Blair Kim Attorneys at Law
Mark Blair

Blair Kim Attorneys at Law

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2033 Sixth Ave Suite 350, Seattle , WA 98121

Background and Experience

A former prosecutor, Mark leads Blair & Kim, PLLC's Criminal Defense Practice. Mark Blair grew up in a legal family and inherited an abiding respect and passion for the rule of law. After graduating with honors from Seattle University School of Law, Mark worked as a prosecutor in King, Yakima, and Thurston Counties. He argued hundreds of criminal cases and earned a reputation as an articulate and tenacious prosecutor who was also realistic and fair-minded.

In 1997, Mark decided to cross the aisle to work as a defense attorney on behalf of individuals accused of DUI, domestic violence, property crimes, and other criminal offenses. He made the switch in order to focus more on individual clients. Says Mark, “As a prosecutor, you have hundreds of cases. As a defense attorney, you have one client—and that case gets your entire focus.”

Mark knows that his experience as a prosecutor works to his clients' advantage. “It's all about understanding your opponents' mind set,” he explains. Prosecutors base their cases on evidence collected by the police. Their mindset is to convict. Mark believes that the best way for a defense attorney to change the prosecutors mind is by presenting new facts. This can be new evidence, an alternative explanation of how the crime was committed, or a different reading of the law. “You have to respectfully educate the prosecutor. If you present a compelling scenario that's different than the prosecution originally envisioned, then you can negotiate a more appropriate charge—either a reduction or outright dismissal.”

Of course, obtaining new evidence or developing an alternative legal theory comes from hard work. As a defense attorney, Mark is able to focus on each individual client—not a boatload of cases—and thus outwork the prosecution. If the case goes to trial, the focus shifts to persuading a judge or jury. Here, Mark is articulate and thinks on his feet. But the results come from superior preparation. Says Mark, “I will always argue my client's defense to the utmost. I find a way to do it with respect—for the judge, the jury and our legal system."

Washington, 1995
Seattle University School of Law, JD - Juris Doctor, 1995
University of Hawaii, Political Science, MA, 1991
University of Northern Colorado, Political Science, BA, 1988
10 Best for Client Satisfaction, American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys, 2016
Top 100 Criminal Defense Lawyers, American Society of Legal Advocates, 2016
AV Rated, Martindale-Hubbell, 2016
AV Peer Review Rating, Martindale-Hubbell, 2015
Top Contributor - DUI, AVVO. 2015
Lead Counsel Rated, Lead Counsel, 2015
Top Contributor, AVVO, 2014
King County Bar Association
Federal Bar Association Western District of Washington
National College for DUI Defense
Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
Washington State Bar Association
Washington Defender Association
Blair Kim Attorneys at Law

Mark Blair
2033 Sixth Ave Suite 350
Seattle, WA 98121

Listing last updated: June 29, 2016 at 10:16 am
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