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Susan F Wilk

Susan F Wilk

Practice areas:

Criminal Defense, Appeals

About Me

I handle indigent criminal appeals on behalf of the Washington Appellate Project, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, in state and federal court.


Languages Spoken: English, Spanish

Practice Areas

Licensed since 1998

  1. Appeals: 50%
    13 years
  2. Criminal Defense: 50%
    17 years

Attorney Endorsements

3 total 

  • Lila Jane Silverstein

    Susan is an exceptional criminal defense lawyer. Her written and oral advocay skills are unparalleled, and she cares deeply about her clients. She has extensive experience as both a trial lawyer and appellate attorney, and appears in both state and federal court. If a friend or family member were in trouble, Susan is the first person I would call.


    Lila Silverstein Appeals Attorney
    Relationship: Co-worker

  • Kimberly Gordon

    Susan is bold, incredibly smart, and thoughtful about her cases. I have seen her work at both the trial and the appellate level. She has the respect of her colleagues, the opposition and the judiciary. The respect is well-deserved and any client represented by her would be in very good hands.


    Kimberly Gordon Criminal Defense Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info

1511 Third Avenue
Seattle, WA, 98101




Professional Misconduct

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

Avvo Contributions

Legal Answers


Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Certificate of AppreciationWashington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers2010
Certificate of AppreciationWashington State Office of Public Defense2007

Work Experience

TitleCompany NameDuration
AssociateLaw Office of Michael Iaria, PLLC2013 - 2014
Senior Litigation AssociateMcAllister Olivarius2009 - 2010
Senior Staff AttorneyWashington Appellate Project2002 - 2009
Senior Staff AttorneyWashington Appellate Project2002 - Present
Staff AttorneyThe Defender Association1999 - 2002
Staff AttorneyThe Society of Counsel Representing Accused Persons1998 - 1999


Association NamePosition NameDuration
King County Bar AssociationAttorney Member2013 - Present
Washington State Bar AssociationAffiliate Member1998 - Present

Legal Cases

Case NameOutcome
State v. Everybodytalksabout, 161 Wn.2d 702, 166 P.3d 693 (2007)First degree murder conviction reversed
State v. Perez-Mejia, 134 Wn. App. 907, 143 P.3d 838 (2006)First-degree murder conviction reversed
State v. Morse, 156 Wn.2d 1, 129 P.3d 832 (2005)Conviction reversed and dismissed.

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Publication NameTitleDate
Parents’ Representation Deskbook, Washington State Juvenile Non-Offender Benchbook, Washington State Office of Public DefenseReasonable Efforts2004


School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Washington School of LawN/AJuris Doctor1998
Oberlin CollegeEnglishBA - Bachelor of Arts1993

Speaking Engagements

Conference NameTitleDate
WDA's Investigations Training: Challenging Identification ProceduresEyewitness Identification -- Investigation Strategies2014
WDA Annual ConferenceEyewitness Identifications: Litigation Strategies2014
WACDL: Essentials for Support StaffEthics for Legal Support Staff2014
Washington Defender Association Annual ConferenceEffective Representation of Juvenile Clients from Appointment to Appeal2009
Suppressing Evidence: Delivering the Knockout PunchSearch and Seizure2008
Office of Public Defense Parents Representation ProjectCaselaw Update2007