Former Whitman County prosecutor. Defend your record. Protect your future. Trust experience.Former Whitman County prosecutor. Defend your record. Protect your future. Trust experience.Former Whitman County prosecutor. Defend your record. Protect your future. Trust experience.
|ID||Authorized to practice law||2014||05/31/2017|
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|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|
|President||Whitman County Bar Association||2013 - Present|
|Founder||Eastern Washington DUI Defense 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|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Whitman County Legal Services||Advisory Board member||2014 - Present|
|National College for DUI Defense||Member||2013 - Present|
|Whitman County Bar Association||President||2013 - Present|
|Eastern Washington DUI Defense Association||Founder||2013 - Present|
|American Bar Association||Member||2011 - Present|
|Washington State Association for Justice (formerly Washington State Trial Lawyers Association)||Attorney Member||2011 - Present|
|Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers||Member||2011 - Present|
|WSBA Family Law Section||Member||2010 - Present|
|Washington State Bar Association||Member||2008 - Present|
|Whitman County Bar Association||Member||2008 - 2013|
|University of Idaho College of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||2008|
|University of Idaho||Fine Art||BFA - Bachelor of Fine Arts||2004|
|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|
|Legal Advice Clinic||Family Law||2010|
|Law Practice Management||Private Practice Q&A||2010|
|Family Law Advice Clinic||Family Law||2010|
Posted by Robert
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,
Posted by MJ
Luke helped us deal with a nightmare situation in a bizarrely twisted case against a Pullman bar named Stubblefield's, which we've since found out has an apparent history of complaints from patrons for excessive force. My daughters after filing police reports against the bouncers of the bar for sexual harassment and excessive force were stunned when instead they were charged with 4th degree assault and 1st degree criminal trespass. They were the ones thrown out on the snow -- one of them on her head -- and the bullies at Stubblefield's claimed to be the victims! And the clincher is that it all started because my daughters' friend refused to give the bouncer her phone number to regain entry -- What gall!
The world went tilt and we were suddenly in a panic - It was enraging especially since one of my daughters was in the arduous process of applying for TeachAmerica -- charges such as these would have ruined everything she had worked so hard to achieve. Through an acquaintance, we turned to Avvo to try to find the best attorney we could to help us make sense of what was going on. When I first found Luke, I must admit his relatively recent admittance to the bar compared to the other attorneys listed was a bit of a concern, but when I compared the reviews I was very impressed with what his previous clients shared. But the clincher was when he actually DID answer my call right away and provided clear and concise answers to all my questions in a pleasant and direct manner, including openly providing his fees and associated court costs.He was very upfront about the possible scenarios as well -- warnings based on his previous experiences -- potentially 6-8 months probation plus $$ and much to our horror -- often an extra kickback to the alleged "victims" (Stubblefields) as restitution -- in what's known as a Victim's Impact Statement.
Throughout the process, Luke kept us informed and promptly replied to our phone calls and emails. He authored a very well-crafted letter to the prosecutor full of just the right amount of righteous indignation over the travesty of justice these unfair and, in reality, reversed charges represented.
Luke's efforts resulted in the prosecutor agreeing to a contract for dismissal whereby my girls were only required to pay court costs of $150 each and agree to be on their best behavior for 3 months -- The only thing that would have made it sweeter would have been if Stubblefield's outrageous disrespect for its patrons had been exposed and more importantly stopped before they seriously hurt some young college kid. But I hold out hope that justice will still be served and plan to contact an attorney who's name Luke provided to see about a class action suit being filed against Stubblefield's -- If you're a fellow victim of Stubblefield's out of control bouncers, I strongly urge you to consider doing the same. Now that I know what's going on there, I just can't in good conscience ignore it.
So a mostly happy ending to our story -- We are greatly relieved and extremely grateful the legal nightmare is behind my daughters now, so that they can continue to pursue their lives without undeserved charges marring their reputations. They are exceptional young women and deserve all they’ve worked so hard to achieve.
And Luke has proven himself personally to me to be a person of integrity and a true champion for justice -- a guaranteed referral from us to anyone looking for an excellent criminal defense attorney in Pullman -- if you're looking for the best criminal representation in Pullman, hands down, Luke's your man!
Posted by Mikyas
Words can't express how much Luke Edward Baumgarten has helped me set my life back on the best road it has never been. His honesty and willing to help others makes him stand out from anyone i've come across in my life. He treated me like his own family member and helped me get through my legal situation financially and by motivating me to stay strong. When you hire Luke you become his priority. He knows what he's talking about like any other lawyer i've spoken to. I suggest and recommend anyone to call him and speak with him. He is simply your best Criminal Defense.
Thomas Lyden, Criminal defense Attorney
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.
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