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"The practice of law is a profession in which lawyers serve justice, it is not a business to pave a road of financial excess." -DC Cronin

With credit due his grandparents, Irish-Canadian and Italian immigrants to America, just two generations later DC lives the values of hard work and perseverance. Raised in a working class neighborhood in Connecticut, his first generation parents, David and Antionette, instilled the promises and responsibilities of the dream their parents and grandparents crossed the oceans to realize. DC’s older brother is a renowned transplant surgeon; his younger sister is a registered nurse. DC chose the law, or the law chose him, as some folks have been heard to say.

Graduated from Gonzaga’s School of Law in 1985, DC was admitted to the practice of law in Washington State in 1986 and in 1990 to the United States Supreme Court. DC is also admitted in the US District Court Eastern District, & US Court of Appeals Ninth Circuit.

DC was former private counsel for L. Carl Maxey and, at times, his firm. DC has represented over fifty two attorneys (in one forum or another) a coroner, two mayors, a psychologist, two judges and several law enforcement officers and co-counseled cases with L. Carl Maxey, F. Lee Bailey, Ralph Nader’s Organization; NAACP Defense and Educational Fund Inc, & Andrew Shapiro of Yale Law School.  

For over 30 years, Dennis has worked tirelessly in the pursuit of justice for his clients. Mentored by L. Carl Maxey, from whom the DC moniker was received, DC formerly served the community as counsel for the NAACP/Spokane and for Spokane’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Center, member of the Board of Directors of the Spokane American Civil Liberties Union, Spokane Peace and Justice Action League, Washington State Bar Association Sentencing Committee, and was appointed as the 2008 chairperson of the City of Spokane Human Rights Ordinance Working Group Task Force.  

Dennis currently serves on the WSBA Family Law Executive Committee, the WSBA LGBT Executive Committee, Northwest Mediation Board of Directors, and the Washington Chapter of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts Executive Board and has served as the Spokane County Bar Association Family Law Section Chair since 2007.

DC is a proud recipient of the “AV” Preeminent Rating from Martindale-Hubbell, which represents his peers ranking him at the highest level of professional excellence.  Since receiving his AV ranking, DC has consistently maintained the ranking each and every year since.

On the rare occasion he is not at his desk, DC enjoys the mild Spokane summers and is an avid gardener.  DC also spends an inordinate amount of time catering to the whims of his three spoiled Dachshunds.

Still true to his working class roots, as well as his commitment to access to justice, DC has not raised his family law rates in over 20 years and still charges the $150.00 per hour, on the tenth of the hour, set by Carl Maxey while DC was employed at the Maxey Law Offices. Rates for support staff are $85.00 per hour on the tenth of the hour.  Criminal hourly rates may vary. 


Practice areas


  1. Family: 60%
  2. Criminal Defense: 20%
  3. Appeals: 10%
  4. Mediation: 5%
  5. Administrative Law: 5%



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Payment types:

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D.C. Cronin

724 N. Monroe Street
Spokane, WA, 99201


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Top Lawyers 2015Spokane Coeur d'Alene Living Magazine2015
Extremely Well Qualified Judicial RatingLatina/o Bar Association of Washington2015
Well Qualified Judicial Evaluation RatingJAJEC Judicial Evaluation Committee2015
Well Qualified Judicial Evaluation RatingQ-Law2015
AV Preeminent Rated Judicial EditionMartindale-Hubbell2015
Pro Bono Service CommendationWashington State Bar Association2014
AV Preeminent Rated Judicial EditionMartindale-Hubbell2014
AV Preeminent Rated Judicial EditionMartindale-Hubbell2013
Pro Bono Service CommendationWashington State Bar Association2013
Pro Bono Service CommendationWashington State Bar Association2012
AV Preeminent Rated Judicial EditionMartindale-Hubbell2012
AV Peer Review RatingMartindale-Hubbell2011
Pro Bono Service CommendationWashington State Bar Association2011
Pro Bono Service CommendationWashington State Bar Association2010
BV Peer Review RatingMartindale-Hubbell2010
Pro Bono Service CommendationWashington State Bar Association2009
BV Peer Review RatingMartindale-Hubbell2009
Pro Bono Service CommendationWashington State Bar Association2008
BV Peer Review RatingMartindale-Hubbell2008
BV Peer Review RatingMartindale-Hubbell2007
BV Peer Review RatingMartindale-Hubbell2006
BV Peer Review RatingMartindale-Hubbell2005
BV Peer Review RatingMartindale-Hubbell2004
BV Peer Review RatingMartindale-Hubbell2003
BV Peer Review RatingMartindale-Hubbell2002
BV Peer Review RatingMartindale-Hubbell2001
Super LawyerLaw and Politics2000
BV Peer Review RatingMartindale-Hubbell1999
BV Peer Review RatingMartindale-Hubbell1998
BV Peer Review RatingMartindale-Hubbell1997
BV Peer Review RatingMartindale-Hubbell1996
BV Peer Review RatingMartindale-Hubbell1995
BV Peer Review RatingMartindale-Hubbell1994
BV Peer Review RatingMartindale-Hubbell1993
BV Peer Review RatingMartindale-Hubbell1992
BV Peer Review RatingMartindale-Hubbell1991
BV Peer Review RatingMartindale-Hubbell1990
Who's Who in Practicing AttorneysWho's Who1989
Reginald Heber FellowSpokane Legal Services Center1986
High Grade ClinicianGonzaga University Legal Assistance1985
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Owner and President/Attorney and MediatorThe Law Office of DC Cronin2003 - Present
Commissioner Pro TemporeSpokane County Superior Court2005 - 2015
Managing PartnerHearrean and Cronin, P.S.2001 - 2003
General CounselMaxey Law Offices, PS1987 - 2001
AttorneySpokane Legal Services1986 - 1987
Public DefenderKootenai County Public Defender1985 - 1986
Rule 9 InternGonzaga University School Of Law University Legal Assistance1984 - 1985
Association namePosition nameDuration
QLaw- LGBT Bar Association of WashingtonMember2015 - Present
Boy Scouts of AmericaGolden Eagle Club2015 - Present
Northwest Mediation CenterExecutive Board2015 - Present
Association of Family and Conciliation Courts - Washington ChapterExecutive Committee2015 - Present
Washington State Bar AssociationLGBT Section Trustee2015 - Present
Northwest Mediation Center Advisory CouncilMember2014 - 2015
Washington State Bar AssociationFamily Law Section Executive Committee (FLEC)2013 - Present
West Central Resiliency ConvergenceSponsor2012 - 2012
Spokane County Superior Court Guardian ad Litem Subcommittee for Parental AlienationMember2011 - 2011
West Central Neighborhood Project HopeMember2011 - 2011
Spokane County Bar Association District Court Judicial Evaluation CommitteeMember2011 - 2011
Spokane County Juvenile Court Dependency Working GroupMember2009 - 2010
Spokane County Superior Court Pro Se Video Working GroupMember2009 - 2009
City of Spokane Human Rights CommissionChair2008 - 2010
Spokane County District 3 Voter Protection TeamMember2008 - 2008
Spokane County Superior Court Liaison CommitteeMember2008 - Present
Gonzaga University ULA Linden Cup Moot CourtMoot Court Judge2008 - 2012
City of Spokane Human Rights CommissionMember2007 - 2010
Spokane County Bar AssociationFamily Law Section Chair2007 - Present
Spokane County Superior Court Family Court Improvement SubcommitteeMember2006 - 2009
Spokane County Superior Court Unified Family Court CommitteeMember2006 - 2009
Spokane County Superior Court Guardian ad Litem CommitteeMember2003 - Present
Spokane County Bar AssociationMember, Volunteer Lawyers ProgramN/A
Lincoln County Bar AssociationMemberN/A
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMemberN/A
Federal Bar Association Eastern District of WashingtonMemberN/A
Association of Family and Conciliation CourtsMember, Washington ChapterN/A
Washington State Association for JusticeMemberN/A
Spokane County Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Farrakhan v. Locke, 987 F. Supp. 1304 (E.D. Wa. 1997)See 338 F.3d 1009 (2003)
Becker vs. Pierce County, 126 Wn. 2d 11 (1995)Winning candidate was not required to recuse him/herself from canvass of returns in primary.
County of Spokane vs. AFSCE, 76 Wn. App. 765 (1995)Affirmed. Employees were not acting in excess of jurisdiction by threatening strike, thus there was no entitlement to writ of prohibition.
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Publication nameTitleDate
Wash. Fam. Law. NewsletterMediation Confidentiaity1994
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Pepperdine University School of LawMediation - CertificationCertification2009
Northwest Mediation CenterCertification-MediationCertification2006
Gonzaga University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1985
Fairfield UniversityHistoryBA - Bachelor of Arts1982
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Family Law Section CLEServing up Family Law with an Extra Helping of Ethics2014
(To Edit - Add Event Name)The Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act2013
Family Law Section CLEDangers Amidst the Dandelion Fields: Negotiating the Judicial System: Ethical, Legal and Clinical Aspects of Forensic Evaluations2012
Family Law Section Midyear20 Family Law Cases You Need to Know2011
Continuing Legal EducationThe Feres Doctrine: Service Members' Relief Act2009
(To Edit-Add Event Name)Contempt: A Drastic Extraordinary Equitable Remedy2009
(To Edit-Add Event Name)Lis Pendens for the Family Law Practicioner2008
SCBA Continuing Legal EducationContempt1996
WSTLA CLEPolice Shooting and Discovery Motion to Block Discovery Under 42 USC Section 1983 and Harlow v. Fitzgerald1995