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Michele Shaw’s philosophy and approach to criminal defense is focused on the client as a whole. While many attorneys see only the case and the legal issues they are presented with, Michele takes the time to evaluate each client’s individual personality, needs, and goals. Formulating a plan to match the client’s priorities with the available legal remedies is always first and foremost in Michele’s mind.


Michele’s approach is a collaborative one with each member of the office, client, and family. Michele, Sienna, and Ariella are each always aware of every client’s case and potential problems that may arise. One member of our team is always available to answer questions or professionally handle a crisis if one comes to pass.


An important part of Michele’s philosophy is coordinating with other professionals in a client’s life. In many cases, individuals facing criminal charges are also addressing personal hardships. Working together with therapists, psychiatrists, and other professionals is an integral part of ensuring that a client is receiving the appropriate treatment and can achieve their goals with respect to the trajectory of their case.


Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 100%


Payment types:

Cash, Check

Attorney endorsements

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  • Travis Ashley Newton

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    Travis Newton DUI and DWI Attorney
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  • Douglas Wilson Miller

    I endorse this lawyer. Michele is a an ttruly great criminal defense attorney who really understands what he clients are going through. She gets amazing results and I can't say enough good things about her.


    Douglas Miller Criminal defense Attorney
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Contact info

Law Offices of Michele Shaw

Market Place Tower
2001 Western Avenue Suite 200
Seattle, WA, 98121-2114


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Distinguished Service AwardWashington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers2004
Outstanding Lawyer AwardKing County Bar Association2004
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Sole ProprietorLaw Office of Michele Shaw1997 - Present
Deputy Prosecuting AttorneyKing County Prosecutor's Office1989 - 1996
Association namePosition nameDuration
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember1997 - Present
Washington Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember1997 - Present
King County Bar AssociationMember1997 - Present
Federal Bar AssociationMember1997 - Present
Washington State Bar AssociationMember1989 - Present
Pike Place Market AssociationBoard MemberN/A
Seattle Rotary ClubMemberN/A
Sojourner PlaceAdvisory Board MemberN/A
Team ChildMemberN/A
Women's Wellness Center of SeattleMemberN/A
Christ Our Hope Catholic ChurchPastoral Council MemberN/A
National Alliance on Mental IllnessMemberN/A
American Civil Liberties UnionMemberN/A
Washington Women Lawyers AssocicationMemberN/A
Washington Defender AssociationMemberN/A
American Academy of Psychiatry and the LawMemberN/A
American Bar AssociationMemberN/A
U.S. District Court of Eastern WashingtonMemberN/A
U.S. District Court Western District of WashingtonMemberN/A
Association for the Treatment of Sexual AbusersMemberN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
State of Washington v. Gary RidgwayLife in Prison - No Death Penalty
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of MichiganDeath Penalty Defense2002 Clarence S. Darrow Death Penalty Defense College2002
Gonzaga University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1989
Western Kentucky UniversityGeological ScienceBS - Bachelor of Science1984