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Michael Alexander Maxwell

Michael Alexander Maxwell

Practice areas:

Road Design Defect, Medical Malpractice, Product Liability, Wrongful Death, Motorcycle Accident

About Me

Mike Maxwell has delivered justice to his clients for nearly a
decade and a half, having taken more than one hundred cases to jury.
While at Northeastern University School of Law in Boston, he completed
an internship for the Federal Defender in Alaska where he defended
individuals accused of crime at trial. He assisted in a prisoners'
federal class action litigation in Raleigh, North Carolina that forced
the State of North Carolina to improve prison conditions. He also
assisted with death penalty defense and investigation in Atlanta,

Following law school, Mr. Maxwell
attended the Georgetown University School of Law, where he was awarded
an academic fellowship to complete a rare masters degree in law in the
area of trial advocacy. While at Georgetown, he supervised third year
law students as they defended the criminally accused at trial.

Maxwell worked as a criminal defense attorney for seven years in King
County. There, he defended over a hundred criminal defendants at trial
on charges ranging from DUI to murder in the first degree. One of his
most notable wins was State v. Vigil, where his client
was charged with two counts of assault in the first degree for shooting
two unarmed people at close range. Mr. Maxwell's client was acquitted
by invoking the defense of self defense and the jury awarded all
attorney fees and costs to Mr. Maxwell.

joining the Bernard Law Group, Mr. Maxwell worked as a civil plaintiff
and defense attorney at several offices, including Rohan Goldfarb Rafel
and Shapiro in Seattle, Lucas & Lucas, PS in Bellevue, and the law
office of Kenneth R.Scearce in Seattle, bringing several matters to
trial. His appellate experience includes Thompson v. E. Pacific Enterprises, a product liability case where the plaintiff's allergies caused her to enter into anaphylactic shock and a coma and suffered subsequent brain damage. 115 Wn.App. 1042 (2003). He also argued Sjoegren v. Pacific Northwest Properties, a premises liability case. 118 Wn.App. 144 (2003).


Practice Areas

Licensed since 1992

  1. Road Design Defect: 60%
    11 years, 1 thousand cases
  2. Motorcycle Accident: 10%
    16 years, 100 cases
  3. Wrongful Death: 10%
    11 years, 15 cases
  4. Product Liability: 10%
    11 years, 25 cases
  5. Medical Malpractice: 10%
    11 years, 25 cases



Contingent (33-40%), Free Consultation (30 minutes)

Payment Types:


Attorney Endorsements

8 total 

  • Ray C Brooks

    I endorse Mike Maxwell. He has constantly shown a thorough knowledge of the law, and he truly cares about his clients. I would never hesitate to send him a client.


    Ray Brooks Personal Injury Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Terence F. Traverso

    I endorse this lawyer. I can vouch for Michael's determination and compassion on behalf of his clients, as well as his vast legal knowledge and experience, no doubt resulting in the great outcomes for his clients.


    Terence Traverso Personal Injury Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact Info

Maxwell Blair, PS

1621 114th Ave SE
Suite 123
Bellevue, WA, 98004




Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

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Work Experience

TitleCompany NameDuration
Managing PartnerMaxwell Blair, PS2013 - Present
Litigation AttorneyBernard Law Group2004 - Present
Public DefenderSociety of Counsel Representing Accused Persons1997 - 2004
County AttorneyKing County Criminal Defense1990 - 1997


Association NamePosition NameDuration
Washington State Association for JusticeMember2008 - Present
Alaska Bar Associationinactive member2008 - Present
Washington State Bar AssociationMember1992 - Present

Legal Cases

Case NameOutcome
State v. Vigilawarded all attorneys fees and costs
Thompson v. E Pacific Enterpriseswon settlement
Easterling v. TangSettled for a confidential amount

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Publication NameTitleDate
Washington State Association of JusticeStrategies to Defeat ERISA Reimbursement Claims2010


School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Washington School of LawPolitical ScienceBA - Bachelor of Arts1997
Georgetown University Law CenterLawLL.M - Master of Laws1992
Northeastern University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1990

Speaking Engagements

Conference NameTitleDate
NBI subrogation seminarERISA subrogation2013
Auto Cases 2013: Looking Down the Road in Your Auto CaseMIST on the windshield2013
WSAJ subrogation seminarStrategies to Defeat ERISA Reimbursement Claims2010