"I can't tell you how comforting it was to have such a committed and communicative advocate for my daughter's side. And the fact that your legal strategy worked so well is just icing on the cake. Thanks from us all." - Father of WTO protestor, after Kim Gordon won dismissal of the charges.


Kim Gordon, Partner

Kim Gordon has more than 15 years of experience representing misdemeanor and felony crimes at the state and federal level. She has dedicated much of her life to developing the skills and expertise necessary to provide the highest quality criminal defense for her clients.

In college, Kim was actively involved in human rights and anti-death penalty work and legislation. She began criminal defense work while attending Tulane University School of Law. After moving to Seattle, she worked as a public defender at the Washington Appellate Project, where she handled the appeals for hundreds of adult and juvenile felony clients and argued numerous cases in the State of Washington's Court of Appeals and Supreme Court.

Kim then spent six years at The Defender Association, where she managed large misdemeanor and felony caseloads including complex cases involving fraud, sex, murder and other serious felony offenses. She was selected to supervise the Misdemeanor Division, and then trained and had oversight of more than 15 attorneys and staff in addition to representing individual misdemeanor clients.

As a defense attorney at Schroeter, Goldmark and Bender, P.S., Kim successfully litigated simple misdemeanors, complex frauds, and serious felony cases for juveniles and adults in state and federal courts. She also became a member of the Criminal Justice Act Panel for the Western District of Washington.

Of Note

Recognized every year since 2002 as a “Rising Star” by Washington Law & Politics, Kim has lectured or taught for the following organizations:

  • Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (WACDL)
  • Washington Defender Association (WDA)
  • National Institute of Trial Advocacy (NITA)
  • National Legal Aid and Defender Association (NLADA)
  • Washington State Bail Agents Association
  • Seattle University School of Law
  • University of Washington School of Law


  • Hastings College, B.S., Summa Cum Laude, 1992
  • Tulane Law School, J.D., 1995
  • National Criminal Defense College 2002

Bar Admissions

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

Professional and Civic Involvement

  • Vice-President West, Co-Chair of Legislative Committee, Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member, Washington Defender Association
  • Faculty Member, National Institute of Trial Advocacy's 2007 and 2008 Northwest Trial Advocacy Programs
  • Produced and taught numerous in-house trainings for attorneys at The Defender Association.
  • Taught Redefining the Role of the Defender in Domestic Violence Courts, for the National Legal Aid and Defender Association.
  • Lectured on numerous topics for Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and Washington Defender Association


  • "Sex Offenses: Higher Sentences, New Crimes and New Restrictions." Washington Criminal Defense, Vol. 20, No.2 (May, 2006)
  • "Zealous Motion Practice: Representing Your Clients' Causes; Making Lasting Change," Washington Criminal Defense, Vol. 19, No. 4 (November, 2005)