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Andrew Y. Yi was born and raised in Tacoma, Washington. He grew up in south Tacoma and attended Visitation Primary School and Bellarmine High School. Andrew’s primary areas of practice include criminal defense and plaintiff’s personal injury law.


Andrew attended New York University and received his Bachelor of Arts degree in economics and mathematics with high honors. During his time at NYU, Andrew was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa and received numerous awards for scholastic excellence including the NYU Honors Scholars Award and the NYU Founders Day Award (awarded to undergraduates who graduate in the top ten percent of their class). Andrew also served as an intern for U.S. Senator Patty Murray as an undergraduate.


Andrew attended law school at Vanderbilt University Law School in Nashville, Tennessee on a merit scholarship. During his time at Vanderbilt, Andrew was inducted into Phi Delta Phi, an international legal honors fraternity with an emphasis in promoting legal ethics. Andrew worked at various legal internships including serving as a research assistant for several Vanderbilt law school professors, in the general counsel’s office for a large publicly traded company, for several law firms, and as a law clerk for the Washington State Court of Appeals, Division II. Andrew’s internships exposed him to a variety of areas of law, both civil and criminal, and allowed him to learn the intricacies of both trial and appellate litigation.


After graduating from law school, Andrew was admitted to the Washington State Bar, the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Following his admission to the bar, Andrew worked as a deputy prosecutor for the Pierce County Prosecutor’s Office.


Andrew is a member of the Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Washington Defender’s Association, the Honorable Robert J. Bryan Inn of Court, and the Washington Association for Justice. In his spare time, Andrew serves as a member of the board of directors for A Step Ahead in Pierce County, a non-profit organization serving the needs of developmentally disabled children.


Andrew speaks fluent Korean and is available for consultations in Korean. 



Languages spoken: Korean

Practice areas


  1. Personal Injury: 25%
  2. Federal Crime: 25%
  3. DUI & DWI: 25%
  4. Criminal Defense: 25%



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  • Steven John Krupa

    Andrew has a keen legal mind and is skilled and gifted writer. He is quick to spot and grasp issues and he makes compelling and well reasoned arguments. He is also a very effective oral advocate and fights tenaciously for the rights of his clients. I highly endorse this attorney's work.


    Steven Krupa Military law Attorney
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  • Michael Steven Clark

    I endorse this lawyer. Andrew is a great lawyer! He is a deep strategic thinker, an excellent writer, and he stays on top of current case law related to ciminal law.


    Michael Clark Criminal defense Attorney
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Contact info

Thurston County Office of Assigned Counsel

926 24th Way SW
Olympia, WA, 98502


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
MemberThomas H. Malone Inn of Phi Beta Phi2009
Honors ScholarNew York University2008
MemberPhi Beta Kappa2008
Founder's Day AwardNew York University2008
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneyPierce County Department of Assigned Counsel2014 - Present
Rule 9 InternPierce County Prosecutor's Office2012 - 2012
Associate AttorneyLaw Offices Of Krupa & Clark2012 - 2013
Deputy Prosecuting AttorneyPierce County Prosecutor's Office2012 - 2012
Summer Law ClerkWashington State Court Of Appeals Division Two2011 - 2011
Research AssistantProfessor Margaret Blair, Vanderbilt University Law School2010 - 2010
Law ClerkJackson, Kweller, McKinney, Warden & Hayes2009 - 2009
Law ClerkVideo Gaming Technologies, Inc.2009 - 2009
Research AssistantProfessor Brian Fitzpatrick, Vanderbilt University Law School2009 - 2009
Research AssistantProfessor Michael Vandenbergh, Vanderbilt University Law School2008 - 2008
Research AssistantProfessor W. Kip Viscusi, Vanderbilt University Law School2008 - 2009
Legislative InternOffice Of Senator Patty Murray (D Wa)2004 - 2004
Association namePosition nameDuration
Pierce County Career Technical Education Advisory BoardCareer Technical Education Advisor2013 - Present
University of Washington Honors Moot Court ProgramJudge2013 - Present
Curtis Senior High SchoolCareer and Technical Educational Advisor2013 - Present
Tacoma Pierce County Bar Association District and Municipal Court CommitteeLiason2012 - Present
Tacoma Pierce County Bar Association, Young Lawyers SectionN/A2012 - Present
Tacoma Pierce County Bar AssociationN/A2012 - Present
Tacoma Pierce County Bar Association, Criminal Law SectionNo Value2012 - Present
A Step Ahead In Pierce CountyBoard Member2012 - Present
Washington State Association for JusticeN/A2012 - Present
Washington Association of Criminal Defense LawyersN/A2012 - Present
Washington Defender AssociationN/A2012 - Present
Hon. Robert J. Bryan American Inn of CourtN/A2012 - Present
Federal Bar Association (Western District of Washington chapter)N/A2012 - Present
United States Court of Appeals For the Ninth CircuitN/A2012 - Present
United States District Court for the Western District of WashingtonN/A2012 - Present
Washington State Bar AssociationN/A2012 - Present
Thomas H. Malone Inn of Phi Delta PhiN/A2008 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
State v. MCDismissed
State v. AFDismissed
State v. BRReduction from felony to simple misdemeanor
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Vanderbilt University Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor2011
New York UniversityEconomicsBA - Bachelor of Arts2008
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
The Honorable Robert J. Bryan Inn of Court - January 2013 PresentationMindful Lawyering2013
October 2013 CLEAnatomy of a Malpractice Lawsuit2013
Introduction to LawExperiences in Criminal Law Practice2013
Hillis Clark Martin & Peterson Appellate Advocacy CompetitionAppellate Competition Judge2013