Since graduating from law school in 1986 from the University of Puget Sound (now Seattle University School of Law), Wayne Fricke has devoted his entire career to representing victims, who have been harmed by the actions of others, including governments, police and corporations. Additionally, he has devoted his career to representing individuals who have been accused of crimes in a variety of situations. Known as a formidable trial and appellate advocate for his clients, he has achieved results that are unparalleled. From settlements of well over a million dollars for victims injured by the negligent actions of the State of Washington to numerous not guilty verdicts in the toughest of cases, he has earned the respect of judges, defense attorneys, prosecutors and juries throughout the State of Washington and beyond.
As his reputation has grown, he has been hired to represent individuals in both federal and state courts in all parts of the State of Washington, the State of Alaska, as well as federal district courts in California and Montana. He has represented clients charged with everything from white collar and environmental crimes, all types of felonies and misdemeanors. He is well versed in both trial and appellate practice.
Additionally, Wayne Fricke has been asked to speak and share his knowledge at numerous continuing legal educating seminars for state wide organizations, as well as the local Bar Association. He also is politically active, testifying on pending legislation within the State of Washington.
His Professional activities include: Washington State Trial Lawyers Association, American Bar Association, Federal Bar Association, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, past member of American Inns of Court, past president of the Tacoma Pierce County Bar Association (2008), past president of Tacoma-Pierce County Young Lawyers Division (1995), Board of Directors Pierce County Department of Assigned Counsel (1995 to 2000), Trustee for the Tacoma Pierce County Bar Association (1995).Most recently he was named as a lawyer representative from the Western District of Washington to the Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference for a three year term, beginning in 2014.
Wayne was a "Rising Star" in Washington Law & Politics, profiled in the December-January 2000 issue. Subsequently, the magazine named him one of its best lawyers every year since 2005. The American Trial Lawyers Association followed this up by naming Wayne Fricke as one of its 100 Top Trial Lawyers beginning in 2010 and continuing thereafter.
When not practicing law and advising clients, Wayne can be seen on his bicycle on the road or on mountain bike trails enjoying testing his endurance and just spending time with his friends and family. He takes great satisfaction in having ridden the 204 mile Seattle to Portland (STP) bike ride in a single day, although he grudgingly acknowledges it was not without difficulty during the final 40 miles. He also enjoys relaxing by splitting wood.
Wayne believes these endurance activities aids him in being fit to take the toughest of cases to trial and achieving the best results for his clients who have been wronged by individuals, companies and governments, as well as those who need to have their constitutional rights defended when charged. He will give you an honest opinion as to what direction you should go in any given case.
A Pierce county defendant was being told by his lawyer to plead to a 10-year sentence. Instead, the defendant hired Wayne Fricke and was thrilled when Mr. Fricke convinced the prosecutor to agree to a 27-month DOSA sentence that will likely lead to the client being out of custody in less than a year.
Wayne Fricke convinced the Pierce County Prosecuting Attorney's office to dismiss all his client's charges, including second degree assault with a firearm enhancement and four counts of felony harassment - an INCREDIBLE result.
Wayne Fricke and Casey Arbenz represented a client in Grant County, Washington who was facing a negligent driving charge. The facts were such that the prosecutor was threatening to add a count of Driving Under the Influence.
Wayne Fricke defended a client in a civil case who was accused of punching a fellow consumer at an area Safeway Supermarket. After several days of trial, the jury came back with a quick verdict in his client's favor.
The state attempted to revoke a client's SSOSA - threatening to put the client in prison. Wayne Fricke was retained and had the multiple allegations of violative behavior dismissed.