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Brad Allen Meryhew

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Meryhew is an experienced and highly regarded advocate for those charged with
sex offenses or domestic violence offenses in Washington.  During the last five years Brad’s
practice has focused primarily on sex offenses and serious assaults. His practice
includes both State and Federal cases. His track record of trial success,
dismissals and successful negotiations has achieved him a reputation as a
leader in Washington for the defense of those charged with sex offenses. 

Based in King County, Brad has handled
cases all over Washington in recent years, including cases in Bellingham,
Everett, Yakima, Tacoma, Olympia, Port Orchard, Longview and Port Angeles. Brad
has invaluable experience in advising client’s during the critical
investigation of allegations when CPS and the police get involved and will work
to insure that you do not make serious mistakes in handling this process. Brad
has also become a resource for other attorneys due to his in depth knowledge of
the laws, literature and strategies that are central to these cases. (See
Actual Case Results on Home page)

guiding philosophy is to give each client an experience of justice. To insure
that happens he believes it takes extra time to meet with his clients, to work
with his client’s family and friends, to interview important potential
witnesses himself and to tell the client’s story fully and effectively. He will
always work to insure that you are heard, that you understand what is
happening, that every potential defense has been explored, and that your
representation will be smart, zealous and effective.

Brad has represented people from all
walks of life, including many high profile cases. He has represented elementary
and high school teachers, coaches, school bus drivers, day care operators,  group home counselors and other lawyers
with proven results. His passion for his work, his compassion for his clients,
and his common sense  and humor
leave a long lasting impression on all who meet him. 

Meryhew has been speaking and arguing in public since high school. He was the
Washington state high school champion in impromptu speaking, and second in
state in extemporaneous speaking. In college he was a very successful debater,
taking Western Washington University to the national debate tournament in his
sophomore year. While finishing his bachelors degree in International Relations
at the University of Utah, Brad was a nationally ranked intercollegiate
debater, eventually placing in the top ten debaters in the nation in 1980.

In the early 90s Brad attended law school
back in the Puget Sound area at the University of Puget Sound School of Law.
Brad began his legal career working as a public defender, where he gained
extensive felony trial experience and supervised new attorneys as a member of the
agency’s management team. His experience at the public defender’s office
included many felony trials, including Murder 1, Assault 1, 2, and 3, Rape 1, 2
and 3, Rape of a Child 1, 2, 3, Child Molestation 1,2, and 3, Domestic Violence
assaults, and Robbery 1 and 2, among others.

Prior to his legal career Brad held
positions with political organizations and in business, which enables him to
bring a great deal of real world and practical experience to his legal
practice. After graduate school in Maryland he worked as a communications and
government affairs professional for three different advocacy groups in
Washington, D.C., with a focus on business related policy, environmental policy
and national security policy. After that he worked as a business consultant and
as a manager for a large national warehouse outlet before attending law school.

Brad Meryhew is a Seattle native with a
passion for gardening and the great outdoors.  Raised in Tukwila, Brad keeps himself busy outside the
office on a large garden in the city complete with chickens.  He has traveled extensively all over
the world, with recent trips to China, Tibet, Costa Rica and Croatia.



Juris doctor, cum laude, University of
Puget Sound School of Law, 1994

Review, Moot Court, Student Bar Association

Masters Program, Political
Communications, University of Maryland,

College Park, Md. 1981 - 1983

Bachelor of Science, Political
Science/International Relations, University of Utah, 1980

Attended Western Washington University,
Bellingham, 1976 - 1978



Washington State Bar Association

Federal Bar – Western District of

King County Bar Association

Pierce County Bar Association

Snohomish County Bar Association

Washington Association of Criminal
Defense Lawyers

2007 WACDL CLE-“Defending the Indefensible, Sex Crime Defense.”

2009 WACDL Annual Conference, “Absent and Uncooperative Witnesses.”

Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers-Affiliate Member


American Civil
Liberties Union





Photos and videos

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Practice areas


  1. Sex Crime: 65%
  2. Juvenile: 15%
    13 years, 200 cases
  3. Child Abuse: 15%
    19 years, 500 cases
  4. Criminal Defense: 5%
    19 years, 4 thousand cases



Fixed (sometimes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

14 total 

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  • Cassandra Lopez De Arriaga

    Brad is amazing! He is a truly dedicated advocate for juveniles. I had the privedge to hear him speak at a National convention and he taught me more in an hour then I have learned in years of practice. He is insightful, warm, and more importantly very committed to changing the legal system to treat juvenile offenders instead of incarcerating them. I am thoroughly in awe of his dedication.


    Cassandra De Arriaga DUI and DWI Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Michael S. Waddington

    I endorse Brad. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community.


    Michael Waddington Military law Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

The Meryhew Law Group, PLLC

The Pioneer Building
600 First Avenue, Suite 512
Seattle, WA, 98104


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Pro Bono AwardWashington State Bar Association2011
Pro Bono AwardWashington State Bar Association2010
Certificate of AppreciationWashington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers2010
Pro Bono AwardWashington State Bar Association2009
Pro Bono AwardWashington State Bar Association2008
Certificate of AppreciationWashington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers2008
Pro Bono AwardWashington State Bar Association2007
Pro Bono AwardWashington State Bar Association2006
Pro Bono AwardWashington State Bar Association2005
Pro Bono AwardWashington State Bar Association2004
Pro Bono AwardWashington State Bar Association2003
Jessup International Moot Court FinalistUniversity of Puget Sound School of Law1991
Top Ten Individual SpeakersNational Intercollegiate Debate Tournament1980
State Champion, Impromptu SpeakingWashington Interscholastic Activities Association1976
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Managing AttorneyThe Meryhew Law Group, PLLC2011 - Present
PartnerRhodes & Meryhew, LLP2007 - 2011
AttorneyLaw Office of James Newton, PLLC2003 - 2007
Staff Attorney/ManagerSociety of Counsel Representing Accused Persons1997 - 2003
Front End/Membership and Marketing ManagerCostco Wholesale1986 - 1992
Manager of Client ServicesMichael Thomas Corporations1985 - 1986
Director of CommunicationsBusiness Executives for National Security1984 - 1985
Media Relations AssociateNational Association of Manuafacturers1982 - 1984
Instructor, Technical & Speech CommunicationsUniversity of Maryland, College Park1981 - 1983
Association namePosition nameDuration
American Professional Society on the Abuse of ChildrenMember2012 - Present
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember2011 - Present
Association for the Treatment of Sexual AbusersAffiliate Member2009 - Present
Washington Association for the Treatment of Sexual AbusersAffiliate Member2009 - Present
Washington State Sex Offender Policy Board, WACDL RepresentativeBoard Member2008 - Present
Tacoma Pierce County Bar AssociationMember2007 - Present
Snohomish County Bar AssociationMember2007 - Present
King County Bar AssociationMember2007 - Present
National Wildlife FederationMember2006 - Present
Federal Court, Western District of Washington BarMember2004 - Present
Washington Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember2003 - Present
Washington State Bar AssociationMember1997 - Present
American Civil Liberties UnionMember1991 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Allegations of Child Molestation DismissedCharges Dismissed.
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Publication nameTitleDate
Defense Magazine (WACDL)Sex Offender Registration: Getting the Monkey off Their Backs2012
Washington Criminal DefenseSex Offender Registration Changes: Additional reforms proposed by SOPB pass Legislature.2011
Inside The Minds: Strategies for Defending Sex Crimes Leading Lawyers on Understanding the Current Sex Crimes Environment and Building a Thorough Defense, Thomson Reuters/AspatoreThe Use and Abuse of Psychosexual Evaluations: Preparing Your Client for the Most Important Interview of Their Lives2011
Inside The Minds: Juvenile Criminal Defense Strategies Leading Lawyers on Examining Recent Trends in Juvenile Law and Building a Successful DefenseRepresenting Juveniles Charged with Sex Offenses2011
Defense MagazineSex Offense Legislation: Still the crime du jour, but some efforts to calm the rhetoric.2008
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Puget Sound School of LawN/AJD - Juris Doctor1994
University of Maryland, College ParkPolitical CommunicationsN/A1983
University of UtahPolitical ScienceOther - Bachelors1980
Western Washington UniversityPolitical ScienceN/A1978
Foster High School, TukwilaN/AN/A1976
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Roger Wolfe Memorial Annual WATSA RetreatClient Confidentiality after John Doe v. Zink: The PRA trumps.2016
DAC Lunchtime CLE SeriesThe ISRB: What it means to be sentenced to lifetime prison or supervision.2016
Annual Chelan ConferencePut Up or Shut Up? Representing Clients During the Investigation of their Case.2016
Zealous Advocacy in Sexual Assault and Child Victim CasesRepresenting and Advocating for Juveniles Accused of Sex Offenses2015
The 2015 Spring Research, Evaluation & Treatment ConferenceEthical Dilemmas and Burning Clinical Issues: Expert Panel Discussion2015
Senate Committee on Law and JusticeTestimony Concerning Senate Bill 5154 Regarding Sex Offender Registration2015
Law Women's CaucusRape & The Law Panel Discussion2015
City of Seattle Office of Housing WorkgroupLifetime Sex Offender Registratin as it Relates to State and Federal Housing Restrictions2015
Webinar on Sex Offense DefenseAdvocating for Community Based Treatment over Prison.2014
Washington State LegislatureTestimony Concerning SB 6069, Authorizing DOC to impose restrictions on contact with classes of persons.2014
Sex Offense DefenseCommunity Based Sex Offender Treatment2014
Panel DiscussionRape and the Law2014
Washington State LegislatureTestimony Concerning HB 1108: Removing the Marriage Element from Rape and Indecent Liberties2013
Washington State LegislatureTestimony Opposing HB 1232: Restricting Rental Vouchers for Sex Offenders2013
Washington State LegislatureTestimony Opposing HB 1171: Requiring Bail for all Sex and Violent Offenders2013
Washington State LegislatureTestimony Opposing HB 1020: Expanding Residential Restrictions for Level III Sex Offenders2013
Serious Felony DefenseThe Indeterminate Sentence Review Board: How To Avoid LIfe In Prison2013
House Public Safety CommitteeTestimony Concerning ESB 5735 Regarding Sex Offender Registration and Community Notification2013
Community ForumThe Criminalization and Stigmatization of HIV: Washington Law and Proposed Changes2013
Street Youth Legal Advocates of WashingtonThe Science and Practice of Representing Juveniles Accused of Sex Offenses2012
Sex Offender Registration Roundtable DiscussionRethinking Sex Offender Registration: Some Proposals for Change2012
NACDL Sex Offense Defense CLERepresenting Juveniles Accused of Sex Offenses2012
Lunch CLE SeriesSex Offender Registration Removal and Sealing the Record in Washington2012
Guest LecturerInterviewing and advocating for juveniles seeking relief from sex offender registration.2012
Department of Developmental Disabilities Webcast TrainingRelief from Sex Offender Registration and Sealing the Record for Clients with Intellectual Disabilities2012
American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children (APSAC): Child Interview ClinicChild Interview Clinic: Legal Considerations and Effective Testimony2012
WATSA TrainingSex Offender Registration and Sealing2011
Sex Offense Treatment Coordinators TrainingSex Offender Registration and Sealing2011
Juvenile Justice ClassJuvenile Sex Offenders2011
In House TrainingJuvenile Sex Offender Registration and Sealing Juvenile Records2011
In House CLEUse and Abuse of Psychosexual Evaluations2011
2011 Defender ConferenceJuvenile Sex Offenders, Theory and Practice2011
WATSA Spring ConferenceTestifying in Court for Sexual Deviancy Evaluators2010
WACDL Sex Offenses CLEThe Use and Abuse of Psychosexual Evaluations2010
Juvenile Justice ClassJuvenile Sex Offenders2010
Felony Unit TrainingPsychosexual Evaluations and Client Counseling2010
WATSA Annual RetreatHow Attorneys can work better with Sexual Deviance Treatment Providers.2009
WACDL Confrontation in ChelanUncooperative and Absent Witnesses2009
Team Child Staff RetreatJuvenile Sex Offender Registration2009
WACDL Defending the Indefensible: Sex Offense DefenseSexual Deviancy Evaluations2007
Representing Mentally Ill OffendersMental Health Defenses and Treatment Approaches2004
Society of Counsel Investigator TrainingLegal Issues in DV Investigations2003
Washington Domestic Advocates ConferenceWorking with Defense Attorneys for DV Advocates2002
Legislative Roundtable on Mental IllnessWorking with Mentally Ill Offenders2002
Society of Counsel Annual RetreatJury Selection in Domestic Violence Cases2001
Defending Clients with Special NeedsDefendants with HIV/TB and communicable diseases1998