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.

Michelle was a former prosecutor and first met Court when he was a defense attorney in Southern California. After getting married, they immediately launched Will & Will in California. Success came quickly. Their dynamic and thorough approach to the practice of law resulted in excellent results for their clients and a lot of local and national publicity.

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.

 

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.

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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.


10-best-2016-profile-imageAfter 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.

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Following internships at multiple Prosecutor’s offices, the FBI, and the United States Attorney’s Offices, Court initially decided to stay in Southern California after school and cut his teeth as a criminal defense attorney in the trenches of the most overburdened court system in the country.  Court has represented thousands of clients from all walks of life for everything from DUI’s, to serious sex crimes, to murder. He thoroughly enjoys the challenge of taking cases to jury trial whenever it’s in his client’s best interest, and he has has conducted countless jury trials with great success.

dateline-nbc-01Court 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.

10-best-2016-profile-image-1Court 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.

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Growing up in Texas as a Latina lesbian, Lisa is no stranger to adversity. She embraces the challenge of representing clients charged with a crime by the government. She is compassionate with clients and strategic thoroughout in her advocacy. Lisa has a passion for the enforcement of civil rights and a social justice focus for marginalized populations. She has a diverse perspective with criminal law and is diligent with pursuing the best possible outcomes for her clients. Lisa is a member of the King County Bar Association, QLaw, National Lawyers Guild, Washington State Bar, and the National Police Accountability Project.

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.

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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.

Mr. Will is a superb attorney. He handled my case swiftly and efficiently. He worked with me in regard to payments for his services. He took my case on such short notice and it had an outstanding outcome. He had all my charges dismissed, and dropped. He is not only personable, but very professional. I would recommend Mr. Will and his legal team to any one who needs a GOOD, HONEST, and a HARD-WORKING attorney who is there for them in their time of legal need. Thank You Court Will!

Joseph

Criminal Defense Client