Why do I love being a criminal defense attorney?
I get to be the bright light of hope in an otherwise dismal situation. I get to be the voice that eases my clients concerns when they are terrified about what might happen to them. I get to fight with them, challenging every allegation against them, and working tirelessly to prove their defense. There's no other job I'd rather have.
Criminal defense is my passion.
After graduating with a degree in criminal justice from Washington State University, I dove into law school with the intent of becoming a criminal defense attorney. My commitment to this path has never wavered. While attending Seattle University School of Law, I worked at Northwest Defenders Association, a public defender agency in King County. Prior to that, I was a Rule 9 Law Clerk with the Washington State Attorney General's Office where I focused on dependency cases and juvenile law.
For years, I worked alongside John Henry Browne, a notorious criminal defense attorney who has practiced in Seattle for close to 40 years. I learned from Mr. Browne's extensive trial experience and launched my practice by defending high-stakes, high-profile felonies throughout the state of Washington with his firm.
I started my own firm in November 2014. At the Law Offices of Emily M. Gause, I am able to provide affordable, aggressive, and compassionate advocacy for my clients.
My practice focuses on representing people accused of serious felony crimes in state courts and in federal courts, both in the Western District of Washington as well as the Eastern District of Washington. I practice throughout the State of Washington, so I am familiar with many courts in various counties including: Kitsap, King, Snohomish, Whatcom, Pierce, Cowlitz, Clark, Chelan, Kittitas, and Garfield.
I believe that everyone has a story, and my role is to be the advocate that tells your story.
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One might think that by simply being an attorney, someone would inherently have that passion and drive for justice to advocate vigorously for their clients. Those people would be wrong to think that. I'm routinely flabbergasted by the number of attorneys who seem content with being cogs in a machine and not advocating as they really should be for their clients. Someone considering Emily will not have that problem should they end up hiring her. Emily will go the extra mile and then some to advocate with passionate zeal for her clients, overturning every rock and pursuing every credible defense that there might be. I endorse her without question.
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Emily is a standout in her field. She is an amazing advocate, an expert in criminal defense, including high-profile work, and is a kind and compassionate individual. She is hard-hitting and has unparalleled experience. I would recommend her without hesitation.
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|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|President’s Certificate of Appreciation||Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers||2016|
|2016 Anthony Savage Award||Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (WACDL)||2016|
|Clients Choice Award||Avvo||2015|
|Superb Rated Attorney in Criminal Defense||Avvo||2015|
|Barrister Award||National Order of Barristers||2011|
|First Place - Spring 2010 In-House Mock Trial Competition||Seattle University School of Law||2010|
|Second Place - 7th Annual Trial Advocacy Regional Competition||ABA Labor & Employment Law Section||2010|
|Outstanding Student Award||Seattle University School of Law, Student Bar Association||2010|
|Criminal Defense Attorney||Gause Law Offices PLLC||2014 - Present|
|Attorney||Law Offices of John Henry Browne, P.S.||2011 - 2014|
|Rule 9 Attorney||Northwest Defenders Association||2010 - 2011|
|Summer Law Clerk||Judge Carol Schapira||2009 - 2009|
|Rule 9 Attorney||Washington State Attorney General's Office||2009 - 2010|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Snohomish County Bar Association||Member||2015 - Present|
|Young Professionals of Seattle||Events Committee Co-Chair||2015 - Present|
|Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers||Chair of Brady List Committee||2015 - Present|
|Pierce County Bar Association||Member||2014 - Present|
|Washington Defender Association||Member||2014 - Present|
|Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers||Co-Chair Court Rules Committee||2011 - Present|
|King County Bar Association||Member||2011 - Present|
|Washington State Bar Association||Member||2011 - Present|
|Washington Woman Lawyers||Member||2011 - Present|
|United States of America v. Client||Reduced Sentence|
|Eight Counts of Bank Robbery||Favorable plea deal, exceptional sentence|
|VUCSA case - Dismissed||Dismissal|
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|Washington Criminal Defense||"Shaken Baby Syndrome" *No Shaking Actually Required||2016|
|Law Offices of Emily M. Gause PLLC Blog||Our BULGING Prison Population||2016|
|Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Annual CLE Materials||The Brady Epidemic||2016|
|Law Offices of Emily M. Gause PLLC Blog||Work/Life Balance: How to stay committed to the “life” part||2016|
|Washington Criminal Defense||A Life for a Life: A Hard Look at Washington State's Death Penalty||2015|
|Seattle Times||Man shot by co-worker files $800,000 claim against Seattle||2014|
|KIRO||Defense Debunks "Shaken Baby Syndrome" in Tacoma Trial||2014|
|The Daily World||Lawyer Calls for Charges to be Dropped in Complicated Case||2012|
|King 5 News||Questions about Conflict of Interest after McCleary Firefighter's Arrest||2012|
|Seattle University School of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||2011|
|Washington State University||Criminal Justice, Sociology||BA - Bachelor of Arts||2006|
|Women of SU Connection Café||The Changing Landscape of Law and Politics||2016|
|Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Annual Conference||The Brady Epidemic and a WACDL Remedy||2016|
|House of Representatives Public Safety Committee||Organized Retail Theft||2015|
|Oral Argument||State v. Markwell||2012|
|King 5 News||Conflict of Interest||2012|