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About me

My practice is focused on civil rights and personal injury litigation as well as criminal defense; protecting the rights of individuals.


I have extensive, successful courtroom experience and I have been lead counsel for over 75 trials in Washington State and Federal courts.


Languages spoken: English, Spanish

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Practice areas


  1. Personal Injury: 35%
    10 years
  2. Civil Rights: 35%
    10 years
  3. Criminal Defense: 20%
    15 years, 1 thousand cases
  4. Litigation: 10%



Hourly ($200-350/hour), contingent (33-40%)

Payment types:

Cash, Check

Attorney endorsements

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  • Brian James Todd

    I endorse this lawyer. I have seen Chris at work in many different situations and he is always one to step up for his clients and make sure that they are taken care of with great professionalism.


    Brian Todd Criminal Defense Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Joseph Halder Marshall

    Chris Carney fought hard for his clients when we worked together as public defenders and I am not surprised to see he is still an outstanding attorney, bringing his clients justice and providing strong reassurance to them in the most dificult times they face. I heartily endorse Chris.


    Joseph Marshall Real Estate Attorney
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Contact info

315 5th Avenue South.
Suite 860
Seattle, WA, 98104


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Champion of JusticeWashington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers2015
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Managing PartnerCarney Gillespie Isitt, PLLP2010 - Present
OwnerLaw Office of Christopher Carney2007 - 2010
AssociateCarney Badley Spellman, PS2006 - 2007
AttorneyThe Defender Association2000 - 2006
Association namePosition nameDuration
Washington State Association for JusticeN/A2007 - Present
Washington State Bar AssociationMember2000 - Present
Washington Association of Criminal Defense LawyersN/AN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
IN RE PERSONAL RESTRAINT OF JAMES S. ANDERSONConviction reversed; case dismissed.
Excessive Force/police brutality claim against Seattle PoliceSettled in client's favor.
Imka Pope v. King County JailClient awarded $975,000 by jury.
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Publication nameTitleDate
The StrangerSuing the City over Police Brutality2007
Seattle PIWoman sues county over giving birth in jail2007
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Washington School of LawN/AJD - Juris Doctor2000
University of WashingtonN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1997
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Can Ferguson Happen in Tacoma?Police accountability2015
Police Liability in WashingtonPolice misconduct2013
Dori Monson radio showPolice brutality lawsuit2011
Continuing legal education seminarStatistical analysis of risk of reoffense in criminal defense2006
Police LiabilityMunicipal liability and police misconductN/A
Guest Lecture - University of Washington Law SchoolFelony Murder Rule in WashingtonN/A
Continuing Legal Education SeminarIssues in Defending the Sexually Violent Predator for the Non-SpecialistN/A
Continuing Legal Education SeminarPhysical Finding in Child Sex CasesN/A