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I am proud to be an attorney.  My office is filled with professional and caring people.  Every day I advise and represent people as if my life depended upon it. As you can see I have many years of experience as a prosecutor, defense attorney and as a faculty member with some of the very best DUI education groups in the country.


My clients are, with very few exceptions,  fine people who have been placed in a difficult situation or injured.  A person who has been injured by negligence or a person charged with a crime needs a loyal attorney who will advise them candidly with their best interest in mind.Over the years, I have learned a lot about the mechanisms of accidents, injuries and illnesses. I work with my client, professional investigators, physicians and other experts to understand everything about my client's situation.Only then can I give the highest quality advise and representation to the people who have retained me and put their trust in me as their attorney.




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Practice areas


  1. DUI & DWI: 70%
    32 years, 500 cases
  2. Appeals: 10%
    32 years, 50 cases
  3. Personal Injury: 10%
    32 years, 100 cases
  4. Criminal Defense: 10%



Hourly ($75-350/hour), contingent (25-40%), Free consultation (30 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Michael S. Waddington

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


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  • Mark C Blair

    I had the privilege of working for Howard for a number of years. He is an exceptional DUI attorney.


    Mark Blair DUI and DWI Attorney
    Relationship: Worked for lawyer

Contact info

Stein, Lotzkar and Starr PS

2840 Northup Way
Suite 140
Bellevue, WA, 98004

Seattle Consult Location

119 First Avenue So. Suite 320
Seattle, WA, 98104



We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
FacultyNational College for DUI Defense2014
Certificate of AppreciationWashington Foundation for Criminal Justice2010
Certificate of RecognitionNational College for DUI Defense2008
Faculty Trial Advocacy ProgramKingCounty Bar Association1999
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Senior PartnerStein, Lotzkar and Starr PS2006 - Present
Court MagistrateCity of Renton Washington1998 - 1999
Senior PartnerTucker & Stein Ps Inc1986 - 2005
AssociateKirshenbaum and Combs1984 - 1986
AssociateLaw office of Janet Jordan Dillon1983 - 1984
Deputy Prosecuting AttorneyPierce County Prosecuting Attorneys Office1983 - 1983
Association namePosition nameDuration
Washington Foundation for Criminal JusticeMember2008 - Present
National College of DUI DefenseMember2007 - Present
Washington Foundation for Criminal JusticeMember2007 - Present
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember2000 - Present
Washington Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember1999 - Present
King County Bar AssociationMember1986 - Present
Washington State Bar AssociationMember1984 - Present
King County Bar Association, Judicial Screening CommitteeFormer Member2000 - 2003
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
City of Seattle v Clark-Munoz, State v. Jagla, et al. 152 Wn.2d 39 (2004)prevailed at Washington State Supreme Court
Probert v. Chutich$75,000.00
Seattle vs. Clark-Munoz, 152 Wn. 2d 39 (2004)State Supreme Court Unanimous Decision
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Publication nameTitleDate
Washington Foundation for Criminal Justice Annual DUI Seminar, Annual Case Law Update2013 Case Law Update2013
Washington Foundation for Criminal JusticePre-Trial Motion Magic2010
Washington Foundation for Criminal Justice Annual Case Law ReviewGems of 20092009
King County Bar AssociationYoung Lawyers Trial Advocacy Handbook1998
Bellevue Journal AmericanWhy OJ was Not GuiltyN/A
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
National College of DUI DefenseLitigationSeminar Graduate2008
National Institute for Trial AdvocacyCivil LitigationSeminar Graduate1996
Seattle University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1983
University of Colorado - BoulderEnglish - Creative WritingBA - Bachelor of Arts1977
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Forensic Metrology - The Science and Practicalities of Forensic Measurements in the Courtroom”Forensic Metrology2014
Washignton State Fireman's UnionDUI and alchol related crimes2010
Defending DUIs Annual SeminarPre Trial Motions in DUI Cases2010
Washington State Firefighter's Union Annual Meeting50 Ways to lose Your License2009
Annual MeetingCriminal and Traffic Law2009