Pierce County Criminal Lawyer

Pierce County Criminal Lawyer

Firm Overview

Michael Austin Stewart has been practicing as a defense attorney for over 22 years. His practice is based on respect, rapport, accessibility, trust, and a keen understanding of the law. He has a solid record of successful outcomes in a wide variety of cases, ranging from murder cases to DUI cases. Michael approaches his cases in a gracefully aggressive manner. He has been described as a "top notch attorney" by CBS News' 48 Hours, and a "tiger in the court room" by fellow defense attorneys. He has a solid rapport with professionals at all levels of the system. He has earned the respect of judges, prosecutors, police, and investigators through his absolute dedication and respect to justice. He consistently demonstrates a commitment to making sure his clients are treated respectfully and receive fairness at all stages in a very complex legal system. His priority is that each individual's Constitutional Rights are protected. Michael values communication. He ensures accessibility to current and potential clients by quickly responding to inquiries via phone calls, text messages, email and face to face meetings. He also values communication with all who are involved in the case. He goes above and beyond to gather information from all sources regarding a case. He works closely with his investigators to research information as thoroughly as possible. He approaches his cases inquisitively and uses information from as many sources as possible to fight for justice for his clients. Michael understands that people are often at possibly the most frightening moment of their lives when they reach out to him. He knows that not only are the individuals impacted, but also those associated with that individual: children, husbands, wives, parents, girlfriends, boyfriends, aunts, uncles, friends, and coworkers. It can be frightening for anybody involved. Michael respects that process and strives to provide calm, confidence and trust through understanding and reassurance that he will do all he can to make sure the individual and those associated are effectively guided through the legal system. Michael's professional community has looked to him to speak at conferences as a voice of knowledge on a variety of issues regarding the practice of law. Michael is a member of the National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Defense Attorneys, Washington State Bar Association, Pierce County Bar Association, Washington Association of Criminal Defense, and Sports Lawyers Association.

Main Office

The Law office of Michael Austin Stewart
1105 Tacoma Ave S

Tacoma WA 98402


(253) 442-7544


(253) 572-9010


Free Initial Consultation?


Services Offered For Fixed Fees?

Upon agreement

Hourly Rates

$325 per hour

Office Information

Office Hours

8am-5pm, Monday-Friday

Office Manager

Ashley Daneker

Emergency After Hours


Languages Spoken

English and Spanish

Criminal Defense

Since 1995, providing high quality criminal defense.

Formidable firm, dedicated to protecting your legal rights.


Since 1995, providing high quality criminal defense.

Formidable firm, dedicated to protecting your legal rights.

How did your firm decide on the primary area of practice(s)?

Fighting and winning for the underdog has always been Michael's passion.

What experience or education distinguishes your lawyers from others?

Michael has helped thousands of people navigate troubled legal waters.

What distinguishes your law firm from others?

22 years of rock solid legal guidance. In addition to practicing law, he is invited to teach on various aspects of the law. Most recently, he taught at the Tacoma Pierce County Bar Association's 8th Annual Sports Law CLE.

Michael Stewart

Pierce County Criminal Lawyer

Michael graduated from the University of Washington in 1991, and the University of Puget Sound in 1994. He opened his own practice in 1995.


Bar Number: 23981
Washington, 1994


Univeristy of Puget Sound
JD, 1994

University of Washington
BA, 1991

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