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Peter A. Camiel

Peter A. Camiel

Practice areas:

Criminal Defense

About Me

Peter Camiel restricts his practice to State and Federal Criminal defense. In 32 years of private practice he had well over 100 jury trials involving charges including homicide, felony and misdemeanor assaults including charges of domestic violence, fraud, drug crimes, sex offenses, RICO, financial crimes and more. He has handled cases throughout the state of Washington as well as in Alaska, California, Colorado, Georgia and Montana. He is a skilled, experienced and thorough trial lawyer. His successful fight to free Barry Beach, a wrongfully convicted inmate in Montana was featured on NBC Dateline.  His successful representation of Clyde Ray Spencer a former police officer who was given a life sentence for child rape was featured by ABC 20/20. In 2009 he was awarded the William O. Douglas award by the Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers for "extraordinary courage and dedication to the practice of criminal law."


Practice Areas

Licensed since 1982

  1. Criminal Defense: 100%
    33 years



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Contact Info

Camiel & Chaney, P.S.

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




Professional Misconduct

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

Avvo Contributions

Legal Answers


Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Super LawyerWashington Law & Politics Magazine2015
Super LawyerWashington Law & Politics Magazine2014
Non white collar and white collar criminal defenseThe Best Lawyers in America2013
SuperlawyerLaw & Politics Magazine2013
criminal defenseSeattle's Best Lawyers2013
Criminal Defense: Non-white collar & white collarSeattle's Best Lawyers2012
SuperlawyerWashington Law & Politics Magazine2012
Best lawyers-criminal defense-white collar and non white collarSeattle Business Magazine2012
SuperlawyerWashington Law & Politics Magazine2011
SuperlawyerWashington Law & Politics Magazine2010
William O. Douglas AwardWashington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers2009
Non-White Collar Criminal DefenseThe Best Lawyers in America2009

Work Experience

TitleCompany NameDuration
PartnerCamiel & Chaney, P.S.2014 - Present
Consulting Attorney representing West Coast clientsCenturion Ministries (Prisoner Innocence Project)2001 - Present
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
State v. Jason Fakihacquitted
State v. Defendant-Pierce Countycharges dismissed

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School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Puget Sound School of LawLawJuris Doctor, Summa Cum Laude1982
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