Joshua L. Heath
I busted a mirror and got seven years bad luck. But my lawyer thinks he can get me five.”
Finding a good barber is like finding a good lawyer. You gotta go to the same guy.”
Josh Heath is a capable and diligent advocate for his clients. As a former prosecutor and a former judge, he practically lived in the courthouse for much of his career, and now he stands ready to use his inside knowledge and experience to benefit his clients.
Josh’s principle area of focus is on criminal defense, family law, traffic and civil infraction defense, evictions for both landlords and tenants, protective orders and injunctions against harassment, criminal victim’s representation, and tribal law. He will appear for you as an advocate in any Washington State or Federal Court, as well as any tribal court in Washington or the greater Portland metro-area (if the court permits admissions by attorneys licensed in Washington – which some Oregon tribes do), though he primarily works in Thurston, Pierce, and King Counties. He will also represent you if you are charged in Federal Court under the Major Crimes Act for a crime allegedly committed on a reservation.
As a former prosecutor in Arizona, he prosecuted thousands of criminal cases and took many matters to trial. He is particularly experienced in DUI and domestic violence, and knows exactly what to look for to determine the strength or weakness of the government’s case. DUIs are complicated. If you are charged with a DUI, it is important to retain an attorney who knows DUI law, especially one who knows how prosecutors think.
A proud member of the Chickasaw Nation, Josh was an associate judge for the Puyallup Tribal Court in Tacoma. Prior to this he was also an associate judge for the Colorado River Indian Tribes (CRIT) Tribal Court in Parker, Arizona, and he was the Chief Justice of the Yavapai Apache Nation Court of Appeals in Camp Verde, Arizona, the highest court in that jurisdiction. When he first became a judge at the age of twenty-eight years, he was the youngest judge in the State of Arizona.
As a judge, Josh presided over a variety of cases, both criminal and civil. He was the head of the criminal division at both the Puyallup Tribal Court and the CRIT Tribal Court, presiding over all criminal matters from initial hearing to trial, as well as over the probation docket. He adjudicated family law cases, ranging from divorce, to child custody, child/spousal support, modifications of parenting plans, dependency/child welfare, guardianships, terminations, adoptions, and juvenile delinquency.
Josh presided over the civil infraction docket, including all traffic cases, hunting and fishing, shellfish/diving, health and safety code violations, and miscellaneous other infractions. He also presided over the protective order divisions, adjudicating all protective order cases including domestic violence protective orders. He handled civil small and larger claims contract cases, evictions, probate, and occasionally dealt with administrative procedures matters and tribal per capita issues.
In addition to his position with the law firm, Josh acts as an occasional pro tem judge, an appellate justice, and a conflict prosecutor for the Northwest Intertribal Court system, which provides judges and prosecutors for tribes throughout the Pacific Northwest. In Arizona, he also volunteered with Community Legal Services advising indigent tenants in evictions cases, and he volunteered with the County Attorney’s Offices to assist criminal victims in obtaining restitution.
- J.D., Regent University School of Law
- B.A., Double major Political Science and Philosophy, Minor in Music – Jazz Piano Performance, Grand Canyon University
- Washington State Courts
- Federal Courts – Arizona District
- Arizona Courts
- Tribal Courts – Various