A Law Firm comprised of Olympia Attorneys serving the community for more than 44 years

A History of Excellent Legal Service

The history of Budd Bay Law, P.S. originated in Olympia more than 46 years ago by its founding partners, G. Saxon Rodgers and Richard L. Ditlevson.  Mr. Rodgers and Mr. Ditlevson respectively developed the highest level of legal practice and became known as some of the top Olympia Attorneys for their superior representation of clients.  Today’s firm continues to subscribe to the belief that each client deserves experience, integrity, and solutions that have been the basic foundation of the firm since its inception.

In 2021,  Pope, Houser, and Barnes, PLLC merged with Budd Bay Law. William B. Pope, Charles (Skip) Houser, and Brian M. Barnes began working together nearly 10 years ago and have been providing stellar representation to client of the Olympia area since then.


Mr. Rodgers graduated from the University of Washington in 1969 receiving his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science. He graduated from the University of Oregon School of Law in 1974 after serving in the United States Army. Mr. Rodgers was admitted to the Washington State Bar Association on October 25, 1974. In 1978, while serving as an assistant attorney general, Mr. Rodgers argued Washington Water Power Co. v. State Human Rights Comm’n, 91, Wn.2d 62, before the Washington State Supreme Court. In August 1978, Mr. Rodgers began a private practice with Mr. Ditlevson which would later become known as one of Olympia’s most reputable firms. Mr. Rodgers’ practice focuses on personal injury cases and criminal defense.

Richard L. Ditlevson

Mr. Ditlevson attended his undergraduate studies at the University of Washington and graduated from the University of Oregon School of Law.  He was employed in the Solicitor’s Office of the Department of Interior from 1972 to 1976 in Washington D.C. and in San Francisco, California prior to moving to Olympia and forming the Ditlevson Rodgers law firm.  He was admitted to the Washington State Bar Association on March 15, 1972 and The State Bar of California on June 27, 1975.  Mr. Ditlevson’s practice focused on advising small businesses, general and specialty contractors, construction supplies, developers and professional service providers. He retired from the full time practice of law in June 2010.

James J. Dixon

The Honorable Judge James J. Dixon was a senior partner at the firm prior to being appointed to the Thurston County Superior Court bench by Governor Christine Gregoire in February 2012.  Judge Dixon was a former President of the Thurston County Bar Association and received the Daniel Bigelow Thurston County Bar Association Lawyer of the Year award in 2011 for his outstanding professional and community service.

Although time passes, the ethics and efforts of the Olympia Attorneys at Budd Bay Law, P.S. remain consistently strong.

The firm’s long tradition of distinguished professionalism and community service continues to this day as each partner serves on a number of local boards and committees.  In this regard, Budd Bay Law, P.S. continues to distinguish itself as a superior law firm not only in all areas of the law, but also in the community.

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