Brad 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)
Brad’s 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.
Brad 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
Law 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 Washington
King County Bar Association
Pierce County Bar Association
Snohomish County Bar Association
Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
Co-Chair, 2007 WACDL CLE-“Defending the Indefensible, Sex Crime Defense.”
Presenter, 2009 WACDL Annual Conference, “Absent and Uncooperative Witnesses.”
Washington Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers-Affiliate Member
American Civil Liberties Union