Criminal Defense Lawyer

Chuck-5a-248x300Charles A. Johnston was born and raised in Tacoma, Washington. He graduated from the University of Washington and received his JD from Seattle University in 1978. He has been practicing law, specializing in criminal defense in both State and Federal Courts since 1979.

Charles has been married for over 35 years. He has 3 grown sons and a daughter. The eldest son is an orthopedic surgeon in Federal Way, the middle son is also a lawyer who specializes in personal injury law and his youngest son is a singer-songwriter in Los Angeles, California. Charles’ daughter recently graduated from the University of Washington.

Charles has extensive involvement in the community, having served on various committees and boards of directors as well as coaching youth and high school sports.


Puyallup Tribal Court Bar Association
Tacoma-Pierce County Bar Association
United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
United States District Court for the Western District of Washington
Washington State Bar Association