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Aaron S Kiviat

Criminal defense Attorney at Seattle, WA

4.9   35 reviews
Free consultation Virtual consultation available
Free consultation Virtual consultation available
  • State Years
    Washington - WA 17 years
    New York - NY 20 years
  • Licensed for 17 years
    State WA
    Acquired 2007
    Status
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 20 years
    State NY
    Acquired 2004
    Status
    Suspended No misconduct found

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

About Aaron

Learn Aaron’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    50%

    21 years, 1,000 cases

  2. Domestic violence
    50%

    21 years, 1,000 cases

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Mr. Kiviat's practice encompasses a wide array of criminal defense. Prior to private practice, Mr. Kiviat was an Assistant District Attorney in the Bronx County District Attorney’s Office where he prosecuted numerous trials to verdict and presented hundreds of cases to the Grand Jury involving violent crimes, narcotics, DUI, economic crimes and weapons possessions.

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Location

Law Office of Aaron S. Kiviat, PLLC
705 2nd Ave.
Suite 1111
Seattle, WA, 98104

Reviews

4.9 / 5.0
  35 customer reviews
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Posted by Michael | June 30, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great Criminal defense
Great criminal defense lawyer, I am really happy for a very short and successful case representation provided by Aaron!
Posted by anonymous | September 28, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Integrity and accountability
Aaron is a true professional. His dedication after a case was over is what impressed me the most. It's a trate that very few people have, and Aaron is a prime example of what an attorney that truly is looking out for your best interests represents. I'm writing this review several months after Aaron helped me successfully navigate through a very unfamiliar time. Thanks for the excellent service!
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Posted by anonymous | May 11, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Very Good Domestic Violence Lawyer
Aaron deserves 5 stars. All my charges for 1st offense DV assault were dismissed. I am glad I hired him.
Posted by Zhan | April 10, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Assault 4 degree
Aaron gave me the best service comparing to other private attorney. He had the best estimation and control power in the case.
Posted by Klaudine | July 27, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Genuine, Honest, Accountable Lawyer!
Aaron helped me get out of a theft issue back in 2016. Aaron was the first person I called, and he was very quick, prompt with his responses and knowledgable about the system. It was my first time getting in trouble with the law and I really wanted to weight my options. So called around and most lawyers seemed confident but overly cocky. We talked about all the different possibilities this issue would go, you worked so diligently even when there were a few hicups along the way. Aaron gave me a sense in relief when they DISMISSED my case just the other day! Thank you Aaron, you definitely deserve all the praise.
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Posted by Richard | March 2, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Honest Lawyer that didn't rip me off
I met with Aaron and 2 other lawyers for a free consultation before my 2nd court appearance for felony eluding. The other lawyers offered to take my case for $6500. Aaron explained what was *really* happening with my case and that it would be dismissed when the prosecutor saw that it was an obvious DWB (Driving While Black). He was willing to represent me and come to court with me for $1000. Politely he recommended that I save my money and just take his free business card with me just in case prosecutor got over zealous. Exactly as he predicted there were no charges filed.
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Posted by anonymous | December 16, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent Seattle Attorney
Aaron is extremely smart, sophisticated, efficient, and responsive. He simplified my case into the key issues and desired outcomes - and made it happen. I would highly recommend Aaron to anyone who needs expert legal counsel in his areas of expertise.
Posted by Scott W. | December 4, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Aaron is a GEM! The BEST Criminal Attorney in Seattle!
Words can't express enough the level of professionalism and expertise Aaron exhibited in handling my domestic violence case. Without too much elaboration, suffice to say Aaron stepped in immediately and was able to work closely with the prosecutor's office every step of the way to convey important facts and preserve my rights resulting in dismissal at Pretrial. In a system where an alleged aggressor seems to be guilty before proven innocent, Aaron made me feel protected and helped reassure me that justice will prevail in the end. I will not make this about the state and how aggressive I feel their approach to domestic violence was towards me because I understand the need to protect real victims, but when you are the one who is the victim but end up getting caught up in the system, you need expert representation. Aaron was a life saver! And after spending $10k on what we feel was an unfair bail amount for the situation ($100k), Aaron was compassionate enough to work with me on a payment plan. He was 100% responsive to every phone call, email, and questions I ever had. Never did I feel as if Aaron was not on top of everything. This allowed me to surrender my stress to Aaron, and focus on keeping my affairs, life, and custody in order while allowing him to do his job effectively. Never once did I doubt his ability. Aaron is a gem!
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Posted by Bo | October 18, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great attorney, better person.
I hired Aaron on a simple charge that could have had major implications to a previous that I was on probation for. My employer was getting ready to fire me if I didn't get the results they wanted. Aaron not only met those requirements, he beat them. Hopefully I can stay out of trouble, but if I get in to another situation, Aaron will definitely be my first call.
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Posted by anonymous | March 20, 2014
theft case
I had a theft charge involving security tag removers and a pretty big amount of money. The prosecutors wanted a felony charge rather than just theft 3 but Aaron took care of it, not only did I not get a felony charge but Aaron was also able to convince the judge to dismiss the case right away. I definitely recommend Aaron for a criminal defense lawyer. thank you so much!!!
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Posted by Stephen Esteron | February 26, 2013
Could not have picked a better Lawyer !
My ex-wife filed a bogus restraining/domestic violence order against me so I went to talk to Aaron. After talking with him I knew I had the right person for the job. He told me how my case would go and it happened just like he said it would. The order was denied ! Thanks again Aaron !
Posted by anonymous | January 5, 2013
Thank you Aaron for everything!
Aaron helped me when I was like a miserable foreign in Seattle. My visa was being expired when I was charged with a crime..... I was under a big tension... Moreover, communicating in English ,specially talking about specific language of low, was too difficult to me... Talking on the phone was even worse. So we always exchanged emails... I was most of the time angry and nervous... Since I was on my own in Seattle, no friends, no relatives! But Aaron was patient with me... he could understand the language and culture barrier which was between us, He also noticed that how fragile I was that time and helped me to dismiss a felony case in about 40 days. I always appreciate your honesty and knowledge Aaron. Never forget you.
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Posted by anonymous | June 14, 2012
Best lawyer in Seattle Period!
Best lawyer in Seattle Period! Aaron was the most professional and talented lawyer I have ever worked with. He fought hard for me and got me the result i wanted. Would highly recommend him to anyone! Very intelligent and easy to talk to.
Posted by A&D | August 31, 2011
Client review
I can't thank Aaron enough for her effort in defending me. 3 months ago I did one of the most of stuped thing in my entire life(shoplifting) and was arrested. I hired Aaron as my attorney. During this long, stressful, challenging time, Aaron made me comfortable and confident and remained positive, honest, encouraging and dedicated to my defense. He did real good job and my case was dismissed, although I wasn't 100% shure for that. He is very professional, confident and efficiant. I would recommend him to any one who is in trouble. ***THANK YOU VERY MUCH AARON*** A&D
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Posted by anonymous | August 29, 2011
Soccer Mom's review!! :)
Aaron was there to answer any questions & basically held my hand through the whole process! He kept me informed & ahead of schedule. He even took a late night phone call to answer some concerns I had. Mr Kivate is very profesional & was always prepared & on time. I have recomended him & will continue to do so. Thank You so much Aaaron for all your help & for keeping me out of a huge mess! Life is good!
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Posted by Marcus | August 29, 2011
Positive review of Aaron Kiviat
Having never been in trouble with the law before I was at a loss when I was charged. After reviewing a few web sites I chose Aaron's company to represent me and was quite impressed. Aaron was very knowledgeable about my type of case and very factually laid out the normal course of events that I would expect with a few options. Once set on the case, Aaron followed through with everything that he said, providing me both good legal counsel and providing me with excellent advice when needed. Although Aaron practices in the King County area, he stayed abreast of the Thurston county procedures (where my case was based) and appeared in court in Olympia as needed. All in all I felt that Aaron was in my corner and helped me to navigate a very difficult situation to obtain the best possible outcome.
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Posted by Alan | August 29, 2011
Attended hit & run accusation
Mr. Kiviat is an excellent attorney. He and his office explained exactly what would take place, what they would do and when. The case managed to extend over several months and they never failed to keep me informed. The result was positive and can only be explained by his knowledge of the law and his ability to work with the prosecuter. I would, and will, recommend him to anyone requiring the best representation available
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Posted by anonymous | August 29, 2011
A dedicated attorney with excellent service for your criminal defense
It was my nightmare when I was seriously charged with second degree domestic violence assault and harassment in 2010, and I attempted to suicide. My life and family were in jeopardy. When I was under extremely high stress, Mr. Aaron Kiviat was there for me. His highly experienced, knowledgeable, supportive, and skillful legal service and representation of me made me a significant release. Whenever I needed advice, help and support, he was there. He always put my interest at the highest priority, knew exactly what I needed, and provided honest and realistic advices. Mr. Aaron Kiviat helped me rebuild the confidence on my life. With his great effort and excellent performance on handling the tough job, my case was successfully resolved. It was the most important that my life and family were saved. I deeply appreciate the outstanding and professional legal service provided by Mr. Aaron Kiviat, and I would definitely recommend to anyone, whoever needs legal counsel, help, or advice, especially on domestic violence criminal defense, Mr. Aaron Kiviat is the right attorney for you.
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Posted by anonymous | January 31, 2011
4th degree dv assault
At the point when we were looking for a help we admit that we kept searching for the right lawyer to hire...we were fishing and fishing around 'til I found this website and have read all the positive results of the cases he handle, then we figured out that this could be the right person who can help us. We never had a doubt whether to hire him or not. The price though is reasonable like others say "you get what you pay for". To make the story short he was so helpful he made the case dismissed and we are now living in peace. He was so professional that everytime we call him he really calls you back without hesitations. We thank you so much Aaron and the rest of the team and would like to thank Patricia for standing there for us.
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Posted by anonymous | December 4, 2009
Great Criminal Defense Lawyer in Seattle
Aaron Kiviat helped me get out of a legal problem with minimum fuss and headache. He was very helpful, supportive and discreet. I would recommend him to anyone who needs legal help.
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  • Free Consultation 60 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • The Law Office of Aaron S. Kiviat, PLLC
  • 2011 - Present
  • Associate
  • Barokas Martin & Tomlinson
  • 2006 - 2007
  • Prosecutor
  • Bronx District Attorney's Office
  • 2003 - 2006

Education

  • Yeshiva University, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2003
  • Evergreen State College
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1999

Sample of Legal Cases

  • State of Washington v. Charles B.
  • Case Dismissed
  • State of Washington v. A. H.
  • All Charges Dismissed

Associations

  • Cardozo Society of Washington State, Judicial Evaluation Committee
  • Chair
  • 2011 - Present
  • Cardozo Society of Washington State
  • President
  • 2008 - Present
  • WACDL
  • Member
  • 2007 - 2008
  • Cardozo Society of Washington State
  • Co-chair
  • 2007 - 2011
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Languages Spoken

  • Arabic
  • French
  • Hebrew

Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyer
  • Washington Law & Politics Magazine
  • 2018
  • Super Lawyer
  • Washington Law & Politics Magazine
  • 2017
  • Super Lawyer
  • Washington Law & Politics Magazine
  • 2016
  • Super Lawyer
  • Washington Law & Politics Magazine
  • 2015
  • Super Lawyer
  • Washington Law & Politics Magazine
  • 2014
  • Rising Star
  • Washington Law & Politics Magazine
  • 2012
  • Rising Star
  • Washington Law & Politics Magazine
  • 2011
  • Rising Star
  • Washington Law & Politics Magazine
  • 2010
  • Dean's Scholorship
  • Benjamin Cardozo School of Law
  • 2000
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Publications

  • The Civil Attorney's Field Guide to Criminal Defense in Washington State
  • The Civil Attorney's Field Guide to Criminal Defense in Washington State
  • 2008

Speaking Engagements

  • NALS Lecture
  • Navigating the Deadly Poppy Fields, an Introduction to Defending Drug Cases
  • 2010
  • TruTV's Open Court
  • TruTV's Coverage of Naveed Haq Trial
  • 2008
  • TruTV's Best Defense
  • TruTV's Coverage of Naveed Haq Trial
  • 2008
  • The Insanity Defense CLE - Ethical Considerations and Community Impact
  • The Insanity Defense
  • 2008
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Attorney endorsements

Received (29)
Given (30)
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Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 16
Relationship: Co-worker
"Aaron and I used to work together. He is a hardworking, bright, and compassionate lawyer. His clients are lucky to have him. He is an asset to the profession."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Aaron is a great lawyer. He works very hard for his clients. He is aggressive in their defense, but always maintains a professional and personable demeanor."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Oct 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Kiviat is a very experienced attorney who often contributes to very complicated areas of the law on AVVO."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Aaron for several years and can say that he is a highly skilled criminal defense attorney. He is an extremely knowledgable and very hardworking advocate who truly cares about his clients. His negotiation skills are second to none and he leaves no stone unturned in his preparation. Finally, he also possesses the unique ability to present a case at trial in a highly organized and persuasive manner. I have seen him work miracles in the courtroom, and give him my highest endorsement."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Aaron. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 03
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Aaron Kiviat is one of the most knowledgeable, hardworking and astute Criminal Defense experts in the state. He is also one of the few attorneys you can trust in this field. You will not be disappointed."
Unknown Attorney | Jul 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Feb 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I've known Aaron for about 6 years and I have referred all King County area criminal matters to him. He is an extremely knowledgable attorney who works for the best possible outcome for his clients."
Unknown Attorney | Dec 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Aaron is exceptionally knowledgeable and his experience as a prosecutor allows him to really explore both sides of the case. He is always willing to help new lawyers and is a mentor to many in the community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 13
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Aaron and I worked on a serious felony case as co-counsel. He is very bright, with great instincts and intuition. He had strong listening skills with a difficult Client in a very difficult situation. I enjoyed his pragmatic approach that always was looking out for the best interests of the Client. That experience was professionally enjoyable, and everytime I have since seen him in Court, I've witnessed a very accomplished and competent professional."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Aaron is an exceptional attorney who always represents his clients with passion and integrity. I highly endorse his work."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have had the pleasure of working with Aaron on a complex case with multiple witnesses, including several experts. His insight has been a great asset. His time as a prosecutor gives him a unique perspective into how to dissect a case. He is a zealous advocate and his clients are in excellent hands. I highly recommend Aaron."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"As a former deputy prosecutor in King County, I've known Aaron for several years and his reputation as a criminal defense attorney is second to none. He is incredibly bright, but also tenacious on behalf of his clients. Further, he is a good guy, and he has impeccable integrity. And finally, as a former deputy prosector himself, he knows how to obtain great results on behalf of his clients. I would strongly encourage anyone with a criminal issue to go to Aaron."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Aaron is an intelligent and creative attorney with an impeccable sense of the big picture. I strongly endorse him as a criminal defense attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I strongly endorse this lawyer's work."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Apr 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Mr. Kiviat for over a year. During this time, I have found Mr. Kiviat to be a diligent advocate and aggressive attorney who vigorously defends his clients legal rights in DUI and criminal cases. I stongly and unequivocally endorse this lawyer's work."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Aaron has a true passion for his work that translates into results for his clients. He has experience, skills and intelligence. Aaron is not afraid to take difficult cases to trial. I would highly recommend him to anyone who finds themselves ensnared in the criminal justice system."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Aaron Kiviat is an excellent lawyer with extensive courtroom experience. He is 100% committed to his clients. Aaron offers strong litigation and negotiation skills, and I endorse him without hesitation."
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Seattle Criminal defense Lawyer Aaron S Kiviat
Aaron S Kiviat
Criminal defense Attorney
Seattle, WA
Licensed for 20 years
Free Consultation
Virtual consultation available