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Scott Frederick Leist

Criminal defense Attorney at Issaquah, WA

4.9   291 reviews

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About Scott

Learn Scott’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    45%
    Domestic and international criminal litigation experience, including violent crimes

    23 years, 1,200 cases

  2. Speeding and traffic ticket
    30%
    Investigated traffic incidents and infractions as a police officer, litigated similar offenses as a prosecutor, up to and through "trial" and now defend accused drivers

    23 years, 3,000 cases

  3. DUI and DWI
    25%
    Investigated DUI cases as a police officer, handled thousands as a prosecutor, including dozens of trials and now defend people accused of DUI and BUI (boating under the influence).

    23 years, 2,000 cases

As a former Seattle Police officer and long time prosecutor, I bring a unique perspective and set of skills to criminal cases, particularly DUI matters and traffic infractions.  There is simply no substitute for the experience of handling thousands of investigations and trials, from initial police involvement all the way through appeal.  

 

I pride myself in providing zealous yet personalized and caring representation for all of my clients.  I look forward to the opportunity to serve you, your friends and family.

Licensed for 22 years
State WA
Status Active
Acquired 2000
Updated 11/25/2022

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

Contact Scott

Leist Law Office / Washington Traffic Defense
PO Box 1856
Issaquah, WA, 98027
Leist Law Office / Washington Traffic Defense
705 2nd Av. #1111
Seattle, WA, 98104
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Reviews

4.9 / 5.0
  291 customer reviews
Posted by anonymous | December 8, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Would Give 6 Stars
I have hired Mr Leist on multiple cases, major and two traffic infractions. From large to small cases, Leist Law showed the upmost attention to detail and care in answering all my questions. Their hard work received the best outcome in all cases. My stress, of even minor traffic infractions, was completely relieved. I highly recommend having Leist on your side, if only to gain peace of mind in navigating the legal process.
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Posted by Chad | November 4, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Fantastic work
Scott was able to not only handle my case, but got it completely resolved (traffic ticket). He was communicative, thorough, and got the job done. I was also incredibly pleased with Barbara White in his office; she was wonderful as well. Would 100% recommend!
Posted by Harold | October 5, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Traffic Ticket Help
We called Scott's office for help with two traffic speeding tickets. Scott and Barbara are the BEST !. We could not have asked for a better outcome. I'm so grateful my wife's friend gave us Scott's name and number. We defiantly will use Scott again when the need arises. Thank you again Scott and Barbara !!!
Posted by Stewart | July 28, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Best There Is
I have used Scott twice. He is the best there is. He is by far the most knowledgeable, patient and level-headed person in the courtroom. Not to mention he is the most professional. While waiting around, I have watched other lawyers. I have seen Scott even coach his competition just starting out to help them in the right direction. Class act and knows his profession
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Posted by JH | July 7, 2022
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Excellent service
Scott and Barbara are amazing! I had traffic tickets and Scott was able to get the charges dismissed. Thank you to both!
Posted by Eric | March 30, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Scott has served me well
I've hired Scott twice now, once for me and once for my son. Both occasions were great outcomes with traffic tickets dismissed. The process is simple and well spelled out. Barbara was an absolute gem when I was looking for answers and she responded quickly. I recommend Scott without reservation!
Posted by Pankaj | March 30, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Case Dismissed!!!
It was so hassle free to engage with Leist Law Office, thanks to Barbara. The outcome was awesome!!!
Posted by Julia | March 30, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Fantastic care and communication
Scott and Barbara were able to handle my case exceptionally fluently. They communicated with me throughout the entire process so I knew what the status of my case was, but took the entire load of having to think about it off of me. They made me feel taken care of, I knew they had it perfectly handled and I loved that I did not have to worry about its status during the entire time. In the end - a favorable outcome :) Scott is the best, and I would highly recommend him to anyone.
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Posted by Joshua | March 9, 2022
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Awesome
Awesome Team, Awesome Job, thank You and your team very much. I just cant understand why the police are picking on the limited resource of truck drivers during such troubling times.
Posted by anonymous | November 11, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Super simple process and they won!
I have used Washington Traffic Defense a few times and they have always been easy to work with. They are so nice to talk to on the phone and all I had to do was send in some basic info and they did the rest!
Posted by Dax | October 13, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Super easy process and great result
I used Scott's services for a speeding ticket and he was able to get the charges dismissed. Was a super easy process, Thanks Scott!
Posted by Armando | September 9, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Speeding Tickle
I am not proud to say this but I have has a couple of speeding tickets and Scott has been able to dismiss both. Really easy and friendly to work with.
Posted by F. Galvan | August 26, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Resolve my log book ticket with no points on my dl
I want to thank you so much for your services. Barbara, and your self were so helpful and resolved my ticket. Thank you again!
Posted by Jevon | August 7, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Ticket review
Scott has been my lawyer for a while and in my opinion is one of the greatest lawyers in Seattle!! Handles all my court issues with the upmost professionalism and respect! Gets all my tickets dropped or lowered way down as I don’t have the greatest driving record, he still gets it done on all levels. I’m so glad to have him as my lawyer, I really hope he doesn’t retire any time soon!
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Posted by Min | July 29, 2021
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Best experience with a lawyer and paralegal
Scott & Barbara's professional knowledge, patience and their high efficiency of work all impressed me a lot. When my son got his speeding ticket in June, I immediately contacted them again without any hesitation, and my choice was right because my failed to yield to the emergency vehicle and my son's speeding tickets were all dismissed. My speeding ticket will have a hearing in next month. I'm very satisfied with the above mentioned results and I appreciate Scott & Barbara's excellent work very much!
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Posted by anonymous | June 29, 2021
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Best experience with a lawyer I had and will ever have.
Scott was recommended to me by a friend. Barbara the paralegal I originally spoke with was extremely kind, professional, and very helpful with explaining how the process would go. When I spoke with Scott he made sure we both had the same outcome in mind a reduction or dismissal. I came to him with a pretty hefty negligent driving ticket. I was expecting him to get it reduced but somehow he got it completely dismissed without me even showing up to court. The best part? He charged me less the the ticket amount was for. Scott is very good and fair at what he does. If any of my family or friends run into some trouble with a fine or ticket you can bet I will be sending them Scotts way. Thank you Scott and Barbara!
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Posted by anonymous | June 25, 2021
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Best lawyer for traffic infraction cases
I hired Scott Leist to defend me in traffic ticket and I felt that this is best decision. I got the ticket dismissed. During the entire duration of the case, I was communicated very well, and I was told about the case , possible outcomes etc. I wholeheartedly endorse Scott.
Posted by anonymous | June 25, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
good experience
Scott and Barbara were efficient and experienced and gave a clear understanding of the path forward
Posted by Matthew | June 16, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Traffic Violation
I contacted Mr. Leist's office, Washington Traffic Defense, after receiving a traffic citation for speeding. There was prompt communication throughout the entire process with his office, and they thoroughly answered any questions I had. He was able to get the citation dismissed. If the need ever arises again, He would be my first choice to handle the case.
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Posted by Elle | May 17, 2021
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Too Easy!
My traffic infraction was handled painlessly. I emailed the office my ticket and my court date and it was all handed from there. Thank you!
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Cost

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  • Free Consultation 60 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Leist Law Office / Washington Traffic Defense
  • 2009 - Present
  • Field Office Director - Kenya
  • International Justice Mission
  • 2008 - 2009
  • Deputy Prosecuting Attorney
  • King County Prosecutor's Office
  • 2003 - 2008
  • Attorney
  • Stoel Rives. LLP
  • 2000 - 2003
  • Police Officer
  • Seattle Police Department
  • 1993 - 2000
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Education

  • Seattle University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1999
  • University of Washington -Seattle
  • BA
  • 1992

Legal Cases

  • State of Washington v. Jermaine Watkins
  • Prevailed - Conviction Affirmed
  • State of Washington v. Gary Wolf
  • Prevailed - Conviction Affirmed
  • State of Washington vs. Tuan Tran
  • Prevailed - Conviction Affirmed
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Associations

  • Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • Issaquah/Sammamish Young Life
  • Area Committee Member
  • 2005 - Present
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2000 - Present
  • FEAR Project
  • Board Member
  • 2007 - 2008
  • King County Deputy Prosecuting Attorney's Assocation
  • President
  • 2006 - 2008
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • Pro Bono Award
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • 2017
  • Client's Choice
  • Avvo
  • 2017
  • Pro Bono Award
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • 2016
  • Pro Bono Publico Service Commendation
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • 2015
  • Pro Bono Publico Award
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • 2014
  • Pro Bono Publico Award
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • 2013
  • Pro Bono Publico Award
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • 2012
  • Pro Bono Publico Award
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • 2011
  • Pro Bono Publico Award
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • 2010
  • Pro Bono Publico Award
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • 2009
  • Rising Star
  • Washington Super Lawyers
  • 2007
  • Rising Star
  • Washington Super Lawyers
  • 2004
  • Cum Laude Graduate
  • Seattle University School of Law
  • 1999
  • Trustee Law Scholar
  • Seattle University School of Law
  • 1999
  • Trustee Law Scholar
  • Seattle University School of Law
  • 1998
  • Trustee Law Scholar
  • Seattle University School of Law
  • 1997
  • Trustee Law Scholar
  • Seattle University School of Law
  • 1996
  • West Precinct Officer of the Year Nominee
  • Seattle Police Department
  • 1996
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Publications

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Speaking Engagements

  • NDA In-House Training
  • Cross Examination of Police Officer Witnesses
  • 2010
  • Provincial Kenya Police Investigator and State Counsel Training
  • Investigation and Prosecution of Sexual Offenses
  • 2009
  • You "Gant" Do That - Search & Seizure CLE
  • Enhancing Your Defense Through an Understanding of Police Procedures and Use of Force
  • 2009
  • Provincial Kenya Police Investigator and State Counsel Training
  • Investigation and Prosecution of Child Sexual Assault
  • 2008
  • IJM Kenya Champion for Justice Award Ceremony
  • Award Presentation
  • 2008
  • Midyear Prosecution CLE
  • Recent Developments in Criminal Sentencing
  • 2007
  • Midyear Trusts and Estates Litigation CLE
  • Litigating Ownership of Non-Testamentary Property
  • 2003
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Attorney endorsements

Received (32)
Given (20)
Endorse Scott
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I've known Scott for several years. Put simply, he is a fantastic attorney. Scott is extremely intelligent, hard-working, and motivated. And his knowledge of criminal law, including traffic infractions, is second to none in the State of Washington. I would strongly recommend Scott to anyone looking for a criminal attorney."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jan 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. It goes without saying that he is one of our best attorneys in this State. A consummate leader and attorney in the community, he knows the law inside out and commands the respect of the court, prosecutors, and the defense bar. Most importantly he really fights for his clients. I recommend him without reservation."
DUI and DWI Attorney | May 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have been familiar with Scott and his work for many years, and have consulted with him on innumerable occasions when issues have arisen in my own cases. Scott has vast experience with criminal law, having been both a police officer and a prosecutor prior to becoming a defense attorney. He has a comprehensive knowledge of the law, especially in regard to traffic-related crimes and infractions, and has helped me immeasurably on many occasions. I also know that gets great results for his clients, whether by acquittal, dismissal, or or negotiation. Last but not least, he's a heck of a nice guy. I endorse him wholeheartedly."
DUI and DWI Attorney | May 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I enthusiastically endorse Scott. He is an excellent attorney and knows all there is to know about DUI and traffic defense. His experience as a police officer and prosecutor gives him a unique perspective of the justice system and he puts his experience to work for his clients. I have recommended Scott to my closest friends and family members, knowing that with Scott they would be in good hands."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Feb 05
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"In my previous job as a prosecutor, I had numerous cases against Scott. He is an extremely experienced DUI attorney and does an excellent job negotiating cases and getting the best possible results for his clients."
Unknown Attorney | Jul 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Scott for years as our paths frequently cross in court. He is never less than well prepared, and always very knowledgeable about the area of law in question. He is a zealous advocate on behalf of his clients. I heartily endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Oct 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Speeding and traffic ticket Attorney | Aug 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Scott is really good at what he does. It seems like he knows almost everything about traffic infractions and traffic offenses. I would not hesitate to recommend him to someone who needed help in this area."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Scott. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Speeding and traffic ticket Attorney | Dec 04
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I have worked opposite of Scott Leist before and was impressed with his tough negotiating style while maintaining civility."
Unknown Attorney | Aug 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Mar 25
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I highly endorse Scott's work. He a compassionate advocate who is extremely well versed in DUI practice."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I've known Scott for many years now. Scott is an excellent attorney who has the trial experience and years of working with the courts and prosecutors to get good results."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Scott was kind enough to come down all the way from Seattle on a weekday night to speak to some college students in Olympia about their rights as students and citizens and how best to avoid turning a contact with law enforcement into a criminal case. His demeanor and professionalism came through. Whenever I have asked for his advice on case via email he's always brought to bear his extensive experience as a defense lawyer, former prosecutor, and former police officer. I highly endorse his work."
Unknown Attorney | Apr 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Attorney Leist's strong commitment to criminal law is evident from his participation in this community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Scott is an excellent attorney who always fights hard for his clients. I highly endorse his work."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jun 10
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"When Scott was a prosecutor he prepared and tried cases like his life depended on every case. I have seen him working as a tireless advocate for the defense and have been impressed by his complete devotion to hard work and fearless advocacy. I believe that anyone who hires Scott Leist is going to get pragmatic advice and stellar representation."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 03
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 02
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Scott Leist is a very sharp, savvy defense lawyer. Since his experience is vast as a former supervising prosecutor with King County, he knows the players, judges and procedures. My firm has dealt with him in numerous matters when he was a prosecutor and always found him personable and respectful. Hiring Scott Leist on a DUI or other criminal matter leaves nothing to chance, and is as close as possible to a guarantee of a stellar outcome!"
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work. I had the pleasure of working with Scott at the King County Prosecutor's Office and am also aware of the excellent work he has done since opening his private practice. Scott is a superior trial lawyer whose experience provides his clients with outstanding advocacy."
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