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: 2003 - 2012
Licensed Since: 1977
Practice Areas:
  • Criminal Defense (80%),
  • Criminal Defense: DUI/DWI (20%)
Attorney Profile

For more than 30 years, Steven W. Thayer has been dedicated to advocating for people in criminal defense cases. As founder of Steven W. Thayer, P.S., he represents people in Vancouver, Washington, and throughout the state. He has successfully defended clients in matters such as homicide, murder, manslaughter and assault; DUI, DWI, drunk driving, vehicular assault and vehicular homicide; rape, child pornography and abuse; domestic violence; and drug possession and delivery.

Whether settling a case quickly or moving to trial, Mr. Thayer has a reputation for obtaining favorable results. For example, in a case involving a second-degree murder charge, he secured an outright dismissal based on a self-defense argument. He also successfully used the statute of limitations to return an outright dismissal in an attempted first-degree murder charge.

For these and countless other successes, Mr. Thayer has earned the highest peer rating possible of AV Preeminent* from Martindale-Hubbell; the Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers gave him its President’s Award; and he holds an Avvo “Superb” rating.

While the results and accolades matter, Mr. Thayer recognizes that one of the most important aspects of any case is how a client feels going through the process. He is quick to respond to concerns, and he keeps people informed as the case progresses.

Mr. Thayer is admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of the United States, the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit. He received a Bachelor of Science in 1972 from the University of Oregon, going on to earn a Juris Doctor in 1976 from the University of Puget Sound School of Law.

*AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license 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 anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Criminal Defense (80%): Assault & Battery, Drug & Alcohol Violations, Murder

Criminal Defense: DUI/DWI (20%): DUI/DWI

Focus Areas

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


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Super Lawyers: 2003 - 2012

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About Steven Thayer

Admitted: 1977, Washington

Professional Webpage:


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

Bar/Professional Activity:

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

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

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


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

Educational Background:

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

Industry Groups

  • Criminal Defense Law
Office Location for Steven W. Thayer

112 W 11th Street
Suite 200
Vancouver, WA 98660

Phone: 360-694-8290

Fax: 360-694-7921

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Last Updated: 11/5/2018

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