Despite having a thriving practice in California, neither Michelle nor Court had any real roots there. Rather, Court was born and raised in Tacoma, and always wanted to move back home to the great Pacific Northwest. They ultimately did move back to the Seattle area and re-opened Will & Will here. They now proudly protect the rights of clients throughout Western Washington.
About Court & Michelle Will
The Will’s are a husband & wife criminal defense team with over 30 years of combined experience. They have successfully resolved thousands of cases and truly care about each and every one of their clients. They keep a manageable caseload and work tirelessly to ensure their clients are receiving the best possible outcome.
Meet Your Team
Attorney Michelle Will
After becoming one of the youngest graduates of Brooklyn Law School and the managing editor of her law school journal, Michelle began her legal career in civil law, conducting corporate mergers and acquisitions, and corporate restructuring under Chapter 11.
Once she realized she was more well suited for the faster paced lifestyle of the courtroom, Michelle turned her focus to criminal law and became a Deputy District Attorney for the County of San Bernardino. In this role, she handled hundreds of cases monthly, prosecuted many criminal trials to verdict, and successfully argued all types of evidentiary hearings.
In addition to trial work, Michelle was effective in settling thousands of cases in their pre-trial stages. Her caseload as a prosecutor covered a broad spectrum of criminal matters from misdemeanor petty thefts and drug crimes to more serious violent felony matters.
After leaving the District Attorney’s office, Michelle joined her husband to form WILL & WILL, a successful criminal defense practice in Southern California. They have since moved their practice to Seattle and surrounding areas. Michelle followed the courtroom that beckoned her and has been using the winning skills she developed as a prosecutor toward helping her clients for the last decade. Michelle is dedicated to understanding her clients’ needs and fighting for their rights.
Attorney Court Will
Court was born and raised in Tacoma and has had an interest in the legal system ever since he can remember. While he always knew he would ultimately make his home in the Pacific Northwest, the draw of the sun and surf beckoned him to Southern California where he completed his undergraduate and law degree at Pepperdine University.
Court also developed a specialty representing those accused of sex crimes through his involvement with Dateline NBC’s To Catch A Predator show. He was the first attorney in the country to take one of these cases to trial. Read about Court’s success with this first case here.Court practiced throughout Los Angeles and surrounding counties for nearly a decade before moving back to Washington. Reopening WILL & WILL in the Northwest was a thrill for Court and he is happy to have the opportunity to represent those accused of a crime in his home state. Your constitutional rights are inalienable and Court protects them every step of the way.
Attorney Lisa Martinez
Lisa Martinez is an associate attorney with Will and Will, PLLC. Prior to accepting a role with the firm, she was a prosecuting attorney for King County. Practicing criminal defense has always been a long-term ambition for Lisa that came to fruition after being a law enforcement officer.
Attorney Craig Peterson
Craig, who is Of Counsel with Will & Will, has a depth of experience that is truly unmatched. He began his career as a Deputy Prosecutor for Pierce County while still in law school. Between classes, Craig handled hundreds of misdemeanors and numerous trials. Upon graduation from law school Craig was quickly promoted to the Felony Unit.
Wanting to live and work in Seattle, Craig accepted a position as Deputy Prosecutor for King County. There, Craig had a long and distinguished career as both a Senior Deputy Prosecutor and as Managing Attorney for the Maleng Regional Justice Center. Craig handled thousands of felony cases ranging from theft to domestic violence to sex crimes to numerous murder cases. He tried numerous high profile trials, including cases profiled on the Lifetime and Discovery channels. For several years he prosecuted cold case murder cases. In addition to trying cases, for years Craig trained and mentored new Deputy Prosecutors.
After leaving King County Craig went to work for a civil firm handling all facets of litigation including numerous trials. Although civil law can be interesting, Craig has always had a passion for justice, making sure that everyone is treated fairly and justly. Therefore Craig left civil practice and is happily representing persons accused of crimes. As a former career Prosecutor, Craig knows the system and how it operates. He does everything he can, through investigation, negotiation, and if necessary, trial, to ensure the best possible outcome for his clients.
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