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Danielle Ryder Havens

Criminal defense Attorney at Seattle, WA

5.0   14 reviews

also known as Danielle Brown Anderson

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  • Licensed for 21 years
    State WA
    Acquired 2002
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About Danielle

Learn Danielle’s areas of practice.

Practice area
  1. Criminal defense
    The majority of my practice focuses on criminal defense, specifically DUI defense and Domestic Violence defense. I also do some domestic violence victim's advocacy and am a family law Guardian Ad Litem.

    21 years

     I am a native of Seattle and love it here.  My family is here and it is where I have chosen to raise my two college aged feel a pride in our city and in the practice that I have built here with the amazing and incomparable Tim Milios.

     My practice represents an evolution of my values and life experiences.  During law school I had an amazing professor who called criminal defense attorneys the "Keepers of the Constitution" and it had a profound effect on me.  I wanted to do my part to preserve what I believe sets our country apart from others.  By giving those who are charged with a crime the presumption of innocence we go a long way toward creating fairness.  

       Over the last decade I have learned that even with that presumption being articulated over and over again there are many people in the prosecutors office and often on juries who want to see a person "prove" their innocence.  This is really disturbing to me and it presents one of the great hurdles that defense attorneys deal with daily.

       I have extensive experience in dealing with alcoholism and have a deep understanding of the disease and its consequences on both the addict and the people who love them.  I take tremendous pride in the work that I am able to do with the addicted and we often find healing as well as success.

       I am driven to both domestic violence defense and victim's advocacy.  I know how devastating a charge of domestic violence can be for a family and work tirelessly to help everyone involved access the services that are needed while vigorously seeking justice for my clients.

      I love my work and am passionate about how we do it at Milios Defense.  We do more than simply work with our clients, we connect with them.  It is through that connection that real success is built.


Danielle Ryder Havens
1325 4th Ave Ste 940
Seattle, WA, 98101-2509


5.0 / 5.0
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Posted by Mitchell | October 19, 2021
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Excellence, professionalism and Trustworthy
I initially consulted with Ms. Havens with regard to a friend of mine who got into some legal trouble and needed help. From the first phone call, Ms. Havens is professional, on time, and very experienced in her line of work. I highly recommend her and their law firm.
Posted by Christopher | August 31, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Excellent and Efficient
Danielle Havens is very personable and, despite the inherent stresses of the legal process, makes her clients feel at ease and comfortable. She met with me very soon after I contacted her, and answered all questions readily and with good information. She was excited to help me and outlined a very clear path for dismissal and/or the other possibilities of my case. Competent and professional, I certainly recommend her services.
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Posted by anonymous | June 16, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Hardest working defense attorney in Seattle
I first contacted Ms. Havens after being charged with a violation on a deferred prosecution agreement in 2014. The agreement had been set up by a previous attorney in the summer of 2012, and due to the new charge, he no longer wanted to work with me. After explaining my situation through tears on the phone to Ms. Havens, she asked why my case had not been referred to King County District Court Mental Health Court (KCDC MHC). It was the first time that I had even heard of the institution, and after a quick Google search, I began to wonder the same thing. I had been diagnosed with an axis 1 mental health disorder in March 2012, and it was the reason that my case was previously granted a deferred prosecution. However, there was no structure to hold me accountable for my own actions besides the occasional probation meeting. After a consultation at her office in Seattle, my family and I hired Ms. Havens to represent me. She was successful in having the new charge referred to KCDC MHC, where it remained in probation and monitoring until the case was closed in 2017. There were a lot of ups and downs in the case, and Ms. Havens remained on the entire time. I cannot recommend Ms. Havens enough for anyone seeking criminal defense help. She works tirelessly, and is a fierce advocate for her clients. From the moment she came on board, she made things clear: she would help me, as long as I was willing to help myself. Ms. Havens made it very clear that this would be my final chance to make things right and really pushed me to be honest in seeking help through psychiatry and therapy. In advocating for me to be a part of the Mental Health Court structure (which was not easy, given the reservations of the other parties involved, and yet she still worked to get me the opportunity), I was given the chance to learn about what true accountability means. The MHC required me to take a rigorous domestic violence intervention program based on my probation officer’s recommendation, to which I was resistant. However, Ms. Havens advocates that people go into situations with open minds and willing to learn. I feel that I matured greatly in my time working with Ms. Havens and really learned from her, and the tools she advocated that I have. In short, Ms. Havens is highly empathetic, yet provides tough course correcting guidance to her clients. She is intelligent, eloquent, and advocates for people as if they were one of her own. Anyone in a sorry situation would be lucky to have her as their legal defense. I know I was.
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Posted by Joel | November 19, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Exceptionally competent attorney for criminal charges related to a mental health crisis
Danielle masterfully represented and supported our family member who, as a result of a psychotic episode, was charged with trespass and destruction of property. Danielle, with incredible compassion and obvious competence, represented our family member through the process that resulted in the charges being dismissed. We recommend Danielle without reservation and with the same confidence that she had been recommended to us by a family whose legal situation involved a mental health crisis. Based on our research and our experience, her blend of skills is unique. We are beyond grateful that she was recommended to us and happy to recommend her to others.
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Posted by Angela | January 19, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Wonderful attorney
Ms. Danielle Havens is a wonderful, helpful, experienced attorney who gets the job done. I appreciate her help in this situation.
Posted by anonymous | January 13, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Ms. Danielle Havens Is The Best And The Most Caring Lawyer Ever!!!!!!
Ms. Danielle Havens is the best lawyer that I could have possibly hired for my defense. I was wrongly accused and Danielle fought extremely hard in the court for me, knew the law and the process excellently, and was available at all times in or out of court to answer any and all of my questions and concerns. She is a top notch attorney. I am indebted to her for life for proving to the court that I was innocent. The prosecutor dropped the charges. Even after the court proceedings were over, Danielle still remained available and answered every email and phone call that I had. I cannot say enough good things about this first class, splendid lawyer. She is the best lawyer ever!!!!!
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Posted by anonymous | September 13, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
The Best Lawyer Ever!!!!!!
She completely devoted herself to my case and was always available for any consultation and discussion of the case. She answered all of my questions with patience and clarity all of the time and was a true zealous advocate for me in court.
Posted by simon | October 3, 2012
Great lawyer, Great results!!!
I was in need for a lawyer when I foolishly got my second DUI maybe 5, 6 months after my first one. I contacted Danielle, and she very knowledgeable and confident in the work she could do. Which I needed someone to be because I thought I was going to get the max penalty. I can say I am very please with the outcome of this case. For a second DUI I am paying close the same fee's as my first one went to some classes and I am all done. Thank you Danielle. You can't go wrong with this firm!
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Posted by Jordanne | January 27, 2011
amazing lawyer
danielle helped get me the minimum sentence possible with minimum fines and also helped me get my probation expunged after two years should i not break any other laws
Posted by anonymous | June 4, 2010
Above and Beyond
You could not have done a better job of representing my involvement in this case, my feelings about it, and my wishes going forward. The contribution you made to this case and this situation as a whole far exceeded any expectations I had and I want you to know how emphatically grateful I am to you. The right players were in place this time to really make a difference in my life. I hope it will be the same for the other parties involved, but speaking only for myself, your involvement and counsel was critical to ensuring the kind of outcome I needed to feel safer and move forward.
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Posted by anonymous | October 15, 2009
Danielle Brown Anderson is clever, on top of things, has a clear focus on her client, and is successful making sure the clients rights are protected! Although her primary practice is in DUI, I have hired her services on some other things and have been thrilled with the results. She is on time, professional, and has a focus on winning her cases! MAKE THE RIGHT CHOICE!
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Posted by anonymous | October 13, 2009
Highest Recommendation for Danielle as Tireless Advocate and Responsive Counselor
Danielle represented me on a traffic infraction and did a flawless job, securing a great outcome. In her DUI defense practice she is renowned for passionate, intelligent defense and extraordinary negotiation skills with prosecutors statewide. Let's face it: this is how cases are resolved favorably. If the prosecutor gets along with my lawyer, I'm getting a better outcome. Danielle understands this and thus cultivates strong relationships with attorneys on both sides of the aisle. This comes naturally to her because she is a true people person. All the while, she never forgets the person she is there to represent and always puts their needs first. I cannot recommend her highly enough.
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Posted by anonymous | October 13, 2009
The Best in the City!
Not only is Danielle incredibly knowledgeable and capable, she is extremely friendly and personable, which automatically puts you at ease in an otherwise difficult and uncomfortable situation. I had complete confidence in her from the moment I first discussed my case with her and she did not disappoint. From her commanding presence in the courtroom to her easy rapport with the judge and opposing counsel, Danielle consistently displayed her commitment to professionalism and the practice of law. I would highly recommend her to others and would hire her again, without hesitation.
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Posted by Liz | October 12, 2009
Great, ardent & compassionate attorney that will fight for your rights!
I cannot recommend Danielle enough! She has been such an invaluable resource to us as an attorney! She fervently takes on her clients' cause(s) as if they were her own. We felt so lucky to have her on our side!
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AVVO RATING 8.2 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • MIlios Defense
  • 2003 - Present


  • Seattle University School of Law
  • Juris Doctor
  • 2002
  • University of Washington
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1991

Sample of Legal Cases

  • State v. G.N.
  • Not Guilty. Case Dismissed


  • National College of DUI Defense
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • Citizens for Judicial Excellence
  • Board Member
  • 2008 - Present
  • Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2004 - Present
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2002 - Present
  • Citizens for Judicial Excellence
  • Executive Board Member
  • 2011 - 2016
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Attorney of the Year
  • Milios Defense
  • 2015
  • Attorney of the Year
  • Milios Defense
  • 2014

Speaking Engagements

  • Social Justice Round Table
  • Black Lives Matter
  • 2016

Attorney endorsements

Received (7)
Given (10)
Endorse Danielle
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 05
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Danielle is an excellent attorney. As a former prosecutor, I have handled numerous cases against Danielle and know first hand that she is an effective advocate for her clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Attorney Danielle Havens is dedicated to the pursuit of justice and fights very hard for her clients. Attorney Havens is a strategic legal thinker and is a fierce advocate for her clients. I whole heartedly endorse her."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Danielle is a tenacious and intelligent attorney who represents her clients well in court."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Danielle is an exceptional attorney. She handles all of her clients' matters with a level of competence that puts her among the top practitioners in the field. More importantly, the level of compassion that she shows for her clients, and the passion with which she champions their causes, are second to none. I strongly endorse this lawyer's work."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 19
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 17
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. She is amazing. I have worked with her many times on Domestic Violence cases. She may be one of the best attorneys in King County on these types of cases. I have personally seen her convince prosecutors and Judges to make decisions that I thought they would never make (in her client's favor, of course). She is well spoken and prepared in Court. She is available and compassionate to her clients. She is on top of what needs to be done and appears to be very organized. Criminal defense attorneys in King County get to know each other well. We see each other in Court and we compete for clients. I would not say this about many attorneys, but I would hire Danielle, without hesitation, if I needed an attorney for a family member charged with an act of Domestic Violence or if they were a victim of Domestic Violence. She is someone I respect and trust. If you hire her, you will find yourself feeling the same way."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jun 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have worked with Danielle since 2002. I know her to be the most caring, tireless and devoted client advocate of anyone I've have met since enteing into the practice of law in 1993. She combines an unusual blend of skill and compassion that not only gets results for her clients but that allows them to feel good about themselves throughout the process. I could not provide a higher endorsement for anyone."
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Seattle Criminal defense Lawyer Danielle Ryder Havens
Danielle Ryder Havens
Criminal defense Attorney
Seattle, WA
Licensed for 21 years
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