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Emily M. Gause

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Top Rated Criminal Defense Attorney in Tukwila, WA

Gause Law Offices, PLLC
130 Andover Park East, Suite 300
Tukwila, WA 98188
Phone: 206-536-2412
Fax: 206-260-7050
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2021
Selected to Rising Stars: 2017 - 2020
Licensed in Washington Since: 2011
Practice Areas: Criminal Defense
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Attorney Profile

The founder of Gause Law Offices, Emily M. Gause focuses her practice exclusively on criminal defense matters. From the firm's office in Tukwila, Washington, she and her team provide aggressive representation to juvenile and adult clients throughout Washington state.  Admitted to practice before all Washington state courts, Ms. Gause is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Courts for the Western and Eastern Districts of Washington.  Gause Law Offices is known for being dedicated defenders of people’s rights and fierce advocates for their clients.

Ms. Gause's practice focuses on defending people who have been accused by the state or federal government with serious felony offenses. She has a specific passion for helping youthful offenders and those children subjected to automatic decline to adult court.  Ms. Gause is frequently able to obtain successful outcomes for her clients, and has a impressive list of dismissals of felony cases. 

Her fellow professionals have taken note of her excellent track record and high degree of ethics, and they have awarded her a 10.0 "Superb" peer review rating through Avvo. In addition, Ms. Gause was the 2016 recipient of the Anthony Savage Award, which is given out each year by the Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers in recognition of an outstanding trial result obtained by an attorney who has been practicing for fewer than 10 years.  In 2020, Ms. Gause was awarded the WACDL President's Award for her service to the criminal defense bar and her outstanding commitment to bettering the profession.  

Ms. Gause attended Washington State University and received dual bachelor's degrees in sociology and criminal justice. She graduated from Seattle University School of Law, where she served on the Seattle Journal for Social Justice, Student Bar Association, and Moot Court Board.  

About Emily M. Gause

First Admitted: 2011, Washington

Professional Webpage:

Bar/Professional Activity

  • Pierce County Bar Association
  • Snohomish County Bar Association
  • King County Bar Association
  • Eastern District of Washington
  • Washington Defender Association
  • Washington Women Lawyers (WWL)
  • Washington Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys (WACDL)
  • Co-Chair of the Court Rules Committee: Reviews proposed changes to the court rules and prepares analysis/response on behalf of WACDL, drafts proposed changes in the court rules on behalf of the defense bar; and works for adoption of changes WACDL supports.
  • Western District of Washington
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • Chair of the Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyer's Brady List Committee, 2015

Educational Background

  • Washington State University, B.A., Major: Criminal Justice, Sociology


  • Emily M. Gause Introduction Video
  • Emily M. Gause is recognized throughout Washington State as an aggressive defender who gets impressive results in serious cases. She is committed to compassionate representation, working with clients to devise an investigation plan and craft the most effective defense strategy., Emily M. Gause's Experience, Criminal Defense


  • Washington State University President's Award for Excellence in Leadership and Service, 2006, President's Award for Excellence in Leadership and Service, Washington State University, 2005
  • , Rising Star, Super Lawyers, 2020
  • , Rising Star, Super Lawyers, 2019
  • , WACDL President's Award, Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 2020
  • Recipient of the Roberta Cline Frasier Anderson Scholarship, 2005
  • 2nd place, ABA Labor & Employment Law 7th Annual Trial Advocacy Regional Competition
  • Given to one student who demonstrates leadership and drive in their class year., Student Bar Association's Outstanding Student Award, 2010
  • 1st place, Seattle University School of Law Spring 2010 In-House Mock Trial Competition
  • Rising Star, Super Lawyers, 2018
  • Rising Star, Super Lawyers, 2017
  • Awarded to less than the top 1% of the total student population at Washington State University for exceptional leadership and service to the university and community., Washington State University President's Award for Excellence in Leadership and Service, 2006
  • The Order of Barristers is a national honorary organization whose purpose is the encouragement of oral advocacy and brief writing skills through effective law school oral advocacy programs. The Order provides national recognition for individuals who have excelled in advocacy and service at their respective schools., National Order of Barristers Award, 2011
  • The Tony Savage award recognizes an outstanding trial performance or result achieved by an attorney in practice for less than ten years. Emily Gause was recognized for her extraordinary work in USA v. Frazier, a serious felony case in the Western District of Washington. According to Lee Covell, co-counsel on the case, “her work on this case was nothing short of phenomenal.”, Anthony Savage Award, Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 2016

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • "Shaken Baby Syndrome" * No Shaking Actually Required, Washington Criminal Defense Magazine, 2016
  • In Washington, there have been 339 aggravated murder cases filed since 1981 when the death penalty was reinstated.  Out of that number, the state prosecutors sought death in 83 cases.  Out of those 83, juries only returned a verdict for death in 33 cases in the last 34 years.  And in those 34 years, Washington State has executed five people.So, is the death penalty in Washington officially “dead”?   This article explores:·       The current state of death penalty policy in Washington State;·       The problems with the death penalty:  the exorbitant costs, high number of reversals, and role of race in capital cases;·       The Christopher Monfort case in more detail, including insight from the courageous public defenders that spent years fighting to have their client’s life spared;·       What we can expect in 2016 – is the death penalty on its way out? , A Life for a Life: A Hard Look at Washington State's Death Penalty, Washington Criminal Defense Magazine, 2016
  • As criminal defense attorneys (aka freedom fighters), we are all aware of the ways legal financial obligations can result in a “debtors prison” that continues to shackle our clients to the system well after they are finished serving a sentence.  The median legal financial obligation (LFO) in the State of Washington leaves the average person carrying $1,110 of debt on their back as they attempt to reenter society., Challenging Restitution: An Often Overlooks Area of Advocacy, Washington Criminal Defense Magazine, 2018
  • 25% of our global population is locked up in cages in the United States.  Imprisoned.  The United States is the world’s leader, locking up 2.2 million people currently. One in every thirty-five adults are under some form of correctional control (prison, jail, parole, or probation).  , Our Bulging Prison Population, Gause Law Offices Blog, 2016

Pro bono/Community Service

  • Seattle Clemency Project, 2020
  • Seattle Clemency Project, 2019
  • Seattle Clemency Project, 2018
  • Seattle Clemency Project, 2017
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Office Location for Emily M. Gause

130 Andover Park East
Suite 300
Tukwila, WA 98188

Last Updated: 7/12/2021

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