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George L. Bianchi
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After leaving the King County Prosecutor's Office in 1985, George L. Bianchi joined The Bianchi Law Firm where he has become recognized as an innovator in the defense of DUI and other alcohol and drug related crimes. George has lectured at numerous CLE programs throughout the United States concerning DUI defense and has been lead counsel in a number of cases resolving significant criminal law issues. He is a member of the Washington State Association for Justice, Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and former president of Washington Foundation for Criminal Justice. In 1999, Martindale-Hubbell awarded him with their highest accolade, an AV rating in the legal profession, which he currently maintains. George is a Founding Member, graduate, and guest lecturer of The National College for DUI Defense. He was elected to the position of Regent with The National College for DUI Defense in July of 2000, elected Dean in 2010, and currently is a Fellow to The National College for DUI Defense. He has been named to the “Super Lawyers” list by Washington Law & Politics annually since 2000, and annually named one of the Top 25 in Criminal Defense on the Washington Super Lawyers List since 2006. In 1999, the Washington Foundation for Criminal Justice presented him with an Award for Creative Advocacy. In 2003, he was presented with the Dean’s Service Award “In Recognition of His Tireless Dedication, Generosity, and Efforts on behalf of the National College for DUI Defense.” In 2012, George was presented with a Certificate of Appreciation from the Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers “In Recognition of and Appreciation for Distinguished Service to the Organization and Its Goals” and in 2013, this same organization presented him with the President’s Award “For Your Distinguished Service to the Highest Traditions of the Criminal Defense Bar.” In December of 2013, the Washington Foundation for Criminal Justice presented George with an award for his “Tireless Leadership, Courage, Integrity, and Command of the Law” and in 2016 this same organization presented him with an “Attorney of the Year” award.  In 2017 George was one of ten to receive the “Champion of Justice Award” from the Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (WACDL), for his contributions to the Draeger Litigation Group and the enormous amount of volunteered time and work involved in challenging the results from the Draeger Alcotest 9510, Washington State’s newest DUI breath testing machine. In addition to criminal defense, The Bianchi Law Firm also emphasizes personal injury litigation and appellate practice.

Areas of Practice

  • DUI/DWI
  • Litigation & Appeals
  • Personal Injury -- Plaintiff

Bar Admissions

  • Washington, 1982
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Washington, 1982

Education

  • Gonzaga University School of Law, Spokane, Washington
    • J.D. - 1981
  • Gonzaga University, Spokane, Washington
    • B.S. - 1980
    • Major: Business

Classes/Seminars

  • Every year has participated in the organization of the Annual Defending DUIs Seminar sponsored by the Washington Foundation for Criminal Justice (WFCJ) in Seattle, Washington. In addition, has been a presenter on various topics over 25 times., 1985 to Present
  • In the capacity as Regent, Dean, and Dean Emeritus to the National College for DUI Defense (NCDD) has participated in breakout groups and/or lectured at each annual Summer Session CLE program conducted at the Harvard Law School Facilities in Cambridge, Massachusetts., 2000 to 2012
  • Presenter at the Idaho Public Defender DUI Conference, Sponsored by the Idaho State Public Defense Commission, “Cannabis & Cars” in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, 05/19/2017 to 05/19/2017
  • Presenter at DUI on Trial-Big Apple XVI, Sponsored by the New York State Bar Association, “Cannabis & Cars” in New York, New York., 05/11/2017 to 05/11/2017
  • Presenter at Mastering Scientific Evidence in DUI/DWI Cases, Sponsored by the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association (TCDLA) and the National College for DUI Defense (NCDD) in New Orleans, Louisiana. “Cannabis & Cars”, 03/23/2017 to 03/24/2017
  • Presenter at Annual Defending DUIs Seminar; Blood, Breath and Tears: Defending the Modern DUI Case, “Blood Warrants: I Vant to Suck Your Blood,” in Seattle, Washington (WFCJ)., 12/09/2016 to 12/09/2016
  • Presenter at Clallam-Jefferson County Pro Bono Lawyers CLE Bonanza, “Cannabis & Cars” in Sequim, Washington., 11/04/2016 to 11/04/2016
  • Presenter at NACDL/NCDD’s 20th Annual DUI Seminar: High Gear Defenses for Getting to Victory Lane, “Cannabis & Cars” in Las Vegas, Nevada., 09/24/2016 to 09/24/2016
  • Presenter at NACDL’s 9th Annual Drug Conference; Defending the Modern Drug Case, “Cannabis & Cars” in Las Vegas, Nevada., 09/22/2016 to 09/22/2016
  • Presenter at Texas DWI Lawyers Advanced DWI Trial Skills and Forensic Science CLE; Blood, Sweat & Beers, “Cannabis & Cars” in Tapatio Springs, Texas., 09/15/2016 to 09/15/2016
  • Presenter at Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense 43rd Annual Meeting & CLE; Innovations in Criminal Defense, “Cannabis & Cars” in Knoxville, Tennessee., 08/05/2016 to 08/05/2016
  • Presenter at Maryland Criminal Defense Attorneys’ Association 13th Annual Advanced DUI Defense Seminar, “Cannabis & Cars” in Baltimore, Maryland., 05/06/2016 to 05/06/2016
  • Presenter at WFCJ and Seattle University School of Law; Blood, Breath, and Tears DUI Seminar, “Cannabis & Cars” in Seattle, Washington. , 03/23/2016 to 03/23/2016
  • Presenter at WACDL Spring Training; Hitting a Home Run Through Search and Seizure, “Cannabis & Cars” in Seattle and Pasco, Washington., 03/08/2016 to 03/18/2016
  • Presenter at WACDL Spring Training; Hitting a Home Run Through Search and Seizure, “Cannabis & Cars” in Seattle and Pasco, Washington., 03/25/2016 to 03/25/2016
  • Presenter at NCDD Winter Session Seminar; What You Need to Know to Defend a Marijuana DUI Case, “Cannabis & Cars” in Marina Del Rey, California, 01/21/2016 to 01/21/2016
  • Presenter at NACDL/NCDD DUI Seminar; “Cannabis & Cars” in Las Vegas, Nevada., 09/12/2014 to 09/12/2014
  • Presenter at Annual Defending DUIs Seminar; “I-502 on I-5 and I-90: Defending the Marijuana DUI” in Seattle, Washington (WFCJ)., 12/13/2013 to 12/13/2013
  • Presenter at “DUI-Challenges to Blood Search Warrants in SMC” in Seattle, Washington., 05/14/2013 to 05/14/2013
  • Presenter at “Defending the Marijuana DUI: I-502 and the 411 on 420” in Seattle, Washington (WFCJ)., 05/10/2013 to 05/10/2013
  • Presenter at Mastering Scientific Evidence in DUI/DWI Cases, Sponsored by the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association (TCDLA) and the National College for DUI Defense (NCDD) in New Orleans, Louisiana., 04/14/2011 to 04/16/2011
  • National College for DUI Defense (NCDD) Winter Session CLE Program in Mazatlán, Mexico., 01/20/2011 to 01/21/2011
  • Presenter at Stuart Kinard Memorial Advanced DWI Seminar; Ridin’ the Herd with Pretrial Motions in San Antonio Texas., 11/12/2009 to 11/13/2009
  • Presenter at NACDL/NCDD’s 13th Annual DUI Seminar; Legal Writing for Motions & Jury Instructions in Las Vegas, Nevada., 10/08/2009 to 10/09/2009
  • Presenter at Magical Mystery Motions Seminar sponsored by Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (WACDL) in Seattle, Washington., 12/05/2008 to 12/05/2008
  • Presenter at the Kansas Criminal Defense Bar DUI Seminar in Wichita, Kansas., 11/01/2007 to 11/31/2007
  • Presenter at NACDL/NCDD DUI Seminar; Communicating Your Way to an Acquittal in Las Vegas, Nevada., 10/01/2010 to 10/31/2010
  • Presenter at Mastering Scientific Evidence in DUI/DWI Cases, Sponsored by The Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association (TCDLA) and the National College for DUI Defense (NCDD) in Dallas, Texas., 03/30/2006 to 04/01/2006
  • Presenter at the National College for DUI Defense (NCDD) Winter Session CLE Program in San Diego, California., 01/01/2004 to 01/31/2004
  • Presenter at NACDL/NCDD DUI Seminar; Presenting a Gold Medal Defense in Las Vegas, Nevada., 10/01/2004 to 10/31/2004
  • Presenter at the Northwest Academy for DUI Defense DUI Boot Camp; Mastering Pre-Trial Motions in DUI Cases in Seattle Washington., 10/01/2002 to 10/31/2002
  • Presenter at the Northwest Academy for DUI Defense DUI Boot Camp; Field Sobriety Testing in Seattle, Washington., 10/01/2001 to 10/31/2001
  • Presenter at the National College for DUI Defense (NCDD) Winter Session CLE Program in Kauai, Hawaii., 01/01/2001 to 01/31/2001
  • Presenter at the National College for DUI Defense (NCDD) Summer Session CLE Program located at the Harvard Law School Facilities in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
  • Trainer at the DUI Defense Skills Certificate Program sponsored by the University of Washington Law School Foundation in Seattle, Washington., 08/14/1995 to 08/16/1995
  • Presenter at “Celebrating A Decade of Defense” sponsored by the Washington Defender Association (WDA) and the Criminal Justice Training Commission (CJTC)., 04/22/1994 to 04/24/1994

Honors and Awards

  • Named a DWI specialist by the Minnesota Society for Criminal Justice.
  • AV Preeminent Rating in Legal Ability and Ethical Standards from Martindale-Hubbell. AV is the highest possible peer review rating.
  • Annually named Super Lawyer by Washington Law and Politics.
  • Named Top 25 Criminal Defense Attorney by Washington Law and Politics.
  • Annually named one of Seattle’s Top Criminal Defense Lawyers by Seattle Met Magazine.
  • Attended the first National College for DUI Defense (NCDD) Summer Session CLE Program conducted at the Harvard Law School Facilities in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
  • Completed NHTSA Certification Course on Standardized Field Sobriety Testing in Atlanta, Georgia.
  • Elected Vice President to the Washington Foundation for Criminal Justice (WFCJ). Retained this position until elected President in July of 2008.
  • Certificate of Award for Creative Advocacy from the Washington Foundation for Criminal Justice (WFCJ).
  • Elected as Regent to the National College for DUI Defense (NCDD). Retained this position until July 30, 2011 when appointed as Dean Emeritus to the NCDD.
  • Published in Drunk Driving Defense, Fifth Edition, Cumulative Supplement, Lawrence Taylor, Chapter 11, §11.5.2, Field Sobriety Tests, pages 144-153.
  • Appointed as Parliamentarian to the National College for DUI Defense (NCDD).
  • Presented with “Dean’s Service Award” from the National College for DUI Defense (NCDD), “In Recognition of His Tireless Dedication, Generosity, and Efforts on Behalf of the National College for DUI Defense.”
  • Published in Washington State Trial Lawyers Association (WSTLA), Trial News, WHAT ARE “FIELD SOBRIETY TESTS.”
  • Organized and Completed NHTSA Drug Evaluation and Classification (DECP) Overview Course in Seattle, Washington.
  • Attended “The Effects of Drugs on Human Performance and Behavior,” sponsored by the Robert F. Borkenstein Center for Studies of Law in Action, and conducted at Indiana University.
  • Elected as Treasurer to the National College for DUI Defense (NCDD).
  • Served on the City of Seattle Panel to review public defense services and assigned contracts.
  • Elected President to the Washington Foundation for Criminal Justice (WFCJ). Retained this position until his resignation in July of 2013.
  • Elected as Secretary to the National College for DUI Defense (NCDD).
  • Elected as Assistant Dean to the National College for DUI Defense (NCDD).
  • Published in Inside the Minds: Understanding DUI Scientific Evidence, Chapter 3, Field Sobriety Testing and Driver Impairment: Linked or Not?, Co-authored with Ted Vosk.
  • Named one of Seattle’s Top Criminal Lawyers by Seattle Met Magazine.
  • July 31, 2010: Elected as Dean to the National College for DUI Defense (NCDD).
  • Named a Fellow to the National College for DUI Defense (NCDD).
  • Presented with “Certificate of Appreciation” from Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (WACDL), “In Recognition of and Appreciation for Distinguished Service to the Organization and Its Goals.”
  • Appointed as member to the National College for DUI Defense Foundation which reviews and provides scholarships for attorneys to attend the four seminars sponsored or co-sponsored annually by the National College for DUI Defense.
  • Presented with “President’s Award” from Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (WACDL), “For Your Distinguished Service to the Highest Traditions of the Criminal Defense Bar.”
  • Presented with an award for his “Tireless Leadership, Courage, Integrity, and Command of the Law” from the Washington Foundation for Criminal Justice (WFCJ).
  • Presented with “Attorney of the Year” award from the Washington Foundation for Criminal Justice (WFCJ).
  • Published in “Drinking and Driving Law Letter” Vol. 35, No. 24 (2016), A.W. Jones and James Wigmore: “Must Have” Articles of Interest.
  • One of ten individuals presented with the “Champion of Justice Award” from the Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (WACDL), for his contributions to the Draeger Litigation Group and the enormous amount of volunteered time and work involved in challenging the results from the Draeger Alcotest 9510, Washington State’s newest DUI breath testing machine.

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL)
  • National College for DUI Defense, Founding Member (NCDD)
  • International Association for Chemical Testing (IACT)
  • Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (WACDL)
  • Washington Foundation for Criminal Justice (WFCJ)

Past Employment Positions

  • Amicus Committee, Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (WACDL) 2017
  • Faculty Member to the National College for DUI Defense (NCDD) Current Status
  • Fellow to the National College for DUI Defense (NCDD) Current Status
  • July 25, 2012: Appointed as member to the National College for DUI Defense Foundation (NCDD)
  • President of the Washington Foundation for Criminal Justice (WFCJ) 2008-2013, 2008 to 2013
  • Dean Emeritus to the National College for DUI Defense (NCDD), 2011 to 2012
  • Dean to the National College for DUI Defense (NCDD), 2010 to 2011
  • Assistant Dean to the National College for DUI Defense (NCDD) , 2009 to 2010
  • Regent to the National College for DUI Defense (NCDD), 2000 to 2011
  • Parliamentarian to the National College for DUI Defense (NCDD), 2002 to 2011
  • Vice President of the Washington Foundation for Criminal Justice (WFCJ), 1998 to 2008