George L. Bianchi
Attorney at Law
A Lawyer of Uncommon Repute
A graduate of Gonzaga University School of Law in 1981, George L. Bianchi was admitted to the Washington State bar in 1982 and worked as a King County Deputy Prosecutor until 1985. He then began work in private practice at The Bianchi Law Firm, which was founded in 1960 by his father Alfred J. Bianchi, a former Washington state Assistant Attorney General and King County Deputy Prosecutor.
The firm has always emphasized criminal defense with special emphasis on DUI and drug-related criminal defense issues. George L. Bianchi has become one of the leading innovators in criminal defense involving alcohol or marijuana. He has published and lectured extensively in these areas on the national level. Recently his popular Cannabis & Cars® lecture and DVD have become an indispensable study in certain legal circles as marijuana laws change here in Washington state as well as other states across the country.
George L. Bianchi’s reputation is such that he often has other lawyers contacting his Bellevue office for guidance with their cases. He also travels throughout Washington to defend clients with particularly challenging legal circumstances, including multiple DUIs.
Looking to The Future
With the legalization of marijuana in Washington state, George L. Bianchi has also begun advising growers, distributors, and ancillary businesses in the area of compliance law once they are licensed to sell marijuana.
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U.S. District Court Western District of Washington, 1982
J.D. - Gonzaga University School of Law, 1981
B.S. - Gonzaga University, 1980
June 6, 2013: 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.”
December 9, 2016: Presented with “Attorney of the Year” award from the Washington Foundation for Criminal Justice (WFCJ).
December 26, 2016: Published in “Drinking and Driving Law Letter” Vol. 35, No. 24 (2016), A.W. Jones and James Wigmore: “Must Have” Articles of Interest.
June 9, 2017: 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.
August 2018: Published in “Washington Criminal Defense” Vol. 32, No.2 (2018), “Ramifications for misdemeanor crimes in district and municipal courts, plus traveling to Canada.”
Faculty Member to the National College for DUI Defense (NCDD)
Fellow to the National College for DUI Defense (NCDD)
National College for DUI Defense, Founding Member (NCDD)
National College for DUI Defense Foundation
International Association for Chemical Testing (IACT)
Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (WACDL)
Washington Foundation for Criminal Justice (WFCJ)