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I provide personal, hand-crafted, quietly ferocious representation for clients, whether they are accused, convicted, or victims of a crime. I represent clients during investigations as well as in trials, appeals, and post-conviction proceedings. No crime is too large or too small, too petty or too ugly. Please call me so we can discuss what you need.


Languages spoken: Russian

Practice areas


  1. Appeals: 34%
    33 years, 300 cases
  2. Criminal Defense: 34%
    36 years, 1 thousand cases
  3. Violent Crime: 32%
    33 years, 350 cases


Payment types:

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Attorney endorsements

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    Lennell Nussbaum is absolutely brilliant. She always has a fresh way of looking at things that always makes me regret that I didn't think of her answer first. She's one of those lawyers that other lawyers seek out for advice and second opinions. She's that good. If I ever needed reprsentation, she is on my list of attorneys that I'd allow to represent me.


    Wade Samuelson
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Robert Perez

    Lenell is everything anyone would want from an experienced, competent Criminal Defense and Appellate lawyer. Smart, resourceful, tenacious. She has the respect of the entire criminal justice community and re-earns it every day with her numerous contributions to that community. She not only fights hard every day for her clients, she also shapes the legal landscape for all of us in the field with her practice before the Supreme Court. I can't recommend her highly enough.


    Robert Perez Criminal defense Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

Lenell Nussbaum

2125 Western Ave., Suite 330
Seattle, WA, 98121-2140


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Super LawyerWashington Super Lawyers2016
Super LawyerWashington Super Lawyers2015
Super LawyerWashington Super Lawyers2014
Pro Bono HonoreeColumbia Legal Services2014
Super LawyerWashington Super Lawyers2013
Super LawyerWashington Super Lawyers2012
Super LawyerWashington Super Lawyers2011
Super LawyerWashington Super Lawyers2010
Certificate of AppreciationWashington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers2009
Super LawyerWashington Law & Politics Magazine2009
Super LawyerWashington Law & Politics Magazine2008
Super LawyerWashington Law & Politics Magazine2007
Super LawyerWashington Law & Politics Magazine2006
Super LawyerN/A2005
Super LawyerN/A2004
Super LawyerN/A2003
Super LawyerN/A2002
Super LawyerN/A2001
Super LawyerN/A2000
William O. DouglasWashington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers2000
Super LawyerN/A1999
Profile"The Champion"1992
Profile"The American Lawyer"1992
Super LawyerWashington Super LawyersN/A
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
JudgeSuquamish Tribal Appeals Court2002 - Present
N/ALenell Nussbaum, Attorney at Law1991 - Present
Adjunct ProfessorPetrozavodsk State University Law Faculty2007 - 2007
CommissionerWashington Sentencing Guidelines Commission2002 - 2014
AttorneyWashington Appellate Defender Association1985 - 1991
AttorneySeattle-King County Public Defender Association1985 - 1985
AttorneyEastside Defender Association1983 - 1984
AssociateJones, Grey & Bayley, P.S. (now Stoel Rives)1980 - 1983
Association namePosition nameDuration
American Academy of Appellate LawyersFellow2013 - Present
Washington Appellate Lawyers Associationfounding member2000 - Present
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember1990 - Present
Washington Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember1988 - Present
Washington State Bar AssociationMember1980 - Present
Washington Women DefendersMember1997 - 2001
Washington Association of Criminal Defense LawyersPresident1996 - 1997
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
State v. HudsonNot guilty verdict
State v. KayserConviction reversed and remanded for new trial
State v. ThomasConviction reversed and remanded for new trial
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Publication nameTitleDate
Defense, Washington Association of Criminal Defense LawyersUsing Blakely: Limiting the Aggravating Factors2006
Federal Sentencing ReporterSentencing in Washington after Blakely v. Washington2005
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Michigan Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor1980
Indiana UniversityRussian Language & Literature, Political ScienceBA - Bachelor of Arts1977
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Office of Public Defense Trial Skills WorkshopTrial Skills for Criminal Defense Lawyers2014
Washington Defender Association Trial Skills WorkshopTrial Skills for Criminal Defense Lawyers2013
WACDL: Looming Issues in Serious Felony CasesSpecial Inquiry Judge Proceedings: Shedding Light on Unconstitutional Secrets2013
Office of Public Defense Trial Skills WorkshopTrial Skills for Criminal Defense Lawyes2012
Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Annual ConferencePlan B: Presenting and Preserving Appellate Issues for Innocent Clients2011
Office of Public Defense Trial Skills WorkshopTrial Skills for Criminal Defense Lawyers2011
Washington Defender Association Trial Skills WorkshopTrial Skills for Criminal Defense Lawyers2010
Washington Association of Legal InvestigatorsAttorneys' Expectations of Investigators2009
Office of Public Defense Trial Skills WorkshopTrial Skills for Criminal Defense Lawyers2009
Office of Public Defense Trial Skills WorkshopTrial Skills for Criminal Defense Lawyers2008
WSBA Conference on Solo and Small Firm PracticeMaking Your Record: Issues, Obstacles and Solutions2007
WACDL Annual ConferenceUpdate on Sentencing Legislation2007
OPD Criminal Practice SeminarMaking and Preserving the Appellate Record2007
WSBA Criminal Justice InstituteMaking Your Record: Issues, Obstacles and Solutions2006
WACDL Year in ReviewThinking Ahead: In Case You Need an Appeal2006
Appellate Judges' ConferenceSentencing Since Blakely2006
Appellate Judges' ConferenceThe View from the Podium2006
National Association of Sentencing Commissions Annual ConferenceA Blakely Primer2005
WACDL Year in ReviewKeeping Abreast of Blakely2004
WACDL Annual ConferenceBringing and Responding to Claims of Ineffective Assistance of Counsel2003
Appellate Judges' ConferenceView from the Podium: Oral Argument and Opinions2003
WSBA Criminal Justice InstituteEthical Considerations in Criminal Cases2002
WDA Trial Practice SeminarThe Science of Cross-Examination2002
U.W. Professional Responsibility InstituteEthical Challenges in Criminal Practice2002
American Academy of Forensic Scientists National ConferenceParricide: Defense Strategies2001
WSBA SeminarEvidentiary Foundations of the Child as Witness2000
Women and the Death PenaltyDefending Against the Ultimate Sanction: Women Death Penalty Lawyers2000
King County Bar Association SeminarAvoiding Malpractice: Criminal Law2000
Administrative Law Judges' SeminarLegal Analysis of Child Hearsay Evidence2000