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  • Seattle Office

    Address

    1001 4th Avenue
    Suite 4050
    Seattle, Washington 98154

    Phone

    206-397-3102

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Ratings & Reviews

  • 5.0/5.0

    I have retained Mr. Kradel several times over the last 15 years, and have confidently referred his services multiple times. His negotiating skills are that of a professional FBI agent. His strategic courtroom trial performance is straight...
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    — Client

  • 5.0/5.0

    This guy is AMAZING and really works hard for your best interest. Hired him after dropping the current lawyer I had and no longer was I nervous about going to court. The piece of mind he gave me knowing that he was actually working hard on...
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    — Client

  • 5.0/5.0

    My situation is weird. I’m an attorney, highly paid and never committed a crime before. Unfortunately, I married a Gold-digger. In fact, this "spouse" accused me of DV 10 years back when I bit her above her heel. Thank God I had ankle surg...
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    — Client

  • 5.0/5.0

    Jeff was my lawyer back in 2010. I've been in touch with him in recent weeks and feel inspired to write a much delayed review. My experience working with him is still crystal clear! I hired Jeff as a 28 year old young professional who ma...
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    — Client

  • 5.0/5.0

    Jeff get me out of serious felony when the prosecutor was ready to charge me and put me 6 months in prison , a hired him and that was the right move , pace get back to my mind , he put the two FBI agents in in the stand in front of the ju...
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    — Client

Strangers in a Strange Land

A wise paralegal I worked with always reminded me how frightening it is for someone to be facing a criminal charge or accusation. She spent a lot of time talking with our clients, and they opened up to her in ways they didn't with the attorneys. Why? Because she was listening, and trying to see the whole process through their eyes.

An accused faces a criminal justice system they usually don't know or understand, full of actors who all know each other and know essentially how things "proceed." The accused is told where to be and when to be there, and who he/she can and cannot communicate with, and how far he/she can travel without asking the Court's permission. All while being told by judges, prosecutors, and the defense attorney about the possible incarceration that can flow from a conviction.

It's like having surgery performed on your life - except there is no anesthetic and you are wide awake.

I'm not sure an attorney can get all the way in the shoes of the client, the accused. But it is important to try and get close. To take the time to listen, and to give simple, straightforward answers. In the end it makes the attorney's job easier and allows the client and their family members to understand what is happening. You can't eliminate all the fear or uncertainty, but it helps a great deal to eliminate what you can.

My old paralegal preached and practiced that every day (and no doubt still does) and it made all the difference in the world.