Gause Law Offices Is Devoted Solely To Felony & Juvenile Criminal Defense

Professional and Compassionate.
Ms. Gause is that rare and necessary mix in an attorney: professional and compassionate. I hired her to address an outstanding warrant from my past. I was frightened, scared, and dealing with the trauma from being in an abused relationship, and Ms. Gause kindly walked me through the necessary steps we would take to address my warrant...

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— Anonymous Review, September 2, 2015 - Avvo

MEET emily gause


Recognized as an aggressive defender who gets impressive results in serious cases, Emily M. Gause is committed to compassionate representation, working with clients to devise an investigation plan and craft the most effective defense strategy.  She has a passion for defending juveniles facing criminal charges, as well as adults charged with serious felonies in state and federal courts across the State of Washington.  Ms. Gause has overturned convictions in the Washington State Court of Appeals and obtained many favorable results in felony trials.  She has carved an impressive reputation in the criminal defense legal community as a rising star.

After graduating with a degree in criminal justice from Washington State University, Ms. Gause dove into law school with the intent of becoming a criminal defense attorney. Her commitment to this path never wavered.

While attending Seattle University School of Law, Ms. Gause worked at Northwest Defenders Association, a public defender agency in King County. Prior to that, she was a Rule 9 Law Clerk with the Washington State Attorney General's Office where she focused on dependency cases and juvenile law. 

For the formative years of her practice as a criminal defense attorney, Ms. Gause worked alongside renowned criminal defense attorney John Henry Browne and his partner Emma Scanlan. She learned from Mr. Browne's extensive trial experience and developed a practice of defending high-profile felonies throughout the State of Washington.

In November 2014, Ms. Gause launched her own firm. At the Gause Law Offices PLLC, Ms. Gause and her team are committed to providing affordable, aggressive, and compassionate advocacy for their clients.

Ms. Gause has appeared in 22 counties in state superior courts across Washington state, and represented clients in all five United States District Courts in Washington.  She has handled hundreds of felony cases and obtained impressive victories in a wide range of cases, from shoplifting to murder cases and everything in between.  

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I was so scared upon first meeting Emily, as I had never been charged with a crime before and I was completely clueless on what to do. Not only did she explain, in detail, regularly what was going to take place - but she worked HARD to get the results I wanted. As a client, Emily opens her doors. You can reach out to her at anytime and she is so professional and knowledgeable. You will feel reassured just knowing your case is in her hands. And today, because of Emily, I am happy to report that I am conviction-free! I would recommend her to anyone and everyone. She is the best of the best!
— Nicola, December 15, 2016


  • J.D. Seattle University School of Law
  • B.A., Washington State University


Bar Memberships

  • Washington State Bar Association
  • Western District of Washington
  • Eastern District of Washington


Professional Memberships

  • Washington Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys (WACDL)
  • Washington Women Lawyers (WWL)
  • Washington Defender Association
  • King County Bar Association
  • Pierce County Bar Association
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • Snohomish County Bar Association


    • 2017 Super Lawyers Rising Stars Award
    • 2016 Anthony Savage Award from the Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (WACDL)
    • Recipient of National Order of Barristers Award, 2011
    • 1st place, Seattle University School of Law Spring 2010 In-House Mock Trial Competition
    • 2nd place, ABA Labor & Employment Law 7th Annual Trial Advocacy Regional Competition
    • Recipient of the Student Bar Association’s Outstanding Student Award, 2010
    • Washington State University President's Award for Excellence in Leadership and Service, 2006
    • Recipient of the Roberta Cline Frasier Anderson Scholarship, 2005


      Emily Gause alongside John Henry Brown, on Staff Sgt. Robert Bales proceedings

      Emily Gause alongside John Henry Brown, on Staff Sgt. Robert Bales proceedings

      William Alvarez-Calo-Drug cartel murder charge

      William Alvarez-Calo-Drug cartel murder charge

      Emily Gause-House Safety Committee on Organized Retail Theft

      Emily Gause-House Safety Committee on Organized Retail Theft

      Federal gun charges dismissed

      Federal gun charges dismissed


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      I knew that I was destined to be a criminal defense attorney at seven years old when my mother told me that I should be a lawyer because I argue so much. Throughout my life, I watched people I loved get chewed up and spit out by the criminal justice system and that cemented my passion for defending those accused of crimes in our complicated court system.

      I studied Political Science and Criminal Justice at Washington State University. I then attended Seattle University School of Law to fulfill my dreams of becoming a criminal defense attorney. During law school I interned with the Associated Counsel for the Accused, a public defender agency in King County. I then interned with the Honorable Wesley St. Clair in the King County Juvenile Court as a clerk. I finished my final year as an intern with the Federal Public Defenders office in the Western District of Washington.  I also received the highest grade in the class for Evidence at Seattle University School of Law and am an expert on evidence issues in trial.

      I have been practicing criminal defense since I graduated from law school.   I am committed to practicing in this area forever because I thoroughly enjoy helping my clients and their families navigate the complicated and scary charges against them.  In my first job as a lawyer, I worked for Feldman and Lee primarily handling municipal public defense contracts.  I have also taken private cases ranging in severity from as a simple shoplifting case to a felony drug case and everything in between. I gained invaluable experience as a public defender handling thousands of cases and taking many cases to trial. I have handled hundreds of domestic violence cases and DUI’s.   My expertise on these cases caused me to become the trial trainer for all of the new associates hired by the firm.

      After leaving Feldman and Lee, I became a partner with Choi Capital Law running the Criminal Law Department before joining the team at Gause Law Offices, PLLC.  At Choi Capital Law, I handled many domestic violence cases and resolved every single one of those cases with some sort of dismissal.  In the only trial during that time period, I received a deadlocked jury verdict which led the prosecutor to dismiss the charges against my client.  I also handled multiple felony cases and resolved every felony down to a misdemeanor or less.

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      Andrea Kim & Emily Gause

      Now an attorney at Gause Law Offices, I continue to take pride in diligently preparing every case I handle. I start every case by making sure that my clients fully understand the charges against them, the potential consequences, the steps and process the case will go through, and, most importantly, what matters most to my client in resolving the case. I then review the discovery with a fine tooth comb and make sure to interview every witness or party to the case. I always prepare my cases for trial even though a vast majority of cases resolve prior to trial, my preparedness helps to get my clients the best resolutions possible through informed negotiations. I have won trials and had hundreds of cases dismissed for my clients that are innocent. I have also helped hundreds of clients get a better deal that resulted in them getting treatment or help for the issues causing their criminal behavior instead of jail time. There is no criminal case that would not benefit from the assistance of a compassionate, thorough, and aggressive defense attorney’s representation.

      Amazing caring professional
      I had a DV charge. She was relentless in working with the prosecutor. Always responded in a timely manner and I felt like she genuinely cared for my welfare. She got the charge dropped. I do not wish to need to use her services again but would highly recommend her!
      — 5 Stars - Avvo | Posted by anonymous January 26, 2017


      • J.D. Seattle University School of Law
      • B.A. Political Science, Washington State University
      • B.A. Criminal Justice, Washington State University



        • Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
        • Washington Defender Association
        • King County Bar Association
        • Washington State Bar Association
        • Snohomish County Bar Association


        • Recipient of the National Order of the Barrister’s Award, 2013
        • Member of Regional Mock Trial Competition Team
        • Recipient of Scholarship at Washington State University
        • CALI Award for Excellence: Evidence Fall 2012

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        Upon the recommendation of a third party, we engaged Emily Gause to help with a criminal matter. Without doubt, that was an excellent choice. She is personable and reassuring. Her fee structure seemed fair and reasonable, and she was forthright and clear in explaining it in detail. Ms. Gause was considerate in trying to schedule meetings and communications at our convenience. She described the best and worst possible outcomes, promised neither, but did estimate (accurately) the likelihood of events. She followed up on every pledge and informed us of developments in a timely manner. Her demeanor with the investigators and prosecutors was defensive, naturally, but seemed marked with an appropriately measured degree of cooperation. We would not hesitate to suggest the name of Emily Gause to anyone needing the services of a criminal attorney.
        5.0 stars
        — Anonymous review, August 30, 2015 - Avvo