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Jim Johanson


Snohomish County Superior Court

Position Six

Jim Johanson

Current Occupation/Employer: Lawyer, Law Offices of Jim Johanson, PLLC, in Edmonds.

Education: 1982-University of Washington, B.A. English Literature; 1987-University of Puget Sound School of Law, J.D.

Legal/Judicial Experience: Prosecutor for Pierce/King Counties and Lynnwood who opened his own practice in Snohomish County in 1995. Hes represented the interests of his clients, in civil and criminal law, for over twenty years.

Family: Son, Michael, an ODea High School Graduate and junior at Arizona State University.

Significant Career Experience: In 1990, Jim became Legislative Director for Community Transit. Jim served as Washington State Representative for the 44th Legislative District (1992-1994) and was House Judiciary Committee Vice Chair.

Candidate Statement: Jim has spent over two decades in both civil and criminal law representing his clients before courts and juries all over Washington State.

His career began as a Deputy Prosecutor for Pierce and King Counties. He then became an Assistant City Attorney for Lynnwood. In 1992, Jim was elected to serve as our voice in the State House of Representatives and was Vice Chair of the House Judiciary Committee. Over the past twenty years, Jim has become an experienced trial lawyer. His practice has included personal injury, family law, real estate, contracts, trusts and probate matters.

Jim grew up in Snohomish County and has continued to be involved in community activities, from coaching his sons Little League team, to serving as a Lector for Holy Rosary Parish and as a member of the South Snohomish County Chamber of Commerce.

As a prosecutor, Jim has enforced the laws of Washington. As a State Legislator, Jim has written the laws we all live by and as a trial lawyer has fought for the rights of victims.

Jim Johanson is an experienced, hard working and well-qualified attorney who will make an excellent addition to the Superior Court Bench and will serve with integrity.

Official web site:  
Opponents: George Appel and Joseph Wilson
Candidate ratings:

Joint Asian
Judicial Evaluation
Well Qualified Qualified *
Latina/o Bar Association
of Washington
Qualified Qualified *
Loren Miller
Bar Association
Well Qualified Qualified *
GLBT Bar Assocation of Washington
Well Qualified Not Qualified *
Snohomish County
Bar Association
(Membership Poll)
407 pts. 304 pts. 375 pts.
Women Lawyers
Well Qualified Unqualified *

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 Newspaper endorsements (click paper for details):

Everett Herald    
Stanwood/Camano News    

Finance report:

(Click a dollar figure for detailed data from the Public Disclosure Commission. Note that summary numbers here might not match detailed data for various reasons.)

George Appel 08/13/2008 $87,972.38 $82,261.94
Jim Johanson 08/13/2008 $126,149.02 $123,542.85
Joseph Wilson 08/13/2008 $85,976.61 $64,397.10

Media stories:
    August 15, 2008
Everett Herald   Three attorneys jockey to succeed Judge Thorpe
    August 14, 2008
Edmonds Beacon   Trio in tight race for bench
    July 25, 2008
The Enterrpise   Three seek judge's seat on superior court
    July 24, 2008
Everett Herald   Candidate for Snohomish County Superior Court judge gets nod from Washington Women Lawyers
    July 22, 2008
Everett Herald   Snohomish County lawyers rate candidates for Superior Court judge
    July 11, 2008
Everett Herald   Political FYI: Information and ice cream from judicial candidate
    June 26, 2008
Everett Herald   Political FYI: George Appel to talk about run for judge
    May 21, 2008
Everett Herald   Political FYI: Everett lawyer seeks election to bench
    April 30, 3008
Everett Herald   Political FYI: Appel to kick off his campaign
    April 26, 2008
Everett Herald   Political FYI: Edmonds attorney kicks off campaign for judge, P.O. Box 1460, Silverdale, WA  98383
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