Scott Frederick Leist is an experienced attorney focusing his practice on areas such as speeding and traffic ticket, criminal defense, and DUI & DWI. He practices through his law firm Leist Law Office, also called Washington Traffic Defense, based in Seattle, Washington since 2009.
He has dedicated his law office to provide caring and diligent legal services to good drivers who find themselves in difficult situations. His experience as a former Seattle Police officer and longtime prosecutor helps him bring a unique perspective and set of skills to criminal cases, especially traffic infractions and DUI matters.
He has handled thousands of investigations and trials, from initial police involvement to appeal. He strives to provide zealous as well as personalized representation to his clients.
Before establishing his law firm, he served as Kenya Field Office Director at the International Justice Mission during 2008-2009. He worked as a Deputy Prosecuting Attorney at the King County Prosecutor’s Office for more than five years from 2003 to 2008.
Scott F. Leist started his legal career with the law firm Stoel Rives LLP in 1999 and focussed his practice Estate planning and probate, trust, estate, and complex litigation for more than three years while working there.
He attended the Seattle University School of Law and obtained his Juris Doctorate cum laude in 1999 while becoming Trustee Law Scholar. He became board winner of Alternate Dispute Resolution, Regional Runner-Up of Moot Court Trial Competition, and participated in many other activities while studying there. He obtained the license to practice law in Washington in the year 2000.
He obtained his Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Sociology in the year 1992 and served as a Police Officer at Seattle Police Department for almost seven years from February 1993 to December 1999.
He serves as the Area Committee Member of Sammamish Young Life and a member of the Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers as well as the Washington State Bar Association. He is the former Board Member of the FEAR Project and past President of the King County Deputy Prosecuting Attorney’s Association.
The Washington State Bar Association granted him the Pro Bono Publico Award in consecutive years from 2009 to 2017.
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