William K. Kirk

Attorney Profile

Top Rated DUI-DWI Attorney in Kirkland, WA

Cowan Kirk Kattenhorn
 | 4040 Lake Washington Boulevard NE, Suite 300
Kirkland, WA 98033
Phone: 425-822-1220
Fax: 425-822-8046
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2003, 2005 - 2019
Licensed Since: 1998
Practice Areas:
  • Criminal Defense: DUI/DWI
Attorney Profile

Attorney William K. Kirk is a managing partner at the Cowan Kirk Kattenhorn law firm in Kirkland, Washington. Serving the residents of the Seattle-Bellevue-Everett metro area and all of King County, Mr. Kirk focuses his practice primarily on defending his clients against the following criminal charges:

·         Driving under the influence (DUI)

·         Boating under the influence (BUI)

·         Vehicular assault

·         Vehicular homicide

·         Marijuana DUI

·         Felony DUI

After receiving his Bachelor of Arts in political science from Washington State University in 1992, Mr. Kirk attended Gonzaga University School of Law, where he obtained his Juris Doctor in 1998. That same year, the Washington State Bar Association admitted him to practice, and Mr. Kirk started his career as a King County prosecutor before establishing his own private practice.

Certified in DUI defense by the National College for DUI Defense and armed with his prosecution experience, Mr. Kirk is able to devise the most effective defense strategies possible for his clients. Throughout his career, he has helped thousands of clients protect their rights and freedoms against impaired driving and boating charges, earning a reputation as one of the region's top DUI defense attorneys.

Well-versed in his practice area, Mr. Kirk co-authored "Defending DUIs in Washington," a reference guide for DUI defense, and he has delivered numerous lectures before various legal conferences on subjects ranging from cross examination to sobriety testing. He also holds a certification in standard field sobriety tests and he has trained in the use of the breath machine Washington authorities use to determine impairment.

Fully dedicated to his practice, he serves on the board of regents for the National College for DUI Defense and serves as president of the Washington Foundation for Criminal Justice and the Northwest Academy of DUI Defense, an organization he helped establish. He is also a member of the Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the Washington State Trial Lawyers Association, the Washington State Bar Association and the American Bar Association.

 
Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Criminal Defense: DUI/DWI (100%): DUI/DWI

Focus Areas

DUI/DWI

Selections

Selected to Super Lawyers for 16 yearsbottom-image

Super Lawyers: 2003, 2005 - 2019

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About William Kirk

Admitted: 1998, Washington

Professional Webpage: http://www.cowanlawfirm.com/william-kirk

Honors/Awards:

  • NCDD Dean's Award, National College for DUI Defense, 2012
  • President of Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity, 1991
  • One of the Washington's “Top 25” criminal defense attorneys
  • “Rising Star” by Washington Law & Politics in 2001 and 2002
  • Dean's Award, National College for DUI Defense, 2013

Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • Board Certified in DUI Defense, National College
  • Board Certificaition, National College for DUI Defense, 2011

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • American Bar Association
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • Washington State Trial Lawyers Association
  • Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Northwest Academy of DUI Defense (Founding Member; President 2003)
  • Washington Foundation for Criminal Justice, President
  • National College for DUI Defense, Board of Regents

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • President of the Interfraternity Council, 1992

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • New York, New York, Speaker, Closing Arguments: Getting the Jurors to Feel Doubt, New York State Bar Association: Big Apple Seminar, 2017
  • Las Vegas, NV, Speaker, The ABCs of DUI: EtG, UAs, IIDs and SCRAM, NCDD And NACDL: DWI Means Defend Ingenuity, 2017
  • Las Vegas, NV, Speaker, Closing Arguments, NCDD And NACDL: DWI Means Defend Ingenuity, 2017
  • Seattle, WA, Speaker, The ABCs of DUIs: EtG, IID, UAs and SCRAM, Washington Foundation For Criminal Justice, 2016
  • NCDD Summer Session, Harvard Law School., Speaker, Getting the Jurors to Feel Doubt, NCDD, 2016
  • Las Vegas, NV, Speaker, Cross Examination: The Lawyers Opportunity to Testify, NCDD And NACDL: DWI Means Defend Ingenuity, 2015
  • NCDD Summer Session, Harvard Law School.  , Speaker, Cross Examination: The Lawyers Opportunity to Testify, NCDD, 2014
  • Seattle, WA, Speaker, The Many Myths of Breath Testing, Washington Foundation For Criminal Justice, 2013
  • New York, New York, Speaker, Field Sobriety Tests, Bad Science, Bad Tests, Good Cross, New York State Bar Association: Big Apple Seminar, 2013
  • Seattle, WA, Speaker, The Ignition Interlock License, Washington Foundation For Criminal Justice, 2009
  • Las Vegas, NV, Speaker, Ethics of the 2am Phone Call, NCDD And NACDL: DWI Means Defend Ingenuity, 2009
  • Co-Author, Defending DUIs In Washington, DUI Defense

Other Outstanding Achievements:

  • Certification in administering Standardized Field Sobriety Tests in 2001

Educational Background:

  • Washington State University, B.A., 1992

Industry Groups

  • NADD
  • NCDD
  • WACDL
  • WFCJ
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Office Location for William K. Kirk

4040 Lake Washington Boulevard NE
Suite 300
Kirkland, WA 98033

Phone: 425-822-1220

Fax: 425-822-8046

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Last Updated: 3/11/2019

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