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Andrew Yi

Criminal defense Attorney at Olympia, WA

5.0   20 reviews
  • Licensed for 12 years
    State WA
    Acquired 2012
    Active No misconduct found

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About Andrew

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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. 



Thurston County Office of Assigned Counsel
926 24th Way SW
Olympia, WA, 98502

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Posted by Stazzy | April 17, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Highly recommended
I was very pleased with Andrew Yi as my attorney. I believe I was given the best professional advice and assistance with my court case with him as my attorney. Because of his diligence I had a excellent outcome in my court case. I highly recommend him. Would most definitely have him again. That only being the case I find myself needing an attorney again. God Willing I don't...
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Posted by RW | December 17, 2013
Fantastic Experience!!
When I first contacted Andrew Yi, I had planned on meeting with several lawyers so I could shop around and really get one I was comfortable with, since my previous encounters had been pretty terrible. I've even had a lawyer call me AFTER the case was settled, only to bill me over $100 for a follow up phone call that lasted five minutes. Needless to say, I was extremely nervous about going through all that again. But after meeting with Andrew, I knew I didn't need to talk to anyone else. Even though he told me exactly what to expect, he was still very reassuring and friendly. I never felt like I was just a client to him. He really seemed to care about me and my case from the very beginning. Not only that, but he showed incredible aptitude in the court room, and everything went so much smoother than I had imagined. He speaks the language of the prosecutors, and seemed to have no trouble getting what he wanted. I certainly hope I will not need a lawyer again any time soon, but in the unlikely event that I do, I will be contacting Andrew Yi immediately.
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Posted by Frank | November 24, 2013
Happy client!
From start to finish Mr. Yi was extremely helpful. I feel I am more knowledgeable about the law now just from the short time I spent with Mr. Yi about my case. I would recommend to anyone to hire Mr. Yi especially for DUI help!
Posted by anonymous | November 14, 2013
Thanks Andrew!! :)
Was always quick to respond, always on time, trustworthy, and very knowledgable with the law and the court system. Was encouraging when needed, honest, and genuinely cared. Thank you for all of your hard work and dedication to my case for I know it was not the easiest to deal with. I truly appreciate all you have done! :)
Posted by Sop | October 24, 2013
Great attorney
Andrew was a great attorney to work with. Definitely would recommend to anyone. Very detailed and made sure to contact me on any new findings on the case. Affordable.
Posted by Sheri | October 16, 2013
I highly recommend Andrew Yi!
Mr. Yi was very understanding and helpful to not only my son's criminal situation, but also to me as his mother. He gained my son's trust very quickly and followed through with everything he told him he would be able to do for him. That meant a lot to my son because he has a hard time trusting anyone. Mr. Yi was able to achieve the best possible outcome with my son's case and managed to keep this mom calm at the same time! I finally feel like my son actually has a chance for a new better life now, and Mr. Yi had a big part in that.
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Posted by anonymous | August 17, 2013
From the minute I shook Andrews hand I knew I was going to hire him. He was very professional and didn't make any promises about my situation. He was able to get me better results than I even imagined. I absolutely hire him again if I needed too. Thanks again Andrew
Posted by anonymous | August 16, 2013
Andrew made it easy for us to contact him, by email, cell phone or the office number. He responded to any and all questions asked. I no longer have a DUI on my record. Even though it was a lengthy process he was there for us whenever needed.
Posted by Jeana | June 28, 2013
*I recommend this lawyer.
Andrew Yi is an exceptional attorney, and I would highly recommend his services to anyone in need of legal assistance. Andrew is professional and possesses immense knowledge in his specific areas of practice. While he expresses a high level of professionalism, Andrew's sensible, down-to-earth, approach enabled me to feel more empowered throughout the process. It should also be noted that he is respectful, collaborative, and has a delightful sense of humor, (which I greatly appreciated). It's not uncommon for lawyers to strive for the best possible outcomes for clients, and I'm sure there are many phenomenal professionals out there. However, based on my experience Andrew's distinct characteristics contribute to what makes him an extraordinary attorney.
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Posted by Danielle | June 18, 2013
Great attorney
Andrew went far above and beyond what I expected from an attorney. He always returned my calls and explained exactly what was going on with my case. He is very compassionate about his work.
Posted by Cody | June 17, 2013
Better than we could have hoped.
I was initially charged with a class B felony. I had met with two other lawyers before I met Andrew. My wife and I left his office knowing Andrew was above the lawyers we had previously met with. After we chose Andrew all our hopes for my case became reality. Even after a slight hiccup in my sentencing Andrew set an appeal hearing to try and resolve my situation. Because of Andrews persistence I can say no longer am I charged with a felony. I would recommend Andrew and Krupa & Clark's services to any person in need of legal help. Thanks to Andrew and all his help.
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Posted by Ryan | June 12, 2013
Excellent Attorney for Restoring Gun Rights
My 2nd Amendment right was revoked nearly 17 years ago due to a misdemeanor DV charge. I did not harm the woman involved in any way whatsoever. I tried to purchase a gun several years ago and during the waiting period, I received a notice from the FBI which stated that my right to own a firearm had been revoked. The case was so old and long ago I didn't think it would be a problem. Finally, I decided to hire an attorney to hopefully get my gun rights restored. We hired Andrew Yi in April after extensive research online. He treated me and Darla with respect and kept us informed during the process. He was honest and straight forward about everything. As of April 20th and Andrew Yi representing me, he successfully got my 2nd Amendment Right to Bear Arms RESTORED. Thanks to Andrew and his staff, I can now legally own a firearm. I can finally go hunting with my best friend of 35 years as well as protect my family should the need arise. I am extremely grateful to Andrew and all of his staff at Krupa and Clark! Thank you Andrew. Best Regards, Ryan
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Posted by Frank | May 21, 2013
Look no further
Andrew Yi is a very knowledgeable and easy to work with Lawyer. I recommend Him without reservation. I had a situation that could have gone several different ways and in a short period of time I was dismissed at the very lowest consequence possible. He is very affordable for what you receive in return. I almost look forward to getting into trouble again just so I can work with Andrew....ok that may be pushing it. I will say you are more than just a client with Andrew; he is interested in what is going on with the people he helps even after your situation is resolved. We're actually planning to connect for lunch in the near future and I will refer anyone I know who needs help to Andrew Li. Thanks again buddy, you're the best.
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Posted by camron | May 10, 2013
DUI to wreckless driving
I would not hesitate in recommending Andrew Yi as an attorney. First impression he may seem young, but he maintains his professionalism at all times, always kept me informed of any new information, and NEVER SETTLED FOR LESS. He has had his experience on both sides of the court room so that allows him to understand everything that is going on and what the court officials will plan to do next. I had missed a pre-trial court date, that day Andrew had called me and notified me that we had made a mistake on the times and have to resolve the issue of missing a court date. Immediately Mr. Yi and I walked over to the court house and resolved the matter immediately without any issues. Andrew will ensure you are confident going into each court case, and will do everything in his power to get the least charge possible. it was a relief knowing that someone else cares as much as I did about my case.
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Posted by anonymous | April 3, 2013
Two Thumbs Up!
Mr. Yi was very knowledgeable of the law in regards to my case. I think that the strongest point for Mr. Yi is in fact his open line of communication, he made himself available to me at any and all times and was providing constant updates. He was able to gather and compile a significant amount of evidence and provided me with copies of all materials. He was on time for all appointment's and court dates, and his presence in court is strong and confident, and provides a level of assertiveness that gave me confidence through our dealings. I will continue to use Mr. Yi's services in the future, and would recomend him to any of my friends needing legal advice and/or service.
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Posted by anonymous | March 4, 2013
Knowledgeable and Professional!
As a former client of Mr. Yi I found him and his staff to be the upmost professional. I was quite impressed with how Mr. Yi was quite knowledgeable about the laws that surrounded my case. His staff is extremely courteous, polite, and helpful. Mr. Yi and his team always informed me throughout the entire process. Mr. Yi was very attentive to my needs and concerns about my case and provided the information promptly. I would give my highest recommendations to Mr. Yi and his entire legal team. They are absolutely the BEST!
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Posted by Michelle | January 25, 2013
I couldnt be happier. I am so glad i chose him over anyone else. This is the first time i ever needed a lawyer and he helped me 100% of the way. He was very informative and made sure we didnt settle for anything that i wasnt happy with he was pursuasive and trustworthy. I am overall pleased with all the work and time he put in to help me! I would definitely recommend him to anyone who needs a great lawyer who will get them an awesome deal.
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Posted by anonymous | January 23, 2013
Andrew was a great lawyer to work with. I felt very comfortable and satisfied.
Posted by Holly | September 13, 2012
Time and patients win in the end!
Andrew came directly to us in court and introduced himself as the attorney that would be taking over for Mike Clark. Right away he made us feel very comfortable and at ease with what we would be expecting that day. Andrew was very straight forward and up front about everything and made us feel well represented in court. We left court with our heads held high and with the whole legal matter put behind us. We would hire this firm again in a heart beat.
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Posted by Douglas | September 12, 2012
Thankful Client
Andrew is the kind of attorney that you can tell has done his homework. I especially appreciated the fact that he seemed to care genuinely about me as a client.
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AVVO RATING 9.2 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Pierce County Department of Assigned Counsel
  • 2014 - Present
  • Rule 9 Intern
  • Pierce County Prosecutor's Office
  • 2012 - 2012
  • Associate Attorney
  • Law Offices Of Krupa & Clark
  • 2012 - 2013
  • Deputy Prosecuting Attorney
  • Pierce County Prosecutor's Office
  • 2012 - 2012
  • Summer Law Clerk
  • Washington State Court Of Appeals Division Two
  • 2011 - 2011
  • Research Assistant
  • Professor Margaret Blair, Vanderbilt University Law School
  • 2010 - 2010
  • Research Assistant
  • Professor Brian Fitzpatrick, Vanderbilt University Law School
  • 2009 - 2009
  • Law Clerk
  • Jackson, Kweller, McKinney, Warden & Hayes
  • 2009 - 2009
  • Law Clerk
  • Video Gaming Technologies, Inc.
  • 2009 - 2009
  • Research Assistant
  • Professor Michael Vandenbergh, Vanderbilt University Law School
  • 2008 - 2008
  • Research Assistant
  • Professor W. Kip Viscusi, Vanderbilt University Law School
  • 2008 - 2009
  • Legislative Intern
  • Office Of Senator Patty Murray (D Wa)
  • 2004 - 2004
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  • Vanderbilt University Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2011
  • New York University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2008

Sample of Legal Cases

  • State v. MC
  • Dismissed
  • State v. AF
  • Dismissed
  • State v. BR
  • Reduction from felony to simple misdemeanor
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  • Pierce County Career Technical Education Advisory Board
  • Career Technical Education Advisor
  • 2013 - Present
  • University of Washington Honors Moot Court Program
  • Judge
  • 2013 - Present
  • Curtis Senior High School
  • Career and Technical Educational Advisor
  • 2013 - Present
  • Washington State Association for Justice
  • 2012 - Present
  • Tacoma Pierce County Bar Association District and Municipal Court Committee
  • Liason
  • 2012 - Present
  • Tacoma Pierce County Bar Association, Young Lawyers Section
  • 2012 - Present
  • Tacoma Pierce County Bar Association
  • 2012 - Present
  • Tacoma Pierce County Bar Association, Criminal Law Section
  • No Value
  • 2012 - Present
  • A Step Ahead In Pierce County
  • Board Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • 2012 - Present
  • Washington Defender Association
  • 2012 - Present
  • Hon. Robert J. Bryan American Inn of Court
  • 2012 - Present
  • Federal Bar Association (Western District of Washington chapter)
  • 2012 - Present
  • United States Court of Appeals For the Ninth Circuit
  • 2012 - Present
  • United States District Court for the Western District of Washington
  • 2012 - Present
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • 2012 - Present
  • Thomas H. Malone Inn of Phi Delta Phi
  • 2008 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • Korean

Honors and Awards

  • Member
  • Thomas H. Malone Inn of Phi Beta Phi
  • 2009
  • Honors Scholar
  • New York University
  • 2008
  • Member
  • Phi Beta Kappa
  • 2008
  • Founder's Day Award
  • New York University
  • 2008
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Speaking Engagements

  • The Honorable Robert J. Bryan Inn of Court - January 2013 Presentation
  • Mindful Lawyering
  • 2013
  • October 2013 CLE
  • Anatomy of a Malpractice Lawsuit
  • 2013
  • Introduction to Law
  • Experiences in Criminal Law Practice
  • 2013
  • Hillis Clark Martin & Peterson Appellate Advocacy Competition
  • Appellate Competition Judge
  • 2013
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Attorney endorsements

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Given (28)
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Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 13
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"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."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 14
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"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."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Andrew delivers excellent results to his clients and is a skilled attorney. He is always very courteous and professional to his colleagues."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Andrew is a dedicated and knowledgeable attorney who works tirelessly to achieve the best possible outcome for his clients. I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Andrew. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 01
Relationship: Friend
"Andrew Yi is a very knowledgable and practical lawyer who knows the law in his areas of practice backwards and forwards. He has helped me with criminal aspects relevant to immigration cases and he was able to give me the precise facts I needed to resolve a relatively urgent matter. I have the utmost confidence in his abilities and could not recommend him more."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Andrew Yi is a bright, energetic young attorney and it well-liked in Tacoma’s criminal law community. Andrew works hard to get results for his clients, and he has been reliable and honest in my dealings with him.It is my pleasure to endorse Andrew Yi.""
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Yi is an exceptional criminal defense attorney who is passionate about what he does and committed to providing his clients with quality representation. I would highly recommend this attorney to anyone needing help."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Having worked with Mr. Yi while he was a prosecutor, I was impressed with his knowledge of the law, his negotiating skills and his compassion which is sometimes lacking in negotiations. I was not surprised when Mr. Yi left the prosecutors office to devote himself to defending the accused. He is an exceptional advocate."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Andrew Yi is a bright young attorney and a rising star in the legal field. I have personally referred cases to Andrew for appeal and I have heard great things from the clients whom I've referred to him. I therefore endorse Andrew Yi without reservation."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Andrew Yi brings an unparalleled level of professionalism and passion to his representation of his clients. I would not hesitate to recommend Andrew to a personal friend or former client in need."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Andrew is a valued collegue. His former experience as a prosecutor serves him well as a defense attorney, along with his commitment to the legal process and ability to provide top notch client representation. I highly recomend him."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Andrew is an intelligent and well prepared attorney. He will always fight for his clients. I endorse this lawyer."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Nov 08
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Andrew is sharp and well prepared."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Andrew is an advocate for his clients and is a very well respected lawyer in the community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Andrew is a talented criminal defense attorney and is dedicated to providing the best quality representation."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 17
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Oct 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I worked with Mr. Yi at the Pierce County Prosecutor's Office. As a prosecutor, Mr. Yi did a great job handling a wide variety of difficult cases. As a defense attorney, Mr. Yi does an excellent job providing clients with high quality representation. He will do great things as a defense attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Yi was a fair minded and hard working prosecutor and is quickly earning his stripes as a criminal defense attorney as well. Mr. Yi has unique insight into the area of criminal defense and brings that experience and knowledge to the table in any case he takes on. I highly recommend Mr. Yi for all of your criminal law needs."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Andrew is always professional and offers experienced and aggressive criminal defense. His experience as a prosecutor offers him the advantage of knowing what prosecutors are looking for and what works with them to get the possible results. I endorse Andrew Yi."
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