Russell M. Aoki
Mr. Aoki's practice emphasizes complex criminal defense and business litigation. During his 30 year career, he has served as a judge pro tem, mediator, arbitrator, special master and special disciplinary counsel for the Washington State Bar Association. Mr. Aoki is under contract as a Coordinating Discovery Attorney for the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts, Defender Services Office, to provide litigation support assistance for major criminal cases across the country.

From 2006 to 2009 Mr. Aoki served on the Washington State Bar Association's Board of Governors, during which he was the Treasurer. Mr. Aoki also served as the Washington State Supreme Court's appointee to the Office of Public Defense Advisory Committee for 12 years. He is the past Board President of Northwest Defender Association, past President of the Asian Bar Association of Washington and a past Trustee of the King County Bar Association. Currently, he is Chair of the Washington State Bar Association's Task Force on the Escalating Cost of Civil Litigation and Trustee for the Legal Foundation of Washington, which helps fund civil legal aid organizations.

Mr. Aoki has been named one of the top 25 Criminal Defense Attorneys in Washington by Washington Law & Politics from 2006 to 2012 and one of the top Criminal Defense Attorneys in Seattle by Seattle Metropolitan Magazine, July 2010 and Seattle Magazine, January 2007. Mr. Aoki is also AV rated by Martindale Hubbell.

Professional Associations

  • Licensed, Washington State Bar Association 1986.

  • Member, King County Bar Association, Asian Bar Association of Washington, National Asian Pacific American Bar Association, American Civil Liberties Union of Washington, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and the Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.


  • Sean Broderick & Russell M. Aoki, Federal Indigent Defense: How to Stop Worrying and Love the Digital Age, A.B.A. CRIM. JUST., Winter 2016, at 4.


  • Recipient, Washington State Bar Association President's Award, "in recognition for long standing extraordinary service to the Washington State Bar, profession and community."