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The Nahajski Firm was established in 1996 by partners Lennard A. Nahajski and Rayne J. Nelson with the primary goal of providing aggressive, effective and discreet representation to those facing criminal prosecution. Since that time, the firm has continued to practice exclusively criminal defense and established itself as one of the premier criminal defense firms in the region.

With more than forty years of combined criminal defense experience, we recognize that good people occasionally face difficult allegations that will have a significant impact on themselves, their families, reputation, finances and careers. Being aware of the impact of facing criminal prosecution, the firm aggressively, thoroughly and attentively defends our clients while minimizing the inevitable stress related to any criminal case.

Whether you have been accused of any crime: ranging from misdemeanors such as DUI, domestic violence or shoplifting, to the most serious violent, narcotic, weapon or sex related felonies, The Nahajski Firm’s highly attentive and experienced attorneys will provide the most effective and attentive representation available.

In addition to the immediate consequences of a criminal conviction such as jail time and fines, many other serious consequences can result including: no contact orders; loss of your right own firearms or vote; losing your driver’s license; high-risk automobile insurance; years of expensive court ordered counseling for everything from alcohol/drug abuse to domestic violence, sexual deviancy or mental health. Other less obvious consequences also exist such as being prevented from entering Canada or difficulty renting apartments, obtaining federally funded student loans or future employment.

The Nahajski Firm is available for cases in any Washington State Superior, District or Municipal Court, in addition to United States District Court. These courts include: King County Superior Court and Snohomish County Superior Courts, Juvenile Court, and district courts located in Seattle, Bellevue, Burien, Issaquah, Auburn, Redmond, Kent, Shoreline, Renton, Regional Justice Center (RJC), Lynnwood (South District Court), Monroe (Evergreen District Court), Arlington (Cascade District Court) and Everett District Court. Municipalities where we regular appear include: Seattle, Mercer Island, Kirkland, Lake Forest Park, Newcastle, Clyde Hill, Kenmore, Shoreline, Hunts Point, Bothell, Issaquah, Renton, Des Moines, Sea-Tac, Normandy Park, Tukwila, Federal Way, Sammamish, Woodinville, North Bend, Snoqualmie, Fall City, Duvall, Lynnwood, Edmonds, Mill Creek, Mukilteo, Monroe, Snohomish, Marysville, Lake Stevens.

Our established reputation for success is known throughout the area. Our knowledge of criminal law is trusted by judges, prosecutors, and other attorneys who regularly refer clients to us. We want to show you how we earned our reputation – we want to protect and defend your rights through the legal minefield. We encourage you to contact us immediately to discuss the details of your case and take the first steps in mounting the best defense available.


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Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 75%
    25 years
  2. Expungement: 10%
  3. Contracts: 5%
  4. Litigation: 5%
  5. Real Estate: 5%



Fixed (always), Retainer (always), Free consultation (30 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Douglas Shaun Kepanis

    Lennard is a consummate professional. He cares for his clients and will stop at nothing to ensure their rights are protected.


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  • Walt Allen Cleveland

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Contact info

The Nahajski Firm

601 - 108th Avenue NE
Suite 1900
Bellevue, WA, 98004-4376


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
AV Preeminent RatedMartindale-Hubbell2015
Random Acts of Professionalism AwardWashington State Bar Association2005
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Founding/Managing PartnerThe Nahajski Firm, Bellevue WA1996 - Present
Board MemberChildrens' Hospital Auction of Washington Wine, Woodinville, WA2011 - 2012
PresidentNWWSA, Bellevue, WA2009 - 2010
Vice-PresidentNWWSA, Bellevue, WA2006 - 2009
Judge Pro TemporeKent Municipal Court1998 - 1998
Associate / Office ManagerJohn A. Walsh, P.S., Seattle, WA1993 - 1996
AttorneyLennard A. Nahajski, P.S., Auburn, WA1992 - 1993
Contract AttorneyDavid Kirshenbaum, P.S., Kent, WA1992 - 1993
Criminal Defense - Rule 9 InternDavid Kirshenbaum, P.S., Kent, WA1991 - 1992
Law ClerkMcCarthy Holum Casseaux & Rourke, Tacoma WA1991 - 1991
Law ClerkHarrang Long, P.C., Eugene Oregon1990 - 1990
Law ClerkParker & Parker - Perth, Australia1989 - 1989
Asst File CoordinatorGraham & Dunn, Seattle, WA1985 - 1989
Association namePosition nameDuration
King County Bar AssociationMember1996 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember1996 - Present
Washington Association of Criminal Defense AttorneysMember1994 - Present
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember1993 - Present
Federal Bar AssociationMember1993 - Present
Washington State Bar AssociationMember1992 - Present
Phi Alpha Delta - Law School Honor SocietyPresident1991 - 1992
Phi Alpha Delta - Law School Honor SocietyMember1989 - 1992
Pi Sigma Alpha - Political Science Honor SocietyPresident1988 - 1989
Pi Sigma Alpha - Political Science Honor SocietyMember1986 - 1989
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
State of Washington v. LinkenhokerNot guilty verdict and state reimbursed client
State of Washington v. ElliottState reduced to misdemeanor in middle of trial
State of Washington v. Z.S.State dismissed after trial began
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Publication nameTitleDate
NextdoorTop Things To Know About Boating This Fourth Of July Weekend2015
"American Justice" - G.T. CowanKing County Trial Consultant2014
How Evan Broke His Head and Other SecretsLegal Consultant2006
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Oregon School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1992
University of Puget Sound School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor - visiting student - Dean's List1991
University of WashingtonPolitical ScienceBA - Bachelor of Arts1989
Shorewood High School, Shoreline WAN/AN/A1985
Hale School, Perth AustraliaN/AN/A1980
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Radio Talk Show - Guest Speaker re: DUI lawsKQBZ 100.7 - DUI Defense2005
Washington Assoc. for Treatment of Sex Abusers - Annual MeetingSexual Deviancy Treatment - Panel Member - Defense Bar Representative2004