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Brad Allen Meryhew

Sex crime Attorney at Seattle, WA

4.7   35 reviews
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  • Licensed for 27 years
    State WA
    Acquired 1997
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

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About Brad

Learn Brad’s areas of practice.

4
Practice areas
  1. Sex crime
    75%
    I am a leader in Washington in public policy and advocacy for those accused of sex crimes. I have represented thousands of men and women accused of sexual offenses in my career, and have been a member of the Washington Sex Offender Policy Board since 2008. I regularly speak and write on topics related to the representation of sex offenders, setting the standard for effective advocacy in these difficult cases.

    27 years, 1,600 cases

  2. Juvenile law
    15%
    I work with a large number of juveniles accused of sex offenses in courts around Washington. My work on the Sex Offender Policy Board has involved extensive review of the research, practices and policies in regards to juvenile sex offenders, and I have been involved in several important changes to these laws. I work actively to influence and improve the laws that govern juvenile sex offenders. I speak regularly at conferences and local law schools in regards to public policy in this area.

    21 years, 200 cases

  3. Child abuse
    5%
    My practice focuses largely on defending individuals accused of the sexual or physical abuse of a child. I have extensive experience working with those who are falsely accused, as well as working with those who admit their offenses and hope to obtain a treatment alternative to prison. I have extensive experience trying cases based on false accusations in jury trials. I also know how to prepare a person for a psychosexual evaluation to achieve the best results.

    27 years, 500 cases

  4. Criminal defense
    5%
    I have been working as a criminal defense attorney in a broad range of cases since 1997. My early experience involved a great number of violent and sex offenses, as well as DUIs, drug charges, forgery, theft, burglary and robbery. I have represented several Murder clients, and have tried a First Degree Murder case to a jury. This broad experience informs my more focused practice today in many ways, and gives me a broad understanding of how the system works across the board.

    27 years, 4,000 cases

EFFECTIVE, EXPERIENCED DEFENSE FOR THOSE ACCUSED OF SEXUAL MISCONDUCT IN ANY WASHINGTON COURT.

            BradMeryhew is an experienced and highly regarded advocate for those charged withsex offenses or domestic violence offenses in Washington.  During the last five years Brad’spractice has focused primarily on sex offenses and serious assaults. His practiceincludes both State and Federal cases. His track record of trial success,dismissals and successful negotiations has achieved him a reputation as aleader in Washington for the defense of those charged with sex offenses. 

Based in King County, Brad has handledcases all over Washington in recent years, including cases in Bellingham,Everett, Yakima, Tacoma, Olympia, Port Orchard, Longview and Port Angeles. Bradhas invaluable experience in advising client’s during the criticalinvestigation of allegations when CPS and the police get involved and will workto insure that you do not make serious mistakes in handling this process. Bradhas also become a resource for other attorneys due to his in depth knowledge ofthe laws, literature and strategies that are central to these cases. (SeeActual Case Results on Home page)

            Brad’sguiding philosophy is to give each client an experience of justice. To insurethat happens he believes it takes extra time to meet with his clients, to workwith his client’s family and friends, to interview important potentialwitnesses himself and to tell the client’s story fully and effectively. He willalways work to insure that you are heard, that you understand what ishappening, that every potential defense has been explored, and that yourrepresentation will be smart, zealous and effective.

Brad has represented people from allwalks of life, including many high profile cases. He has represented elementaryand high school teachers, coaches, school bus drivers, day care operators,  group home counselors and other lawyerswith proven results. His passion for his work, his compassion for his clients,and his common sense  and humorleave a long lasting impression on all who meet him. 

            BradMeryhew has been speaking and arguing in public since high school. He was theWashington state high school champion in impromptu speaking, and second instate in extemporaneous speaking. In college he was a very successful debater,taking Western Washington University to the national debate tournament in hissophomore year. While finishing his bachelors degree in International Relationsat the University of Utah, Brad was a nationally ranked intercollegiatedebater, eventually placing in the top ten debaters in the nation in 1980.

In the early 90s Brad attended law schoolback in the Puget Sound area at the University of Puget Sound School of began his legal career working as a public defender, where he gainedextensive felony trial experience and supervised new attorneys as a member of theagency’s management team. His experience at the public defender’s officeincluded many felony trials, including Murder 1, Assault 1, 2, and 3, Rape 1, 2and 3, Rape of a Child 1, 2, 3, Child Molestation 1,2, and 3, Domestic Violenceassaults, and Robbery 1 and 2, among others.

Prior to his legal career Brad heldpositions with political organizations and in business, which enables him tobring a great deal of real world and practical experience to his legalpractice. After graduate school in Maryland he worked as a communications andgovernment affairs professional for three different advocacy groups inWashington, D.C., with a focus on business related policy, environmental policyand national security policy. After that he worked as a business consultant andas a manager for a large national warehouse outlet before attending law school.

Brad Meryhew is a Seattle native with apassion for gardening and the great outdoors.  Raised in Tukwila, Brad keeps himself busy outside theoffice on a large garden in the city complete with chickens.  He has traveled extensively all overthe world, with recent trips to China, Tibet, Costa Rica and Croatia.

 

Education

Juris doctor, cum laude, University ofPuget Sound School of Law, 1994

            LawReview, Moot Court, Student Bar Association

Masters Program, PoliticalCommunications, University of Maryland,

College Park, Md. 1981 - 1983

Bachelor of Science, PoliticalScience/International Relations, University of Utah, 1980

Attended Western Washington University,Bellingham, 1976 - 1978

 

Memberships

Washington State Bar Association

Federal Bar – Western District ofWashington

King County Bar Association

Pierce County Bar Association

Snohomish County Bar Association

Washington Association of CriminalDefense Lawyers

            Co-Chair,2007 WACDL CLE-“Defending the Indefensible, Sex Crime Defense.”

            Presenter,2009 WACDL Annual Conference, “Absent and Uncooperative Witnesses.”

WashingtonAssociation for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers-Affiliate Member

 

American CivilLiberties Union

 

 

 

Awards

Client's Choice 2014,2012,2010
Client's Choice
2014 2012 2010

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Location

The Meryhew Law Group, PLLC
The Michael Reese Building
200 Broadway, Suite 301
Seattle, WA, 98122-7434

Reviews

4.7 / 5.0
  35 customer reviews
Client's Choice 2014
Client's Choice
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Posted by Daniel | February 26, 2010
This man saved my life...he is a GOD sent
Just so you all know this man is a GOD sent and has my complete blessing and gratitude. He is one of the most honest and forthright human beings that I have ever met...and he saved my life. Brads demeanor has always been calming and supportive and he has a peace about him the draws everyone to his side. He never lost sight to who I was and to what was wrong in my case. He drew such a simple but detailed view to what the system did wrong in my case…that after only an hour and a half the jurors came to a not guilty verdict. I cannot thank him enough for what he did…he pulled me away from a very dark place that I did not think I could come back from. But yet his caring and gentle soul gave me so much strength that there is a reason GOD place him on this earth and in the profession he now holds.
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Posted by j | November 22, 2010
He is the BEST!!
"Mr. Brad Meryhew is more than an attorney. I felt as though he was a father figure in the toughest time of my life. He encouraged me to stay positive and keep working forward. I took his advice and TRUSTED HIM AND HIS TEAM. Although he may seem busy at times, he knows EXACTLY what to do. He was able to SUCCESSFULLY RESOLVE THE MATTER!! If you were wrongly accused of a crime, please ask him for help.”
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Posted by anonymous | April 17, 2024
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
I did my research, and I am glad I did so...
When I walked out to my car to head to work that morning, I had no clue how fast and extreme my life would change when the detective approached my vehicle and asked my name, and asked if I knew a person by their name, and then said she had accused me of sexual assault. And as the detective described me in his report, I was in apparent shock. I will not go into specifics about the case, but what I will say is I previously evoked the help of an attorney for help prior to reaching out to Brad Meryhew. That attorney advised me to not talk to the detective, and told the detective to contact him if he had questions. I now realize that was a mistake. As my world was completely flipped upside down I had no idea what was going to happen. I looked into what potential outcomes could be for me and these allegations had the potential to ruin my lie and put me away for a long time. I decided to reach out to some other attorneys. I did my research and talked to a few attorneys. I already knew from my research that Brad was a well respected and knowledgeable who knew exactly how to handle my situation, but what really set him apart was from the first phone call to his office, and through the whole process till the end he, and his team made me feel welcomed, understood, and like a human being, whereas the other firms I contacted did not. Brad knew exactly how to navigate my situation with the precision of a brain surgeon, versus the pediatrician level service I had first obtained. He had the contacts and resources to help me tell my story, and lay out the truth of the situation with proof to back my story when we finally met with the detective for a interview. When all was said and done, the detective stated: "At this point in my investigation, based on interviews, lab testing, phone records, polygraph results, and everything I have learned up to this point, I do not believe I have established probable cause to charge XXXXX with rape charges." Today I have realized it does not take much for someone to make a false accusation against you, and those accusations can come from someone that you never thought would do such a thing, and you may never understand why they would do such a thing. But if they do so, and you find yourself in the same position I found myself in, I highly recommend you call Brad and his team to help you get your side of the story heard. I wish I would of called him from day 1...
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Posted by Mohamed | March 10, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
So glad to have found Brad Meryhew
A family friend called me distraught several months ago. Their son - young, well behaved, never before in trouble with the law - had been accused of a serious offense. The police were investigating. The family did not speak English and needed help finding a lawyer and interpreting. I had no idea what lawyer to suggest. Some I called requested astronomical hourly rates. By grace, I found and suggested Mr. Meryhew. Mr. Meryhew was fair minded in his fee structure, skilled in relating to people even those from a different culture, and a good lawyer. We received good news this morning that the young man is no longer under investigation and the allegations against him were found to be groundless. Thank you to Mr. Meryhew for being an excellent intermediary with the police and for consoling the family with patience during a moment of profound crisis.
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Posted by Brian | August 28, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
An absolute amazing team, every person made a difference
Through the hardest time of my life, this team made such a positive impact. Every step of the way the staff and Brad were key in helping me to not only win our case, but to over all ease my fears and anxiety. I really do appreciate everything they've done for us and I wouldn't recommend anyone else over this amazing team and Lawyer, thank you Brad!
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Posted by anonymous | July 12, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Look no further
I cannot say enough good things about our experience with Brad. It was one of the toughest time in our life. Our son's life was in his hands and my wife and I trusted him. Brad is honest, precise, willing to take time to explain us everything in detail and believing in our son. We know we made the right choice to select his office. Brad and his staff are trustworthy, professional and committed. In the courtroom Brad was excellent presenting the case in a professional and thoroughly prepared manner. Words can not express our deep gratitude and appreciation for the outstanding. We could not ask for any better. If you are in need of legal service look no further.
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Posted by anonymous | June 13, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Brad is the BEST
My child was wrongly accused of a sex crime, and we hired Brad. It was a year of hell for my kid but Brad got him through it. I am glad that it is over, but will miss my interactions with Brad as weird as that might sound. If you are going through something similar, reach out to Brad and he knows who I am. I am more than happy to talk with other parents going through what we did. Brad is fair, reasonably priced, realistic, and extremely competent at what he does. He will give you reasonable expectations. When he gives you advise - take it because he has been there done that with other clients. When we went to court, it was very clear to our family that Brad was above and beyond the competency of his peers. If your child is just being investigated and not charged yet, still reach out to Brad because he might be able to assist in that stage and maybe it won't go past that. Thank you Brad!
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Posted by anonymous | March 17, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
An answer to a desperate prayer
Brad Meryhew is everything you would want in an attorney. He’s a professional of exceptional talent who brings knowledge, intelligence, experience, wisdom, and creativity to your defense with a level of compassion and empathy that is both reassuring and healing. When I first found Mr. Meryhew my life had been devastated with false allegations. I had also been burned by a previous attorney who was more interested in money than defending my innocence. After my first meeting with Brad and his amazing team I finally felt like there was hope for me and my family. And he kept my hopes up throughout the long battle we had to face. From heartbreaking allegations, to multiple, serious charges, and finally to trial, Brad and his team defended me spiritedly and supported my family like a true friend so that we were all blessed to hear a unanimous ‘Not guilty’ on all charges. I have full confidence that Mr. Meryhew can represent you with top-quality defense in every aspect of your case, no matter what turns it might take. If what you hold dear is in jeopardy, and if you find yourself in need of defense, meet with this man and his team. And I hope and pray your experience is as blessed as mine was.
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Posted by Darrell | July 27, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Help Yourself By Getting the Right Lawyer!
If you're reading this then you need a lawyer for a serious situation. I'm only writing this review because I would like to help people through this process. I was falsely accused of a sexual crime I didn't commit. I was looking at the rest of my natural life in prison. I knew I had to get a lawyer, but I was smart, I didn't panic, I did lots of research, I talked to many lawyers. And I can tell you that Brad and his team were, without a doubt, the best I found! I am so happy I picked him to help me. Another lawyer I called tried to scare me and then use my fear to extort me for 13,000 dollars! Because my case didn't have to go to trial this was really an outrageous number. Don't freak out, at least call Brad, the man has been doing this for years. I honestly doubt there is a better sexual, criminal defense attorney in all of Washington. The thing that impressed me the most about Brad and his team is that they really cared! (Read the other reviews and you we will see a uniform pattern here). When my nightmare ordeal was over (and Brad was right there with me) I broke down and gave the man a hug, he hugged me back. I think a good many lawyers do what they do for money, they really don't care, I honestly believe that Brad and his team do what they do because they care. It's true that Brad is busy, but he's amazingly skilled at dealing with these kind of situations. My friend, I suspect things look very dark for you right now, start with Brad! I wasn't paid to say any of this, I say it because it's true. You don't just need a lawyer, you need a quality person! Brad is not only an expert in dealing with these kind of situations, he's also a good man. You can't go wrong starting here. Brad, I've already thanked you many times, but let me do so again. The world needs many more people like you!
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Posted by anonymous | February 2, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Outstanding!!!
I had a matter that could have been potentially threatening to my career, professional qualifications, friends and family. It was the most stress I've ever endured in a few months period of time. Brad and Alissa were phenomenal. The claims were false and heartbreaking, but the two of them were there to console and just explain black and white explain what the sequence of events would be and were there to coordinate communications with various personnel. I highly recommend Brad Meryhew's law firm.
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Posted by Darcy | March 30, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Professional, caring and extremely effective!
I am a veteran teacher who was falsely accused of three counts of rape in the third degree. As a mother, a professional and a community member I was devastated and in complete shock. Originally, I hired a different attorney but my brother did his research and encouraged me to make a change to Brad. This was the best decision I have made in the last decade. Brad diligently researched my case and provided the most professional advice every step of the way. I was extremely emotional and quite honestly lost my will to live. Brad did offer a kind gentle support, but he did not let me get distracted. He insisted on me finding my own strength and helped hold me up during my most vulnerable moments.. I wanted more than anything for Brad to believe me. He explained the necessity in remaining professional and that believing me instantly could cause him to overlook or miss something important to my case. I had a hard time with this because I was consumed with needing to be "believed!" It was evident that the prosecution made the very mistakes that Brad refused to make. During the trial, he remained confident and respectful. He commanded respect in the courtroom and held the highest level of integrity of anyone present in the courtroom. He knew every word of my 1000 page discovery better than i did myself. He earned the respect of the judge, the jury, and even the prosecutor. When I wanted to completely hide under the table while hearing outright lies about my character and worse, he gently encouraged me to keep my head held high. He prepared me to walk with confidence during every step of my hell on earth. He did not let feelings get in the way of his professionalism. He and his stellar team communicated things to me in a timely fashion and never provided false hope. Even during deliberation be prepared me for all scenarios. I know he was certain of the outcome but he would not allow his confidence to impact his professionalism. Brad devises a plan of action, has a strategy, and works tirelessly to defend his clients. He saved my life. The verdict was a unanimous NOT guilty after 1 day of deliberation. I am innocent and have been the entire time but Brad was the one who was able to secure the verdict. My former students and more importantly my daughter want to be like Brad! The day my brother decided to take the wheel and have me meet Brad was the day my life was saved. I would recommend him without hesitation to anyone accused of a sex crime. I believe he is by far the most professional attorney with the highest level of integrity and the deepest level of compassion. I cannot say enough about Brad and his entire team! I owe them my life!
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Posted by anonymous | May 6, 2015
Intelligent, compasionet, supportive & nonjudgmental
The most difficult and depressing point in my life. I was suicidal. Brad is very adept at understanding the defendant's human emotions, severe self-loathing and terror. He kept me updated and aware.
Posted by anonymous | January 18, 2015
Brilliant and the Best
Brad Meryhew is a remarkably intelligent and truly gifted attorney who cares about his clients and helped me through an incredibly difficult time. I was facing a rape charge and I felt nothing but hopelessness, facing something like 20 years in prison and a lifetime sex offender registration. It seemed like there was nothing I could do to handle the devastating effects that accusation had upon my family and I felt helpless. I realized fast that knowing you're innocent isn't enough to get you through the legal system and I had no idea what to do. However, immediately after hiring Brad, I felt as though I didn’t have to worry because he had everything under control. Brad studied the details of my case inside and out, was always extremely prepared, and his confidence and rapport with the prosecutors made me realize that everything is going to be ok. Brad used his vast knowledge, experience, and brilliant legal mind to quickly resolve my case and because of that, I no longer have to worry about jail, sex offender registration, or any of it. My family and I can finally move on with our lives and for that I can’t thank Brad Meryhew enough.
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Posted by David | September 9, 2014
Good Attorney To Have
The Meryhew Law Group accomplished what I wanted to achieve. I feel like the staff worked hard, and keep me informed as the information came in. I would definitely choose the Meryhew Law Group again.
Posted by Michael | August 6, 2014
IMHO The Best Attorney in town
I initially hired Mr. Meryhew on the recommendation of a bail bondsman. I asked who the best lawyer was for my kind of case and they recommended Brad. That was a few years ago and since then, he has become my adviser and supporter through several iterations related to my case. He did not judge me for my transgressions, but defended me to the absolute best of his ability. I am very lucky because I listened to the recommendation and now make the same recommendation to all who need help and direction through the jurisprudence system.
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Posted by anonymous | June 17, 2014
Best decision in my life
I can't really put into words how much better my life is now, specifically due to my decision to hire Brad as my lawyer. From the moment I stepped in his office, I already started feeling better about my case. He was extremely knowledgable, but more importantly, he seemed to actually care about me and my life, rather than just treat me as another client. He made me feel at ease, without sugarcoating the situation, which is I think the best thing a great lawyer can do for you. It was the scariest time in my life, I was looking at a possibility of multiple years in prison, but Brad got me a gift from heaven, zero jail or work release time. He seemed to know all the prosecutors, and the judges, and I think those relationships helped me out a lot. He was always willing to meet with me, and was always prepared. There's not a price you can put on your future and well being. I would recommend Brad to everyone. I've seen the difference first hand between a good lawyer and a bad one, and Brad is definitely one you will want on your side.
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Posted by anonymous | April 23, 2014
Excellent Attorney...Absolutely Recommend
Brad is a highly-knowledgable and experienced attorney in his field. His reputation precedes him, as I learned early on when a detective referred to him as a "premier attorney." I really have felt that he cares about me and my case on a personal level. He has a keen sensitivity to those of us who have been unfairly embroiled in false allegations, and knows how to proceed at each step in the process. At every point I felt like he knew what to do. The prosecutor knew Brad (and his reputation), and I believe that had something to do with his decision to not file criminal charges. His colleagues and office staff are professional, friendly, and sensitive. I would absolutely recommend Brad's professional services.
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Posted by Sexual Harrasment, Criminal defense client | March 14, 2014
A God Sent. Incredible.
Mr. Brad Meryhew has my highest recommendations. I am very grateful to Mr. Brad. He is a GOD sent. He is the best attorney I would have ever gotten. My case was quite difficult in my opinion. I am in my early 20’s. I am a medical professional .It was a sexual assault case. As medical professionals know that such charges or cases can do great damage to the person’s career in medical industry. I was in financial hardship. I was looking at 5 years to entire life in prison. I would have gotten felony charges. I would had to register as a sex offender. I would had to depart from the country. I was scared as things in my life had turned upside down. My entire future was truly in jeopardy. My case required him to interface with State prosecutors, department of health Washington and Residential client protection program officials. He always seemed comfortable navigating these waters. Mr. Brad and his team worked diligently to help with the case. My grandparents live in another country. They require my help. Due to the case, I could not have traveled over there to help them. He referred me to a immigration attorney. That attorney was quite helpful as well. Mr. Brad communicated with him to understand the immigration laws. In my opinion, Mr. Brad great relationship with the prosecutor that helped to remove the restrictions to travel abroad. He negotiated with the prosecutor to help me travel abroad. He team which included a para legal attorney and office manager were smiling at all times, helpful and welcoming. His office was clean and organized which I admire. My experience with Brad was nothing short of a miracle. In my opinion, he really cares for clients. He has well respected relationship with the prosecutor’s office which produced great results in my case. He was quite responsive. He kept me informed throughout the entire process. He even informed me even after the case was closed. Who does that? I think he is the epitome of customer service, professionalism, expertise. I learned a lot from him that I can use and apply in my own life. He is more than a lawyer. I always give Brad’s reference to my friends, family or other acquaintances.
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Posted by S.T. | December 15, 2013
The Meryhew Group is a force for Truth...
Brad Meryhew and team are providing a service they are meant to! From the initial consult to outcome, Brad was honest, diligent and continuously supportive. His team is up to date consistently and completely knowledgeable. Brad has the deserved manner that kept me calm and hopeful through this extremely stressful event. As I am a worrier by nature, by him being honest and given faith by believing in me, this was monument to me maintaining my mental and physical health as I could continue my daily life knowing I had someone on my side who cared and wanted the best for me as his client. Never did I feel neglected nor ignored. He was always prompt in communication weather it was via email, phone or in person. His door was always open to me. Because of The Meryhew Law Group, I can continue my professional endeavors and continue my education. If it was not for this gentleman and his team, my life would have turned for the worse and changed irreversibly. He was able to obtain the truth. My experience with Brad was nothing short of a miracle, but more that I was able to find a human being that cares for what he does and for those that walk in through his door. This experience surpasses customer service, Brad is doing what he is meant to do! Thank You Brad and your Team...
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Posted by anonymous | July 2, 2013
The Big Dog
He got me a practically unheard-of sentence - two felony counts reduced to misdemeanors and no jail time. I want to think that when the prosecutor saw I'd lawyered up with Mr. Meryhew, it was time to start bargaining. His reputation is strong and his results are outstanding.
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Work Experience

  • Managing Attorney
  • The Meryhew Law Group, PLLC
  • 2011 - Present
  • Partner
  • Rhodes & Meryhew, LLP
  • 2007 - 2011
  • Attorney
  • Law Office of James Newton, PLLC
  • 2003 - 2007
  • Staff Attorney/Manager
  • Society of Counsel Representing Accused Persons
  • 1997 - 2003
  • Front End/Membership and Marketing Manager
  • Costco Wholesale
  • 1986 - 1992
  • Manager of Client Services
  • Michael Thomas Corporations
  • 1985 - 1986
  • Director of Communications
  • Business Executives for National Security
  • 1984 - 1985
  • Media Relations Associate
  • National Association of Manuafacturers
  • 1982 - 1984
  • Instructor, Technical & Speech Communications
  • University of Maryland, College Park
  • 1981 - 1983
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Education

  • University of Puget Sound/Seattle University School of Law
  • Juris Doctor
  • 1994
  • University of Maryland, College Park
  • 1983
  • University of Utah
  • Bachelor of Science
  • 1980
  • Western Washington University
  • 1978
  • Foster High School, Tukwila
  • Diploma
  • 1976
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Sample of Legal Cases

  • Allegations of Child Molestation Dismissed
  • Charges Dismissed.

Associations

  • American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • Washington Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers
  • Affiliate Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers
  • Affiliate Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • Washington State Sex Offender Policy Board, WACDL Representative
  • Board Member
  • 2008 - Present
  • National Wildlife Federation
  • Member
  • 2006 - Present
  • Federal Court, Western District of Washington Bar
  • Member
  • 2004 - Present
  • Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2003 - Present
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1997 - Present
  • American Civil Liberties Union
  • Member
  • 1991 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2023
  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2022
  • William O. Douglas Award
  • Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • 2022
  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2016
  • Pro Bono Award
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • 2011
  • Pro Bono Award
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • 2010
  • Certificate of Appreciation
  • Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • 2010
  • Pro Bono Award
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • 2009
  • Pro Bono Award
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • 2008
  • Certificate of Appreciation
  • Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • 2008
  • Pro Bono Award
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • 2007
  • Pro Bono Award
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • 2006
  • Pro Bono Award
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • 2005
  • Pro Bono Award
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • 2004
  • Pro Bono Award
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • 2003
  • Jessup International Moot Court Finalist
  • University of Puget Sound School of Law
  • 1991
  • Top Ten Individual Speakers
  • National Intercollegiate Debate Tournament
  • 1980
  • State Champion, Impromptu Speaking
  • Washington Interscholastic Activities Association
  • 1976
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Publications

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Speaking Engagements

  • WDA Annual Conference
  • Cross Examination in Sexual Offense Trials
  • 2022
  • Washington State Office of Public Defense
  • Juvenile Sex Offense Investigations: To Talk or Not to Talk
  • 2022
  • Washington Sentencing Guidelines Commission Workgroup
  • Special Sexual Offender Sentencing Alternatives
  • 2021
  • Sex Offense Defense, WACDL
  • To SSOSA or Not to SSOSA: The Pros and Cons of the Special Sexual Offender Sentencing Alternative.
  • 2021
  • Ongoing Felony Unit Training
  • Residency Restrictions for Sex Offenders In Washington: Policy and the Public.
  • 2019
  • Lunch Superior Court Judges Continuing Education Series
  • Sex Offender Registration: A Defense Attorney's Perspective
  • 2018
  • Court Watch Volunteer Training
  • A Defense Attorney's Perspective on Sexual Assault Prosecutions
  • 2018
  • WDA Annual Ethics CLE
  • Ethical Considerations in Sex Offense Defense.
  • 2017
  • Sexually Violent Predator Attorney Training
  • Advocating for Sex Offenders in Washington Public Policy Debates
  • 2017
  • SCC Psychologist Staff Training
  • Testifying in Court as an Expert Witness, A Defense Attorney's Perspective
  • 2017
  • Office of Public Defense Felony Attorney Training
  • Obtaining Relief from Sex Offender Registration and Community Notification
  • 2017
  • King County Public Defense Training-Cultivating Harmony
  • Understanding and Advocating for Juveniles Accused os Sexual Offenses
  • 2017
  • Benton County Public Defender Training, Webinar
  • Preparing your Client for the Indeterminate Sentence Review Board: Strategies and Tactics.
  • 2017
  • WDA Webinar Series
  • The Scarlet Letter: Obtaining Relief form the Duty to Register as a Sex Offender
  • 2016
  • DAC Lunchtime CLE Series
  • The ISRB: What it means to be sentenced to lifetime prison or supervision.
  • 2016
  • Law Women's Caucus
  • Rape & The Law Panel Discussion
  • 2015
  • City of Seattle Office of Housing Workgroup
  • Lifetime Sex Offender Registratin as it Relates to State and Federal Housing Restrictions
  • 2015
  • Panel Discussion
  • Rape and the Law
  • 2014
  • Lunch CLE Series
  • Sex Offender Registration Removal and Sealing the Record in Washington
  • 2012
  • Guest Lecturer
  • Interviewing and advocating for juveniles seeking relief from sex offender registration.
  • 2012
  • WATSA Training
  • Sex Offender Registration and Sealing
  • 2011
  • Sex Offense Treatment Coordinators Training
  • Sex Offender Registration and Sealing
  • 2011
  • Juvenile Justice Class
  • Juvenile Sex Offenders
  • 2011
  • In House Training
  • Juvenile Sex Offender Registration and Sealing Juvenile Records
  • 2011
  • In House CLE
  • Use and Abuse of Psychosexual Evaluations
  • 2011
  • 2011 Defender Conference
  • Juvenile Sex Offenders, Theory and Practice
  • 2011
  • WACDL Sex Offenses CLE
  • The Use and Abuse of Psychosexual Evaluations
  • 2010
  • Juvenile Justice Class
  • Juvenile Sex Offenders
  • 2010
  • Felony Unit Training
  • Psychosexual Evaluations and Client Counseling
  • 2010
  • WATSA Annual Retreat
  • How Attorneys can work better with Sexual Deviance Treatment Providers.
  • 2009
  • WACDL Confrontation in Chelan
  • Uncooperative and Absent Witnesses
  • 2009
  • Team Child Staff Retreat
  • Juvenile Sex Offender Registration
  • 2009
  • WACDL Defending the Indefensible: Sex Offense Defense
  • Sexual Deviancy Evaluations
  • 2007
  • Representing Mentally Ill Offenders
  • Mental Health Defenses and Treatment Approaches
  • 2004
  • Society of Counsel Investigator Training
  • Legal Issues in DV Investigations
  • 2003
  • Washington Domestic Advocates Conference
  • Working with Defense Attorneys for DV Advocates
  • 2002
  • Legislative Roundtable on Mental Illness
  • Working with Mentally Ill Offenders
  • 2002
  • Society of Counsel Annual Retreat
  • Jury Selection in Domestic Violence Cases
  • 2001
  • Defending Clients with Special Needs
  • Defendants with HIV/TB and communicable diseases
  • 1998
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Attorney endorsements

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Endorse Brad
Domestic violence Attorney | Mar 15
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Mr. Meryhew and I were opposing counsels, and while we represented folks with very different interests, Mr. Meryhew was never anything but professional and respectful. I would strongly endorse this attorney."
Sex crime Attorney | Mar 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Brad is the go-to lawyer in western Washington for the zealous defense of any alleged sex offense. He has succeeded in defending many many people. He also works to educate and mentor newer attorneys. Brad is personable, trustworthy, and smart. You couldn't ask for more!"
Sex crime Attorney | Nov 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Brad is amazing! He is a truly dedicated advocate for juveniles. I had the privedge to hear him speak at a National convention and he taught me more in an hour then I have learned in years of practice. He is insightful, warm, and more importantly very committed to changing the legal system to treat juvenile offenders instead of incarcerating them. I am thoroughly in awe of his dedication."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Brad. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Unknown Attorney | Nov 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Brad's experience and expertise is an invaluable asset to the criminal bar in King County. Brad is always very knowledgeable and professional when he is dealing with other attorneys and working for his clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have seen him in action, I have attended several professional conferences in which he has been a featured presenter, and he generously shares his expertise with other lawyers. He has a superior reputation justified by his superior skill."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Brad is one of the leading attorneys in the state and a highly respected voice on Child Abuse and Sex offenses. I heartily endorse him."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 08
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I had the pleasure of working for Brad for two years. I found him to be an exceptional trial lawyer who regularly attained exceptional results, a wonderful mentor, and most important, singularly devoted to his clients. Brad lives and breathes his cases because he cannot tolerate the idea of an innocent person, or a person who needs help, being unjustly incarcerated. Protecting the due process rights of those charged with sex offenses is a truly a cause for him. He pours countless hours into representing the defense bar on the Sex Offender Policy Board, and the result is fairer, more just laws that help all of our clients. He is the reason juveniles can now seal their sex convictions. I learned so much about how to help and communicate with my clients from him, and I'm proud to have worked for him and to endorse him."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I am glad to be a fellow defense attorney with Brad Meryhew, because I sure wouldn't want to be prosecutor against him! Brad knows black letter law like few lawyers do and uses it relentlessly in the represenation of his clients. No lawyer, no client, no judge can or will ever say that they saw Brad unprepared in a courtroom. If you want somebody to roll up their sleeves and go to the wall for you, Brad is your man."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"The authority on sex-crime defense. A zealous and effective advocate for his clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 12
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Brad and I were opposing counsel on (literally) hundreds of cases when he was a supervisiing public defense attorney and I was a prosecutor. I have always found Brad to be the consummate professional: a tireless advocate for his clients in court while also a very skilled negotiator. He was a formidable opponent yet also very collegial. I have referred people to Brad on several occasions with very good results and I can highly endorse him - especially in the areas of criminal defense and high conflict family law matters."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 25
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"As a prosecutor in the Special Assault Unit of the King County Prosecutor's Office for many years, I was opposing counsel on many sexual assault cases with Brad. Brad enjoys an oustanding reputation that he has earned through a combination of hard work, legal knowledge, and candor. In the cases that I had with Brad he was always very professional and very well prepared. You always knew that when you were heading into trial against Brad that, although he would remain professional and courteous, you were in for a tough fight."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 07
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"While I was a prosecutor, I opposed Brad on several matters. Even though we were on opposite sides of the cases, I can't say enough good things about Brad. He was professional, competent and pleasant to deal with. At the same time, there was no question about his dedication to his client and effectiveness. If I had a client, a friend or family member accused of a sexual offense, Brad would be one of a handful of attorneys in Washington that I would call."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 19
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this Brad Meryhew's work. I had the opportunity to prosecute several cases against Brad when I was in the King County Prosecutor's Office. Brad does an exceptional job advocating for his clients. He is well respected and recognized as an expert in sexual assault cases."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Rarely will you find an Attorney as knowledgable and professional as Brad. He thorougly prepares for each case and his grasp of the issues is unsurpassed. A true model of integrity for any lawyer to emulate. Brad receives my highest recommendation. "
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