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Lauren Mariko Gotchy

Lauren Mariko Gotchy

also known as Lauren Mariko Wegener

Practice areas:

Criminal Defense, DUI & DWI

About Me

Lauren works aggressively to give a potent voice to the criminally accused.  She is a compassionate listener who empathizes with the grief, anger, and fear clients often experience when faced with a criminal charge.  Lauren is passionate about turning these emotional responses into a successful criminal defense founded upon her unflagging advocacy and negotiation on behalf of her clients.  Lauren recognizes that police reports merely capture a single officer's fleeting impression.  Unfortunately, these reports often fail to accurately capture an accused's positive character, intentions, and the overarching context of extremely complex events.  Accordingly, Lauren orchestrates every defense strategy such that the imprecision of such reports never detracts from her clients' integrity and underlying humanity.


Lauren earned her BA at the University of Washington, graduating with a double major in Philosophy and Law, Societies, and Justice.  Lauren then earned her JD from Seattle University School of Law, during which she worked at the state Attorney General's Office, focusing on assaultive crimes.  Lauren's work with the Attorney General allowed her to develop a deeper understanding of prosecutorial procedure and strategies.  Shortly thereafter, Lauren worked as a public defender on behalf of clients in the greater Seattle area.  Lauren's significant training and experience on both sides of the judicial aisle allowed her to emerge as a seasoned and dexterous advocate for each client's rights.


In her free time, Lauren enjoys spending time with her family, watching college and professional sports, playing competitive soccer, and walking her Yorkshire terrier.


Languages Spoken: German

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Practice Areas

Licensed since 2008

  1. DUI & DWI: 50%
  2. Criminal Defense: 50%



Retainer (Sometimes), Free Consultation (60 minutes)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

24 total 

  • Travis Ashley Newton

    I endorse this lawyer.


    Travis Newton DUI & DWI Attorney
    Relationship: Other

  • Karlie M Valdez

    Lauren has the characteristics I would look for if I needed a defense lawyer: she's professional, compassionate, and has a broad array of experience. Lauren is well respected by her peers and a trusted colleague.


    Karlie Valdez DUI & DWI Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info

Bradley Johnson Attorney's

Puget Sound Plaza
1325 4th Avenue, Suite 535
Seattle, WA, 98101-2525




Professional Misconduct

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

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Work Experience

TitleCompany NameDuration
AttorneyBradley Johnson Attorneys2008 - Present
Rule 9 Legal InternSnohomish County Public Defender2007 - 2008
Rule 9 Legal InternFeldman & Lee, P.S.2006 - 2007
ExternAttorney General (Sexually Violent Predator Unit)2005 - 2005


Association NamePosition NameDuration
Washington State Bar AssociationMember2008 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember2008 - Present
King County Bar AssociationMember2008 - Present
Washington Association of Criminal Defense AttorneysMember2008 - Present
Washington Women Lawyers (King County chapter)Member2008 - Present
Washington Women Lawyers (Snohomish County chapter)Member2008 - Present
American Civil Liberties UnionMember2000 - Present

Legal Cases

Case NameOutcome
State v. DefendantNot guilty
City of Marysville v. DefendantNegligent Driving in the First Degree
State v. DefendantSOSSA agreement

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School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Seattle University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2007
University of Washington1) Law, Society, and Justice; 2) PhilosophyBA - Bachelor of Arts2004