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Matthew A Leyba
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Matthew A Leyba

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DUI & DWI

About Me


Matthew Leyba is the firm owner of Leyba Defense PLLC, a boutique Criminal Defense firm focusing on DUI and DUI related offenses throughout Western Washington and its surrounding areas.  Matthew has been repeatedly recognized as one of the best DUI Attorneys in Seattle by both the Seattle Met Magazine and the Super Lawyers Magazine.  Additionally Matthew was recently named a Top 40 under 40 criminal defense lawyer by the American Society of Legal Scholars, an honor less than 1.5% of lawyers receive.  He is also rated a perfect 10/10 by Avvo.com and listed as a Superb Seattle DUI lawyer. 


 


He is a NHTSA qualified administrator of the standardized field sobriety tests, the same tests every trooper and police officer is trained to administer.  He is also an experienced trial attorney, having litigated over 75 jury trials to verdict, most often winning favorable results for his clients.  Matthew’s practice is devoted 100% to litigation, and he will never turn down a client because it may be a difficult trial. 


 


Matthew has seen the inside of a courtroom almost every day during his career as a criminal defense attorney.  As a result of this experience he has seen and been placed in every scenario that may arise during the course of a case.  Whether it’s negotiating with the prosecutor, speaking to a judge, or persuading a jury, Matthew has the necessary skills to get the best results for his clients.  Wherever the course of a case takes him, Matthew guarantees he will never be out worked, and will always be the most prepared attorney in the courtroom. 


 


A Washington DUI and Criminal Arrest is a serious matter.  Let Matthew’s experience and track record as an accomplished Seattle DUI trial attorney work for you, call (206) 357-8454 now for a free consultation.         


 

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Practice Areas

Licensed since 2006

  1. DUI & DWI: 100%
    1 thousand cases

Payment

Fees:

Fixed (Always), Free Consultation (90 minutes)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

20 total 

  • Christopher Anderson

    As a supervising Prosecutor in District Court I handled hundreds of cases with Mr. Leyba. I found him to be tireless advocate for his clients and an exceptionally skilled trial attorney. His combination of diligence and hard work coupled with his ability to connect with a jury translated time and time again into favorable results for his clients.

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    Christopher Anderson Litigation Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Brian F Beattie

    Mr. Leyba and I worked at the same defense firm for several years. He has the reputation of being intelligent, industrious, and a great trial lawyer. I know that he is especially knowledgable about DUI matters as we attended a field sobriety test training together. Matt also successfully completed several matters that we worked on together.

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    Brian Beattie Criminal Defense Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

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License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
WAActive200606/11/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo Contributions
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Awards
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Rising Star DUI/DWI DefenseSeattle Metropolitan Magazine2015
Top 40 Criminal Defense Lawyers Under 40American Society of Legal Advocates2015
Rising Star DUI/DWI DefenseSeattle Metropolitan Magazine2014
Trial Presenter - Trial Advocacy ProgramWSBA2013
Rising Star DUI/DWI DefenseSeattle Metropolitan Magazine2013
Certificate of Completion - Defending DUI'sWashington Foundation for Criminal Justice2012
Trial presenter - Trial Advocacy ProgramWSBA2012
Certificate of Appreciation - Trial Advocacy programWSBA2011
Certificate of completion - Defending DUIsWashington Foundation for Criminal Justice2011
Certificate of Appreciation - Trial Advocacy ProgramWSBA2010
Certificate of Completion - Defending DUIsWashington Foundation for Criminal Justice2010
Certificate of Completion - Defending DUI's in WashingtonWashington Foundation for Criminal Justice2009
Certificate of Completion - NHTSA Field Sobriety TestingLa Pier Associates2009
Certificate of Excellence - 2 DUI jury trials in same weekAssociated Counsel for the Accused2009
Certificate of Completion - Challenging blood draw evidenceWashington Defender Association2008
Certificate of Completion - Defending DUI's in WashingtonWashington Foundation for Criminal Justice2008
Certificate of Completion - The Basics of DUI DefenseWashington Defender Association2007
Certificate of Completion - Defending DUI's in WashingtonWashington Foundation for Criminal Justice2007
Certificate of Completion - Defending DUI's in WashingtonWashington Foundation for Criminal Justice2006
CALI Award for Excellence - Legal Writing IIIGonzaga University School of Law2005

Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
Managing PartnerLeyba Defense PLLC2010 - Present
AttorneyAssociated Counsel for the Accused2006 - 2010
Rule 9Spokane County Public Defender's Office2004 - 2006

Associations
Association NamePosition NameDuration
King County Bar AssociationAttorney2010 - Present
Washington State Bar AssociationAttorney2006 - Present
Washington Association of Criminal Defense LawyersAttorney2006 - Present
Washington Defender AssociationAttorney2006 - Present

Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
July 2007DUI Dismissed
September 2007DUI Dismissed
November 2007Not Guilty after jury trial

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Education
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Gonzaga University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2006
University of UtahPolitical Science & Business AdministrationBachelor of Science2003

Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
Washington State Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division, Trial Advocacy Program CommitteeTrial Notebook & Organization2013
Washington State Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division, Trial Advocacy Program CommitteeTrial Notebook Skills2012
Washington State Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division, Trial Advocacy Program CommitteeTrial Notebook2011
Washington State Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division, Trial Advocacy Program CommitteeTrial Notebook and Jury organizational skills2010
ACAHow to cross examine the arresting officer in a DUI case2009
ACAHow to Analyze a DUI incident report2008