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Joseph W Kuhlman

Criminal defense Attorney at Spokane, WA

4.1   13 reviews

also known as Joe Kuhlman, J. Kuhlman

  • Licensed for 13 years
    State WA
    Acquired 2010
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

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

About Joseph

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Joe Kuhlman has been recognized as one of the top criminal defense attorneys in the region for 2018 and 2019 by Spokane Coeur d’Alene Living Magazine. Joe Kuhlman was also selected as one of Washington State’s top 40 under 40 Trial Lawyers for 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, and 2022.  He and was awarded the “Client’s Choice Award for 2017” by AVVO. Joe Kuhlman has also been recognized as one of the “10 Best Attorneys” in Washington for client satisfaction for2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, and 2022 by the American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys.

With a Bachelor of Science in Criminology from East Tennessee State; Joe Kuhlman graduated from Gonzaga School of Law and has been practicing since 2009. Aside from his experience as a defense attorney, Joe Kuhlman served the people of Spokane County as a prosecutor for the State of Washington for nearly six years. He has significant insight and inside understanding of what the government tries to accomplish when initiating a case. Involved with litigation his entire career, spanning the entire state of Washington, Joe Kuhlman brings a tested and experienced litigation practice to serve his client’s needs.

The Kuhlman Law Office combines the traditional legal practice with current
communications technology. We provide in person and virtual meetings for our clients in order to adapt to their busy schedules.

 

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Location

The Kuhlman Law Office
1408 W Broadway Ave
Spokane, WA, 99201

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Reviews

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Posted by anonymous | September 25, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
excellent lawyer
worked really hard to clear my record for me.was always polite and knowlegable about my case and kept me informed of what he was doing on my case, how it was going.if i could rate higher i would give him 20 stars.he is defianitly worthe it. thanks for your help.
Posted by Harold | June 4, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Got my gun rights restored .
I am so happy with Joe I can't put it into words he helped me restore my gun rights. Thank you joe.i never thought I would get them back he not only restored my rights but did it pretty fast always answered my call.i would recommend him to every one I know you rock.
Posted by Debbi | December 10, 2020
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Good man!
Joe Kuhlman referred me to a lawyer when no one else would help me. He's a good person, not just a great lawyer!
Posted by Debra | August 17, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Articulate and Exceptionally Skilled
Joe is a skillful attorney who quickly grasped the details of our need when we were faced with an extremely life altering allegation. He made the process understandable and took quick action, resulting in a successful resolution. Joe's personal demonstration of effort, courage and skill is impressive.
Posted by Ann | April 7, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent lawyer: superior advice and representation
Joe had to handle a very difficult case for our family. We had to retain him from out of state and he came highly recommended. His support and astute advice steered us through a difficult situation. He clearly communicated our options and we had confidence in his advice. We have had to work with other lawyers across two states on a very complex case. He has been, by far, our best choice.
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Posted by David | September 7, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Awesome so far with new client services.
So far I have had a great experience with Joe in spite of the challenges that I am having. He listens well and doesn't waste time. Tells me what he knows and gets the information that he needs to help his clients. I am grateful that he is able to accept my challenges and feel like I will be well represented by him. Look forward to leaving another good review once my services are finished.
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Posted by Mark | April 16, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Rental contracts
My wife Ginny and I have used Joe's services several times for rental contracts. Joe listened to our needs and put together straight forward contracts that have served us well with our rental properties. He was thorough in covering our exposure to problems and has minimized our risks. We would highly recommend Joe and will be using him for our future legal needs.
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Posted by Steven | April 8, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great service
I needed some help with a potential issue. It was tense time for me and my family. Mr Kuhlman made me feel important and gave me the advice I needed. I would recommend !
Posted by anonymous | April 3, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
His experience shows!
Joe always makes a point to get back to me and speak in my terms. I've had a couple very challenging situations this last year and he has been beyond helpful. If it wasn't for Mr. Kuhlman I wouldn't be able to drive to work or to see my kids anymore. I recommend him to everyone I talk to.
Posted by Margaret | April 1, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Amazing resource
I contacted mr Kuhlman for advice regarding a legal issue I had. Mr Kuhlman was not only professional and timely but he exhibited great capacity to understand my needs I would recommend him for any legal work required
Posted by Jon | August 18, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Don't waste your money
They were amazing. They listened to me, that is until they got their money. I had to call them for every update. (Which they weren't forthcoming with any info, ever) Then on the day of the hearing, I am told last minute that I have to "attend" and that it will be over Skype (even though I had previously told them that if I had to attend, I wanted to in person). Figured out why they did it that way. It's so they could brush me off afterwards. I tried calling the office the second the hearing was over to figure out what everything meant and was told everyone was busy and I would get a call back. Someone finally calls me a few hours later, someone I have never talked to before and she is less than helpful and snappy the whole time I am trying to get answers from her. I finally tell her that I want to talk to Joe in person so that I better understand the judgment (she is even more unpleasant after this request). She tells me she will ask Joe and call me back. THAT WAS MAY 1ST! I still have no idea what the judgement entails and still have not gotten an answer on if my belongings are packed and when I can get them. Don't waste your time and money on these people. I could have gotten the same outcome from defending myself and would have saved myself over $5000.00
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Posted by Jason | July 6, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Not trustworthy
I have an ex who has borderline personality disorder. This causes her to become extremely paranoid of people she's been in relationships with. My ex filed a civil no contact order against me, which was originally denied, but without prejudice. She filed again, based on my requesting that she stop slandering me. She never met the criteria, had never been a victim of domestic violence, nor harassment. As soon as she was granted one, she began filing violations against me, for anything and everything she could think of. I hired Mr. Kuhlman, at that point. During one of the hearings, the judge made the comment, "well, since she's a victim of domestic violence.....". I corrected the judge, she had never been a victim of domestic violence. If Mr. Kuhlman had reviewed the previous hearings, as I had asked him to, he would have been able to back me up on that, but instead he stared blankly. The judge considered what I had said, but then dismissed the thought. Later, Mr. Kuhlman offered me a plea bargain that was supposedly from the prosecutor. They were offering deferred prosecution, but that would mean I would be admitting guilt to something I wasn't guilty of, not to mention my ex would still have the NCO. I had given all the evidence needed to clear me of the violations she had filed, so why Mr. Kuhlman would try to push me to take deferred, is beyond me. They had also filed a misdemeanor stalking charge, which at the araignment, they offered a plea bargain, which I rejected, so they dropped the charges. Mr. Kuhlman told me on three separate occasions, three separate reasons why they had dropped the charges. His reasons seemed more to stroke his own ego than anything else. When someone lies to you about something minor, it's hard to trust them when it comes to anything else. Mr. Kuhlman did return 3/4 of the money I had paid him, after I released his services. Oddly enough, the prosecutor then tried to tell the court that he had dropped me as a client, but fortunately I had saved all of our correspondence. Honesty is key to trust, and Mr. Kuhlman has a lot to learn in that department.
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Posted by anonymous | June 30, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Does he really care about your rights though?
I hired Joe to defend me on a bogus misdemeanor trespass charge that stemmed from an unlawful refusal of service at a local business. I have been victim of unlawful discrimination on several thousands of occasions in my life, and this time I chose to stand up for my rights. The police engaged in misconduct from the time they made contact with me, they eventually wrongfully arrested me, and to take their coercion a step further, they maliciously prosecuted me all for the stated purpose of interfering with my seeking to obtain goods and services. Could I have won my case without representation? Absolutely, the prosecutor could not establish that there was a lawful basis to deprive me of my statutory right of access without due process, which according to the state court of appeals in STATE v GREEN DOB 17 1967, is prerequisite to any allegation of trespassing under the statute. So why did I hire him? I told him on the day that I met him that the reason I was spending money I had to borrow for a defense attorney was to make sure my defense was handled in such a way that it would help my follow-up lawsuits against the business and the City. He told me he liked what I was doing, standing up for my ADA rights and trying to end this discrimination which is still ongoing in my life. He assured me he had me covered. And then I paid him. The next day, after my court appearance where he introduced himself as my attorney and set trial dates, he emphatically told me that my "arrest was valid" on the basis of I was instructed and refused to leave the establishment, without first receiving the service I have a statutory right to receive. I adamantly disagreed. I knew I was in for trouble when my own "top rated" defense attorney was taking the side of my opponents. I spent the next few months engaging in 1-way communication with his office. I uploaded documents for evidence through the cleo app. I sent several messages that were never responded to. I sent links to case law and statutes which applied to my case, everything I could find to show that I should have never been arrested in the first place, and in fact the person who called the police to begin with and the police themselves were the real criminals in my case. The only communication I received from Joe was the few minutes it took to walk from the courtroom to the door downstairs, except that one time when the conversation made it to the elevator. When my discovery came in, Joe would not allow me to see it. He never told me what was in it. I called his office and spoke to his assistant and she told me she would call me back within 24 hours with how and when I could see my discovery. That call never came. I sent emails, made phone calls, left voicemails requesting to see my discovery and all went disregarded/ignored. Joe Kulhman's intentions were clearly not to protect my interests in this matter, but to protect the City from having consequences for abusing me. I received a call from his office about a month later, it was 3 hours before my pre-trial conference. His assistant was calling to inform me that my case had been officially dismissed because the prosecutor dropped the charge. I asked about my discovery and she told me that was a matter of public record now. I asked if they could provide me with instructions on what to request and from where. She told me she would send that to me along with a copy of the order for dismissal. That was what, 3 weeks ago? I still haven't received anything. I know that he is a "hot shot" and can get a guilty guy off on a technicality, and for that, he is a valuable criminal defense attorney. However, if your case involves egregious misconduct on the part of the police, a wrongful arrest and a malicious prosecution and grounds for suit against the City, perhaps Joe is the wrong one to hire for your situation. He will prioritize protecting your abuser over defending your rights. That has been my experience.
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Response from Joseph Kuhlman July 2, 2022
I’m sorry that the pre-trial dismissal of your charges didn’t satisfy your expectations. The municipal courts in a criminal case are not the proper jurisdiction to bring a civil suit. I wish you would have called me instead of disparaging my office and the staff who made that possible. You can always contact us. We hope that your dismissal didn’t cause you further problems. You were a great client.
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  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Managing Partner
  • The Kuhlman Law Office
  • 2017 - Present
  • Deputy Prosecuting Attorney
  • Spokane County Prosecutor
  • 2011 - 2017
  • Attorney
  • Lee & Associates
  • 2009 - 2011

Education

  • Gonzaga University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2009
  • East Tennessee State University
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 2006

Sample of Legal Cases

  • State v. Williams: (Murder in the First Degree)
  • Negotiations to a Lesser Charge for Minimum Time
  • State v. Soderberg: (Murder in the First Degree / Solicitation to Commit Murder)
  • Trial
  • State v. Bates: (Murder in the First Degree)
  • Murder 1 Charge Dismissed Upon Motion
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Associations

  • Spokane County Bar Association, Diversity Section
  • Member
  • 2017 - Present
  • Spokane County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2017 - Present
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2017 - Present
  • Washington State Bar Foundation
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Top Criminal Defense Attorney
  • Spokane & Coeur d’Alene Living Magazine
  • 2020
  • Top 40 Under 40
  • National Trial Lawyers Association
  • 2020
  • 10 Best for Client Satisfaction
  • American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys
  • 2020
  • Top 10 Criminal Defense Law Firms
  • American Institute of Criminal Attorneys
  • 2020
  • Top Criminal Defense Attorney: Spokane
  • Expertise
  • 2020
  • 10 Best for Client Satisfaction
  • American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys
  • 2019
  • Top 40 Under 40
  • National Trial Lawyers Association
  • 2019
  • Top Criminal Defense Attorney
  • Spokane Coeur d'Alene Living Magazine
  • 2019
  • Top Criminal Defense Attorney
  • Spokane & Coeur d’Alene Living Magazine
  • 2019
  • Top 10 Criminal Defense Law Firms
  • American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys
  • 2019
  • Top 40 Under 40
  • National Trial Lawyers Association
  • 2018
  • Top Criminal Defense Attorney
  • Spokane & Coeur d’Alene Living Magazine
  • 2018
  • Excellence in Public Service
  • Lutheran Community Services
  • 2013
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Publications

  • Spokane Coeur d’Alene Living Magazine
  • Best of the Best 2018: Lawyers
  • 2018

Speaking Engagements

  • Satori
  • Criminology and Law
  • 2008

Attorney endorsements

Received (14)
Given (18)
Endorse Joseph
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 11
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Joe is a zealous advocate for his clients and his knowledge of the law is outstanding. I recommend Joe without hesitation."
Unknown Attorney | Apr 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Joe's knowledge of the law is surpassed only by his dedication to his clients. I would not hesitate recommend Joe for any legal matter, and would completely trust his legal analysis on any legal issue."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 26
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I have known Joe since he was a prosecutor. He has always been knowledgable, ethical, and hard working. I am happy to endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Joe is a knowledgeable and highly effective advocate for his clients. I recommend him to clients in need of his skills."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Joe is an excellent attorney. I had the privilege of working as opposing counsel to Joe when he was working as a Spokane County Prosecutor. He was always very knowledgeable about the law and his cases, and willing to work towards a reasonable resolution."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Joe has a good balance of being aggressive in the service of his cases, while also understanding the realities of the situation. I have worked with him in the past and he has shown the ability to work effectively to achieve the best results in each case."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Mr. Kuhlman for years and worked closely with him on a number of issues, often as opposing counsel. I have always been impressed with his knowledge of the law, professionalism, and commitment to justice. Due to his experience and knowledge of criminal law, I will not hesitate to refer to Mr. Kuhlman on matters of criminal defense."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"As a former prosecutor, Joe has a unique set of skills and knows how to spot weaknesses in the government's case. He is confident in the courtroom and fights hard to get his clients the best possible outcome. I highly recommend Joe."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 05
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I have known Joe for about three years. Over that time, Joe and I have been opposing counsel on several cases. Joe is charismatic, able to think quickly on his feet, and hard working. I recommend him to any potential clients looking for a defense attorney ready to put up a fight."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 05
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Joe is the perfect mix of skill, professionalism, and integrity. I would endorse him and trust your case with him without hesitation. Want a pro? Go with Joe!"
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Joseph Kuhlman is a hardworking and bright attorney. His years in prosecutorial work for the county will undoubtedly serve him as he works as a defense attorney. He is incredibly familiar with the laws, easy to work with, and professional. He is a zealous advocate for his clients. It was always a pleasure to work with Joseph."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Joe and I graduated Law School together and have worked in the Spokane legal community ever since. Joe is a fierce advocate for his clients. If you need a criminal defense attorney I would recommend getting a hold of Joe."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 03
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Joe is a terrific lawyer. I have had several cases with him when he was working as a prosecutor. I am happy to see that he has rejoined the ranks of the criminal defense bar. He brings the skill and insight he gained as a prosecutor to best serve his clients charged with criminal offenses. I refer cases to Joe Kuhlman with confidence. He is well respected by judges and lawyers in our community. As a former prosecutor he has the unique experience of knowing the inner-workings of the prosecutor's office and the state's perspective when charging and prosecuting cases. A criminal defendant with Joe in their corner will be well served."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Apr 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I've known Mr. Kuhlman for many years, and have seen him in court on numerous occasions. He is a zealous and charismatic advocate, and a persuasive representative. I endorse Mr. Kuhlman for any criminal matter."
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