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About me

I was born and raised in England. I went to law school in London and trained in one of London's leading criminal defense law firms.


I practiced criminal defense law for 7 years before moving to the United States. I handled all types of cases including murder, manslaughter, rape and drug offenses.


I specilaized in juvenile law for 3 years and also represented children facing anti social behavior orders.


It was always a dream of mine to live in the United States, so I sat the Washington State Bar exams in 2010 and qualifed as a Washington Attorney.


I faced some challenges with immigration and this lead to my desire to help those facing difficulties with the immigration laws in the United States. 


I work closely with North West Immigration Rights Project and accept at least one trial a year on a pro bono basis.







Languages spoken: Spanish, English

Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 75%
    12 years, 3 thousand cases
  2. Immigration: 20%
    11 years, 250 cases
  3. Speeding Ticket: 5%
    11 years, 100 cases



Fixed (always), Free consultation (30 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

18 total 

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  • Stefanie Marie Dorn

    Rebecca is a fantastic, dedicated, and experienced criminal defense attorney. She genuinely cares about her clients and has a warm and kind personality that puts people at ease. She is thoughtful, responsive and prepared.


    Stefanie Dorn Expungement Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • Andrew Nguyen

    I endorse this lawyer. Rebecca is very intelligent and knowledgeable attorney. I have seen her in court many times and she is excellent advocate for her clients.


    Andrew Nguyen Speeding and traffic ticket Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

Thorley Defense Law

16000 Mill Creek Blvd. Ste 205.
Mill Creek, WA, 98012


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Top 100 Trial LawyersNational Trial Lawyers2014
Pro Bono Service CommendationWashington State Bar Association2012
Pro Bono Service CommendationWashington State Bar Association2011
Pro Bono Services AwardLaw Society England & Wales2002
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
OwnerThorley Defense Law PLLC2013 - Present
AssociateStafne Law Firm2010 - 2012
AttorneyBaker Newby LLP2007 - 2008
AttorneyInnocence Project2007 - 2008
AttorneyParker Bird2001 - 2005
AttorneyPolice Station Advisor2001 - 2002
AttorneyBreeze Benton Solicitors1998 - 2000
AttorneyLouisiana Crisis Assistance Center1995 - 1995
Association namePosition nameDuration
National Trial Lawyers AssociationMember2014 - Present
WSBA -Animal Law SectionMember2014 - Present
Snohomish County Bar AssociationMember2013 - Present
Washington Defender AssociationMember2013 - Present
Washington Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember2013 - Present
Stillaguamish Tribal BarMember2011 - Present
United States District Court for the Western District of WashingtonMember2011 - Present
Washington State Bar AssociationMember2010 - Present
Law Society of England and WalesMember2000 - Present
London Guildhall University School of Law - Death Penalty CommitteeVice Chair1995 - 1996
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Asylum - Defensive -Tacoma Detention CenterAsylum granted in full.
BIA Appeal - Removal ProceedingsWon - remanded back to Seattle Immigration Court
State of WA V DefendantReduced to Negligence 1
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of British Columbia School of LawLawLL.B - Bachelor of Laws2008
Cardiff UniversityMagistrate and Police StationDuty Solicitor Qualifications2000
London Guildhall University School of LawLPCDiploma in Legal Practice1998
London Guildhall University School of LawLawLL.B - Bachelor of Laws1996
City of London PolytechnicLaw and LatinPre Law1993
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
LifelinesDeath Penalty1996