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Kevin John Yanasak

Criminal defense Attorney at Edgewood, WA

5.0   14 reviews
  • Licensed for 38 years
    State WA
    Acquired 1985
    Status
    Voluntarily Resigned No misconduct found

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About Kevin

Learn Kevin’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    50%
    Felony Drug Offenses Sex Crimes & Assaults Burglary & Robbery DUI / Traffic Domestic Violence Juvenile All other Felonies & Misdemeanors

    39 years

  2. Personal injury
    35%
    Auto Accidents Wrongful Death Motorcycle Accidents Slip & Fall Accidents Premise Liability Pedestrian Accidents Dog Bite

    39 years

  3. Estate planning
    15%
    Wills Probate Community Property Agreements Power-of-Attorneys Healthcare Directive

    39 years

     Kevin J. Yanasak has been a trial lawyer in Washington State since 1985.  He represents clients throughout Washington, including municipal, district, superior, appellate, federal, tribal, and the circuit court of Oregon.  Kevin practices (bench & jury trials) in the areas of personal injury, criminal (traffic, misdemeanor, DUI, felonies - adult & juvenile), family law (complex dissolution proceedings - past GAL / parenting investigator), probate & estate planning and civil lawsuits.  He believes the highest compliment his clients can give him is to refer their family and friends.

     Kevin graduated from Gonzaga Law School, where he was selected to be on Law Review.  He clerked at the Spokane City Attorneys office (defended city in negligence trial).  He was "Mr. Spokane" 1981 - 1st runner-up.  He is a past deputy prosecuting attorney for Pierce County (handled thousands of cases, and trials), and served as a pro-tem judge in Eatonville Municipal Court. 

     Prior to law school, Kevin grew up and worked on a 40 acre farm, in Orting, WA.  He also picked berries 3 summers (starting at age 9). Worked chicken farm, milked cows, church lawnmower, daffodil bulbs & corn fields, produce farms, hay fields, collected tree cones, Christmas boughs, grocery store & gas station. Spent 6 summers logging near Mt. Rainier & S.E. Alaska, 3 more summers on seafood barges in Alaska (crab & salmon in Bering Sea - Aleutian Islands to Nome). Thinned apples alongside migrant workers in Wenatchee.  Fought forest fires, commercial painter, hod carrier & Laborers Union in Spokane. While in high school, backpacked 2 1/2 months Europe & North Africa (1973 Boxing Champ (1 day), Marrakesh, Morocco, age 17); official Taps bugler Orting Soldiers Home.  Paid own way through college & law school.  Also traveled throughout United States, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, South Africa, West Indies & South Pacific (hitch-hiked across USA).  1/2 subject 1957 world wide news "twins lost in woods".  Provided legal services to Tacoma's low-income Hilltop area.  

     Kevin was a 4-year varsity letter winner at WSU, where he was captain of the wrestling team.  He received an NCAA Division 1 scholarship, selected USA College All Star Competition, graduated with two degrees, and was awarded the Pacific-10 Conference Medal (1979 outstanding student-athlete award). 

     At Orting High School, Kevin was a 4-year varsity letter winner in football and wrestling, and was the student body president.  He became the 1st NCAA Division 1 wrestler from the town of Orting.  After college, he coached in Spokane and in 1990, was named head wrestling coach at Orting high school.  He also did internships at Spokane City Hall, and Washington, D.C. 

     Kevin is involved in the community, and was chair of the Edgewood Planning Commission.  He enjoys reading, traveling, splitting wood, mushroom picking, crabbing & salmon fishing - Shaw Island property, gardening (featured in Puyallup Herald, 5/08), mountain climbing (solo Mt. Rainier '94; summitted 10 times), running (8 Marathons 2015-16, age 59-60), reading the paper & watching the news shows on Sunday morning.

   

 

 

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"In the legal profession, it's not whether you win or lose........on second thought, yes it is".
"A small law firm with a big heart".
"The highest compliment my clients can give me is to refer their family and friends".

Location

Yanasak Law Offices
3110 Meridian Ave E.
Edgewood, WA, 98371-2606

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Posted by Carrie | May 12, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Highly Recommended
Thank you for your help regarding my mother's injury settlement. Without your help, I know she wouldn't have received a fraction of the amount you negotiated for her. Dealing with insurance companies is complex, intimidating and difficult, especially for an elderly person like my mother. Thank you again for your professionalism and help. I would highly recommend your services to anyone.
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Posted by Jacqueline | January 29, 2015
excellent work
I was wrongfully accused of DUI and just knew I needed some one I could trust. Mr. Yanasak was referred to me by some one in my father in law's business group as an upstanding guy. He was indeed legit. It is my firm belief that if I had not had Mr. Yanasak as my attorney, that court would not have dealt with me fairly. He swept in with charisma and charm, was able to embody my sentiments exactly, and even lent me some of his credibility in court, which a lesser lawyer obviously wouldn't be able to do. Whatever you need a lawyer for, Mr. Yanasak is your man.
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Posted by Kailey | January 21, 2015
I Highly Recommend Kevin Yanasak
Kevin did an amazing job on my case. Initially, the prosecutor absolutely would not compromise on the plea bargain I was offered. Kevin did not take no for an answer. He worked hard and diligently to get my charges lowered, and succeeded in doing so. Even the judge said, “Your lawyer has gone above and beyond for this case”. A judge sees the work of hundreds of lawyers every day, so this truly says something about the kind of work that Kevin does. I ended up with the best possible outcome for my case, and I am so impressed with everything that he did to make it happen. The bottom line is if a friend, family member, or acquaintance ever found themselves in need of a lawyer, I would highly recommend Kevin.
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Posted by Justin F. | April 6, 2014
Bicycle (me) vs. Automobile
Kevin was recommended to me by a friend who had also been involved in an automobile accident while riding her bicycle. I believe he was genuinely concerned with my health and recovery. He, also, was more concerned with me being adequately compensated for everything that had happened to me, than he was about the money he was going to make in the settlement. At one point, it looked as though, by the word of our contract, he was going to get more money in the settlement than me. He told me that he couldn't, in good conscience, let that happen. I am very pleased with the outcome of the settlement. Having never retained a lawyer before, I was pleasantly surprised by this whole experience. I hope to not have the need for a lawyer again, but if I do....I'm definitely calling Kevin J. Yanasak. Thank you, Kevin.
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Posted by Michal | November 29, 2010
Personal Injury/bicycle vs. car
Kevin was awesome. He explained exactly what the law said and then helped me navigate the convoluted process of getting insurance companies to pay for my medical bills and replace my property and also provide me compensation for my injuries. Without the compensation money I would never have been able to continue therapy as my medical insurance did not cover what I needed. Kevin is an aggressive but incredibly fair attorney. Even though my insurance company paid out more than they would have had I not had an attorney, in the end they told me Kevin was one of the most polite and considerate attorneys they had ever dealt with. I would recommend Kevin to any one who needs help in the areas of law he specializes in.
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Posted by Adrienne | November 15, 2010
An attorney who works hard for his clients.
Kevin Yanasak has been our family counselor for many years. He is diligent, knowledgeable, tenacious and honest. We would and do highly recommend him to friends and family. He has prepared wills for us, defended a family member in a criminal case, and provided advice for property issues.
Posted by Jacqueline | November 9, 2010
The Best! I would highly recommend
Kevin, what a wonderful and caring man.He knew that i was in a bind and pulled through with information on the spot to help me through my divorce.I could not afford to hire him to do all of the work.So, i asked for the legal advice. So that i could complete the very dysfunctional marriage that i was going through.My divorce was not typical. But, i needed to ensure that the in my property settlement agreement, i had not left out anything that could come back to haunt me. and kevin truly made it all happen effortlessly.And even gave some advice on how things should go in court.So, that i would not be nervous and would be self assured about the process. After checking my paperwork to make sure i had not missed anything, before i went to court, he called and let me know that he was available for any last minute questions or support i needed while at the court house. He pays close attention to the details and is passionate about what he does to help people through what ever difficult times they may be going through. Because when ever you go to court no matter what side you are on it is difficult and stressful.I would highly recommend Kevin.I am forever grateful for his help and you should trust that you are in wonderful caring hands.
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Response from Kevin Yanasak December 29, 2010
Jacqueline. Thank you very much for your kind words and confidence in my abilities and advice as your lawyer. It was a privilege to help you out and best of luck in your future! Kevin J. Yanasak, Esq.
Posted by Cherie | November 9, 2010
Outstanding lawyer
I recommend Kevin Yanasak. Prior to my husband passing away last year, we were able to quickly see him for estate planning. His office was easy to find just off Meridian, and Kevin was friendly, knowledgable and professional. For a widow about to turn 80, my mind is at ease knowing that I have someone I can trust with all my legal needs.
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Posted by Dave | November 8, 2010
Kevin Yanasak, winning attorney, I endorse this lawyer's work!
I first decided to use Kevin for my person legal needs when I was around 20 years old. Kevin handled my first and only child support case. I was a nervous young man responsible for paying support for the next 18 years and Kevin helped me with his legal expertise and guidance negotiating a fair and responsible outcome for both my son's mother and I. Since then, in the past 23 years, Kevin has helped my family and I with traffic tickets (winning most or getting the rest dramatically reduced), several lawsuits (winning all of them in our favor) and most recently a serious criminal conviction. He helped me take responsibility for my offense and gave me a voice in court that both the prosecuting attorney and judge respected and listened too. Kevin will always be the attorney I go to when I need legal advise or services. I have worked with other attorneys in the past with business issues and probate, but Kevin is the layer I wished was by my side, unfortunately you can't have it your way all of the time...
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Posted by Glenn | November 8, 2010
Wounderful Attorney
Kevin has been are attorney for about 9 years now. My wife and I went through a long and difficult custody case. Our life has been changed so much for the better because of Kevin. He won our custody case, we have also used him for many things over the years. He has always been professional and very knowledgeable with us. Kevin has also helped me out with some felony issues and his performance is inpecable. I would recommend Kevins services to family and friends, to just about anyone who will listen. Thank you so much Kevin for everything!!!
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Response from Kevin Yanasak December 29, 2010
Glenn. Thank you for your kind words. It has been my honor and pleasure representing your family over the years. Helping you get your four children back, that took several years with insurmountable obstacles, was a highlight of my career. Good luck and stay in touch. Kevin J. Yanasak, Esq.
Posted by Christina | November 8, 2010
Great Lawyer
I have recommended this lawyer many times!!! He helped my husband with a DUI charge, and was able to get it dismissed! He has helped me reduce several speeding tickets. Also had Mr. Yanasak draft our wills and other documents. I think he goes above and beyond. Really seems to care! And he is very thorough. Great price and even better service!
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Posted by Ron - Edgewood | November 7, 2010
Kevin Yanasak
My wife and I contracted with Mr. Yanasak for the preparation of our family wills, medical directives, and some financial/estate planning. He was extremely professional in demeanor, produced error-free documents, was pleasant, and we did not feel we were over-charged for his legal services. He also helped our Grandson in a labor dispute, to a successful resolution. Our family highly recommends him.
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Posted by anonymous | November 7, 2010
very helpful
Mr. Yanasak helped us with our legal needs. I have recommended him to everyone I know. I would definitely use him in the future.
Posted by anonymous | November 7, 2010
Straightforward, honest, and GOOD!
I used Mr. Yanasak multiple times in the past. He is very good at what he does. I would recommend him to anyone.
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Cost

Rates
  • Retainer Sometimes
Payment methods
Cash, Check

Resume

AVVO RATING 8.7 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Notary Public
  • Yanasak Law Offices
  • 1987 - Present
  • Solo Practitioner
  • Yanasak Law Offices
  • 1987 - Present
  • Judge Pro-tem
  • Eatonville Municipal Court
  • 2008 - 2008
  • Chair, Planning Commission
  • City of Edgewood
  • 2003 - 2005
  • Stakeholder, Committee on Widening Meridian
  • City of Edgewood
  • 2003 - 2004
  • Commissioner, Sewer Advisory Task Force
  • City of Edgewoood
  • 2002 - 2003
  • WSBA Law Week, Speakers Bureau, Lawyer-to-Lawyer Programs
  • Volunteer Lawyers Program
  • 1990 - 2005
  • Head Wrestling Coach
  • Orting High School
  • 1990 - 1990
  • TPCBA Pro Bono Volunteer Legal Services & Job Shadow
  • Pierce County
  • 1990 - 2005
  • GAL / Parenting Investigator
  • Pierce County Superior Court
  • 1987 - 1992
  • Staff Attorney
  • Hyatt Legal Services
  • 1986 - 1987
  • Deputy Prosecuting Attorney
  • Pierce County Prosecutors Office
  • 1985 - 1986
  • Head Wrestling Coach
  • Orting Junior High
  • 1985 - 1985
  • Legal Clerk
  • Private Law Firms
  • 1983 - 1985
  • Legal Clerk
  • Spokane City Attorneys Office
  • 1983 - 1983
  • IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance
  • Gonzaga Law School
  • 1983 - 1983
  • Assistant Wrestling Coach
  • John Rogers High School in Spokane
  • 1981 - 1981
  • Intern
  • Spokane City Hall
  • 1980 - 1981
  • Intern
  • Washington, D.C.
  • 1977 - 1977
  • Student Body President
  • Orting High School
  • 1974 - 1974
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Education

  • Gonzaga Law School
  • Juris Doctor
  • 1984
  • Washington State University
  • BA
  • 1979
  • Washington State University
  • BA
  • 1979
  • Orting High School
  • Diploma (Student Body President)
  • 1974
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Sample of Legal Cases

  • Court of Appeals, Division 2
  • State v. Tobias, 53 Wn. App. 635 (1989)

Associations

  • Puyallup Tribal Court
  • Member
  • 2001 - Present
  • Family Law Section - TPCBA
  • Member
  • 1994 - Present
  • U.S. District Court Eastern Division
  • Member
  • 1993 - Present
  • U.S. District Court Western Division
  • Member
  • 1986 - Present
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit
  • Member
  • 1986 - Present
  • Tacoma Pierce County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1985 - Present
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1985 - Present
  • Puyallup Fraternal Order of Eagles, Aerie 2308
  • Member
  • 1985 - Present
  • Planning Commission - Edgewood
  • Chair
  • 2003 - 2005
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1985 - 1986
  • Association of Trial Lawyers of America
  • Member
  • 1985 - 1986
  • Washington State Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 1983 - 1986
  • Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity International
  • Member
  • 1981 - 1982
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2019
  • Law Review
  • Gonzaga Law School
  • 1984
  • "Mr. Spokane" (1st runner up)
  • City of Spokane
  • 1981
  • Pacific-10 Conference Medal (outstanding student-athlete award)
  • Washington State University
  • 1979
  • Wrestling (4-year letterwinner)
  • Washington State University
  • 1979
  • NCAA Division 1 scholarship (5 years)
  • Washington State University
  • 1979
  • Selected USA College All Star
  • Washington State University
  • 1979
  • Phi Alpha Theta (History)
  • Washington State University
  • 1979
  • Kilworth Charitable Scholarship
  • Orting High School
  • 1974
  • Boxing Champ (1-day)
  • Marrakesh, Morocco, North Africa
  • 1973
  • Mile Swim Badge
  • Boy Scouts of America
  • 1967
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Publications

Speaking Engagements

  • Rogers High School
  • Justice System in Washington
  • 2003
  • Alternative School in Tacoma
  • Justice System in Washington
  • 1997
  • Orting High School
  • Justice System in Washington
  • 1991

Attorney endorsements

Received (6)
Given (8)
Endorse Kevin
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Kevin is a great attorney, with a caring attitude for each of his clients. I have know Kevin for over twenty years, and would without hesitation recommend him as a lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Kevin is a top notch lawyer. I worked with Kevin on a case and he went above and beyond to get a great result for his client. Kevin is always well prepared and really knows his way around the court system."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Respected, competent, and reliable. Mr. Yanasak is an aggressive attorney that I have recommended time and time again to friends and family in Pierce County and surrounding areas over the past 15 years. I began my legal career interning in Mr. Yanasak's office 10 years ago, and I witnessed first-hand Mr. Yanasak's commitment to diligent and tenacious representation. Now, as a fellow attorney, I appreciate Mr. Yanasak's vast experience and respect in the legal community and turn to him for trusted collaboration. He listens to his clients and knows the law; combining those attributes, he makes the law work for them and gets his clients' desired results. Of many referred family and friends, all have had positive feedback on their experience with Mr. Yanasak, and, as I did to each of them, I recommend Mr. Yanasak to you."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have known Kevin for nearly 25 years and have found him to be an excellent lawyer. He is well respected by lawyers, prosecuting attorneys, and judges. He obtains exceptional results for his clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 08
Relationship: Family member
"Kevin is a very knowledgeable and experienced attorney in a variety of areas of law. He is extremely hard-working and tireless in pursuit of the best possible outcome for his clients. I would highly recommend him in criminal cases and matters involving personal injury claims. He is particularly experienced handling complex DUI cases, and knows his way around a courtroom as he has conducted numerous misdemeanor and felony trials in various counties across the State. I often consult with Kevin on estate planning, personal injury, family law, and criminal matters and always find him to be insightful and precise in his recommendations and advice. I have confidence in referring clients to his care and have always gotten positive feedback."
General practice Attorney | Oct 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work. Very experienced and skilled attorney. I highly recommend!"
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Edgewood Criminal defense Lawyer Kevin John Yanasak
Kevin John Yanasak
Criminal defense Attorney
Edgewood, WA