Misdemeanor Attorneys

These attorney’s work on misdemeanor cases

January 25, 2019

Elaine Whaley

Elaine Whaley joined SCPDA in 2018 after working as a legal assistant at the Office of Bob Goldsmith. Elaine earned her B.A. at Whitman College and her J.D. at Seattle University School of Law. During law school, Elaine worked as an intern at the Federal Defenders of Eastern Washington & Idaho. She was also an extern to The Honorable Judge Stanley A. Bastian in the United States District Court, Eastern District of Washington. “I became a public defender because, unlike other areas of law, public defenders are expected to fill many different roles. We are litigators, fighting every day to protect our client’s constitutional rights; social workers, helping our clients find housing or other treatment options; and therapists who listen and believe in our clients when no one else will. This work is challenging, sometimes draining, but so very rewarding. There is nothing else I would want to do.”
January 25, 2019

Paul Wagner

Paul joined SCPDA in 2018 after working as an attorney at O’Brien, Barton, and Hopkins in Issaquah, WA. Paul earned both his B.A. and J.D. at the University of Washington. During law school, Paul worked as a Rule 9 intern at the King County Department of Public Defense. “I became a public defender because I don’t like bullies.”  
January 25, 2019

Daniel Snyder

Daniel Snyder joined SCPDA in 2018 after working as a law clerk to The Honorable Judge Ellen J. Fair at the Snohomish County Superior Court. Daniel earned his B.A. at the University of Washington and his J.D. at Seattle University School of Law. During law school, Daniel worked as an intern doing public defense work at SCPDA. “I became a public defender in Snohomish County because I was born and raised here in Everett and believe the Constitution should apply equally to those in our community who need the most protection.
January 25, 2019

Nikita Parekh

Nikita joined SCPDA in 2017 after working as a law clerk for The Honorable Judge George N. Bowden at the Snohomish County Superior Court. Nikita earned her B.A. at Whitman College and her J.D. at Seattle University School of Law. During law school, Nikita worked as a legal extern at the International Criminal Tribunal for Former Yugoslavia at The Hague. She also served as a Rule 9 intern at the Youth Advocacy Clinic. Before law school, Nikita worked at One America advocating for immigration reform. “I became a public defender to challenge prejudices and biases in the criminal justice system by empowering my clients to stand up to injustice. Because money and power should not be driving our criminal justice system.
January 25, 2019

Srikanth Naidu

Srikanth Naidu joined SCPDA in 2018 after working as a law clerk for The Honorable Judge George F.B. Appel at the Snohomish County Superior Court. Srikanth earned his B.S. at the University of Georgia, his B.A. at Clayton State University, and his J.D. at Seattle University School of Law. During law school, Srikanth worked as a legal intern at the Ronald A. Peterson Clinic and the Rocke Law Group, PLLC. “I became a public defender because I want to help people. I also believe that everyone has an obligation and a duty to give to the community and serve the public.”
January 25, 2019

Colin McMahon

Colin McMahon joined SCPDA in 2017 after working as a public defender at Everett Law Group and is licensed to practice in Washington and Tulalip Tribal courts. Colin earned his B.A. at Washington State University and his J.D. at Willamette University College of Law. During law school, Colin worked as a law clerk at Lafky & Lafky in Salem, Oregon. He also served as the executive editor of the Willamette Journal of International Law and Dispute Resolution. “I became a public defender so that I could come to work every day and provide zealous advocacy and a voice for individuals facing oppression from the State who may otherwise have none.
January 25, 2019

Joe Marshall

Joe Marshall joined SCPDA in 2018 after working in private practice, where he represented clients on many legal issues including criminal defense. Before private practice, Joe worked as a public defender at both The Defender Association in King County and at Stein, Lotzker & Starr, P.S. on the Eastside. Joe has practiced in Tulalip Tribal Court, the Washington Supreme Court, Washington Courts of Appeals and Federal District Courts. Joseph earned his B.A. at the University of Washington, his M.F.A. at Cornell University, and his J.D. at The University of Washington School of Law. “I became a public defender because when I was about 20, yelling my head off during a worker’s rights rally outside the gates of a fancy winery, a cop ordered me to shut up. Steamed, I complied but vowed to figure out my rights. I’ve been speaking up ever since becoming a lawyer to remind the system that each case is really a unique person whose rights must be respected and fought for.”
January 25, 2019

Lorcan Malone

Lorcan Malone joined SCPDA in 2018 after working at Beckwith Law Group in Tacoma, WA, where he represented clients charged with criminal offenses. Lorcan also worked as a public defender at the Law Offices of Jeniece LaCross in Port Orchard, WA. Lorcan earned his B.A. at the University of Washington and his J.D. at Seattle University School of Law. “I became a public defender because it’s a hard life out here for poor people, so it’s my duty to help them as I can.”
January 25, 2019

Rick Ko

Chang Hwan (Rick) Ko joined SCPDA in 2017. Rick earned his B.S. at the University of California, Santa Barbara and his J.D. at the University of California, Hastings College of the Law. During law school, Rick worked as a legal intern at the Public Defender’s Office in Santa Barbara, Marin, and San Francisco, CA. As an intern, he represented clients at a variety of hearings, researched and drafted suppression motions, and assisted in a third strike felony trial. “I became a public defender because I wanted to fight the world and this was the closest thing.”
Snohomish County Public Defender