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Attorney & Counselor at Law

Special Education Law; Veterans Law

Admitted to Practice: U.S. Supreme Court, U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims, U.S. Veterans Administration, Washington State Bar & Washington State Supreme Court.

Judge Pro Tempore, Washington & King County

President, East King County Bar Association (EKCBA) 2015, 2016

Board Member, EKCBA 2010-Present

Board Member, Eastside Legal Assistance Program 2009-2010

Pro Bono Volunteer Attorney at ELAP, CCYJ

Pro Bono Clinic Attorney at ELAP

Certified and Experienced (21 yrs) Teacher, Principal, Superintendent (IL & WA)

Illlinois State Legislature Recognition Resolution 1496 for Superintendent of Schools Achievement

Decorated U.S. Marine Corps Veteran (3 tours in Vietnam) Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry with Silver Star (Division Level), Purple Heart, Presidential Unit CItation, Combat Action Ribbon, Navy Unit Citation, Good Conduct Medal, Embassy Duty Ribbon, Armed Forces Expeditionary Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal with 8 Campaign Stars, Vietnamese Unit Citation, Vietnamese Civil Action Medal, Vietnamese Campaign Medal w/ device..

Marine Security Guard Ribbon, U.S. Department of State, 1965-1967

Letter of Commendation, U.S. Treasury Department, 1966

Published Author (Learning Magazine, Illinois Reading Journal, Illinos Education Law Journal, +)

President & Founder Vermilion Valley Reading Council

Bylaws Chair Illinois Reading Council 1980-1981

Public Speaker: Over 50 Professional Presentations

Avid Triathlete (188 completed to date)

Triathlon Age Group All American (3X)

USA Triathlon Long Course National Champion, Age Group 45-49, 1992

Xterra Regional Champion (Age Group 55-59) 2002

USA Triathlon Board of Directors 1996-1997 Elected Vice President 1997

USA Triathlon Category 1 Official (retired)

USA Triathlon Level 1 Certified Coach (retired)






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Practice areas


  1. Education: 50%
  2. Administrative Law: 50%
    19 years



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  • Stephen Hayes Carpenter JR

    Few lawyers are fitter than Paul, as a former National Triathlon Champion, you can be rest assured that he possesses the creativity, dedication and discipline to get things done, and the practical know-how that only great lawyers and humans like Paul, possess. S/F


    Stephen Carpenter Military law Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Kitty L. Cone

    Paul is an outstanding attorney. He is very knowledgeable about special education (as well as many other areas such as VA law). When I was new to the community, I reached out to Paul and he has been very gracious to me. He has been a wonderful source of knowledge on a wide range of topics. Highly recommend Paul for his experience, wisdom, and passion for helping others!


    Kitty Cone Civil rights Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact info

Law Office of Paul C Burton, PLLC

18454 SE 43rd Pl
Issaquah, WA


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Pro Bono Publico Service CommendationWashington State Bar Association2015
Pro Bono Publico Service CommendationWashington State Bar Association2014
Certificate of AppreciationEastside Legal Assistance Program2014
Pro Bono Publico Service CommendationWashington State Bar Association2013
Pro Bono Publico Service CommendationWashington State Bar Association2012
Pro Bono Publico Service CommendationWashington State Bar Association2011
Pro Bono Publico Service CommendationWashington State Bar Association2010
Pro Bono Publico Service CommendationWashington State Bar Association2009
Howard B Eisenberg Client Services AwardSouthern Illinois University School of Law1997
Certificate of AppreciationIllinois Reading Council1981
Certificate of AppreciationInternational Reading Association1981
Certificate of AppreciationVermilion Valley Reading Council1981
Life Membership AwardIllinois Parent Teacher Association1980
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Judge Pro TemporeKing County Courts2012 - Present
Volunteer AttorneyCCYJ2013 - 2016
Volunteer AttorneyVeterans Center Seattle2010 - 2010
Case & Clinic AttorneyEastside Legal Assistance Program2009 - 2016
Adjunct Law ProfessorCenter for the Promotion of Learning Abilities1999 - 2013
Research Intelligence AnalystU.S. Department Of Justice1998 - 1998
711 StudentADR Clinic Southern Illinois University School of Law1996 - 1997
711 StudentElder Legal Clinic Southern Illinois University School of Law1995 - 1997
Teacher, Principal, SuperintendentK-12 Education State of Illinois1973 - 1994
Private (E1) to Sergeant (E5)U.S. Marine Corps1963 - 1969
Association namePosition nameDuration
East King County Bar AssociationPresident2015 - Present
Eastside Legal Assistance ProgramClinic Attorney/Volunteer Attorney2009 - Present
Eastside Legal Assistance ProgramBoard Member2009 - 2010
USA TriathlonMember Board of Directors1996 - 1997
Sage City StridersPresident1991 - 1992
Illinois State Reading CouncilBylaws Chair1979 - 1980
Vermillion Valley Reading CouncilPresident1977 - 1978
Vermillion Valley Reading CouncilBoard of Directors/Founder1977 - 1981
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Due Process Hearing: Case of GGSuccessful: Settled
Special Education Case of AASuccessful: Settled
Special Education C.A.Successful: Accepted by U.S. DOE
See all legal cases 
Publication nameTitleDate
Illinois State University School Law QuarterlyFor Whom the Statute Tolls: Indecent Liberties with School Children1998
Illinois State University School Law QuarterlyCourt Lip Syncs to Goss v Lopez1998
Illinois State University School Law QuarterlySmoke Gets In Your Eyes: Reasonable Suspicion?1998
Illinois State University School Law QuarterlyDiscrimination, Harassment and Intercourse: Putting the X in Sex1998
Illinois State University School Law QuarterlySuperintendent Power, Immunity and Workplace Harmony1998
Illinois State University School Law QuarterlyTorts Potpourri: Negligence Review, Reference, and Update1998
Illinois State University School Law QuarterlyIllinois Tenure: Intent, Standards and Reality1998
Illinois State Unviversity School Law QuarterlyShort Briefs: Recent Cases of Interest1997
Illinois State University School Law QuarterlyNoncertificated Personnel in District DIssolution1997
Illinois State University School Law QuarterlyRejecting the Lowest Bidder1997
Illinois State University School Law QuarterlyThe ABCs of Administration1997
Triathlon TodayIRONMAN: Men and Women of Mettle1993
School Microcomputer BulletinCommodore Snafu1983
Learning MagazineDogs, Rats, Pigeons and Kids1980
Illinois Reading JouranlTeaching Reading, What's Importaant1979
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Southern Illinois University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1997
University of IllinoisEducation and Education AdministrationDoctor of Education (ABD)1981
Eastern Illinois UniversityEducation AdministrationMaster of Science in Education1977
Illinois State UniversityEducationBachelor of Science in Education1973
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Illinois Reading Counci Annual ConventionK-12 Reading Instruction1983
International Reading Association Annual ConventionK-12 Reading Instruction1981
Illinois Reading Council Annual ConventionK-12 Reading Instruction1981