Christopher Swaby has successfully represented clients accused of serious criminal offenses in state and federal courts with respect and compassion or more than twenty years. A fearless trial attorney, he has extensive experience with very serious matters including sexual assaults, child molestations and murder. Christopher is committed to treating every client with the dignity that all human beings deserve, and to listening to his clients carefully to understand their needs and perspective. Christopher has represented clients on domestic violence and sexual offenses since he began his legal career in 1990, and is very experienced in investigating, negotiating and litigating complex cases, to the benefit of his clients.
Christopher believes that even the hardest fought battles should be fought with respect, and is therefore liked and respected by both his opponents and the judges before whom he practices. He is an aggressive advocate with an easygoing nature. His ability to empathize with others allows him to more effectively advocate for his clients in court and to negotiate with prosecutors. He has honed his skills as a storyteller, and is prepared to make sure that both sides of the story are told effectively when he takes a case to trial. This approach has resulted in an impressive record of victories and clients well-served by his advocacy.
Christopher is highly experienced and well prepared for the work at the Meryhew Law Group. He graduated from the University of Virginia with a Bachelors degree in Psychology in 1983. He was awarded a law degree from the Georgetown University Law Center in 1990. A Washington, D. C. native, Christopher went to work for the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia (PDS) immediately after law school and worked his way from juvenile court to serious adult felony cases, handling complex murder and sex cases. In 2000, he moved to eastern Washington, where he opened his own law firm in Kennewick, Washington representing clients in juvenile, misdemeanor and felony cases in state and federal courts across eastern Washington. In 2008, he moved to Seattle and joined the Defender Association, trying many serious felony cases in King County Superior court as a senior defender and supervisor. Christopher is a member of the District of Columbia and Washington State Bar Associations, as well as being admitted to the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Washington and the U.S. Supreme Court.
Licensed since 1991
I endorse this lawyer. Chris may be the best criminal attorney in Washington State. He is amazing. I am now lucky enough to work with him on my second collaboration with him. I am a family law lawyer and he has now handled two of my clients' criminal law cases while I handled the family law matters. On my first case with Chris, my client was a mother whose child had been taken from her care and put into a foster home. As I sit her now, all of her children are home, primarily because he won her criminal case which all, including myself, thought was impossible to win. And, perhaps, as only us lawyers can respect, he won it on what is flippantly called a "technicality." I was fortunate to get to be in the courtroom when he won the case! I had packed my lunch and was ready for a full day of trial. But...no sooner than I'd gotten there (! ) he'd won the case on a preliminary motion and me and my client were OUTTA THERE! If he had not won, those kids would have grown up in foster care.
Nicole Chafetz Divorce & Separation Attorney
Relationship: Worked together on matter
I highly recommend Christopher. He is extremely knowledgeable about issues that arise within criminal defense cases, and conducts himself with integrity and kindness. He has been a valuable source of information and help to me, especially in sex defense cases. I highly recommend him to anyone in need of a criminal defense attorney.
Kathryn Dacanay Criminal Defense Attorney
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
|Partner||The Bible Law Group||2015 - 2015|
|Associate||The Meryhew Law Group PLLC||2012 - 2015|
|staff attorney||The Defender Association||2008 - 2012|
|solo practitioner||Law Firm of Christopher A. Swaby||2002 - 2008|
|associate||Armstrong Klym Waite & Atwood PS||2000 - 2001|
|solo practitioner||Law Firm of Christopher A. Swaby||1999 - 2000|
|staff attorney||Public Defender Service of the District of Columbia||1990 - 1999|
|Association Name||Position Name||Duration|
|National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers||Attorney Member||2012 - Present|
|King County Bar Association||Attorney Member||2012 - Present|
|Benton Franklin County Bar Association||Attorney Member||2012 - Present|
|Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers||Attorney Member||2012 - Present|
|Loren Miller Bar Association||Attorney Member||2008 - Present|
|Leadership TriCities||Member||2002 - Present|
|United States District Court for the Eastern District of Washington||Attorney Member||2002 - Present|
|Washington Defender Association||Attorney Member||2001 - Present|
|Washington State Bar Association||Attorney Member||2000 - Present|
|United States Supreme Court Bar||Attorney Member||2000 - Present|
|United States District Court for the District of Columbia||Attorney Member||1999 - Present|
|District of Columbia Bar||Attorney Member||1990 - Present|
|Criminal Law Bulletin, Vol. 25, No.1 (January/February 1989).||The Assistance of Counsel Clause in the Year 2000||1989|
|Georgetown University Law Center||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1990|
|University of Virginia||Psychology||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1983|
|Hot Topics in Criminal Defense: Pre-Filing to Post-Conviction||Polygraphs||2014|