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Deric John Orr

Criminal defense Attorney at Richland, WA

5.0   10 reviews
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  • State Years
    Washington - WA 10 years
    Colorado - CO 7 years
  • Licensed for 10 years
    State WA
    Acquired 2013
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 7 years
    State CO
    Acquired 2016
    Inactive No misconduct found

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

About Deric

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I’m a Tri-Cities native, having graduated from Hanford High School.  In 2009, I graduated from the University of Washington after having to witness entirely too many losing football seasons. At the University of Washington, I majored in English and will never let you forget it. I then went on to attend the University of Illinois School of Law in Urbana-Champaign.

 After earning my law degree, I decided to return to the Pacific Northwest to be closer to my family.  I immediately began my legal career at the Benton County Office of Public Defense. I have always been exclusively interested in and committed to the practice of criminal law. While at the Office of Public Defense, I spent time in District Court handling misdemeanors and gross misdemeanors for indigent clients.  After spending a year and a half with the Office of Public Defense, I was hired as an Associate at Mendoza & Johnson, where I expanded from misdemeanors to felony charges and became federally licensed in the Eastern District of Washington.  

 In 2015, I partnered with Scott Johnson to form the Johnson & Orr Law Firm, where we spent weeks fighting over the logo.

In private practice, I quickly realized that often what separates a good attorney is not necessarily legal prowess, but communication.  Too many attorneys are unable or simply unwilling to allow for transparency, to not only make decisions, but the reasoning behind those decisions. These are difficult choices to make; one that requires a collaborative effort with our clients. It is easy to forget that most everyone seeking legal counsel is enduring one of the most trying times of their life, but it shapes everything. I have always been passionate about my role as an advocate for my clients, and that doesn’t exist in a vacuum at the courthouse.

 Outside of my private practice, I hold a position on the Benton & Franklin County Adult Drug Court.  This has provided me an opportunity to secure close ties to the treatment community, while also allowing me to work towards criminal justice reform. I will unabashedly advocate for any all reforms to our justice system and I rarely will bite my tongue about it. I like to believe that advocacy helps guide me in my individual relationships with my client. In addition to this position, I have helped coach the Richland High School Mock-Trial team for the last two years in a futile effort to appear youthful.

I pride myself on honest, clear communication that helps my clients find empowerment by understanding their options. Clients can look forward to accessible representation, vigorous preparation, and effective resolutions. Whether you have been accused of committing a misdemeanor or felony, Johnson & Orr provides skilled representation in a wide variety of criminal law matters.

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Johnson & Orr
1038 Jadwin Avenue
Richland, WA, 99352


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Posted by anonymous | December 9, 2015
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Deric Orr represented me in a recent case, and he was able to get my case dismissed! He is very motivated and an intelligent attorney! I would recommend his services!
Posted by anonymous | January 16, 2017
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Highly recommended
Deric Orr was incredibly zeoulous in his actions towards helping me terminate my lease early. I had a disagreement with my current roommate at the time and my landlord had agreed to let her boyfriend be added to MY lease without my consent after I had already made it clear I did not want him in my apartment due to his dangerous and violent behavior. As soon as consulting Deric he called my landlord acting as my attorney, raising questions and fervently arguing my case. Aftwards my landlord agreed to not only allow me to exit my lease early with no expense but offered to evict her boyfriend whilest I was in the processes of moving out. He was always available to me and very professional. Highly recommended.
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Posted by anonymous | January 10, 2024
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Experienced and Professional Lawyer
I hired Deric to represent me and it was money well spent. I would recommend any person facing a criminal conviction to at least consult with Deric and see for yourself. Sadly, Deric is not the first lawyer I have had to hire over the years and I do have experience with bad ones. I can honestly say Deric was excellent at communication and I was never caught by surprise. He was easy to access which is huge, because I found myself in urgent need of his help, once or twice, and he rescued me. Thank you Deric for helping me get my life back.
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Posted by anonymous | December 22, 2023
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You can trust Deric to help!
Had a fairly complicated criminal defense matter. Deric was able to negotiate an agreement with the prosecution and my case was dismissed and I was able to take a breath and get back to life. Deric helped ensure a momentary lapse of judgement didn’t ruin the rest of my life. If you’ve been charged with a crime, need legal advice or are not sure what to do please call Deric. I owe him big time for the assistance he was able to give me.
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Posted by anonymous | April 2, 2022
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recommendation for Deric Orr
After being involved in recent serious legal charges it was hard to know what to do next. It was way beyond anything I've known or dealt with & could not imagine what my choices & chances were in defending myself. After learning more, I called Johnson & Orr for help - mostly because they were close. They called back right away & set-up a meeting where they shared their clear experience on such cases & treated me positively as a partner in resolving my legal issues. By partner I mean they were always clear & honest with me about the process, with just the right/helpful communication through email. For what it's worth, Deric Orr was very successful with my case & I'd highly recommend his efforts on any legal needs you may have. Plus their one-time-fee seems to cover an awesome commitment for them to bring the case to resolution.
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Posted by anonymous | March 31, 2022
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Communication is the KEY!
We hired Deric to represent us in a court issue, he was excellent to work with and his communication was outstanding throughout the entire process. He was also very knowledgeable in dealing with the court, which expedited the process to a successful end.
Posted by anonymous | June 15, 2021
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The Closest Thing To A Hero.
Deric Orr and his partner Scott Johnson have gone above and beyond. My case started in March 2015. It is now June 2021. Everything is finally over. Every step of the way, one factor or another slowed my case down.. Although the efforts that these two beautiful men put forth showed their worth time, and time again. I went from facing 8+ years in prison for a crime that happened before 2008, to being sentenced with 15 days Jail and 15 days Work Crew. I don't know the full details of all the effort they put in, although the only bad news I was ever given was that something happened to slow the case down.. Whether it be a vengeful prosecutor, or someone else's screw up. Every step was arduous and stressful, I've been a ball of anxiety... But these two never gave up. I paid an initial sum of $6,000-$8,000 (forgot the amount).. And not a single time was a requested or required to pay more. I believe the effort put into this extremely arduous case far exceeds the price that was paid. Based on anecdotal evidence, Deric Orr and Scott Johnson are the best Defense team in all of Eastern Washington.
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Posted by anonymous | October 9, 2019
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Highest Recomendation
Facilitated an outcome that was better than expected. Attention to detail, personable, fully delivered on our agreed upon strategy. "Highest Recomendation"
Posted by Brian | June 11, 2018
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Thorough and Fair
Deric did a great job assisting us with the navigation of the system, explaining our options, and guiding us to the best possible result. He was courteous and helpful throughout the effort.
Posted by anonymous | January 17, 2017
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Enthusiastic and Professional
Mr. Orr's knowledge of the law, local court procedures, and quick-wit make him a pleasure to work with. He is both aggressive and personable. I would recommend his expertise to anyone.
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AVVO RATING 7.9 (Very Good)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Johnson & Orr
  • 2015 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Mendoza & Johnson, P.S.
  • 2015 - 2015
  • Staff Attorney
  • Benton County Office Of Public Defense
  • 2013 - 2015


  • University of Illinois
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2013
  • University of Washington
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2009


  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers,
  • Member
  • 2020 - Present
  • Benton Franklin County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • Washington Defender Association
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • Richland High School Mock Trial
  • Coach
  • 2013 - 2018
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • 10 Best for Client Satisfaction
  • American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys
  • 2017

Speaking Engagements

  • Benton County Public Defense CLE
  • Case Law Updates
  • 2014

Attorney endorsements

Received (9)
Given (5)
Endorse Deric
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 28
Relationship: Friend
"I would strongly recommend Deric as counsel. He’s both competent and compassionate towards his clients. His commitment to excellence in his personal and professional life is formidable."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"It has been a pleasure watching Deric since he began his career as a criminal defense attorney. He is a young talented rising star in our local criminal defense bar who just continues to get better. He is sharp, quick on his feet, and gets great results for his clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 31
Relationship: Friend
"I endorse this lawyer. Deric is bright, quick thinking, and compassionate towards his clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 19
Relationship: Family member
"Deric is an incredibly gifted attorney. He also happens to be my younger brother, but I believe I hold him to a higher standard than anyone else. I am extremely proud of the way Deric conducts himself personally and professionally. His knowledge and expertise are astounding. Whether working on a high-profile murder case or assisting with more routine matters, Deric's level of dedication and diligence is always the same. I have, and will continue, to confidently refer clients with criminal law issues to Deric. He is trustworthy and competent, and extremely talented as well. I wholeheartedly endorse Deric Orr as counsel."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Deric is a very effective trial attorney. He is confident and well-spoken, especially in front of a jury. I endorse this attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have consulted with Deric on many cases. He is a wonderful advocate for his clients while being understanding of their situations."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Deric and I first met when we were both Interns for the Benton County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office. Since then, he has developed a Criminal Defense practice that is rivaled by few. His ability to effectively communicate, both to opposing counsel and the judges, is certainly one of his greatest strengths. Deric is an exceptional attorney who always seems to be thinking outside the box. As a colleague and friend, he is someone I regularly consult with and can always trust that he will provide accurate and reliable advice."
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Richland Criminal defense Lawyer Deric John Orr
Deric John Orr
Criminal defense Attorney
Richland, WA
Licensed for 10 years
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