John Sinclair


John Sinclair started his private law practice in Olympia, Washington in 1983 after three years of employment as the Contracts and Regulations Administrator at the State Department of Corrections. His law practice has consistently received high grades from its peers being rated high to very high by Martindale & Hubbell, a National Independent law rating organization. A substantial portion of Mr. Sinclair’s practice involves criminal defense. Mr. Sinclair frequently teaches law related classes for various professional associations. Mr. Sinclair was an adjunct professor at Centralia College in 1983-1984 and was a regular instructor for the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission from 1981-2004. Mr. Sinclair also frequently testifies before the Washington State Legislature on law related legislation.

Mr. Sinclair graduated from San Francisco State University in 1976 and from Gonzaga University School of Law in Spokane, Washington in 1979. He is licensed to practice before the following courts: United States Supreme Court; United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit; United States District Court for the Western District of Washington; State of Washington Supreme Court; and State of California Supreme Court. He is licensed to practice in all courts in Washington and California. Mr. Sinclair is also a Board Member on the Board of the Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers 2006-2008 (WACDL), the Washington State Bar Association Criminal Law Committee, and a member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL).

Paul Anthony Strophy


Paul graduated from University of Washington in 2001 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree and Seattle University School of Law in 2006. While in law school, he earned a judicial clerkship with Thurston County Superior Court Judge Wm. Thomas McPhee. He also interned for the Washington State Attorney General’s Office in the Torts division and worked in the Juvenile Clinic at the law school. He has practiced law in Thurston, Lewis, Grays Harbor, Mason, Cowlitz and Pacific counties since October 2006. Paul is a member of Rotary and the Evergreen Playhouse in Centralia. He previously was a volunteer assistant boys’ basketball coach at Capital High School and has worked as a volunteer with such organizations as YMCA and American Cancer Society.

Areas of Practice:

Business & Commercial Law, Contracts, Business Organizations, Construction Law, Criminal Law, DUI/DWI, Litigation & Appeals, Personal Injury -- Plaintiff, Motor Vehicle Accidents -- Plaintiff, Real Estate Law, & Landlord/Tenant

Full Time Employees

Ashlee Strickland

Legal Assistant

Ashlee Strickland has worked for the firm as a legal assistant since 1999. She has extensive experience and knowledge of the law. She consistently receives high marks from clients for her assistance and for caring about their individual cases. Ashlee is also a licensed Notary Public.

Doreen Sinclair

Financial Manager

Doreen is the comptroller and financial manager of the office. She is a graduate of the Evergreen State College and previously worked for the State of Washington, retiring in 2005 as an Operations Manager with the Department of Transportation. She also manages Sinclair State Street Properties LLC. Doreen is also a licensed Notary Public and a Certified Real Property Administrator with the Building Owners and Management Association (BOMA).