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Michael Paul Iaria

About me

For almost thirty years, I have defended clients accused by the government of serious crimes.  I have substantial trial, appellate and post-conviction experience, and my current practice emphasizes the defense of white collar, death penalty, homicide, and other serious and complex cases in state and federal courts.  Additionally, I represent professionals in disciplinary matters and victims of sexual abuse, domestic violence, and police misconduct as plaintiffs in civil cases.  I also coordinate and conduct mitigation investigations and presentations for clients who, in any type of case, but particularly in the sentencing or disposition phase of criminal or professional licensing cases, need critical decision makers – prosecutors, judges, jurors, licensing board members – to understand their lives as a whole.   I appear in courts throughout Washington.


Practice areas


  1. White Collar Crime: 32%
    29 years
  2. Federal Crime: 32%
    29 years
  3. Criminal Defense: 31%
    33 years
  4. Sex Crime: 5%



Hourly ($175-375/hour), Fixed (sometimes), Retainer (sometimes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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  • Kimberly Gordon

    Mike is a fantastic lawyer -- simply one of the best. I learn something every time I watch him in the courtroom, and frequently consult with him when I have questions about cases. I am confident that every time I refer him a case, he will find and obtain the best possible result.


    Kimberly Gordon Criminal defense Attorney
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Contact info

Law Office of Michael Iaria, PS

1111 Third Avenue
Suite 2220
Seattle, WA, 98101


NJResigned Without Prejudice198306/25/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
100 Best Trial Lawyers in WashingtonNational Trial Lawyers Association2011
Super LawyerWashington Law & Politics Magazine2008
Best Lawyers in SeattleSeattle Business Monthly2008
President's AwardWACDL2007
Super LawyerWashington Law & Politics Magazine2007
Super LawyerWashington Law & Politics Magazine2006
Super LawyerWashington Law & Politics Magazine2005
Super LawyerWashington Law & Politics Magazine2004
Super LawyerWashington Law & Politics Magazine2003
Super LawyerWashington Law & Politics Magazine2002
Super LawyerWashington Law & Politics Magazine2001
Super LawyerWashington Law & Politics Magazine2000
Super LawyerWashington Law & Politics Magazine1999
Abolitionist of the YearWashington Coalition to Abolish the Death PenaltyN/A
AV RatedMartindale-HubbellN/A
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
N/APrivate Practice1987 - Present
Adjunct Professor, Advanced Criminal ProcedureUniversity of Washington School of Law2008 - 2008
N/ASeattle - King County Public Defender Association1985 - 1987
N/ANew Jersey Office of the Public Defender1983 - 1985
Law ClerkNew Jersey Superior Court1982 - 1983
Legal internSeattle - King County Public Defender Association1981 - 1982
Association namePosition nameDuration
Northwest Defender AssociationPresident of Board of Directors2009 - Present
Northwest Defender AssociationBoard of Directors2006 - Present
Washington Association of Criminal Defense AttorneysMember1989 - Present
Washington State Bar AssociationMember1985 - Present
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember1983 - Present
New Jersey State Bar AssociationMember1983 - Present
King County Bar AssociationMember Criminal Law SectionN/A
Washington Appellate Defender AssociationBoard of DirectorsN/A
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
National Criminal Defense CollegeN/AN/A1986
University of Puget Sound School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1982
University of VermontEnglishOther - Bachelors1977
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
WDPAC Fall SeminarPresenting Mitigation to the Prosecutor2008
Seattle-King County Public Defender AssociationIntern and New Lawyer Training, 1998 - Present2008
Washington State Bar Association Young Lawyers DivisionTechnology in the Courtroom2005
Washington Defender AssociationDealing with Prosecutorial Misconduct2005
Washington State Bar Association Young Lawyers DivisionTechnology in the Courtroom2004
Seattle University Law SchoolElectronic Mock Trial2004
Yakima and Idaho Capital Resource Center"The Creative Use of Pain and Suffering in Capital Cases"2003
Law Society of British Columbia, Vancouver LegalTechElectronic Mock Trial2003
Employment Law InstitutePresentation on Openings and Closings2003
Washington Death Penalty Assistance Center"The Creative Use of Pain and Suffering in Capital Cases"2002
Washington State Bar AssociationNuts & Bolts of Criminal Law: Motions Practice2000
Washington State Bar AssociationNuts and Bolts of Criminal Law: Motions Practice1999
Washington Association of Criminal Defense LawyersSmashing the Prosecution's Case: Closing Argument1999
Washington Association of Criminal Defense LawyersWinning Your Case with Experts: "Using a Forensic Pathologist in the Defense Case"1999
King County Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division"Criminal Motions Practice in the Real World"1999
Washington State Bar AssociationNuts & Bolts of Criminal Law: Motions Practice1998
Washington Defender AssociationDemonstrative Evidence1998
Washington Association of Criminal Defense LawyersNorthwest Regional Death Penalty Seminar: "Why You Should Not Take a Capital Case"1998
Washington State Bar AssociationSkills Training: Cross Examination, Closing Argument1997
Northwest Regional SeminarNational Instiute for Trial AdvocacyN/A