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Lee Grochmal

About me

I have been practicing law for over 20 years in Whatcom and Skagit Counties.  I am a partner in the law firm of Grochmal & Fryer, PC.  Tom Fryer and I are accepting criminal cases of all types, including sex offenses and DUIs, and bankruptcy cases.  We are very experienced attorneys in both of these fields.  We have offices in both Bellingham and Mt. Vernon for your convenience.


Give us a call if you would like to discuss your case with us.






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Practice areas


  1. Bankruptcy: 50%
    8 years, 100 cases
  2. Criminal Defense: 25%
    22 years, 1 thousand cases
  3. DUI & DWI: 25%
    22 years, 500 cases



Free consultation (30 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

11 total 

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  • Paula L McCandlis

    I endorse this lawyer not just for her criminal defense work but also for her bankruptcy/debt counseling. I have known Lee for 17 years and without a doubt she is a great trial attorney. She is smart and graceful under pressure. I have referred many clients to her knowing that they are in good hands.


    Paula McCandlis Wrongful death Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • David Alden Brown

    Mrs. Grochmal and I worked together in the past and I continue to trust and rely on her advice on a wide range of legal matters. Mrs. Grochmal cares deeply about the outcomes she gets for her clients and works tirelessly to achieve those results. Mrs. Grochmal get my unqualified endorsement.


    David Brown Personal injury Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

Grochmal & Fryer, PC

114 W. Magnolia St., Suite 315
Bellingham, WA, 98225


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
10 Best Attorneys for Washington nomineeAmerican Institute of DUI/DWI Attorneys2015
Top 100 Criminal Defense Trial Lawyers nomineeNational Trial Lawyers2015
Certificate of AppreciationWashington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers2014
Certificate of AppreciatonLaw Advocates2014
10 Best Attorneys for Washington nomineeAmerican Institute of DUI/DWI Attorneys2014
Volunteer AppreciationLaw Advocates2013
Appreciation AwardOpportunity Council Board of Directors2010
academic scholarshipThe George Washington University1985
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneyGrochmal & Fryer, PC2013 - Present
AttorneyLester & Hyldahl, PLLC2008 - 2013
Public DefenderWhatcom County Public Defender1995 - 2008
Association namePosition nameDuration
Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Continuing Legal Education CommitteeChair2013 - Present
Washington State Bar Small Firm/Solo Practice SectionMember2012 - Present
National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy AttorneysMember2009 - Present
United States District Courtbar member2008 - Present
Washington Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember1995 - Present
Washington Defender AssociationMember1995 - Present
Whatcom County Bar AssociationMember1995 - Present
Washington Women Lawyers, Judicial Evaluation CommitteeCommittee Member2014 - 2014
Washington State Bar AssociationHearing Officer2006 - 2008
The Opportunity CouncilPresident of the Board2004 - 2005
The Opportunity CouncilBoard Member2001 - 2010
Whatcom Women LawyersMember1995 - 2000
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
State v. RideoutNot Guilty
State v. SullivanHung jury and dismissal.
State v. SnyderNot guilty - self defense.
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Publication nameTitleDate
www.fryerlawoffice.comYou've been arrested for DUI. Now what do you do?2014
www.fryerlawoffice.comStudent Loans Cannot be Discharged in Bankruptcy: Fact or Fiction?2014
www.fryerlawoffice.comDid you know? You can now seal your juvenile sex offense.2014
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
National Criminal Defense CollegeLawcertification of completion1997
Northeastern University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1994
George Washington UniversitySociologyBA - Bachelor of Arts1989
Dartmouth High SchoolN/Adiploma1985
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
The Big MouthEthics: Presenting Your Client's Statement.2015
On the MoneyDebt Management2014
Law and Society classThe role of a criminal defense attorney in our system of justice.2014
Hanging a Shingle in Whatcom CountyTips for Starting a Legal Practice2014
Everything you Need to KnowDebtor Law 1012014
On the MoneyDebt Management2013
Law Day - Western Washington UniversityManaging Student Debt2013
Law and Society ClassThe role of a criminal defense attorney in our system of justice.2013
Going Above and Beyond in Misdemeanor DefenseProtection Orders2013
Bankruptcy CLEModerator2011
Search and Seizure CLECo-chairperson2009