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Chris A. Bugbee

Chris A. Bugbee

also known as Chris Bugbee

Practice areas:

DUI & DWI, Criminal Defense

About Me

Chris Bugbee has been an attorney in Spokane, Washington for 20 years.  He started his legal career with the Spokane County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office.  He prosecuted all crimes and ultimately was a Felony Drug Prosecutor and a Major Crimes Prosecutor.  After working as a prosecutor for 6 years he then became a Criminal Defense Attorney.  Chris has had his own law firm for over 11 years. 


Chris graduated from University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law in 1995 and was admitted into the Washington State Bar that same year.  He currently is a member of the Washington State Bar Association and the Idaho State Bar Association, in addition to having great peer and client review ratings on AVVO and Martindale-Hubbell. 


He has lived in Spokane for 20 years and is married with 3 children.  He spends his off time riding his Harley Sportster and enjoying outdoor activities with his family. 

Chris has dedicated his career to helping those in a time of need.  His primary focus is:

  • Criminal Defense

  • DUI

  • Felony traffic violations

  • Drug Charges

  • Felonies

  • Federal Crimes



Practice Areas

Licensed since 1995

  1. Criminal Defense: 50%
    20 years
  2. DUI & DWI: 50%
    20 years



Free Consultation (30 minutes)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

14 total 

  • Michael S. Waddington

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


    Michael Waddington Military Law Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Andrea M Poplawski

    Chris is an excellent lawyer. He is hard working, well prepared on his cases and a zealous advocate! Chris stands out among other attorneys as his knowledge of the law, trial skills, and professional appearance combined with his street smarts make him a lawyer you definitely want on your side. I strongly endorse this lawyer.


    Andrea Poplawski Divorce & Separation Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info

Bugbee Law Office, P.S.

1312 N. Monroe
Spokane, WA, 99201-2623



IDAuthorized to practice law200308/12/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Avvo Contributions

Legal Answers


Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Top 100 LawyersThe National Trial Lawyers2015
AV Preeminent Peer Review RatingMartindale-Hubbell2015
Top 100 Trial LawyersThe National Trial Lawyers2014
AV Peer Review RatingMartindale-Hubbell2012

Work Experience

TitleCompany NameDuration
Attorney/OwnerBugbee Law Office, P.S.2003 - Present
AttorneyRobert Cossey & Associates, P.S.2002 - 2003
Deputy Prosecuting AttorneySpokane County Prosecuting Attorney1996 - 2002


Association NamePosition NameDuration
Idaho State BarAdmitted to Practice2003 - Present
United States Court of Appeals For the Ninth CircuitAdmitted to Practice2003 - Present
U.S. District Court of IdahoAdmitted to Practice2003 - Present
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of WashingtonAdmitted to Practice2002 - Present
Washington State Bar AssociationAdmitted to Practice1995 - Present
Idaho Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMemberN/A
Washington Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMemberN/A
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMemberN/A
Spokane County Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Federal Bar Association (Eastern District of Washington chapter)MemberN/A


School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
McGeorge School of Law, University of the PacificLawJ.D.1995
University of California - IrvineEnglish LiteratureBA - Bachelor of Arts1992

Speaking Engagements

Conference NameTitleDate
Law & Justice Committee MeetingReliability of informant testimony2013
Criminal Law SmorgasbordETHICAL OBLIGATIONS IN CRIMINAL LAW: For Prosecutors and Defense2012
Handling the Police Liability ClaimDefending A Police Liability Claim2011