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Diane Kathleen Whaley

Diane Kathleen Whaley

Practice areas:

Criminal Defense, DUI & DWI, Consumer Protection, Juvenile, Domestic Violence

About Me

 


Diane Whaley attended Pacific Lutheran University studying Earth Science, Legal Studies and Economics.  In 1999, Diane graduated from Seattle University School of Law.  After passing the Bar, Diane started her career in criminal defense at the public defense firm - Associated Counsel For The Accused (ACA).  For three years, Diane obtained a wide-variety of experience defending clients against misdemeanor and felony offenses.  Towards the end of her tenure with ACA, Diane established herself as a talented defense attorney against felony allegations.  Diane's reputation followed her into private practice after she opened her law office in 2003.  In addition to her private practice, Diane is appointed to serious class A felony cases by the King County Department of Public Defense.  Until 2009, Diane had a relationship in multiple cities representing conflict cases in Kent, Tukwila, Des Moines and Pierce County (Superior and Juvenile Courts).  Diane served as a Judge Pro Tem in Federal Way Municipal Court until granted an opportunity to supervise Public Defense Criminal Cases in Federal Way Municipal Court for 5 years.   Diane has now moved her practice to Olympia, Washington and now serves Thurston, Lewis, Mason, Grays Harbor, Pierce, and King County.  Appearances are made in Municipal, District, and Superior Courts.  You can find articles about her work on State v. Glenn Proctor under her maiden name Diane Zumwalt. This case gained media attention after Mr. Proctor was released from jail and his case dismissed on the charge of Murder in the Second Degree.  This case was co-counseld with Green River Killer Attorney Mark Prothero.  Diane believes in equal access to justice, practicing with integrity, and zealous representation.  She has a vast depth of knowledge in the criminal defense field after handling thousands of cases over the years.  Diane has handled Class A Felonies including Murder in the First Degree, Murder in the Second Degree, Robbery in the First Degree, Robbery in the Second Degree, Theft in the Third Degree, Assault in the First Degree, Assault in the Second Degree, Assault in the Third Degree, Assault in the Fourth Degree-Domestic Violence, Taking Motor Vehicle Without Permission, Violation of Uniform Controlled Substance Act-Possession, Delivery, etc, Trafficking Stolen Property, Unlawful Possession of a Firearm in the First Degree, Unlawful Possession of a Firearm in the Second Degree, Firearms Enhancement cases, DUI, Reckless Driving, Negligent Driving in the First Degree, Felony and Misdemeanor Violation of a No Contact Order-Domestic Violence, Felony and Misdemeanor Harassment-Domestic Violence, Malicious Mischief in the First Degree, Malicious Mischief in the Second Degree, Malicious Mischief in the Third Degree, Strangulation-Domestic Violence, and Dangerous Weapons Enhancement cases. Extensive knowledge of criminal motions to suppress evidence, alternative reductions, alternative approaches to jail time and rehabilitation, deferred prosecutions, stipulated orders of continuance, deferred sentences, DOSA sentences, and Department of Corrections time calculation.  Diane's felony trial experience in spending months at a time in trial on serious offenses sets her apart.  Refer with confidence.  


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 

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Languages Spoken: American Sign Language

Practice Areas

Licensed since 1999

  1. Criminal Defense: 60%
  2. Domestic Violence: 10%
    7 years
  3. Juvenile: 10%
  4. Consumer Protection: 10%
  5. DUI & DWI: 10%

Payment

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

19 total 

  • Wilberforce O Agyekum

    I endorse this lawyer. Diane is a very knowledgable and caring attorney. She is well respected in the legal community and by far one of the kindest attorneys in our Bar. I wholeheartedly endorse diane for your legal needs!!!

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    Wilberforce Agyekum Immigration Attorney
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  • Bradley J Drury

    Diane and I both had co-defendant's in a case and Diane researched and wrote an outstanding brief which resulted in dismissal of both our cases. She is professional and highly regarded by her peers. I highly recommend her services.

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    Bradley Drury Criminal Defense Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info

Whaley Law Firm, PLLC

4570 Avery Lane SE.
Suite. C, Unit. 266
Lacey, WA, 98503

Resume

License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
WAActive199906/06/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo Contributions
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Awards
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
National Order of the BarristersN/A1999
First Place and Best BriefNational Environmental Law Competition1998
Academic Achievement Award for outstanding academic performancePacific Lutheran University1996
Talent AwardPacific Lutheran University1996
Academic All American HonorsUnited States Volleyball Association1994
Team Captain and named to First Team All ConferenceTyee High School Varsity Volleyball1992
Varsity Volleyball MVPTyee High School1991
Tennis team Most Inspirational and MVPTyee High School1991
Basketball Coaches AwardTyee High School1990

Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
Public DefenderThurston County Office Of Assigned Counsel2014 - Present
Public DefenderKing County Department of Public Defense2014 - 2014
Public Defense SupervisorFederal Way Municipal Court2009 - 2013
Judge Pro TemFederal Way Municipal Court2006 - 2008
AttorneyWhaley Law Firm, PLLC2003 - Present
Public DefenderAssociated Counsel for the Accused2000 - 2003
Legal ExternThe Seattle King County Public Defender's Office1999 - 1999
Clinical Law Program ParticipantClinical Law Program, Seattle University School of Law1998 - 1999
Law ClerkAttorney General's Office1998 - 1999
Administrative Law Clinic ParticipantClinical Law Program, Seattle University School of Law1997 - 1997
Legal InternLaw Offices of Kenneth Bromet, Attorney at Law1997 - 1997
Panel MemberKing County Superior Court Conference Committee Diversion Program1995 - 1996
Legal InternDept of Assigned Counsel-Dependency Unit1995 - 1996

Associations
Association NamePosition NameDuration
Thurston County Bar AssociationAttorney Member2014 - Present
Washington Association of Criminal Defense LawyersAttorney Member2010 - Present
South King County Bar AssociationMember2007 - 2010
Washington Defender AssociationMember2006 - Present
Washington Women LawyersMember2006 - 2007
Washington State Trial Lawyers AssociationMember2004 - 2006
King County Bar AssociationMember2003 - 2011
Washington State Bar AssociationMember1999 - Present

Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
State v. Glenn ProctorMurder Charges Dismissed

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Publications
Publication NameTitleDate
By LEVI PULKKINEN /P-I REPORTERMurder charges dropped in Federal Way slaying2009
By LEVI PULKKINEN /P-I REPORTERCleared of murder, a second life begins2009
Tacoma News Tribune by LEVI PULKKINEN; Seattle Post-IntelligencerCleared, free and ‘just happy to be out’2009
By JACINDA HOWARD Federal Way Mirror ReporterAfter a year in jail, man becomes key witness to Federal Way homicide2009
By LINDA BYRON / KING 5 NewsInvestigators: Federal Way murder suspect released2009
Federal Way NewsCharges dropped against transit shooting suspect2009
By Sharon Pian Chan Seattle Times staff reporterMan "happy to be out" after murder charge dropped2009

Education
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Seattle University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1999
Pacific Lutheran UniversityEarth Science and Legal StudiesBA - Bachelor of Arts1996

Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
Paralegal Intern ClassParalegal Internships2009