Michael P. Iaria

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Criminal Defense Attorney in Seattle, WA

Law Office of Michael Iaria, PS
 | 1111 Third Avenue, Suite 2220
Seattle, WA 98101
Phone: 206-536-2378
Fax: 206-274-4939
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2003 - 2019
Licensed Since: 1985
Practice Areas:
  • Criminal Defense (70%),
  • Criminal Defense: White Collar (30%)
Attorney Profile

Michael P. Iaria has more than 30 years of experience representing clients in criminal defense, particularly those accused of serious crimes by the government. He focuses primarily on the defense of white collar crime, homicide, sexual abuse, health care fraud and other serious accusations at the state and federal levels. Mr. Iaria is qualified by the Washington Supreme Court to handle death penalty cases at the trial, appellate and post-conviction stages. At the Law Office of Michael Iaria, PS, Mr. Iaria accepts clients in Seattle, Washington.

In addition to representing individuals, Mr. Iaria's clients have included politicians, athletes, physicians, corporate executives, business entities, lawyers and prosecutors. One of his most notable cases involved representing the Mexican Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ interests to provide effective legal services to Mexican nationals facing the death penalty in the U.S.

After receiving his Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Vermont, Mr. Iaria earned his Juris Doctor from Seattle University School of Law. 

Mr. Iaria's numerous successes have earned him various awards and recognitions, such as the President's Award from the Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers for his commitment to service and legal excellence. He holds Martindale-Hubbell's highest rating of AV Preeminent*, has been included in the list of Top 100 Trial Lawyers in Washington by The National Trial Lawyers and has been recognized in The Best Lawyers in America**.

As a member of the Washington State Bar Association's Death Penalty Subcommittee of the Committee on Public Defense and past president of the board of directors for the Northwest Defenders Association, Mr. Iaria has had the opportunity to lecture at various seminars and continuing legal education programs.

*AV Preeminent and BV Distinguished are certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the confidential opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell ratings fall into two categories: legal ability and general ethical standards.

**The Best Lawyers in America® 2017. Copyright 2017 by Woodward/White, Inc., Aiken, SC

 
Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Criminal Defense (70%)

Criminal Defense: White Collar (30%): White Collar Crime

Focus Areas

White Collar Crime

Selections

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Super Lawyers: 2003 - 2019

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About Michael Iaria

Admitted: 1985, Washington

Professional Webpage: http://www.iaria-law.com/about/

Honors/Awards:

  • Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers President's Award, "Distinguished Service in the Highest Traditions of the Criminal Defense Bar"
  • Rated "superb" by avvo.com
  • Ranked "Highest Level of Professional Excellence", Martindale-Hubbell's Confidential Peer Survey
  • National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Trial Lawyers in Washington
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV peer rating - signifying “the highest level of professional excellence”
  • Selected as One of 100 Best Trial Lawyers in Washington, National Trial Lawyers, 2011
  • Washington Law & Politics "Super Lawyer", 1999 - 2017
  • The Best Lawyers in America© 2017. Copyright 2017 by Woodward/White, Inc., Aiken, SC, Best Lawyers in America, Woodward/White, Inc., Aiken, S.C., 2013
  • Listed in Seattle Business Monthly's "Best Lawyers in Seattle"
  • One of the 100 Best Trial Lawyers in Washington, National Trial Lawyers Association
  • Washington Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty "Abolitionist of the Year"

Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • Qualified under Washington Supreme Cour rules to handle death penalty cases at the trial, appellate, and post-conviction stages.

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Washington Bar Association, 1985
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern Districts of Washington
  • Board of Directors, Northwest Defender Association, 2006 ‐ Present
  • King County Bar Association, Criminal Law Section
  • Member, WSBA Committee on Public Defense Death Penalty Subcommittee, 2006
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 1983 - 2014
  • U.S. District Court for the Western Districts of Washington
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit
  • Board of Directors, Washington Appellate Defender Association, 1994 ‐ 1995
  • Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 1987
  • New Jersey, 1983
  • U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey
  • President, Northwest Defender Association, 2008 ‐ 2014
  • Past Member, Criminal Law Section Executive Board, Washington State Bar Association
  • Washington, 1985

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Past President of Board of Directors of Northwest Defender Association, a Non-Profit provider of public defense services, 2008

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Notice Issues; Mitigation for Prosecutor's Decision, Washington Death Penalty Assistance Center, Seattle, November 2008
  • Northwest Regional Seminar Faculty Member, National Institute for Trial Advocacy
  • Adjunct Professor of Law, University of Washington School of Law, Advanced Criminal Procedure, 2008
  • Skills Training: Cross Examination, Closing Argument, Washington State Bar Association, April, 1997
  • Demonstrative Evidence, Washington Defender Association, March 1998
  • Intern and New Lawyer Training, Seattle‐King County Public Defender Association, 1998 - present
  • Nuts & Bolts of Criminal Law: Motions Practice, Washington State Bar Association, June, 1998
  • "Why You Should Not Take a Capital Case", Northwest Regional Death Penalty Seminar, Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, November, 1998
  • Winning Your Case with Experts: "Using a Forensic Pathologist in the Defense Case", Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, February, 1999
  • "Criminal Motions Practice in the Real World", King County Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division, May, 1999
  • Nuts & Bolts of Criminal Law: Motions Practice, Washington State Bar Association, July, 1999
  • Smashing the Prosecution's Case: Closing Argument, Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, December, 1999
  • Nuts & Bolts of Criminal Law: Motions Practice, Washington State Bar Association, June, 2000
  • "The Creative Use of Pain and Suffering in Capital Cases", Washington Death Penalty Assistance Center, July 2002, Yakima and Idaho Capital Resource, Center, Boise, August 2003
  • Presentation on Openings and Closings, Employment Law Institute, 2003
  • Vancouver LegalTech: Electronic Mock Trial, Law Society of British Columbia, November 2003
  • Electronic Mock Trial, Seattle University Law School, March 2004
  • Technology in the Courtroom, Washington State Bar Association Young Lawyers Division, November 2004 - 2006
  • Dealing with Prosecutorial Misconduct, Washington Defender Association, 2005
  • The Criminal Trial, National Business Institute, 2006
  • Plea Negotiations, Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, December, 2006

Other Outstanding Achievements:

  • Program Attorney, Mexican Capital Legal Assistance Program, representing the interests of Mexican Foreign Ministry under the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations in providing effective representation to Mexican nationals facing the death penalty in the United States.

Educational Background:

  • National Criminal Defense College, 1986
  • University of Vermont, B.A., English, with Departmental Honors, 1977
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Office Location for Michael P. Iaria

1111 Third Avenue
Suite 2220
Seattle, WA 98101

Phone: 206-536-2378

Fax: 206-274-4939

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Last Updated: 7/31/2019

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