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Roger J Sandberg

Criminal defense Attorney at Pullman, WA

4.0   10 reviews
  • Licensed for 16 years
    State WA
    Acquired 2007
    Active No misconduct found

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I have a wide range of legal experience. I have handled thousands of criminal cases, including simple misdemeanors through Class A felonies. I also represent clients in a wide variety of civil matters, including family law. I primarily practice in Whitman and Asotin Counties in the State of Washington.  For pricing, see our firm website,



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Roger J Sandberg
520 E Main St
Pullman, WA, 99163-2625
Esser & Sandberg, PLLC
520 E. Main St.
Pullman, WA, 99163
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4.0 / 5.0
  10 customer reviews
Posted by anonymous | May 22, 2024
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Came highly recommended
Knowledgeable, great advise, he came recommended by several individuals in the legal world. I would recommend him over and over again.
Posted by anonymous | June 6, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Evaluation of Roger Sandberg
Roger Sanderg helped me out of pretty serious bind in the Fall of 2014 and parts of 2015 in relation to a temporary restraining order (TRO). Roger did an excellent job of throwing out the TRO the first time around in court and later on put together an agreement in which all parties could go about their daily lives. While doing all of this, Roger remained professional, hard-working, and always put together a excellent defense strategy. He was fairly easy to contact whenever I had questions and responded right away when he missed my calls. Without the help of Roger, my situation would have been a lot harder to get through. I would always recommend Roger to handle any type of case presented to him and to defend anyone.
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Posted by Christy | May 28, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
One of the Best
We hired Mr. Sandberg to defend us at a hearing where there were a number of false accusations against us. He was able to catch the accuser as he perjured himself on the witness stand. I've never seen anything like it. Mr. Sandberg was remarkable in action. I would highly recommend Mr. Sandberg. His verbal skill and intelligence were evident during the hearing. His cost was extremely reasonable and he had a great deal of patience as he walked us through the ordeal. He is worth his weight in gold. We are so grateful we hired him!!
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Posted by anonymous | May 17, 2016
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Small Claims Action
Mr. Roger Sandberg was kind enough to speak with me over the phone regarding a baseless small claims action filed against me by my ex-boyfriend. He was happy to provide reassurance that my ex did not have a case and understood that I wanted to ensure I took appropriate action. As a graduate student I am financially limited but his fees are very affordable. Mr. Sandberg provided me with advice on how to proceed over the phone and then met with me the very next business day. As the case evolved, Mr. Sandberg was only a phone call away and was easy to reach and provided helpful advice on how best to approach the case. The case was eventually dropped, thankfully. But in the midst of the stress and emotional toll, it was hugely reassuring to know that Mr. Sandberg was on my side, easy to contact, quick to respond and provided reassurance and legal expertise to help me through a difficult time. I would highly recommend him to anyone in need of legal services. I hope I do not ever encounter another legal situation, but if I did, Mr. Sandberg would be the first person I would call for assistance.
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Posted by anonymous | May 6, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Kind with Outstanding Knowledge and professionalism
Mr Sandberg represented me three times since 2008. the outcome was on our side in all these cases. Mr Sandberg is a professional, knowledgeable, and kind lawyer. I was grateful to Mr Sandberg quality of service, communication, and his commitment to all my cases. One more thing, his services are the best when it comes to value for the money.
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Posted by Ciaran | February 10, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Kind, considerate, and professional service
Roger Sandburg has gone the extra mile for me. When I first met with him I was in a lot of trouble. With Rogers professional and extremely knowlageable service I was able to get a second chance. Roger went the external mile for me and continues to do so. I highly recommend his services to any one person seeking a compassionate, committed, and hard working attorney in Whitman county.
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Posted by anonymous | February 1, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
I Would Recommend
Mr. Sandberg is a professional and reliable lawyer. He truly has your best interests in mind and will have your back 100%. Roger is thorough and will always communicate your specific plan. I would recommend Roger as an attorney.
Posted by anonymous | July 12, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Dude wasnt available
He literally doesn’t care about being a public defender. I admire his work but if you get him as a defender just know he won’t spend time on your case at all
Response from Roger Sandberg July 13, 2021
I am available to my clients through my office phone (509-332-7692), my personal cell phone (509-432-6390), email ([email protected]), fax (509-334-2205), text message, Zoom, FB Messenger, and in-person (with a scheduled meeting), at all hours of the day. I frequently take calls in the middle of the night from persons who have just been arrested. I have court hearings nearly every day and meetings with clients in between court hearings. I meet with clients at my office, at the courthouse, at their house if they wish and transportation is an issue, at "the scene of the crime", during business hours and after hours, on weekdays and on weekends and holidays. If you call or email/text, I will respond. Perhaps the worst way to try to get ahold of me is to randomly drop by my office; there is a good chance I will be unavailable. But if you schedule a meeting ahead of time, I am happy to meet with you. I am sorry this anonymous reviewer feels that I wasn't available, and it is true that I am busy, but I am literally available 24/7, so long as I am not working on something else.
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Posted by anonymous | March 11, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Unless you're high-ticket, expect NOTHING
Be warned, if you are a college student requiring his services for minor infractions, he will be dismissive, sound bored, and do absolutely NOTHING to help your cause. He'll take you 500-1K and let whatever the prosecutors want to have happen, happen. This man took my money, rarely answered my calls, barely communicated, and left me with nothing despite a totally defensible case. Even after the decision, he FAILED to send me any court documents about the resolution, and stopped answering my calls. I had to track them down myself at the courthouse. I can't speak to his performance for high-dollar situations but if you're a college student looking for help, don't bother - you're not worth his time after you write the check.
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Response from Roger Sandberg July 13, 2021
I am sorry that this reviewer feels this way, but I wholly disagree with this anonymous review. I am available through phone, email, text, etc. I have staff that answer phone calls when I am unavailable, and will happily send documents in my absence. I return all calls promptly.
Posted by anonymous | March 7, 2015
Wouldn't recommend for family law
Retained Roger for a hearing to set temporary parenting plan and child support order. At the last minute he decided to ditch the argument I'd been preparing and we had made in our submission. His approach was immediately thrown out as inadmissible. He also didn't realize how important the temporary plans are for setting a baseline on the permanent orders. Maybe he has learned something in the past couple of years, but his representation was incompetent in my case. He also completely bungled a relocation case for a friend. I would not recommend for family law.
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Response from Roger Sandberg July 31, 2015
I am not afraid to take tough cases. Sometimes the toughest part of a case is managing client expectations. Not every criminal case that I handle will be dismissed. Not every custody dispute will result in my client being the primary parent. If a lawyer makes such claims, then they are either lying or they don't take challenging cases. I do not get to choose the facts of a case; when a prospective client walks into my office, the events leading to the legal dispute have generally already occurred. Unfortunately, sometimes when a Judge's decision is not what my client was hoping for, I get blamed by a client for having done something wrong. That's okay, any lawyer who handles tough cases develops a thick skin. It is unfortunate that this client a bad experience, but I respectfully disagree with this client's characterization of what happened in his case.
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Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Esser & Sandberg, PLLC
  • 2009 - Present
  • Law Clerk
  • Snohomish County
  • 2007 - 2008


  • University of Washington School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2006
  • Whitworth College
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2002

Sample of Legal Cases

  • In re Marriage of Obaidi, 226 P.3d 787 (Wash. Ct. App. Div. III 2010)
  • Scotts Co. LLC v. Seeds Inc., 688 F.3d 1154 (9th Cir. 2012)
  • Heitstuman v. Heitstuman (Wash. Ct. App. Div. III 2014; Docket No. 31671-8)


  • Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • 2009 - Present
  • Whitman County Bar Association
  • N/A
  • Whitman County Legal Services
  • Advisory Board Member
  • N/A

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Client's Choice
  • Avvo
  • 2016
  • Top Contributor
  • Avvo
  • 2016

Speaking Engagements

  • Legacy Planning
  • Estate Planning Overview
  • 2016

Attorney endorsements

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Given (3)
Endorse Roger
Family Attorney | Aug 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Roger is diligent, practical, and a strong advocate for his clients. I do not hesitate to refer him to my clients and friends."
Unknown Attorney | Nov 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 04
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer. This lawyer provides thoughtful responses to questions and is a valuable member the Avvo community."