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Allen R. Bentley

Criminal defense Attorney at Seattle, WA

5.0   4 reviews

About Allen

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Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    90%
    I have handled federal criminal cases in Washington, Oregon, California, New York, Florida and Alaska. My caseload now includes individuals accused of (1) making false statements to the National Institutes of Health, (2) selling counterfeit software, (3) acting as an unlicensed investment adviser, and (4) distributing methamphetamine. I do accept cases in the Washington State courts. I do not accept DWI or juvenile cases.

    47 years, 1,000 cases

  2. Appeals
    5%
    I represent persons convicted of federal crimes who seek review in the Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. These appeals range from wide-ranging challenges to pretrial and trial rulings to more narrow appeals involving sentencing issues. My appellate practice is limited to the federal courts. I generally do not handle appeals in the Washington state courts.

    51 years, 75 cases

  3. Litigation
    5%
    My primary focus is criminal litigation, but I also do general civil litigation from time to time. In 2008, I successfully defended a foreign trust that had been sued for breach of contract in federal court in Los Angeles, obtaining dismissal for lack of jurisdiction. I do not accept personal injury cases or divorce and family law matters. I

    34 years, 25 cases

Licensed for 51 years
State WA
Status Active
Acquired 1982
Updated 11/25/2022
State NY
Status Due to Register within 30 Days of Birthday
Acquired 1971
Updated 07/19/2022

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Allen R. Bentley
1111 3rd Ave Ste 2220
Seattle, WA, 98101-3213

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Posted by Lisa | October 14, 2013
Utmost Professionalism
Allen was the lawyer for my mother's case, however he was really being a lawyer for our entire family. He communicated excellently with each family member by addressing every concern as well as providing vast insight. He was genuinely humble and kind with the utmost professionalism throughout our long case. I was impressed how much he went above and beyond and even followed-up with us after we thanked him for his counsel. I highly recommend Allen and hope that if I need another lawyer, that he will be available.
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Posted by Neta | October 1, 2010
THE BEST LAWYER!!!
I was referred to Allen Bentley as to the best criminal defense lawyer in WA State. After many months of working with him I can say that it is so much right!! He is very knowledgeable, professional, loyal and dedicated to his clients! He is not just a Super Lawyer he is a very good person and has lots of patience. I feel blessed to have my freedom back and I owe it all to Allen for being an excellent attorney. Allen worked very hard on my case and I would recommend him to everyone who is looking for the best lawyer!
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Posted by anonymous | February 10, 2009
EXCELLENT LAWYER - I RECOMEND HIM HIGHLY
Allen has been representing me in various issues for over 6 years - I have only the best impressions and only praise for his work, diligence, dedication, loyalty trrust and above all kindness. Among several other lawyers I have interacted with, he is in a league of his own by far!! He has been there for me way beyond the call of duty and at his own expense! He has always given wise advise and more importantly has always put my interest above anything else!! I have been blessed to have him as my lawyer and above all consider him a friend
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Posted by anonymous | February 10, 2009
Allen Bentley is a superb and intelligent and attorney who thoroughly invests himself in his client's cause
Allen Bentley did a superb job of respresenting me and ulitmately prevailing in a federal criminal case that involved the imposition of an illegal sentence. We were up against bureaucratic US Attorneys who claimed they had a right to impose a $30 million restitution judgement against me simply because of a procedural error despite their knowledge that the sentencing judge intended the amount to be $50,000. Al did extensive research and provided superb arguments as to why the case should be put before the judge for resentencing. He ultimately got the government to stipulate to the resentencing and persuaded the judge to sentence me to the amount that he originally intended to impose ($50,000).
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Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Assistant Federal Public Defender
  • Office of the Federal Public Defender, Western District of Washington
  • 1981 - 1998
  • Assistant U.S. Attorney
  • United States Attorney, Southern District of New York
  • 1975 - 1980

Education

  • Yale Law School
  • LL.B - Bachelor of Laws
  • 1970
  • Oberlin College
  • A.B.
  • 1967

Legal Cases

  • United States v. Jeffreys
  • Client sentenced to three years probation; no restitution imposed
  • United States v. Olsen
  • Hung jury, 10-2 for acquittal. No retrial.
  • State v. Carson
  • Client sentenced to probation with brief period of home confinement

Associations

  • Federal Bar Association (Western District of Washington chapter)
  • Member
  • 2001 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1989 - Present
  • Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 1986 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • French

Awards

  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2014
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2013
  • Rated Among Top Attorneys in Washington
  • Seattle Met Magazine
  • 2012
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2012
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2011
  • Certificate of Appreciation
  • Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • 2000
  • Certificate of Appreciation
  • Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • 1996
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Publications

  • Washington Criminal Defense
  • Wandering in Faretta Land: A guide to serving as standby counsel
  • 2015
  • Washington Bar News
  • "Deciphering Booker: The Saga of the Federal Sentencing Guidelines"
  • 2005
  • Washington Bar News
  • "Monitoring Attorney-Client Conversations: A Morality Play in Two Acts"
  • 2002
  • Washington Criminal Defense
  • "The New Federal Restitution Law"
  • 1996
  • Washington Criminal Defense
  • "Restitution in Washington"
  • 1996
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Speaking Engagements

  • Cutting the Feds Down to Size
  • "Setting the Stage: Motions in Limine"
  • 2016
  • Noontime Continuing Legal Education Program
  • "Daubert: A Criminal Defense Perspective"
  • 2013
  • Faculty Development Program
  • "Terrorism and Civil Liberties"
  • 2002

Attorney endorsements

Received (2)
Given (4)
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Allen for 22 years and have co-counseled cases with him on a number of occasions. He is thorough, well spoken in trial and court presentations, and his writing is excellent.I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Allen for several years as a top tier defense attorney in Federal Court. He has a record of winning very tough and complex cases and when he speaks, everyone listens. I highly endorse Mr. Bentley"
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