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Lauren Mariko Wegener


Lauren works aggressively to give a potent voice to the criminally accused.

As the owner of Emerald City Law Group, Lauren Mariko Wegener takes tremendous pride in working on behalf of her clients and believes wholeheartedly that all people deserve strong, compelling advocacy. She empathizes with all the negative emotions her clients feel when facing criminal charges and relentlessly advocates for them to ensure their rights are protected.

She is a compassionate listener who empathizes with the grief, anger, and fear clients often experience when facing a criminal charge. Lauren is passionate about turning these emotional responses into a successful criminal defense founded upon her unflagging advocacy and negotiation on behalf of her clients.

Lauren recognizes that police reports merely capture a single officer’s fleeting impression. Unfortunately, these reports often fail to accurately capture the positive character and the intentions of the accused, as well as the overarching context of extremely complex events.

Accordingly, Lauren orchestrates every defense strategy so that the imprecision of such reports never detracts from her clients’ integrity and underlying humanity.

Lauren earned her B.A. at the University of Washington, graduating with a double major in Philosophy and Law, Societies, and Justice. Lauren then earned her J.D. from Seattle University School of Law, during which she worked at the state Attorney General’s Office, focusing on assaultive crimes.

Lauren’s work with the Attorney General allowed her to develop a deeper understanding of prosecutorial procedure and strategies.

Shortly thereafter, Lauren worked as a public defender on behalf of clients in the greater Seattle area. Lauren’s significant training and experience on both sides of the judicial aisle allowed her to emerge as a seasoned and dexterous advocate for each client’s rights.

In her free time, Lauren enjoys spending time with her family, playing competitive soccer, watching college and professional sports, and traveling.

Professional Memberships:

  • Washington State Bar Association
  • King County Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • King and Snohomish County Chapters of Washington Women Lawyers
  • American Civil Liberties Union
  • United States District Court.

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