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Rafael Schwimmer

Rafael Schwimmer

also known as Rafe Schwimmer

About me

Rafe Schwimmer graduated Phi Beta Kappa from City College of the City University of New York in 1973 (B.A. American History). He attended the College of Law, University of Iowa (J.D. 1976). Rafe is a member of the Washington State Bar Association, and the Iowa (inactive) and Illinois Bar (inactive). He is also a member of the Washington State Bar Association's Family Law and Criminal Law Sections; Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers; and Snohomish County Bar Association Family Law section.

He has practiced in Iowa from 1976 - 1977, Illinois 1977 - 1980, and in Everett, Washington from 1980 to present. His practice has focused on trial litigation - family law, criminal defense, and personal injury. His practice includes District Court, Superior Court, and Appeals. He is an arbitrator for the Snohomish County Superior Court and a member of the Snohomish County Library Board.

Rafe has served as a Judge Pro Tempore in Snohomish County Juvenile Court. In addition, he is a volunteer with the family law clinic and legal aid program.


Languages spoken: Hungarian

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Practice areas

  1. Family: 60%
    27 years, 150 cases
  2. Criminal Defense: 25%
    23 years, 100 cases
  3. Personal Injury: 15%
    23 years, 50 cases



Retainer (sometimes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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Contact info

Schwimmer Skantze

1721 Hewitt Avenue
Suite 600
Everett, WA, 98201-3546


WAVoluntarily Resigned198110/17/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Phi Beta KappaCity College of the City University of New York1973
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerSchwimmer First LLP2005 - Present
PartnerDupuis & Schwimmer1997 - 2004
PartnerPatterson Rowley & Schwimmer 1990 - 1997
Assistant DirectorSnohomish County Public Defender Association1980 - 1990
Assistant Appellate DefenderOffice of the State Appellate Defender1977 - 1980
AssociateLaw Office Jerry Lovelace1976 - 1977
Association namePosition nameDuration
Snohomish County Law LibraryMember of Board of Directors1994 - Present
Washington Association of Criminal Defense AttorneysMember1983 - Present
Snohomish County Bar AssociationMember1982 - Present
Washington State Bar AssociationMember1981 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
State v Jeff MarcumThe court found an ilegal stop and frisk occurred.
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Iowa College of LawConstitutional, Criminal and Family LawJD - Juris Doctor1976
City University of New York, City CollegeAmerican HistoryBA - Bachelor of Arts - Phi Beta Kappa1973
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Determinate SentencingPros and Cons1996
Teaching Paralegal StudentsCriminal Procedure1995
Child AbuseThe Child Interview1994
Annual conference Co-Chair:The Art of Trial Practice1988