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A founding member of the Cannabis Defense Coalition Legal Committee and a lifetime member of the NORML Legal Committee.  Aaron has been a tireless advocate in the War on Drugs and the legalization movement. In addition to representing cannabis clients and their business strategies, Aaron has also earned a reputation for effectively handling high profile litigation, defending both individual and corporate clients. Aaron’s representative cases convey his capacity to handle a diversity of complex and serious legal matters. Aaron has been repeatedly named a "Rising Star" by Super Lawyers and Top 100 Trial Lawyers by the National Trial Lawyers.  He has been invited to speak on Legal Education Seminars and Cannabis Conferences throughout the United States. 



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Practice areas


  1. Litigation: 60%
    10 years
  2. Business: 40%
    10 years



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  • Kirk Charles Davis

    Aaron is an excellent attorney. He pioneered the area of representation for legal marijuana operations and continues to provide superb support for individuals and business involved with this new industry. It is a area fraught with legal dangers and Aaron navigates it smoothly.


    Kirk Davis Personal injury Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • Stacey M. Washington

    Attorney Pelley is an experienced and aggressive defense attorney. He is highly regarded and respected by his peers and clients. I endorse this lawyer.


    Stacey Washington DUI and DWI Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

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119 1st Ave. South
Suite 420
Seattle, WA, 98104


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
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Award nameGrantorDate granted
Rising StarSuper Lawyers2016
Top 100 Trial LawyersNational Trial Lawyers Association2016
Top 100 Trial LawyersNational Trial Lawyers Association2015
Rising StarSuper Lawyers2015
Top Attorneys in WashingtonSeattle Metropolitan Magazine2014
Top 100 Trial LawyersNational Trial Lawyers Association2014
Rising StarSuperLawyers2014
Pro Bono Publico Service CommendationWashington State Bar Association2011
Pro Bono Publico Service CommendationWashington State Bar Association2010
Rising StarSuper Lawyers2010
Pro Bono Publico ServiceWashington State Bar Association2009
Pro Bono Publico Service CommendationWashington State Bar Association2008
Certificate for Completion: International Crim. Law and PolicySouth Western Law School2005
Willamette University Public Interest Law Fellowship GranteeWillamette University College of Law2004
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerNWMJ Law PLLC2016 - Present
OwnerPelley Law, PLLC2007 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana LawsLegal Committee Member2008 - Present
Washington State Bar AssociationAdmitted to Practice2006 - Present
United States District Court for the Western District of WashingtonAdmitted to Practice2006 - Present
King County Bar AssociationMember2004 - 2009
American Bar AssociationAdvisory Panel2004 - 2009
Publication nameTitleDate
Washington State Bar Association Criminal Law SectionImpacts of Legalized Marijuana on Firearms Rights2015
Washington State Bar Association Litigation NewsUp in Smoke? Marijuana Law2013
American Bar Association GP Solo: Law Trends and NewsLaw With An Apple2008
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Gerry Spence Trial Lawyers CollegeN/ARegional Seminar2009
Willamette University College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2005
Willamette UniversityPsychologyBA - Bachelor of Arts2002
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
The Best In Marijuana Design & Packaging 2016Compliance Law Review2016
Imperious Cannabis Business ExpoCannabis Applications and Licensing2016
Cannabis Grand Cru 2016 CFGWashington's 502 Legislation Foundry2016
Canna ConLegal Panel (Education & Development)2016
PWC Panel PresentationsClearing the Air: Let’s Talk about Legal Pot & Workers’ Comp2015
Medical & Recreational CannabisCannabis Litigation2015
Federal Law Issues and Washington State Marijuana LawsWashington Marijuana Law2015
Benton Franklin County Bar AssociationCase Law Update on Cannabis Law and Litigation2015
WANP Annual Clinical Conference 2014 (Pain Management in Naturopathic Practice)Benefits Outweighing the Risk - Ethics and Legal Pitfalls2014
Canna Business & the Law - I-502 SeminarChoosing Legal Compliance2014
I-502 ImplicationsCurrent Washington Medical Cannabis Laws; Criminal Ramifications of Violating I-502; the Green DUI2013
The 19th Annual Criminal Justice InstituteUpdates and Critical Issues2012
Q&A session on Medical CannabisLegal Issues for Access Points2012
Hempfest 2012Medical Marijuana in Washington State2012
Hempfest 2011 (20th Anniversary)Medical Marijuana Law2011
Current Issues in Search & SeizureCriminal Defense Law with Apple2011
Care Medical Group and Training AcademyAdvanced Cannabis Law2011
Cannabis CollegeIntro to Medical Cannabis Law2011
Marijuana Liberation MarchImplication of State v. Fry2010
TruTV's Best DefenseNavid Haq Trial2008