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Michelle Teresa Dellino

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Devoted. Prepared. Accessible. Compassionate.  

Michelle Dellino is a Washington native, born and raised in Seattle. Her decision to found Dellino Law Group came from her belief that there is a solution to every problem. Michelle believes no client should have to endlessly wait to hear back from their attorney or be in the dark about the status of their case. At Dellino Law Group our practice is results oriented and heavily focused on client communication. We provide non-judgmental and efficient representation with an emphasis on achieving client goals through immediate problem solving.

Before she began practicing law Michelle was a retail store manager for Starbucks Coffee Company. She studied politics and philosophy at New York University and Seattle University before going on to obtain her law degree from Seattle University and later a Masters Degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice from Arizona State University and a certification in Law & Technology from Arizona State University's Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law.

Michelle's practice focuses on criminal defense and family law. She has extensive experience handling felony and misdemeanor criminal cases. Michelle has represented clients facing countless criminal charges, traffic infractions, and in family law matters in courts all around Washington State. While many lawyers rarely go to court, Michelle is at home in the courtroom.

Prior to  starting Dellino Law Group Michelle worked for a large public defender office and other private law firms in the greater Seattle area gaining extensive experience defending serious criminal charges, hundreds of DUIs, traffic infractions, and handling family law and estate planning matters. Prior to private practice, Michelle had the privilege of serving as a judicial law clerk in Washington State Superior Court for Kitsap County. As an attorney providing support to four busy trial court judges Michelle analyzed legal motions in all areas of law, especially in cases involving complex issues, and recommended how a judge should rule on the motion. Her work at the Court helped her understand how judges respond to arguments made by attorneys. This experience makes her an extremely effective advocate in the courtroom where she now spends her days fighting hard for her clients.  

Michelle is active in her community and volunteers with the Northwest Justice Project and American Cancer Society. During her free time she enjoys spending time with family and friends, getting outdoors, exploring food & wine, cooking, travel, and New York Yankee baseball. She abhors apathy. 




Languages spoken: German

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Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 40%
    8 years
  2. DUI & DWI: 40%
    8 years
  3. Family: 15%
    8 years
  4. Speeding Ticket: 5%
    8 years



Fixed (sometimes), Retainer (sometimes), Free consultation (60 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Mark Magnus Larsson

    I honestly can't say enough about Michelle. She is single-handedly the absolute hardest working attorney I have ever known. Not only is she beautiful, intelligent, and dedicated, but you can really tell that she truly cares about her clients. She takes the time to get to know her clients and will go the distance to get the best results she can for them. I would hire her in a heartbeat if I needed help with a criminal charge. She also has a lot of experience in family law and if you are lucky enough to be able to hire her for a family issue you will not be disappointed. I frequently go to her for advice and help with some of my cases and she seems to always know the best way to get something done.


    Mark Larsson Family Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Jonathan Dichter

    I endorse this lawyer. I've had the opportunity to see Michelle in a number of court situations and have been consistently impressed. I would not hesitate to refer and/or ask for coverage from her - in other words - I trust her enough to take care of my clients. From a lawyer there's almost no higher compliment.


    Jonathan Dichter DUI & DWI Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

Dellino Law Group

2450 6th Avenue South
Suite 210
Seattle, WA, 98134


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Pro Bono Service CommendationWashington State Bar Association2013
Criminal Justice Excellence in InstructionArizona State University2013
Pro Bono Service CommendationWashington State Bar Association2012
summa cum laude honorsArizona State University2012
Distinguished ScholarAlpha Phi Sigma, The National Criminal Justice Honor Society2011
magna cum laude honorsSeattle University School of Law2009
CALI Award of Excellence - Criminal LawLexisNexis2007
CALI Award of Excellence - Civil ProcedureLexisNexis2006
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Managing AttorneyDellino Law Group PLLC2013 - Present
Associate AttorneyWhalley Law PLLC2012 - 2013
AttorneyCallahan Law2012 - 2013
Staff AttorneyWashington State Superior Court for Kitsap County2010 - 2011
Attorney / Of CounselGreater Puget Sound Legal PLLC2009 - 2012
Rule 9 Public DefenderAssociated Counsel For The Accused2008 - 2009
Association namePosition nameDuration
Washington Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember2013 - Present
Washington Defender AssociationMember2012 - Present
American Society of CriminologyMember2010 - Present
Western Society of CriminologyMember2010 - Present
Alpha Phi Sigma, The National Criminal Justice Honor SocietyMember2010 - Present
Washington State Bar AssociationMember2009 - Present
King County Bar AssociationMember2009 - Present
Washington State Trial Lawyers AssociationMember2009 - 2013
American Bar AssociationMember2007 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
City of Black Diamond v. DefendantDUI (Blood/Ambien) Reduced to non-criminal traffic infraction
City of Seattle v. DefendantObstruction charge from Occupy Seattle protest dismissed. Court found defendant was exercising constitutional right to free speech by engaging in peaceful protest and City had no compelling interest in clearing Westlake Park for cleaning.
State of Washington v. DefendantEnhanced DUI (.173) reduced to Reckless Driving
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Publication nameTitleDate
ASU Spring Undergraduate UpdateCareers in Law & Criminal Justice2014
ASU Fall Undergraduate UpdatePractical Approaches to Public Order Crimes2012
ABA Environment, Energy and Resources Section publicationUnderstanding Sustainability in the Legal Profession2011
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Arizona State UniversityCriminology and Criminal JusticeMS - Master of Science2012
Arizona State University Sandra Day O'Connor College of LawLaw, Science & TechnologyCertificate2011
Seattle University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2009
Seattle UniversityPhilosophyBA - Bachelor of Arts2005
New York UniversityPoliticsBA - Bachelor of Arts2003
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
University Drug & Alcohol AwarenessUnderstanding DUI Laws in Washington2014
ASU Undergraduate Career SymposiumCareers in Law & Criminal Justice : Making a Difference and a Living2014
University Drug & Alcohol AwarenessUnderstanding DUI Laws in Washington2013
Transit Union Local Regional MeetingTraffic Infraction Defense: The Importance of a Clean Driving Record2013
Community OutreachEstate Planning: Preparing for the Future and Providing Peace of Mind2013
Arizona State UniversityPractical Approaches to Public Order Crimes2012
ABA Environmental Law Section ConferenceThe Land Use Protection Appeal: Impact on Local Community2011