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Scott Jeffrey Engelhard

Criminal defense Attorney at Seattle, WA

5.0   5 reviews
  • Licensed for 40 years
    State WA
    Acquired 1984
    Inactive No misconduct found

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About Scott

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Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    100% of my caseload involves the investigation of defense of alleged crimes. My entire career has been devoted to criminal defense back to law school when I was an intern at the Public Defender Association in Seattle.

    41 years, 1,200 cases

  2. Consumer protection

    41 years

  3. Domestic violence
    Handled dozens of felony and misdemeanor cases of domestic violence in Superior Court, District Courts and Municipal Courts throughout Western Washington.

    41 years, 300 cases

  4. Federal crime
    Most of my practice today is in Federal Court. My cases include the following: white collar crime; tax fraud; securities fraud; mortgage fraud; identity theft drug cases.

    37 years, 400 cases

  5. Violent crime
    Represented clients accused of various violent crimes in both state court and federal court, including murder, manslaughter, assault, robbery, and domestic violence.

    41 years

  6. Appeals
    I have handled federal court appeals in the U.S. Supreme Court; Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals; and Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals. I have also handled many cases in the State Court of Appeals and the Washington Supreme Court. I am the former chair of the Appellate Amicus Committee for the Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. Also, in 1984-5, I was head of the misdemeanor appellate unit for the Public Defender Association in Seattle.

    41 years

  7. White collar crime
    I have represented corporate officers and managers in criminal investigations and prosecutions of major corporations, including: BP Oil Company; Alaska Airlines; Columbia Sportswear; University of Washington Medical Center; and Tyson Seafoods.

    34 years

I have focused on criminal defense throughout my 26+ year career -- starting as a state court Public Defender; working at one of the largest law firms in Seattle; and eventually starting my own private practice. I have represented clients in Washington State, Alaska, Oregon, California, Colorado, Wyoming, Mississippi, South Carolina and North Carolina. I have handled numerous appeals in the United States Supreme Court, Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals, Washington Court of Appeals, and the Washington Supreme Court.


I have tried dozens of cases in Federal Court; State Superior Court, and various Municipal and District Court around Washington State.



My fellow criminal defense lawyers elected me President of the Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 2004-5.

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Law Office of Scott J. Engelhard
1700 Seventh Avenue
Suite 2100
Seattle, WA, 98101-1360

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Posted by Paul | February 25, 2010
Honest and Ethical
When confronted with the need to hire an attorney I interviewed three in the greater Seattle area prior to my appointment with Mr. Engelhard. He was the only attorney who discussed my case and its potential outcome in an honest and straightforward manner. Mr. Engelhard was professional, supportive, responsive to my needs and made a difficult situation bearable. I would not hesitate to recommend Mr. Engelhard to those facing criminal charges.
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Posted by anonymous | February 6, 2010
The Big Dog
I was extremely fortunate to have Mr. Engelhard as my attorney. He is completely dedicated to knowing every aspect of the case he is involved with. His experience in trial litigation far surpassed the numerous other lawyers involved. He was patient and informative as I tried to understand an overwhelming system that made no sense to me yet controlled my life. I highly recommend this genuine, sincere, relentless, no nonsense attorney. TML
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Posted by anonymous | January 22, 2010
Trust him with my life
I have used this attorney twice in my life. He not only kept me well informed but I felt like he truly cared and explained the entire process in great detail. There was never a time that I felt like we did not get our money's worth.
Posted by Peter J | November 3, 2009
Scott Engelhard / OIA
Mr. Engelhard is knowledgable and understanding attorney, I'm glad he had MY back.
Posted by anonymous | November 3, 2009
I would highly recommend Scott Engelhard
Scott represented me in a lengthy, complicated fedral action. He represented me very well and kept me well informed through the entire process. I would highly recommend Scott.


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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Finegold Zulauf & Engelhard
  • 1991 - 1996
  • Senior Associate
  • Preston Gates and Ellis
  • 1989 - 1991
  • Appeals Attorney
  • Washington Appellate Defender Association
  • 1986 - 1988
  • Trial Attorney
  • Seattle King County Public Defender Association
  • 1983 - 1986
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  • UCLA School of Law
  • Juris Doctor
  • 1983
  • Pomona College (Claremont)
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1979

Sample of Legal Cases

  • United States v. Ly
  • Evidence suppressed and case dismissed.
  • City of Auburn v. Lott
  • Jury Trial - Not Guilty
  • Grand Jury Investigation
  • No charges filed
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  • Washington Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys
  • President
  • 1988 - Present
  • Washington Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys
  • Vice President
  • 1988 - Present
  • Washington Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys
  • Treasurer
  • 1988 - Present
  • Washington Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys
  • Amicus Committee Chairman
  • 1992 - 1995
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • 1989 - 2007
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • AV Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2009
  • Pro Bono Award
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • 2005
  • President
  • Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • 2004
  • Certificate of Recognition
  • Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • 1999
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Speaking Engagements

  • WACDL - Year in Review
  • Criminal Search and Seizure Law
  • 1999
  • Criminal Sentencing Law
  • Sentencing law in Washington
  • 1995

Attorney endorsements

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Given (1)
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Criminal defense Attorney | May 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Scott. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Federal crime Attorney | Apr 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I am an attorney with over 25 years experience and Scott Engelhard is my "go to" guy on Federal Criminal cases. From grand jury issues to trial and post-conviction work Scott is highly respected by the Courts, U.S. Attorneys and his colleagues. I feel confident referring cases to him knowing clients will be represented in a first class manner."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I frequently refer clients to Scott, knowing that they will receive the best possible defense."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Scott for years, and know him to be hard working, intelligent and with the highest integrity. He is an acknowledged leader in the criminal defense bar in the region. I strongly recommend contacting Scott."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Scott is an outstanding lawyer. He is smart, creative, and tenacious. I often refer clients to him, knowing that they will be treated with respect and that Scott will work hard to secure a favorable outcome. I recommend him without reservation."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work."
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