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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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Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 20%
    33 years, 1.2 thousand cases
  2. Violent Crime: 15%
    33 years
  3. Consumer Protection: 15%
    33 years
  4. Federal Crime: 15%
    29 years, 400 cases
  5. Other: 35%
  6. More 


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Contact info

Law Office of Scott J. Engelhard

1700 Seventh Avenue
Suite 2100
Seattle, WA, 98101-1360


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
AV RatingMartindale-Hubbell2009
Pro Bono AwardWashington State Bar Association2005
PresidentWashington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers2004
Certificate of RecognitionWashington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers1999
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerFinegold Zulauf & Engelhard1991 - 1996
Senior AssociatePreston Gates and Ellis1989 - 1991
Appeals AttorneyWashington Appellate Defender Association1986 - 1988
Trial AttorneySeattle King County Public Defender Association1983 - 1986
Association namePosition nameDuration
Washington Association of Criminal Defense AttorneysPresident1988 - Present
Washington Association of Criminal Defense AttorneysVice President1988 - Present
Washington Association of Criminal Defense AttorneysTreasurer1988 - Present
Washington Association of Criminal Defense AttorneysAmicus Committee Chairman1992 - 1995
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersN/A1989 - 2007
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
United States v. LyEvidence suppressed and case dismissed.
City of Auburn v. LottJury Trial - Not Guilty
Grand Jury InvestigationNo charges filed
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of California at Los Angeles School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1983
Pomona College (Claremont)AnthropologyBA - Bachelor of Arts1979
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
WACDL - Year in ReviewCriminal Search and Seizure Law1999
Criminal Sentencing LawSentencing law in Washington1995