Neil Fox is a veteran criminal-defense trial lawyer who listens carefully to your needs and vigorously protects your rights.

With over 30 years of experience, Neil represents clients in trials, appeals, and post-conviction cases in Washington State and in federal court. Using thorough investigative skills, Neil leaves no stone unturned to help you win the best possible result, so you can return to your life.

Neil offers clients the efficiency and personal attention of a solo practitioner, with the legal horsepower of a larger firm. He organizes the right resources for your case, which may include legal or forensic experts, private investigators, citizen groups, and mitigation specialists.

He is both discreet and media-savvy, depending on the needs of the case.

Neil cares about people and is committed to protecting their struggle for justice. He became an attorney because he believes the government can easily abuse its power. Through zealous representation, Neil tries to help normal people caught up in a system that can be frightening.

Neil also assists other lawyers on large and complex cases outside their expertise. He has managed litigation across multiple platforms and courts, including teams of lawyers in different locations and across international borders.


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About Neil Fox

With over 30 years of experience, Neil Fox has represented thousands of clients in felony and misdemeanor trials and appeals, including capital cases.

Neil started his practice as a staff attorney at the Washington Appellate Defender Association from 1985 to 1989. He then served as a staff attorney and supervisor at the Seattle-King County Public Defender Association from 1989 to 2002. He joined Cohen & Iaria, a small Seattle criminal defense firm, as “of counsel” from 2003 to 2009. Neil started his own firm, the Law Office of Neil Fox PLLC, in 2010.

Neil’s strengths include both legal analysis and trial skills. He has represented many foreign-born clients and handled inter-state and international discovery and extradition. He is a cooperating attorney with the Mexican Capital Legal Assistance Program, representing the interests of the Mexican government in capital cases involving Mexican nationals.



Practice Areas



Criminal Defense Trials

Being accused of a crime is an alarming and scary experience, particularly if you know little about the inner workings of the legal system. Neil takes the time to explain how the system works and what your options are so you can make the best informed decisions. Then, with thorough investigation of police allegations and detailed and creative legal analysis and brief writing, Neil will defend you either by trying to get a case dismissed or resolved favorably, or when necessary, by using well-planned strategies and courtroom skills at trial.

Neil has defended clients accused of:

Domestic violence
Sex offenses
Gun possession
Federal crimes





COVID-19 litigation. When the pandemic struck, many of Neil’s clients were locked up in prisons where social distancing was near impossible. Neil worked with other lawyers to try to get the courts to order systemic changes to protect people in prisons. To view the amicus brief Neil co-authored, see http://www.courts.wa.gov/content/Briefs/A08/983178%20Amicus%20-%20SEattle%20Chapter%20of%20National%20Lawyers%20Guild.pdf

Neil also filed a motion for compassionate release for someone serving a five-year sentence for federal drug charges who was incarcerated in a federal prison in California that was ravaged by COVID-19. When the judge initially denied the motion, Neil filed a motion for reconsideration and the judge finally released Neil’s client from prison.






Judge says record ID’ing police officers who attended rally before capitol riot can be released—but not yet
March 10, 2021

Neil Fox honored with ACLU and WSBA awards
October 29, 2020

Activists ask Seattle judge to dismiss charges over street protests
March 1, 2019

Abolished: How UW research convinced the state’s highest court to toss out the death penalty
March 2019

Seattle anti-fascists expose SPD protection of far-right militia event
December 18, 2018

The struggle against the death penalty moves forward in Washington state: Reflections on State v. Gregory
Fall/Winter 2018

Death penalty struck down by WA Supreme Court, taking 8 men off death row
October 11, 2018

Washington Supreme Court strikes down state’s death penalty, saying it is ‘arbitrary and racially biased’
October 11, 2018

Protesters vow to continue tactics despite the threat of prosecution
October 5, 2018

True East Part 2, Season 1 of The Confession Tapes, a Netflix series

Three arrested for oil pipeline “sabotage” in Skagit County include two filmmakers
October 20, 2016

Documentary film-makers face decades in prison for taping oil pipeline protests
October 20, 2016

21 things to know about your right to protest and how to do it safely
January 19, 2017

How the trial of a Black Lives Matter protester could become a deep dive into one cop’s turbulent past at the SPD: The key witness for the prosecution is an officer with a history of troubles
July 29, 2015

Blacks in Washington far more likely to get death penalty, study finds
February 23, 2014

Report: Race factors when jurors impose execution
February 22, 2014

What are they hiding? Two activists were released from prison, but Feds still won’t release their records
March 13, 2013

Report: Race factors when jurors impose execution
February 22, 2014

The Stranger goes to court over ‘unjustified secrecy’ in May Day case
February 3, 2014

Judge delays ruling on Sept. 7 ILWU trespassing case
December 1, 2011

Judge hears appeal of 2008 murder-for-hire conviction
April 28, 2011

Murder conviction vacated for Lynnwood killer of 3-year-old
January 15, 2005

Police tactics challenged in Rafay case
October 18, 2001

Canada says pair can’t face death penalty
February 16, 2001

WTO commentary; Writer has a lot to learn on human rights, democracy
December 21, 1999

7 Greenpeace activists cleared
June 11, 1998

Missed deadline means no death penalty in killing
November 3, 1994




Call our law office for a free 30-minute consultation on your case.

Law Office of Neil Fox, PLLC
2125 Western Avenue, Suite 330
Seattle, WA 98121 USA

(206) 728-5440
(206) 953-0233
(866) 422-0542

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