Neil Fox is a 1985 graduate of the University of Illinois School of Law. He holds a Master's degree in Labor and Industrial Relations, also from the University of Illinois. His practice has centered on criminal defense at the trial, appellate and post-conviction levels.
From 1985 until 1989, Mr. Fox was a staff attorney at the Washington Appellate Defender Association. From 1989 until 2002, he was a staff attorney and supervisor at the Seattle-King County Public Defender Association. In 2003, he became "of counsel" to the small Seattle criminal defense firm of Cohen & Iaria. He began the Law Office of Neil Fox PLLC in January 2010.
Mr. Fox is admitted to practice in Washington State, the United States District Courts for the Western and Eastern Districts of Washington, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals and the United States Supreme Court.
In his over twenty-six years of practice, Mr. Fox has handled hundreds of felony and misdemeanor appeals and trials, including capital cases. He has handled numerous post-conviction cases involving non-citizens being deported as a result of criminal convictions. He also has experience with out-of-state and international discovery and extradition matters, as well as sex offender registration issues.
Mr. Fox is qualified, under Washington Supreme Court Rules, to handle death penalty cases at the trial, appellate and post-conviction levels. Mr. Fox is also a cooperating attorney with the Mexican Capital Legal Assistance Program ("MCLAP") which represents the Mexican Government's interest in capital cases in the United States involving Mexican nationals, and worked on capital cases in Washington, Oregon and Texas in that capacity.
In 1997 Mr. Fox was a National Lawyers Guild observer at the Truth and Reconciliation Commission hearings in South Africa. In 1988, he was a member of a human rights delegation to the West Bank and Gaza. In 1990 and 1991, he traveled extensively and lectured about law and human rights in Austria and the former Czechoslovakia. In the late 1970s, he spent a year at Trinity College in Dublin. Finally, in March 2011, Mr. Fox taught criminal law at the Belarusian State University in Minsk, in a program arranged by the Center for International Legal Studies in Salzburg, Austria.
In 2001, Mr. Fox was given the President's Award by the Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. In 2003, the Washington Coalition Against the Death Penalty gave him the Abolitionist of the Year award. Mothers for Police Accountability named him "Lawyer of the Year" in 2003 "for advocating for difficult cases, doing his homework and making headway where others had given up." Seattle Magazine named him as the Best Public Defender in Seattle in January 2001. Washington Law & Politics has also repeatedly selected him as a "Super Lawyer." Mr. Fox has earned an "AV" Peer Review rating from Martindale-Hubbell, the highest such rating.