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Joshua Reed Saunders

Criminal defense Attorney at Seattle, WA

5.0   14 reviews

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Licensed for 15 years
State WA
Status Active
Acquired 2016
Updated 11/25/2022
State NY
Status Resigned
Acquired 2007
Updated 11/17/2022

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Joshua Reed Saunders
533 Martin Luther King Jr Way S
Seattle, WA, 98144-2439

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Posted by David | January 10, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Supported with Compassion, Competence, Clarity and Creativity
All of the above ( and more ) is what I am receiving from my partnership in working with Josh Saunders from The Marshall Defense Firm. From my very first interactions with Josh, I knew I was in great hands as I felt he not only listened, but that he TRULY listened in a way that I knew I was being heard. The false accusations against me were devastating and turned my world upside down. It was Josh's steady hand, guidance and his trust and belief in me that helped right this ship and has gotten me through some pretty stormy moments. Josh didn't spin any fairy tales to make me feel better, but rather provided outstanding clarity as to the process that lay before us and did so with not only with his keen professional competence, but also with the utmost of compassion and a high degree of creativity in bringing to light subtle details that I had not even considered. As we interviewed with investigators, Josh always displayed the epitome of respect towards whomever he was addressing and I believe in doing so, has been able to gain a number of concessions that will strengthen our case as we move forward. And while my particular outcome still remains to be seen, I absolutely know that I am more than well cared for through all of Josh's stellar efforts on my behalf. I no longer wake up in the morning with this nightmare staring squarely at me and for this alone I am truly most grateful!
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Posted by anonymous | January 3, 2023
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
The Best Service
When you find yourself in a difficult legal situation, what you want is to find help, honesty and understanding for the process you are going through. All that and more comes from attorney Joshua Saunders of his law firm The Marshall Defense Firm, P.S. I highly recommend them.
Posted by anonymous | October 5, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Outstanding Service
I had the outmost respect to work with Josh Saunders on my case. He is a very attentive individual. He was available by phone it seems like 24/7 throughout the entire time he was representing me and beyond. Josh was very generous with his communication and made me feel comfortable to speak to him as he shares a great deal of empathy. Josh helped me understand my circumstance/resolutions every step of the way through his knowledge of the defense system. We were fortunate to to reach a very beneficial settlement!
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Response from Joshua Saunders October 6, 2022
Thank you for this nice review! It was a real pleasure to help defend you in this civil lawsuit. I am extraordinarily pleased that we ended up with such a great settlement for you.
Posted by Molly | September 22, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Phenomenal trial attorney
Josh is a former colleague and one of the most skilled trial attorneys who I’ve watched. He is exceptionally prepared, organized, and his cross examinations are deadly. Judges respect him and juries love him, and he brings a needed human element to the courtroom. I highly recommend him for even the most challenging and complex case.
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Posted by anonymous | August 18, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent Attorney With a Kind Heart!
Without any reservation we would highly recommend Josh Saunders as a defense attorney. First and foremost he exhibited the highest character qualities and had the utmost integrity. We couldn't have asked for better representation to assist us through a very scary and confusing Title IX Grievance Process at a university. We are beyond relieved with the dismissal of the complaint as the accusation was untrue. There is no doubt in our mind that the positive outcome of this case was the direct result of representation from Josh and the Marshall Defense Firm. This was an extremely sad and isolating time for our family. Josh's kind and compassionate nature was ever present throughout this process and he provided a much needed lifeline for our family. We never could have imagined the twists and turns this case would take, but through it all, Josh was always incredibly responsive and remained on top of countless issues at all times. Josh is very knowledgeable and detail-oriented. He left no stone unturned, educating himself with the university's obscure procedures and thoroughly researching and identifying all possible avenues and outcomes before offering advice or recommendations. His honesty and straight-forwardness was reassuring. Throughout this process we always felt listened to and supported not only by Josh but also by David Marshall who consulted on our case and their Paralegal, Tracey. We are so incredibly grateful for all you have done on our behalf to resolve this matter. Please accept our deepest gratitude!
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Response from Joshua Saunders August 18, 2022
Thank you so much for this generous review. This was a case with some really unexpected and frustrating moments, and I am so glad it got dismissed in the end. Thank you for trusting me with such an important moment in your lives.
Posted by Thomas | May 22, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great Advocate to Have on Your Side!
Joshua is an excellent lawyer. He took the time to understand the details of my case, and kept good communication going to all those involved. The petitions he created on my behalf were excellent, and quickly accepted by the court system! No only did Joshua keep my best interest in mind by watching all the details of the case, but he supported me with words and understanding. He made me feel like I had a friend on my side, committed to my best interest. His knowledge of law and procedures brought an ending to the case that was beyond what I had hoped for. His dedication and desire to serve make him an excellent attorney. I recommend him without reservations! Thank you Joshua!
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Response from Joshua Saunders May 23, 2022
Thank you so much, Thomas. I am really happy we achieved such a good resolution in your case, and it was a pleasure to help you.
Posted by Jacob | May 2, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Case Dismissed!!
I was facing a very difficult and scary case, and did not know what the outcome would be. I am very thankful to God for bringing Josh Saunders into this case. I don’t have the words to express all the work and knowledge that Josh brought to the case for me. He worked with an amazing team to fight for me and clear my name. He was able to get my case DISMISSED! He is very thoughtful, polite, respectful, caring, and has great knowledge of the criminal justice system. If there was something he didn’t know or understand, he would make sure to look it up and study the subject or matter. With me living out of the state of Washington, he made sure to accommodate the time difference, even if it meant he would have to wake up earlier to set up calls or meetings with me. I am very grateful for the expertise of the Marshall Defense Firm and especially Josh! Without them I wouldn’t have been able to get this far and have my name cleared! Josh definitely understood where I was coming from, and he did everything in his power to assist me. He never gave me any false hope, or sugar coated anything. He was always straight forward and honest with me. He made sure that I understood every step that we had to take, from setting up meetings with professionals to preparing me for what I could expect. Ever since Josh took the case, he was with me for every step of the way, he would always check up on me and made sure that I was okay, and he would offer help if I ever needed anything. I thank God for Josh Saunders and his incredible team and the hard work they put into this case. Josh Saunders is an amazing lawyer and very knowledgeable. I would definitely recommend him to anyone that is facing conviction. Josh and his team will work their hardest for you, this I can guarantee!! Thank you once again for all your hard work!
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Response from Joshua Saunders May 23, 2022
Thank you for this eloquent review, Jacob. You were an absolute pleasure to work with, and I am so glad that we were able to get your case dismissed. Justice was truly done in this case.
Posted by Kyle | March 11, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Expert Representation With Compassion
I contacted the Marshall Defense Firm when I and other members of my family were falsely accused of criminal activity. It was a devastating and frightening time. We had no prior experience with the criminal justice system. My initial call was answered by Tracey at the firm. She was the compassionate and reassuring voice that we desperately needed. Over the course of two years, various members of the Marshall Defense team represented and guided me; all were supportive, professional, and competent. Josh took the lead on my very complicated case. I will always be grateful for the compassion, patience, and support he showed me throughout one of the most stressful times of my life. At times, the ugliness of the accusations and uncertainty of the future would weigh heavily on my mind; a phone call with Josh always helped me re-frame my thoughts in a more positive manner. Even when he did not have positive news to share, I felt heard, supported, and hopeful. While ever the professional, I felt like I had a friend by my side. I truly cannot adequately express how thankful my family and I feel for Josh and the Marshall Defense team.
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Response from Joshua Saunders March 14, 2022
Thanks for this kind review, Kyle. It was a huge privilege to work on your case. What happened to you and your family was deeply unjust, and I am really proud that we were able to get the case against you dismissed.
Posted by anonymous | February 17, 2022
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Consultation Help
Josh is really good and helped me tremendously giving me the right advice when it mattered the most. He is very detailed and went through all the documentation and studied every aspect before coming up with the recommendations. His input on my response/declaration was very helpful. Thank you Josh
Response from Joshua Saunders April 8, 2022
Really glad that I could help. Thank you!
Posted by anonymous | February 16, 2022
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Easy to Do Business With, Good Guidance
We contacted Joshua for a particularly sticky situation where we had been given guardianship of our godson due to some issues with both his and his families behavior. Joshua walked us through a number of things, maintained some critical documentation for us, and was available several times throughout the process.
Response from Joshua Saunders April 8, 2022
Thanks for your review! I'm glad I was able to help you think through a difficult situation.
Posted by anonymous | October 18, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent Representation, Exceptional Service, Highly Proactive, Rigorous Follow-through
I was falsely accused of sexual assault. I had previously never interacted with the criminal justice system and all of a sudden, I found myself sifting through online reviews of criminal defense attorneys. After significant research, I hired what I thought was the best representation I could hope to obtain but quickly discovered that I needed so much more than just great reviews or fancy websites with promising case results. I needed rigorous pro-activeness, compassion, reassurance and someone to champion my innocence. Enter Joshua Saunders and the Marshall Defense Firm. After a few interactions with my previous lawyer, I chose to reach out to the Marshall Defense Firm for a consultation. Their focus on special assault defense cases highly appealed to me. Right away, Josh began collecting details relating to my situation and providing me with some clarity, guidance and what I could likely expect. He was able to immediately pick up on the strengths, merits of my case and suggest what we could do pro-actively as a team. Above all, Josh's interpersonal skills - especially his compassion, instantly resonated with me and I decided to retain the Marshall Defense Firm. Josh and the team got to work right away and Josh was always, always able to make time for me! We began with a preliminary in-person meeting to fully walk through the various details of my case, then began developing strategies. I had so many questions and received satisfactory answers to all of them. We were always thinking 10 steps ahead which is exactly what I wanted - some sense of control. Josh was able to diligently work with investigators and prosectors - relaying information, highlighting the merits of my account and inconsistencies in the accusation while always keeping me looped in on communications and updates. I always had full visibility into developments and Josh was always readily available when I had additional information or thoughts to share. Really, despite his caseload, Josh always made me feel like I was his only client and priority. We executed on all of our pro-active measures and ultimately, no charges were filed. Here's the thing - we were working this during the COVID-19 pandemic and in a time of historic backlog in the processing of cases. However, we were able to obtain a favorable disposition nonetheless, and fairly quickly. I was definitely not a passive client. I needed to know what we were doing/trying to do every week, even when sometimes, all you can do is wait. However, Josh's excellent communication skills and well timed circle backs ensured positive responses and acknowledgements from investigators and prosecutors. Josh is also incredibly competent at coordinating and following up with multiple parties, agencies and determining next steps, responding timely with relevant information as well as providing a preliminary qualitative assessment of various case details. No doubt, he's a highly professional and competent lawyer and I have no doubt that his future clients will be incredibly satisfied to have retained him...but what makes Josh amongst the BEST is all the non-lawyer-y aspects: those micro-interactions on phone calls when there were no updates, no positive news or only neutral news. His remarkable ability to see me as a human coping with the looming possibility of a charge, seeing me carrying the burden of it, reassuring me with the facts but never overpromising or departing for reality, reminding me that I was innocent, reminding me of all the great work we had done so far, going that extra mile for me even though it would have been sufficient to just sit back and wait, ultimately calling me one day to tell me that it was behind me and so much more! Those are all the things that make Josh a phenomenal lawyer and amongst the best and why you should retain him. Also, a shout out to the entire team - David Marshall (who advised on case), Tracey and Malea. You are all lovely and I'm so grateful to have worked with you all.
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Response from Joshua Saunders November 9, 2021
Thank you so much for this eloquent and thoughtful review. I'm honored to have had the chance to represent you and so glad that we were successful in having no charges filed in this case.
Posted by Rebekah | October 15, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Attorney
We woke up one morning to the horrific situation of our 19 year old son being arrested with a possible charge, that if convicted, would have changed this young mans life for the rest of his life. He hadn’t even graduated high school yet. Very scared and confused, we contacted the law office of Marshall Defense Firm. Mr. Marshall and Mr. Saunders promptly responded to our request to review our case and they met with us over zoom immediately. The gentlemen were very courteous and understanding of our situation and our fears. They were able to put our minds at ease by listening to us and explaining a “game plan” if we chose to retain the firm. We definitely felt relieved and positive to retain their services. From that point on and over the next 8 months, we worked closely with Mr. Saunders. Mr. Saunders did all he could to retrieve information and relayed that information to us in a timely manner. We always felt an open line of communication with Mr. Saunders and his support staff. Mr. Saunder’s compassion was very comforting in a extremely scary time for our family. Having Mr. Saunders representing us, allowed us to give over the situation into his hands. He did an amazing job representing us to the Authorities and the prosecuting attorney. Anytime we had a question or worry, he gave a quick, comforting and authoritative answer. It just felt so secure being represented by the Marshall Defence Team. I honestly believe that the positive outcome in our case was a direct result of the excellent representation we received from Josh Saunders. Had we not retained the Marshall Defense Team, I believe we would have had a very rough time navigating through the legal system and harsh results would have been our reality. Because of retaining this law firm, no charges were brought against my son. We dodged more than a bullet. Marshal Defence Firm saved this young mans life. I can not thank them enough.
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Response from Joshua Saunders October 16, 2021
I'm so glad we were able to help you and your son. I am even more glad that charges were never filed in this case. Thank you!
Posted by anonymous | August 31, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent lawyer and excellent firm
I found that an investigation somehow had me named as potentially involved. I contacted the Marshall Defense Firm through the referral of an acquaintance, and then they assigned Josh Saunders to the matter. Josh quickly and professionally took care of the matter, speaking to the relevant investigators, and was able to remove my name from the investigation, since as I knew from the outset, there was no criminal activity and I had done absolutely nothing wrong, but there was someone out there making an accusation on the thinnest of nothing, and unfortunately I was in someone's contacts and got wrapped in the mess. The law can be scary and one always needs excellent, local, and knowledgable representation. I would highly recommend Josh and Marshall Defense.
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Response from Joshua Saunders October 16, 2021
Thanks so much for your review. I'm really glad this case resolved as it should have.
Posted by Matt | March 31, 2021
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Matthew Caldwell, Esquire.
I worked with Josh for years in The Bronx and Brooklyn. He always put his clients first, even if he disagreed. I consulted with him frequently on every sort of (criminal) case and always benefitted from doing so. He also has a wealth of structural knowledge about the criminal justice system, from his time helping to run a public defender office, that really helps contextualize his advice. He is patient with his clients, and a relentless advocate.
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Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Marshall Defense Firm
  • 2021 - Present
  • Founder and Board Member
  • Brooklyn Community Bail Fund
  • 2012 - Present
  • Managing Attorney
  • Department of Public Defense
  • 2016 - 2020
  • Attorney
  • Snohomish County Public Defender Association
  • 2016 - 2016
  • Supervising Attorney
  • Brooklyn Defender Services
  • 2011 - 2015
  • Attorney
  • The Bronx Defenders Office
  • 2009 - 2011
  • Attorney
  • Brooklyn Defender Services
  • 2006 - 2009
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Education

  • Bronx Defenders Trial College
  • 2010
  • National Criminal Defense College
  • 2009
  • New York University School of Law
  • J.D.
  • 2006
  • University of Texas
  • M.A. Social Anthropology
  • 2000
  • Macalester College
  • B.A.
  • 1996
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Associations

  • Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2021 - Present
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2021 - Present
  • Northwest Community Bail Fund
  • Board Member
  • 2017 - Present
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2016 - Present
  • National Association for Public Defense
  • Member
  • 2016 - 2020
  • Criminal Justice Operations Committee, New York City Bar
  • Member
  • 2014 - 2015
  • Transition Team, Brooklyn District Attorney
  • Public Defense Representative
  • 2013 - 2014
  • New York State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2007 - 2015
  • New York University Review of Law and Social Change
  • Article Selection Editor
  • 2004 - 2006
  • New York University Prisoners Rights Education Project
  • Board Member
  • 2004 - 2006
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish
  • Italian

Honors and Awards

  • Research Fellowship
  • National Science Foundation
  • 1999
  • Foreign Language Area Studies Fellowship
  • University of Texas
  • 1998
  • James Spradley Award for Excellence in Anthropology
  • Macalester College
  • 1996
  • Membership
  • Phi Beta Kappa
  • 1995
  • Policy Debate Award
  • Macalester College
  • 1993
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Publications

  • Legal Affairs
  • Ramsey Clark's Prosecution Complex
  • 2003
  • Legal Affairs
  • The Comic-Book Bar
  • 2003
  • Legal Affairs
  • The Disobedient Dozen
  • 2002
  • Text, Practice, Performance
  • The Uncanny Suburbs
  • 2000
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Speaking Engagements

  • WACDL Spring CLE
  • Modernizing Legal Writing, Co-chair
  • 2022
  • DRAW Annual Meeting
  • Changes to Civil Protection Orders
  • 2021
  • Criminal Justice Institute
  • Changes to Civil Protection Orders for Criminal Practitioners
  • 2021
  • Litigation Academy
  • Opening Statements
  • 2018
  • Litigation Academy
  • Storytelling for Lawyers
  • 2017
  • Brooklyn Historical Society
  • Our Broken Bail System
  • 2016
  • Community Defender Clinic
  • Public Defense Practice
  • 2010
  • Lawyering
  • Public Defense Practice
  • 2009
  • Community Defender Clinic
  • Public Defense Practice
  • 2009
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Attorney endorsements

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Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 21
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"Josh and I worked together for several years. During that time he showed me that he cared about our clients and their well being."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 05
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Josh is a truly great defense attorney. I learned so much from watching him in court in Snohomish County. He does not give up, even in the face of some ridiculous rulings from Judges. He drove the prosecutors nuts."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I would definitely endorse Mr. Saunders. There is no case case in which Mr. Saunders does not advocate for the rights of his client. You would be extremely lucky if you had him as your attorney."
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Seattle Criminal defense Lawyer Joshua Reed Saunders
Joshua Reed Saunders
Criminal defense Attorney
Seattle, WA
Licensed for 15 years