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Mark Blair

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(206) 622-6562

2033 6th Ave, #350
Seattle, Washington 98121

Martindale-Hubbell®A former prosecutor and Judge Pro-Tempore,Mark leads Blair & Kim, PLLC's Criminal Defense Practice.

Committed to your best result

Mark Blair grew up in a legal family and inherited an abiding respect and passion for the rule of law. After graduating with honors from Seattle University School of Law, Mark worked as a prosecutor in King, Yakima, and Thurston Counties. He argued hundreds of criminal cases and earned a reputation as an articulate and tenacious prosecutor who was also realistic and fair-minded.

In 1997, Mark decided to cross the aisle to work as a defense attorney on behalf of individuals accused of DUI, domestic violence, property crimes, and other criminal offenses. He made the switch in order to focus more on individual clients. Says Mark, “As a prosecutor, you have hundreds of cases. As a defense attorney, you have one client—and that case gets your entire focus.”

Hard work, fact finding and legal insight can change a prosecutor's mind

Mark knows that his experience as a prosecutor works to his clients' advantage. “It's all about understanding your opponents' mind set,” he explains. Prosecutors base their cases on evidence collected by the police. Their mindset is to convict. Mark believes that the best way for a defense attorney to change the prosecutors mind is by presenting new facts. This can be new evidence, an alternative explanation of how the crime was committed, or a different reading of the law. “You have to respectfully educate the prosecutor. If you present a compelling scenario that's different than the prosecution originally envisioned, then you can negotiate a more appropriate charge—either a reduction or outright dismissal.”

Of course, obtaining new evidence or developing an alternative legal theory comes from hard work. As a defense attorney, Mark is able to focus on each individual client—not a boatload of cases—and thus outwork the prosecution. If the case goes to trial, the focus shifts to persuading a judge or jury. Here, Mark is articulate and thinks on his feet. But the results come from superior preparation. Says Mark, “I will always argue my client's defense to the utmost. I find a way to do it with respect—for the judge, the jury and our legal system."

Membership & Affiliations

King County Bar Association

Federal Bar Association Western District of Washington

Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

Washington State Bar Association

Washington Defender Association

Career Highlights

Judge Pro Tem Lakewood Municipal Court since 2015
Co-founded Blair & Kim, PLLC in 2005
Began practicing as a criminal defense attorney in 2000
Thurston County - Deputy Prosecuting Attorney 1997
Yakima County - Deputy Prosecuting Attorney 1996-1997
King County - Deputy Prosecuting Attorney 1995-1996
Received JD degree cum laude from Seattle University 1995
Honored with the American Jurisprudence Award for “Excellent Achievement in the Study of Criminal Law” 1992