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STEPHAN R. ILLA is a criminal defense attorney in private practice. Since his graduation from the Yale Law School in 1984, he has represented individuals and entities accused of serious criminal misconduct in state and federal courts throughout the United States. He is certified by the Washington Supreme Court to serve as lead counsel in capital trials pursuant to SPR 2. He specializes in the defense of criminal cases in federal court..


Languages spoken: German

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  1. Criminal Defense: 100%
    32 years

Attorney endorsements

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  • Brent Aldrich Hart

    Stephan Illa is one of finest defense lawyers in the Seattle area. Stephan represented a co-defendant in a Federal trial. For two weeks, Stephan challenged everything often coming up with brilliant lines of questioning that I simply did not see. He is a masterful cross-examiner. Throughout the trial, I felt very lucky to be in trial with Stephan. It was quite simply, the finest work from an attorney that I have ever seen. If you are charged with a federal offense, you can't do better than Stephan Illa.


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Contact info

Law Offices of Stephan R. Illa, P.S.

600 1st Ave Ste 433
Seattle, WA, 98104-2291


WISuspended Cle198403/16/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Super LawyerWashington Law & Politics Magazine2014
AV - rated ("preeminent")Martindale-Hubbell2014
Certified to act as Lead Counsel in Death Penalty CasesWashington Supreme Court2002
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneyPerkins Coie1985 - 1989
Association namePosition nameDuration
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember1995 - Present
Washington Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember1995 - Present
Washington Association of Criminal Defense LawyersChairman - Strike Force Committee2000 - 2010
Publication nameTitleDate
Washington Criminal DefensePalsgraph is no Paragon of Praiseworthy Prose2014
Washington Criminal DefenseThe CCO at the Door - Community Corrections Searches1994
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Yale Law SchoolN/AJD - Juris Doctor1984
University of Wisconsin, MadisonPolitical ScienceBA - Bachelor of Arts1981
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Federal Bar Association SeminarFederal Motion Practice in Criminal Cases2013
Defense Motion Practice in Capital CasesInnovative Advocacy in Death Penalty Cases2013
Emerging Issues in Evidence & SuppressionPersuasive Motion Practice2012
Successfully Defending Criminal CasesWinning at Trial: Breaking Free From Fear-Based Advocacy2010
Suppressing EvidenceRodent Control: Cross-Examining Informants2008
Questioning AuthorityCross-Examination of Expert Witnesses2007
Criminal Defense PracticeThe New Ethics Rules from an Alienated Point of View2006
The Changing Tide in Capital Punishment CasesDiscovery Issues in Mental Health Cases2005
Motions Practice in Criminal DefenseEthical Issues in Criminal Defense Motion Practice2005
Attorney's Fees - Legal & Ethical IssuesAttorney Fee Agreements - Ethical Considerations2005
Zen & the Art of Trial PracticeOpening Argument - First Blood2003
Western Regional Training SeminarInformants2003
Criminal Defense - The Year in ReviewThe Ethical Pitfalls in Dealing with Witnesses2003
Privacy in the New MillenniumGovernment Invasions of Privacy2002
Litigation for LifeJury Selection in Death Penalty Cases2001