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Defending individuals in the following areas of Criminal Law:

  • DUI

  • BUI

  • Driving While License Suspended (DWLS)

  • Minor in Possession (MIP)

  • Misdemeanors

  • Gross Misdemeanors

  • Theft

  • Assault Charges

  • Drug Charges

  • Speeding Infractions


Practice areas


  1. DUI & DWI: 75%
    14 years, 100 cases
  2. Criminal Defense: 15%
    14 years, 100 cases
  3. Speeding Ticket: 10%
    14 years, 100 cases



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Attorney endorsements

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  • Benjamin T Gichner

    Karlie is highly respected in the legal community. She is extremely talented in criminal defense matters, and I would not hesitate to hire her myself. I heartily endorse this attorney.


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  • Gene E. Piculell

    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.


    Gene Piculell Criminal defense Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

5400 Carillon Pt
Kirkland, WA, 98033-7357


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Pro Bono Publico Service CommendationWashington State Bar Association2007
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Private Criminal Defense AttorneyKarlie Valdez, Attorney in Kirkland2005 - Present
Account ManagerThomson West (Westlaw)2004 - 2005
Associate AttorneyBowers & Associates2003 - 2004
Rule 9 InternStritmatter Kessler Whelan Coluccio2001 - 2002
Association namePosition nameDuration
Kings County Bar AssociationMember2009 - Present
Washington Association of Criminal Defense AttorneysMember2008 - Present
Washington State Bar AssociationMember2003 - Present
King County Bar AssociationPro Bono Neighborhood Clinic Attorney2004 - 2005
East King County Bar AssociationMember2003 - 2004
Washington State Trial Lawyers AssociationMember2002 - 2005
Justice for ChildrenVice President2000 - 2001
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
City vs. J.HNegligent Driving/Deferred Sentence
Violation of Uniform Controlled Substance ActDismissed.
State v. H.Not guilty
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Seattle University School of LawN/AJD - Juris Doctor2002
University of WashingtonEnglish LiteratureBA1998
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Avoiding a DUI arrestStandardized Field Sobriety Tests2015
To Blow or Not to BlowWashington's breath test2014
2010 NHTSA SFST CourseCertification for Lawyers on Standardized Field Sobriety Tests2010
Westlaw Legal Research SeminarAdvanced Legal Research and Topical Legal Research2004
Trial Advocacy CompetitionTraffic/Negligence2002
Moot Court CompetitionAdministrative Law2000