law
  • 2013
  • Friday, 3/2/12
  • Family Law Advice Clinic
  • 2012
  • Law Practice Management
  • Private Practice Q&A
  • 2011
  • Law Practice Management
  • Private Practice Q&A
  • 2010
  • Family Law Advice Clinic
  • Family Law
  • 2010
  • Legal Advice Clinic
  • Family Law
  • 2010
View all speaking engagements

Attorney endorsements

Received (20)
Given (45)
Endorse Luke
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
DUI and DWI Attorney | May 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Luke since law school and have been impressed with his passion and diligence ever since. Luke has quickly become a leader in the defense community and has developed both his criminal defense book smarts and his trial abilities to that of a serious defense attorney. I refer folks in the Palouse region to Luke with confidence. If you need someone on your side you should call Luke."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Luke is very familiar with the Courts, Judges and prosecutor's in his County and has a passion for what he does. I completely endorse his work."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 17
Relationship: Other
"Mr. Baumgarten is a zealous advocate for his clients and is not afraid to litigate. He will fight for his clients every step of the way. The benefit of retaining an advocate like Mr. Baumgarten is that the prosecutor knows Mr. Baumgarten will take cases to trial if he or she does not make reasonable offers."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I can proudly say that Luke is one of the hardest working attorneys out there. He knows the law and fights extremely hard for his clients. Luke is tough as nails and never backs down from a challenging case. I can strongly endorse his work."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I know Luke through the Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. Luke has proven himself to be dedicated, effective , and courageous. His ethics and advocacy are praiseworthy. I strongly endorse Luke."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 16
Relationship: Other
"I am familiar with Attorney Luke Baumgarten through the Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. Luke is a strong advocate for his clients who cares deeply about the fair administration of justice. As a member of the Washington State Bar Association, Luke is committed to his ethical duties under the Rules of Professional Conduct and ANJ, to fully investigate allegations against his clients. When Luke took his WSBA Oath of Attorney, he swore to support the constitution of the State of Washington and the constitution of the United States. As required by his Oath, Luke embraces his commitment to never reject, from any consideration personal to himself, the cause of the defenseless or oppressed. Luke is a courageous attorney who will fight for his clients’ rights even when faced with great adversarial pressure from State actors."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Luke is a vigorous lawyer for his clients. He stands up to the prosecutor's games, challenges the State, and doesn't easiliy take "no" for an answer. He consults with and is respected by attorneys throughout the State, helping him provide the best possible representation for his clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Few attorneys have the courage necessary defend a citizen accused of crime when it becomes necessary to fight the system itself. Luke does."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Luke is a fearless advocate for his clients. He professionally and ethically pursues a rigorous defense of all his clients. Luke is an excellent criminal defense attorney and I strongly endorse him."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Feb 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I recently had the pleasure of working with Luke Baumgarten as co-counsel on a case in Pullman. Luke is a hardworking and good attorney. I endorse this lawyer."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Apr 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Luke is definitely doing cutting edge defense. As an example, Washington State is about to deploy a new breath testing machine. Luke has already obtained a plethora of information about this machine, whereas many criminal defense attorneys are only vaguely aware that a new machine is coming. It is this kind of preparation and knowledge that Luke brings to the table and that he uses to serve his clients so well."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"It is easy to say good things about this attorney. I have known Luke for several years. We have worked both with and against each other. He is a compassionate and competent advocate that gets results for his clients. Luke has experience as prosecutor and as a defense attorney. You'll appreciate that experience, if you are fortunate enough to have him represent you. I'd work with him again anytime."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 19
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Luke is an outstanding lawyer who gets tremendous results for his clients. He is an amazing time manager and aggressively tackles issues to achieve excellent outcomes in a timely manner. I would recommend him to anyone."
General practice Attorney | Feb 21
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. I first came to know Luke as a fellow deputy prosecutor and found him uncommonly quick and bright. As I moved to private defense, working with him as an opposing prosecutor always resulted in tough but fair results. Now we are colleagues in the private practice community, so I know Luke by reputation and by regular observance of his court style...Luke is without a doubt a sharp and zealous advocate for his clients, yet he also retains the vital ability to negotiate with fellow attorneys when necessary. He is a terrific lawyer and a decent man."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 20
Relationship: Friend
"Luke is a friend and trusted colleague. I can happily refer my clients to him knowing they are in good hands."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 05
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I first met Luke several years ago when I defended a client on a matter he was prosecuting. Although we were on opposite sides, I was impressed with Luke's professionalism and skill. He is a fantastic lawyer and I would highly recommend him to anyone facing any criminal legal issues east of the Cascades."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 02
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Mr. Baumgarten is an exceptionally talented attorney and advocate. We successfully resolved numerous cases together when he worked at the Prosecutor's office. His professionalism and candor make him someone I would trust if I were charged with a crime."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 04
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I met Luke when he was serving the citizens of Whitman County as a deputy prosecutor. Luke exhibited a rock solid knowledge of the law and the compassion necessary to apply that law to real people in real situations. Since he entered private practice I have referred several people to Luke for their legal needs and can strongly endorse his work."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Aug 29
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I worked with Mr. Baumgarten on multiple occasions when he was a Whitman County Deputy Prosecutor. I was very impressed with his knowledge of the law and courtroom demeanor. I have referred people with confidence since he has begun in private practice."
View more endorsements
Criminal defense
Criminal defense
Speeding and traffic ticket
Criminal defense
Criminal defense
Criminal defense
Criminal defense
Criminal defense
Criminal defense
Criminal defense
Criminal defense
Criminal defense
Criminal defense
Criminal defense
Criminal defense
Criminal defense
Criminal defense
Criminal defense
Criminal defense
Criminal defense