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Zachary Charles Wagnild

About me

After spending the first five years of my life in Madison, WI, my family moved to Grand Junction, CO.  We then made our way to Boise, ID where I graduated from Borah High School before moving on to St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN.  I then moved to the Pacific Northwest for law school, graduating and passing the bar in 1997.  Currently, I live in West Seattle with my wife and three year old daughter.  When I'm not working I can usually be found spending time with my daughter, working on our house, or running around the PNW on my motorcycle. 


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Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 25%
    18 years, 15 thousand cases
  2. Domestic Violence: 25%
    18 years, 5 thousand cases
  3. Violent Crime: 25%
    18 years, 1 thousand cases
  4. Child Abuse: 25%
    18 years, 5 thousand cases



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Attorney endorsements

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  • Daniel Kalish

    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.


    Daniel Kalish Employment and labor Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • Christopher R Carney

    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.


    Christopher Carney Civil rights Attorney
    Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter

Contact info

The Law Office of Zachary C. Wagnild, PLLC

705 Second Avenue, Suite 1111
Seattle, WA, 98104


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
10 Best for Client SatisfactionAmerican Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys2016
Top 100 Trial LawyersNational Trial Lawyers2015
Top 100 Trial LawyersNational Trial Lawyers2014
Promoted to Vice Chair of the Special Assault UnitKing County Prosecutor's Office2008
Promoted to Senior Deputy Prosecuting AttorneyKing County Prosecutor's Office2004
Dean's ListSeattle University School of Law1997
Class Rank Achievement ScholarshipSeattle University School of Law1996
1st PlaceFred Tausend Appellate Advocacy Competititon1995
Class Rank Achievement ScholarshipSeattle University School of Law1995
Dean's ListSt. Olaf College1994
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PrincipalLaw Office of Zachary C. Wagnild, PLLC2011 - Present
AssociateFain Sheldon Anderson Vanderhoef2002 - 2003
Senior Deputy Prosecuting AttorneyKing County Prosecutor's Office1997 - 2011
InternUnited State's Senator1993 - 1993
Association namePosition nameDuration
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember2012 - Present
King County Bar AssociationMember2010 - Present
Washington Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember2010 - Present
Internet Crimes Against Children Task ForceMember- Prosecutor2007 - 2010
Trial Advocacy ClinicParticipating Advocate1996 - 1997
National Moot Court TeamOral Advocacy Competitor1996 - 1997
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Assault in the First Degree - Deadly WeaponNot Guilty on All Counts (Self-Defense) - Attorneys Fees Awarded
Child Molestation in the First DegreeCharge reduced to Assault 4
Assault of Child in the First DegreeCharge reduced to Assault of Child in the Second Degree
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Publication nameTitleDate
Seattle TimesUW Student Acquitted of Assault in the First Degree2016
Seattle TimesState Must Repay UW Student Found Not Guilty in Stabbing2016
Federal Way MirrorCaregiver For Autistic Boy Fights Theft Charge2011
Seattle PICarnation father sentenced to 3 1/2 years for daughter2009
Seattle PICouple Raped Daughter, 4, on live Webcam2009
Seattle PIProsecutor to show video of cabbie's slaying.2008
King County Prosecutor's Office SAU Filing StandardsInternet Crimes Against Children Filing Guidelines2008
Caselaw GuideAdmissibility of 404(b) Evidence in DV Cases2008
King County Prosecutor's Office Firearm NewsletterProving Firearm Cases Without a Firearm2003
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Seattle University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1997
Saint Olaf CollegeEconomicsBA - Bachelor of Arts1994
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Special Assault Unit Annual MeetingEstablishing Competency and Admitting Child Hearsay2009
Harborview Medical Center Nursing ConferenceMedical Testimony in Sexual Assault Cases2009
WATSA Summer ConferenceLegal Implications of the Sex Offender Sentencing Alternative2008
King County Prosecutor's Office - DV ConferenceAdmissibilty of 404(b) Evidence in DV Cases2008
Attorney CLESex Offender Sentencing Alternative2008
Trial Advocacy IIGuest Instructor2007
Domestic Violence CLEHandling Recanting Victims in DV Cases2006
Special Assault Unit CLEER 404(b) Evidence in Sexual Assault Cases2005