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James Oliver | Tacoma Criminal and Personal Injury Attorney

James Oliver Lawyer

James Edmund Oliver

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Accident & Injury, Criminal, Litigation, Personal Injury, Traffic

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You deserve a top rated law firm that you can trust to help you following an accident, or criminal investigation. Our experienced lawyers at Durflinger Oliver & Associates have a proven track record of protecting clients, and helping them move forward in life. Things are almost never as bad as they seem. Call us, and we can help put your mind at ease with a smart plan of attack.

If you have been charged with a crime, received a traffic ticket, or have been injured because of someone’s negligence, the choice you make in an attorney will have long lasting consequences. Criminal charges can result in Article 15 and Chapter proceedings, jail, fines, and treatment. All of these things are expensive, and potentially life altering. Traffic tickets, while less serious, can affect your insurance rate, and even your license. An accident can result in massive hospital bills, suffering and bankruptcy. When you need help, our team is here for you.

At Durflinger Oliver & Associates you don't have to settle for a single attorney when you can hire a team of experienced lawyers to fight for you. Our attorneys have a half century of collective litigation experience. That means you can rest assured that your case will receive the benefit of 50 years of courtroom practice and experience working with judges, insurance adjusters, and opposing attorneys. Best of all, you get this team at a great value, so you don't have to settle for a single, less experienced lawyer.

Founding Partner and Of Counsel attorney James Oliver paid for college by serving in the Army Reserves. In college, he co-captained his university’s NCAA Men’s Volleyball team. As a result of his athletic experience and military service, he understands the value of a team, and the needs and concerns of service members and their families. That’s why he built this firm, and that’s why he instituted the Military Discount offered to service members by Durflinger Oliver & Associates.

Founding partner Natalie Durflinger graduated with honors from both the University of Washington and Gonzaga School of Law. At Gonzaga, Natalie was a Thomas More Scholar, and founded the university’s American Civil Liberties Chapter, serving as President. She also performed community service locally, and in Central America before following her passion for criminal defense and establishing Durflinger Oliver & Associates with James Oliver.

Natalie’s practice is dedicated almost exclusively to misdemeanor criminal defense including domestic violence, driving offenses, drug charges, and property crimes. She has an established reputation as an aggressive defense attorney who is respected by judges and prosecutors alike. Natalie also has shared her Criminal Law and Criminal Procedure knowledge as a College Adjunct Professor.

Senior Associate Martha McLaughlin heads up the firm’s Personal Injury section. She is an Honors Graduate from the University of Puget Sound, and also from Seattle University School of Law.

Martha's husband of 30 years is a retired Air Force officer, so Martha knows the difficulties endured by service members and their families. She also knows how to protect you and your family following an accident, or criminal charges. As a former prosecutor, she has been on both sides of the fight and understands what judges are looking for.

Martha’s dedicated personal injury paralegal brings three decades of injury litigation experience to the firm, and the two professionals work closely with the firm’s other attorneys to ensure exceptional results for each of our clients.

Tracey Munger represents clients accused of felony offenses, and clients in danger of losing their children in dependency proceedings. Her litigation experience began in Louisiana during law school, and continued on into Washington in 2002. She has represented clients in almost every court in the Puget Sound region, and is admitted to practice in the U.S. Federal Court as well. She has won cases as simple as traffic infraction to as complex as federal drug trafficking and everything in between. As head of the Felony Section, Tracey decides which cases the firm will accept, and which staff to assign as support. Her reputation as a “street fighter” has been earned through countless negotiations, hearings, motions, and trials. After 14 years of practice in Western Washington, Tracey has a great understanding of, and appreciation for, the sacrifices of our service members and their families, and she works hard to protect them.

Durflinger Oliver & Associates Of Counsel attorney Andrew Huff is a Seattle native who started his career as a prosecuting attorney with Kitsap County before being hired as an associate by well-known criminal defense firm Bennett Raney Moran and Gianneschi. In 2001, he went out on his own and started the Law Office of Andrew Charles Huff in Seattle. Andrew is a former board member of “Citizens for Judicial Excellence,” member of “National College for DUI Defense” and the “Order of Barristers.“ He is also an experienced Judge Pro Tem, which means that he clearly understands what needs to be done to protect his clients. Andrew is a valued teammate of Durflinger Oliver, and his contributions to the accused have brought relief to hundreds of Washington families.

No legal team is worth a thing without high quality support staff, and the Durflinger Oliver team is exceptional. In fact, Durflinger Oliver has twice been awarded the “Firm of the Year” award by the Pierce County Chapter of NALS – The National Association of Legal Professionals. The staff at Durflinger Oliver make the weekly team meetings possible and productive and ensure that every client file is regularly team reviewed. This ensures the highest quality representation at the best value.

In addition to our Military Discount, we also offer convenient payment plans, and bilingual Spanish services. We look forward to meeting with you for your free consultation. Call today to schedule your free meeting with an experienced attorney who can put your mind at ease and tell you what Durflinger Oliver can do for you.


Position Organization Location Duration
Of Counsel Durflinger, Oliver & Associates Tacoma, WA Present
Contract Attorney Davies Pearson, PC N/A 02/1999-12/2002
Attorney Durflinger, Oliver & Associates Tacoma, WA 01/2011-Present
School Degree Major Graduation
Seattle University School of Law J.D. Law School 1998
University of California - Santa Cruz BA Politics 1994
State / Court Date
Washington 2000
  • Washington State Bar Association        
    Tacoma Pierce County Bar Association        
    Washington State Trial Lawyers Association        
    Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers        
    Tacoma Pierce County Bar Association, Legislative Committee        
    Washington Defender Association
  • Top 100 Criminal Defense Lawyers In State of Washington, The American Society of Legal Advocates, 2015
    Firm of the Year, NALS, 2012, 2013
    Best Pierce County Law Firm 2011-2012, NALS - Association for Legal Professionals, 2011
  • Criminal Defense | Remanded for resentencing | Trial Court improperly denied Drug Offender Sentencing Alternative after trial for Unlawful Possession of Pseudoephedrine with Intent to Manufacture Methamphetamine. Division II of Court of Appeals remanded to trial Court for resentencing. Mr. McCormick received DOSA sentence cutting jail time in half and allowing for drug treatment.

    Criminal Defense | Dismissed with prejudice | Client was charged with Assault in the First Degree following a stabbing.

    Criminal Defense | Not Guilty Verdict | Indecent Exposure case. Defendant accused of exposing himself to high school children.

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(2000) Licensed as Attorney in Washington. Verified with Washington State Bar Association. October 08, 2015

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When you need a Tacoma attorney that you can trust to help you after you’ve been injured, or charged with an offense, turn to Durflinger Oliver & Associates. Our attorneys include former prosecutors and highly experienced criminal defense and personal injury attorneys. That combination of experience makes our office unique in Western Washington. Contact our Downtown Tacoma offices today at (253) 683-4180 to schedule your free consultation. If you have an emergency after hours or over the weekend, call us at (253) 683-4180. Ask our Tacoma attorneys about their military discount and convenient payment plans.

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Language:English, Spanish

Update Date:2015-06-10


711 St Helens Ave
Ste 209
Tacoma, WA 98402

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