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My undergraduate education at the University of Washington started with a concentration in South Asian Area Studies but I finished with a B.S. in Cell/Molecular Biology. Upon completion of my undergraduate degree I entered a PhD program at the University of New Mexico with an emphasis on evolution and adaptive physiology. I completed my PhD in 1986. Along the way I taught at undergraduate and graduate levels. My research has been published in national and international peer-reviewed journals.

Upon returning to Seattle, I entered the University of Washington Law School, earning my J.D. in 1989. While a law student I worked representing low-income individuals in a law clinic and also taught an ecology/natural history class in the UW's Zoology program. In 1989 I joined the Defender Association as a staff attorney. In my years at the Defender Association I represented indigent clients on cases ranging from suspended driver's licenses to homicide.


I now work out of my home as a sole practitioner. My low overhead allows me to make a living while keeping my fees within reach of the average person.


I enjoy working with clients from diverse backgrounds. I lived in Thailand for two years and have traveled in Japan, India, and Maylaysia. Teaching in New Mexico, I had students from the Navajo, Hopi, and Zuni tribes. These experiences educated me on the significance of understanding culture and language when working with others. I am LGBT and kink friendly.


Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 75%
    26 years, 3 thousand cases
  2. DUI & DWI: 15%
    25 years, 250 cases
  3. Family: 10%
    25 years, 160 cases



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  • Nicole B Chafetz

    I endorse this lawyer. The application would only allow me to endorse Shawn for one area, so I've known him most recently in child welfare cases and I checked family law. But I've known Shawn for approximately 20 years. Many of those years we were as a co-worker in public defense. So I also know him to be an EXTREMELY aggressive criminal attorney of the highest caliber. And when I say that, I mean that if either of my own children had a criminal case or a DWI, I would not think twice about paying Shawn to work for us. I know that he would get the best possible outcome for them. I have been on all sides of of Shawn. (Smile.) I have been a co-worker, an opponent, and recently he has ruled as a pro tem on my own motions several times in Juvenile Court. He's a fighter, his rulings are fair, he's a renaissance man, and a damned interesting guy.


    Nicole Chafetz Divorce & Separation Attorney
    Relationship: Co-worker

  • Zachary Walker Jarvis

    Shawn is a compassionate and highly creative advocate. Shawn brings to his practice a keen scientific mind and background. I would call him myself if I personally needed an attorney.


    Zachary Jarvis Criminal Defense Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact info

Po Box 17527
Seattle, WA, 98127-1227


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
BV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2015
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Pro Tem JudgeSeattle Municipal Court2015 - Present
Pro Tem CommissionerKIng County Superior Court2010 - Present
owner, managerLaw Office of Shawn Crowley LLC2009 - 2015
staff attorneyThe Defender Association1989 - 2008
internUniversity of Washington Student Legal Services1988 - 1988
Association namePosition nameDuration
Washington Defender AssociationN/A1990 - Present
Washington Association of Criminal Defense AttorneysN/AN/A
Publication nameTitleDate
Washington State Juvenile Nonoffender Benchbookvolume editor and contributor (Shelter Care chapter)2011
Oecologia (Berlin)Thermal sensitivity of sprint running in the lizard Sceloporus undulatus: support for a conservative view of thermal physiology1985
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Washington School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1989
University of New MexicoBiologyPhD - Doctorate1986
University of WashingtonBiologyBS - Bachelor of Science1977
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Web Seminar CLEGetting More for Parents at Shelter Care Hearings2011
Effectively Using Psychological Evaluations in Child Welfare CasesEffectively Countering Psychological Evidence2010
Dependency TrainingShelter Care hearings/cross examination2010
Psychological Evaluations in Child Welfare CasesEffective cross examination of psychological experts2008
Annual Conference of the Sex Offender Commitment Defender AssociationDefending Civil Commitments2000