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I became a lawyer because I have always enjoyed zealously advocating on
behalf of people or for a particular issue.
Before law school, I actually read things for pleasure and not just for work.
My greatest talent as a lawyer is being able to communicate with people without resorting to legalese.
My greatest accomplishment as a lawyer is successfully prosecuting a case over
the course of five years all the way from a Lewis County District Court trial
to the Washington Supreme Court: State v. Stephen C. Johnson.
In my practice, I work on maintaining organized client files and keeping up to
speed on clients’ cases. It is of the utmost importance.
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I vote for Pedro.
If I had a time machine, I would replay every bad golf shot I have
My first car was a Hyundai Elantra.
You should give this a try: Rocky Road ice cream with bacon and
My dream trip would be golfing on all the greatest courses in
My heroes are my father and mother.
If I have learned one thing in life, it is that you have no choice
but to play the cards you are dealt as best you can.
I attended Gonzaga University followed by Brooklyn Law
School. After law school, I became a deputy prosecutor at
the Lewis County Prosecutor’s Office. During my time as a
prosecutor I met my wife, Joely. Being married to another attorney, and at the time a fellow prosecutor, was at times very
challenging because we spent far too much time talking and
obsessing about work. However, it is also very rewarding,
because your partner is able to relate to your work. I am now
a private practitioner at the law firm of Buzzard & Associates
in Centralia focusing on criminal defense and civil litigation. My wife and I live in Chehalis, where we raise our son.
My career has surprised me by how much I have enjoyed practicing on both
sides of the fence in criminal law. I have come to find that the old adage
is true: you need quality representation on behalf of the prosecution and
defendants for the criminal justice system to work properly.
The best advice I have for new lawyers is push through the first few years. It
I wish that more lawyers would spend more time getting to know their fellow
If I could have tried one famous case, it would be the O. J. Simpson case.
I absolutely can’t live without pizza.
If I took one day off in the middle of the week, I would think about everything I
was falling behind on at work.
If I could do something over, it would be every bad golf shot I have ever played.
My favorite place in the Pacific Northwest is San Juan Island, where my wife
and I got married.
This is on my bucket list: taking my wife and son all around Ireland and visiting all of my family there.
This makes me roll my eyes: when attorneys argue directly with each other in
open court or are other wise unprofessional.
This makes me smile: winning at just about anything.
My worst habit is being a horrible loser at board games.
My best habit is being an amazing winner at board games.