Howard Stein


Howard Stein has been practicing law for over 30 years in Washington State. He has experience as a prosecutor, defense attorney, attorney fighting for those who have been injured and as a judge pro tem. He also teaches other attorneys as a faculty member with some of the very best legal education groups 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 Scientist.

Howard started his career as a 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 DUI, Vehicular Assault as well as Reckless Driving, Hit and Run and Driving 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.

Over the years, Howard has learned a lot about the mechanisms of accidents, injuries and illnesses. 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 the people who have retained him.

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


  • 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

Professional Associations:

  • 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
  • Member, Washington State Bar Association
  • Member, Washington State Criminal Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member, National Assoc. of Criminal Trial Lawyers
  • Member, Washington Criminal Justice Foundation
  • Member, National DUI Defense College
  • Former Faculty King County Trial Advocacy Program
  • Former Member of the King County Judicial Screening Committee

Notional College for DUI defenseNational College for DUI Defense


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

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