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Lauren is a Voice for Her Clients

I became a lawyer because my grandparents were forcibly relocated and incarcerated by the government in the World War II internment camps. They were locked away without a voice. That’s why I make it my mission to make sure people are heard and their rights are protected. I am passionate about my clients and work tirelessly to achieve the best possible individualized results for them. 

I am honored to have the opportunity to get to know you, to help you through a difficult time in your life, to fight on your behalf, and to celebrate with you once we have resolved your case.

Strong & Compelling Advocacy

As the owner and managing attorney at Emerald City Law Group, Lauren Mariko Wegener is fiercely dedicated to representing and guiding her clients during their most trying times. When you are grappling with a potentially life-altering conviction and the overwhelming emotions that accompany criminal charges, Lauren stands resiliently by your side.

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. Lauren orchestrates every defense strategy so that the imprecision of such reports never detracts from her clients’ integrity and underlying humanity. She deeply understands that accusations often present only another’s perspective or a fraction of the whole story. With this insight, she carefully crafts defense strategies that champion her clients’ integrity and capture the entirety of complex events.

Background & Legal Experience

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 assault 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 in the greater Seattle area, before joining a highly successful private criminal defense law firm in 2008. 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.

Lauren is a member of the Washington State Bar Association, King County Bar Association, American Bar Association, Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the King and Snohomish County Chapters of Washington Women Lawyers, the American Civil Liberties Union, and the United States District Court.

Outside of the Office

Beyond her professional endeavors, Lauren cherishes her personal time, indulging in activities like playing competitive soccer, watching college and professional sports, and traveling. She also values time spent with her family, grounding her in the values she stands for in court.

Areas of Focus

At Emerald City Law Group, attorney Lauren Mariko Wegener handles the following:

Other Practice Areas


  • J.D., Seattle University School of Law
  • B.A., University of Washington

Bar Admissions

  • Washington

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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