Seattle Criminal Appeals


JD, UC Berkeley School of Law, 1978

MA, Stanford University, 1975

BA, Political Science, Stanford University, 1974

Bar and Court Admissions

State of Washington

U.S. Supreme Court

U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit

Army Court of Criminal Appeals

U.S. District Court, Western District of Washington

U.S. Court of Claims

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces

Army Court of Criminal Appeals

James Lobsenz has an extensive appellate practice in both the state and federal appellate courts. His substantive areas of experience are constitutional law, freedom of speech, police misconduct, civil rights, criminal defense lawemployment law and evidence.

Jim Lobsenz joined the firm in 1989 through the merger of his firm, Wolfe & Lobsenz, P.S., with the Carney firm.

Mr. Lobsenz is the author of several law review articles, and he is an Adjunct Professor of Law at Seattle University, where he teaches courses on constitutional law, the First Amendment and civil rights litigation.

Honors and Recognitions

Mr. Lobsenz is an elected Fellow of the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers. In 2009, Mr. Lobsenz received the William O. Douglas Award from the Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers in recognition of exceptional lifetime courage and dedication to the defense of persons accused of crime. He also has received the 2010 Community Leadership Award from Washington’s GLBT Bar Association for his work opposing discrimination against gays and lesbians in the armed forces; the 1991 Civil Libertarian Award from the Washington ACLU; and the 1985 Human Rights Day Award from the Seattle Chapter of the United Nations Association.

He has been named by Washington Super Lawyers magazine as one of the top attorneys in the state for each of the last eighteen years, including 2021, and a Top Lawyer by Seattle Magazine for multiple years.

Mr. Lobsenz has been listed in Seattle Metropolitan Magazine and Seattle Business Magazine as one of King County’s “Top Lawyers” 2010 – 2018.  They cull their listings from Martindale-Hubbell and Super Lawyers.


  • “Raising and Litigating Ineffective Assistance of Counsel Claims,” Washington Criminal Defense, Vol. 16, No. 3 (August 2002)
  • “The Residential Tenant’s Right to Freedom of Political Expression,” (co-author) 10 University of Puget Sound Law Review 1 (1987)
  • “A Constitutional Right to an Appeal: Guarding Against Unacceptable Risks of Erroneous Conviction,” 8 University of Puget Sound Law Review 375 (1985)
  • “Bakke, Lochner, and Law School: The Nobility Clause Versus a Republican Form of Medicine,” 32 Maine Law Review 1 (1980)

Professional Associations

Services Jim Lobsenz’s Offers

Appellate Advocacy

When a case enters the post-trial and appellate stages, significant changes occur that may cause a client to consider employing a new attorney to handle an appeal. Representation at the next level with an attorney who understands and is experienced at appellate litigation can be vital to the outcome of a case. Jim Lobsenz is highly recognized as an exceptional appellate lawyer in the Pacific Northwest. For 35 years he has represented clients on appeal, including cases on civil rights, police misconduct, wrongful sentencing,…

Civil Rights

Jim Lobsenz brings suits against government officials for the violation of constitutional rights. Such suits may involve police misconduct, improper license revocation, improper imposition of taxes or the denial of equal protection under the law.

Criminal Defense

Criminal law involves the government prosecution of an individual for an act classified as a crime. Criminal law is defined by local, state and federal governments and varies from state to state. It includes misdemeanors and felonies for more serious crimes such as murder. The state prosecutor initiates the charging of a crime. Individuals convicted of a crime may be incarcerated, fined, or a combination of both and in the worst criminal offense, executed. Types of crimes include felonies (punishable by a term of…

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