Kurt D. Bennett
Post Conviction Relief; Criminal Defense
• Senior Attorney - The Law Offices of Kurt D. Bennett (2000-present)
• Judge Pro Tem, King County District Court (2009-present)
• Associate - Allen, Hansen, and Maybrown (1997-2000)
• Admitted to Practice: Washington; U.S. District Court, Western District of Washington; U.S. Court of Appeals Ninth Circuit
Kurt's 15 years of experience encompasses a wide range of felony and misdemeanor criminal matters at the state and federal levels including theft, forgery, assault, DUI, domestic violence, sex offenses, drug offenses, and murder as well as quasi-criminal matters such as anti-harassment and protection orders.
Since 2000, Kurt has stepped to the forefront as an advocate for people seeking to "clean-up" their criminal records. Kurt has successfully led hundreds of people through the processes of Vacation of Criminal Convictions, restoration of Firearm Rights, Pardon Applications, Deletion of Non-Conviction Data, and Sealing of Criminal Records. As a result of Kurt's in-depth knowledge of these convoluted and ever-changing areas of the law, Kurt is frequently asked to speak at Attorney Education CLE's as well as to testify before the judicial committees of the Washington House and Senate.
Since 2009, Kurt has served as a Judge Pro Tem for the King County District Court, where he has presided over thousands of cases at all stages of the criminal justice process. From first appearance after arrest through trial, Kurt's experience as a Judge Pro Tem gives him unique and valuable insight into criminal proceedings, up-to-date knowledge of appellate case law, familiarity with the spectrum of trial tactics and technologies, and key working relationships with prosecutors, judges, court staff, and law enforcement officers.
Kurt is committed to providing quality legal services within a person-to-person framework allowing each client to receive individual attention and zealous, competent representation. Through his strong work ethic, Kurt has gained a positive reputation with judges, lawyers, court staff, clients, and juries for being thorough and exceptionally well prepared. In addition, Kurt is known for his excellent communication skills and effective use of trial exhibits. Law & Politics Magazine has repeatedly recognized Kurt as a "Rising Star" in the legal community.
Kurt is dedicated to obtaining the best legal outcome possible for his clients. Kurt has successfully raised the defenses of prednisone psychosis, unwitting possession, self-defense, duress, defense of property, alibi, diminished capacity and many others, as well as effectively used pre-trial motions to limit the scope and use of damaging evidence.
Through his excellent use of creative sentencing, Kurt has assisted clients in obtaining foreign jurisdiction probation, work release, electronic home monitoring, and community service in lieu of jail. In addition, Kurt is not afraid to attack prosecutors' operating practices and in the past has uncovered prosecutors hiding evidence, prosecutors having ex-parte communications with the court, and victim's advocates having improper contact with "victims."
Further, Kurt has developed a quiet reputation for discreetly handling the criminal matters of public figures. Since opening his own firm, Kurt has successfully handled matters for members of the Seattle Mariners and Seattle Seahawks organizations, as well as lawyers, judges, and executives of Fortune 500 companies.
Kurt is a graduate of Purdue University, Texas Tech University School of Law, and has an M.B.A. Degree from Texas Tech's College of Business Administration. Kurt is a member of The National Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys (NACDL), The Washington Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys (WACDL), and the King County Bar Association.
Professional and Community Activities:
Member, The National Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys (NACDL)
Member, The Washington Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys (WACDL)
Member, King County Bar Association
Speaker/Teacher for Lorman Education Services
J.D., Texas Tech University School of Law
M.B.A., Texas Tech College of Business Administration
B.S., Purdue University