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Mark Muenster attended four years of college at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut graduating with a B.A. in 1976. He studied law at Boston University School of Law, in Boston, Massachusetts and graduated with a Juris Doctor degree in 1979. Mark has devoted most of his legal career to criminal defense work.

Mark is admitted to practice law in Washington, Massachusetts, the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and the United States Supreme Court.

Mark is a member of the Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and served as WACDL's president in 1997-98. He has also served on WACDL's Board of Governors, and as Chair of the Amicus Curiae Committee, which submits briefs to the Washington Supreme Court on the behalf of the organization in significant criminal law cases. He is currently a member of the WACDL's Legislative Committee, which advocates in the Legislature for reforms in the criminal law. He has received both a President's Award and Certificates of Appreciation for service to the organization.

Mark is also a member of the Washington State Trial Lawyer's Association, an organization of lawyers who represent people in personal injury litigation. He is a member of the Clark County Bar Association, and has been active in its District Court Bench Bar Committee. He has been named by Washington Law & Politics magazine as a "Super Lawyer" in 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006.

Mark has been a speaker at Continuing Legal Education seminars on topics in criminal defense for WACDL and for the Washington State Office of Public Defense. He keeps current on the cutting edge issues of criminal law, and teaches others to do the same.

Mr. Muenster has served as counsel on appeal or as amicus curiae (Friend of the Court) in over 60 reported decisions in the Court of Appeals or Supreme Court of Washington since 1984. He was appellant's lawyer in State v. Gunwall, which established the principle in Washington of independent state constitutional review in search and seizure cases.


Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 40%
  2. DUI & DWI: 35%
  3. Domestic Violence: 15%
  4. Appeals: 5%
  5. Personal Injury: 5%



Hourly ($150-200/hour), Fixed (sometimes), Free consultation (60 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check

Attorney endorsements

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    I have known Mark for more than 20 years. Criminal defense is an area in which the defendant is always David to the prosecutor's Goliath. But Mark works hard to change that balance so that his clients can get a fair shake. Mark is well read in the law, which means he is aware of the cases and arguments that will help his clients. I am pleased to endorse Mark for all areas in which he practices.


    James Gray Employment & Labor Attorney
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  • Michael S. Waddington

    I endorse Mark. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community.


    Michael Waddington Military Law Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

1010 Esther Street
Vancouver, WA, 98660

Law Office of Mark W. Muenster

1010 Esther Street
Vancouver, WA, 98660



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Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Super LawyerWashington Law & Politics Magazine2006
Super LawyerWashington Law & Politics Magazine2005
Certificate of AppreciationWashington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers2001
President's AwardWashington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers1994
Certificate of AppreciationWashington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers1991
Association namePosition nameDuration
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersN/A2003 - Present
Washington State Association for JusticeN/A1995 - Present
Washington Association of Criminal Defense LawyersN/A1987 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
State v. Gunwall 106 Wn. 2d 54 (1986)N/A
State v. Belgarde, 110 Wn. 2d 504 (1988)reversal of murder conviction
State v. Brett, 126 Wn. 2d 136 (1995)N/A
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Boston University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1979
Yale UniversityHistoryBA - Bachelor of Arts1976