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About me

I am a criminal defense attorney who practices primarily in the areas of appellate and post-conviction relief. I am a member of the federal bar for both the Western and Eastern Districts of Washington as well as the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and the U.S. Supreme Court. I have been deemed qualified to handle death penalty appeals and have met the membership requirements of the Washington Appellate Lawyers Association.


Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 100%
    32 years, 1 thousand cases

Attorney endorsements

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  • Ann M. Schwartz

    Rita is a highly intelligent advocate. She has both reasoned and sound arguments with an excellent record of results. She is also a person of great character. I highly endorse her.


    Ann Schwartz Appeals Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact info

4616 25th Ave Ne
Pmb 453
Seattle, WA, 98105-4523


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Super LawyerN/A2007
William O. DouglasWashington Association of Criminal Defense2003
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Sole practionerRita J. Griffith, PLLC1995 - Present
LawyerWashington Appellate Defense Attorneys1987 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
Washington Appellate Lawyers AssociationMember2000 - 2007
Washington Association of Criminal Defense AttorneysMember1995 - 2007
Washington Defemder AssociationMember1990 - 2007
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Washington School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1984
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Current Issues in Indigent appellate DefenseBlakely and Crawford Update2007
"Inside the Inside"PLea agreements2006