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Christopher D Cazares

Personal injury Attorney at Bothell, WA

5.0   14 reviews

also known as Chris Cazares


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About Christopher

Learn Christopher’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Personal injury
    50%
    Our firm exclusively works with personal injury clients. Catastrophic injury, motor vehicle collision, and everything in-between. We pride ourselves on getting clients back to their lives.

  2. Car accident
    25%
    A motor vehicle collision can be catastrophic for a person's health and life. When you add dealing with claim's adjusters and medical bills it is simply overwhelming. We help our clients concentrate on their health and getting back to their lives.

  3. Brain injury
    5%
    A brain injury changes every part of our client's life. We help our client find answers to their medical needs and compensation for that they have lost.

  4. Motorcycle accident
    5%
    Motorcycle riders need protection on and off the road. After a collision, they need help. Dealing with claim's adjusters and medical bills it is simply overwhelming. We help our clients concentrate on their health and getting back to their lives

  5. Slip and fall accident
    5%

  6. Trucking accident
    5%
    18 Wheelers pose the most catastrophic threat to driver's today. When a collision occurs it is likely going to produce catastrophic harm. We are here to help.

  7. Wrongful death
    5%
    We see tragedy all around and one day it happens to someone we love. We cannot bring them back, but getting answers and holding those responsible accountable is something we do.

Polaris Injury Law is a personal injury law firm serving Bothell and the greater Seattle/Eastside area in Washington State.

Welcome to Polaris Injury Law, one of the most successful largest personal injury law firms on the eastside. Chris Cazares and Steve Lingenbrink have more than 50 years of collective legal experience in personal injury litigation. We handle all types of injury claims. Our practice is limited to automotive and motorcycle collisions, wrongful death, and other types of catastrophic injury. You may privately message, call or email us for free consultation.

As for Chris Cazares, he has worked extremely hard for his clients over the seventeen years. During that time, in addition to lawyering, he has developed interests in jiu jitsu, theatre, travel, as well as local and international service through Rotary International. 

Professionally both Chris and Steve graduated from the Gerry Spence Trial Lawyers College and continue to update their trial skills through Trial Lawyer College extended courses and work groups. 

As successful personal injury attorneys, we believe in the philosophy, "to whom much is given, much is expected."

Please review our website to see how we put that philosophy into action. ()

Licensed for 17 years
State WA
Status Active
Acquired 2005
Updated 11/25/2022
State AZ
Status Inactive
Acquired 2018
Updated 12/21/2022
State TX
Status MCLE Non-Practicing
Acquired 2016
Updated 10/23/2022
State HI
Status Inactive
Acquired 2011
Updated 01/23/2023

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

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Polaris Injury Law
10500 Valley View Road, Suite 100
Bothell, WA, 98011

Reviews

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Posted by anonymous | July 1, 2022
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Retaining Polaris Injury Law took away a lot of the stress of dealing with my injury claim. I sustained a cervical herniation resulting in a permanent impairment and the need for a disc replacement. Attorney Chris Cazares and his staff took a true interest in my case and aggressively negotiated with the insurance company.
Posted by Daniel | September 19, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent Attorney
Without Chris I would have made horrible decisions related to my situation. His expert advice, willingness to work around my timeline, and understanding of how the situation should proceed was invaluable. I would recommend him to anyone that finds them-self in a difficult situation with the military. He is an expert in his field and his advice saved my career.
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Posted by joseph viray | July 3, 2017
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Best Military Attorney
Christopher Cazares is the best military lawyer I could have hired. I was facing a drug court-martial as part of a “drug ring.” I watched Christopher outperform every lawyer in the room, including the senior prosecutor. His confidence and experience were levels above what I could have hoped for. After several days in court, my case was ultimately dismissed and I have resumed my career as if this investigation and court-martial never happened. I had both Christopher and a military appointed lawyer and the difference in experience was night and day. I can’t imagine what would have happened if I only had a military attorney. Several of the people in the ring went with just military attorneys and they either plead guilty or were found guilty. Christopher gave me confidence in my case and would always check up on me during this long process. He was calm and gave me good advice that lead to my innocence. He was well worth the money and I would hire again.
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Posted by Michael | June 23, 2017
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Excellent Attorney
I faced up to year in jail. Christopher was the best. He answered all my questions, gave us a great strategy, and my case was dismissed. I am so thankful for our amazing resolution. Christopher was always positive and thorough. If I needed an answer all I had to do was ask.
Posted by Sam | April 4, 2017
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Failed UA
At 19.5 years in the Air Force I failed a random drug test for a an active prescription in my medical records. Facing discharge and losing the benefits of almost 20 years of service I hired Chris. While this process was going Chris took the time and invested energy in the case, and made me feel like I was the #1 priority. He took the time to meet with my best friend who is also an attorney, but not in military law. It's a rare thing to see such team work in a world of mistrust. As I stood there tall in front of the commander and plead not guilty it was reassuring knowing that Chris was in my corner. When it came time for him to plead my case, he left no doubt about my innocence in the matter at hand. He provided more evidence as to why I was not guilty than the government had given the commander for action. He provided toxicology reports from the Air Force drug testing lab, how the substance in breaks down, and why it would show positive for what I did. His actions and defense shed light on the incompetence of the military readiness officer who was derelict in his duties by putting personal opinion ahead of science. In the end, because of what Chris did I'm retiring with my full benefits. Chris saved my retirement. If you have a doubt, don't. Chris is the right man for the job and is worth double what he charges. I'd recommend him 1,000 times over.
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Posted by anonymous | March 27, 2017
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Excellent Attorney
Best attorney hands down. Astounding acumen and experience. I recommended him to someone who needed the jaws of life to resuscitate his career. We were deployed and Christopher worked tirelessly with us on every fine detail. The NCO was facing an Article 15 which would have ended his career had he received it. When it was time for the 2nd reading, and asked if he had any additional matters to submit, the NCO submitted the thorough 'dissertation' written with Mr. Cazares legal expertise and Faces cracked and dropped to the floor. His rebuttal obliterated the article 15 and disintegrated the command's ability to issue it. It was retracted and a counseling to be filed locally was issued instead. Mr. Cazares came in like a superhero from the justice league and helped someone live another day in their career so they could continue to support their family.
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Posted by anonymous | December 21, 2016
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Amazing outcome, Amazing attorney
I hired Christopher to fight six drug charges. The outlook was bleak from the beginning, but we fought. By the end of court, the government withdrew all of their charges and I walked out a free man. Christopher was by far the best attorney in court and I do not want to think what would have happened if I would have stuck with government counsel. Even more, I hired a person that I could trust. Everything he said would happen, happened and he never over promised and under delivered. He is a great attorney and great man.
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Posted by F. Sanchez | August 16, 2016
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Great Lawyer!
Christopher Cazares professionalism and dedication to my case has helped keep my spirits high during this terrible time in my life. Prior to hiring Chris I was in the dark and was unsure of my assigned lawyer’s ability to remember my name. Immediately after contacting Chris, he volunteered to fly to my location in order to begin working immedietly as my defense lawyer. He brought me to a better place during this terrible time. Countless hours were spent interviewing, investigating, and speaking with me at all times of the day. Chris always answered my calls late at night, or even on weekends which helped calm my nerves. Another thing I truly appreciate & admire was his willingness to answer questions and address concerns that my family has had throughout this situation. His step by step explanation of the process has helped put my family and friends at ease. His extensive knowledge of the UCMJ process was evident especially during my pre-trial case. He is a bad ass lawyer but importantly; I also gained a friend during this time! Don’t hesitate; hire Chris if you need a good military defense lawyer!
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Posted by Doug | January 18, 2016
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Saved my military career
Christopher Cazares saved my military career. I found out on a Thursday last October that my commander was initiating a demotion action reducing me to the grade of SSgt based off an incident in which there was an alleged significant loss of funds to the unit. I was stunned because I had corresponded and got the approval of a Budget Analyst who had a position above me in in taking the actions that I took. There had been a huge miscommunication between me and her which had resulted in the alleged loss. The memo that was being used as the supporting document by my commander was written by this same budget analyst who was concealing her true role in the incident. I had a meeting with the Area Defense Council the morning after before being notified of the demotion. The night before I had written out a bunch of points that I wanted to discuss the the ADC. I was disheartened to find out when I went to my appointment that I wasn't able to meet with the actual ADC, and the paralegal that I was able to talk to seemed to be entertaining the points I was making with a feigned interest. The meeting only lasted 20 minutes. I just got the impression that I would get a very weak defense, and that "I was done". I talked to my father that Friday night resigned to the fact that I would have little chance of winning the case. My father told me that I would forever regret "what might have been" if I didn't seek the services of civilian counsel to defend me. He had done some research and got in touch with a sharp lawyer named Mike Coco. I wrote my rebuttal that Saturday and sent it to Mike. I found out Sunday afternoon that Mike had to end up recusing himself from the case. I asked him if he could recommend my case to anyone, which is how I got in touch with Chris that Sunday night. When I talked to Chris I was immediately impressed with the sharp legal insight he brought to the facts to my case. We talked for about 30-40 minutes over the phone that night, at the end of the conversation he told me to send him all the documents pertaining to the case so that he could review that night. He also told me to get a good nights rest and that he would be in touch with me that morning. I was able to sleep well that night because I felt that in a short conversation over the phone he was able to drill down the essential facts which would lead to a sharp defense. We corresponded several times over the phone in the next couple of days. My temperament was changed from the week before to one of great hope that I would win my case. It was very apparent that Chris not only had great skill but that he took a deep interest and cared about the case . What I was especially impressed with the fact that by reviewing the documentation that he was able to discern truths about relationships that I had with the parties involved and fundamental supervisory communication deficiencies that existed in my unit. I didn't feel like I had to constantly call him and tell him my side of the case, he was able to discern things on his own. It gave me a great since of solace to know that I was in good hands and that I could let him concentrate on making a great defense while I could concentrate on keeping myself together at work. I also knew that my case was getting the attention it deserved. . When I got the final rebuttal back from Chris on Wednesday I was very happy with it. When I sent it to my father he responded "Wow, Wow, Wow!". The case ended up lingering on for a little over a month, but we ended up winning. Chris I know sensed how stressed and hurt I was by the implications of the demotion. Throughout that month he went out of his way to reach out to me as a friend and not just my lawyer. When you are going through a legal proceeding you have no idea how much strength you get from knowing your lawyer cares about you. I will always be grateful and know that I would have lost if I hadn't had the great fortune of contacting him that Sunday night.
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Posted by Julius | January 16, 2016
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A Real Comfort in Trying Times.
There are no words that I feel can accurately frame Christopher. His determination and dedication to my case could only be rivaled by his compassion and empathy for me. In the weeks leading up to trial we were in constant communication, keeping me totally updated on everything. However, months thereafter he was still in contact. Always the consummate professional, yet during the most difficult moments of my life; Christopher Cazares was much more than my advocate. He was my friend.
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Posted by Colin | January 15, 2016
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Best lawyer so far
He prepared me to be a lawyer in my own case. Extremely knowledgeable and professional. The outcome of my case might have been different without Chris. He gave me the confidance I needed to make it through the trial. Will use again.
Posted by anonymous | January 15, 2016
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Great Military Law Attorney
I hired Mr. Cazares to assist my son in preparing for and presenting his UCMJ case. Mr. Cazares was able to keep my son's spirits and hope up during the entire process. He worked tirelessly with my son on his case and kept us informed during the entire process. Mr. Cazares, also, stepped away from his personal life in order to take my son's case on short notice in a different state. I can't say enough good things about Mr. Cazares. He's incredibly knowledgeable with regards to the UCMJ. The outcome of my son's case was successful and I attribute that to Mr. Cazares's professionalism and expertise in dealing with military law.
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Posted by Jimmie | October 8, 2015
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very professional and personable
Great lawyer and great guy. Really went out of his way and did everything possible to help me with my case. Also helped me stay positive through the whole thing. Hired an attorney and feel like I gained a friend as well!
Posted by Steven | September 8, 2015
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Excellent Criminal Defense Lawyer
Christopher Cazares handled my case with outstanding professionalism and offered vital advice for me and my family through out the entire legal process. Cazares's sound judgement, guidance and ability to see through the storm, is the reason why our case prevailed and led to a victory.
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Cost

Rates
  • Contingency 33%-45%
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Instructor
  • The Judge Advocate General's Law Center & School
  • 2015 - Present
  • Instructor
  • TRIALS Team
  • 2012 - Present
  • Judge Advocate General
  • United States Air Force
  • 2005 - 2015

Education

  • Gerry Spence Trial Lawyers College
  • 2015
  • Arizona Defense Against Driving Impairment
  • 2015
  • NITA Training for Trainers
  • 2015
  • NACDL, Capital Defense Litigation
  • 2008
  • University of Southern California Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2004
  • University of Texas System, El Paso
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2001
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Legal Cases

  • State v. Riley
  • Acquittal
  • United States v. Rasmussen
  • Acquittal
  • United States v. Gilson
  • Acquittal

Associations

  • The Judge Advocate General’s School
  • Editorial Board
  • 2016 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Litigation
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Gerry Spence Trial Lawyers College, Ranch Club
  • Member
  • N/A
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2016
  • Air Force Training Ribbon
  • United States Air Force
  • N/A
  • Air Force Longevity Service
  • United States Air Force
  • N/A
  • Nuclear Deterrence Operations Service Medal
  • United States Air Force
  • N/A
  • Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
  • United States Air Force
  • N/A
  • National Defense Service Medal
  • United States Air Force
  • N/A
  • Air Force Outstanding Unit Award
  • United States Air Force
  • N/A
  • Air Force Commendation Medal
  • United States Air Force
  • N/A
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Publications

  • Air Force Online News Service
  • The Role of the Prosecutor
  • 2010

Speaking Engagements

  • TRIALS
  • Opening Statement
  • 2015
  • Trial and Defense Advocacy Course
  • Closing Argument
  • 2015
  • TRIALS
  • Building Your Sentencing Case
  • 2015
  • TRIALS
  • Direct Examination
  • 2014
  • TRIALS
  • Voir Dire
  • 2014
  • TRIALS
  • Introduction of Evidence
  • 2013
  • Trial Advocacy Conference
  • Cross-Examination
  • 2011
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Attorney endorsements

Received (18)
Given (12)
Endorse Christopher
Personal injury Attorney | Aug 18
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Chris is a great attorney and even better human. He's passionate about what he does and zealously stands up for his clients. I would hire Chris to represent me if I needed a personal injury attorney."
Unknown Attorney | Mar 22
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Mr. Chris Cazares [Military Trial Defenders] is an exceptional top-notch lawyer. He is a zealous advocate for his clients and highly respected in the legal community. I’ve personally witnessed his stellar performance in court and was thoroughly impressed by the results he achieved for his client. The attorneys at Military Trial Defenders have skillfully mastered their primary area of practice through years of experience - Sharp critical thinking and a flawless work ethic. I encourage anyone who needs superior legal representation to seek their services - hard-hitting and extremely aggressive. You want this team on your side"
Military law Attorney | Mar 07
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I went to trial along side Chris on a very serious case. His legal expertise and advocacy skills led to a complete dismissal of the charges on the first day of trial. He is a great attorney."
Military law Attorney | Sep 13
Relationship: Other
"I had the pleasure of meeting and working with Christopher Cazares this summer (2015) at the Trial Lawyer College @ Gerry Spence's Ranch in Wyoming. Christopher is a real person, with feelings and concerns about his client. Furthermore, Christopher is real trial lawyer. A lawyer that will take the time to fully understand a client's case and represent that individual to the fullest extent possible. Christopher is everything I would want in an attorney to represent my interest. A real person - a real attorney. I endorse Christopher Cazares 100%."
Unknown Attorney | Sep 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Chris is a very fine attorney and a superb individual. I had the honor of meeting Chris over a course which lasted a few weeks. Chris is a very caring and skillful attorney. He works very hard and put all the effort that is necessary and then some to accomplish the task. He also has a very unique persona which enables him to connect with others. If you are looking for someone who would listen, care and fight for you, Chris Cazares is the ideal choice. You will not be disappointed."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Chris bring unrivaled energy to everything he does. I have seen him perform in trial skills courses, in front of attorneys from all across the country, and he is skilled and magnetic."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 01
Relationship: Co-worker
"I have know Mr. Cazares for over five years. We served as active duty JAGs in the US Air Force JAG Corps for a number of years. Mr. Cazares was detailed to defend an Airman in a court-martial at the installation to which I was assigned. He did an excellent job defending against the charges. I highly recommend Mr. Cazares."
Military law Attorney | Feb 16
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have known Chris since his first day as an active duty JAG. Chris' first fifteen cases were against me. Later, we were able to work on criminal defense cases together. I can say without a doubt, I have never met an attorney who has the ability to bond with his clients. He truly cares about his client and treats them with the utmost respect and dignity."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Chris for many years. We have worked together on cases and also worked as opposing counsel. Chris has great legal skills, integrity, and work ethic. I strongly endorse him."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 20
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Christopher served as opposing counsel on two cases of mine, one of which was a fully litigated sexual assault trial. He is a superb attorney with a firm courtroom presence. He is well respected in the judiciary, and is known as a straight shooter. I would highly recommend him to anyone!"
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Chris and I have tried homocide and rape cases together and he is not only a phenomenal trial attorney...he never stops fighting for his clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 04
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I tried a court martial with Chris at the beginning of my Air Force career. He was fantastic in the courtroom. After I got to know him trying a case together, his reputation in the Air Force JAG community only served to reinforce my high opinion of him. He studies his craft and is a fierce advocate."
Litigation Attorney | Dec 04
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have worked many cases with Mr. Cazares over the past decade. In addition to possessing a thorough knowledge of the law on numerous subjects, he has always proven himself to be conscientious, reasonable, and diligent. Most importantly, I have the highest regard for his ethical integrity. I whole-heartedly endorse him."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 01
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Christopher is a reasonable, experienced, and dedicated attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Christopher. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 02
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. I knew Chris when he was a JAG, both as a prosecutor and as a defense attorney. Chris is an experienced, aggressive litigator who fights hard for his clients."
Military law Attorney | Apr 15
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. I have known Chris since he was an Air Force JAG attorney and I worked with him representing clients. He is very dedicated to his clients and his role as a defense attorney. I refer clients to him because of my confidence they will be well represented."
Military law Attorney | Jan 23
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Chris is among the elite litigators nation-wide. It is no understatement to say that he is simply on a different level then an overwhelming majority of trial attorneys. I have tried cases against Chris and have trained other attorneys alongside him. He is simply one of the best. If you want a fearless, caring advocate that breaks through walls for his clients, look no further."
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Bothell Personal injury Lawyer Christopher D Cazares
Christopher D Cazares
Personal injury Attorney
Bothell, WA
Licensed for 17 years