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Arrested for a crime? We're here to help. You can put our experience of over 47 combined years of criminal trial work to fixing your legal issues. We are not fly-by-night, nor solo practitioners without support staff.  We are an established and collaborative team committed to positive outcomes for clients, through written legal arguments, aggressive discovery demands and compelling defenses with the goal of getting cases dismissed.


Having been a Rule 9 Prosecutor for several municipalities over 12 years ago, and then a public defender, over several years I have built a solid and established reputation and attracted a team of attorneys who each have ample experience in defense on DUI's, criminal traffic cases and other types of criminal charges.  We pride ourselves in obtaining the best results possible for clients through collaboration, which is not found with solo attorneys.  Together we have represented between 1000 and 2000 clients on criminal traffic cases, a substantial figure.  It is this experience that clients can expect to play out in our aggressive response to criminal charges and proposed license suspensions.


Our firm includes attorneys with former Appellate court experience, giving us good knowledge of the fine points of legal arguments.  We also have over 100 jury trials under our belts, and because virtually every prosecutor's office in and around King County knows of our reputation as trial attorneys, the vast majority of clients are able to get stellar outcomes.   We're here to help you.


Our services are solid and tangible, our legal fees are competitive with solo attorneys and we always take payment plans.


Languages spoken: English, Spanish, Swedish

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Practice areas


  1. DUI & DWI: 90%
    18 years, 1.2 thousand cases
  2. Criminal Defense: 5%
  3. Personal Injury: 5%



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Attorney endorsements

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  • Timothy J. Vanderweert

    James is a great DUI attorney!


    Timothy Vanderweert DUI and DWI Attorney
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  • Henry King Chae

    I endorse this lawyer. James Egan is an excellent attorney. We had battled it out in a few trials close to 10 years ago when I was a prosecutor and he beat me every time. I have not won a trial against him to this day. And he has had acquittals on many other cases against other highly regarded attorneys which just goes to illustrate he is an attorney who really delivers great results for his clients. You can't go wrong with James Egan. He will fight hard for you. I recommend him without reservation.


    Henry Chae Criminal defense Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

605 1st Ave Ste 400
Seattle, WA, 98104-2207


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Best LawyerSeattle Weekly Magazine2013
Field Sobriety Test InstructorLaPier and Associates2009
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Owner / ProprietorLaw Offices of James Egan2000 - Present
Public Defense AttorneyNorthwest Defenders Association1999 - 2000
Rule 9 ProsecutorKenyon Disend Law Firm1997 - 1998
Defense InvestigatorSociety of Counsel Representing Accused Persons1994 - 1995
Association namePosition nameDuration
National College of DUI DefenseMember Graduate2008 - Present
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember2005 - Present
Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyersmember2003 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
World Trade Organization Protests 1999 SeattleNot guilty verdict and over 100 dismissals
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Publication nameTitleDate
Stranger magazineWhat You Should Know Before Being Stopped for DUI2010
Seattle Weekly MagazineWhat You Should Know Before Being Stopped for DUI2010
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of WashingtonBusiness Administration / ManagementEntrepreneurial Courses in Business1998
University of Washington School of LawCriminal Constutional Law FocusJD - Juris Doctor1998
Whitman CollegePhilosphy / Editor in Chief Whitman Pioneer 1993BA - Bachelor of Arts1994
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
KIRO TVDUI legislation to change legal BAC to .05?2013
Trial Presentation and Closing ArgumentsTrial Advocacy Program2005