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George L. Bianchi

DUI and DWI Attorney at Bellevue, WA

5.0   8 reviews
  • Licensed for 42 years
    State WA
    Acquired 1982
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About George

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Founded in 1960, by Alfred J. Bianchi, The Bianchi Law Firm first began emphasizing DUI defense.  George joined in 1985 and has become recognized as an innovator in the defense of DUI and other alcohol/drug-related crimes. George has lectured at numerous CLE programs throughout the United States concerning DUI defense and has been lead counsel in a number of cases resolving significant criminal law issues.  He is a member of the Washington State Association for Justice [formerly Washington State Trial Lawyers Association], Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and former president of Washington Foundation for Criminal Justice.  In 1999, Martindale-Hubbell awarded him with their highest accolade, an AV rating in the legal profession, which he currently maintains. George is a Founding Member, graduate, and guest lecturer of The National College for DUI Defense.  He was elected to the position of Regent with The National College for DUI Defense in July of 2000, elected Dean in 2010, and currently is a Fellow to The National College for DUI Defense.  He has been named to the “Super Lawyers” list by Washington Law & Politics annually since 2000, annually named one of the Top 25 in Criminal Defense on the Washington Super Lawyers List since 2006 and annually named one of Seattle’s Top Criminal Defense Lawyers by Seattle Met Magazine since 2010.  In 1999, the Washington Foundation for Criminal Justice presented him with an Award for Creative Advocacy.  In 2003, he was presented with the Dean’s Service Award “In Recognition of His Tireless Dedication, Generosity, and Efforts on behalf of the National College for DUI Defense.”  In 2012, George was presented with a Certificate of Appreciation from the Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers “In Recognition of and Appreciation for Distinguished Service to the Organization and Its Goals,” and in 2013, this same organization presented him with the President’s Award “For Your Distinguished Service to the Highest Traditions of the Criminal Defense Bar.”  On December 13, 2013, George was presented with an award for his "Tireless Leadership, Courage, Integrity, and Command of the Law" from the Washington Foundation for Criminal Justice.


The Bianchi Law Firm
2000 112th Ave NE
Bellevue, WA, 98004
Seattle Consultation Location
1000 2nd Ave, Ste. 1750
Seattle, WA, 98104
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Posted by Lynne | October 7, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Great attorney
Mr. Bianchi worked expeditiously on a matter for me in the years 2005-2007. Recently, a problem came up on this matter. Mr. Bianchi was able to resolve the problem in a timely and efficient matter. I would highly recommend Mr. Bianchi as an attorney.
Posted by anonymous | November 2, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Didn't think it was possible
George was patient. He wasn't the best communicator to me, but that's probably part of his plan. He got cased dismissed, although I doubted him. I would recommend him to any friend
Posted by John | January 27, 2015
The BEST in the Seattle area.
About a year ago, I began the long and stressful process that comes after an arrest for DUI. I hired George Bianchi as my legal counsel and have been overly impressed throughout my experience with him. I am from Louisiana and had to travel back and forth throughout the process. Mr. Bianchi worked tirelessly for countless hours guiding me through the process and preparing for my defense. He corresponded with me regularly and kept me up to date on what was going on. He overly impressed me on his attention to detail and his knowledge of the law. He exemplifies professionalism and is very kind and courteous. His dedication to his clients , his vast knowledge of the law, his steadfast determination to fight every second for his client's best interest, is only a few of the many reasons that Mr. Bianchi won my case. I would recommend no one else at aid you in your DUI defense. Mr. Bianchi is without a doubt the best in Seattle.
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Posted by anonymous | October 17, 2013
Excellent Attorney! You Absolutely Cannot Go Wrong if you Hire George.
Our son was pulled over for a DUI at age 17. Mr. Bianchi was amazing. He talked directly to our son and was very clear about what this meant to our son and his future. For that alone, thank you George! George was extremely articulate and knowledgeable, and able to clearly explain exactly what the many possible outcomes might be and what we needed to be prepared for. There was massive information shared at our initial meeting and George was very patient in explaining it all, as well as providing documentation for us to take home, so we could read it again when we weren't so overwhelmed by everything. George listened very carefully to what our son had to say about what happened, was well versed in what the police report said and very straightforward in letting us know what the possible strengths and weaknesses of the case were. He was there for all the court hearings and made sure we knew what to expect and what the results meant. His staff was also extremely helpful in scheduling matters and answering any last minute questions we had. George also handled the separate DOL hearing, providing DOL with information he obtained through his experts to support our side. End result - DUI lowered to a Neg.1 driving charge and the DOL DISMISSED the suspension charges. This was literally the first time our son had gotten in trouble. George took the time to connect with our son, make him VERY aware of what the consequences of another DUI would be and I cannot recommend him highly enough. His knowledge of current case law and the court system is unparalleled and he knocked it out of the park for us. We hope we never have to see him again professionally - but would not hesitate to call him again if the need arose. Thank you, George!
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Posted by Vance | September 27, 2013
My experience with attorney George Bianchi
In addressing a troubling legal matter concerning my son, I turned to George Bianchi for guidance as I had worked with him on another matter 9 years earlier following several positive referrals. In the earlier matter I was impressed with his no nonsense approach, his detailed attention to my concerns including the costs associated with his efforts and throughout the process I was kept informed as to the options before me, the costs and the likely outcome. In that earlier matter and then again most recently, I was both impressed and fully satisfied with the manner in which he managed the process and the outcome of the final ruling. George Bianchi is a great attorney and I am fortunate to have chosen to work with him on both of my cases.
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Posted by M | April 25, 2011
The Best Criminal Defense Attorney
George is the person you need to work with when you've put yourself in a situation requiring the best defense that you can find. I've required his help more than once with ciminal/felony diving charges and the threat of significant jail time and felony conviction. The outcome has always been far better than expected, including complete dismissal of charges and reduction of charges to a relatively minor offense. Additionally, the Department of Liscensing hearings that you face, and rarely win, were overcome. I owe the ability to continue my life without the financial hardship, time away from work, inability to drive, possibity of losing job, etc., that are all common when convicted of a DUI/Criminal charge. The attorneys I work with are truly amazed of what George was able to do after reviewing my situation. His knowledge of the courts, proceedings, and years in the legal community honing his skill all combine to provide a truly amazing possibility when considering your potential outcomes. I reccomend him to anyone in need of the best legal help you can get. He handles his cases personally and I never felt part of a "cattle call" that you see promoted by so many other attorneys looking to get your business and put you in line with the rest of their huge list. Any good attorney knows they can only effectively defend a reasonable work load. The idea of using a firm that refers my future to their assistants is ludicrous considering the penalties. Thank You George!!!!!!
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Posted by anonymous | May 5, 2009
Definitely the Right Choice
George helped me through several DUI hearings going on at the same time. Having George as representation gave me comfort in an otherwise very scary time in my life. He is extremely knowledgeable, professional, dedicated, and down to earth. George is a straight shooter, which I found helpful when faced with a lot of uncertainty.
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Posted by anonymous | September 16, 2008
Client Review
George represented me in a complex case that lasted close to 1 1/2 years, but it was worth it. He knows how to play the game, and was a strong fighter for what I wanted. He was very dedicated in serving my interests and is extremely knowledgable. Not only does he do an exceptional job as a DUI lawyer, but he also is a good educator (by this I mean that he was able to teach me about the law, the legal system, explain the process of things, what they mean, the terminology, etc.). After having him represent me, I feel as though I have learned a lot about DUI's, the legal process, consequences, and how to go about fighting one! He is one of the top lawyers in Seattle and is worth every penny of it. George also knows many of the prosecuting attorneys and judges (and has positive relationships with them), which is a HUGE advantage in fighting a DUI in Seattle. He and his assistant are great to work with and are flexible in accomodating scheduling and meeting times. I would recommend him to anyone in a heartbeat, as his specialty is DUI.
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • President
  • The Bianchi Law Firm
  • 1985 - Present
  • Deputy Prosecuting Attorney
  • King County Prosecutor's Office
  • 1982 - 1985


  • Gonzaga University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1981
  • Gonzaga University
  • Bachelor
  • 1977


  • Washington State Association for Justice
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Washington Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Washington Foundation for Criminal Justice
  • Vice President
  • N/A
  • National College of DUI Defense
  • Founding Member
  • N/A
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • N/A
  • National College of DUI Defense
  • Regent
  • 2000 - 2000
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • President's Award
  • Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • 2013
  • Tireless Leadership, Courage, Integrity, and Command of the Law
  • Washington Foundation for Criminal Justice
  • 2013
  • Certificate of Appreciation
  • Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • 2012
  • Seattle's Top Criminal Defense Lawyers (Annually since 2010)
  • Seattle Metropolitan Magazine
  • 2010
  • Top 25 in Criminal Defense (Annually since 2006)
  • Washington Super Lawyers
  • 2006
  • Dean's Service Award
  • National College for DUI Defense
  • 2003
  • Super Lawyer (Annually Since 2000)
  • Washington Law & Politics Magazine
  • 2000
  • Award for Creative Advocacy
  • Washington Foundation for Criminal Justice
  • 1999
  • AV Rating
  • N/A
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  • Understanding DUI Scientific Evidence
  • Field Sobriety Testing and Driver Impairment: Linked or Not?
  • 2009
  • Drunk Driving Defense
  • Chapter 11, §11.5.2, pages 144-153
  • 2002

Speaking Engagements

  • Summer Sessions (annually)
  • Various DUI Defense Topics
  • 2009
  • Stuart Kinard Memorial Advanced DWI Seiminar
  • Pretrial Motions
  • 2009
  • NACDL/NCDD 13th Annual DUI Seminar
  • Legal writing for motions & Jury Instructions
  • 2009
  • Magical Mystery Motions
  • DUI
  • 2008
  • Defending DUIs (annually)
  • Various issues on DUI
  • 2008
  • DUI Seminar
  • DUI
  • 2007
  • Mastering Scientific Evidence in DUI/DWI Cases
  • DUI
  • 2006
  • Winter Session CLE Program
  • DUI
  • 2004
  • Presenting a Gold Medal Defense
  • DUI
  • 2004
  • DUI Boot Camp: Mastering Pre-Trial Motions in DUI Cases
  • Pretrial Motions
  • 2002
  • DUI Boot Camp: Field Sobriety Testing
  • Field Sobriety Tests
  • 2001
  • DUI Defense Skills Certificate Program
  • DUI Defense Skills
  • 1995
  • Celebrating A Decade of Defense
  • DUI Defense
  • 1994
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Attorney endorsements

Received (19)
Given (3)
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DUI and DWI Attorney | Apr 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. George enjoys a national reputation as a generous and exceptional DUI lawyer. He is always wiling to take time out of his schedule to respond to legal questions, and I would not hesitate to endorse George on any DUI or criminal case. Frederick T. Slone Anchorage, Alaska"
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"George Bianchi is an excellent attorney. He is hard-working, knowledgeable and very patient. I highly recommend him."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse George. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
DUI and DWI Attorney | May 01
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I've had the pleasure of working with George on various issues throughout my practice as a criminal defense attorney, and I've always been amazed at his encyclopedic knowledge of the law. George makes the government truly every inch and his relentless approach pays off in the form of fantastic outcomes for his clients."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Dec 11
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"George Bianchi is among the best DUI lawyers in the country and I have had the great pleasure and honor of working with him on a recent case. He is personable, well-liked and respected by his peers, and is a tirelessly zealous advocate for his clients. I give him my most enthusiastic endorsement."
DUI and DWI Attorney | May 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"George is a great attorney. He has been handling DUI cases for a long time and is a great resource and well respected by his colleagues and prosectors. George is an attorney who is always willing to share his knowledge and expertise. He fights for his clients."
DUI and DWI Attorney | May 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Bianchi is a pleasure to be around. He's warm and friendly and a DUI guru. I back the man. I endorse this lawyer."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Feb 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I am happy to endorse George Bianchi. As a fellow member of the National College for DUI Defense, I know George to be an aggressive fighter who makes sure that the scientific evidence presented in a case is accurate. Accurate, yet approachable from a jury's perspective. And that can be what matters most in certain types of DUI cases. If I had a friend or family member facing DUI charges in Seattle, I would tell them to call George Bianchi immediately."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Aug 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Highly respected DUI defense attorney. If I ever had to refer a DUI in Seattle I would look no further than to George."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jun 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"George is without question one of the Nation's top DUI defense lawyers. He was on the forefront of successful battles to suppress breath test results based on bad science and poor administrative practices. His legal acumen as it relates to drunk driving defense is nearly peerless. Even if you think your case can't be won, George will find a way to obtain remarkable results."
DUI and DWI Attorney | May 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Outstanding lawyer who is often sought out for his knowledge of his field and near perfection of his craft. Very generous and not intimidated by any prosecutor. Luckly, he's to likable for anyone to try and intimidate him."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Mar 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"An original thinker. Known for his mastery of the science behind challenges to the breath alcohol test. A teacher to his colleagues in the the practice of defending persons charged with DUI."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Mar 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"George is a hard-nosed litigator. As an attorney, I can say that he is definitely on my short-list of lawyers who I would allow to represent me if I ever needed help!"
DUI and DWI Attorney | Feb 02
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"George is highly intelligent, devoted and extremely hard working as a criminal defense attorney. No one knows more about DUI defense than Geroge Bianchi."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Sep 30
Relationship: Friend
"I have known George for over 10 years and have been impressed with both his knowledge and teaching ability. It is no wonder he is so successful arguing cases before either a judge or jury. His ideas are innovative and often used by lawyers from across the US. The recent publication of his his chapter in the book, "Understanding DUI Scientific Evidence, 2nd. Edition." is a real honor and will ensure he stays current on the issues relating to DUI defense."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Aug 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"George Bianchi is a very approachable, sensible and sensitive human being; as well as an excellent lawyer. As a DUI defense expert, he is second to none. More importantly, in my view, is this man's humanity, humility and honor."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Aug 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known George Bianchi as an outstanding teacher of DUI defense. He is one of the best DUI defense lawyers in America. I can definitelky say that he is extremely qualified and a man of great integrity."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jun 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Attorney Bianchi is in the rarefied air of being in the elite of DUI defense at a national level. His national reputation for excellence is well and universally known as evidenced by this endorsement from an attorney in Central Pennsylvania. Dedicate, knowledgeable and a true professional---all encapsulate Attorney Bianchi. It is with both great ease and with pleasure I endorse him."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jun 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
" George Bianchi is universally recognized in the State of Washington as one of THE premier DUI/DWI lawyers in our state. In fact, he teaches DUI defense to his peers around the country via the DUI Defense College. His creativity in motions practice is recognized by his peers as second to none. The biggest compliment one can receive as a lawyer is to receive referrals from one's peers: I refer all DUI/DWI clients to George Bianchi!"
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Bellevue DUI and DWI Lawyer George L. Bianchi
George L. Bianchi
DUI and DWI Attorney
Bellevue, WA
Licensed for 42 years
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