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Peter Camiel restricts his practice to State and Federal criminal defense. In 32 years of private practice he had tried well over 100 cases to juries.  He has won acquittals for clients on  charges of murder, manslaughter, felony and misdemeanor assault, in both domestic violence and non-DV cases.  He has successfully defended clients on charges of fraud and other financial misconduct, drug possession and dealing, sexual misconduct, RICO, and more.  He has handled cases throughout the state of Washington and in Alaska, California, Colorado, Georgia and Montana. He is a skilled, experienced and superb trial lawyer.  His successful representation of Clyde Ray Spencer, a former police officer who had been sentenced to life in prison for child rape, was featured by ABC's 20/20.  Peter won reversal of Mr. Spencer's life sentence and his release and ultimately vacation of the conviction.  In 2009 the Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers awarded Peter the William O. Douglas Award  for his "extraordinary courage and dedication to the practice of criminal law."  His successful fight to free Barry Beach, a wrongfully convicted inmate in Montana, was featured on Dateline NBC.  He is listed as a Best Lawyer in the Pacific Northwest by U.S. News & World Report for both Criminal Defense and White Collar Criminal Defense and as a "Super Lawyer" in Washington Law & Politics Magazine.


Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 100%
    33 years



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Camiel & Chaney, P.S.

2101 4th Avenue, Suite 1900
Seattle, WA, 98121-2315


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Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Listed, White Collar Criminal DefenseThe Best Lawyers in America, Pacific Northwest2016
Lawyer of the Year, Criminal Defense Non-White CollarThe Best Lawyers in America, Pacific Northwest2016
Criminal Defense and White Collar Criminal DefenseThe Best Lawyers in Amerca2015
Super LawyerWashington Law & Politics Magazine2015
Criminal Defense and White Collar Criminal DefenseThe Best Lawyers in America2014
Super LawyerWashington Law & Politics Magazine2014
Criminal Defense and White Collar Criminal DefenseThe Best Lawyers in America2013
Super LawyerLaw & Politics Magazine2013
Criminal DefenseSeattle's Best Lawyers2013
Criminal Defense and White Collar Criminal DefenseSeattle's Best Lawyers2012
Super LawyerWashington Law & Politics Magazine2012
Best lawyers-Criminal Defense and White Collar Criminal DefenseSeattle Business Magazine2012
Super LawyerWashington Law & Politics Magazine2011
Super LawyerWashington Law & Politics Magazine2010
Non-White Collar Criminal DefenseThe Best Lawyers in America2009
William O. Douglas AwardWashington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers2009
Super LawyerWashington Law & Politics Magazine2006
Super LawyerWashington Law & Politics Magazine2005
Super LawyerWashington Law & Politics Magazine2004
Super LawyerWashington Law & Politics Magazine2003
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerCamiel & Chaney, P.S.2014 - Present
Consulting Attorney representing wrongfully convicted clientsCenturion Ministries (Prisoner Innocence Project)2001 - 2015
PartnerMair & Camiel1983 - 2014
Association namePosition nameDuration
Washington Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember1986 - Present
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember1985 - Present
Washington State Bar AssociationMember1982 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
People v. Willie Green, Los Angeles County Superior Courthabeas petition granted & client freed after serving 25 years in prison
State v. Jason Fakihacquitted of murder, manslaughter and felony assault charges and self-defense attorney fees awarded
State v. Defendant-Pierce Countyrape charges dismissed
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Puget Sound School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1982
Washington State UniversityN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1979
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Montana Association of Criminal Defensel Lawyers annual conferencePost conviction practice2010
The Canadian DefendantCommon issues in representing Canadian defendants2009
Continuing Legal Education seminarFederal Motions2008
National Institute of Trial Advocacytrial skills2007
National Institute of Trial Advocacytrial skills2006
National Institute of Trial Advocacytrial skills2005