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Andrea Rae Kim

Criminal defense Attorney at Maple Valley, WA

5.0   7 reviews
  • Licensed for 10 years
    State WA
    Acquired 2013
    Active No misconduct found

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About Andrea

Learn Andrea’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    Any criminal charge from shoplifting to murder. Also anyone under investigation but not yet charged.

    10 years, 3,000 cases

  2. Juvenile law
    Juvenile Criminal Defense.

    10 years, 150 cases

  3. DUI and DWI
    Any charge of Physical Control or Driving Under the Influence

    10 years, 1,000 cases

I knew that I was destined to be a criminal defense attorney at seven years old when my mother told me that I should be a lawyer because I argue so much. Throughout my life, I watched people I loved get chewed up and spit out by the criminal justice system and that cemented my passion for defending those accused of crimes in our complicated court system.

I studied Political Science and Criminal Justice at Washington State University. I then attended Seattle University School of Law to fulfill my dreams of becoming a criminal defense attorney. During law school I interned with the Associated Counsel for the Accused, a public defender agency in King County. I then interned with the Honorable Wesley St. Clair in the King County Juvenile Court as a clerk. I finished my final year as an intern with the Federal Public Defenders office in the Western District of Washington.  I also received the highest grade in the class for Evidence at Seattle University School of Law and am an expert on evidence issues in trial.

I have been practicing criminal defense since I graduated from law school.   I am committed to practicing in this area forever because I thoroughly enjoy helping my clients and their families navigate the complicated and scary charges against them.  In my first job as a lawyer, I worked for Feldman and Lee primarily handling municipal public defense contracts.  I have also taken private cases ranging in severity from as a simple shoplifting case to a felony drug case and everything in between. I gained invaluable experience as a public defender handling thousands of cases and taking many cases to trial. I have handled hundreds of domestic violence cases and DUI’s.   My expertise on these cases caused me to become the trial trainer for all of the new associates hired by the firm.

After leaving Feldman and Lee, I became a partner with Choi Capital Law running the Criminal Law Department before joining the team at Gause Law Offices, PLLC.  At Choi Capital Law, I handled many domestic violence cases and resolved every single one of those cases with some sort of dismissal.  In the only trial during that time period, I received a deadlocked jury verdict which led the prosecutor to dismiss the charges against my client.  I also handled multiple felony cases and resolved every felony down to a misdemeanor or less.

Now an attorney at Gause Law Offices, I continue to take pride in diligently preparing every case I handle. I start every case by making sure that my clients fully understand the charges against them, the potential consequences, the steps and process the case will go through, and, most importantly, what matters most to my client in resolving the case. I then review the discovery with a fine tooth comb and make sure to interview every witness or party to the case. I always prepare my cases for trial even though a vast majority of cases resolve prior to trial, my preparedness helps to get my clients the best resolutions possible through informed negotiations. I have won trials and had hundreds of cases dismissed for my clients that are innocent. I have also helped hundreds of clients get a better deal that resulted in them getting treatment or help for the issues causing their criminal behavior instead of jail time. There is no criminal case that would not benefit from the assistance of a compassionate, thorough, and aggressive defense attorney’s representation.


22520 SE 218th Street
Maple Valley, WA, 98038

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Posted by Ricky | October 18, 2022
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Great Choice !
I'm not experienced with law, but at our first meeting Andrea listened patiently and communicated so I clearly understood our plan. Andrea kept me updated by phone and text regularly. She extended her commitment with me to finish the job! Andrea was able to win my case successfully!
Posted by anonymous | October 5, 2020
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Phenomenal Attorney
Andrea Kim is by far one of the best attorneys I have worked with.  She is thoughtful, caring, and highly knowledgeable about the law.  From the minute I hired Andrea, she explained and guided me through the process.  She remained diligent and proactive to get my case resolved as quickly as possible, AND with the best results.  Andrea is highly professional and extremely efficient in her job.  I highly recommend Andrea Kim to anyone in need of a good, professional, and successful attorney.
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Posted by anonymous | August 31, 2020
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Highly recommended
Andrea represented me in case where I was accused of assaulting two minors. The case went to trial and I was acquitted of all charges. It was a stressful experience, and I was happy to have Andrea on my side. Her preparation was thorough. She left no stone uncovered during her investigation pretrial. She did a great job during trial too. I thought her questioning of the witnesses was perfect, and I was very impressed with her approach to questioning the two children who testified in the case. I also appreciated that she was very available for communication with me throughout the whole process. I hope to never again find myself in a similar situation, but if I do, I know who I will be calling!
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Posted by Jo Ann L. | October 3, 2018
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Simply the best
Andrea Kim was recommended by a friend of mine. She took my case and work hard and never left one stone unturned we nicknamed her "THE SHARK" because Andrea loves a challenge.. I never had any faith in the judicial system until Andrea Kim came into my life and helped me through a difficult situation and my case was dismissed. Andrea is very compassionate and she truly cares about you . She is down to earth , extremely sweet & kind and very intelligent when it comes to the law. You know from the very beginning where your case stands, she is very explanatory and extremely thorough in her work. I would recommend Andrea Kim to anybody and everybody she is Simply the Best anyone could ever ask for. Andrea is my savior, and she will always be in my life no matter, whether it be for legal advice or just as a friend. Thank you Andrea for everything, Yare the greatest...
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Posted by anonymous | March 21, 2018
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Excellent lawyer
Andrea is a well-prepared, detail-oriented lawyer with a heart. She started working on my case immediately after our consultation and we ended up winning after a single court appearance. She walked me through the anxiety of stepping into a courtroom for the first time and is the type of lawyer you want on your side.
Posted by Kelvin | March 24, 2017
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Simply the best.
I was charged with 4th degree Domestic violence and prevention of reporting a crime. I was referred to Andrea by my family lawyer. Her retainer/fee was $5000. She let me make payments. I gave her $500 at our initial meeting inside McDonald's. Andrea is very well prepared. She even had copies of documents for the DA. She is nice and aggressive. She was with me from the arrangement thru the 4 hours the jury deliberated, and follow ups. She went thru my case point by point. She helped me arrange my thoughts clearly. Her office staff is hella nice, they even gave my babies candy. She told me how to dress, how to talk, how to smile at the jury. My ex wife tried to have me homeless, but she investigated and I was back into my house in 2 days. She spoke with the police in a way that made me wish I could have her with me at all times. She was quick to object in the courthouse. Her arguments made the da look silly. She called me often, text me, emailed me, and answered my questions. She even listened to me cry the ugly cry. She disencourged me to take a bad deal, that I might have taken. I feel that I made a friend. Heck if Andrea was a single woman, I'd propose to her. She saved my life, saved my children from not having a father, and made me sane.
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Posted by anonymous | January 26, 2017
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Amazing caring professional
I had a DV charge. She was relentless in working with the prosecutor. Always responded in a timely manner and I felt like she genuinely cared for my welfare. She got the charge dropped. I do not wish to need to use her services again but would highly recommend her!
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Work Experience

  • Owner/ Managing Partner
  • ARK Law
  • 2020 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Gause Law Offices
  • 2017 - 2019
  • Partner
  • Choi Capital Law
  • 2016 - 2017
  • Associate Attorney
  • Feldman and Lee
  • 2013 - 2016
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  • Seattle University School of Law
  • JD
  • 2013
  • Washington State University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2009
  • Washington State University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2009


  • Covington Networking Group
  • Member
  • 2018 - Present
  • King County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2017 - Present
  • Washington Defender Association
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Order of the Barristers
  • National Order of the Barristers
  • 2013
  • CALI Excellence for the Future Award
  • The Center for Computer Assisted Legal Instruction
  • 2012

Attorney endorsements

Received (10)
Given (2)
Endorse Andrea
Criminal defense Attorney | May 13
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Andrea is a fierce advocate for her clients. As a former prosecutor who had cases with her as opposing counsel, I can tell you that she leaves no stone unturned and obtains phenomenal results for her clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Andrea is a delightful colleague who is a tenacious yet caring advocate for her clients. I have learned much from Andrea in my own practice, and I would recommend her to anyone to defend rights in court."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Andrea! I have referred clients to her. She is passionate about criminal defense, is hard-working, and she is very personable."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Andrea Kim is an outstanding criminal defense attorney. She has an outstanding knowledge of the law and she will be a great new addition to the Gause law office."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Feb 06
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Andrea Kim is an exceptional criminal defense and DUI attorney. I have seen hard represent clients with difficult cases, against challenging opponents, and achieve a successful outcome. Andrea knows the law and the courts, and she has the experience to guide her clients through the process. I strongly endorse this attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Andrea is smart, thorough, and tenacious. She is definitely someone I trust and someone I refer cases to frequently!"
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 06
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"Andrea is an exceptional advocate. Time after time, she obtains huge results for her clients. Often, this means complete dismissal of serious cases. She is one of the most bright, hard working and conscientious attorneys that I've ever met. Her clients admire her for her compassion, communication, and thoroughness. She leaves no stone unturned to ensure her clients receive the best result possible. I've seen Andrea be an advocate in trial, and she is a fierce opponent to any prosecutor, handedly winning pretrial motions against the most seasoned trial lawyers. If I were ever in trouble, Andrea would be the first person I call."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have had the pleasure of both working alongside Andrea in criminal defense, and opposing her in criminal cases. She is a smart and tough criminal defense attorney who really cares about making sure her client's understand their options, making wise choices, and understanding the whole criminal process. I respect being able to work well with her as opposing counsel in a tough and ethical way."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"If a close friend or their child ever found themselves accused of a crime, I'd call Andrea Kim in a heartbeat. Ms. Kim is extremely detail-oriented and approaches each case holistically, with a sensitivity to who you are and what is most important to you as you make your way through your criminal case. She values fostering strong relationships with members of the legal community to assist you in achieving the optimal outcome. I strongly endorse Andrea, and believe hiring her for your case is one of the wisest things you can do for yourself if you're facing criminal charges."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Andrea is tough as nails in the courtroom. An excellent advocate for her clients, Andrea will leave no stone unturned in your defense. Trial savvy, an excellent researcher, and with a breadth of experience in criminal law and juvenile law, I do not hesitate one moment to endorse Andrea Kim. She will get the job done and ensure you get the best possible defense there is."
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Maple Valley Criminal defense Lawyer Andrea Rae Kim
Andrea Rae Kim
Criminal defense Attorney
Maple Valley, WA
Licensed for 10 years
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