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Rita Joan Griffith

Practice areas:

Criminal Defense

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About Me

I am a criminal defense attorney who practices primarily in the areas of appellate and post-conviction relief. I am a member of the federal bar for both the Western and Eastern Districts of Washington as well as the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and the U.S. Supreme Court. I have been deemed qualified to handle death penalty appeals and have met the membership requirements of the Washington Appellate Lawyers Association.


Practice Areas

Licensed since 1984

  1. Criminal Defense: 100%
    31 years, 1 thousand cases

Attorney Endorsements

1 total 

  • Ann M. Schwartz

    Rita is a highly intelligent advocate. She has both reasoned and sound arguments with an excellent record of results. She is also a person of great character. I highly endorse her.


    Ann Schwartz Appeals Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact Info

4616 25th Ave Ne
Pmb 453
Seattle, WA, 98105-4523




Professional Misconduct

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

Avvo Contributions

Legal Answers


Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Super LawyerN/A2007
William O. DouglasWashington Association of Criminal Defense2003

Work Experience

TitleCompany NameDuration
Sole practionerRita J. Griffith, PLLC1995 - Present
LawyerWashington Appellate Defense Attorneys1987 - Present


Association NamePosition NameDuration
Washington Appellate Lawyers AssociationMember2000 - 2007
Washington Association of Criminal Defense AttorneysMember1995 - 2007
Washington Defemder AssociationMember1990 - 2007


School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Washington School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1984

Speaking Engagements

Conference NameTitleDate
Current Issues in Indigent appellate DefenseBlakely and Crawford Update2007
"Inside the Inside"PLea agreements2006