Top DUI Lawyer

Steve Hayne is widely acknowledged as one of the top DUI lawyers in the country.  He has an unparalleled list of professional accomplishments and has been the recipient of virtually every major award from his peers over a storied 30 year career in criminal law.  In 2003, the Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers acknowledged his career achievements with its highest honor; the William O. Douglas Award For extraordinary courage and dedication to the practice of criminal law’.


The Douglas and other awards Steve has received are in recognition of his dedication and success in defending hundreds of cases over the years; from capital murder to reckless driving, and for his aggressive cutting-edge defense of DUI cases – in particular.

Other Awards

Among other awards, he has been named one of Seattle’s Best Lawyers by Seattle Magazine, one of Washington’s Top Ten Trial Lawyers by the Washington Law Journal, and has been voted a Super Lawyer every year since inception of the award by Washington Law & Politics magazine.

Leadership Service

Steve has served as President of the Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and as Chair of the Criminal Law Sections of the Washington State Bar Association, the Washington State Trial Lawyers Association and the King County Bar Association.


Steve is often called upon to teach other lawyers how to defend DUI cases, and has been a trial practice instructor at the University of Washington School of Law, Seattle University School of Law, the National Institute of Trial Advocacy, the Trial Masters Program, and the Northwest College of DUI Defense. In addition, he is a founding member of the National College for DUI Defense held annually at Harvard Law School.

Numerous Publications

Steve has published numerous articles on trial practice and defending DUIs in various legal periodicals, including the Washington State Bar News, Trial News, Defense, Champion and Overruled magazines. In addition, Steve has been a featured speaker at over 80 continuing legal education programs in the United States and Canada, including numerous “Best of the Best” seminars.

Appellate Cases

Steve’s significant appellate cases include lead counsel/co-counsel in the Supreme Court and Court of Appeals in State of Washington v. Straka, State of Washington v. Brayman, State of Wahington v. Scott, State State of Washington v. Ford, City of Seattle v. Allison, and City of Seattle v. Box.