Firm News


David Marshall Earns Super Lawyer Recognition Once Again: A Testament to Unwavering Excellence

By The Marshall Defense Firm | August 1, 2023

We are once again thrilled to announce that David Marshall has been selected as a Super Lawyer. The annual selections were recently published on July 31st. Distinguished from other attorney rating systems, Super Lawyers upholds the highest standards of rigor. As stated on the Super Lawyers website: “Peer nominations and evaluations are combined with independent…

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Saunders Saves Client Two Decades in Prison

By David S. Marshall | July 23, 2023

Josh Saunders has negotiated a huge reduction in a client’s prison term. It was an extraordinary accomplishment, catching the attention of the news media. Josh noted this gives the client, who came to our firm after losing his trial and going to prison, a much brighter future. “Our work reduced his sentence by 18.5 years,”…

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Saunders Article Featured in Washington State Bar News

By The Marshall Defense Firm | August 27, 2022

Josh Saunders’s article about changes to civil protection order hearings in House Bill 1320 has been featured in the July issue of Washington State Bar News. The article summarizes the law, which went into effect in early July, and offers lawyers and judges advice on implementing it. The law’s goal, according to its text, is…

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

By The Marshall Defense Firm | 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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Past Events

Aimée Sutton’s Expertise on KIRO-TV News

By David S. Marshall | May 26, 2016
Aimée Sutton interview on KIRO 7 TV News

My colleague Aimée Sutton recently received a call from KIRO-TV journalist Essex Porter. The Washington Supreme Court had just decided a case involving child pornography. One of our clients was in the news a few months ago for getting an unusually humane sentence for possession of child pornography. Aimée had represented that fellow—had fought hard…

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Aimée Sutton Participates in Judicial Institute

By The Marshall Defense Firm | August 12, 2015
Judicial Institute logo

Aimée Sutton recently participated in the Judicial Institute, which offers a series of presentations sponsored by the Seattle University Law School for secondary school teachers. Aimée and a federal prosecutor worked together to present a mock voir dire (jury selection) session with about forty school teachers in Judge Donohue’s courtroom. With the teachers serving as…

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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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