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Steven W. Thayer

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Criminal Defense Attorney in Vancouver, WA

Steven W. Thayer, P.S.
112 W 11th Street, Suite 200
Vancouver, WA 98660
Phone: 360-694-8290
Fax: 360-694-7921
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2000 - 2001, 2003 - 2012, 2020 - 2021
Licensed in Washington Since: 1977
Practice Areas: Criminal Defense (80%), Appellate (10%), Criminal Defense: DUI/DWI (10%)
Attorney Profile

For more than 40 years Steve Thayer has dedicated his practice to defending people who have been persecuted by the police and prosecuted by the government.  He has successfully defended clients throughout South West Washington in virtually every kind of criminal case including murder, manslaughter, assault, DUI, vehicular homicide, marijuana grow/manufacture cases, sexual assault including date rape, child molestation and child pornography, domestic violence, and drug possession and delivery cases.  He is a founding member and former Vice President of the Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.  He has been AV Preeminent rated by the Martindale-Hubbell peer review process for over 20 years and has been recognized as a Super Lawyer many times over the years in a survey of Washington attorneys conducted by the Washington Law and Politics Magazine.

He has won many cases in the Washington Court of Appeals in the State Supreme Court.  Those include:

State v. Imokawa, 4 Wn.App.2d 545 (2018); State v. Orick, 129 Wn.App. 654, 120 P.3d 87 (2005); State v. Boethin, 126 Wn.App. 695, 109 P.3d 461 (2005); State v. Barker, 143 Wn.2d 915, 25 P.3d 423 (2001); State v. Weisberg, 65 Wn.App. 721, 829 P.2d 252 (1992); State v. Morgavi, 58 Wn.App. 733, 794 P.2d 1289 (1990); State v. Jones, 55 Wn.App 343, 777 P.2d 1053 (1989); State v. Kelley, 52 Wn.App. 581, 762 P.2d 20 (1988); State v. Claflin, 38 Wn.App. 847, 690 P.2d 1186 (1984); State v. Acosta, 101 Wn.2d 612, 683 P.2d 1069 (1984); State v. Shoemaker, 28 Wn.App. 787, 626 P.2d 538 (1981); State v. Ellis, 21 Wn.App. 123, 584 P.2d 428 (1978).

Practice Areas
  • 80%Criminal Defense
  • 10%Appellate
  • 10%Criminal Defense: DUI/DWI
Focus Areas

Assault & Battery, Drug & Alcohol Violations, Murder, DUI/DWI

Selections

14 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2000 - 2001, 2003 - 2012, 2020 - 2021

About Steven W. Thayer

First Admitted: 1977, Washington

Professional Webpage: https://www.swthayer.com/Attorneys/steven-w-thayer/

Honors/Awards

  • President's Award-For Distinguished Service To The Highest Traditions Of The Criminal Defense Bar-Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 2015
  • AV® Preeminent™ 5.0 out of 5, 1997 - 2021, Martindale-Hubbell®
  • Certificates of Appreciation for Distinguished Service, Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (1998 & 1991)
  • Super Lawyers, 2000, 2001, 2003-2012, 2020, 2021

Verdicts/Settlements

  • State v. Acosta, 683 P.2d 1069 (Wn.S.Ct. 1984)
  • State v. Barker, 143 Wn.2d 915, 25 P.3d 423 (2001)
  • State v. Boethin, 109 P.3d 461 (Wn. App. 2005)
  • State v. Claflin, 690 P.2d 1186 (Wn. App. 1984)
  • State v. Orick, 120 P.3d 87 (Wn. App. 2005)
  • State v. Ellis, 584 P.2d 428 (Wn. App. 1978)
  • State v. Kelley, 762 P.2d 20 (Wn. App. 1988)
  • State v. Vance, 184 Wn. App. 902, 339 P.3d 245 (2014)
  • State v. Morgavi, 794 P.2d 1289 (Wn.App. 1990)

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • Graphic Testimony Washington Criminal Defense, Vol. 2, No.1, February, 1988

Bar/Professional Activity

  • Member, Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Washington, 1978
  • Washington, 1977
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1980
  • Vice President, Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit, 1983

Educational Background

  • University of Oregon, Eugene, Oregon, B.S., Major: General Social Science, 1972, 1972

Industry Groups

  • Criminal Defense Law
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Office Location for Steven W. Thayer

112 W 11th Street
Suite 200
Vancouver, WA 98660

Phone: 360-694-8290

Fax: 360-694-7921

Last Updated: 4/21/2021

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