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John Barto McEntire IV

John Barto McEntire IV

also known as Jay McEntire

This attorney is not accepting clients.

Reason: Government Attorney

Practice areas:

Federal Crime

About Me

Represent clients charged with federal crimes.  These crimes include drug trafficking, firearm offenses, bank robbery, domestic terrorism, and white collar offenses, as well as serious assaults and murders in Indian Country.


Practice Areas

Licensed since 2007

  1. Federal Crime: 100%
    8 years, 300 cases

Attorney Endorsements

8 total 

  • Belkis Christina Plata

    I strongly endorse Jay McEntire. I have had the pleasure of working with him and he does a great job with all of his clients. He is very honest with everyone he deals with and has been successful handling many types of different cases.


    Belkis Plata Criminal Defense Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • Hayley A Montgomery

    I have known Jay McEntire personally and professionally for several years, and have watched him earn his reputation as one of the top criminal defense attorneys in Washington. Never afraid of a challenge or satisfied with the status quo, Jay vigorously advocates for his clients while adhering to the highest ethical standards. Jay is dependable, meticulous, creative, and kind. But what sets Jay apart is his passion for exceptional lawyering-a rare but important quality in an attorney. I wholeheartedly endorse Jay in the area of criminal defense.


    Hayley Montgomery Litigation Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info

Federal Defenders of Eastern Washington and Idaho

10 North Post Street
Spokane, WA, 99201-0712




Professional Misconduct

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

Avvo Contributions

Legal Answers


Award NameGrantorDate Granted
CALI Award (1st in Class) - Trial AdvocacySeattle University School of Law2006
CALI Award (1st in Class) - Pretrial AdvocacySeattle University School of Law2005
CALI Award (1st in Class) - Legal WritingSeattle University School of Law2005
CALI Award (1st in Class) - Criminal LawSeattle University School of Law2004
Order of WailaatpuWhitman College2003
Order of OmegaWhitman College2003

Work Experience

TitleCompany NameDuration
Adjunct ProfessorGonzaga Law School2015 - 2015
Trial AttorneyFederal Defenders Of Eastern Washington & Idaho2010 - Present
AssociateLukins & Annis, P.S.2009 - 2010
Law Clerk to the Hon. Edward F. SheaU.S. District Court - E.D. of Washington2007 - 2009
Judical Extern to the Hon. Ronald B. LeightonU.S. District Court - W.D. of Washington2006 - 2006
Judicial Extern to the Hon. Monica J. BentonU.S. District Court - W.D. of Washington2005 - 2005
Summer AssociateOlympic Law Group, PLLP2005 - 2007


Association NamePosition NameDuration
National Association of Federal DefendersN/A2014 - Present
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersN/A2013 - Present
United States Court of Appeals For the Ninth CircuitLawyer Representative2013 - 2015
Federal Bar AssociationBoard Member2008 - Present
Washington State Bar AssociationN/A2007 - Present
American Bar AssociationN/A2007 - Present
Phi Alpha DeltaN/A2004 - Present
Phi Delta ThetaPresident - WA Beta Chapter (2003)2003 - 2004

Legal Cases

Case NameOutcome
Margaret C. Stussi v. Kayla M. JonesPlaintiff's Verdict
Home Debut Inc. v. JustSnooping.Com, Inc,.Prevailed on Motion for Summary Judgment
United States v. Derick Hughes, CR-11-055-JLQ12 of 16 counts dismissed. Client received probation.

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Publication NameTitleDate
ACT of CommunicationThe Path to a Paper Free Firm2012
Legal Handbook for Federal Criminal Defense LawyersMy Little Red Rules Book2012
iPhone & iPad ApplicationMy Little Red Rules Book2011


School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
National Criminal Defense College - Mercer Law SchoolN/AUnknown2014
Seattle University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2007
Whitman CollegeRhetoricBA - Bachelor of Arts2004

Speaking Engagements

Conference NameTitleDate
U.S. Courts - Winning Strategies - Hilton Head Island, SC - February 2015Pretrial motions: stuff to know to get the things you need2015
Thrills & Skills - Spokane, WA - April 2015Writing, with style.2015
Persuasive Writing Workshop - Washington, DC - August 2015Writing, with style2015
National Conference for Federal Defenders - Omaha, NE - May 2015Writing, with style2015
Washington OPD Training - Wenatchee, WA - October 2014Paper Free is the New Black2014
WACDL - Annual Conference - Chelan, WA - June 2014Paper Free is the New Black2014
U.S. Courts - Winning Strategies - Mobile, AL - October 2014Pretrial motions: stuff to know to get the things you need2014
U.S. Courts - Winning Strategies - Hilton Head Island, SC - January 2014Pretrial motions: stuff to know to get the things you need2014
U.S. Courts - Multi-Track Seminar - Minneapolis, MN - July 2014Pretrial motions: stuff to know to get the things you need2014
CJA Panel Training - San Juan, Puerto Rico - October 2014Pretrial motions: stuff to know to get the things you need2014
Capital Case Litigation Training - Part II - Vancouver, WA - August 2014Paper Free is the New Black2014
U.S. Courts - Multi-Track Seminar - Buffalo, NY - August 2013Pretrial motions: stuff to know to get the things you need2013
Third Thursday CLEChallenging Eyewitness Identifications2013
Litigation & Dispute ResolutionCross Examination2013
Litigation & Dispute ResolutionDirect Examination2013
Litigation & Dispute ResolutionOpening Statements2013
Capital Case Litigation Training - Spokane, WA - August 2013Paper Free is the New Black2013
Annual Spring Real Estate SeminarCreating a Paperfree Office2013
2013 Federal Bar CLETechnology in the Courtroom2013
Federal Criminal Practice - Nuts and BoltsPretrial Strategy in Federal Criminal Cases2012
Third Thursday CLEDiscovery in Criminal Cases2011
Federal Practice CLEUpdate to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure2008