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James Eric Gaston

James Eric Gaston

also known as Eric Gaston

About me

A former prosecutor, Eric Gaston entered private practice in 1998, focusing exclusively on DUI defense. Since then, Eric has earned the respect of his peers and the Courts; having been named a "Rising Star" in Washington Law and Politics in 2002, 2005, 2006 and 2007.  Mr. Gaston was named one of Washington's “Top 25” criminal defense attorneys in 2008 and has been named a “Super Lawyer” by Washington Law & Politics from 2008 – 2013, a distinction shared by only 250 other lawyers in the State.


Eric received certification in administering the Standardized Field Sobriety Tests in 2006. In 2008, Mr. Gaston received training from National Patent, in Mansfield, Ohio, the manufacturer of Washington's breath test instrument, the BAC DataMaster and DataMaster CDM.  A past Criminal Law Chair of the Washington State Trial Lawyers Association, past President of the Northwest Academy of DUI Defense, and Vice President of the Washington Foundation for Criminal Justice, Eric has lectured extensively on DUI defense at seminars instructing other lawyers accross the State on how to defend DUI cases.


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Practice areas


  1. DUI & DWI: 100%



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  • David O

    Eric is a great attorney. He is very smart and always prepared. I worked with him on a case and was very impressed. He is an aggressive advocate for his clients and is well respected by his peers.


    David O DUI & DWI Attorney
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  • Andrew C Huff

    Eric is an exceptional attorney who always represents his clients with passion and integrity. I highly endorse his work.


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Contact info

4040 Lk Washington Blvd Ne #300
Kirkland, WA, 98033-7874

1422 Bellevue Avenue
Seattle, WA, 98122



We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Super LawyerWashington Law & Politics Magazine2012
Super LawyerWashington Law & Politics Magazine2011
Super LawyerWashington Law & Politics Magazine2010
Super LawyerWashington Law & Politics Magazine2009
Super LawyerWashington Law & Politics Magazine2008
Rising StarN/A2007
Rising StarN/A2006
Rising StarN/A2005
Rising StarN/A2002
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerCowan Kirk Gaston Wolff2005 - Present
PartnerVeitch, Gaston & Kennedy2000 - 2005
AttorneyWeyrich and Verge (Weyrich and Gaston)1998 - 1999
Deputy Prosecuting AttorneySkagit County Prosecutors Office1997 - 1998
Deputy Prosecuting AttorneySnohomish County Prosecutor's Office1995 - 1997
Association namePosition nameDuration
Washington Foundation for Criminal JusticeSecretary2008 - Present
Northwest Academy for DUI DefensePresident2005 - 2005
Criminal Law Section, WSTLAChairman2005 - 2005
National College of DUI DefenseMemberN/A
Northwest Academy for DUI DefenseFounding MemberN/A
Washington State Trial Lawyers AssociationMemberN/A
Washington State Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Washington Foundation for Criminal JusticeMemberN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
City of Seattle v. J. StewartAll charges dismissed.
City of Seattle v. T. FountainCharges dismissed.
State v. Weimer, No. 7036A-09D (Sno. Co. Dist. Ct. WA)Blood Evidence Suppressed
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Publication nameTitleDate
Defending DUI's in WashingtonDUI and the Commercial Driver2007
King County Bar AssociationDefending DUIs-A Defense Perspective2003
Washington Association of Criminal Defense LawyersJudge, Jury and Executioner: The DOL and Due Process in Administrative Hearings2001
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
National College for DUI DefenseN/AN/A2005
Lewis & Clark Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor1995
University of WashingtonEnglish LiteratureBA - Bachelor of Arts1992
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Defending DUI's in WashingtonThe Science of DUI2014
Defending DUI's in WashingtonDOL Hearings: Winning the War2013
Defending DUI's in WashingtonThe Ethical Lawer2012
Discovery: It's ElementaryCo-Chairman2010
Defending DUI's in WashingtonFST: Forcing Standardized Testing2010
Defending DUI's in WashingtonMastering Pretrial Motions2009
Defending DUI's in WashingtonThe Devil, Details and the DOL2008
Suppressing Breath Test EvidenceAn Innovative Challenge to the Implied Consent Warnings2007
DUI's in a Post Jensen WorldThe Coercion Inherent Under the Implied Consent Law2007
2007 Defending DUI's ProgramCross Examination of Field Sobriety Testing2007
Wasington Trial Lawyers AssociationAn Overview of Misdemeanor Practice, Early Years of Litigation Practice2004