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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.


Committed to your best result

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.”



Languages spoken: Korean, English, Spanish

Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 35%
    21 years
  2. DUI & DWI: 35%
    21 years
  3. Violent Crime: 30%
    21 years



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  • William Royal Glenn III

    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.


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Contact info

Blair & Kim, PLLC

2033 Sixth Avenue
Suite 350
Seattle, WA, 98121


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 Criminal Defense LawyersAmerican Society of Legal Advocates2016
AV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2016
AV Peer Review RatingMartindale-Hubbell2015
Top Contributor - DUIAVVO2015
Lead Counsel RatedLead Counsel2015
Top ContributorAVVO2014
Superb RatingAVVO2014
Contributor Level 14AVVO2014
Client's Choice AwardAVVO2014
Certificate of Training - SFTS Student CourseLa pier & Associates2014
Client's ChoiceAVVO2013
Cetrificate of Completion - DUI SeminarNational College for DUI Defense2008
Certificate of Recognition for Dedication to DUI DefenseNational College of DUI Defense2003
Certificate of RecognitionKing County Bar Association's Young Lawyer's Division2002
Certificate of AppreciationYakima County Prosecutor's Office1997
Graduated Cum LaudeSeattle University School of Law1995
American Jurisprudence AwardLawyers Cooeperative Publishing1992
The John A. Love Book AwardUniversity of Northern Colorado1988
Academic Honor - Dean's ListUniversity of Northern Colorado1987
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Pro-TemLakewood Municipal2015 - Present
PartnerBlair & Kim, PLLC2000 - Present
AssociateTucker & Stien1998 - 2000
Deputy Prosecuting AttorneyThurston County Prosecuting Attorney's Office1997 - 1998
Deputy Prosecuting AttorneyYakima County Prosecuting Attorney's Office1996 - 1997
Deputy Prosecuting AttorneyKing County Prosecuting Attorney's Office1995 - 1996
Deputy Prosecuting AttorneyCity of Federal Way Prosecutor's Office1994 - 1995
Association namePosition nameDuration
Washington Defender AssociationMember2009 - Present
National College of DUI DefenseMember2008 - Present
Washington Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember2003 - Present
King County Bar AssociationMember2000 - Present
Washington State Bar AssociationMember1995 - Present
Federal Bar Association, Western District of WashingtonMember1995 - Present
KCBA Neighborhood Legal ClinicCoordinator - West Seattle Office2000 - 2006
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
State of Washington v. VSDCase dismissed.
State of Washington v. VSCase Dismissed
City of Bothell v. CCCase dismissed.
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Publication nameTitleDate
AVVO Legal GuidesHow to Clear Your Criminal History Record in Washington2014
Blairkim.comWhat is Domestic Violence?2010
Blairlim.comWhat is a DUI?2010
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Seattle University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1995
University of HawaiiPolitical ScienceMA1991
University of Northern ColoradoPolitical ScienceBA1988
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Live Speaker ForumCriminal Defense and the Immigrant Community2014
Applied Law & Practice ManagementHow to Start & Build a Law Practice2011
Advising IndigentsCriminal Procedure2006

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