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Russell M. Aoki brings nearly 30 years of legal experience to his practice. His practice areas include criminal defense, business litigation, and personal injury claims.

During his career, Mr. Aoki has served as judge pro tem, mediator, arbitrator, and Special Master. He has achieved the AV rating, the highest rating for legal abilities by Martindale Hubbell. Mr. Aoki has also been acknowledged by numerous legal associations and organizations as one of the foremost lawyers in criminal defense. He has been named one of the top 25 Criminal Defense Attorneys in Washington State by Washington Law & Politics every year from 2006 to 2015. Seattle Magazine, which recognizes outstanding lawyers based on “peer recognition and professional achievement,” selected Mr. Aoki in 2010 as a top attorney in criminal defense.

Mr. Aoki previously served on the Washington State Bar Association’s Board of Governors, during which he also served as the State Bar Treasurer.  He is the Chair of the WSBA's Escalating Cost of Civil Litigation Task Force.  Mr. Aoki was the Washington State Supreme Court’s appointee to the Office of Public Defense Advisory Committee for twelve years. He is the past Board President of Northwest Defender Association, past President of the Asian Bar Association of Washington and a past Trustee of the King County Bar Association


Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 75%
  2. Litigation: 25%


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Contact info

Aoki Law PLLC

1200 5th Ave., Suite 750
Seattle, WA, 98101


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2015
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2014
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2013
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2012
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2011
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2010
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2009
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2008
Top Criminal Defense AttorneyN/A2007
Super LawyerN/A2006
Super LawyerN/A2005
Super LawyerN/A2004
Super LawyerN/A2003
Super LawyerN/A2002
Super LawyerN/A2001
Association namePosition nameDuration
Legal Foundation of WashingtonTrustee, Board of Trustees2013 - Present
Washington State Bar AssociationChair, Escalating Cost of Civil Litigation Task Force2011 - Present
Washington State Bar AssociationGovernor, Board of Governors2006 - 2009
Washington Association of Criminal Defense AttorneysMemberN/A
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMemberN/A
Federal Bar AssociationMemberN/A
American Civil Liberties Union of WashingtonMemberN/A
National Asian Pacific American Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Asian Bar Association of WashingtonMemberN/A
King County Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Special MasterN/A
Defense AttorneyN/A
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Oregon School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1985
University of WashingtonSociety and JusticeLIberal Arts1981
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Washington Leadership InstituteTechnology Challenges for Lawyers2015
National Defender Investigator Association Annual ConferenceOrganizational Strategies and Technolgoy for Complex Cases2015
Winning StrategiesHot to Handle a Fraud Case2014