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Daryl was born and raised in Southern Oregon. He graduated from the University of Oregon and received his law degree cum laude from the University of Puget Sound School of Law in 1977.


His principal areas of practice are criminal defense (felony and misdemeanor) and personal injury (representing injured clients). He is a former King County Deputy Prosecuting Attorney and am admitted to practice before State and Federal Courts.


He is also a former adjunct professor of Trial Advocacy at the University of Puget Sound School of Law and has been a speaker and co-chair at numerous trial lawyer seminars. He is a former President of the Tacoma/Pierce County Bar Association and a former Washington State Bar Association Governor.


He is an active member of Washington State Trial Lawyers’ Association and Association of Trial Lawyers of America. He has been an Eagle member of the WSTLA for over 20 years.


Daryl lives in Tacoma with my black lab named Gunnar.  He enjoys spending time with my family and friends.  His outside interests are traveling, snow skiing, running, bicycling and water skiing.


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Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 30%
    39 years, 5 thousand cases
  2. DUI & DWI: 30%
    39 years, 5 thousand cases
  3. Car Accident: 15%
    39 years, 1 thousand cases
  4. Domestic Violence: 15%
    39 years, 5 thousand cases
  5. Personal Injury: 10%
    39 years, 1 thousand cases



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  • Daniel Lee Hannula

    Daryl is an outstanding trial lawyer who is a passionate advocate for his clients. I have been privileged to work with Daryl on a number of serious personal injury and medical malpractice cases. He is one of the hardest working and most prepared trial lawyers I have ever been associated with or oppossed in a courtroom.


    Daniel Hannula Medical malpractice Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • William Allen White

    Daryl is one of the most thorough and prepared attorneys in the business. His ability to take a tragic circumstance and guide it to a successful and personal result is unmatched.


    William White DUI and DWI Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info


Atrium Court Building
705 South 9th Street, Suite 205
Tacoma, WA, 98405


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Washington State Trial Lawyers Association 25 year practiceWashington State Trial Lawyers Association2002
Best Misdemeanor Defense CounselVoted by Pierce County Prosecuting Attorneys1985
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
OwnerDaryl L. Graves, Attorney (Private Practice)1979 - Present
Deputy Prosecuting AttorneyKing County Prosecuting Attorney's Office1977 - 1979
Association namePosition nameDuration
Washington Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember1989 - Present
Center for Dispute Resolution (Pierce County)Volunteer Mediator1989 - Present
Tacoma Pierce County Bar AssociationMember1986 - Present
Association of Trial Lawyers of AmericaMember1980 - Present
Washington State Trial Lawyers AssociationEagle Member1980 - Present
Judicial Merit Selection CommitteeMember (appointed by Senators Patty Murray & Maria Cantwell)2002 - 2003
National Institute of Trial AdvocacyInstructor1999 - 2004
Washington State Bar Association, 9th Congressional District GovernorBoard of Governors1997 - 2001
Publication nameTitleDate
UnknownLaw Textbooks1988
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Seattle University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1977
University of OregonPolitical ScienceBS - Bachelor of Science1974
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Trial Advocacy at the University of Puget sound school of lawTrial Lawyer Seminars2005
Classroom SpeakingCriminal Law1998