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Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 90%
  2. Civil Rights: 5%
  3. General Practice: 5%



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Attorney endorsements

7 total 

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  • Jason Anstruther Smith

    I've had the pleasure of observing Rick as both a public defender for the City of Bellingham and as private counsel. Rick's energetic, passionate and humorous demeanor puts his clients at ease. Rick is well respected by the defense bar as well as opposing counsel. He has a wealth of experience in all matters relating to criminal defense and his experience as a former prosecutor allows him to really dig into a case from both perspectives. I endorse Rick without hesitation.


    Jason Smith DUI and DWI Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Emily Caitlin Beschen

    Rick is a fantastic attorney. It is obvious that he cares about his clients, and is very skilled at arguing complex legal issues. I recommend him without hesitation.


    Emily Beschen Criminal defense Attorney
    Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter

Contact info

Rick Petersen, Attorney at Law, PLLC

114 W. Magnolia
Ste. 423
Bellingham, WA, 98225


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Award nameGrantorDate granted
Magna Charta Book PrizeMagna Charta Dames and Barons2003
phi beta kappaphi beta kappa2003
Mary Gates FoundationMary Gates Fellowship2002
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Managing AttorneyRick Petersen, Attorney at Law PLLC2016 - Present
AssociateLaw Offices of Aaron Lukoff and Assoc. PLLC2014 - Present
Supervising AttorneyBellingham Assigned Counsel2013 - 2014
Assistant City AttorneyCity of Bellingham2011 - 2013
Felony Defender IIWhatcom County Public Defender2009 - 2010
Felony Attorney and District Court SuperviserClallam Public Defender2007 - 2009
Deputy Prosecuting AttorneyClallam County Prosecutor's Office2006 - 2007
Judicial Law Clerk/Co-Drug Court CoordinatorSeventh Judicial District Court, Ely Nevada2005 - 2006
Association namePosition nameDuration
Washington Defender AssociationMember2014 - Present
Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyersmember2014 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
State v. MonaghanCase overturned on appeal and conviction vacated.
State v. RamosConviction vacated due to prosecutorial misconduct during trial. Client served about 18 monts of a roughly 6 year sentence.
State v. TothCase overturned on appeal for prosecutorial misconduct. Defendant ultimately pleaded to a lesser and served only 18 months of a 5 year sentence.
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Washington School of LawN/AJD - Juris Doctor2005
University of WashingtonMedieval and Byzantine StudiesBA - Bachelor of Arts2002