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
Licensed, Washington State Bar Association
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
- 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."