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Elissa Brine

Sometimes bad things happen to good people, I will help!
  • Criminal Law, DUI & DWI, Domestic Violence
  • Washington
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In her 13 years as an attorney, Elissa has learned to fight for her clients at every opportunity. She believes that every client needs individual attention and zealous advocacy. Elissa understands that whether the charge is a class A felony or a simple misdemeanor, the stakes are high, and she works to make sure that her clients get the best result possible for their case.

Elissa has an open-door policy with clients. She understands the stress involved with criminal charges and understands that clients need access to their attorneys even when there are no major updates in a case. Elissa firmly believes that everyone deserves to be treated with respect, no matter how their charges or criminal history appear.

Elissa worked as a defense attorney on the east side for 9 years. She started her career in law at the Snohomish County Public Defenders’ office. Elissa does not shy away from trial, and have won many trials ranging from drug charges and DUIs to domestic violence cases in her career.

Elissa graduated with her B.A. from the University of Puget Sound, an M.S. from Virginia Tech and a law degree from the University of Washington.

Practice Areas
  • Criminal Law
  • DUI & DWI
  • Domestic Violence
Additional Practice Area
  • Sex Crimes
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
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Professional Experience
Benjamin and Healy, PLLC
Stein, Lotzkar and Starr
Snohomish County Public Defense Association
University of Washington School of Law
J.D. (2005) | Law School
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Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
M.S. (2004) | Science and Technology Studies
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University of Puget Sound
B.A. (2002) | Philosophy
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Top Attorney
Volunteer Overnight Supervisor
Rising Out of the Shadows
ROOTS Young Adult Shelter builds community and fosters dignity through access to essential services and a safe place to sleep for young adults experiencing homelessness.
Street Youth Legal Advocates of Washington
SYLAW's mission is to eradicate the civil legal barriers that homeless youth and youth at-risk of homelessness face which prevent them from becoming self-sufficient. SYLAW provides information and education to homeless and at-risk youth in the areas housing, education, employment, family law, consumer law, and public entitlements. INTAKE SYLAW's intake is currently closed and we are not accepting new referrals/cases. We hope to begin accepting referrals in June 2016 through our new partnership with Legal Counsel for Youth and Children (LCYC). Please visit LCYC's website for more info.
Mediation Grant
University of Washington
Fellow National Network for Environmental Management Studies
Environmental Protection Agency
The purpose of the NNEMS fellowship was to: Provide students with practical research opportunities and experiences in an EPA office or laboratory Increase public awareness of and involvement in environmental issues Encourage qualified individuals to pursue environmental careers Help defray the costs associated with the pursuit of academic programs related to the field of environmental protection, such as pollution control, science, engineering, technology, social science, and specialty areas The NNEMS program offered fellowships developed and sponsored by the EPA Headquarters office in Washington, D.C. and in the EPA’s 10 regional offices and laboratories throughout the United States. The projects were specifically narrow in scope, allowing students to complete the fellowship while working full-time at the EPA during the summer or part-time during the school year.
Philosophy Student of the Year
University of Puget Sound
Carol Reed Research Scholar
University of Puget Sound
Professional Associations
King County Bar Association
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Washington State Bar # 36579
- Current
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Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
- Current
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Articles & Publications
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WSCAI Journal
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