Lauren Mariko Gotchy

Lauren Mariko Gotchy

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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.