Attorney Laura Shaver

Laura Shaver has been practicing law since 2011, focusing on criminal defense. She focuses her practice on the representation of juveniles and adults accused of misdemeanors and felonies.

Ms. Shaver began her legal career in the San Diego Public Defender’s Office where she worked closely on several homicide cases before transferring to the Major Felony Unit where the majority of her caseload consisted of three-strike cases. During this time, Ms. Shaver also dedicated her free time to the California Innocence Project where she assisted staff attorneys in proving factual innocence for the wrongfully accused and incarcerated.

Upon graduating law school, Ms. Shaver returned home, to the Pacific Northwest. After passing the Washington State Bar she began working for a solo practitioner in the Pierce County area where she gained extensive motion and trial experience defending clients facing a wide range of charges. From there, Ms. Shaver, a Yakima native, was hired to work as a Public Defender at the Yakima County Department of Assigned Counsel. While there, she served as lead counsel on hundreds of juvenile felony and misdemeanor cases.

Ms. Shaver assists clients charged with misdemeanors and felonies. She also handles post-conviction matters such as, relief from sex offender registration, vacating and sealing convictions, RALJ appeals, and commutations and pardons.

Education

San Diego State University, Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science, 2007.
University of Oxford, New College, Certificate of Study in Human Rights, 2007.
Thomas Jefferson School of Law, Juris Doctor, 2011.

Professional Licenses

Washington State Bar
United States District Court for the Western District of Washington

Professional Organizations

Washington State Bar Association
Snohomish County Bar Association
Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
Washington Defender Association.
National CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) Association

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