Resume

Organizations/Qualifications

  • Washington State Bar Association
  • Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Seattle University School of Law: Adjunct Professor of Law

Trial/Litigation Work

I have tried more than 135 jury trials and many bench trials. This includes 10 murder trials, one aggravated murder trial and an assortment of other types of state, federal and local cases.

I have WON acquittals in many cases including:

  • State murder case (K.C. # 03-1-08130-9)
  • Federal drug conspiracy (96-548WD)

Appellate work

I have done more than 30 appeals, here are some recently published cases:

Federal

  • United States v. Bigsby, No. 39347 (9th Cir. 2005)
    -Won affirmance of suppression of over 100 lbs of marijuana
  • United States v. Garcia, 401 F.3d 1008 (9th Cir. 2005)
    -Won withdrawal of guilty plea
  • United States v. Nerber, 222 F.3d 597 (9th Cir. 2000)
    -Won suppression of hotel room video surveillance

Washington State:

  • State v. Buford, 93 Wn.App.139 (1998)
    -Unwitting possession case
  • Seattle v. Williams, 128 Wn.2d 341(1995)
    -Won ruling on constitutionality of Seattle's .08 DUI/alcohol standard
  • Recovery Northwest v. Thorslund, 70 Wn.App. 146 (1993)
    -Won ruling on constitutionality of alcohol involuntary commitment
  • State v. Welchel, 115 Wn.2d 708 (1990) (as amicus)
    -Statement against penal interest exception