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Scott Frederick Leist

Criminal defense Attorney at Issaquah, WA

5.0   310 reviews
  • Licensed for 23 years
    State WA
    Acquired 2000
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

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

About Scott

Learn Scott’s areas of practice.

3
Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    45%
    Domestic and international criminal litigation experience, including violent crimes

    24 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

    24 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).

    24 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.

Location

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

5.0 / 5.0
  310 customer reviews
Posted by Dan | March 27, 2024
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great results for my first speeding ticket, dismissed
I had a recent citation for my first speeding ticket and reached out about any avenues for a reduced charge or dismissal based on safe driving history and location. Communication was easy and direct, and I got updates along the way. Ultimately, my case was dismissed due to procedural issues so I didn't have to pay a dime! Highly recommended, saved me a lot on potential insurance hike.
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Posted by anonymous | March 25, 2024
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Third times the charm
Third time for hiring Scott. His office is highly professional, knowledgeable and skilled at representing you. Look no further. Scott and Barb are the best!
Posted by Miko | March 5, 2024
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Help clear a traffic ticket
We hired Scott for a speeding ticket. The response that we got when we first contacted the low office was great. The process was very easy, we sent them our information with the ticket that we received. Two months later we received e mail that they had the ticket dismissed. I really appreciate all of thier work. I highly recommend anyone with traffic infractions to connect this low office.
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Posted by Bryan | January 28, 2024
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Great Service!!!
I hired Scott after I got a Speeding Too Fast For Conditions ticket about a month ago. He and his legal team (Especially Barbara), are great too work with. Barbara explained things very clearly in a way that I could understand and was just a nice person in general. Scott sent me a closure letter a few days ago saying that due too some procedural issues he found that he was able too get my ticket completely dismissed!! This was the best possible outcome I could have hoped for and this ticket won’t be on my record too jeopardize my CDL! I am very happy with the service Scott and his team provided.
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Posted by anonymous | December 5, 2023
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Excellent representation!!
Thank you so much for helping to resolve my traffic infraction. So incredibly easy using your firm. I will always use Scott to represent me and anyone in my family.
Posted by Gina | December 5, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
Highly recommended
Attorney Scott Leist is an extremely effective lawyer. I was treated respectfully by his staff and I am so grateful for their representation on my behalf with a speeding ticket. I would highly recommend this law firm without reservation.
Posted by Justin | September 25, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Hands Down Best Service!
Scott has helped me out many times! I am always pleased with his and his office service and favorable outcomes!
Posted by Savita | September 8, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Juvenile ticket dismissal
My son who was driving on his IP had an unfortunate mishap. He wasn’t speeding and was not able to control the car due to some auto correct that the Tesla did. There was damage to property and the officer who was called on site cited a speeding/negligence ticket when it was neither. Scott helped us fight this and get it dismissed. Grateful to have found him. Thank you Scott!
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Posted by Jason | September 4, 2023
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Excellent support for traffic ticket
Scott did a great job getting a traffic ticket reduced for my daughter, to minimize the impact on her record. The communication from his office throughout the process was clear and complete. Thanks!
Posted by Jeff | August 23, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Superior Work
Due to us not knowing about the laws for beginner drivers my son was about to lose his license. Scott stepped up and dropped the ticket dismissed and my kid will not lose his license. It was money very well spent. I will hire him again if needed (i sure hope we don't though!)
Posted by Noah | August 12, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
We won! Hoped for greater transparency
Scott and his team did a great job dealing with my ticket. Barbara is the real horse power here. She did a great job communicating with me and answering my questions. I was able to hand everything over and then allow them to do what they do best. I do however have some constructive feedback. It sounds like Scott had another lawyer cover his court case because he was out of town. We were still able to arrive at a favorable outcome however I did not hire his colleague I hired Scott. This is an important point for me because it leads into the second part. I was not able to speak with Scott directly. I would’ve appreciate even a brief phone call to share more details about the case or important information that he could use in the event he needed it. At the end of the day, his team was able to achieve the best possible outcome and that’s what I was hoping for. If the outcome had been different we likely would be having a different conversation. I am a big believer in transparency and that would’ve been much appreciated. Overall I am satisfied with everything. I am grateful to him and his team. Very Professional and things went smooth.
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Posted by Michael | August 9, 2023
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Hassle free
So glad I chose WA traffic Defense, Hassle free and successful defense. Thanks Scott and Barbara
Posted by Steven | August 8, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best Possible Case Resolution
The process working with Attorney Leist's could not have been any easier. I made one call and spoke with a member of his staff who was very friendly and helpful. I filled out the form his office sent me and emailed that back with a copy of my ticket. I was told because I had promptly engaged with his office that no other action on my part would be necessary. A couple months letter I received a letter notifying me that my ticket had been DISMISSED! I would, and already have, recommend his service to anyone who received a traffic ticket in the areas he served.
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Posted by anonymous | July 27, 2023
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Traffic Citation Dropped
Extremely professional service, response time was very quick, expectations were clear, and all charges were dropped. I would highly recommend Scott to any individual with a traffic case, there simply isn’t anyone better in the business
Posted by Binh | July 5, 2023
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Binh Mach
Never fails any situations, one of the best... he had save a lot of money for me from the insurance all my family and friend always hire him for the ticket we get from speeding to accident or any between
Posted by Eric | May 26, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
Ticket dismissed!
Lawyer was great, answered all my questions in a timely manner and was very helpful. They found some procedural errors and were able to get the ticket dismissed! After the hearing they notified me of the result within 24 hours, highly recommend this firm.
Posted by anonymous | May 17, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
Speeding Traffic Violation
Second time working with Scott and his team and they do a fantastic job. Communication was clear and timely and the outcome Scott worked for me met what I was hoping to achieve. Will definitely use Scott again in the future.
Posted by anonymous | April 18, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
Hire Scott for Stress Relief!!
We hired Scott to help with several tickets. We worked with his paralegal, Barbara, and she and Scott took care of everything. What an enormous relief to have someone advocating for you to get the swiftest and most beneficial resolution! Thank you!
Posted by Seth | April 5, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
Great lawyer with great communication!
I had a speeding infraction that I needed Scott’s help with. I called his office as soon as I could and they were able to help me know what the process was going to be like and what documentation was needed. They were very polite and willing to answer any questions I had about what was going to happen. As soon as there was an update on the case, the communicated that info to me as soon as they got it. If you want someone reliable, who really takes care of their clients, hire Scott. I got the speeding infraction removed from my record with no rising insurance rates.
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Posted by anonymous | December 8, 2022
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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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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

Sample of Legal Cases

  • State of Washington v. Jermaine Watkins
  • Prevailed - Conviction Affirmed
  • State of Washington v. Gary Wolf
  • Prevailed - Conviction Affirmed
  • State of Washington v. Antwoine Parmer
  • Successfully prosecuted a high-profile rape case.
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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

Honors and 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
  • 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 Sexual Offenses
  • 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)
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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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