John Turner

John Turner

Judge (Retired)
Olympia, Washington
888-655-2647 (Toll Free)

Judge Turner has been practicing law in Olympia, Washington, since 1984. In 1995 he was elected to the Washington State Court of Appeals, where he served his term with distinction. He later retired from the bench to return to his community-based law practice.

Judge Turner was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan. He graduated from Western Michigan University with a BA in sociology and social work, and earned a Juris Doctorate degree from Thomas M. Cooley Law School in 1983. Upon completion of his education, Mr. Turner moved to the Pacific Northwest to enjoy the quality of life here.

In addition to his education and experience, Judge Turner uses his dispute resolution skills and assertive representation to resolve any unavoidable legal problems. He believes that helping people understand the process and their options relieves some of the stress and uncertainty associated with legal matters.

Areas of Practice

  • Criminal Law
  • Divorce
  • Family Law
  • Personal Injury -- Plaintiff
  • Wills, Estate Planning, Probate
  • Auto Accidents
  • Motor Vehicle Accidents -- Plaintiff
  • Wrongful Death
  • General Law Practice
  • Chapter 7 & 13 Bankruptcy
  • Professional License Defense
  • DUI/Felony DUI
  • Domestic Violence
  • Drug Charges
  • Deferred Prosecution
  • Probate & Estate Administration
  • Traffic Violations
  • Automobile Accidents
  • Real Estate
  • Corporate Law
  • Trusts and Estate Planning
  • Foreclosure
  • Business Law
  • Contracts
  • Guardianship
  • Bankruptcy

Litigation Percentage

  • 18% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Washington, 1984


  • Thomas M. Cooley Law School, Lansing, Michigan
    • J.D. - 1983
  • Western Michigan University
    • B.A.
    • Major: Sociology
    • Major: Social Work

Past Employment Positions

  • State of Washington, Judge, Washington State Court of Appeals, 1995 - 2011