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Seattle attorney Jon Zulauf has regularly been recognized as one of the top criminal defense lawyers in Washington state. He is a member of The National Trial Lawyers, an exclusive legal organization composed of the Top 100 Trial Lawyers from each state. He has been named every year since 2003 to Washington State Super Lawyers, including most recently for 2011. Seattle Magazine has ranked him one of the top five criminal defense attorneys in Seattle, and he has been listed in Best Lawyers in America every year since 1995, including for 2011. Seattle Metropolitan Magazine named Jon as being among the top criminal defense attorneys in King County, and the September/October 2010 issue of Super Lawyers, Corporate Counsel Edition honored him as one of the top attorneys in Civil and Criminal Litigation in America. The 2011 U.S.News—Best Lawyers® "Best Law Firms" survey has given Zulauf & Chambliss a Tier 1 Ranking for Seattle in the area of Criminal Defense: Non-White-Collar.


Jon has built a highly successful white-collar criminal defense practice. He has represented a lawyer charged with racketeering in Alaska, a real estate developer charged with securities violations, doctors accused of Medicare fraud, and corporations charged with EPA and FDA crimes. He has represented corporations accused by the Department of Financial Institutions of fraud in the Pay Day Loan industry and individuals charged with IRS crimes.


Other notable cases Jon has taken on include:


  • Doctors at the University of Washington relating to the University of Washington Physicians investigation

  • A mechanic implicated in the Alaska Airlines crash

  • Employees of the Olympic Pipeline Company regarding a gasoline explosion in Bellingham

  • Well-known sports figures, including a Seattle Seahawk football player and a Seattle Sonic basketball player

  • The celebrity, Courtney Love


 In 2008, Jon successfully defended Pamela Moran, charged in Federal Court with 36 Counts of tax fraud. After a lengthy trial before Judge Coughenour, she was found not guilty of all counts.


 In 2007, Jon volunteered to represent two Guantanamo Bay detainees allegedly involved in acts of terrorism. He traveled to Cuba, met with his clients, and worked to establish that his clients had no association with Al Qaeda or the Taliban. Each of those clients has now been released from prison. Jon has also contributed his time to the Innocence Project, and he successfully reversed a conviction in which his client was falsely accused of committing thousands of acts of child molestation in the notorius Wenatchee child sex abuse trials.




Contact info

Zulauf & Chambliss

The Hoge Building, Suite 1111
705 2nd Avenue
Seattle, WA, 98104

Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 30%
  2. White Collar Crime: 15%
  3. Investment Fraud: 10%
  4. Tax Fraud: 10%
  5. Other: 35%
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Best Lawyers in Puget SoundSeattle Business magazine2012
Best LawyersBest Lawyers in America2011
First Tier Ranking, Criminal Defense: Non-White-Collar, SeattleU.S.News—Best Lawyers2011
Super LawyerWashington Law & Politics2011
First Tier Ranking, Criminal Defense: Non-White-Collar, SeattleU.S.News—Best Lawyers2010
Top Criminal Defense Attorneys in King CountySeattle Metropolitan Magazine2010
Top 100 Trial Lawyers, Washington StateThe American Trial Lawyers Association2010
Super Lawyer, Corporate Counsel EditionWashington Law and Politics2010
Super LawyerWashington Law & Politics2010
Best LawyersBest Lawyers in America2010
Best LawyersBest Lawyers in America2009
Super LawyerWashington Law & Politics2009
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Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneyZulauf & Chambliss2003 - Present
AttorneyFinegold & Zulauf1985 - 2003
AttorneyFranco, Asia, Bensussan, Coe & Finegold1983 - 1985
AttorneyEastside Defenders1981 - 1983
AttorneyAlhadeff Wesley and Bopp1980 - 1981
AttorneyEastside Defenders1979 - 1980
AttorneyAssociated Counsel for the Accused1977 - 1979
Association namePosition nameDuration
The American Trial Lawyers AssociationMember2010 - Present
Pratt Fine ArtsBoard Member2007 - Present
Washington State Bar AssociationMember1976 - Present
Powerful SchoolsBoard Member2004 - 2008
Washington Association of Criminal Defense LawyersPresident1998 - 1999
Washington Association of Criminal Defense LawyersVice President1996 - 1997
Washington Association of Criminal Defense LawyersTreasurer1995 - 1996
Washington Association of Criminal Defense LawyersBoard Member1993 - 1999
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Georgia School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1976
Emory University School of LawPolitical ScienceBS - Bachelor of Science1973