Barbara A. Bowden

Tacoma, WA DUI Attorney

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Facing traffic charges can feel like your whole life is on the line; your family, your finances, and your profession are all in jeopardy. Being arrested for DUI, receiving multiple traffic tickets, and losing your driving privileges; all of these are overwhelming and stressful experiences.

When the going gets tough and the pressure amounts, who do you call to defend you or your family member?

You call Barbara A. Bowden.

At The Law Offices of Barbara A. Bowden, we take what feels like an overwhelming experience and make it easier on you and your family. Whether this is your first time being charged or your third, we work with you to negotiate your charges, fight for your driving privileges, and defend your rights from being infringed upon. We believe in fair treatment by Washington State law, from police officer to judge, from prosecutor to jury.

With professionalism, precision, and zeal, we will advocate for your Washington rights in your utmost time of need. Tirelessly, we will work to the bone to defend your rights and protect your driving privileges. Our team is highly respected throughout Western Washington by judges, prosecutors, and clients alike.

The Law Offices of Barbara A. Bowden is open Monday through Friday, but we are your advocates 24/7.

With over 100 years of combined experience defending DUI and other traffic offense cases, we help clients throughout Western Washington. We practice law in the following areas:

Contact The Law Offices of Barbara A. Bowden today.

Meet the Team

Barbara Bowden

Barbara A. Bowden: Attorney and Owner

Barbara Ann Bowden was born and raised in Western Washington. She completed her undergraduate studies at Washington State University, where she graduated in 1982. Barbara continued her education and graduated from the University of Puget Sound Law School in 1985, and became a licensed attorney in the State of Washington in 1986. She has extensive experience in defending people’s traffic rights, including DUIs, traffic tickets, and more. Read more about Barbara.

Martha McLaughlin

Martha McLaughlin: Attorney

Martha McLaughlin earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from the University of Puget Sound in 1984. Despite working full-time as a Microbiologist with Multicare Health Systems and raising two boys while her Air Force officer husband was frequently deployed, Martha managed to graduate from Seattle University School of Law with honors in 2007. Read more about Martha.

Ross Brittain

Ross Brittain: Attorney

From an early age, Ross was drawn to the idea of helping those who would not otherwise have the voice to assist themselves. He received his BA from Western Washington University and then graduated from the Gonzaga University School of Law. He has been recognized for his excellent work over the years, having received the Consumer Law Clinic Achievement Award and two awards of distinction during his two years of service at the Pierce County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office. He also placed as a Trial Advocacy Semi-Finalist. Read more about Ross.

Phillip J. French: Attorney

Phillip or “PJ” was born in Seattle, Washington. He received his BA from the University of Washington. He then went on to earn a law degree at the University of Puget Sound School of Law where he was awarded three Am Jur Awards in Criminal Law and was an Associate Editor for the Law Review. He has been practicing law since 1980, but outside of work is known to enjoy a game of golf and listening to music. He has four children and ten grandchildren. Read more about PJ.

Patty Maerkl

Patty Maerkl: Billing Specialist

Patty Maerkl grew up in the Tacoma area, raising three children, and attending training as a paralegal at Tacoma Community College. She served as the local Amvets Ladies Auxiliary President for 5 separate years, and as the state Amvet Ladies Auxiliary President for 2 years. She has been with The Law Offices of Barbara A. Bowden for 15 years and serves as a key member of our legal team. When she is not at the office, she enjoys spending time at home with her family and her dog, Holly.


Visit Our Office

Our office is conveniently located in Lakewood. We recognize that this must be a stressful time, and we want to make you feel comfortable. Our office is welcoming and our doors are open to people from all walks of life. Come visit us today!