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Mark C Blair

Criminal defense Attorney at Seattle, WA

4.9   74 reviews

Licensed for 27 years

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A criminal conviction can result in jail time, probation, monetary fines and significant detriment to your current and future employment opportunities. If you have been charged with a crime, protect your rights by retaining an experienced criminal defense attorney.


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Mark Blair grew up in a legal family and inherited an abiding respect and passion for the rule of law. After graduating with honors from Seattle University School of Law, Mark worked as a prosecutor in King, Yakima, and Thurston Counties. He argued hundreds of criminal cases and earned a reputation as an articulate and tenacious prosecutor who was also realistic and fair-minded.

In 1997, Mark decided to cross the aisle to work as a defense attorney on behalf of individuals accused of DUI, domestic violence, property crimes, and other criminal offenses. He made the switch in order to focus more on individual clients. Says Mark, “As a prosecutor, you have hundreds of cases. As a defense attorney, you have one client—and that case gets your entire focus.”

Hard work, fact finding and legal insight can change a prosecutor’s mind

Mark knows that his experience as a prosecutor works to his clients’ advantage. “It’s all about understanding your opponents’ mind set,” he explains. Prosecutors base their cases on evidence collected by the police. Their mindset is to convict. Mark believes that the best way for a defense attorney to change the prosecutors mind is by presenting new facts. This can be new evidence, an alternative explanation of how the crime was committed, or a different reading of the law. “You have to respectfully educate the prosecutor. If you present a compelling scenario that’s different than the prosecution originally envisioned, then you can negotiate a more appropriate charge—either a reduction or outright dismissal.”

Of course, obtaining new evidence or developing an alternative legal theory comes from hard work. As a defense attorney, Mark is able to focus on each individual client—not a boatload of cases—and thus outwork the prosecution. If the case goes to trial, the focus shifts to persuading a judge or jury. Here, Mark is articulate and thinks on his feet. But the results come from superior preparation. Says Mark, “I will always argue my client’s defense to the utmost. I find a way to do it with respect—for the judge, the jury and our legal system.”

 

Client's Choice 2019
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Top Contributor 2014
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Licensed for 27 years
State WA
Status Active
Acquired 1995
Updated 11/25/2022
State OR
Status Inactive
Acquired 2017
Updated 12/11/2022

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Contact Mark

Blair & Kim, PLLC
215 NE 40th St.,,
Suite C-3
Seattle, WA, 98105

Reviews

4.9 / 5.0
  74 customer reviews
Client's Choice 2019
Client's Choice
Mark received a significant number of 4+ stars in 2019
Posted by anonymous | January 8, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
2 TIMES HE'S A CHARM THEIR WONT BE A THIRD.
The legal system is about relationships IE prosecutor ,judge, victim mark knows this and he works those angles very well with a mixture of your case and back ground and legal maneuvers you will get a favorable result at least I did twice. both cases were dv cases one no contact violation, second dv assault result both cases were dismissed after small fine and some community service, 6 month dv class but not misdemeanors . one in king county superior court the second fife municipal court. Mark has a team Travis helped on my second case regularly as well as mark and I felt they were a great team. I hope I never need them again...
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Posted by anonymous | November 21, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
100% Satisfied
At Blair and Kim I found the legal representation I was looking for after many years. They did not only take on and get a guilty verdict vacated, but also cleaned up a couple other items on my record. Mark Blair is a talented, honest and experienced lawyer. Mark and his staff were available on a daily basis and responded directly to my questions promptly and professionally. They showed their best at all times. I would recommend and refer this firm to anyone seeking true professional legal assistance.
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Posted by Alex | September 27, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Successful motion to modify sentence 17 yrs later!
I hired Mark Blair to modify my sentence 17 years after my plea due to a change in state law. While the judge was reluctant to agree to such motion, Mark used a legal brief as well as his brilliant attorney skills to get the judge to agree! I was very pleased with Mark, they responded every time I had any concerns, kept me informed throughout the whole process. Filed and did things exactly and when they said they would do. Would definitely hired again and cant reccomend their firm enough! Thanks again Mark!
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Posted by Scott | July 24, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great lawyer, even greater person
Mark guided me through one of the hardest times of my life. During a process that could have quickly become overwhelming and terrifying to handle, Mark was able to guide me through, explain what was going on, and give me a clear plan of action on what exactly to do. His communication was clear, swift, and concise. He was optimistic and gave me hope, but was also real with me and let me know what I could and should expect. In a time where I easily could have been completely lost, Mark showed me the way. He worked tirelessly and aided me in my own preparation, and helped me prepare for the toughest time of my life. During my hearing, Mark was phenomenal. His line of questioning helped expose some clear flaws and fallacies in the case, and built a powerful argument for my side. Perhaps the most telling thing to me, was that, at the beginning of my hearing, the opposing side was cordial to Mark. They shook his hand and exchanged pleasantries. By the end of the case, however, they could no longer look him in the eye, and refused to shake his hand. It was clear to me that his line of questioning totally tore their argument apart. If I could give Mark a higher recommendation, then I would. He deserves not 5, but 6 stars for the way he handled my case. He guided me through the hardest point in my life, and I couldn’t be more thankful.
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Posted by Connie | July 7, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
I highly recommend Mark Blair to be your lawyer!
I hired Mark Blair to be my lawyer when I was arrested for a DUI. I looked into a few lawyers and chose Mark because he was very qualified and asked a reasonable fee for his services, one which I could afford. He listened carefully to me, and clearly explained what would be going on pro and con for my case. Mark was honest and told me kindly that my case was a hard one and that it might not go well for me. He seemed to know my fears, and constantly assured me that I could trust him to do his best for me. Mark was always available for me whenever I needed to call or text him. The thing I noticed about Mark especially is that he loved his job and cared for his clients. He is gifted in the courtroom and I could tell he enjoyed that part of his job also. Mark is very knowledgeable about criminal offenses, DUI offenses, etc. He is experienced, and knew how to present my case. I felt that he was an expert. He worked hard, studied my case carefully, and arrived in court very prepared. My case turned out well for me, and I know this was because I had such a competent lawyer.
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Response from Mark Blair July 12, 2019
Thanks for the positive feedback, Connie. I enjoyed working with you.
Posted by Mark | July 5, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great experience with everyone at the firm.
Mark is a great attorney with a huge amount of experience. He definitely knows what he is doing. Great people inside the firm friendly and helpful. Will recommend to anyone with all the needs.
Response from Mark Blair July 12, 2019
Thanks for the recommendation!
Posted by anonymous | April 25, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Professional Service
Mark Blair was extremely professional and proficient in assisting me with my two cases for domestic violence and DUI. I hired him later on in the process due to being uncomfortable with how my case was being handled by my previous attorney. Mark was confident he could get the matters resolved favorably. The domestic violence charge ended up being dismissed and the DUI was reduced. I believe that both cases went as well as they could have thanks to Mark. He is easy to reach throughout the case and easy to talk to and understand. I would highly recommend him!
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Posted by anonymous | April 21, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Hands down, the BEST!
Mark Blair is clearly the attorney that you want to have representing you. When I found this firm, my situation did not look promising and was causing obstacles in my professional future and quality of living. He and his entire staff are incredibly proficient, efficient, and very respectful. When it came time for our court date, his strategy and argument was brilliant. It was the most protected and respected that I had ever felt around that legal situation, and Mark Blair won my case and brought justice to the overall outcome.
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Posted by anonymous | April 2, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
You NEED Mark Blair on your side!
Mark Blair is an OUTSTANDING attorney. He is an experienced and savvy lawyer who knows how to present your case in the best possiblelight. He is highly respected by prosecutors and judges, which can make a huge difference for his clients. Communication with Mark and his team is always prompt, respectful, and effective. They keep you informed every step of the way in a clear, concisemanner that you can understand. He is clearly one of the best in the business!
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Posted by anonymous | July 23, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Miracle Worker
I was charged with felony theft 3 years ago, at 26yrs old this was my first charge, and a big one. My family was directed to Mark by word of mouth from a friend. While I expected the worst, and Mark was honest with the potential outcomes, he was clear and involved with every step of the criminal process. He made sure I understood every detail of my case and where it was going.....Mark, through his decades of experience, as both a prosecutor and attorney, was able to secure a misdemeanor charge, community service, and a small fine. Mark used all bargaining chips available to secure this. I plan on using Mark for expungement purposes as I will be applying for professional licenses in a field that has highly involved background checks. Mark literally, and I cannot stress this enough, SAVED MY LIFE... I was ready to resign many of my goals and dreams because I expected that felony theft charge, while, Mark, near the end of my case, was fairly confident he could work some "magic" in dealing with the court system. Everyone makes mistakes, do not let that mistake affect you for the rest of your life because you did not hire the incredible experienced, professional, and highly reputable attorney Mark Blair! Worth it, Thank you Mark!
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Posted by anonymous | June 12, 2017
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Travis Moeller - Best Attorney
Travis Moeller worked on my case and I want to say "thank you" to Travis and everyone at Blair Kim office. My appreciation and gratitude cannot be expressed. I'm truly grateful for everything you guys have done for me this past week. Travis worked long and hard on my case and I'm truly grateful for this professionalism and legal advice.
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Posted by anonymous | May 11, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
I NEVER have regretted hiring Mark Blair as my lawyer!
Getting arrested for a DUI was the most terrifying thing that has ever happened to me. Mine was a complicated citation because I caused an accident. I had no idea how to start or where to begin to deal with this situation. Finding a lawyer seemed very overwhelming. Then, I received a letter from Mark Blair, stating that he was an experienced lawyer who dealt with DUI cases. I immediately searched his reputation and qualifications, and decided to contact him. He was excellent in being clear and honest with me, explaining to me from the start the best and worst outcomes. There was jail time to consider, financial responsibilities, as well as losing my driver’s license. Basically, he gave me a plan and procedure for what he would do if he were my lawyer. Even though my case would be difficult, he affirmed that he would do his best for me at all times. He was clear about how to pay him, and what the payment would include. That very day, he gave me some concrete steps I needed to take before even going to my first court date. Step one was getting a drug/alcohol assessment, which I did. I was so glad I hired him to be my lawyer. He was extremely committed to helping me, was available to take my calls and e-mails, as well as attend the many court dates to speak in my behalf. I, of course, did not want to hear that his recommendation was that I make a plea of guilty. But, he knew and understood that this would be the best outcome for me in the long run, since this was my first offense. And, he was correct. I was nervous and scared the entire months this case went on, but felt assured and confident that I had the best and most experienced lawyer ever. Everything he told me would happen, did---exactly like he explained! I NEVER have regretted hiring Mark Blair as my lawyer. His knowledge of what to do, how to proceed, and which avenues to take, etc., took the burden off of me. I knew he was there for me. I cannot recommend him enough, and feel totally indebted to him. He is a very good lawyer!
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Posted by Dennis | April 20, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great Results in DUI case
Mark explained all my options and represented me at all the court proceedings. He negotiated with the prosecutors and got my DUI reduced to a negligent driving ticket. It was a big relief!
Posted by anonymous | October 22, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Calming and Effective
Mark informed me of my options in a logical and calming manor. I felt comfort in his capabilities immediately. His recommendations and connections got my charges dismissed.
Posted by Gwynne | December 29, 2015
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Thank you Mr. Blair
I called Mr Blair in a panic fearing the worst for my son. Mr Blair took the time to talk to me same day over the phone. He very promptly made some phone calls and was able to get information to help me. Mr Blair was able to read my sons information and VERY QUICKLY found errors proving my sons innocence. Within a matter of hours he was able to resolve this case and ALL charges were dropped. Mr Blair kept me in constant communication which eased my fears tremendously! I would HIGHLY recommend Mr Blair!
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Posted by Tyler | December 23, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Highly Recommened
Hiring mark Blair is worth every 1$, he's a good man and knows how to protect your rights of the amendments. Went to court once with him and everything went smoothly!
Posted by anonymous | December 22, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
5 star service
Mark Blair is a pleasure to work with. He is honest, intelligent, hard working and available when you need him. I would hire him again and recommend him to others in need of his service, He is someone you can rely on!
Posted by anonymous | May 22, 2015
great job
I have been a client dealing with a several issues and Mark has been amazing he got everything taken care of very professionally kept me involved and informed as to what was going on and even was able to save me a bit off my bill.Was a good experience dealing with mark and i would absolutely recommend him.He personally went out of his way to help me.
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Posted by anonymous | May 20, 2015
As recommended
I was arrested and charged with DV Assault - misdemeanor and during my research for an attorney, Mark Blair came highly recommended. Mark put my mind at ease in this uncomfortable situation because of his personality and how in great specificity he explained how the process works AND executed as promised. Mark helped me put this nightmare behind me and I absolutely recommend him as the right person to represent you.
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Posted by anonymous | May 18, 2015
Effective
My first contact with Mark was in his office discussing my case and the process ahead. I found him to be very knowledgeable and a down-to-earth guy so I felt assured in his abilities. The DV charges against me were dismissed by the prosecutors office and although I was innocent I wasn't going to take chances without an attorney. Mark has my eternal gratitude.
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Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Pro-Tem
  • Lakewood Municipal
  • 2015 - Present
  • Partner
  • Blair & Kim, PLLC
  • 2000 - Present
  • Associate
  • Tucker & Stien
  • 1998 - 2000
  • Deputy Prosecuting Attorney
  • Thurston County Prosecuting Attorney's Office
  • 1997 - 1998
  • Deputy Prosecuting Attorney
  • Yakima County Prosecuting Attorney's Office
  • 1996 - 1997
  • Deputy Prosecuting Attorney
  • King County Prosecuting Attorney's Office
  • 1995 - 1996
  • Deputy Prosecuting Attorney
  • City of Federal Way Prosecutor's Office
  • 1994 - 1995
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Education

  • Seattle University School of Law
  • JD
  • 1995
  • University of Hawaii
  • MA
  • 1991
  • University of Northern Colorado
  • BA
  • 1988

Legal Cases

  • City of Kent v. Anonymous
  • Dismissed
  • City of Kirkland v. Anonymous
  • Dismissed
  • City of Kirkland v. Anonymous
  • Dismissed
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Associations

  • Oregon State Bar
  • Member
  • 2017 - Present
  • Washington Defender Association
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2003 - Present
  • King County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2000 - Present
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1995 - Present
  • Federal Bar Association, Western District of Washington
  • Member
  • 1995 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • Korean
  • English
  • Spanish

Awards

  • AV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2016
  • Top 100 Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • American Society of Legal Advocates
  • 2016
  • 10 Best for Client Satisfaction
  • American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys
  • 2016
  • AV Peer Review Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2015
  • Top Contributor - DUI
  • AVVO
  • 2015
  • Lead Counsel Rated
  • Lead Counsel
  • 2015
  • Top Contributor
  • AVVO
  • 2014
  • Superb Rating
  • AVVO
  • 2014
  • Contributor Level 14
  • AVVO
  • 2014
  • Certificate of Training - SFTS Student Course
  • La pier & Associates
  • 2014
  • Client's Choice Award
  • AVVO
  • 2014
  • Client's Choice
  • AVVO
  • 2013
  • Cetrificate of Completion - DUI Seminar
  • National College for DUI Defense
  • 2008
  • Certificate of Recognition for Dedication to DUI Defense
  • National College of DUI Defense
  • 2003
  • Certificate of Recognition
  • King County Bar Association's Young Lawyer's Division
  • 2002
  • Certificate of Appreciation
  • Yakima County Prosecutor's Office
  • 1997
  • Graduated Cum Laude
  • Seattle University School of Law
  • 1995
  • American Jurisprudence Award
  • Lawyers Cooeperative Publishing
  • 1992
  • The John A. Love Book Award
  • University of Northern Colorado
  • 1988
  • Academic Honor - Dean's List
  • University of Northern Colorado
  • 1987
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Publications

Speaking Engagements

  • Live Speaker Forum
  • Criminal Defense and the Immigrant Community
  • 2014
  • Applied Law & Practice Management
  • How to Start & Build a Law Practice
  • 2011
  • Advising Indigents
  • Criminal Procedure
  • 2006

Attorney endorsements

Received (61)
Given (51)
Endorse Mark
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mark's law office management is as precise and thorough as his substantive knowledge. The combination is a perfect storm for clients, whose matters are resolved more quickly and with seamless service from one stage to the next. Mark is a leader in Seattle defense."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Violent crime Attorney | Nov 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mark is one of the most highly respected Lawyers in our community- personable and intelligent, you cannot go wrong hiring Mark, I have seen him in court and wish they were all like him!"
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"An extremely talented and well respected attorney in the legal community, I wholeheartedly recommend him to anyone looking for a lawyer who knows the law and truly cares about protecting the rights of his clients and getting them the most favorable result possible."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Mark. Talented, tough, and thorough litigator."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mark really cares about his clients and fights hard for their defense. I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mark is an excellent attorney who does great work for his clients. I highly endorse him to anyone facing a DUI or criminal charge in the State of Washington."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Feb 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mark Blair is a hard working and good attorney. I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer.I endorse this lawyer. what makes superior lawyer is the ability to be an efficient ethical advocate on behalf of one's clients. Mark is that kind of lawyer. solid, straight forward, ethical."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Mark for several years and have in seen in court many times. I always come away impressed with his quality of work and the results he gets for his clients. I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I first met Mark when he was a Thurston County Prosecutor and we were on opposite sides of a case. HIs diligence and hard work as a prosecutor earned my respect. He has taken his skills honed as a prosecutor and now uses them to represent his clients as a criminal defense attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mark is an outstanding lawyer who is very dedicated to his clients. He works hard to obtain the best outcome for his clients and was enjoyable to work with. I highly recommend him."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mark's easy going style and tenacious approach to defending his clients make him a powerful force in court. I recommend Mark to anyone looking for help with defending a criminal case."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I strongly endorse Mark Blair. I have know Mark for over 10 years. Mark is smart and good with people. He is always well prepared and fights hard for his clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Mark for many years. He is an outstanding attorney who is supremely dedicated to getting the best results possible for each and every client he has the pleasure of representing. Mark is well respected and well regarded by the courts, the prosecutors and his fellow defense attorneys for the work he does on behalf of his clients."
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Seattle Criminal defense Lawyer Mark C Blair
Mark C Blair
Criminal defense Attorney
Seattle, WA
Licensed for 27 years
Free Consultation
Virtual consultation available