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Michelle Marie Scudder

Criminal defense Attorney at Seattle, WA

5.0   20 reviews
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  • Licensed for 16 years
    State WA
    Acquired 2007
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About Michelle

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As a former prosecutor for King County, I have years of experience in the courtroom and trying difficult cases. I believe in keeping you informed about all facets involving your case and fighting tirelessly for my clients.  I provide a free 30 minute consultation.


Client's Choice 2020
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Law Office of Michelle M. Scudder, PLLC
705 Second Avenue
Suite 1111
Seattle, WA, 98104


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Client's Choice 2020
Client's Choice
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Posted by anonymous | March 14, 2022
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Michelle is a compassionate, professional and effective attorney
We had a very positive experience with attorney Michelle Scudder, who I hired to help my adult son with his case. She was recommended by a friend. Michelle was very responsive from the beginning. She met with me and my son to discuss his case and really listened to our concerns. Our son struggles with ADHD and communication skills, and asked me to help him communicate with his attorney. Michelle understood the situation and was supportive. She cared to get to know him and his parents. Michelle is very professional and knowledgeable about the law, the courts, and about people. She treated my son and me with respect and was sensitive to what we were going through. She explained the important issues and what to expect during the process .Her compassionate and confident approach was reassuring during a very difficult time. Michelle's skills helped my son get a fair result, with his dignity intact and a path forward too. We know she was also busy with other clients, but she was responsive and focused on our son and his case over several months. We highly recommend Michelle as an attorney.
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Posted by anonymous | November 27, 2021
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Great Experience
Michelle did a great job for us by communicating effectively and essentially handling everything so that we didn't have to worry about any of the details. Her experience and competence resulted in an excellent outcome.
Posted by anonymous | February 1, 2021
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Michelle is Brilliant, Kind and an Absolute Expert Attorney
Michelle not only analyzed, strategized and navigated my complex case, she also sympathized and eased my anxiety along the way. She detailed out every realistic possibility and astonishingly predicted many curveballs affirming not only her years of experience but her gifted intuition. I expected to get a temporary solution from the court but Michelle was able to construct a lifelong legal solution to protect myself and my family. If you've read this far, I recommend you immediately email or call her. She doesn't push or attempt to sell you on overconfident outcomes. She listens and honestly wants what's best for you.
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Posted by anonymous | September 18, 2020
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She's the best choice I could make.
I was frantic talking to so many attorneys, making phone calls all day. Luckily for me I made one call to Michelle and life seems to have gotten so much smoother since than. She immediately took away all the case responsibility, made several phone calls to the other party's attorney, and did all the court formalities proactively. I read reviews for few other attorneys where people mentioned they wasted so much money and didn't get response but from the very beginning Michelle has been sending me emails, calling me. I never had to chase her for update. I have been getting copies of every single paper work. She s as professional as one can be but even personally she has been there for me. I felt that connection instantly on the very first phone call. She is not greedy at all. I had to ask how about her charges as that was not on her mind. She only discussed her plan of action and my case with me. She is so knowledge and kind, compassionate. Not mere adjectives I have personally experienced all these attributes in her. Anyone who hires her can just not be disappointed. She's a gem of a person.
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Posted by anonymous | May 21, 2020
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Scudder Law Highly Recommended
Ms. Scudder was extremely helpful with my legal affairs and showed great professionalism and explained all my options along the way. Needless to say, the outcome was better than I expected and all my legal matters were resolved not only in record time but also with an immense sense of relief. I would highly recommend Michelle Scudder and the Scudder Law Firm to any client looking for best in class legal representation.
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Posted by anonymous | February 18, 2020
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Great Lawyer
Michelle is a amazing lawyer ad very thoughtful. She helped explain everything very thoroughly and help me win my case. I strongly recommend her.
Posted by Howard | February 15, 2020
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Criminal Defense Attorney Michelle Scudder
I am so thankful I engaged Michelle Scudder as my defense attorney. She is one smart lady and was helpful and kind. She successfully defended me and I highly recommend her.
Posted by anonymous | January 10, 2020
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Good service and personal attention
I hired Michelle after being charged with a felony. Long story short she helped work out a deal to reduce the charge to a misdemeanor. I always worked directly with her and even had follow up help from her on issues I had to deal with after the trial.
Posted by Ken | December 10, 2019
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Awesome Lawyer
Michelle is very professional, responsive, and very dependable. She took care of my cases painlessly. She prepared everything and always have a backup plan. My case was closed and dismissed just like how she explained to me from the very beginning.
Posted by Conrad | February 22, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
She helped my son prove his innocence!
Selecting Michelle and Zach to defend my son against 1st degree Assault and Burglary charges was the best decision that I have ever made. During a 2 week trial, their display of reason, logic, facts, evidence, consideration, and basic human decency, while defending my son, was of the highest caliber. And, they discovered and exploited every crack in the prosecutors case! They delivered UNANIMOUS Not Guilty and Acted Lawfully verdicts from our jury after less that 4 hours of deliberation. They also delivered reimbursement by the state of my legal expenses! Thanks to Michelle and Zach my son has a second chance to find his way in life without a record or the stigma of prison, the greatest gift! For that, he and everyone who cares for him, are eternally grateful. Yes, I highly recommend Michelle and Zach, because their skill, competence, and compassion, deliver results!!!
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Posted by John | September 21, 2017
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A True Pro
It is my pleasure to relate my exceptional experience working with Michelle Scudder. Now I could state the many adjectives regarding Michelle’s outstanding performance including, dedicated, professional, tireless, prompt, and respectful - but I believe actions speak louder than words. Without going into much detail about my case, I can say Michelle got me through a very sticky wicket. Michelle is a true professional who is committed to her clients. I have the highest respect for Michelle and her ability. I give Michelle Scudder my highest recommendation. I wouldn’t hesitate at all to refer Michelle and her gifted negotiating skills to family and friends.
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Posted by Roger | May 13, 2016
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She helped me get my life back
Michelle is a very good attorney and an awesome person. Being falsely accused was the most frustrating thing that never happened in my life. After a big law firm referred to me by my employee assistance program tried to take advantage of me, I started doing doing research myself then I went to Michelle for advise. She really took time to listen to me and explained me how is the justice system in US. She was honest with me and never try to scare me so I can pay any fee like the "famous law firm" did. She even told me that I don't necessarily need her service in this case, but I didn't want to miss the chance to get my life back. Thank you Michelle !
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Posted by Jarred | February 2, 2016
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Simply amazing lawyer
Michelle is an amazing lawyer, she is hard working, smart, and went above and beyond in my case. My case ended up going to trial and Michelle worked everyday through her lunch on my trial. She was always on time and responded to my calls and emails in a prompt manner. She truly cared about the well being of me and my family. She helped me deal with the media and with troubles with my school. Both of which she did not have to do but she did without hesitation. Michelle was amazing in trial. She was able to get information out of prosecutor's witnesses and highlight the opposition's inconsistencies. Her opening argument was very well prepared and was leagues better than the state's opening. Michelle's direct and cross examinations were also very organized and structured in a way that translated her points effectively to the jury. At one point in trial I knew that even if things turned out bad and I was found guilty that Michelle would not be to blame because she worked her hardest and we put our best foot forward. Fortunately, I was acquitted of all charges due to her astonishing work.
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Posted by anonymous | July 28, 2015
Michelle was a very knowledgeable in navigating my case. Her caring attitude helped me get through the darkest time of my life. I would highly recommend her. I owe her my life. I am free because of her hard work and dedication. THANK YOU MICHELLE !!!!!!!
Posted by Kay | December 10, 2014
All around star
Although Michelle’s main practice area is criminal defense, she has represented me and my husband for various traffic infractions over the years and has had every ticket dismissed. Compared to the serious legal issues many of her other clients were facing, she never made us feel like our cases were trivial or unimportant. She walked us through the process, set our minds at ease, and scrutinized every detail of our tickets. Each time she has found a technical issue that has resulted in the tickets being completely dismissed. Not only is Michelle extremely knowledgeable and a fierce advocate in the courtroom, after her years of working as a prosecutor, she has an excellent reputation with opposing counsel and the judges. I have been very impressed with Michelle’s legal representation and would not hesitate to use her in the future. I highly recommend her services.
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Posted by Rob | December 9, 2014
One word: Awesome
Michelle is super knowledgeable, quick to respond, and gets results. 2014 was the first year where we needed help and she was recommended to us by people we trust. I strongly recommend Michelle. You will not regret it.
Posted by Greg | November 19, 2014
Impressive Skills, Straightforward Style – NOT GUILTY Verdict!
Self Defense!!! You have a right to defend yourself. Accused of Assault 2 with a deadly weapon. Found NOT GUILTY. When I arrived at my son’s condo that day, he had already been assaulted, and the perpetrator was still there trying to have his car illegally towed. Unable to see my son, and being faced with two sketchy guys, I felt forced to draw my gun and clear the area of the perpetrator. When the police arrived, I was surprised to find myself being arrested! I did research other attorneys, but felt that Michelle really knew the law, and explained it to me in a calm and thorough manner. I liked her style. She outlined the anticipated legal process, so I was prepared, and could try to relax. Michelle always updated me along the way, and quickly replied to any questions I had. We had a stubborn Prosecuting Attorney, so Michelle advised that it go to trial. Her style, strength, and knowledge in the courtroom was impressive. She was straightforward, and the jury appreciated that, and returned a not guilty verdict. But Michelle didn't stop there, she was even able to get a special verdict from the jury, awarding reimbursement of my legal expenses and lost time. After the trial, jury members felt compelled to hug her and I, and thank Michelle for her style that helped them clearly understand the laws. It is my hope that this never happens to anyone, but if it does, I highly recommend Attorney Michelle Scudder.
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Posted by Don | October 25, 2013
From day 1, Michelle eased my mind.
Michelle attentively listened to my case and offered a straightforward process to deal with it. Not only did that ease my mind, it provided the blueprint for handling my case in a straightforward manner. Michelle kept up with internal workings of the prosecutor's office and continually kept me informed as the case proceeded. The result was better than I expected (and much better than what I feared before I started working with Michelle). Without reservation I will refer others to Michelle to handle similar cases.
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Posted by anonymous | August 7, 2013
I owe Michelle my life
Earlier this year I was charged with DV assault by my wife. As a medical professional and father of two, I was terrified since I knew that my professional reputation and ability to see my kids rested entirely on the outcome of my case. I didn't know where to turn so I asked a friend who is a non-criminal attorney. He recommended Michelle knowing her to be a former prosecutor who is very well respected by judges and other attorneys. It was the best recommendation I've every followed. Michelle was amazing! She is smart, thoughtful, organized, and insightful. She is outstanding in court and, most importantly, knows how to play the game when it comes to dealing with courts and prosecutors. Despite a lot of posturing and bluffing by the prosecutor, Michelle guided my case right down the road to a dismissal. After watching her in court and how she handled the judge and prosecutor, I have no doubt that I would have been acquitted had my case gone to trial. If you are in need of a phenomenal attorney, take my advise and hire Michelle. You wont' be disappointed!
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Posted by William Mezger | January 15, 2013
Excellent representation for a traffic offense
Ms. Scudder represented my wife against a misdemeanor charge of leaving the scene of an accident. She negotiated effectively with the prosecution, obtained needed information from the complaining party and secured an excellent result, a dismissal. Ms. Scudder was more than competent, though. She displayed real empathy for my wife's situation and did much to ease her anxiety. She impressed us so thoroughly that we are engaging her services to resolve a negotiation with an insurance company.
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • The Law Office of Michelle M. Scudder, PLLC
  • 2012 - Present
  • Pro Bono Attorney
  • Northwest Immigrant's Rights Project
  • 2012 - 2013
  • Supervising Attorney
  • King County Prosecutor's Office
  • 2011 - 2012
  • Deputy Prosecuting Attorney
  • King County Prosecutor's Office
  • 2007 - 2011
  • Intern
  • Seattle University Human Rights and Immigration Clinic
  • 2006 - 2006
  • Rule 9
  • King County Prosecutor's Office
  • 2006 - 2007
  • Faculty Member
  • Criminal Justice Training Commission
  • 2001 - 2003
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  • Seattle University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2007
  • University of Washington
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2001

Sample of Legal Cases

  • State v. J.P.
  • One count was dismissed mid-trial after a motion hearing and jury acquitted client on all remaining counts after less than 2 hours of deliberation.
  • State. V. J.H.
  • Client acquitted after jury trial finding that he acted in self-defense. State was ordered to pay attorney fees for the case based on the jury's findings.
  • State v. L. G.
  • At trial, the jury acquitted on all counts.
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  • National Association of Professional Women
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • Washington Women Lawyers
  • 2007 - Present
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • 2007 - Present
  • Seattle University Women's Law Caucus
  • Board Member
  • 2005 - 2007
  • Immigrant Family Advocacy Project
  • Board Member
  • 2005 - 2006
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish
  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Client's Choice
  • Avvo
  • 2020
  • 10 Best Criminal Law Attorneys in Washington
  • American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys
  • 2015
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers Association
  • 2014
  • Supreme Court Pro Bono Honor Roll
  • WSBA
  • 2013
  • Certificate of Completion Defending DUI cases in Washington
  • WSBA
  • 2012
  • Certificate of Completion
  • Washington Association of Prosecuting Attorneys Annual Conference
  • 2008
  • CALI Award in Torts
  • Seattle University
  • 2005
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Speaking Engagements

  • Team 3
  • Working with Battered Immigrant Victims
  • 2004
  • Team 3
  • Domestic Violence Cases
  • 2003

Attorney endorsements

Received (9)
Given (7)
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Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have known Michelle for several years and have seen in court countless times. I have always come away impressed with her knowledge of the law, courtroom presence, and legal skills. To put it simply she is an excellent trial attorney that gets great results for her clients. I would highly and gladly recommend her in any criminal matter."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 18
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Michelle Scudder goes above and beyond for her clients. In drawing on her experience as a King County Prosecutor, she is able to effectively identify and expose a case's weak point. She is comfortable in a courtroom and well respected by judges, attorneys and jurors."
Immigration Attorney | Mar 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Michelle is a dedicated and creative attorney. She is liked and well respected by her colleagues and her adversaries. You will not go wrong if you hire her."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Michelle is a very experienced trial attorney with all the right skills to zealously defend her client's constitutional rights. Michelle possesses the rare talent of being both an aggressive advocate in the courtroom, while remaining highly respected by the judges and the prosecutors for her ethical and thoughtful handling of her cases. If you are looking to retain a criminal defense attorney, rest assured that you would be in great hands with Michelle!"
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 10
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I worked with Michelle on several matters while she worked for the King County Prosecutor's Office and found her to be a formidable adversary. She distinguished herself by her thoughtfulness, independence, and skill in the courtroom. Michelle has an excellent sense of the strengths and weaknesses of her cases and a strategic vision that exceeds her peers. She now brings her considerable talents to bear in defense of those accused. It is my pleasure to endorse Michelle."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 02
Relationship: Co-worker
"I worked with Michelle in the Prosecutor's office, and know her to be a dligent and extremely trustworthy lawyer. I have no doubt that her clients will be in excellent hands."
Unknown Attorney | Dec 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have handled many cases with Michelle, first when she was a deputy prosecutor in King County District Court and then as a supervisor for the same office. I believe that Michelle will make a seemless transition from the prosecutor's office to criminal defense and immigration law. She has many years of knowledge under her belt of how the prosecutor's office manages their office and how they look at cases which she will be able to now apply to her own practice in defending clients. Combining this experience with her knowledge of the law and her personality makes Michelle someone I would recommend without hesitation."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I've had first hand experience working alongside Michelle both at the prosecutor's office and now as a criminal defense attorney. Michelle is a smart, talented attorney who approaches each case carefully and methodically, leaving no stone unturned in her effort to achieve the best results possible for her clients. If the case ends up going to trial, one cannot be in better hands than Michelle's. Her trial experience and abilities are well-known in the legal community and she has no shortage of fans in the defense bar, the prosecutor's office, and on the bench due to her hard work, careful preparation, and outstanding litigation skills. In short, you can't go wrong choosing Michelle to represent you."
Litigation Attorney | Aug 14
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Michelle has been both firm and fair as an opponent. She is smart, talented, hardworking and advocates tirelessly for her clients."
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