Steven R. Buzzard

Steve Buzzard is the founding member of Buzzard O’Rourke. Established in 1978, Steve has established the expectation of candid and open communication with clients, as well as competent, efficient  and knowledgeable legal services to be provided to all clients of Buzzard O’Rourke. This philosophy and expectation is the benchmark of Buzzard O’Rourke. Steve is retired from the active practice of law, but serves as an advisor to the attorneys of Buzzard O’Rourke. His extensive knowledge and wisdom is a valuable asset only available to Buzzard O’Rourke. Although retired from the active practice of law as an attorney, he maintains his seat as judge for the cities of Winlock, WA and Vader, WA, and serves on state committees related to the practice of law in the State of Washington.  Steve has had a distinguished career spanning local, state and federal courts. 

Judicial Experience

  • Winlock Municipal Court Judge
  • Vader Municipal Court Judge
  • Retired Centralia Municipal Court Judge
  • Retired Chehalis Municipal Court Judge
  • Retired Napavine Municipal Court Judge
  • Judge Pro-Tem Lewis County Superior Court
  • Judge Pro-Tem Lewis County District Court
  • Judge Pro-Tem Mason County District Court
  • Judge Pro-Tem Shelton Municipal Court
  • Judge Pro-Tem Thurston County District Court
  • Judge Pro-Tem Cowlitz County District Court

 

 Judicial Affiliations

  • Rural Courts Committee for the American Bar Association
  • Courts Helping Courts Committee for the District & Municipal Court Judges Association
  • Long Range Planning Committee for the District & Municipal Court Judges Association
  • Court Rules Committee for the District & Municipal Court Judges Association
  • Part Time Courts Committee for the District & Municipal Court Judges Association
  • Member, Presiding Judge’s Conference
  • Board for Judicial Administration Project 2001, Committee for Court Reform
  • Board for Judicial Administration Project 2001, Jurisdiction and Portability Committee
  • Washington Board of Judicial Administration, Best Practices Committee
  • Board for Judicial Administration, Court Rule 3.2 Committee

 

Professional Affiliations

  • United States Supreme Court, Admitted 1979
  • United States Tax Court, Admitted 1983
  • United States District Court for Western Washington, Admitted 1976
  • Washington State Bar Association, Admitted 1975
  • Lewis County Bar Association, Past President
  • Lewis County Bar Association, Court Rules Committee
  • Kitsap County Bar Association, 1975-1978
  • Washington State Bar Association, Unlawful Practice Committee
  • Washington State Government Lawyers Bar Association, Trustee 1991-1998
  • American Bar Association
  • Washington State Trial Lawyers Association
  • Association of Trial Lawyers of America
  • Former City Attorney for Bucoda, Washington
  • Former City Attorney for Vader, Washington
  • Former City Attorney for Mossyrock, Washington
  • Former Instructor for Centralia Community College, 1988-1989
  • Washington State Board of Law Examiners
  • Washington State Bar Association, Court Rules and Procedures Committee
  • Washington State Bar Association, Judicial Selection Task Force

 

Education

  • Centralia High School, 1964
  • Bachelor of Arts (Political Science and Social Science), Central Washington State College, 1972
  • University of Washington Law School, 1974
  • Juris Doctor, University of Puget Sound (now Seattle University School of Law), 1975

Civic Activities

  • American Legion, Life Member
  • Veterans of Foreign Wars, Life Member
  • Centralia-Chehalis B.P.O.E., Trustee
  • Centralia Kiwanis Club, Past Distinguished President
  • Lewis County United Way, Executive Board Past Member
  • Lewis County Community Services Board, Past Chairman
  • Reliable Enterprises, Past President
  • Association for Retarded Citizens
  • U.P.S. Law School Mock Trial Program, Judge
  • Washington State High School Mock Trial Program, Judge
  • YMCA Mock Trial Championship Competition, Judge
  • Guardian ad Litem Advisory Board for Lewis County Juvenile Court, Founding Member
  • Centralia Police Department, Past Instructor
  • Chehalis Police Department, Past Instructor
  • Commander’s Club, Disabled American Veterans Association
  • Veterans Memorial Museum of Lewis County, Member
  • Chehalis Youth Soccer Team Sponsor
  • Centralia Youth Soccer Team Sponsor
  • Chehalis Youth Baseball Team Sponsor
  • Centralia Fast Pitch Team Sponsor
  • Advisor to Pope’s Kids Place
  • Volunteer Little League Umpire
  • Lewis County Legal Aid, Volunteer
  • Salvation Army, Volunteer
  • Centralia Community College National History Day, Contest Judge
  • College Debate Judge
  • Navy League
  • Cancer Relay for Life, Team Sponsor
  • Newspapers in Education Sponsor
  • Recipient of American Legion Excellence in Civic Duty Award
  • Lewis County Dispute Resolution Center, Past Member of the Board of Directors
  • Lewis County Veterans Advisory Board
  • Paralyzed Veterans of America, Honorary Member
  • Washington State Criminal Justice Training Committee
  • Crisis Intervention Team Training – 2016

 

Professional Recognition

  • Washington State Association for Justice, 2012 Award for Outstanding Service
  • Great Minds of the 21st Century
  • Who’s Who in Finance and Business
  • International Biographical Centre, Living Legends
  • International Biographical Centre, 21st Century Award for Achievement (Cambridge, England)
  • International Directory of Distinguished Leadership
  • The American Bench, Judges of the Nation
  • National Register’s Who’s Who in Executives and Professionals
  • Strathmore’s Who’s Who
  • National Register’s Who’s Who, Life Member
  • Biography America’s Registry of Outstanding Professionals
  • Who’s Who in Executives and Businesses
  • Who’s Who in America
  • Who’s Who of Entrepreneurs
  • Who’s Who in American Business, Life Member
  • Strathmore’s Who’s Who, Business Leaders
  • Who’s Who in American Law
  • National Directory of Who’s Who, Honorary Member

 

Military Service

  • UnitedStates Coast Guard, 1967-1971, Honorable Discharge
  • United States Merchant Marine