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Ziad Iskandar Youssef

DUI and DWI Attorney at Bellingham, WA

4.6   36 reviews
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  • Licensed for 20 years
    State WA
    Acquired 2003
    Active No misconduct found

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About Ziad

Learn Ziad’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Car accident
    I understand the hardship that a serious car accident can bring to an individual and those who care for them. Medical Bills, Lost Wages that should be there to pay mortgages or rent, Forced Changes in Lifestyle, and just struggling to get back to normal are just a few of the things I consider when demanding a fair settlement for my clients.

    21 years, 115 cases

  2. DUI and DWI
    I'm a traffic man, so if it happens on the road, or in a car, I've got experience dealing with it. Traffic Tickets, DUI, Reckless Driving, License Suspensions, Traffic Accidents and more. Most initial Consultations are Free.

    21 years, 350 cases

  3. Criminal defense
    In addition to Traffic cases, I bring a creative attitude toward negotiation and a competent understaning to Misdemeanor, Gross Misdemeanor, and Felony Defense.

    21 years, 350 cases

  4. Speeding and traffic ticket
    Don't under estimate the effect of a simple traffic ticket will have on your record, insurance rates, and job opportunities. i've defended over 1000 civil traffic infraction cases.

    21 years, 1,000 cases


I'm a Traffic Man.  After more than 10 years focused on defending driving offenses from simple speeding tickets to more serious DUI, Reckless Driving, or Felony Eluding, Hit & Run, & Vehicular Assault, and advocating for clients injured in severe auto-accidents, my practice has evolved into a dynamic center for excellence. 


My practice consistently delivers great results using a network of strong legal talent, research, technical proficiency, caring and certified legal clerks and a unique and proprietary model for the delivery of legal care services.


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Client's Choice 2012
Client's Choice

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Law Offices of Ziad I. Youssef, PLLC
Law Offices of Ziad Youssef
1838 Franklin St
Bellingham, WA, 98225-4621
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  36 customer reviews
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Client's Choice 2012
Client's Choice
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Posted by Terrel | May 21, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Wouldn't gone to anyone else!
Ziad and all that work with him at his firm were so helpful and driven to get the best results for me. Always were there to answer any questions I had and always had my best interests in mind!
Posted by Carlos | April 11, 2021
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The best
Ziad and his team went above and beyond with their customer service. I truly feel that they care about their customers on a personal level and I felt confident in their legal knowledge from the start. This is the type of law firm that you can trust for life. Highly recommended
Posted by Jansey | April 11, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Some one I would recommend.
I have been using Youssef's law firm for about 5 years now, in my opinion his law firm that have the experience and the knowledge to handle any case in court plus they stay in contact with you to update you and guide you thru the litigation process, is a law firm I recommend to anyone.
Posted by Amy | April 9, 2021
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| Consulted Attorney
Extremely helpful, knowledgeable, and friendly!
I needed help wading through some legal documents and the associated claim. Ziad clearly explained my options and directed me towards the next course of action to take. I felt much better after speaking with him and having a plan.
Posted by Brett | December 26, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Help with injury settlement
When I was in a car accident im 2019, I was working full time and felt like I was being pushed around by the insurance companies. I went to my traffic man and felt like I was in good hands. Sidney and Yelena were very friendly and helpful when handling my case and got me a settlement that I was more than happy with. Thankyou so much for your hard work guys! -Bretf
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Posted by Clay | March 6, 2018
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Lawyer and Friend
Ziad has not only helped me as a lawyer, but he has been a friend to me. He gave me helpful advice when I was struggling, and motivated me to move forward to thrive as a succesfull human. When I got accused of driving recklessly when I wasn’t guilty, he was the first person I called knowing he would be able to help. Ziad put an extremely good lawyer on my case, who was very easy to work with. And I am no longer accused of a reckless. Problems solved! I would recommend Ziad to anyone who needs a lawyer in a heart beat!
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Posted by Chris | February 15, 2018
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Wonderful service
I got my DUI after an unfortunate personal experience, which is never an ok excuse. I had trouble with my next steps on how to proceed with my case. I have had friends that highly recommended Ziad and his team. So I turned to them and didn't regret it. They pointed me in the right direction as far as my next steps. Gave me terrific legal council. Because each case can be different, they laid out possible outcomes. I was well represented. I would go to Ziad and his team for all future legal battles.... Thank you for your services and edforts for myself and my friends. HIRE ZIAD AND HIS GREAT TEAM! C.W.
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Posted by anonymous | July 20, 2017
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So appreciative of them!
Honestly, Ziad and his team are AMAZING. Thankful is an understatement. All of the people that work in that office are kinda, compassionate and understanding. They actually care about their clients. They have worked with me, answered my questions whenever I ask, and they have made me feel reassured and comfortable. I made an honest mistake and it was completely out of character for me; I have been very stressed out and emotional through this whole process, they see that and they are working their butts off for me. I could not imagine where I would be right now without their help, honestly. I would not recommend anyone else, ever.
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Posted by Sarina | January 24, 2017
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Ziad Youssef
Ziad Youssef is a needle in the haystack. A lawyer with his expertise, compassion, and responsiveness is almost impossible to find. His due diligence is unsurpassable and I know this from hiring other attorneys that were supposedly the best. I can rest assured knowing that I have Ziad on my side. When I email him he responds personally with speed, even when he is in court! If I could just list a few of his best qualities, I would start with the fact that he is genuine, confident, and yet humble. With his professional background and his notable work ethic, it just proves that he is an superior lawyer.
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Posted by Calvin | October 2, 2015
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Ziad will give you the best legal representation in the northwest
Ziad is not your normal type of lawyer. He truly cares for his clients and his community. I was in a very tough legal situation that looked like there was no hope. Ziad navigated through the legal system like a true professional and was there for every step and every question I had. He provided me with emotional support and confidence in my case. At all of my 8 court dates he handled them all as if I was his own family. He has a huge amount of integrity. The results he got for my case were better than I even thought possible. He directed me as a young adult into a possitive path. Giving me a second chance. Ziad and his team of proffesionals will give you the best legal representation possible. In my opinion he is the best lawyer in this area and I would not trust any other lawyer with my legal cases. I know for a fact no other lawyer could have done what Ziad did for me in my case because the other lawyers told me there was no hope. Ziad proved all of them wrong, I can not thank Ziad and his team enough for what they have done for me.
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Posted by anonymous | July 16, 2013
Great Law Office
Ziad, Todd, and the Mytrafficman team are excellent at what they do. I was in quite a mess, with a very ugly case involving a wreck, some passengers, and a rock. Ziad's office was fairly priced, answered all of my questions via phone, email, text, what have you, and very knowledgeable. He never sugar coated anything but was able to tell me exactly what I could expect. With his firm's help, I had a really nasty charge reduced to a much less nasty charge, do not have to put a blow and go on my car for a year, get to keep my license, and pay fairly minimal fines with no probation, and only received a cakewalk jail alt sentence. I would definitely recommend his office to anyone who finds themselves in a mess like this.
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Posted by anonymous | March 21, 2013
Professional, courteous and compassionate
Mr. Youssef and his entire staff were professional, courteous and compassionate at all times in dealing with my son's case. He kept family members appropriately informed about the case and its status, and presented all viable options while advising us on the best possible course of action. He respects and sees individuals - not just a client or case. He recognizes that good people sometimes do bad things or make mistakes, but that doesn't necessarily make someone a bad person. I would absolutely recommend him to anyone needing an attorney.
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Posted by Alex | December 3, 2012
A Credit to the Profession
I was pulled over for failing to signal a turn at a tricky intersection in Bellingham. Although I tried asserting my rights and refused to take their roadside tests, it only got worse. I was pulled out of my vehicle, handcuffed, and driven to jail. It got uglier. I wanted to speak with a private attorney. They gave me 5 minutes and a phone book. After unsuccessfully attempting to contact different attorneys, they threw me in a jail cell. I was charged with DUI, Refusing to Cooperate and Resisting Arrest. Ziad stepped in when I needed him most. He effectively negotiated my case with the Prosecutors and pointed out the weaknesses of their case against me. I followed Ziad's recommendations to seek treatment and improve my situation. He always returned my calls promptly and treated me like gold! His staff was attentive, friendly and professional. Ziad navigated my case beautifully. I couldn't ask for a better attorney in this super tough circumstance. In the end, Ziad got my DUI substantially reduced to Negligent Driving. My driver's license was NOT suspended or revoked. I served no additional jail. My court fines were minimal. Because I followed his advice and completed treatment, there was no probation! Finally, Ziad got the Refusing to Cooperate charges dismissed. I'm SO HAPPY I retained Ziad. He runs a top-notch firm full of compassionate, professional and zealous staff/attorneys. I'm forever grateful for his services. THANK YOU, ZIAD!!!
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Posted by Ian | April 13, 2012
handled my case quickly, with the result I hired him for!
I had a bad experience in Spokane just 2 weeks before, different ticket different lawyer. This experience was so much better. I had my ticket amended to a non moving violation! I had all the paperwork reviewed before I submitted it to Ziad and it was an air tight case so I needed some help getting it amended. I have 2 ticketson my record and I really needed his help. He handled the whole thing in three days, his rates were reasonable and I am breathing much easier and will sleep better. I am going to drive the speed limit from now on but its nice to have a second chance.
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Posted by anonymous | March 13, 2012
I used Ziad for a DUI case recently, and put ease to my stress. Him and his team of professionals are personable and professional, and truely care about your future. I would recommend him to anyone in the Puget Sound.
Posted by anonymous | January 24, 2012
Excellent in every way
I had gotten charged with a DUI. Ziad and the rest of the Traffic Man Team were able to get me a Reckless Driving and probation which i was more than happy with. They are great, made me very comfortable, and they have great relationships with all of the judges and prosecutors. Recommend them 100%!!
Posted by anonymous | June 7, 2011
I'm always happy to send people to Ziad for legal advice and representation. He really knows how to get things done and make his clients happy.
Posted by Kamron | June 3, 2010
Criminal offense? I think NOT!
When I was cited a criminal offense for racing a teen age hellion in a Honda civic down Meridian st. I felt wronged and oppressed! I came to Ziad for help and not only did he provide me with answers and a faith filled promise to right this injustice, he also came through on his pledge promptly and, for what I feel, at very little expense!
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Posted by anonymous | October 21, 2009
Excellent Attorney
Ziad helped me and several friends appear before the judge for bogus traffic violations. He is courteous, professional, and prompt. It's amazing he costs so little, by comparison, he's worth so much!
Posted by [email protected] | August 20, 2009
Excellent Lawyer in all facets of LAW
Mr. Youssef assisted my organization in several legal contracts between workers and my company. He made it a point in the contracts to cover all the basis to protect my organization against any lawsuits or claims that are not just. I was very pleased with his efficiency and work. Look forward to dealing with Mr. Youssef on a personal or business basis in the future. Thank you again, sir!!!
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  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
  • Hourly Rates $ 350-475 per hour
  • Contingency 25%-50%
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 9.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Managing Member
  • Law Office of Ziad Youssef, PLLC
  • 2003 - Present
  • Adjunct Faculty
  • Whatcom Community College
  • 1998 - Present
  • President
  • Legal Care Center Academy
  • 2015 - 2015


  • Seattle University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1997
  • Western Washington University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1993

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Dismissed
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  • Federal Bar Association (Western District of Washington chapter)
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • Swinomish Tribal Court
  • Licensee
  • 2009 - Present
  • Washington Defender Association
  • Member
  • 2008 - Present
  • Lummi Tribal Court
  • Licensee
  • 2008 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • Arabic
  • French
  • Greek
  • Spanish
  • English
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Honors and Awards

  • Best Attorney of the Northwest - Bronze
  • Bellingham Alive
  • 2021
  • Best Attorney of the Northwest - Gold
  • Bellingham Alive
  • 2018
  • 2012 Client's Choice Award
  • 2012
  • 2011
  • 10 Year Certificate of Service
  • Whatcom Community College
  • 2010
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  • BOOK
  • #DUI: The Evolution Of A Legal Care Center
  • 2014
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Speaking Engagements

  • American Association of Premier DUI Attorneys
  • Field Sobriety Tests
  • 2017
  • Skagit Talks
  • DUI Defense
  • 2010
  • Continuing Education
  • Exempt Employees (Overtime)
  • 2006

Attorney endorsements

Received (25)
Given (20)
Endorse Ziad
Speeding and traffic ticket Attorney | Feb 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ziad is one of my favorite colleagues. He is witty, charming, and very knowledgeable in all facets of traffic law and criminal defense."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Nov 13
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I've worked with Ziad on several cases and he and his team get great results for his clients."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Apr 17
Relationship: Co-worker
"Ziad Youssef is so much more than a boss to me. He's a mentor, a friend, and a teacher. Ziad leads by example. He's a compassionate, caring and supportkve confidant to his clients. He advocates fiercely in the courtroom and is an unmatched negotiator outside court. Ziad is also a visionary. The Legal Care Center Ziad has created is a new paradigm for the practice of law which utilizes cutting edge technology to give clients a better experience both inside and outside the courtroom. Ziads reputation precedes him with both clients and prosecutors. Ziad has earned the respect of his peers, subordinates, and opposing counsel. I highly recommend Ziad Youssef."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Oct 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ziad's clients can rest assured they are in very capable hands and that everything is being done to ensure their case is being resolved with the best possible outcome. Ziad is able to effectively persuade both judges and prosecutors with the combination of his vast legal knowledge and personable attitude. A defendant choosing Ziad as their attorney will feel both protected and heard. I recommend Ziad as a DUI or criminal defense attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Youssef is an outstanding attorney who provides exemplary advice on Avvo. I would recommend everyone and anyone to him for representation. Even though I have been practicing fo 24 years, as a judge, magistrate, prosecutors, and in private practice, I learn valuable new information from him every day. A superb attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 23
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"As a former prosecutor for Whatcom County, I can honestly tell you that Ziad gets good results for his clients. I highly recommend him to anyone faced with a criminal charge."
DUI and DWI Attorney | May 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have seen Ziad in court on multiple occasions and from what I have seen, he has always been an excellent advocate for his clients and any client of his is very well represented."
Speeding and traffic ticket Attorney | May 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer and refer my clients with confidence that Mr. Youssef will work hard for them."
Speeding and traffic ticket Attorney | Apr 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"When I have a client that needs help with their traffic ticket in the Bellingham, Whatcom County area I refer them to Ziad because I trust him to do the job right."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Ziad is fierce when he needs to be and compassionate with his clients all while having a great disposition. He is relentless in obtaining fairness in his cases."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Youssef is well known in the legal community. Everyone likes Mr. Youssef, especially his clients. His clients benefit from his experience and intelligent legal defense. I highly recommend Mr. Youssef."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Mar 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Whenever my clients are facing trouble in Bellingham, I send them to Ziad."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have been a colleague of Ziad for 15+ years. I strongly endorse him as an experience criminal defense trial lawyer. I know that Ziad is greatly respected in the justice system because he gets stellar results. He is a creative lawyer who can turn a tough case into a great outcome for his clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Top notch. Ziad's word is his bond. Trustworthy and my first choice to send clients when needed."
Unknown Attorney | Mar 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I've had the opportunity to see attorney Ziad Iskandar in action many many times. Each time, I am impressed with the skill and professionalism he brings to court. I cannot recommend him highly enough."
Speeding and traffic ticket Attorney | Mar 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have sent many clients, friends, and family to Ziad and all have been grateful for the work he has done on their behalf. I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Ziad Youssef for criminal and traffic ticket defense."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Mar 14
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I couldn't have asked for a better attorney to work with or for. His easygoing demeanor, tenacity in the courtroom, and ability to relate to both his clients and his colleagues makes him a formidable attorney in our community."
Speeding and traffic ticket Attorney | Jan 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Ziad is a top notch attorney who delivers results. I really appreciate his willingness to work with other colleagues in the defense bar, such as myself. I would gladly recommend Ziad."
Speeding and traffic ticket Attorney | Apr 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"If I got a ticket in Whatcom County I'd call my traffic man, Ziad. I know Ziad as a fellow lawyer and as a former client. I know him to be professional, zealous and considerate. I strongly endorse him."
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