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Attorneys

By researching the best attorney to fit the needs of you or your loved one, you’re already helping your defense. Choosing a criminal defense attorney that will represent your rights in court is one of the most important decisions of your life, and careful selection is paramount to ensuring the strongest case you can bring.

Derek Smith and James White bring decades of experience and extensive knowledge of Washington state criminal law processing. We have tried cases throughout Washington state, and have deep familiarity with the courts in our region. If you’re looking for a criminal defense attorney near you, we are the experts.

Beyond our experience, we are invested in giving you compassionate counsel and passionate defense. We represent those charged with any number of crimes, including violent offenses, white collar charges, DUI, drug activity and many others. And we strongly believe that your story needs to be listened to.

We serve those in western Washington, Pierce County, King County and the Puget Sound area primarily, but we are eager to hear from you no matter where your location.

While learning about our experience and approach to our clients is important, we do believe that meeting an attorney in person is the best way to establish if a working relationship will benefit you. That’s why we offer a free initial consultation to determine how we can serve you.

Tacoma, WA

Phone: (253) 203-1645
Fax: (206) 400-1145

Tacoma, WA

Phone: (253) 203-1645
Fax: (206) 400-1145

 
Client Reviews
★★★★★
I was represented by James White and have been nothing but satisfied with the outcome. Jame is very efficient and eliminates much of the stress that the judicial system can place on an offender. I am very grateful to have such a great attorney and owe him my gratitude for helping me when times were rough. Not only is he professional, but he is also someone you can talk to on a personal level. I highly recommend James White and would undoubtedly use him again in the future. If you are in search of an attorney, do yourself a favor and have the law offices of Smith & White represent you. Mike D.
★★★★★
I contacted James after my charge for reckless endangerment, and right from the start he was informative and reassuring. James worked hard to get me the best possible outcome, and was always very quick to return a call or text. He was straightforward and honest with me about my case, explaining both the good and the bad in a way that was reassuring without being misleading. Overall, I highly recommend Smith and White to anyone who is looking for the most professional representation in their legal matters. Matthew B.
★★★★★
Attorney James White was a beacon of hope for me at a time when my options appeared limited and the likeness of a satisfactory resolution seemed close to nothing. Not only was he able to defend me in a specific sticky situation in which I hired him for, I felt as though he also went above and beyond in efforts to provide me with the best outcome possible. His calm and professional demeanor offered such a great assurance to myself and those I care about around me. I am completely grateful for his service and I most definitely recommend Mr. White. Leyasha J.
★★★★★
Derek Smith guided us through a troubling legal situation with absolute professionalism. This was my first experience with a trial situation and Mr. Smith was able to address all of my questions and concerns in a way that helped address some of the fear I had regarding the legal system. Mr. Smith was highly effective during the trial and the result ended up in our favor. Legal troubles are scary and it was great knowing we had a fantastic legal team on our side to help navigate the somewhat confusing situation. My wife and I emphatically recommend this law firm. Steve B.
★★★★★
Mr. Smith was wonderful to work with. He was professional, knowledgeable and effective!! He takes the time to listen, which is amazing and can be a hard quality to find! He is informative and straight forward, which I truly appreciate! He was quite helpful on another matter that I asked his advise on. Thank you!!! Melika