Firm News


Saunders co-chairs Continuing Legal Education (CLE) seminar on Modern Legal Writing

By Thrive | May 3, 2022

Joshua Saunders served as co-chair for the Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Spring CLE, Oyez! Oyez! Modernizing Legal Writing. Aimed at making legal writing less stodgy and more persuasive, the seminar brought together three attorneys and a judge to share their wisdom.  Moderated by Saunders and his co-chair, the presentations focused on the language,…

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David Marshall is Super Again!

By The Marshall Defense Firm | March 22, 2022

David Marshall has been selected as a Washington Super Lawyer in criminal defense for 2022. This is the latest in a long string of such annual selections for him. The annual Super Lawyer selection process starts with nomination by other attorneys. It then relies on broad evaluation of each nominated lawyer by independent researchers and…

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Marshall and Saunders Alert Criminal Attorneys to Protection Order Changes

By The Marshall Defense Firm | October 20, 2021

David Marshall and Joshua Saunders have advised prosecutors and criminal defense attorneys about Washington’s new rules for Domestic Violence Protection Orders, Sexual Assault Protection Orders, and the four other kinds of protection order authorized in Washington. They spoke October 7 at the Criminal Justice Institute, building on their similar presentation to family lawyers on September…

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Saunders and Marshall Explain New Protection Order Law

By The Marshall Defense Firm | September 30, 2021

Joshua Saunders and David Marshall have explained to other attorneys House Bill 1320, the new Washington law governing protection order cases. They spoke September 19 to Domestic Relations Attorneys of Washington at their Annual Continuing Legal Education conference in Skamania, Washington.   The new law is intended to harmonize and simplify Washington’s six different kinds of…

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Marshall Defense Firm Client Cleared of False Rape and Kidnapping Accusations.

By The Marshall Defense Firm | February 22, 2021

Charges have been dismissed against Thomas Kirk Brownlee of Kirkland. David Marshall and Kristina Selset fought for five months to defend Brownlee against a young woman’s accusation that he kidnapped and raped her. The prosecutor moved to dismiss all charges upon seeing strong evidence that the woman had lied about the incident. “We were thrilled…

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Past Events

David Marshall Signs Open Letter to Stop “Victim-Centered” Practices

By Thrive | July 26, 2018

SAVE (Stop Abusive and Violent Environments), a non-profit organization that focuses on promoting due process and fairness in legal proceedings for both the accusers and the accused, has issued an open letter denouncing the biased “victim-centered” approach taken in many sexual assault investigations. David Marshall is one of the letter’s signers. The letter aims to…

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David Marshall and Aimée Sutton Spoke at WACDL’s Annual “Trial Toolbox” Conference

By The Marshall Defense Firm | June 15, 2018
David Marshall raising his hand as he speaks at the WACDL's Annual "Trial Toolbox" Conference

The Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers held its Annual “Trial Toolbox” Conference June 7th – 9th at Campbell’s Resort on Lake Chelan. Aimée, the Secretary of Board of Governors of the WACDL, was one of the Co-Chairs of the program. The program is designed to help lawyers overcome the challenges they face every day…

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Marshall Teaches Trial Advocacy in Botswana

By The Marshall Defense Firm | May 9, 2018
David Marshall speaking to a group of lawyers in Botswana

“I put it to you . . . that you are lying!” While a cross-examination “question” like that one leaves no doubt about the cross-examiner’s zeal, it is not likely to advance his client’s cause. Yet that sort of cross-examination has long been a staple in many courts in Africa. In April 2018, David Marshall…

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Marshall and Sutton Confer with Title IX Defense Attorneys

By The Marshall Defense Firm | March 28, 2018
gold Roman numeral IX reflected on water isolated on white background

David Marshall and Aimee Sutton participated in the Fourth Annual Title IX Symposium on campus sexual assault cases in Washington, D.C., March 2018. The full-day event for lawyers focused on sharing strategies for defending accused students in campus disciplinary proceedings, and on seeking relief in court for students when school officials unfairly find them at fault….

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In the Footsteps of Clarence Darrow

By The Marshall Defense Firm | November 16, 2016
Gray scale image of Clarence Darrow, criminal defense law attorney

A lot more law students initially contemplate careers in criminal defense law than those who eventually pursue them. Aimée Sutton and David Marshall share their perspective on what life is like for those who didn’t steer clear of criminal law in the November 2016 issue of NWLawyer. By Aimée Sutton and David S. Marshall A lot…

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Guantanamo Bay Case

Ahmed Ajam Succeeds in Uruguay

By The Marshall Defense Firm | August 24, 2018
Ahmed Ajam wearing a green shirt speaking into a microphone

In 2014, Ahmed Ajam was released from the Guantanamo Bay detention center after being imprisoned for almost thirteen years without trial. David Marshall took his case pro bono publico and represented Mr. Ajam for eight years. Today, Ahmed is living in Montevideo, Uruguay and runs a pastry stall in a public market. Although he is…

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Marshall Defense Firm Celebrates Ahmed Ajam’s Release From Guantanamo

By The Marshall Defense Firm | February 27, 2015
Mark Olsen, Leslie Olson, and David Marshall celebrating client's release from guantanamo bay detention camp

On February 11th, The Marshall Defense Firm hosted a celebration of the freedom of its last client imprisoned at Guantanamo Bay, Ahmed Ajam. Mr. Ajam, a native of Syria, has been resettled in Uruguay. The firm represented Mr. Ajam and two other Guantanamo prisoners pro bono publico, that is, without charging any attorney’s fee. Among…

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Ahmed Ajam Released from Guantanamo Bay Detention Center by Obama Administration

By The Marshall Defense Firm | January 23, 2015
Head shot of Ahmed Ajam wearing a light blue shirt

The Obama administration announced on December 7, 2014, that it had released six prisoners who had been held at the Guantanamo Bay detention center. Among the six was Ahmed Ajam, a Syrian, who had been held at Guantanamo since 2001 without ever being put on trial. David Marshall represented Mr. Ajam in his legal battle…

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