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|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Pro Bono Publico Service Commendation||Washington State Bar Association||2007|
|Private Criminal Defense Attorney||Karlie Valdez, Attorney in Kirkland||2005 - Present|
|Account Manager||Thomson West (Westlaw)||2004 - 2005|
|Associate Attorney||Bowers & Associates||2003 - 2004|
|Rule 9 Intern||Stritmatter Kessler Whelan Coluccio||2001 - 2002|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Kings County Bar Association||Member||2009 - Present|
|Washington Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys||Member||2008 - Present|
|Washington State Bar Association||Member||2003 - Present|
|King County Bar Association||Pro Bono Neighborhood Clinic Attorney||2004 - 2005|
|East King County Bar Association||Member||2003 - 2004|
|Washington State Trial Lawyers Association||Member||2002 - 2005|
|Justice for Children||Vice President||2000 - 2001|
|State v. H.||Not guilty|
|State v. G.L.||Not guilty|
|Violation of Uniform Controlled Substance Act||Dismissed.|
|See all legal cases|
|DUI Kirkland Blog||DUI - Marijuana in Washington||2013|
|DUI Kirkland Blog||New Washington DUI laws target repeat offenders||2013|
|DUI Kirkland Blog||Choosing a DUI Lawyer||2012|
|WSTLA Trial News||Judge Lasnik Approves Settlement of Lawsuit by the Lummi Nation to Recover Ancestral Remains||2004|
|Seattle University School of Law||N/A||JD||2002|
|University of Washington -Seattle||English Literature||BA||1998|
|Avoiding a DUI arrest||Standardized Field Sobriety Tests||2015|
|To Blow or Not to Blow||Washington's breath test||2014|
|2010 NHTSA SFST Course||Certification for Lawyers on Standardized Field Sobriety Tests||2010|
|Westlaw Legal Research Seminar||Advanced Legal Research and Topical Legal Research||2004|
|Trial Advocacy Competition||Traffic/Negligence||2002|
|Moot Court Competition||Administrative Law||2000|
Posted by anonymous
It has been nothing but a pleasure working with Karlie. From the moment I reached out to her by coming across her website to our initial phone call, she's been very transparent, very compassionate, and very knowledgeable. Her approach is special-- she asks all the right questions and she's familiar with the local courts, prosecutors and judges in the area, yet she has a very caring, soft demeanor that made it so easy to deal with.
Like many people, getting pulled over and arrested for a DUI is an embarrassing, tumultuous and isolating situation. It was something that I didn't want to talk to anyone about. Like many, I didn't know what to do or who to trust. Frankly, I didn't even know where to begin. I did a Google search and contacted several local attorneys but after meeting with several, and transacting emails with several… I still didn't feel a good fit was found. As soon as I spoke to Karlie on the phone-- I just knew: I could feel safe with her, that I could trust her, and that she would fight for me.
And she did: over the next several months and longer, despite not having as a strong of a case as I'd liked, through persistence, her outstanding reputation, and how she positioned me… I had a breakthrough outcome that I'd consider to be "best case scenario" given the circumstances. And through it all, I learned a lot. She was a guiding light in one of the toughest seasons of my life, and I would recommend her to anyone needing more than guidance with the law… a true advocate. Someone who would fight for you.
Posted by Steve
I received a Negligent Driving ticket resulting from an incident on I-5, as did the driver of the other vehicle. Given the circumstances I pleaded Not Guilty and represented myself. The verdict was Guilty. I paid my fine and moved on. Fast forward 2 years and while applying for a job I find out that you cannot have a Negligent Driving Conviction on your DOL abstract for this job. For 6 months I wandered around to yet another free attorney or legal clinic. The results were; nothing, nada, zero. No pathway for getting this removed or going around it. I was repeatedly being reminded of that old adage; ‘You get what you pay for’. Someone totally unrelated to all this referred me to Karlie Valdez. Karlie got me a ‘Relief from Judgement’ for this conviction (i.e….it goes away). In addition, I was refunded all of my fine except for $100. I could not be more pleased. She knows her ‘stuff’. In this case that ‘stuff’ is driving related. I know she practices criminal law too. I don’t doubt that she is damn good at that as well. She would be my first choice and my first recommendation to anyone who needs help in those areas.
Posted by Ravi
Thank you very much for your help Karlie Valdez with my legal matter. Without your help, it would not have been possible for me to resolve the case and you made it as expedient as possible.
I will be happy to refer you whenever I can.
Gene Piculell, Criminal defense Attorney
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
Without question Karlie is a passionate, successful advocate for her clients. Her 'never give in' approach to defending her clients is always quite evident at the courthouse. In just one example in a recent case I became aware of, Karlie's client was offered a significant reduction on a DWI/DUI allegation to a Negligent Driving-a reduction that is most often sought on cases of this nature-however, Karlie's 'never give in' approach resulted in her taking this case to jury trial and subsequently earning the client an acquittal on all charges. She always has her client's best interests at the forefront of her professional consideration and always sees the case through to the most successful resolution possible for her clients. Her approach is built on well rounded experience, seasoned and effective trial skills and with a poised, effective courtroom presence she is an extraordinarily effective advocate. She has my highest endorsement.
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