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Howard
Howarda

Firm Partner, Personal Injury, and Criminal Defense Attorney

Howard Stein has been practicing law for over 30 years in Washington State. He has experience as a defense and civil attorney fighting for those who have been injured. He also teaches other attorneys and works with the best scientific experts in the country. He is currently on the Faculty of the National College for DUI Defense where he teaches Metrology, the science of measurement. He is also a member of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences. Howard has a perfect 10 rating on AVVO.com

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Experience

Howard started his career as an assistant prosecuting attorney in Pierce County in 1983. Since then he has gone on to successfully represent his hundreds of clients in felony and misdemeanor cases. His emphasis is on cases involving scientific evidence often involving motor vehicles. He has successfully defended individuals charged with DUIVehicular Assault as well as Reckless DrivingHit and Run andDriving While Suspended. Mr. Stein has appeared in numerous municipal, county and state courts as well as winning cases before the Washington State Supreme Court.

Every day Howard takes pride in providing his clients with solid, clear advice. He represents each of his clients as if his life depended upon it. Howard understand that a person charged with a crime usually isn't a bad person and that they need a loyal, hardworking attorney who will fight for them and always keep their best interest in mind.

Personal Injury

Over the years, Howard has successfully represented hundreds of people injured in accidents. He has learned a lot about the mechanisms of accidents, injuries and illnesses. He is also a member of the American Academy of Forensic Scientists. He works with his clients, professional investigators, physicians and other experts to understand everything about a client's situation. This way he is able to give the highest quality advice and representation to his clients.

Howard

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SPEECHES & APPEARANCES

  • 2016 NCDD Conference Metrology 3.0 Science as Our Best Defense, San Diego, CA
  • 2016 WFCJ Defending DUIs – Blood Warrants, SeaTac, WA
  • 2015 NCDD Annual Metrology Seminar “Metrology Navigating the Legal Landscape”, Atlanta, GA
  • 2014 NCDD Annual Metrology Seminar “Metrology 1.0 Science as Your Best Defense”, Phoenix, AZ
  • 2014 National Chemical Dependency Professionals Conference, Lynnwood, WA
  • 2013 Washington State Firefighter's Annual Union Conference, Bremerton, WA
  • 2012 Washington State Firefighter's Annual Union Conference, Yakima, WA

MAJOR CASE RESULTS

  • Snohomish County v. Sullivan, Snohomish County Superior Court, 2016
  • Myers v. Lusitano, Snohomish County Superior Court, 2009—Successful One Week Jury Trial: Plaintiff's Personal Injury
  • Seattle v. Clark – Munoz, Washington State Supreme Court, 2004—Unanimous Decision Excluding Admissibility of Breath Tests in DUI Cases
  • Anonymous v. the City of Mercer Island, Co, U.S. District Court, 2002—Civil Rights Litigation Against the City of Mercer Island and the City of Mercer Island Police for violating inmates' rights while on Electronic Home Detention
  • Grewal v. Dept. of Licensing, Washington State Court of Appeals, Division One, 2001—Analysis of Civil Jurisdiction
  • Fournet v. Providence Medical Center, Snohomish County Superior Court, 1999—Complex Medical-Legal Litigation
  • State v. Crediford, Washington State Supreme Court, Of Counsel, 1996—Successful Challenge to DUI Statute
  • City of Seattle v. Dennis Correll, Washington State Court of Appeals, Division One, 1993—Discretionary Review
  • Vaughn v. Christianson, King County Superior Court, 1992—Litigated over Two Weeks: Civil Fraud in the Sale of a Business
  • Lyons v. Stansberry, et al, King County Superior Court, 1991—Successful one-week jury trial: Personal Injury Action
  • In Re Janette and Glenn Sampson, King County Superior Court, 1989—Successfully prosecuted Removal of Guardians and Appointment of Custodian
  • James Hess, et ux v. Burlington Northern Railroad, Pierce County Superior Court, 1988—Settled Complex Litigation Before Trial: Plaintiff's Personal Injury/Multiple Tortfeasors
  • City of Kirkland v. Craig A. Salins, King County Superior Court, 1988— Granted: Writ of Habeas Corpus
  • Flow Industries, Inc. v. Yie, King County Superior Court, 1987—Successful Defense: Employment Contract Violation Claim and Related Patent Assignment Litigation
  • Guy Williams v. Dept. of Licensing, Wash. Court of Appeals, Division One, 1986—Successful Driver's License Appeal
  • In Re: Natasha Webb, King County Superior Court, 1986—Successful three weeks litigated action: Contested Guardianship

EDUCATION

  • J.D. (1983), Seattle University School of Law (formerly University of Puget Sound) – Seattle, WA
  • B.A., Creative Writing (1977), University of Colorado – Boulder, CO

Awards:

  • Martindale-Hubbell: Peer Review Rated, 2018
  • Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers: Champion of Justice Award, 2017
  • Washington Foundation for Criminal Justice: Certificate of Appreciation, 2010
  • National College for DUI Defense: Certificate of Recognition, 2008

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS:

  • Faculty, National College for DUI Defense
  • Member, Washington Foundation for Criminal Justice
  • Member, National DUI Defense College
  • Member, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member, Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member, King County Bar Association
  • Member, Washington State Bar Association
  • Former Member, King County Bary Associatoin, King County Judicial Screening Committee
  • Member, Washington State Criminal Trial Lawyers Association
  • Former Faculty, King County Trial Advocacy Program
  • Admitted to Washington State Supreme Court
  • Admitted to U.S. District Court, Western Division
  • Admitted to the American Academy of Forensic Scientists
  • Judge Pro Tem, King County District Court

HOBBIES:

  • Martial Arts
  • Music
  • Member of Bet Aleph Meditative Synagogue

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Recommendations

  • Couldn't have asked for a better lawyer

    Couldn't have asked for a better lawyer. He was very professional and was straightforward with me. He worked hard to defend me and the verdict showed this. I know exactly who to call if I ever have legal trouble again.
  • I was very impressed with his professionalism and his experience level.

    I was hit by a car while while riding my bicycle by a driver with no insurance. I was given Howard Stein's name by a fellow firefighter, as I have had no prior experience with a lawyer. I was very impressed with his professionalism and his experience level. He was up front with every detail of th...
  • Top-Shelf DUI Lawyer - will treat you fairly and get the job done.

    Top-Shelf DUI Lawyer I've had the pleasure of working with Howard on 3 DUI cases and I am proud to say that now two years after my last charge I do not have a single DUI on my record. Without Howard's connections and experience I not only would have gone to jail and risked my career but I would h...
  • Made you feel like a top priority every time

    Howard made you feel like a top priority every time. He kept you informed with everything and worked as hard as he could to make sure your charges were knocked down. I would recommend him to anybody looking for a hardworking and trustworthy person.
  • Very attentive and always prepared and this resulted in outstanding results in my case.

    I highly recommend Mr. Howard Stein for legal matters. He is efficient, responsive, and very professional. He was very attentive and always prepared and this resulted in outstanding results in my case.
  • Knowledgeable, professional, thorough, and personable.

    I don't think I could have found better legal representation for my case out there. Howard was knowledgeable, professional, thorough, and personable. He does a good job of walking you through the whole process step by step and making it as clear and simple as possible what I needed to do, along w...
  • I highly recommend Howard Stein.

    I went to visit Howard Stein about reviewing a personal injury contract. Howard was fantastic, and explained every aspect of the document so that I could understand all the legal words and their implications. Their office was easy to find and the staff was very professional. I highly recommend Ho...
  • Delivered the best outcome - all through hard work and persistence. A true professional - you cannot do better!

    Howard is an amazing hard working lawyer who really knows the law. Howard was easy to talk to and always put me at ease. He made me feel like I was getting legal advice from a trusted friend. Howard delivered the best outcome - all through hard work and persistence. He is a true professional - yo...
  • An amazing attorney. He has never given up on me!

    Howard is an amazing attorney. He has never given up on me! I got a Dui and then relapsed and Howard was right back at helping get help. You will not be disappointed if you choose Howard
  • Very prepared and was able to submit the proper evidence to get my charges completely dismissed

    I had an assault forth degree charge pending for 18 months. Mr. Howard Stein was very helpful and kept me informed throughout the entire process. When it came time to go to court he was very prepared and was able to submit the proper evidence to get my charges completely dismissed. I am very than...
  • Excellent Lawyer, great advice

    Excellent Lawyer, great advice. Howard Stein is a great lawyer. He and his team helped me a lot on my personal injury case. He always has a great advice and he is there when you need it. Easy to communicate with and he knows his job very well. He also knows whats the best way to go on your case. ...
  • Extremely knowledgeable and was always very well prepared.

    Excellent Lawyer ~ The Best ! Howard Stein knew exactly what to do when I called him after getting a DUI. I certainly could not have navigated the legal process on my own and gotten the same results. Howard is extremely knowledgeable and was always very well prepared. He answered all my questions...
  • Great Lawyer - Great Guy!

    I am amazed at Mr. Stein's ability to navigate the treacherous waterways that are the Bellevue court system. Through every court date, I was at ease with the planning and the explanations given by Mr. Stein. We were able to turn a DUI charge into a Reckless driving conviction. This was more than ...
  • Life Changing Attorney! More then proficient in handling my case and truly knowledgeable in how to get me the best result possible.

    Life Changing Attorney! Howard was more then proficient in handling my case and truly knowledgeable in how to get me the best result possible. With his help we were able to get me a substantially reduced charge that in the short term and long run will end up saving me tens of thousands of dollars...
  • Very Knowledgeable, explained things very thoroughly, comfortable to talk to.

    Incorporation Help. Very Knowledgeable, explained things very thoroughly, comfortable to talk to and ask 'dumb client' questions. Very high recommendation. We used Howard incorporate and then to dissolve the partnership. Has written a liability release that our insurance company likes and a non-c...
  • Excellent legal council -on top of everything and kept me well-informed.

    Excellent legal council Howard was great to work with, was on top of everything and kept me well-informed. I would highly recommend him if you need legal council!
  • Professional, reliable and straightforward.

    Fair, Honest and Reliable I was unlucky enough to be pulled over for speeding and then summarily arrested after I told the officer I had been drinking at dinner. I learned the hard way that wine with dinner and driving don't mix. However, I was lucky to be referred to Howard Stein who not only su...
  • Howard was was great-- the case was resolved to our whole families satisfaction

    I researched Howard through Attorney friends of mine when one of my underage (3 months before their 21st Birthday) children was arrested for DUI (0.04). Howard was was great--not only as an attorney but also as small -c counselor; As an attorney: 1. friendly ,concise 2. knowledgeable 3. very tran...
  • Knew what to do and how to do. An excellent outcome!

    Son arrested for theft, charges lowered. Howard knew what to do and how to do it. He advised patience - it took 5 months to resolve, but the outcome was excellent. Our son received a suspended sentence for pleading to a lesser charge, and will have this case dismissed after 12 months of good beha...
  • Without hesitation, I highly recommend.

    Spoke with Mr. Stein after 18 year old assault case. He took the time to speak with me and give me excellent advice...and saved me from spending money unnecessarily. Without hesitation, I highly recommend Mr. Stein and if I still lived in the Seattle area he would be my attorney. If you need an a...
  • A very professional and patient lawyer- works very hard for his clients.

    Hit and Run Defense. Howard Stein is a very professional and patient lawyer. He guided us through the whole process and gave us very detailed explanation as to what to expect. He works very hard for his clients.
  • Gave me peace of mind in an otherwise very stressful circumstance. Thank you for providing an outcome that everyone said was impossible.

    Retain him! When you think of key words that accurately describe a lawyer kind, honest, and supportive are not the first to come to mind. I would happily encourage anyone to choose Howard to represent them. Howard gave me peace of mind in an otherwise very stressful circumstance. He's been in the...
  • Very excellent, knowledgeable lawyer.

    Very excellent, knowledgeable lawyer. Cara was my defender 2012-2013. She helped, and the case was dismissed later.I would recommend her for anyone with criminal case.

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  • We've handled thousands of cases
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