Experience.  Skill.  Focus.

I have been practicing criminal law since 1998—first as a prosecutor, now as a defense attorney. I have built a strong track record of success because I know how all sides of the system work, and I know how to leverage every possible advantage.

Criminal Defense

I have spent my entire legal career focusing on criminal law. As a prosecutor, I went out to homicide scenes and observed autopsies. I worked with detectives putting together cases. I saw good investigations and bad ones. I tried difficult, complex cases to verdict.

Now, as a defense attorney, I am able to use my earlier experiences to my client’s advantage. Having seen how cases play out from the other side, I can focus the defense and work for the best possible outcome.

King County Prosecutor’s Office:

I began working at the King County Prosecutor’s Office in the summer of 1998 as a law school extern in the Trial Teams Unit. When I left the office ten years later in the summer of 2008, I was a Senior Deputy Prosecuting Attorney in the Complex Prosecution and Investigations Division. During those ten years, I did rotations in the following units:

  • District Court
  • Appellate
  • Domestic Violence
  • Special Assault
  • Elder and Vulnerable Adult Abuse
  • Complex Prosecution and Investigations

In each assignment, my cases increased in complexity and severity. During my time in the office, I handled cases that involved virtually every crime imaginable: simple assault, DUI, drug possession, criminal mistreatment, violation of no contact orders, malicious mischief, felony assault, theft, robbery, kidnapping, rape, child molestation, and murder.

High-Profile Criminal Cases:

While I was in the King County Prosecutor’s Office, I excelled in the courtroom and was entrusted with numerous high profile cases. Two cases of significance were the prosecution of the Huling Brothers’ salesmen defendants and the prosecution of Marie Robinson.

Huling Brothers Salesmen
RG spent nearly his entire life battling schizophrenia. In the Summer of 2006, he was losing the battle. He was off his medication. He lived alone. No one was looking after him. He was unkempt. He was unable to care for himself. He clothes were often soaked with urine and feces.

On July 22, 2006 he walked into the Huling Brother’s car dealership with $30,000 in cash. His life, the lives of multiple Huling Brother’s salesmen and West Seattle would never be the same.

I handled the high profile trials of three defendants for charges that ranged from Residential Burglary, Theft to Money Laundering.

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Marie Robinson
In the fall of 2004, City of Kent Police Officers uncovered a tragedy of unparalleled proportions. Marie Robinson had gone on a weeks long alcohol bender that left her 16-month-old son and six-week-old son dead from starvation. When the patrol officers did a welfare check on Robinson, they found her passed out surrounded by 307 empty beer cans in her bedroom with her two dead sons. The kitchen cupboards were stocked full of food.

Along with another prosecutor, I counseled Robinson through this extremely emotional case from its inception until she pleaded guilty to two counts of murder.

Read the Seattle PI Article >>

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University of Washington School of Law, Seattle, Washington
Juris Doctor, June 2000

University of Puget Sound, Tacoma, Washington
Bachelor of Arts, Politics and Government, May 1994
Cum Laude
Department Honors, May 1994;
All-America Scholar Athlete, 1993.

Bishop Blanchet High School, Seattle Washington

Before Law School

Jesuit Volunteer Corps
After graduating from University of Puget Sound, I entered into the Jesuit Volunteer Corps (JVC). I spent a year working in a group home for emotionally disturbed kids in Helena, Montana. To this day, I still think about the kids I met. They taught me a tremendous amount about perseverance and overcoming adversity.

Aspen Youth Alternatives
After JVC, I worked for Aspen Youth Alternatives counseling kids ages 14 to 17 who had been sentenced to this backcountry survival program as an alternative to jail. At the end of each session, these kids had accomplished something few others have: they had learned leadership and built self-confidence while enduring two straight months in the Montana mountains. (Montana winters are cold—we experienced 56 degrees below zero at one point.)

Echo Glen Children’s Center
While applying to law school, I worked full time at the Echo Glen Children’s Center. Echo Glen is a medium-maximum security facility that houses young male offenders and most female offenders in the Juvenile Rehabilitation Administration system. Echo Glen is a medium-maximum security facility that houses young male offenders and most young female offenders in the Juvenile Rehabilitation Administration system.

phone: 206-382-2401
fax: 206-658-2401
705 Second Ave, Suite 1111
Seattle, WA 98104


Homicide defense requires an examination of a variety of issues: identity, self defense, alibi, faulty eyewitness witness identification, inadequate investigation and mental defenses.

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The most common issues in assault cases are self defense and victim fabrication. I have had great success uncovering information that is favorable for my clients and all too often overlooked by the police.

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Robbery cases often involve questions of identity or victim participation. Many wrongful convictions from around the country involve faulty identification procedures that invariably result in misidentifications. In other cases, the victim is less than forthright in what is actually a dispute over money, drugs or property.

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In burglary cases, the issues often center around identity, proof that the defendant indeed to commit a crime inside the building (if not, it is a criminal trespass) and whether the building was open to the public.

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Theft cases are often document driven cases. Questions include – whether the defendant was the person who took the money or property? Was taking wrongful? Did the defendant have permission?

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Malicious Mischief

In malicious mischief cases, can the State prove that the defendant was acting maliciously or was it simply an accident? Other issues often involve questions of identity, the admissibility of the defendant’s statements, and the true cost of the damage.

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Arson cases present all kinds of issues that must be examined: identity, accidental vs. intentional fires, sufficiency of the investigation, intent, admissibility of the defendant’s statements, and identity.

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Driving/Motor Vehicle Offenses

Criminal traffic cases can be very complex and technical. The difference between an accident and an alleged criminal act can often be very narrow. The defense must scrutinize the accident reconstruction, the witnesses’ accounts and scientific tests.

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Courts take gun cases very seriously given that they frequently see cases involving gun that end with tragic results. Weapons cases often involve questions of whether the officers conducted a proper search and had a basis to seize the gun.

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Domestic Violence

Domestic Violence cases run the gambit – anything from misdemeanor theft to murder. It is simply a designation that is added to a crime. However that designation can have significant consequences for defendants.

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All too often kids do things that they and their parents regret. The juvenile justice system is supposed to place an emphasis on rehabilitation over punishment. In addition to all the other applicable defenses, it is important that the court not forget that we are working with a kid and not an adult.

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Immigration Consequences

The consequences of a criminal charge, let alone a conviction, can be devastating for noncitizens. Work visas, education visas, tourist visas and the ability to later naturalize can hang in the balance depending the case’s outcome.

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