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Tough and aggressive in the courtroom, yet approachable and open to his client, Michael Austin Stewart is one of the most skilled and sought-after criminal defense attorneys in the Tacoma area. Michael has over 20 years of experience working both in and out of courtrooms in Pierce, King, Thurston, and Kitsap counties, with clients of all backgrounds and ages. Michael practices Criminal Law, DUI Defense, Drug Defense, and Personal Injury Law. He has successfully defended clients in cases ranging from minor misdemeanors to homicide and pours his time and heart into each one. Treating each client with equal respect and understanding is the framework of Michael’s practice. He stands for fairness and justice and will fight for the best possible outcome for his clients while including the client in every decision along the way.


Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 60%
  2. DUI & DWI: 30%
  3. Personal Injury: 10%



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Payment types:

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Attorney endorsements

12 total 

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  • Harry Shipley Steinmetz

    Michael and I have represented co-defendants together in a number of cases. We are also friends. Michael is a fierce advocate for his clients and always has the bigger picture in the back of his mind. He is tough, smart and very articulate. Everything you would want in an attorney. You could not do better.


    Harry Steinmetz Criminal defense Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Edmund P. Allen Jr

    I have known Mr. Stewart for over twenty years. Initially, we worked together as prosecuting attorneys. Since that time I have had several cases against Mr. Stewart, and we have worked together on many cases over the years. Mike is tenacious and highly skilled. He works tirelessly to maximize every advantage in his case. He is an extremely effective negotiator, and achieves outstanding results for his clients.


    Edmund Allen Criminal defense Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

1105 Tacoma Avenue South
Tacoma, WA


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Lead Counsel RatedThomson Reuters2014
Certificate of AppreciationNational Association of Legal Secretaries2013
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneyLaw Offices of Michael Austin Stewart1994 - Present
AttorneyDeparment Of Assigned Counsel1995 - 1995
Prosecuting AttorneyCity Of Kent1994 - 1995
Association namePosition nameDuration
Rotary InternationalN/A2004 - Present
Washington Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember2000 - Present
Tacoma Pierce County Bar AssociationCLE Committee1995 - Present
Washington State Bar AssociationMembership1994 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
State v. SakellisNot Guilty
State v. DockstaderDismissal
USA v. TateDismissal
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Seattle University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1994
University of WashingtonN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1991
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
NALS of Pierce CountyEmerging Issues in DUI2013
Marijuana Pot-Pourri I-502Marijuana DUI Under I-5022013
TCPBA Year End Pot-PourriDevelopments in Criminal Law2010