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Yale Lewis III

About me

While I can't guarantee the results, I can guarantee effort.  I will work for you until the job is done.  I will tell you when I think we should go to court and when we should fold.  I will strive to be a good steward of your finances, time, and emotional energy.  I will approach the job with compassion, a sense of humor, and a deep knowledge of the law and human behavior.


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Practice areas


  1. Family: 90%
    12 years, 600 cases
  2. Native Peoples Law: 10%



Hourly ($300/hour), Retainer (always), Free consultation (20 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Teresa B Daggett

    Yale is an excellent attorney and a wonderful human being. He is intelligent and personable. I highly recommend his skills in handling clients' estate planning needs.


    Teresa Daggett Securities Offerings Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Michael William Bugni

    I endorse this lawyer. We have worked on several cases as opposing counsel and I have found that he is dedicated to helping his clients.


    Michael Bugni Family Attorney
    Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter

Contact info

O. Yale Lewis III, LLC

1511 Third Avenue
Suite 1001
Seattle, WA, 98101-2227


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Rising StarSuper Lawyers2013
Rising StarSuper Lawyers2012
Rising StarSuper Lawyers2011
First Place, Annual Writing CompetitionAmerican Indian Law Review2002
Environmental Law Moot Court Competition, Second PlaceUniversity of Washington Moot Court2001
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneyLaw Offices, O. Yale Lewis III, LLC2003 - Present
AttorneySwinomish Indian Tribal Community2002 - 2003
Association namePosition nameDuration
United States Supreme CourtMember2012 - Present
Lummi Tribal BarMember2012 - Present
Nisqually Tribal BarMember2011 - Present
Snoqualmie Tribal Bar Associationmember2009 - Present
Puyallup Tribal Barmember2009 - Present
Washington Defense Trial LawyersMember2007 - 2008
Muckleshoot Tribal Bar Associationmember2006 - Present
Sauk-Suiattle Tribal Bar AssociationMember2005 - Present
Tulalip Tribal Bar Associationmember2004 - Present
King County Bar AssociationMember2003 - Present
Washington State Bar AssociationMember, family law section & solo small firm practice section2003 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
In Re: the Custody of CCMI handled the appeal and won.
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Publication nameTitleDate
Thomson Reuters / AspatoreThe Shifting Sands of American Indian Policy2013
American Indian Law ReviewTreaty Fishing Rights: A Habitat Right as Part of the Trinity of Rights Implied by the Fishing Clause of the Stevens Treaties2002
University of San Francisco Maritime Law JournalCargo Residues and Cargo-Associated Garbage: Are They Regulated by the Ocean Dumping Act of the Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships2002
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Washington School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2002
Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, New York, NYJournalismM.S. - Master of Science1992
Middlebury CollegeLiterary StudiesBA - Bachelor of Arts1988
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Family Law Practice for ParalegalsParenting Plans2015
Teach-in, Hearing Room U.S. Senate Com. on Indian AffairsIndian Child Welfare Act2011
Jurisdiction in Indian Law/Introduction to Adoption Law: Breakfast Seminar/CLEJurisdiction in Indian Law2010
Annual Tort Law UpdateThe Latest in Indian Law2010
Tribal Environmental Regulation in Washington State -- An Overview of Environmental Law and RegulationThe Historical Growth and Development of Tribal, State, and Federal Jurisdiction over Indian Country2004