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Scott Frederick Leist

Scott Frederick Leist

Practice areas:

Criminal Defense, Speeding & Traffic Ticket, DUI & DWI

About Me

As a former Seattle Police officer and long time prosecutor, I bring a unique perspective and set of skills to criminal cases, particularly DUI matters and traffic infractions.  There is simply no substitute for the experience of handling thousands of investigations and trials, from initial police involvement all the way through appeal.  


I pride myself in providing zealous yet personalized and caring representation for all of my clients.  I look forward to the opportunity to serve you, your friends and family.


Practice Areas

Licensed since 2000

  1. Criminal Defense: 45%
    15 years, 1.2 thousand cases
  2. Speeding & Traffic Ticket: 30%
    15 years, 3 thousand cases
  3. DUI & DWI: 25%
    15 years, 2 thousand cases



Fixed (Always), Free Consultation (60 minutes)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

27 total 

  • Daniel Kalish

    I've known Scott for several years. Put simply, he is a fantastic attorney. Scott is extremely intelligent, hard-working, and motivated. And his knowledge of criminal law, including traffic infractions, is second to none in the State of Washington. I would strongly recommend Scott to anyone looking for a criminal attorney.


    Daniel Kalish Employment & Labor Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Henry King Chae

    I endorse this lawyer. It goes without saying that he is one of our best attorneys in this State. A consummate leader and attorney in the community, he knows the law inside out and commands the respect of the court, prosecutors, and the defense bar. Most importantly he really fights for his clients. I recommend him without reservation.


    Henry Chae Personal Injury Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info

Leist Law Office / Washington Traffic Defense

PO Box 1856
Issaquah, WA, 98027

Leist Law Office / Washington Traffic Defense

705 2nd Av. #1111
Seattle, WA, 98104





Professional Misconduct

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

Avvo Contributions

Legal Answers


Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Pro Bono Publico AwardWashington State Bar Association2012
Pro Bono Publico AwardWashington State Bar Association2010
Pro Bono Publico AwardWashington State Bar Association2009
Rising StarWashington Law & Politics Magazine2007
Rising StarWashington Law & Politics Magazine2003
Trustee Law ScholarSeattle University School of Law1999
Cum Laude GraduateSeattle University School of Law1999
Trustee Law ScholarSeattle University School of Law1998
Trustee Law ScholarSeattle University School of Law1997
Trustee Law ScholarSeattle University School of Law1996
West Precinct Officer of the Year NomineeSeattle Police Department1996

Work Experience

TitleCompany NameDuration
AttorneyLeist Law Office / Washington Traffic Defense2009 - Present
Field Office Director - KenyaInternational Justice Mission2008 - 2009
Deputy Prosecuting AttorneyKing County Prosecutor's Office2003 - 2008
AttorneyStoel Rives. LLP2000 - 2003
Police OfficerSeattle Police Department1993 - 2000


Association NamePosition NameDuration
Washington Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember2009 - Present
FEAR ProjectBoard Member2007 - 2008
King County Deputy Prosecuting Attorney's AssocationPresident2006 - 2008
Issaquah/Sammamish Young LifeArea Committee Member2005 - Present
Washington State Bar AssociationMember2000 - Present

Legal Cases

Case NameOutcome
State of Washington v. Jermaine WatkinsPrevailed - Conviction Affirmed
State of Washington v. Antwoine ParmerSuccessfully prosecuted a high-profile rape case.
State of Washington v. Gary WolfPrevailed - Conviction Affirmed

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Publication NameTitleDate
Washington State Bar NewsComing to Kenya2009
SU MagazineLegal Ease2009
Washington State Supreme Court OpinionState of Washington vs. Ismael Armedariz2007
Washington State Court of Appeals DecisionState of Washington vs. Jermaine Watkins2006
Washington Association of Wine & Grape Growers NewsletterCalifornia ADA Litigation Epidemic Less Likely To Hit Washington2002


School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Seattle University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1999
University of Washington -SeattleSociety & JusticeBA1992

Speaking Engagements

Conference NameTitleDate
NDA In-House TrainingCross Examination of Police Officer Witnesses2010
You "Gant" Do That - Search & Seizure CLEEnhancing Your Defense Through an Understanding of Police Procedures and Use of Force2009
Provincial Kenya Police Investigator and State Counsel TrainingInvestigation and Prosecution of Sexual Offenses2009
"Seek Justice" ChallengeThe Role of Lawyers in Social Justice2009
Provincial Kenya Police Investigator and State Counsel TrainingInvestigation and Prosecution of Child Sexual Assault2008
IJM Kenya Champion for Justice Award CeremonyAward Presentation2008
Midyear Prosecution CLERecent Developments in Criminal Sentencing2007
Midyear Trusts and Estates Litigation CLELitigating Ownership of Non-Testamentary Property2003