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Melissa Walker Sullivan

Criminal defense Attorney at Everett, WA

5.0   43 reviews

Licensed for 16 years

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About Melissa

Learn Melissa’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    50%
    Within 48 hours of switching from being a prosecutor to a private attorney, I went to trial on a two count driving case: DUI and Reckless Driving. The client was acquitted of both counts.

    8 years, 60 cases

  2. DUI and DWI
    40%

  3. Appeals
    5%
    From 2004 until September 2015 I regularly handled felony appeals and argued at Division One of the Washington State Court of Appeals numerous times.

    16 years, 50 cases

  4. Domestic violence
    5%

Before joining the Sullivan Law Group, I worked at the Skagit County Prosecutor's Office for over a decade.  Since passing the bar in 2006. I worked as a full time attorney handling all aspects of prosecution from infractions, to all types of misdemeanor and felony cases, to felony appeals.  I have tried over fifty cases to verdict.  My first trial as a defense lawyer was for a client charged with DUI and Reckless Driving: it resulted in an aquittal on all counts.

Client's Choice 2021
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Licensed for 16 years
State WA
Status Active
Acquired 2006
Updated 11/25/2022

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

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Sullivan Law Group, PLLC
Sullivan Law Group, PLLC
11335 NE 122nd Way
Ste 105
Kirkland, WA, 98034
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Client's Choice 2021
Client's Choice
Melissa received a significant number of 4+ stars in 2021
Posted by Shellie | November 30, 2022
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Excellent Attorney
I highly recommend Melissa and Sullivan Law Group. They are hardworking, professional and amazing to deal with!
Posted by Daniel | February 2, 2022
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Melissa is the best in the business!!
Melissa is an outstanding attorney. I have never met an attorney like her. She is extremely professional, easy to get along with, highly reliable and amazing communication. I will never use a different lawyer again. Highly recommend Melissa!
Posted by Jordy | September 3, 2021
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She's no joke
Melissa is no joke she defended me in a case that was not looking good she was totally honest and truthful with me on the possible out come but she did her home work in the investigation found all the paperwork needed to prove my innocence in a DV case that cleared my personal record from this mistake that was made. I recommend her 100% thank you melissa and your colleagues for your help
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Posted by anonymous | July 22, 2021
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The Lawyer You Want On Your Team! Passionate Confident Winner!
My particular scenario was far from the standard; Having to deal with an out of state DUI from over 7 years ago that I thought was in the past since I satisfied the court all those years ago. Now suddenly, the DOL wants to revoke my license for 2 years based this past transgression? My situation falls into a "grey" area and many won't even touch a case like this, a case that is NOT cut and dry (cookie cutter). Melissa really went above and beyond in my situation and I felt like she truly cared. Her detailed knowledge of the law and absolute persistence paid off. I can't say enough good things about Melissa's capability. I would advise anyone that is in a tough situation to give the Sullivan Law Group the first call. I feel fortunate that I did.
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Posted by Jen | July 22, 2021
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Professional, compassionate and competent
Working with Melissa on my DUI case was the best decision I could have made. She is professional and personable- I felt that she had the time to work with me and wanted to do her best on my case. I felt that she was understanding and compassionate while sharing with me the reality of the situation I was in and all of the possible outcomes. She did not make any promises to me other than to work as hard as she could for the best outcome and I fully believe that she absolutely did the best job possible getting me a favorable outcome. Through out my time working with her I always felt comfortable calling or emailing her with questions and she would always respond personally very quickly. I've never been in such a difficult situation but working with Melissa I was less stressed and felt that she was compassionate and down to earth. She worked hard for me, kept me informed during each step of the case process, and I appreciate how she handled my case in general. I would not have had the favorable outcome she provided had I tried to navigate this case on my own. She is professional, hard working, compassionate, kind and understanding. I highly recommend Ms. Sullivan and will continue to refer friends and family in need of an outstanding attorney.
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Posted by Jason | July 12, 2021
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Incredible attorney
I have had the great fortune of Melissa working on multiple cases for me. The outcomes for all of them far exceeded what I could have expected. Melissa is incredibly good at her job and goes above and beyond to make sure the outcome for her client is the best possible. Although legal issues are very stressful, the peace of mind I had with Melissa was very helpful. She always communicated very well, explained what was going on, and let me know what her plan was while helping me do what I needed to do on my end. If anyone were to ask me if I knew an amazing Attorney to call for their situation, Melissa Sullivan would be the number one recommendation I would give. Thank you again Melissa for everything!
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Posted by anonymous | June 17, 2021
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A Very Caring Expert!
Melissa was a comfort in a time of distress. She immediately took full charge and reassured me of a positive outcome. I highly recommend her!
Posted by anonymous | April 27, 2021
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Malicious Mischief to Diversion
Melissa was great. She helped my son work through a Malicious Mischief charge, got a Diversion for him. She is a clear communicator, timely and nice to work with.
Posted by anonymous | February 23, 2021
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Professionalism at its best. Someone you want in your corner.
Looking for Legal advice and a lawyer can be a difficult process. Luckily, I somehow stumbled upon the Sullivan Law Group. I cannot recommend Melissa enough. She is a hard working, proactive, honest Lawyer. There was never a moment where I felt unease or troubled during my cases, if I did it was quickly quelled with updates and meetings with Melissa. Melissa is earnest and adamant at achieving results while providing great knowledge of the process along the way. I am truly grateful for her excellent service and assistance during what could be considered the most dire times in my life. Thank you Melissa and the staff at the Sullivan Law Group.
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Posted by anonymous | February 10, 2021
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Grateful to find Melissa Sullivan! A professional top notch attorney.
Hiring Melissa Sullivan from Sullivan Law Group was the best decision I made for my legal representation for a DUI. My journey began on October 31st, 2020 when I made a terrible choice to drive my car to go get food while intoxicated. I was pulled over entering my apartment complex as I parked at my assigned spot. I knew what happened. I knew I was wrong. I cooperated with the officer. I ended up blowing 3x the legal limit of .08. I sat in jail for 20 hours. Shortly thereafter, I searched for a DUI attorney. Melissa was the first I contacted. I felt immediate ease after explaining what happened. I felt comfortable listening to her. Then, I consulted with a second attorney who did not quite put me at ease. I decided Melissa was the clear choice. Right away, Melissa guided me on the right track. She advised me in great detail on what exactly I needed to do. I followed up immediately. I attended and completed the classes along with the required assessment. Also, I paid to appeal my license suspension with the DOL. While doing this, Melissa got me a continuance since she knew I'd be on vacation out of town during the Christmas/New Year holidays. The big news came when Melissa informed me the prosecutor agreed to a plea deal of negligent driving in the 1st degree, which was the desired goal! Next, we found out the DOL would be dismissing our case! Melissa subpoenaed the officer to appear at the DOL hearing however he no-showed. Our chance of winning was around 20%. We won. Before my final court appearance, Melissa went over everything the judge would ask. She put me at ease. Even though the judge issued slightly higher fines, I was not ordered anything beyond the agreed plea deal. In conclusion, while Melissa apologized to me for not getting lower fines, she absolutely "Hit It Out Of The Park". I'm grateful for Melissa Sullivan's guidance throughout my legal journey. I'm most grateful I did not cause any harm to others from my action. I would highly recommend Melissa Sullivan at the Sullivan Law Group to anyone who needs a DUI attorney. Top notch professional service. Thank You Melissa! Nate
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Posted by Jodi | October 5, 2020
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Responsive | Knowledgable | Dependable | Professional
Melissa got me through the worst time of my life. It's scary to navigate the legal system by yourself. Melissa immediately put me at ease She was honest and straight-forward from the beginning; Extremely thorough in explaining how things work, and what I can expect (best and worst case scenario). Throughout my case, which lasted longer than most, I always received same-day responses and excellent communication from Melissa and her team. From start to finish, she worked hard for me - she really went above and beyond. Even after my case had ended, I had to deal with DOL. She guided me through that process well. . Thank you Melissa for your professionalism and being by my side throughout a really difficult time in my life. I'm forever grateful to you.
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Posted by anonymous | October 4, 2020
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Excellent!
We hired Melissa on a Monday and she dug into the matter that same day and got the ball rolling! It was a Smart Start IID faulty equipment issue that for months we could not get resolved with the Smart Start company nor with DOL. Melissa was quick and responsive! She contacted us every day of the progress she was making and the issue was resolved by the end of the week! We were amazed. Communication was the best. Highly, highly recommend Melissa!!
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Posted by RP | October 4, 2020
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Care and Guidance
Melissa Sullivan and staff were caring from the moment I walked into their office. Melissa guided me through the process. Communicating with me throughout the entire process. The need to hire a lawyer may not always be the best situation. Melissa Sullivan was the best choice for me and my needs. I would highly recommend Melissa Sullivan for any of your legal needs.
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Posted by anonymous | October 2, 2020
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Presented and defended the core of a complex circumstance
Melissa Sullivan is a ROCKSTAR!!! She helped navigate charges against me during a pandemic and world crisis. She was quick to provide context about how the pacing of legal practice had changed because of the COVID-19 epidemic. Despite the pandemic, Mellissa dug deep for the truth in my case. She was able to unpack the dynamics of a very complex family system and circumstance, allowing her to understand what had transpired, what motivations were at play, and identify all of the key players involved with my case. In the midst of the proceedings, the prosecutor's office became unresponsive and she diligently pursued them. She attempted to transmit the key information of my case to them and actively worked at obtaining reasonable agreement terms with them. Finally, she offered advice and left the decision making up to me. There was never an interaction where I felt talked down to, belittled, or that I was less than because I didn't understand legal practice as well as her. She was always respectful, direct, and professional.
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Posted by Bill | September 13, 2020
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Melissa Sullivan - As good as it gets.
If you need an advocate. If you need someone that truly knows how to negotiate. If you need someone that cares as much as they are competent, hire Melissa Walker Sullivan, I did. Her skills and empathy saved me, you will not be disappointed.
Posted by Jacob | August 19, 2020
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I cannot recommend Melissa enough!
I was charged with a DUI following a minor car accident. Melissa was recommended to me by a family friend and now I know why! From the beginning Melissa was confident, reassuring, and compassionate. I immediately knew I was in good hands and had full confidence in her ability to fight for me. Melissa checked in weekly with updates and reassuring words when I was worried. My case was dropped to a lower non-criminal charge and completely dismissed by the DOL. I am forever grateful for Melissa and everything she did for me during the most stressful time of my life!
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Posted by anonymous | August 10, 2020
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Positive Experience
I had never been in trouble in my life, so getting arrested for DUI was a real stressful situation for me. Melissa walked me through all of the steps to get my license reinstated, and we managed to successfully plea for a lesser charge in court. She was quick to address all of my concerns, responded to emails swiftly, and was a calming presence when my anxiety was off of the charts. She is an honest and very nice person. I'd recommend her to anyone who has made a similar bad life choice, she'll get you through it!
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Posted by Wes | August 5, 2020
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Excellent Choice
Melissa was recommended to me and I couldn't be more satisfied with the work she did. You won't be disappointed.
Posted by anonymous | April 29, 2020
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Melissa is your gal!!!!
Melissa was SO helpful in getting my case declined. She worked hard in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic and once she had information for me she was calling me with updates as soon as she knew something. She fought for me and fought for justice and she was so helpful and kind and answered all me and my parents questions.
Posted by Kody | February 7, 2020
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Amazing lawyer!!!
Melissa was amazing to work with. She was very informative and on top of everything throughout my assault case. She was able to get my case completely dismissed and I barely had to do anything she took care of it all. Any time I had questions she was very easy to get ahold of and fast to respond. Very understanding of the situation I had to deal with and I was completely comfortable telling her anything and everything about it. I would recommend her for a lawyer 100 percent and if I ever find myself in need for a lawyer again I won’t hesitate one bit to call her.
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Cost

Rates
  • Hourly Rates $ 250-350 per hour
  • Contingency 33%-40%
  • Retainer Sometimes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Sullivan Law Group, PLLC
  • 2015 - Present
  • Completed DRE pre-school
  • WSP
  • 2009 - 2009
  • Completed Standardized Field Sobreity Test Training
  • Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission
  • 2009 - 2009
  • Deputy Prosecutor
  • Skagit County Prosecutor's Office
  • 2006 - 2015
  • Rule 9 Legal Intern
  • Skagit County Prosecutor's Office
  • 2004 - 2006
  • Customer Service Manager
  • U.S. Bank
  • 2002 - 2003
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Education

  • Seattle University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2006
  • Santa Clara University
  • Bachelor of Science
  • 2002
  • Santa Clara University
  • Bachelor of Arts
  • 2002

Legal Cases

  • State v. P.B.
  • Acquittal
  • State v. Charles Feld
  • Prevailed on Appeal
  • State v. Willis C. Moore
  • Prevailed on Appeal
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Associations

  • Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2016 - Present
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2006 - Present
  • Snohomish County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2015 - 2016
  • Skagit County Bar Association
  • member
  • 2007 - 2016
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • Top 40 Under 40
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2018
  • 10 Best for Client Satisfaction
  • American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys
  • 2016
  • Top 40 Under 40--Criminal Defense
  • The National Trial Lawyers
  • 2016
  • Partial Academic Scholarship
  • Seattle University School of Law
  • 2003
  • Phi Beta Kappa membership
  • Santa Clara University
  • 2002
  • Full Academic Scholarship
  • Santa Clara University
  • 1998
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Speaking Engagements

  • Post-Conviction Issues for Trial Lawyers
  • Appeals
  • 2016
  • Washington State Patrol Annual Training in Skagit County
  • DUI Law Update
  • 2015
  • Annual Legal Law Enforcement Update Training
  • Law Enforcement - Legal Update
  • 2015
  • Annual Training for Swinomish Tribal Police
  • Search and Seizure Case Law Update
  • 2014
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Attorney endorsements

Received (6)
Given (3)
Endorse Melissa
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 11
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Melissa is a brilliant no nonsense attorney who is not afraid to go to bat for her clients. She works aggressively to ensure her clients get the best possible outcome."
Unknown Attorney | Oct 28
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I highly recommend Melissa. She is a zealous advocate for her clients and will stop at nothing to reach the best possible outcome in each and every case. I admire her work ethic and her ability to support her clients through every challenge they face. She is definitely someone you want in your corner."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 06
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Ms. Sullivan has a deep and thorough understanding of the law. With this background, while she was a prosecutor, I knew her to be compassionate though, at times, one to be feared. As a criminal defense attorney, she brings all of these skills to benefit the accused. A zealous advocate and a tough litigator, I highly recommend Ms. Sullivan."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 18
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Melissa is a pit bull in the courtroom and a skilled, successful negotiator. We have worked together on numerous cases and I am consistently impressed by her hard work, preparedness, attention to detail, ans zealous advocacy."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 10
Relationship: Co-worker
"Melissa is a skilled trial attorney with an extensive knowledge of the criminal justice system. Her experience allows her to identify any weaknesses in a criminal case and use them to negotiate a favorable plea agreement, a reduction in charges, or even a dismissal or acquittal. She is pleasant and professional, maintaining excellent rapport with the court and counsel. Most importantly, Melissa is a formidable advocate for her clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 20
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"Melissa has developed a reputation over the past decade as a respected and highly intelligent litigator with trial and appellate experience. Her experience as a prosecutor will give her powerful tools to provide a great defense to her criminal defense clients. Her experience will also be invaluable in her work with personal injury clients. In fact, Melissa obtained an outright acquittal in her first DUI trial just 24 hours after joining Sullivan Law Group, PLLC. Any client would be fortunate to have her on their side."
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Everett Criminal defense Lawyer Melissa Walker Sullivan
Melissa Walker Sullivan
Criminal defense Attorney
Everett, WA
Licensed for 16 years
Virtual consultation available