(206) 728-0996   
Practice Areas


Professional Experience

1991 - present
Lenell Nussbaum, Attorney at Law
Private practice emphasizing criminal defense trials and appeals

2002 - present Washington Sentencing Guidelines Commission
Appointed by Gov. Gary Locke
Reappointed by Gov. Christine Gregoire

2002 - present Justice, Suquamish Tribal Appeals Court

March, 2007 Visiting Instructor, Petrozavodsk State
University Law Faculty, Petrozavodsk, Russia

1985 - 1991 Washington Appellate Defender Association Staff attorney

1985 Seattle-King County Public Defender Association Staff attorney

1983 - 1985 Eastside Defender Association Staff attorney

1980 - 1983 Jones, Grey & Bayley, P.S. (now Stoel Rives) Associate attorney


J.D., 1980 University of Michigan

B.A., 1977 Indiana University

Awards & Recognitions

Elected Fellow, American Academy of Appellate Lawyers

2000 William O. Douglas Award: "For Extraordinary Courage and Dedication to the Practice of Criminal Law", presented by the Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

1999 - 2012
Washington Super Lawyer

1992 Champion Profile, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

1992 Profile, The American Lawyer

Admitted to practice

1980 Washington State Supreme Court

1981 United States District Court (W.D. Wash.)

1991 United States Court of Appeals (9th Cir.)

1990 United States Supreme Court

2002 Suquamish Tribal Court

2005 United States District Court (E.D. Wash.)

Practice Areas

Preserve Evidence of Innocence
Challenge the Law
Address Client's Underlying Problems

Plea Negotiations

Pretrial Motions


Appeals & Post-Conviction Relief
Motions for New Trial
Personal Restraint Petitions & Habeas Corpus
Clemency & Pardons

Other Representations
Victims & Witnesses
Non-Citizen Clients
"Hopeless" Cases


Law Offices of Lenell Nussbaum
2125 Western Ave., Suite 330 Seattle, WA 98121
Tel: (206) 728-0996 / email: lenell@nussbaumdefense.com


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