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Christopher Swaby has successfully represented clients accused of serious criminal offenses in state and federal courts with respect and compassion or more than twenty years. A fearless trial attorney, he has extensive experience with very serious matters including sexual assaults, child molestations and murder. Christopher is committed to treating every client with the dignity that all human beings deserve, and to listening to his clients carefully to understand their needs and perspective. Christopher has represented clients on domestic violence and sexual offenses since he began his legal career in 1990, and is very experienced in investigating, negotiating and litigating complex cases, to the benefit of his clients.


Christopher believes that even the hardest fought battles should be fought with respect, and is therefore liked and respected by both his opponents and the judges before whom he practices. He is an aggressive advocate with an easygoing nature. His ability to empathize with others allows him to more effectively advocate for his clients in court and to negotiate with prosecutors. He has honed his skills as a storyteller, and is prepared to make sure that both sides of the story are told effectively when he takes a case to trial. This approach has resulted in an impressive record of victories and clients well-served by his advocacy.


Christopher is highly experienced and well prepared for the work at the Meryhew Law Group. He graduated from the University of Virginia with a Bachelors degree in Psychology in 1983. He was awarded a law degree from the Georgetown University Law Center in 1990. A Washington, D. C. native, Christopher went to work for the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia (PDS) immediately after law school and worked his way from juvenile court to serious adult felony cases, handling complex murder and sex cases. In 2000, he moved to eastern Washington, where he opened his own law firm in Kennewick, Washington representing clients in juvenile, misdemeanor and felony cases in state and federal courts across eastern Washington. In 2008, he moved to Seattle and joined the Defender Association, trying many serious felony cases in King County Superior court as a senior defender and supervisor. Christopher is a member of the District of Columbia and Washington State Bar Associations, as well as being admitted to the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Washington and the U.S. Supreme Court.


Christopher loves his work and looks forward to helping you.


Contact info

The Swaby Law Firm

17837 1st Avenue
Normandy Park, WA, 98148

Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 50%
    26 years
  2. Juvenile: 10%
    26 years
  3. Identity Theft: 10%
    26 years
  4. Domestic Violence: 10%
    26 years
  5. Other: 20%
  6. More 



Fixed (sometimes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check

Attorney endorsements

18 total 

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  • Steve Karimi

    Chris is an exceptional lawyer. He works hard for his clients and gets phenomenal results.


    Steve Karimi DUI and DWI Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Nicole B Chafetz

    I endorse this lawyer. Chris may be the best criminal attorney in Washington State. He is amazing. I am now lucky enough to work with him on my second collaboration with him. I am a family law lawyer and he has now handled two of my clients' criminal law cases while I handled the family law matters. On my first case with Chris, my client was a mother whose child had been taken from her care and put into a foster home. As I sit her now, all of her children are home, primarily because he won her criminal case which all, including myself, thought was impossible to win. And, perhaps, as only us lawyers can respect, he won it on what is flippantly called a "technicality." I was fortunate to get to be in the courtroom when he won the case! I had packed my lunch and was ready for a full day of trial. sooner than I'd gotten there (! ) he'd won the case on a preliminary motion and me and my client were OUTTA THERE! If he had not won, those kids would have grown up in foster care.


    Nicole Chafetz Divorce and separation Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter


DCInactive 199107/05/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerThe Bible Law Group2015 - 2015
AssociateThe Meryhew Law Group PLLC2012 - 2015
staff attorneyThe Defender Association2008 - 2012
solo practitionerLaw Firm of Christopher A. Swaby2002 - 2008
associateArmstrong Klym Waite & Atwood PS2000 - 2001
solo practitionerLaw Firm of Christopher A. Swaby1999 - 2000
staff attorneyPublic Defender Service of the District of Columbia1990 - 1999
Association namePosition nameDuration
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersAttorney Member2012 - Present
King County Bar AssociationAttorney Member2012 - Present
Benton Franklin County Bar AssociationAttorney Member2012 - Present
Washington Association of Criminal Defense LawyersAttorney Member2012 - Present
Loren Miller Bar AssociationAttorney Member2008 - Present
Leadership TriCitiesMember2002 - Present
United States District Court for the Eastern District of WashingtonAttorney Member2002 - Present
Washington Defender AssociationAttorney Member2001 - Present
Washington State Bar AssociationAttorney Member2000 - Present
United States Supreme Court BarAttorney Member2000 - Present
United States District Court for the District of ColumbiaAttorney Member1999 - Present
District of Columbia BarAttorney Member1990 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Child abuseAcquittal
Violent crimeAcquittal
Child molestationAcquittal
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Publication nameTitleDate
Criminal Law Bulletin, Vol. 25, No.1 (January/February 1989).The Assistance of Counsel Clause in the Year 20001989
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Georgetown University Law CenterLawJD - Juris Doctor1990
University of VirginiaPsychologyBA - Bachelor of Arts1983
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Hot Topics in Criminal Defense: Pre-Filing to Post-ConvictionPolygraphs2014