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Lynne C. Wilson

Civil rights Attorney at Seattle, WA

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Lynne Wilson is a civil rights attorney who has practiced in Seattle for more than thirty years. She focuses on police misconduct, prisoner civil rights, and personal injury law in state and federal courts. She graduated cum laude from Seattle University Law School after previously working as a journalist for The Seattle Weekly. Lynne has published articles about police accountability in the Police Misconduct and Civil Rights Law Report [PMCRLR] a bi-monthly Thomson Reuters publication. These illuminate the legal aspects of policing issues such as body cameras, Tasers, pepper spray, police collective bargaining agreements, deadly force and de-escalation policies, racial profiling, disciplinary records, private prisons and less-lethal weapons. Since 2004, she has served as a neutral arbitrator for King County and Snohomish County Superior Courts.


Long involved in community affairs, Ms. Wilson served on the board of Mothers for Police Accountability for 27 years and continues to volunteer as a legal and policy advisor to Mothers. She served on the ACLU Legal Committee for ten years in the 1990s and was also an active board member of the National Coalition on Police Accountability during that time. In 1999, she was a founding member of the National Lawyers Guild's Police Accountability Project. In 2013, she helped launch the Northwest Police Misconduct Attorneys group and currently serves as its Co-Chair. The Seattle City Council appointed her to two community police task forces (1993 and 2007). She also provided expert testimony on police collective bargaining and community conflict at the Amnesty International Hearings held in 2000 on the 1999 WTO Seattle protests. She recently spoke to the Washington Association of Justice on the current status of the qualified immunity defense in federal civil rights cases and to the Washington State Bar Association regarding the use of the United Nation’s Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment to hold local police and jail officials accountable.

Licensed for 34 years
State WA
Status Active
Acquired 1988
Updated 11/25/2022

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

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Lynne Wilson Attorney at Law
505 Broadway E #159
Seattle, WA, 98102

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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Lynne Wilson Legal Services
  • 2000 - Present
  • Litigation Associate
  • Reaugh Fischnaller Oettinger Merker & Luppert
  • 1999 - 2000
  • Attorney
  • Lynne Wilson Attorney at Law
  • 1996 - 1999
  • Litigation Associate
  • Sinsheimer & Meltzer
  • 1991 - 1995
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Education

  • Seattle University School of Law
  • Juris Doctor - Cum Laude
  • 1987
  • University of Washington -Seattle
  • Bachelor of Arts Comparative Literature
  • 1971

Legal Cases

  • Penwell v. King County
  • Settled with Change to County Jail's solitary confinement policy to permit group worship
  • Releford vs. City of Tukwila
  • Settled Excessive Use of Taser Case involving simultaneous double Tasering
  • Truth vs. Kent School District
  • Ninth Circuit ruling in favor of District's refusal to grant official support for Bible Club that discriminated against non-Christians
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Associations

  • Northwest Police Misconduct Attorneys
  • Co-Chairperson
  • 2013 - Present
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • Modest Means Program Panel Attorney
  • 2011 - Present
  • Federal Bar Association (Western District of Washington chapter)
  • Pro Bono Panel
  • 2009 - Present
  • King County Bar Association
  • Volunteer Attorney
  • 2006 - Present
  • King County Superior Court
  • Arbitrator
  • 2004 - Present
  • Snohomish County Superior Court
  • Arbitrator
  • 2004 - Present
  • ACLU of Washington
  • Cooperating Attorney
  • 1994 - Present
  • National Lawyers Guild Cuba Subcommittee
  • Steering Committee Member
  • 2017 - 2021
  • WSBA World Peace Through Law Section
  • Secretary-Treasurer
  • 2015 - 2016
  • King County Superior Court
  • Pro Tem Ex Parte Commissioner
  • 2013 - 2014
  • Seattle City Council Police Accountability Review Panel
  • Appointed Member
  • 2007 - 2008
  • Center for Constitutional Rights
  • Member, "Wall of Lawyers" for Cuba Travel Defense
  • 2002 - 2020
  • National Police Accountability Project
  • Founding Member
  • 1997 - 2022
  • ACLU of Washington
  • Legal Committee Member
  • 1995 - 2004
  • Mothers for Police Accountability
  • Attorney Board Member
  • 1992 - 2022
  • National Lawyers Guild (Seattle Chapter)
  • Executive Board
  • 1991 - 2015
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • Volunteer of the Month
  • King County Bar Association
  • 2013
  • Lawyer of the Year
  • Mothers for Police Accountability
  • 2002
  • Award for Free Speech Theory
  • American Jurisprudence
  • 1987
  • Metzger Award for Legal Writing
  • University of Puget Sound Law School
  • 1985
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Publications

  • Federal Bar Association (W.D.Wash.) News
  • Prisoner’s Religious Freedom Case Succeeds in Changing Solitary Confinement Policy
  • 2013
  • International Association of Democratic Lawyers UN Activities Bulletin
  • Roberto Zamora and the Right to Peace
  • 2013
  • Police Misconduct & Civil Rights Law Report
  • Canadian Aboriginal Woodcarver’s Death Triggers Federal Oversight of Seattle Police
  • 2013
  • Police Misconduct & Civil Rights Law Report
  • The Anatomy of a Post-Tasering Death
  • 2010
  • Police Misconduct & Civil Rights Law Report
  • Canadian Commission Recommends Restraint on Police Use of Tasers
  • 2010
  • Police Misconduct & Civil Rights Law Report
  • Beyond Graham: Defining Deadly Force in Non-Firearm Cases
  • 2005
  • Police Misconduct & Civil Rights Law Report
  • Equal Protection and the Future of Racial Profiling
  • 2004
  • Police Misconduct & Civil Rights Law Report
  • Mass Protest Litigation in the Post 9/11 Era
  • 2003
  • Police Misconduct & Civil Rights Law Report
  • Counterterrorism and the Demise of Posse Comitatus
  • 2002
  • Police Misconduct & Civil Rights Law Report
  • Fighting The Collateral Estoppel Defense in Section 1983 Litigation
  • 2001
  • Police Misconduct & Civil Rights Law Report
  • Law Enforcement Liability for Child Sex Abuse Investigations
  • 1999
  • Police Misconduct & Civil Rights Law Report
  • Private Police Violence and the Scope of Section 1983
  • 1998
  • Police Misonduct & Civil Rights Law Report
  • Downsizing Qualified Immunity in Private Police Litigation
  • 1997
  • Police Misconduct & Civil Rights Law Report
  • Local Police Involvement in Immigration Law Enforcement
  • 1995
  • Police Misconduct & Civil Rights Law Report
  • Malicious Prosecution Counterclaims and the First Amendment Right of Petition
  • 1994
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Speaking Engagements

  • KCBA Working As or Hiring a Contract Lawyer
  • Ethical Considerations of Contract Lawyering
  • 2020
  • WSBA Using International Law in Domestic Practice
  • Civil Rights as Human Rights Panel
  • 2019
  • Fellowship of Reconciliation Monthly Meeting
  • Why We Should Care About Supreme Court Appointments
  • 2018
  • WSAJ Police Misconduct: From Ferguson to Pasco
  • Qualified Immunity -- Current Law & Problem Areas
  • 2015
  • WSBA World Peace Through Law Section
  • The Right of Travel to Cuba: History & Current Law
  • 2012
  • UW Law School Social Justice Tuesday
  • Police Accountability Panel
  • 2011
  • SU Law Job Strategies Workshop
  • Venturing Out on Your Own
  • 2011
  • Martin Luther King Jr Community Celebration
  • Police Accountability Panel
  • 2011
  • NLG Regional Meeting
  • Police Litigation
  • 2004
  • Police Associations and Community Conflict
  • Keynote Speaker
  • 2003
  • Amnesty International Public Hearing on WTO
  • Police Union Negotiations & Accountability
  • 2000
  • IACOLE Police Unions and Accountability
  • Keynote Speaker
  • 1998
  • WSBA World Peace Through Law Section
  • Report on South Africa's Truth & Reconciliation Commission
  • 1996
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