Lisa Leone

Adjunct Professor


Ms. Leone began her legal career working as public defender in Seattle, representing hundreds of indigent defendants through the years, beginning in Seattle Municipal Court and moving on to felony practice in King County Superior Court. In 2003, Ms. Leone left the public defender’s office to start her own practice. There, she continued to advocate for clients on increasingly complex felony cases, including charges of child molestation, serious assault, and fraud.

In addition, Ms. Leone dedicated a portion of her private practice to defending immigrant clients, navigating the intersection between state criminal and federal immigration law. Ms. Leone has lectured on this subject to members of both the criminal defense and the immigration bar. Her work in this area represents her continuing dedication to those members of our community who find themselves disenfranchised by virtue of race, nationality, or indigency.

During her tenure in private practice, Ms. Leone appeared in courts across several counties in the State of Washington. She quickly earned a reputation as an effective and respected advocate. In 2005 and 2006, Washington Law & Politics named Ms. Leone a “Rising Star” in the field of criminal defense.

In 2006, Ms. Leone was appointed Judge pro tem in Seattle Municipal Court. In May of 2007, the Court appointed Ms. Leone to a full-time judicial position as Magistrate Judge. Since her appointment, Ms. Leone volunteers her free time teaching Street Law at a local high school.


Magistrate Judge
Seattle Municipal Court
600 5th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98124


  • B.A., University of Maryland, 1988
  • J.D., magna cum laude, Seattle University School of Law, 1995