Francisco A. Duarte

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Personal Injury Attorney in Bellevue, WA

Fury Duarte PS
1606 148th Ave SE, Suite 200
Bellevue, WA 98007
Phone: 425-329-8900
Fax: 206-726-0288
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2004 - 2021
Selected to Rising Stars: 2001, 2004
Licensed Since: 1994
Practice Areas: Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (50%), Criminal Defense: DUI/DWI (40%), Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff (10%)
Attorney Profile

Attorney Francisco A. Duarte is a partner with Fury Duarte PS law firm in Bellevue, Washington. A top-ranked trial lawyer with more than 27 years of experience, Mr. Duarte provides counsel and support to a diverse range of clients across his region who have legal needs involving personal injury claims or DUI defense.

A former assistant attorney general for Washington State and deputy prosecuting attorney for King County, Mr. Duarte has invaluable insight into the criminal justice system, which helps him devise the most effective defense strategies possible for the accused. He has secured a long record of acquittals, dismissals and reductions of charges for his clients who stand accused of DUI and other serious criminal charges, and he has recovered millions of dollars in total compensation for his plaintiff clients adversely affected by an avoidable accident caused by someone else's negligence or wrongdoing.

Honored for his success, Mr. Duarte has earned consistent recognition from The Best Lawyers in America for the past several years. He has also received many other top rankings and endorsements from his peers as well as certificates of appreciation and achievement from various legal organizations, including the National College of DUI Defense, the Washington Foundation for Criminal Justice and the Washington State Bar Association.

A leader in his field, Mr. Duarte has served as chair of the Washington State Bar Association Criminal Law Section and Criminal Justice Institute as well as the Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Public Education Committee. He is also a board member of the Washington State Association for Justice, and he has written extensively and conducted numerous lectures and continuing legal education seminars across his region and throughout the country on a variety of legal topics.

Moreover, Mr. Duarte serves on the faculty of the Gerry Spence Trial Lawyers College, the National Institute of Trial Advocacy and the University of Washington School of Law. He is also a fellow with the Litigation Counsel of America and former fellow with the William L. Dwyer American Inn of Court.

A 1987 graduate of the State University of New York at Albany, Mr. Duarte obtained his Juris Doctor from the State University of New York at Buffalo School of Law in 1994, where he received the Robert J. Connelly Award for Excellence in Trial Advocacy. He is admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the Western and Eastern Districts of Washington as well as the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit.

Outside his legal practice, Mr. Duarte is highly involved with his local community, and he has served as chair and board member of Lawyers Helping Hungry Children as well as secretary and board member of the Seattle Shakespeare Company. He is also the former chair of the WACDL Public Education Committee.

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Practice Areas
  • 50%Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
  • 40%Criminal Defense: DUI/DWI
  • 10%Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff
Focus Areas

Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Construction Accident, Brain Injury, Trucking Accidents, DUI/DWI, Medical Malpractice, Birth Injury, Delayed or Incorrect Diagnosis

Selections

18 Years Super Lawyers
2 Years Rising Stars
  • Super Lawyers: 2004 - 2021
  • Rising Stars: 2001, 2004

Articles about Francisco A. Duarte appearing in Super Lawyers

About Francisco A. Duarte

Admitted: 1994, Washington

Professional Webpage: https://www.furyduarte.com/attorney/francisco-a-duarte/

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • ACA Trial Skills Lecture – Opening and Closing Statements, 2006
  • Defending DUIs Seminar – Data Master Debunked, 2003
  • Washington’s District Court Judge’s Conference, 2003
  • Washington Young Lawyers Division Trial Advocacy Program, 2004
  • Washington State Bar Association CLE – The Advantages of Anti-Bias Awareness, Cultural Competency, and Respecting Diversity, Diversity and Jury Selection Considerations, 2004
  • National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA) – Northwest Regional Program June 18 -26, 2005
  • Clark County Bar Association CLE – DUI Update Presentation, 2005
  • 12th Annual Criminal Justice Institute – Keeping Up With DUI Developments: Discrepancy Legislation, A New Breathalyzer Machine; New Portable Testing WACs, 2005
  • Washington Association for Criminal Defense Lawyers – DUI Lecture – Tri-cities, 2005
  • An Interview with the USA Patriot Act, WSBA Criminal Law Section
  • WSP BAC Breath Test Technician Course – Mock Trial, 2006
  • District and Municipal Court Judges Association – Spring Program DUI Traffic Instructions: New pattern Jury Instructions, 2006
  • Trial Lawyers College Regional Seminar, Leavenworth, Washington – Instructor/Staff, 2006
  • National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA) – Northwest Regional Program – Demonstration on Closing Argument, 2006
  • Pierce County Bar Association CLE – DUI Law: The Hot Topics, 2006
  • Washington State Bar Association CLE – DUI Law Telecast, 2006
  • Washington Young Lawyers Division Trial Advocacy Program – Cross-Examination and Re-Direct Lecture, 2006
  • District and Municipal Court Judges Association – Discussion on Field Sobriety Tests, August 2006
  • District and Municipal Court Judges Association – Discussion on Field Sobriety Tests – September, 2006
  • Gerry Spence’s Trial Lawyers College – Instructor/Staff, 2006
  • Gerry Spence’s Trial Lawyers College, Graduate Course – Instructor/Staff, 2006
  • Washington State Trial Lawyers Association Taste of Trial Lawyers College, 2007
  • University of Washington, School of Law – Trial Advocacy Program – Voir Dire Lecture, 2007
  • Trial Lawyers College Regional Seminar, Leavenworth, Washington Instructor/Staff, 2007
  • WSP BAC Breath Test Technician Course – Mock Trial, 2007
  • WSP BAC Breath Test Technician Course – Mock Trial, 2007
  • Gerry Spence’s Trial Lawyers College – Instructor/Staff, 2007
  • 15th Annual Criminal Justice Institute – Evidence Trial Tips: Common Objections in Trial, Jury, 2008
  • National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA) Northwest Regional Program – Trial Skills Instructor, 2008
  • Trial Lawyers College Regional Seminar, Santa Fe, New Mexico Instructor/Staff, 2008
  • Washington Young Lawyers Division Trial Advocacy Program Cross-Examination and Re-Direct Lecture, 2008
  • Judicial Conference – District and Municipal Judges – Presentation on Forensic Sciences Re Breath Testing, 2009
  • Botswana – Trial Advocacy – Justice Advocacy Africa, 2010
  • WSBA Criminal Justice Institute, 2010
  • Trial Lawyers College – Advance Trial Skills Course with Josh Karton, 2010
  • DCMJA – DUI Presentation to District and Municipal Judges, 2010
  • NITA Northwest Regional Program, Instructor, 2011
  • National College for Defending DUIs, First Person Opening Statements, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 2011
  • Thurston County Legal Services – Trial Skills, 2011
  • WFCJ Defending DUIs Seminar, 2011
  • Trial Lawyers College – Psychodrama for Lawyers, Staff Instructor, 2012
  • WFCJ DUI Seminar, 2012
  • WSBA Evidence Presentation, 2012
  • WSBA Voir Dire in Tort Cases, 2012
  • Trial Lawyers College – September Class – Staff Instructor, 2013
  • Trial Lawyers College – Opening Statements – California, 2013
  • NITA Deposition Program, Seattle, WA, 2013
  • Superior Court Boot Camp, 2014
  • Trial Lawyers College – Direct and Cross Examination, 2014
  • Trial Lawyers College – WA Regional Seminar, Leavenworth, WA – Staff Instructor, 2014
  • UW Trial Advocacy Lecture – Theme Analysis and Development, 2015
  • NACDL Cross-examination Presentation, New Orleans, LA, 2015
  • Society of Counsel Representing Accused Persons In-house DUI CLE, 2015
  • Trial Lawyers College – Defense of the Damned, Dubois, WY, 2015
  • WSAJ Lessons from Trial Presentation, 2015
  • WSBA Readmission Course Evidence Presentation, 2015
  • National College for Defending DUIs – Advanced Course in Blood Analysis and Trial Advocacy, Fort Collins, CO – Instructor, 2016
  • Seattle University Law School DUI Blood Evidence Presentation, 2016
  • Seattle University Law School Co-chair of Cross-Examination CLE, 2016
  • Taste of Trial Lawyers College Presentation, 2016
  • WSBA Readmission Course Evidence Presentation, 2016
  • WFCJ Defending DUIs – Opening & Closing Statement Presentation (Upcoming), 2016
  • DUI Lecture — Tri-cities, Washington Association for Criminal Defense Lawyers, 2005
  • Reducing DUIs: Doomed to Repeat History? Bar Bulletin, King County Bar Association
  • DUI Update, Pittman’s Legal Line Radio Show, 2005
  • Trial Skills, Mexico Trial Advocacy Conference, 2009
  • Trial Skills and Advocacy, Northwest Regional Program, National Institute for Trial Advocacy, 2005
  • Trial Skills, Botswana Trial Practice and Skills, 2009, 1900
  • DUI Update, Presentation Clark County Bar Association CLE, 2005
  • Cross-Examination and Re-Direct Lecture, Washington Young Lawyers Division Trial Advocacy Program, 2008
  • Keeping Up With DUI Developments: Discrepancy Legislation, A New Breathalyzer Machine; New Portable Testing WACs, 12th Annual Criminal Justice Institute, 2005
  • Trial Practice and Advocacy, Trial Lawyers College Regional Seminar, Santa Fe, New Mexico, 2008
  • Cross-Examination and Re-Direct Lecture, Washington Young Lawyers Division Trial Advocacy Program, 2004
  • Trial Practice and Advocacy, Trial Lawyers College Regional Seminar, Leavenworth, Washington, 2008
  • The Advantages of Anti-Bias Awareness, Cultural Competency, and Respecting Diversity, Diversity and Jury Selection Considerations, Washington State Bar Association CLE, 2004
  • DUI Law Update, Whatcom County Public Defender's CLE, 2003
  • DUI Breath Testing Issues, Public Defender Association CLE, 2008
  • DUI Field Sobriety Tests, Washington’s District Court Judge's Conference, 2003
  • Trial Skills and Advocacy, Northwest Regional Program, National Institute for Trial Advocacy, 2008
  • DUI Data Master Debunked, Defending DUIs Seminar, 2003
  • Criminal Practice, How to Practice More Effectively in Courts of Limited Jurisdiction - General Criminal procedures
  • College Course, Gerry Spence's Trial Lawyers College, 2008
  • Evidence Trial Tips: Common Objections in Trial, Jury Selection, and Preserving the Record, 15th Annual Criminal Justice Institute, 2008
  • Mock Trial, WSP BAC Breath Test Technician Course, 2007
  • Jury Selection, Washington State Trial Lawyers Association Summer Convention, 2007
  • Taste of Trial Lawyers College, Washington State Trial Lawyers Association, 2007
  • Voir Dire Lecture, University of Washington School of Law Trial Advocacy, 2007
  • Trial Practice, Trial Lawyers College Regional Seminar, Leavenworth, Washington, 2007
  • College Course, Gerry Spence's Trial Lawyers College, 2007
  • Mock Trial, WSP BAC Breath Test Technician Course, 2006
  • Cross-Examination and Re-Direct Lecture, Washington Young Lawyers Division Trial Advocacy Program, 2006
  • DUI Law Telecast, Washington State Bar Association CLE, 2006
  • Trial Advocacy, Trial Lawyers College Regional Seminar, Leavenworth, Washington, 2006
  • DUI Law: The Hot Topics, Pierce County Bar Association CLE, 2006
  • Demonstration on Closing Argument, Northwest Regional Program, National Institute for Trial Advocacy, 2006
  • College Course, Gerry Spence's Trial Lawyers College, 2006
  • Graduate Course, Gerry Spence's Trial Lawyers College, 2006
  • DUI Traffic Instructions: New pattern Jury Instructions, District and Municipal Court Judges Association - Spring Program, 2006
  • Did Donahue Reverse 40 years of Criminal Precedence, Trial News, Washington State Trial Lawyers
  • Discussion on Field Sobriety Tests, District and Municipal Court Judges Association, August, 2006
  • Cross-Examination–It's All about Story Telling, Defense Magazine, Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Discussion on Field Sobriety Tests, District and Municipal Court Judges Association, September 2006
  • DUI Law Awaiting High Court Ruling, Bar Bulletin, King County Bar Association
  • Opening and Closing Statements, ACA Trial Skills Lecture, 2006
  • DUI Law, Defense Magazine, Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Cross-Examination and Re-Direct Lecture, Washington Young Lawyers Division Trial Advocacy Program, 2005
  • The Patriot Act–Not so Patriotic! Warrior, Trial Lawyers College
  • Family Law Trials: The Dynamics of Advocacy, Washington State Bar Association CLE, 2005
  • Blood Chapter, Defending DUIs in Washington - Book (Lexis/Nexis)

Bar/Professional Activity

  • Founding Member, Northwest Academy of DUI Defense
  • Former Chair, Executive Board of Director, WSBA Criminal Law Section
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • Washington, 1994
  • Former Chair, Steering Committee Member, WSBA Criminal Justice Institute
  • Former Member, Washington Pattern Jury Instructions Motor Vehicle Crimes Subcommittee
  • Former Chair, WACDL Public Education Committee
  • Member, Washington Foundation for Criminal Justice
  • EAGLE Member, Washington State Trial Lawyers Association

Pro bono/Community Service

  • Former Chair, Current Board of Director, Lawyers Helping Hungry Children
  • Former Secretary, Current Board Member, Seattle Shakespeare Company

Honors/Awards

  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers, The American Trial Lawyers Association, 2008
  • Certificate of Appreciation, Washington State Bar Association, 2005
  • Certificate of Achievement, National College of DUI Defense, 1999
  • Fellow, The William L. Dwyer American Inn of Court
  • Top Twenty-Five Super Lawyers in Criminal Defense, Washington Law & Politics Magazine, 2008
  • Certificate of Appreciation, Washington Foundation for Criminal Justice, 2005
  • Robert J. Connelly Award for Excellence in Trial Advocacy, University at Buffalo School of Law, 1994
  • The Best Lawyers in America, 2010
  • Certificate of Achievement, National Institute of Trial Advocacy, 2006
  • Certificate of Achievement, Gerry Spence Trial Lawyers College, 2004
  • Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America

Educational Background

  • University at Albany, State University of New York, B.A., in Mathematics, 1987
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Office Location for Francisco A. Duarte

1606 148th Ave SE
Suite 200
Bellevue, WA 98007

Phone: 425-329-8900

Fax: 206-726-0288

Last Updated: 7/22/2021

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