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Garth O'Brien started practicing law in 1999 but began learning Digital Marketing in 2002. As the youngest attorney in the law firm he was tasked with learning and managing SEO and SEM. This rapidly expanded to blogging and engaging in the very early days of Social Media (learn more at ).

In 2006, Garth left the practice of law to pursue a fulltime career in SEO and SEM. He ran the global Search Marketing program for a small technology company for several years and then worked under Duane Forrester as an SEO Manager for MSN in 2009. Garth was responsible for various MSN channels for North and South America; Money, Real Estate, Autos, Health and Lifestyle. At this point Garth focused primarily on SEO and observed the importance and cross-over with Social Media.

He then joined Catalyst Digital and for several years owned the SEO programs for Hallmark, Chevron, IKEA USA, Xbox, Windows Phone and was one of four SEOs to support In this role he was the account and operations director working directly with the client and their internal teams. He also consulted on special SEO projects for Beats by Dre, Hawaiian Airlines and came full circle doing a tour of duty with MSN once more.

In March 2015, Garth joined GoDaddy becoming their Director and Global Head of SEO. Garth also drives several Social Media projects where SEO and Social converge and is one of three members responsible for the 2016 GoDaddy global content strategy. GoDaddy operates in over 40 markets worldwide and recently launched in various APAC countries.

Garth has worked with and trained dozens of engineering, editorial, marketing, PR and executive teams about Search Engine Optimization and Social Media.


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Practice areas

  1. DUI & DWI: 99%
    17 years, 1 thousand cases
  2. Criminal Defense: 1%
    14 years, 4 thousand cases



Fixed (always), Retainer (always)

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  • James Egan

    Garth O'Brien is a stellar lawyer. For years he worked with the City Attorney of Seattle, and was as sharp as a tack at identifying how to prosecute DUI's. Now, his years of prosecution aid him in connecting with prosecutors towards his clients' great benefits. Garth has always appreciated the underlying factors that can lead to commission of this common error of judgment, and he is a highly respected member of the DUI defense community. He is highly personable and analytical about any legal situation.


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WAVoluntarily Resigned199908/16/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Rising Star AttorneyN/A2007
Rising Star AttorneyN/A2006
Seattle’s Top LawyersN/A2005
Rising Star AttorneyN/A2005
Rising Star AttorneyN/A2004
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Director & Global Head of SEOGoDaddy2015 - Present
SEO, Social Media & Digital Marketing ConsultantGarth O'Brien - Digital Marketing2003 - Present
SEO DirectorCatalyst Online2011 - 2015
Of CounselLaw Office of Kirk C. Davis PLLC2011 - 2015
Community Program ManagerMicrosoft Corp.2010 - 2011
SEO ManagerMicrosoft - MSN.com2009 - 2011
Of CounselFOX BOWMAN DUARTE, PLLC2007 - 2011
Senior Operations ManagerGMI (Global Market Insite, Inc.)2006 - 2009
AssociateCowan Law Firm2002 - 2005
Assistant City AttorneySeattle City Attorney's Office2000 - 2002
Public DefenderNorthwest Defenders Association1999 - 2000
Association namePosition nameDuration
Washington State Bar AssociationMember1999 - Present
Northwest Academy for DUI DefenseGraduate2002 - 2002
Washington Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember2002 - 2005
King County Bar AssociationMember2002 - 2006
National College of DUI DefenseMember2002 - 2005
Washington State Association of Municipal AttorneysMember2000 - 2002
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
City of Kirkland v. My ClientCase Dismissed
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
National Patent Analytical SystemsScience of Evidential Breath Alcohol TestingCertificate of Completion2004
National College for DUI Defense Winter Session, San Diego, CADUI DefenseCertificate of Completion2004
National College for DUI Defense Summer Session, Cambridge, MADUI DefenseCertificate of Completion2002
Robert LaPier/NHTSAStandardized Field Sobriety TestingCertification2002
Mastering Scientific Evidence in DUI CasesDUI DefenseCertificate of Completion2002
Seattle University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1999
Western Washington UniversityPolitical ScienceBA - Bachelor of Arts1996
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
xMS SEO SummitActionable External Link Building Tactics2012
Microsoft SEO-Meet-UpActionable External Link Building Tactics2012
Microsoft SEO Meet-UpDigital Asset Optimization2012
Microsoft SEO Meet-UpOptimizing Campaign Landing Environments2012
xMS SEO SummitMaking Content Discoverable2011
TechEd North America 2011Search Engine Optimization Basic and Advanced Tactics2011
Puget Sound American Marketing AssociationHow to Recognize an SEO Disaster2011
Microsoft MVP SummitSearch Engine Optimization Workshop2011
Digital Marketing Learning SeriesWho are my “Raving Fans?” How do I find them and What the Heck should I do with them?2011
Internet MarketingInternet Marketing & SEO for Law Firms2007