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The following list was determined using a number of factors including both objective and subjective criteria. Lawyers were selected based on their career accomplishments, high profile and famous cases, professional involvement, community leadership, and board certifications. This list represents some of the most highly accomplished lawyers currently practicing in Washington. This includes both areas of civil law and criminal defense law.

When reviewing this list, please be aware of each of the following:

  • Lawyers cannot pay to be included in this list.
  • Only lawyers who are active on Lawyer Legion were selected.
  • It is impossible to accurately determine a statewide shortlist of attorneys who are actually “the best” at practicing law.
  • It is difficult to compare lawyers who practice in different areas of the law.
Robert Neil Gellatly Jr
Personal Injury and Motor Vehicle Accidents Lawyer
Seattle, WA
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Douglas R. Williams
Wrongful Death and Spinal Cord Injuries Lawyer
Seattle, WA
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Scott Emmett Wonder
DUI / DWI and Criminal Defense Lawyer
Bellevue, WA
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Nicholas Neidzwski
Admiralty and Maritime Law and Personal Injury Lawyer
San Francisco, CA
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Kurt Edward Boehl
Marijuana Law and Business Lawyer
Seattle, WA
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Joel Phillip Nichols
DUI / DWI and Family Lawyer
Everett, WA
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Joseph Edward Pendergast III
Personal Injury and Motor Vehicle Accidents Lawyer
Renton, WA
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Lani Jeanne Sockle
Family Law and Divorce Lawyer
Olympia, WA
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Aaron A Pelley
Civil Trial Law and Business Lawyer
Seattle, WA
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Rebecca Elise Ary
Employment Law and Discrimination Lawyer
Everett, WA
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Robert C Hahn III
Chapter 7 Bankruptcy and Chapter 13 Bankruptcy Lawyer
Spokane, WA
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Tamarae Aliinani Cooney Leong
Estate and Probate Lawyer
Spokane, WA
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Washington Bar Associations and Legal Organizations

Washington State Bar Association - An integrated mandatory bar since 1933, the Washington State Bar Association is both an administrative arm of the Washington State Supreme Court and the official statewide professional association for Washington attorneys. In duty to the state supreme court, the WSBA is responsible for the admission, license, and discipline functions for Washington attorneys. As a professional organization, the Washington State Bar Association provides relevant programs for the advancement of the legal profession.
WACDL - Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers - The Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (WACDL), established in 1987, improves the practice of defending those accused of crimes. WACDL members enjoy CLE seminars, an attorneys listings directory on the WACDL website, networking opportunities to enhance their work, and other member exclusive perks. The WACDL is an affiliate of the National Criminal Defense Lawyers Association (NACDL).

Law Schools in Washington

Gonzaga University School of Law - Gonzaga Law is an ABA-approved law school located in Spokane, Washington. Founded in 1912, Gonzaga University School of Law is a Private school with approximately 375 students currently enrolled. The Juris Doctor or J.D. is the degree program offered for law students wishing to enter the legal profession and pass the bar exam to become licensed to practice law. View the Lawyer Legion profile and browse the alumni directory for this law school to learn more.
Seattle University School of Law - Seattle University School of Law is an ABA-approved law school located in Seattle, Washington. Founded in 1972, Seattle University School of Law is a Private school with approximately 647 students currently enrolled. The Juris Doctor or J.D. is the degree program offered for law students wishing to enter the legal profession and pass the bar exam to become licensed to practice law. View the Lawyer Legion profile and browse the alumni directory for this law school to learn more.
University of Washington School of Law - UW LAW is an ABA-approved law school located in Seattle, Washington. Founded in 1899, University of Washington School of Law is a Public school with approximately 493 students currently enrolled. The Juris Doctor or J.D. is the degree program offered for law students wishing to enter the legal profession and pass the bar exam to become licensed to practice law. View the Lawyer Legion profile and browse the alumni directory for this law school to learn more.

Washington Government and Court Resources

Office of the Attorney General of Washington

Office of the Attorney General of Washington - The Office of the Attorney General of Washington, led by the Attorney General elected by the people, serves as the chief legal advisor for the state. This office is responsible for providing legal counsel to state agencies and officials, representing Washington in legal matters, and overseeing law enforcement. The Attorney General plays a pivotal role in prosecuting and defending legal actions on behalf of the state, issuing legal opinions, and addressing a diverse array of legal issues, including consumer protection, public safety, and environmental concerns.

Washington Courts

Washington Courts - The Washington Courts are responsible for upholding justice within the state by interpreting and applying the law, adjudicating civil and criminal cases, safeguarding individual rights, ensuring due process, and overseeing family law matters. The courts in Washington operate through a hierarchical system, including the Washington Supreme Court, Court of Appeals, and Superior Courts. They play a pivotal role in addressing diverse legal challenges, reflecting the state's legal landscape.

Washington Department of Children, Youth and Families

Washington Department of Children, Youth and Families - The Washington Department of Children, Youth and Families (DCYF) is entrusted with ensuring the safety and well-being of children and families throughout the state. DCYF manages child welfare services, including investigations into reports of child abuse or neglect, providing intervention and support services to families, and overseeing foster care and adoption programs. The department focuses on promoting safe and nurturing environments for children, striving for permanency and stability through reunification, adoption, or other suitable arrangements. Additionally, DCYF collaborates with community partners, offers youth services, and implements prevention programs to promote child safety and stability across Washington.

Washington Department of Labor & Industries

Washington Department of Labor & Industries - The Washington Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) is tasked with promoting and protecting the well-being of workers and ensuring fair and safe workplaces throughout the state. L&I administers and enforces labor laws and safety regulations, conducts workplace inspections, and provides assistance to both employers and employees. The department manages workers' compensation programs, ensuring that injured workers receive appropriate benefits. Additionally, L&I plays a crucial role in apprenticeship training, licensing, and overseeing various industries. By upholding these responsibilities, the Washington Department of Labor & Industries contributes to the overall health, safety, and equity of the labor market in the state.

Washington Office of Public Defense

Washington Office of Public Defense - The Washington Office of Public Defense (OPD) is committed to providing legal representation for individuals who lack the financial means to hire their own attorneys. Established to uphold constitutional rights, OPD offers defense services, legal counsel, and advocacy for those facing criminal charges or legal proceedings. The office collaborates with skilled attorneys, sets standards for representation quality, and ensures that the right to counsel is upheld.

Washington State Legislature

Washington State Legislature - The Washington State Legislature operates as a bicameral body, comprising the Washington State Senate and the Washington State House of Representatives. The Senate has 49 members serving four-year terms, while the House consists of 98 members serving two-year terms. The Legislature is responsible for proposing, debating, and passing laws that govern the state. Its duties include formulating the state budget, levying taxes, and addressing various policy issues such as education, healthcare, and environmental regulations. Members of the Washington State Legislature work collaboratively to represent the interests and concerns of the state's citizens, ensuring the effective functioning of Washington's government.

Washington Supreme Court

Washington Supreme Court - The Washington Supreme Court operates as the highest appellate court in the state, responsible for interpreting and applying the law. Its primary duty involves reviewing appeals from lower courts to ensure the accurate interpretation and application of state laws and the constitution. The court hears a diverse range of cases, including civil, criminal, and constitutional matters, setting legal precedents that guide lower courts and legal practitioners throughout Washington. Additionally, the Washington Supreme Court oversees the regulation of attorneys, managing attorney admissions, setting ethical standards, and ensuring the professionalism and ethical conduct of lawyers statewide.

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