Luke Baumgarten

Principal

I am a father, a lawyer, and a drummer. I live in Whitman County with my son, two dumb dogs, and a cat. I'm active in my church and community, and I spend time volunteering my legal services to indigent clients through the Whitman County Community Legal Services. I'm proud and honored to provide monthly financial support to organizations like InterVarsity and Compassion International.

I am a member of several professional organizations, including the Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the Washington State Association for Justice (formerly the Washington State Trial Lawyers Association), The Top 100 Trial Lawyers (The National Trial Lawyers), the Washington State Bar Association, and the Whitman County Bar Association. Through my commitment to upholding the finest traditions of the bar and legal profession, I have been honored to speak to classes at the University of Idaho College of Law as well as mentor young lawyers and recent graduates.

Professional Development and Education

I worked as a legal intern in the Whitman County Prosecutor's Office while I was in law school, from 2006 to 2008. I spent much of that time practicing law with a limited license handling hundreds of misdemeanor cases from first appearances all the way through trials. I was officially sworn-in as a Deputy Prosecutor after I graduated from law school and was admitted to the Washington State Bar in 2008. After four years working in the prosecutor's office and handling thousands of cases, I decided it was time to use my experience and inside knowledge to pursue my passion: excellent, zealous, and principled representations of good people who find themselves facing criminal prosecution.

Education

University of Idaho, College of Law - Moscow, Idaho

  • Juris Doctor
  • Legal Aid Clinic
  • General practice and domestic violence
  • Extern at Whitman County Prosecutor, 2006 -2007
  • Rule 9 Intern at Whitman County Prosecutor from 2007-2008

University of Idaho - Moscow, Idaho

  • Bachelor of Fine Arts

Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice

  • Washington, 2008

Professional & Bar Association Memberships

  • Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyer, 2011
  • Washington State Association for Justice (Formerly Washington Trial Lawyers Association), 2011
  • Whitman County Bar Association, 2008 - President
  • Whitman County Legal Services Advisory Board, 2014 - Board Chair
  • Eastern Washington DUI Defense Association, 2013 - Founder
  • The National Trial Lawyers - Top 100 Trial Lawyer, 2014
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