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  1. Civil Rights: 40%
    29 years
  2. Wrongful Death: 30%
    24 years
  3. Government: 10%
    7 years
  4. Real Estate: 10%
    5 years
  5. Criminal Defense: 10%
    41 years

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  • Erik J Heipt

    John Muenster is a highly skilled, veteran litigator. He is widely respected in the legal community and is considered to be one of the top civil rights attorneys in Washington. I fully endorse him.

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The Law Offices Of Muenster & Koenig

14940 Sunrise Drive NE
Bainbridge Island, WA, 98110

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License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
WAActive197507/16/2016
CAInactive198005/23/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Awards
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Super LawyerN/A2005
Super LawyerN/A2004
Super LawyerN/A2003
Super LawyerN/A2001
One of the Best defense lawyersSeattle Survival Guide1990
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Partner/OwnerMuenster and Koenig1984 - Present
Associations
Association namePosition nameDuration
Washington State Association for JusticeMember1994 - Present
American Association for JusticeMember, Featured Speaker(1996)1994 - Present
Washington Pattern Jury Instructions CommitteeMember/Chair, Civil Rights Jury Instructions Subcommittee1994 - Present
Washington State Bar AssociationMember1975 - Present
Washington Association of Criminal Defense AttorneysFounding member (1986), Officer1986 - 1995
Washington Pattern Jury Instructions CommitteeMember, Jury Instructions for Criminal Cases Subcommittee1985 - 1987
Washington State Bar AssociationChairman, Criminal Law Section1982 - 1983
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
State and federal court criminal casesWe have achieved not guilty verdicts and dismissals in cases ranging from misdemeanors to federal charges to first degree murder.
Appeals--Civil Cases and Criminal DefenseVictories on appeal in some cases
Police wrongful death and misconduct casesSee website for judgment/settlements amounts in six and seven figures.
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Publications
Publication nameTitleDate
Muenster and Koenig, Seattle, WashingtonSection 1983 Causes of Action and Theories of Liability in Police Misconduct Cases2007
National Police Accountability ProjectHow Facts Win and Lose Section 1983 Cases: A Five-Case Study2005
Education
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Harvard University Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor1975
Yale UniversityN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1971
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Washington State Bar Association CLESection 1983 Causes of Action and Theories of Liability in Police Attack Dog Cases2009
Police Liability In Washington CLECauses of Action and Theories of Liability in Police Misconduct Cases2007
Police liability in Washington CLECauses of Action and Theories of Liability in Police Misconduct Cases2005
National Police Accountability Project CLEHow Facts Win and Lose Section 1983 Cases: A Five-Case Study2005
Police Liability in Washington CLETheories of Police Liabiity--Plaintiff's Perspective2004
Police Liability in Washington CLETheories of Police Liabiity--Plaintiff's Perspective2003
Police Liability in Washington CLETheories of Police Liability--Plaintiff's Perspective2002
Police Liability in Washington CLETheories of Police Liabiity--Plaintiff's Perspective2001
Issues Arising in WTO Litigation CLERepresenting Plaintiffs in WTO Demonstration Cases Litigation2000
Police Liability in Wawshington CLELegal Theories of Police Liability1999
ATLA National Convention, Boston Mass.Police Misconduct Cases--Settlement Strategy1996