“I came to Vindicate Criminal Law at the worst time in my life. I had never been in trouble before and I was being charged with something far more serious than what had actually transpired. My lawyer, Josh Bruner, made the worst thing ever, not feel as overwhelming and scary, and that is just so much. It’s everything, really. In the end he was able to negotiate a diversion plan. I had to pay a small fine and continue seeing my therapist once a week for 6 months. A punishment that actually fit the crime. Thank You from the bottom of my heart!!”
– Anonymous, 04/18/2023
Joshua (Josh) Bruner is a results-driven Criminal Defense Attorney who passionately advocates for his clients. Skilled in client relations, negotiations, and litigation Josh is recognized for consistently achieving results for his clients and resolving cases via effective communications and appropriate case strategies. An incredible negotiator outside the courtroom and effective advocate in the courtroom, Josh relentlessly fights for his clients utilizing his unique background, experience, and skills to create effective strategies which achieve excellent outcomes. Josh always ensures his clients are treated with the dignity and respect they deserve.
Although criminal defense was always Josh’s dream, he had originally started his career as a construction laborer right out of high school. Josh worked in construction for over 10 years and ran his own construction company before he returned to school to earn his bachelor’s degree in political science from Idaho State University. While in undergrad, Josh contracted with the Army ROTC program and was commissioned in the U.S. Army as a Field Artillery officer when he graduated. After serving several years, a combat deployment to Afghanistan, and several moves around the country, Josh was one of 25 out of about 6500 qualified personnel selected by the Army for their Funded Legal Education Program.
While attending the University of Washington School of Law, Josh dedicated himself to gaining as much courtroom experience as possible. He participated in every mock trial competition offered by the school and was also a member of the Moot Court Honor Board. While earning his Juris Doctor, Josh worked for a prosecutor’s office, a trial judge, and Washington Supreme Court Justice. Josh was awarded the MacGillivray Scholarship for Excellence in Advocacy because of his efforts.
After graduating from the University of Washington School of Law, Josh was stationed at Fort Bragg, NC where he served as a Legal Assistance Attorney. He served Soldiers and their families by providing legal advice and services on a variety of matters. After ten years of Army service, Josh moved back to Western Washington to focus exclusively on criminal law. While serving as a public defender in Whatcom County, Josh built a reputation as a strong advocate amongst his clients, judges, fellow defense attorneys, and even prosecutors.
When Josh isn’t in the courtroom advocating for his clients, he enjoys spending time with his family outdoors. You can find him spending time with his partner, his five sons, and their dogs while partaking in outdoor activities like hiking, backpacking, fishing, and functional fitness.