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Christopher A Swaby

Criminal defense Attorney at Normandy Park, WA

4.6   11 reviews
  • State Years
    Washington - WA 23 years
    Dist. of Columbia - DC 32 years
  • Licensed for 23 years
    State WA
    Acquired 2000
    Status
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 32 years
    State DC
    Acquired 1991
    Status
    Administratively Suspended - Non-Payment of Dues No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Christopher

Learn Christopher’s areas of practice.

5
Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    50%
    representation of defendants charged with misdemeanor and felony offenses in state and federal court.

    34 years

  2. Domestic violence
    10%
    representation of defendants charged with misdemeanor and felony offenses in state and federal court.

    34 years

  3. Identity theft
    10%
    representation of defendants charged with misdemeanor and felony offenses in state and federal court.

    34 years

  4. Juvenile law
    10%
    representation of defendants charged with misdemeanor and felony offenses in state and federal court.

    34 years

  5. Sex crime
    10%
    representation of defendants charged with misdemeanor and felony offenses in state and federal court.

    34 years

  6. Violent crime
    10%
    representation of defendants charged with misdemeanor and felony offenses in state and federal court.

    34 years

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.

Location

The Swaby Law Firm
17837 1st Avenue
#520
Normandy Park, WA, 98148

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Reviews

4.6 / 5.0
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Posted by Charles | January 18, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Personable man with great ethics.
I had the pleasure of being represented by Mr. Swaby in Benton County. He stood by my side as I faced for 54 months for bogus charges. After a short time, I was released and charges dropped. I will never forget how Chris helped me almost 10 years ago. Forever thankful.
Posted by Louie | November 19, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
A compassionate professional
I met Christopher Swaby when he was assigned to my case by the Office of Assigned Council when I was facing charges of Felony Vehicular Assault. We were up against a particularly aggressive prosecutor with a reputation as a “take-no-prisoners” hard liner and a long list of convictions in similar cases. Mr. Swaby’s persistence in researching and interpreting the evidence and presenting the facts of my case to the court was impressive to me, especially coming from a public defense attorney. Our first offer from the court was to plea down to a Gross Misdemeanor which Mr. Swaby encouraged me to reject. His relentless pursuit of the facts and his handling of my case, particularly his ability to work with this prosecutor, resulted in all charges being dropped and my case being dismissed without prejudice. I hope to never be involved with the criminal justice system again, If I do, I know what attorney I will seek out.
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Posted by Ted | August 17, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Terrific man. Awesome attorney
Christopher Swaby defended me in 2004. He is a very kind man and an excellent attorney. He is missed in Tri-Cities.
Posted by Kimberly | June 15, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Couldn't have asked for a better attorney
I was accused of assault with a deadly weapon for defending myself in a domestic violence incident in my own home. Mr. Swabby never doubted my innocence and he didn't back down from the prosecution. He stood up for me and didn't take any nonsense. He's very passionate about his job and a very caring man. He was always there to reassure me things were going to be alright. If you're innocent and you want an attorney you can trust I would definetely reccomended Mr. Swabby. And for the record I did not hire this attorney, he was court appointed. So even though he was pro bono he still treated me like a paying client. I had never been in trouble with the law prior to this and I was very leary about this. He did amazing. I owe him my freedom. I will never forget what this man did for me and how well he treated me when so many others were trying to prosecute me to the fullest.
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Posted by Kevin | December 20, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Great Attorney Caring Man and Straight From the Heart
Met Chris in 2012 when he was assigned to me. Then he was removed due to firm change. I was charged with getting out of my bed which I shared with my wife and touching a girls breast at 5am. The police called us 2 days after she left our home and interviewed me, my wife, and our daughter. And we thought that was it. 3 months later my home was surrounded and I was arrested, tried, convicted and given life without parole. On appeal the sentence was found unconstitutional and my family retained Chris for resentencing with what they could scrape together. Chris always treated me with utmost respect. He personally went to our home and took pictures and investigated the outlandish charge. When contacted 4 years later he still had those pictures on his phone. He respected me as a man and took my legal research from prison and my personal work with utmost respect. I am now out and although the state continues to fight so do I. If I had unlimited funds I would pay this may whatever he needed to have. I do not. But behind the scenes he is still there, and still caring, and still trying to bring about justice for me. I have come to love him like a brother and respect him above any and all I have ever met in the legal system. Thank you Christopher Swaby.
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Posted by Island Guy | March 17, 2015
Thank you Chris Swaby for my freedom!!
I was accused of sexually molesting a minor in my own family home! As soon as I learned about the charges, I obtained Chris to represent me. The case took 2yrs & from the start I had so many factors stacked against me. English is not my first language, I had only been in the states less than a year and other than my son, his wife and my grandchildren, I was practically alone and knew no one. I remember when I first went into the law office; everyone was kind and professional and even though the charges were unjust and heinous, I never felt like I had to prove my innocence. From day one, Chris kept me well informed of every move, motion and paper he filed. At my request he allowed my son and daughter-in-law to be involved so I could and would always understand what was happening every step of the way. It wasn't always easy for me to understand and trust what Chris was saying to me throughout my case, I constantly questioned his decisions; but even so he always took the time to explain and made sure that I truly heard and understood what was being said and why. It was the most important thing Chris did for me, he built trust. Besides WINNING my case against the State, the most important thing Chris gave me was his word and belief. He believed in me, as much as I believed in myself. He trusted my words, when I told him that I didn't do it, and I trusted him when he gave me his word that he would do everything in his power to make sure I wasn't prosecuted for a crime I didn't commit. On the last day of my trial, after the jury voted unanimously that I was innocent, we were able to do an interview with the jurors; basically we were able to ask them questions about how they came to their decision and talk some about the case. 3 of the jurors came to Chris and I and said to us the following statement, "we believed you were innocent for many reasons, but the number 1 reason we believed you were innocent was because we could tell that your lawyer truly believed in you!" I looked at Chris and he was brought to tears by their words. He stood up immediately and said, "YES!!! I do believe him and in him!!" I don't think I'll ever be able to thank Chris enough for his job well done. If you need a defense attorney hire Chris Swaby! If you know you're innocent, hire Chris Swaby! If you want someone who cares about you not your money; hire Chris Swaby! Thank you Chris, you are truly one in a million!
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Posted by Michael | August 6, 2014
Efficient and Effective
Mr Swaby took my case out of town and without much information. He was thorough and professional, and did not judge me for my indiscretions of the past. I appreciated his demeanor and his knowledge of the system and the people in it. My case was dismissed because he cared and knew what to do. I highly recommend him to all who need a good attorney who will work hard for them.
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Posted by anonymous | August 9, 2013
Professional, considerate , and knowledgeable
Uopn my case being closed, this is the "Thank you" email i sent to Chris and his staff. It sums up him and the firms operation. Chris, I want to thank you for everything you and your firm did for me. This was a difficult time for me. It’s the type of situation where you want to avoid it, and hope it all goes away. I quickly learned it doesn’t, and I'm so happy I chose you as my counsel. The best decision I made through all of this was to retain legal counsel. I know you had many more pressing cases during mine, but I thank you for always taking the appropriate amount of time to help me. Obviously I went into this process with zero knowledge of the legal system, and I couldn't be more thankful I had you there to walk me through it. I can promise you the sentiments I'm sharing with you are not just mine, but they represent the feelings of all of my family and friends. Being away from home through all of this made everything harder, and my parents were contacting me every day. My mother is probably the most grateful. You and your firm made her feel like someone was looking out for me, and wouldn’t let anything happen to me. She put great faith in you and your experience. I would also like to thank Danica. I can still remember how embarrassed and ashamed I felt walking into the office for the first time. All of your staff, especially Danica, handle themselves with professionalism and courtesy, and I never had that feeling again. Also, although I only met him once, I was still nice to meet Brad, and get to speak with him in regards to my case. Again, thank you for everything!! Please share my email with your staff, as they should be applauded for their efforts daily.
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Posted by Julian | June 3, 2013
Chris is a great Attorney
Chris has represented my fiancé At least three different times. I only met hint through two instances and the amount of compassion he has towards his clients seems unmatched by other attorneys I have used in the past. He shoots straight from the hip and will represent you both in and out of court.
Posted by Stacie | August 6, 2012
The BEST man for the job
To Whom It May Concern: I am very pleased to share my experience about the representation and character of Mr. Christopher Swaby. With the unfortunate circumstances that happened to me and my husband, we couldn’t be happier with the manner and outcome that Mr. Christopher Swaby displayed during the whole process. Mr. Swaby takes his time with each client and gives them his undivided attention. We have noticed an impeccable passion for his work that is rare. Values are amongst one of his strong traits, along with integrity which drives him to reach his success. It is our recommendation that Mr. Christopher Swaby is the only logical choice for the best representation a person can receive, his vast knowledge and quick thinking stand him levels above others. In my opinion there is no other choice but Mr. Swaby, if I ever need another attorney I can assure you that Mr. Christopher Swaby will be the only opinion for us. We are confident that anyone would be pleased with the quality of service received from Mr. Swaby.
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Posted by anonymous | October 4, 2021
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Have a very hard time to get ahold of him will not send messages or calls back. Isn't working for you
Response from Christopher Swaby October 4, 2021
I'm saddened to learn that someone whom I apparently consulted wasnt satisfied with the advice given. I am in court around the state often, so it can be difficult to get in touch with me by phone but I am always available by email. I return emails in a prompt fashion. I hope the poster will call or write to me soon so I can address his/her concerns.
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • The Bible Law Group
  • 2015 - 2015
  • Associate
  • The Meryhew Law Group PLLC
  • 2012 - 2015
  • staff attorney
  • The Defender Association
  • 2008 - 2012
  • solo practitioner
  • Law Firm of Christopher A. Swaby
  • 2002 - 2008
  • associate
  • Armstrong Klym Waite & Atwood PS
  • 2000 - 2001
  • solo practitioner
  • Law Firm of Christopher A. Swaby
  • 1999 - 2000
  • staff attorney
  • Public Defender Service of the District of Columbia
  • 1990 - 1999
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Education

  • Georgetown University Law Center
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1990
  • University of Virginia
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1983

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Child molestation
  • Acquittal
  • Child abuse
  • Acquittal
  • Violent crime
  • Acquittal

Associations

  • Washington Defender Association
  • Board Member
  • 2016 - Present
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Attorney Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Attorney Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • Benton Franklin County Bar Association
  • Attorney Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • King County Bar Association
  • Attorney Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • Loren Miller Bar Association
  • Attorney Member
  • 2008 - Present
  • Leadership TriCities
  • Member
  • 2002 - Present
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Washington
  • Attorney Member
  • 2002 - Present
  • Washington Defender Association
  • Attorney Member
  • 2001 - Present
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • Attorney Member
  • 2000 - Present
  • United States Supreme Court Bar
  • Attorney Member
  • 2000 - Present
  • United States District Court for the District of Columbia
  • Attorney Member
  • 1999 - Present
  • District of Columbia Bar
  • Attorney Member
  • 1990 - Present
  • National Criminal Defense College
  • attendee
  • 2019 - 2019
  • Washington Defender Association
  • President
  • 2019 - 2020
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Publications

  • Criminal Law Bulletin, Vol. 25, No.1 (January/February 1989).
  • The Assistance of Counsel Clause in the Year 2000
  • 1989

Speaking Engagements

  • WDA Ethics Seminar
  • Race in Jury Selection
  • 2023
  • Trial Advocacy Program
  • Trial Advocacy
  • 2023
  • Defending Clients Who Arent Like You
  • co chair
  • 2016
  • Hot Topics in Criminal Defense: Pre-Filing to Post-Conviction
  • Polygraphs
  • 2014
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Attorney endorsements

Received (20)
Given (19)
Endorse Christopher
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I met Chris as a colleague while we were both public defenders years ago in King County. He has always been tireless in pushing for his clients to be treated with dignity in a system that often left many feeling powerless. He was the guy who challenged the state on every viable issue. He remains a tremendous advocate. There are some attorneys, especially in criminal defense, that make it clear this is not just a job to them. That is Chris. Every client is important to him."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 20
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"When I was a prosecutor, there was one defense attorney I dreaded facing, Chris Swaby. His charm and intellect were such a potent combination that facing Chris always made a case much more difficult. Now, as a criminal defense attorney, I have an even greater appreciation for Chris's ability."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Chris is an exceptional lawyer. He works hard for his clients and gets phenomenal results."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 02
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"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. But...no 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."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I highly recommend Christopher. He is extremely knowledgeable about issues that arise within criminal defense cases, and conducts himself with integrity and kindness. He has been a valuable source of information and help to me, especially in sex defense cases. I highly recommend him to anyone in need of a criminal defense attorney."
Unknown Attorney | Nov 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Swaby and I are members of Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. I have had the pleasure of dealing with Mr. Swaby through this organization and I can recommend him without reservation as an excellent and principled attorney who not only zealously advocates for his clients but who also supports his colleagues in the ultimate pursuit of justice."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Attorney Swaby's commitment to excellence is what sets him apart. He has a high level of expertise from his years of experience as a top notch defense lawyer at all levels. His intellectual ability allows him to recognize and handle the individual nuances of each case, instead of just doing what has worked in the past. This is why his clients feel he does his absolute best for them. I have the utmost respect for Chris and his capabilities as a attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Well respected attorney and a Georgetown graduate..."
Violent crime Attorney | Nov 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have been reading his answers to defendant's question and I agree with his assessments and reasoning. He knows what he is talking about!!"
Unknown Attorney | Oct 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Top-notch attorney. Highly respected in the legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Christopher Swaby, Esq. Smart, hard-working and very good results for the client."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 18
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Chris and I have been opposing counsel on a number of matters. He is a formidable opponent and advocates tirelessly and effectively on behalf of his clients. Chris clearly cares about his clients and will fight for them at all stages of a case. In trial, he quickly gains the respect of both judges and juries. He is a very persuasive litigator who fights for his clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I had the opportunity to work alongside Chris during the time he served on the indigent defense panel in Benton County. Chris is one of the most passionate, caring and dedicated advocates I have had the opportunity to observe. Chris truly connected with his clients, both court appointed and private and it was clear to see that each case and each person whom he represented was of high importance to him. Chris is an experienced trial attorney with a wealth of experience and legal expertise. I endorse Chris Swaby."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 28
Relationship: Co-worker
"Chris is the type of lawyer who will zealously advocate for his client's position regardless of the charge. He has worked in the criminal defense arena for years and done so in various courts throughout Washington State. Chris is well respected for his courtroom demeanor and ability to present his client's in the best possible manner. He is always well prepared and when negotiations with the prosecutor do not yield the anticipated result, he is an adept trial attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 16
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"As a former prosecutor, I had the opportunity to work with Chris on a number of cases, including one particularly interesting trial matter. Chris's ability to relate to a jury and effectively question witnesses helped him achieve a fantastic result in our case. He is smart and personable, and that comes across to judges and juries alike. If a friend or loved one of mine were in trouble, I would not hesitate to recommend Chris to them immediately."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Chris endevours to provide the best defense possible for each and every client by being creative and using his vast experience on high profile criminal cases. He is approachable and always willing to contribute to fellow attorneys. I recommend Christopher Swaby."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have known Chris for several years and have seen him in court zealously advocating on behalf of his clients-in pretrial motions though trial. A judge recently said to me, "Chris Swaby is one of the finest lawyers who has appeared before me." Chris is one of the best criminal defense attorneys in Washington."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 25
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer. Christopher Swaby is a talented and dedicated trial attorney who brings decades of experience to his cases. Christopher is an extremely effective story teller, who can help a Jury, a Prosecutor or a Judge realize that there really are two sides to every story. His track record of success at trial is impressive, and any client represented by him can be assured they will be very well served. Christopher's passion, common sense and commitment to human dignity are obvious to his client's and to the entire legal community. If you are accused of sexual misconduct I strongly endorse this attorney."
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