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Charged with a crime? Former Senior Deputy Prosecutor. Over 17 years of criminal law experience.Former Senior Prosecutor and Supervisor of Child Abuse Unit. Over 17 years of experience.Former Senior Prosecutor. Over 17 years of experience handling serious criminal cases.Charged with a DV offense? Former Senior Prosecutor with over 17 years of criminal law experience.Charged with a violent offense? Former Senior Prosecutor with over 17 years of experience.
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Top 100 Trial Lawyers||National Trial Lawyers||2016|
|10 Best for Client Satisfaction||American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys||2016|
|Top 100 Trial Lawyers||National Trial Lawyers||2015|
|Top 100 Trial Lawyers||National Trial Lawyers||2014|
|Promoted to Vice Chair of the Special Assault Unit||King County Prosecutor's Office||2008|
|Promoted to Senior Deputy Prosecuting Attorney||King County Prosecutor's Office||2004|
|Dean's List||Seattle University School of Law||1997|
|Class Rank Achievement Scholarship||Seattle University School of Law||1996|
|1st Place||Fred Tausend Appellate Advocacy Competititon||1995|
|Class Rank Achievement Scholarship||Seattle University School of Law||1995|
|Dean's List||St. Olaf College||1994|
|Principal||Law Office of Zachary C. Wagnild, PLLC||2011 - Present|
|Associate||Fain Sheldon Anderson Vanderhoef||2002 - 2003|
|Senior Deputy Prosecuting Attorney||King County Prosecutor's Office||1997 - 2011|
|Intern||United State's Senator||1993 - 1993|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Washington Defender Association||Member||2016 - Present|
|National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers||Member||2012 - Present|
|King County Bar Association||Member||2010 - Present|
|Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers||Member||2010 - Present|
|Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force||Member- Prosecutor||2007 - 2010|
|Trial Advocacy Clinic||Participating Advocate||1996 - 1997|
|National Moot Court Team||Oral Advocacy Competitor||1996 - 1997|
|Child Molestation in the First Degree (3 Counts)||Not guilty on all counts|
|Assault in the First Degree - Deadly Weapon||Not Guilty on All Counts (Self-Defense) - Attorneys Fees Awarded|
|Child Molestation in the First Degree||Charge reduced to Assault 4|
|See all legal cases|
|Seattle Times||UW Student Acquitted of Assault in the First Degree||2016|
|Seattle Times||State Must Repay UW Student Found Not Guilty in Stabbing||2016|
|Reason.com||The Truth About the Biggest US Sex Trafficking Story of the Year||2016|
|Federal Way Mirror||Caregiver For Autistic Boy Fights Theft Charge||2011|
|Seattle PI||Carnation father sentenced to 3 1/2 years for daughter||2009|
|Seattle PI||Couple Raped Daughter, 4, on live Webcam||2009|
|Seattle PI||Prosecutor to show video of cabbie's slaying.||2008|
|King County Prosecutor's Office SAU Filing Standards||Internet Crimes Against Children Filing Guidelines||2008|
|Caselaw Guide||Admissibility of 404(b) Evidence in DV Cases||2008|
|King County Prosecutor's Office Firearm Newsletter||Proving Firearm Cases Without a Firearm||2003|
|Seattle University School of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1997|
|St. Olaf College||Economics||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1994|
|Special Assault Unit Annual Meeting||Establishing Competency and Admitting Child Hearsay||2009|
|Harborview Medical Center Nursing Conference||Medical Testimony in Sexual Assault Cases||2009|
|WATSA Summer Conference||Legal Implications of the Sex Offender Sentencing Alternative||2008|
|King County Prosecutor's Office - DV Conference||Admissibilty of 404(b) Evidence in DV Cases||2008|
|Attorney CLE||Sex Offender Sentencing Alternative||2008|
|Trial Advocacy II||Guest Instructor||2007|
|Domestic Violence CLE||Handling Recanting Victims in DV Cases||2006|
|Special Assault Unit CLE||ER 404(b) Evidence in Sexual Assault Cases||2005|
Posted by Thomas
My family and I retained Zach for an extremely difficult Domestic Violence case against me, and he finished it with the best possible results. With his experience in the King County Prosecutors office, he has a solid grasp what can and will happen in these cases. Zach is a very friendly, honest, and knowledgeable attorney that does not sugar-coat anything, but was worth every cent in the end.
Posted by Ingo
Zach was extremely fair. He considered every possibilty/scenario in my defense and very thoroughly made me understand the possible outcomes of each of those possibilities/scenarios.
Zack kept me well informed of any changes in my case. He also is extremly familiar with the courts and the people of the court system. I know without Zack the outcome of my case would have been totally different. Thanks.
Posted by anonymous
I met with Zach during a horrible time. I was afraid and completely unfamiliar with the court process. Zach took the time to explain to me how the system worked and what was going on in my case. Being unfamiliar with the court process, I was so grateful to finally have an attorney who promptly returned my calls and was accessible. Zach was attentive and clearly knows the system inside and out. I would recommend Zach to anyone who wants a lawyer who really fights and cares about his clients.
Daniel Kalish, Employment and labor Attorney
Relationship: Worked together on matter
I worked with Zach for several years at the King County prosecutor's office. Zach is very bright, hard-working, and diligent on getting the results his clients' demand. Put simply, he is one of the best trial lawyers in the State, and his command of criminal law is second-to-none. I plan to refer him several clients, and I endorse his work without reservation.
Christopher Carney, Civil rights Attorney
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
Zach has earned the respect of judges and attorneys throughout King County, both as a prosecutor and a defense attorney. His extensive experience as a supervisor in the King County Prosecutor's office and the high regard of his former colleagues make him an outstanding criminal defense attorney. He is honorable, intelligent, and eminently practical. I highly recommend him.
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