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Lynne Wilson is a civil litigator who has practiced in Seattle for over 25 years.  She focuses on civil rights, personal injury and appellate law in state and federal courts. She also performs litigation services for solo practitioners and law firms in a wide variety of other practice areas such as family, criminal, real estate, commercial, workers compensation, unlawful detainer, and employment.  She graduated cum laude from Seattle University Law School in 1987 after previously working as a journalist for The Seattle Weekly.  Since 1994, she has published numerous articles about police accountability and misconduct litigation in the Police Misconduct and Civil Rights Law Report, a bi-monthly Thomson Reuters publication.  Long involved in community affairs, Ms. Wilson served on the ACLU-WA Legal Committee for ten years and most recently served on the Seattle City Council’s Police Accountability Panel. She serves as appointed counsel in federal prisoner civil rights cases and helps individuals clear criminal convictions to enable them to obtain housing and employment.  Since 2004, she has served as a neutral arbitrator for King County and Snohomish County Superior Courts. 


Practice areas


  1. Civil Rights: 35%
    28 years
  2. Litigation: 30%
    28 years
  3. Personal Injury: 25%
    28 years
  4. Arbitration: 10%
    13 years



Hourly ($200-300/hour), contingent (34-40%), Free consultation (30 minutes), Pro bono (10%)

Payment types:

Cash, Check

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Lynne Wilson Attorney at Law

505 Broadway E #159
Seattle, WA, 98102-5023


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Volunteer of the MonthKing County Bar Association2013
Lawyer of the YearMothers for Police Accountability2002
Award for Free Speech TheoryAmerican Jurisprudence1987
Metzger Award for Legal WritingUniversity of Puget Sound Law School1985
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneyLynne Wilson Attorney at Law2000 - Present
Litigation AssociateReaugh Fischnaller Oettinger Merker & Luppert1999 - 2000
AttorneyLynne Wilson Attorney at Law1996 - 1999
Litigation AssociateSinsheimer & Meltzer1991 - 1995
Association namePosition nameDuration
WSBA World Peace Through Law SectionSecretary-Treasurer2015 - Present
Washington State Bar AssociationModest Means Program Panel Attorney2011 - Present
Federal Bar Association (Western District of Washington chapter)Pro Bono Panel2009 - Present
King County Bar AssociationVolunteer Attorney2006 - Present
Snohomish County Superior CourtArbitrator2004 - Present
King County Superior CourtArbitrator2004 - Present
Center for Constitutional RightsMember, "Wall of Lawyers" for Cuba Travel Defense2002 - Present
ACLU of WashingtonCooperating Attorney1994 - Present
King County Superior CourtPro Tem Ex Parte Commissioner2014 - 2015
Seattle City Council Police Accountability Review PanelAppointed Member2007 - 2008
Pierce County Superior CourtArbitatrator2006 - 2008
National Police Accountability ProjectAdvisory Board Member1997 - 2004
ACLU of WashingtonLegal Committee Member1995 - 2004
National Lawyers Guild (Seattle Chapter)Executive Board1991 - 2015
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Sorenson vs. UddenbergSettled
Releford vs. City of TukwilaSettled Excessive Use of Taser Case involving simultaneous double Tasering
Truth vs. Kent School DistrictNinth Circuit ruling in favor of District's refusal to grant official support for Bible Club that discriminated against non-Christians
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Publication nameTitleDate
Police Misconduct & Civil Rights Law ReportPolice Body Camera Policies, Privacy and Community Trust2016
International Association of Democratic Lawyers NewsletterRoberto Zamora and The Right to Peace2013
Police Misconduct & Civil Rights Law ReportCanadian Aboriginal Woodcarver's Death Triggers Federal Oversight of Seattle Police2013
Police Misconduct & Civil Rights Law ReportThe Implications of Taser Failure to Warn Liability2011
Police Misconduct & Civil Rights Law ReportThe Anatomy of a Post-Tasering Death2010
Police Misconduct & Civil Rights Law ReportBeyond Graham: Defining Deadly Force in Non-Firearm Cases2005
Police Misconduct & Civil Rights Law ReportPolice Prone Restraint Methods and Taser-Related Deaths2005
Police Misconduct & Civil Rights Law ReportEqual Protection and the Future of Racial Profiling2004
Police Misconduct & Civil Rights Law ReportMass Protest Litigation in the Post 9/11 Era2003
Police Misconduct & Civil Rights Law ReportCounterterrorism and the Demise of Posse Comitatus2002
Police Misconduct & Civil Rights Law ReportLess-Lethal Weapons and the Fourth Amendment2002
Police Misconduct & Civil Rights Law ReportFighting The Collateral Estoppel Defense in Section 1983 Litigation2001
Police Misconduct & Civil Rights Law ReportLaw Enforcement Liability for Child Sex Abuse Investigations1999
Police Misconduct & Civil Rights Law ReportPosse Comitatus, Drugs and the Militarization of Local Police1999
Police Misconduct & Civil Rights Law ReportPrivate Police Violence and the Scope of Section 19831998
Police Misonduct & Civil Rights Law ReportDownsizing Qualified Immunity in Private Police Litigation1997
Police Misconduct & Civll Rights Law ReportThe Use and Abuse of Pepper Spray1997
Police Misconduct & Civil Rights Law ReportDemocracy vs. Collective Bargaining: Countering the Police Union Attack on Citizen Review1996
Police Misconduct & Civil Rights Law ReportLocal Police Involvement in Immigration Law Enforcement1995
Police Misconduct & Civil Rights Law ReportThe Public's Right of Access to Police Misconduct Files1994
Police Misconduct & Civil Rights Law ReportMalicious Prosecution Counterclaims and the First Amendment Right of Petition1994
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Seattle University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1987
University of WashingtonComparative LiteratureBA - Bachelor of Arts1971
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
WSAJ Police Misconduct: From Ferguson to PascoQualified Immunity -- Current Law & Problem Areas2015
WSBA World Peace Through Law SectionThe Right of Travel to Cuba: History & Current Law2012
UW Law School Social Justice TuesdayPolice Accountability Panel2011
SU Law Job Strategies WorkshopVenturing Out on Your Own2011
Martin Luther King Jr Community CelebrationPolice Accountability Panel2011
NLG Regional MeetingPolice Litigation2004
Police Associations and Community ConflictKeynote Speaker2003
Amnesty International Public Hearing on WTOPolice Union Negotiations & Accountability2000
Police Unions and AccountabilityKeynote Speaker1998