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Courtney James Will

Criminal defense Attorney at Seattle, WA

5.0   59 reviews

also known as Court Will

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  • State Years
    Washington - WA 9 years
    Dist. of Columbia - DC 10 years
    California - CA 20 years
  • Licensed for 9 years
    State WA
    Acquired 2014
    Status
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 10 years
    State DC
    Acquired 2014
    Status
    Inactive No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 20 years
    State CA
    Acquired 2003
    Status
    Inactive No misconduct found

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

About Courtney

Learn Courtney’s areas of practice.

5
Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    40%
    As a husband/wife team, we represent clients being investigated for and/or charged with any felony or misdemeanor offenses at both the state and federal level. The primary focus of our practice includes sex crimes, domestic violence, theft, and violent crimes.

    21 years

  2. Sex crime
    40%
    Sex crime cases require a skilled and focused defense/approach that require specific experience on the part of the attorney you select. See more info about this here: https://willdefendwa.com/sex-crimes/

    21 years

  3. Domestic violence
    10%

  4. Drug Crime
    5%

  5. Violent crime
    5%

A HUSBAND/WIFE TEAM WORKING TIRELESSLY TO PROTECT YOUR RIGHTS AND GET YOU THE BEST POSSIBLE OUTCOME.

Court was born and raised in Tacoma and has had an interest in the legal system ever since he can remember.  While he always knew he would ultimately make his home in the Pacific Northwest, the draw of the sun and surf beckoned him to Southern California where he completed his undergraduate and law degree at Pepperdine University.

Following internships at multiple Prosecutor’s offices, the FBI, and the United States Attorney’s Offices, Court initially decided to stay in Southern California after school and cut his teeth as a criminal defense attorney in the trenches of the most overburdened court system in the country.  Court has represented thousands of clients from all walks of life for everything from DUI’s, to serious sex crimes, to murder. He thoroughly enjoys the challenge of taking cases to jury trial whenever it’s in his client’s best interest, and he has has conducted countless jury trials with great success.

 Court also developed a specialty representing those accused of sex crimes through his involvement with Dateline NBC’s To Catch A Predator show. He was the first attorney in the country to take one of these cases to trial. Read about Court's success with this first case here.

Court practiced throughout Los Angeles and surrounding counties for nearly a decade before moving back to Washington. Reopening WILL & WILL in the Northwest was a thrill for Court and he is happy to have the opportunity to represent those accused of a crime in his home state. Your constitutional rights are inalienable and Court protects them every step of the way.

 

Awards

Client's Choice 2022,2021,2018,2017,2016,2015,2012,2010
Client's Choice
2022 2021 2018 + 5 ...

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WILL & WILL, PLLC

Reviews

5.0 / 5.0
  59 customer reviews
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Client's Choice 2022
Client's Choice
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Posted by anonymous | January 31, 2024
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Professional and Trusted
I hired Will & Will to handle a sudden and unexpected incident that occurred. Court was professional and honest throughout the process, and his partner Michelle equally so. They both have a positive and empathetic approach and I would highly recommend them.
Posted by anonymous | December 14, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
Very Helpful Crew
I contacted Michelle when i was in trouble. She was able to work with me and help me throuh my legal ordeal. her assistant margarita was also there anytime i needed to talk or had a question about anything. Also met court who was very helpful when i needed him.
Posted by anonymous | December 8, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best Criminal Defense Team in Seattle!
Wonderful Service and Representation, exonerating of all false claims! I am not from Seattle, was traveling for business and was set up. Court Will and his team took the time to review my case on 4th of July weekend and helped defend me, even on short Holiday notice. My case was filed and by 5 minutes past 5pm, Court Will called me and mentioned he spoke with the DA and they’ve decided to withdraw their filing! Few months later he called again, mentioned the DA will be closing the books on this matter and to stay away from any issues! Music to my ears! Sooooo Much appreciated!
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Posted by anonymous | June 6, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
Great partnership. Honest and Trustworthy
I reached out to Michelle Will seeking guidance and replacement of my previously selected Attorney. I had little confidence in my previous Attorney and I explained that to Ms. Will and she advised me and offered me support. After our consultation I immediately signed the contract for Will and Will to be my counsel and they represented me well. They allowed me to feel heard and be apart of the process. Within a month of hiring the Will Team, my case was dismissed. Absolutely amazing work. Also, Margarita was there supporting and communicating with me the entire way. Great Team.
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Posted by anonymous | May 23, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent is not enough.
Michelle, Will and Margarita are an excellent team. With very little warning they took on my case and delivered the best outcome available. While I do not want to have to use their outstanding services again I will be sure to call them immediately. Graciously understanding and compassionate they handle my case with due diligence and care. Assuring themselves that I and wife understood the process and possible outcomes. Which allowed us to trust their recommendations and strategy. If you are reading this I am sorry you are looking for an attorney. STOP looking and contact Michelle and Will.
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Posted by anonymous | December 23, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Trustworthy, Knowledgeable with Best Possible Outcome
We came to Will & Will for representation of our son. They did an incredible job helping us through the early navigation of the legal process, what to expect in the days/months ahead and throughout his representation. We truly appreciate their negotiations for our son to receive the best outcome given the situation.
Posted by Elena Chkuaseli | November 21, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Professional, efficient and gets the job done!
I am so grateful for Will & Will team that I was able to work with in the last 4 months. Michelle and Court Will, are one of the most professional attorneys. Not only did they help me get the best outcome for the charges that were filed against me due to my ex husband's vindictiveness and bad intentions but they were also able to reach out to the prosecutor for an ongoing case and were able to get a court hearing stricken. Yes, it did cost me a lot to try to clear my name but it was all worth it in the end. I definitely recommend Will & Will Law Firm to anyone who is in need of great criminal law attorneys. You will not regret it! Thank you Will & Will, and thank you Margarita for always being so nice on the phone any time we spoke to each other!
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Posted by anonymous | November 20, 2022
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Client
For me, looking for a Lawyer to defend a family member was humbling and scary. In choosing Will & Will PLLC Attorneys was a blessing. I found them to be approachable, competent, attentive and dependable. And I highly recommend them.
Posted by Andrew | November 12, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Good representation, good outcome
My experience with Will & Will was good. They laid everything out for me and guided me through the process. They successfully got my bail significantly reduced so I could afford to walk a free man til sentencing, which helped me get my affairs in order. Ultimately, I was encouraged to take a plea deal and I trusted the advice of my lawyers, even though at the time I wasn't sure what was the best course of action for me. I trusted their professional advice and looking back, I'm glad I did. I served my time and found the aftercare I needed to address my drug addiction. I got a whole lot more than I bargained for through this process and today I am very happy with my life. I believe in my case, the justice system did what it needed to do with me, and God willing I will never be behind bars again. I thank Will and Will for their guidance through this process and for representing me.
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Posted by Sandeep | October 31, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Highly skilled & compassionate attorney
Michelle Will is a top notch, extremely skilled and compassionate attorney. I am going through a nasty divorce with domestic violence allegations that put me in in jail, threatened my career and immigration status. Michelle skillfully helped me resolve the situation and continues to guide me through tricky situations in divorce and protection order cases in family law courts. She connected me to the right immigration attorney and spoke to my family law attorneys to ensure all round success. I highly recommend Michelle if you find yourself in a difficult situation in life and need a criminal defense attorney you can trust with your life.
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Posted by anonymous | October 10, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
The best possible outcome - Thank you Court Will
I was falsely accused of an extremely heinous crime that could have put me in prison for the rest of my life, had I not sought the advice of a competent attorney. I found Court Will almost immediately in my search, and while his reviews and credentials were impressive, it was his calm demeanor, honesty and directness when I called him that convinced me to hire Will & Will. Throughout the worst time of my life, Court gave clear and honest advice about my situation. I questioned and second guessed everything, but Court gave me the confidence to remain calm and find patience and let the process work. Thank you, thank you thank you!!!!!
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Posted by Elizabeth | September 17, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Highly recommended defense team
This was a very difficult case. Court and his team fought to keep our family together. I am confident that they represented us well and achieved the best possible outcome. Besides giving my spouse the best legal help available, they took the time to address the needs and feelings of our family members impacted by this painful court process.
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Posted by anonymous | August 30, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Professional, Kind, Clear
I came to Will&Will with no clear guidance on how to proceed with my case after speaking to the police. In a quick 30 min consult Michelle explained the options I had, gave me clear information on how she would proceed and their pricing, and made me feel like this could be resolved. Through her work we were able to come to a civil compromise and get the case dismissed within 5 months. There are no words to explain how grateful I am for her commitment to this civil compromise and dismissal. I could not recommend them more. I hope I never have to contact them again, but if I do they would be the first ones I'd call!
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Posted by Phil | April 6, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
The Best
Michelle did a GREAT job for me , in a short period of time. I like that she was upfront about everything. I was out of state and still they took on my case. Thank you Will and Will for your help
Posted by Brandon | March 5, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Incredible Attorney!
Court Will was able to help me tremendously throughout my troubles. Was a very scary situation and he helped pull me through by keeping me at ease. Would definitely recommend Will & Will time and tome again!
Posted by Terri | January 26, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
THE BEST DUO
My son needed a criminal defense attorney in Oct of 2019 for a DV case. We asked around and were given his name. He called us back right away and explained in very detail what we were looking at. We hired him on the spot. We worked with both Court and Michelle, his wife. They were professional and very personable. Although my son made their job difficult after a slight re-offense issue - we were completely satisfied with how they helped. This was a very emotional and scary time but I am forever grateful for them and how they fought for for my son. He ended up with no more jail time and with an SOC which means after 5 years of no trouble the felony charge will be vacated, They were wonderful and we would recommend them over and over again.
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Posted by anonymous | January 1, 2021
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The best Lawyer in the city
My name is Mohamed, I don't know where to start. I was in big trouble for the first time in my life. I didn't know what to do. I did broad research which lawyer should I get. after searching for 48 h, finally, I decided based on the experience and professionalism to choose WILL & WILL, PLLC. I am not here to convince you but to share with you FACTS. Michelle Will is not just a lawyer. she goes above and beyond. easily to communicate and available all the time. my case closed in 1 month and I got the result I was looking for. Thank you so much, Michelle. Mohamed.
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Posted by anonymous | November 4, 2020
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Excellent service from Seattle attorney Court Will
Five Star Review for Courtney James Will, Seattle Attorney I am a retired trial lawyer who was charged with criminal misconduct. As an attorney with over 35 years of experience, I think I am uniquely qualified to evaluate the services of an attorney. After interviewing several attorneys, I selected Court Will. The service I received from Court was excellent. He fully explained all steps in the process, made no assumptions, and answered all of my questions. He treated me with respect. I could not have been more satisfied with his service and the result. I recommend Court Will without reservation.
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Posted by Joey | October 17, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
If you need a great professional criminal defense lawyer, look no further
Court was the best lawyer I've ever hired hands down. I would highly recommend his services to anyone in need of legal representation. Throughout the whole experience Court was knowledgeable, professional and personable. Court kept me informed through each and every step of the processes through with my trial. Thank you Court (and Michelle!), I will always be grateful for what you did to get me through a very difficult time in my life.
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Posted by anonymous | October 10, 2019
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Highly Recommend - Felony Sex Crime
Court is a fantastic attorney. I was charged with 6 prostitution related felonies. While I had transgressed the law, I felt that the prosecutors were being unreasonable. Court convinced the prosecutors of that as well. He was able to negotiate the felonies down to 2 misdemeanors and house arrest for 2 months. This was the best deal that could have been negotiated in my position. He was professional and let me know my odds at trial given my actions. I very much valued Court's trial earned experience to accurately assess my situation. If I ever needed a criminal attorney again, I'd hire Court immediately without question.
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Cost

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  • Free Consultation 60 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • WILL & WILL, PLLC
  • 2007 - Present
  • Owner/Partner
  • Law Offices of Court Will
  • 2004 - 2007
  • Associate Attorney
  • Wallin & Klarich
  • 2003 - 2004
  • Law Clerk
  • United States Attorney's Office
  • 2003 - 2003
  • Honors Intern
  • Federal Bureau Of Investigation
  • 2002 - 2002
  • Law Clerk
  • Los Angeles District Attorney's Office
  • 2002 - 2003
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Education

  • Pepperdine University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2003
  • Pepperdine University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2000

Sample of Legal Cases

  • State v. S.D.
  • Trial - Jury Found Client NOT GUILTY of all three counts
  • People v. Paul J.
  • Hung Jury. All felonies dropped. No registration as sex offender
  • People v. John J.
  • Reduced to one charge with house arrest
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Associations

  • Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • National Institute for Trial Advocacy
  • Member
  • 2008 - Present
  • Orange County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2006 - Present
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2005 - Present
  • California Public Defenders Association
  • Member
  • 2005 - Present
  • San Bernardino County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2005 - Present
  • Riverside County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2005 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2005 - Present
  • State Bar of California
  • Member
  • 2003 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2017
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2015
  • Top 40 Under 40
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2015
  • Contributor Level 5
  • Avvo
  • 2014
  • 40 Under 40
  • Los Angeles Metro
  • 2013
  • Clients' Choice
  • Avvo
  • 2012
  • Top Inland Empire Attorneys
  • Inland Empire Magazine
  • 2011
  • Top Inland Empire Attorneys
  • Inland Empire Magazine
  • 2010
  • Rising Star
  • Lawyers Weekly
  • 2009
  • 40 Under 40
  • OC Metro Magazine
  • 2009
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Speaking Engagements

  • CDAP Fall Conference
  • Digital Age Defense
  • 2013
  • KABC News
  • Illegal Teacher/Student Relationship
  • 2012
  • Talk Radio
  • Sex Stings
  • 2011
  • Talk Radio
  • Drug Crimes
  • 2008
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Attorney endorsements

Received (17)
Given (16)
Endorse Courtney
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 25
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have done contract work for Courtney’s firm. I am consistently impressed with their level of customer service, the happiness of their clients, and thoroughness of their case preparation."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Court Will is an outstanding lawyer and true professional. His knowledge and hard working style has produced quality results on a consistent basis."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 16
Relationship: Friend
"When I first met Court Will, I was moved by his spirit and enthusiasm to learn and to be better than the standard defense lawyer. We were able to share ideas. His knowledge was insightful and intuitive. This is why I endorse Mr. Will. He is a wonderful addition to the league of lawyers!"
Unknown Attorney | Sep 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Will for over ten years. I have seen him take very difficult cases to trial and prevail. He treats his clients with respect and dignity. He possess excellent writing skills and legal knowledge as well as the ability to control a court room. I give him my highest endorsement."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 10
Relationship: Co-worker
"I worked with Court for several years in the same firm. He is the kind of guy who works very hard for his clients to get the possible deal. In addition, he is unusually intelligent and this permits him to present his client in the best possible light. I would enthusiastically recommend him."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Court Will has earned his reputation as an outstanding criminal defense attorney throughout Southern California . He is very highly regarded by prosecutors, judges, and fellow defense attorneys. Mr. Will is very well versed in all aspects of criminal defense work including motions, current case law, and even subtle procedural elements - which often separate the top lawyers. Prosecutors respect him for his hard work and zealous advocacy on behalf of his clients. As a fellow attorney who practices in the same county, I have see Mr. Will handle a number complex and serious cases and achieve great results for his clients. I would endorse this lawyer for his work both in and out of the courtroom, and would feel comfortable recommending him on any criminal, DUI, or Traffic matter at all stages from Pre-Filing through Jury Trial."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 02
Relationship: Friend
"I know Courtney James Will personally and would recommend him to anyone in need of criminal defense or DUI representation in Riverside. Top notch defense."
General practice Attorney | Aug 29
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. I have worked on matters with Court. He is knowledgeable, direct, and efficient. Court knows how to get things done."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I whole-heartedly endorse Court Will. I can attest to his outstanding skill as a criminal defense attorney and advocate. I wouldn't hesitate to refer a friend or family member or potential client to him. Court is hard-working, responsible, and conscientious. We worked together at a firm a few years ago before we started our own practices. From the time that I met him, Court has always impressed me as a stand-up guy and I always look forward to speaking with him when I have a question or want to bounce ideas off him. If you're reading this and are considering hiring him to represent you, stop looking. Go with Court Will!"
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 19
Relationship: Co-worker
"Court is a superb lawyer and wonderful person. His tenacity at both pretrial negotiations and skill in trial make an attorney to be admired and feared. At the same time, he's incredibly personable and very charismatic. And of course, who wouldn't be a great lawyer with "Court" as a name ;)"
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 18
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have known Court for years and have worked quite a few cases together. He does outstanding work and I trust him completely. To give you an idea of how much, when I was contacted by a friend who had gotten in serious trouble, and I felt too close to get involved, I referred him over to Court Will. Court took his case and did an excellent job. He is simply an outstanding attorney, and just as outstanding an idividual."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 14
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Court Will is a fantastic attorney. He has superb presence in the courtroom and has extensive trial experience. He also is a skilled negotiator who has gotten great results for his clients. I whole-heartedly endorse Court Will!"
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Court for many years and can confidently say that he is a zealous and skilled advocate. Court is dedicated to fighting for his clients' rights and ensuring that they get the best possible outcome in their legal matters. If you are thinking about hiring a criminal defense attorney, you will be in good hands with Court."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Courtney (or “Court,” as he is known to those in the legal community) for several years. I believe he is an excellent and effective lawyer, who gets results for his clients in unfortunate situations where their freedom is often on the line. If you are in need of representation on a serious criminal matter, Court is a great choice. Without hesitation, I endorse Court Will!"
Criminal defense Attorney | May 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Courtney. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"This attorney works very hard for the client and keeps up with the law by attending legal seminars to assist them in this regard. I endorse this attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 08
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I've known Mr. Will for 7 years and worked with him on numerous matters. He's a first-rate attorney. He's always prepared and knows the local court system. I've seen him work miracles for his clients time and again."
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Seattle Criminal defense Lawyer Courtney James Will
Courtney James Will
Criminal defense Attorney
Seattle, WA
Licensed for 20 years
Free Consultation
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