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Private Practice


I have tried over 100 felony jury trials in over 30 years as a criminal lawyer, first as a prosecutor in King County and now as a criminal defense lawyer.


I have appeared in most courts in Western Washington and regularly accept referrals for cases in King, Snohomish, Pierce, Thurston and Kitsap Counties.  I will also occasionally accept referrals for cases in other counties.


I opened my law office in 1992 and limit my practice to criminal defense.  I emphasize crimes of violence, including murder and manslaughter, assaults, robbery, domestic violence and sexual assaults (rape, indecent liberties, child molestation, etc.).  I also handle all levels of drug offenses and property crimes (such as theft, fraud, malicious mischief, burglary, etc.) as well as criminal traffic offenses (vehicular homicide & assault, reckless driving, and hit & run).  I handle both felonies and misdemeanors and my clients include both adults and juveniles.


I have represented dozens of clients of many nationalities and ethnic backgrounds, including Arab, Caribbean, Chinese, East African, Filipino, Greek, Indian, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Native American, Pacific Islander, Palestinian, Russian, Sikh, Turk and Ukrainian. I speak Spanish and have extensive experience in Mexico and Latin America. I have represented numerous clients of Hispanic origin.


Judge Pro Tem, King County Juvenile Court


I served as a judge pro tem in the Juvenile Division of King County Superior Court for about five years from 2000 – 2005.  I presided over numerous trials and participated in the daily operation of the court. 


Senior Deputy Prosecutor, King County Prosecutor’s Office


I worked for Norm Maleng in the Criminal Division of the King County Prosecutor’s Office from 1983 to 1990 and handled all types of cases, including aggravated murder, serious violent assaults, and adult and child sexual assaults. 


Other Experience


King County Bar Association, Seattle:


   o    Board of Trustees, 1998 – 2001

   o    Awards Committee, 2001 – 2004

   o    Chair, Equitable Compensation for Assigned Counsel Task Force, 1999

   o    Judicial Screening Committee, 1995 – 2000 (Co-Chair, 1999 - 2000)

   o    Judicial Evaluation Committee, 1995 – 1998 (Chair, 1997-98)


Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (WACDL):


   o    Legislative Committee, 2000-01, 2002-03

   o    Co-Chair, Office of Public Defense Assigned Counsel Task Force, 1999-  2000

   o    Prosecutorial Misconduct Task Force, 2002-03


I have testified on behalf of WACDL at legislative committee hearings in

Olympia regarding proposed legislation related to felony murder and

reimbursement of attorney fees in self-defense cases.


In 2008, I served on the City of Seattle's Public Defense RFP Review Panel for Seattle Municipal Court public defense services.


In 2002-03, I was an Instructor for the University of Washington's Private Investigator State Certification Program.


I have written a few articles over the years on various topics for the King County

Bar Bulletin and WACDL Defense magazine.


I have also given several CLE presentations over the years for WACDL and while

I was in the King County Prosecutor’s Office, and I have given presentations for the paralegal training programs at Edmonds and Highline Community Colleges.



Languages spoken: Spanish

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Practice areas


  1. Violent Crime: 20%
    32 years
  2. Juvenile: 20%
    32 years
  3. Domestic Violence: 20%
    32 years
  4. Sex Crime: 20%
  5. Criminal Defense: 20%
    32 years



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Contact info

Law Office of Raymond C. McFarland

The Maynard Building, Fifth Floor
119 First Avenue South, Suite 500
Seattle, WA, 98104


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Award nameGrantorDate granted
BV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2014
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Sole PractitionerLaw Office of Raymond C. McFarland1992 - Present
Judge Pro TemKing County Juvenile Court2000 - 2005
AssociateStanislaw, Ashbaugh, Chism, Jacobson & Riper1990 - 1991
N/AKing County Prosecutor's Office - Criminal Division1983 - 1990
Law Clerk/BailiffThe Honorable Frank D. Howard, King County Superior Court1981 - 1983
Association namePosition nameDuration
City of Seattle/Seattle Municipal CourtPublic Defense RFP Review Panel2008 - 2008
Washington Association of Criminal Defense LawyersProsecutorial Misconduct Task Force2002 - 2003
King County Bar AssociationAwards Committee, Member & Co-Chair2001 - 2004
Washington Association of Criminal Defense AttorneysLegislative Committee2000 - 2003
King County Bar AssociationJudicial Screening Committee, Co-Chair1999 - 2000
Washington Association of Criminal Defense AttorneysCo-Chair, OPD Assigned Counsel Task Force1999 - 2000
King County Bar AssociationBoard of Trustees1998 - 2001
King County Bar AssociationJudicial Evaluation Committee - Chair1997 - 1998
King County Bar AssociationJudicial Evaluation Committee, Member1995 - 1998
King County Bar AssociationJudicial Screening Committe, Member1995 - 2000
Washington Association of Criminal Defense LawyersN/A1992 - Present
King County Bar AssociationN/A1983 - Present
United States District Court for the Western District of WashingtonAdmittedN/A
United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth CircuitAdmittedN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
State v. M.W.Not Guilty - Jury Verdict
State v. L.J.Dismissed by State before Trial
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Washington School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1981
University of WashingtonHistoryBA - Bachelor of Arts, with Distinction1978
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Private Investigator State Certification ProgramInstructor - The Court System2003
Legislative Committee HearingFelony Murder/Assault2003
Private Investigator State Certification ProgramInstructor - The Court System2002
Legislative Committee HearingReimbursement of Atty Fees in Self-Defense Cases1997
Training SeminarProblem Witnesses1989