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Drue Lyn Kirby

Drue Lyn Kirby

also known as Drue Kirby Coats

About me


Drue has been practicing law for over 20 years, and has been a pro tem Judge for over 15 of those years. Her practice has concentrated on criminal law, elder law and personal injury. She has represented persons charged with major felony crimes to misdemeanors.

She spent many years as a prosecutor and public defender before going into private practice in 1999. She was an associate at several premiere DUI defense /criminal defense firms before leaving to create Kirby Coats. She has an active practice representing persons charged with domestic violence as well as representing victims who seek anti-harassment and/or protection orders.

Drue has experience in personal injury law after spending several years as Staff counsel for the largest publicly held insurance company in the country.

She particularly enjoys elder law. As we all know, we’ll all be there one day. Helping our older neighbors with difficult decisions and making sure they understand their options along with sound planning is particularly rewarding.

For every client, and every issue, Drue takes pride in her attention to detail and ability to listen to clients and to understand their objectives. She will make sure you understand your options, clearly know your rights and risks with every decision you make. She will answer your questions, provide you with professional advice, and give you ample time to make a decision or determine a plan of action that best fits your situation.

Clients feel comfortable with Drue as their counsel. Past clients have repeatedly stated they felt relieved after hiring Drue. “She is confident, knows what she is doing and doesn’t waste time. She consistently provides superior legal services. I would highly recommend her to my closest family and friends.” Ben R., former client


Practice areas


  1. Elder Law: 50%
    8 years
  2. Criminal Defense: 50%
    24 years, 5 thousand cases



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Contact info

Kirby Coats, P.S. Inc

1609 208th Street SE
Bothell, WA, 98012


TXInactive 200910/19/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Pro Bono honorsWSBA2011
Order of the CoifNational Order of the Coif1993
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
N/AJudge Pro Tem, Snohomish County1995 - Present
AssociateFox Bowman Duarte2001 - 2006
AttorneyAllstate Insurance Co. Staff Counsel1999 - 2001
City AttorneySeattle City Attorney1995 - 1999
Association namePosition nameDuration
Washington Association of Criminal Defense Attorneysmember2006 - Present
Cedar River ClinicsBoard of Directors2003 - 2007
King County Washington Women LawyersJudicial Evaluation Committee2002 - Present
King County Washington Women LawyersBoard of Directors1999 - 2001
Publication nameTitleDate
Washington State Court of Appeals, Division IIIState v. Dailey2011
Washington Appellant ReportsLeTournea v. State of Washington, Department of Licensing2006
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Puget Sound School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1989
University of Washington - SeattlePolitical ScienceBA1983
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Updating your small practicecriminal law update2011
Discovery its elementaryDepartment of Licensing issues2010
Small practice updateMastering the Department of Licensing2009
Perserving your clients rights in DOL HearingsDepartment of Licensing Hearings for DUI defendants2003
Defending DUIDOL Hearings2002