Gina Buskirk was born and raised in Washington. As a daughter from a blue collar Boeing family, she set her sights on being the first woman in her family to graduate from college. She worked her way through college earning her J.D. from Seattle University where she graduated Cum Laude in 2000.
After passing the bar, Gina focused on civil litigation and juvenile criminal defense. In 2002, she was recruited to become a prosecutor and became well-known in the legal community for her ability to effectively manage and litigate a wide variety of cases in courts throughout Kitsap County. While assigned to the Juvenile division, she handled misdemeanor and felony crimes including Vehicular Assault, Burglary, and sex offenses. She was eventually promoted to the position of Senior Prosecutor of the District/Municipal Court Division where she supervised all misdemeanor criminal offenses for Kitsap County, Bremerton, Poulsbo, Port Orchard, and Bainbridge Island and was responsible for training officers in all jurisdictions of Kitsap County. She continually honed her trial skills on the highest priority matters for her division: DUI and Domestic Violence cases.
In 2006, the city of Bremerton recruited Gina to become the City of Bremerton Prosecutor. She was tasked with creation of the criminal division. She recruited, mentored and trained new attorneys, advised law enforcement, set all plea & negotiation standards, and prosecuted all civil matters and crimes in municipal court including infractions, bench trials, and jury trials.
As a former prosecutor, Gina spent nearly two decades training law enforcement officers in effective report writing techniques, courtroom testimony preparation, infraction investigations, criminal law updates, vehicle and animal impounds, evidence seizure/forfeiture, domestic violence, DUI BAC/blood testing, and search and seizure. She was also responsible for being on call to assist with search warrants and to answer urgent legal questions in the midst of ongoing criminal investigations. Her depth of experience resulted in her being invited to become an advanced DUI law enforcement instructor. In 2013, Gina began teaching law enforcement certification courses for “Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement” (ARIDE). She was also added as a law enforcement instructor for statewide “Drug Recognition Expert” (DRE) certification programs. Over the course of her career, Gina has trained 100s of officers throughout Washington on critical issues in criminal investigations and complex alcohol and drug DUI issues.
As a guest speaker for Washington State Bar Association approved legal seminars, Gina has lectured before the Washington Association of Prosecuting Attorneys on “Manifest Injustice Sentencing of Juveniles” and was guest lecturer before the Washington State Association of Municipal Attorneys, teaching professional ethics in “Crossing the finish line, Making Your Case & Avoiding the Pitfalls of Misconduct.” Gina has also served as a Judge Pro Tem for Bremerton and Port Orchard Municipal Courts, presiding over numerous civil and criminal cases and jury trial.
Gina has handled thousands of criminal cases and has been honored as a YWCA Woman of Achievement and a “40 Under 40” Emerging Leader for her success in the legal profession and her commitment to community service.
Regardless of the type of criminal charge you are facing, you can rely Gina’s talent for successful courtroom advocacy and her ability to provide the personal care you need while being approachable, responsive, efficient and effective.
When Gina isn’t in the courtroom, she enjoys spending time adventuring with her husband (Todd), her two children, and her dogs.