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Sean B. Malcolm. 

I focus my practice on civil litigation, personal injury, construction law and some criminal defense.  I also represent clients with international transactions or disputes, particularly clients involved in transactions between Canada and the United States.

I gained experience as a litigation associate in the Portland, Oregon office of Davis, Wright, Tremaine, LLP.  I also worked at a boutique litigation law firm in Seattle, Washington, and as a law student in two Canadian law firms.  I gained my initial experience in criminal defense during law school, while working as a public defender in the district courts in Bellevue, Kirkland, Redmond, and Issaquah, WA.  I won my first trial in Canada, while still a law student, after being appointed by the court to represent a person accused of an assault.  Prior to law school, I owned a forestry business in British Columbia. 


U.S. District Court, Western District of Washington
U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit

Professional Affiliations

American Bar Association
Washington State Bar Association
King County Bar Association
Defense Research Institute (DRI)
Washington Defense Trial Lawyers
Canada-America Society


University of Washington, School of Law, JD with honors, 2004
    Order of the Coif (top 10%)
    Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Law, Commerce & Technology

University of British Columbia Faculty of Law, 2000 to 2002
    B.C. Competitive Appellate Moot

University of Victoria (Victoria, B.C.), B.Sc., Geography / Environmental Studies

Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Program, passed Level I and II

Legal Extern, The Honorable John C. Coughenour, U.S. District Court, Western District of Washington



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Practice areas


  1. Personal Injury: 50%
    12 years, 100 cases
  2. Litigation: 20%
    12 years, 150 cases
  3. Construction: 10%
    12 years, 50 cases
  4. Criminal Defense: 10%
    12 years, 150 cases
  5. Slip and Fall: 10%
    12 years, 100 cases



Contingent (30-50%), Fixed (sometimes), Free consultation (30 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Rising StarSuper Lawyers2015
Rising StarSuper Lawyers2014
Rising StarSuper Lawyers2013
Order of the CoifOrder of the Coif, Washington Chapter2004
Top 10% classUniversity of Washington School of Law2004
Best BriefB.C. Law Schools Competitive Moot2002
Richard Campbell Memorial ScholarshipUBC Law2000
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerSean B. Malcolm pllc2013 - Present
AttorneyKeller Rohrback, LLP2012 - 2014
AttorneyValdez Malcolm, PLLC2009 - 2013
AssociateBetts, Patterson & Mines, PS2008 - 2009
AssociateCorr Cronin LLP2006 - 2007
AssociateDavis Wright Tremaine LLP2004 - 2006
Association namePosition nameDuration
Washington State Bar Association, Bar Examiners CommitteeMember2013 - Present
King County Bar Association, Lawyer Referral Services CommitteeMember2012 - Present
Washington State Association for JusticeEAGLE Member2011 - Present
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember2010 - 2011
Progressive Animal Welfare Society (PAWS)Director2009 - 2010
Washington Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember2009 - 2016
Defense Research Institute (DRI)Member2008 - 2010
United States Court of Appeals For the Ninth CircuitAdmitted2007 - Present
Washington Defense Trial LawyersMember2006 - 2009
United States District Court for the Western District of WashingtonAdmitted2006 - Present
Washington State Bar AssociationMember2005 - Present
King County Bar AssociationMember2005 - Present
Canada America SocietyMember2004 - 2011
American Bar AssociationMember2004 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Corporate and Securities MattersCompletion
Construction Litigation (various)N/A
State vs. R.G.Reckless Endangerment
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Publication nameTitleDate
VANSOLNational Instrument 54-1012002
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
WSAJ Trial WorkshopN/AN/A2012
University of Washington School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2004
University of British Columbia School of LawLawN/A2002
University of VictoriaGeography / Environmental StudiesB.ScN/A
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
B.C. Law School Competitive Appellate MootAppellate Advocacy2001