Cooper Offenbecher

Cooper Offenbecher is a partner in the firm.  Cooper represents clients in criminal investigations and prosecutions in state and federal court, including white collar crimes, violent offenses, and the broad spectrum of other serious criminal offenses.  His practice includes investigative, trial, appellate, and post-conviction proceedings. 

Cooper began his career at The Defender Association, where he quickly established himself as a dynamic and successful trial lawyer.   During one trial week in his third month at the public defender's office, Cooper tried three domestic violence criminal jury trials back to back to back, obtaining complete acquittals in each case.  During a stint in municipal court as a young public defender, Cooper took three Driving under the Influence cases to jury trial - winning not guilty verdicts in all three cases.

Cooper carried this zealous advocacy into private practice, joining the firm in 2010 and becoming a partner in 2015.  He has successfully tried numerous jury trials and has earned not guilty verdicts, dismissals, and other exceptional results for many clients accused of a wide range of criminal charges.  Cooper has also provided counsel and advocacy for many individuals under investigation by law enforcement, where no criminal charges were ultimately filed.

Cooper received his law degree in 2008 from the University of Washington School of Law. While in law school, Cooper served as the Editor in Chief of the Shidler Journal of Law, Commerce & Technology. He was a member of the Moot Court Honor Board and was awarded the Order of the Barristers for Excellence in oral and written advocacy.

Prior to law school, Cooper received a Bachelor of Arts in English and Sociology from Connecticut College in 2004, graduating Phi Beta Kappa and summa cum laude. Cooper was also the Captain of his intercollegiate sailing team and received the award as the top male student-athlete of his graduating class.
 

Recognitions

"Super Lawyer," Super Lawyers magazine (2019-2020)

"Rising Star," Super Lawyers magazine (2013-2018)

Certificate of Appreciation, Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (2017)

Leadership

Board of Governors, Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (2019-Present); Secretary (2020-2021)

Criminal Justice Act Standing Committee (2021-Present)

 

Presentations

"Reshaping the Narrative through Aggressive Pretrial Litigation and Discovery," Sex Offense Defense, Washington Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys (October 2018)

"Investigating and Preparing a Criminal Case," Criminal Law Boot Camp, Washington State Bar Association (2012)

Education

J.D., University of Washington, 2008.  Order of the Barristers; Moot Court Honor Board.

B.A., English and Sociology, awarded summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, Connecticut College, 2004.

Publications

Border Searches of Laptop Computers after U.S. v. Arnold: Implications for Traveling Professionals, 5 Shidler J. L. Com. & Tech. 9 (2008).

DWLS: A Ticket to Debtor's Prison? King County Bar Bulletin (April 2008).

Admitting Computer Record Evidence after In re Vinhnee: A Stricter Standard for the Future?, 4 Shidler J. L. Com. & Tech. 6 (2007).

Selected Cases

Not Guilty Verdicts

State v. Client: (not guilty verdicts on two counts of Robbery in the First Degree; client was accused by the prosecution of aiding and abetting a robbery in which the principal had previously pleaded guilty to committing the same robbery with a firearm; Cooper's client was found not guilty on all counts at trial)

City of Lake Forest Park v. Client (not guilty jury verdict on Domestic Violence Assault charge; Cooper's client was accused of punching and kicking a family member who sustained a black eye and cracked tooth; Cooper presented evidence that his client -- who had no injuries -- acted in self-defense when the alleged victim -- who was intoxicated -- initiated the physical altercation; the jury returned a not guilty verdict)

State v. Client (not guilty jury verdict on Domestic Violence Assault charge; an eyewitness testified that Cooper's client threw a walker at a family member, hitting her in the head; the police testified that the alleged victim had a bump on her head; Cooper presented evidence that his client had not acted intentionally; the jury returned a not guilty verdict)

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City of Kent v. Client (not guilty jury verdict on Violation of an Anti-Harassment Court Order criminal charge; Cooper's client was accused of a crime for attending a school event in violation of a court order directing him to remain a certain distance away from a faculty member; Cooper's defense raised questions about the interpretation of the order and whether his client even knew that the faculty member was at the event; jury reached a not guilty verdict after approximately 25 minutes of deliberations)

State v. Client (not guilty jury verdict on Unlawful Display of a Firearm; prosecution alleged that Cooper's client stopped his car abruptly on a state highway and pointed a loaded gun at occupants of a car that was allegedly tailgating; Cooper and his client maintained that the client's actions were justified because they were done in self-defense; the jury found Cooper's client not guilty of the firearm charge; Cooper's client was convicted only of Reckless Driving and received a deferred sentence)

City of Seattle v. Client (not guilty jury verdicts on all charges of Assault, Harassment, and Criminal Trespass)

City of Seattle v. Client (not guilty jury verdict on Assault charge)

City of Seattle v. Client (not guilty jury verdict on Possession of a Dangerous Weapon charge)

State v. Client (not guilty jury verdict on Domestic Violence Assault charge)

State v. Client (not guilty jury verdicts on charges of Domestic Violence Assault and Interfering with Domestic Violence Reporting)

State v. Client (not guilty jury verdict on Violation of a Domestic Violence No Contact Order)

City of Seattle v. Client (not guilty jury verdict on Assault charge)

City of Seattle v. Client (not guilty jury verdict on one count of Assault; jury hung 3-3 on second count of Assault)

City of Seattle v. Client (not guilty jury verdicts on both Driving under the Influence and Physical Control of a Motor Vehicle while under the Influence)

City of Seattle v. Client (not guilty jury verdict on Driving under the Influence charge)

City of Seattle v. Client (not guilty jury verdict on Driving under the Influence charge)

City of Seattle v. Client (not guilty jury verdict on Driving while License Suspended in the Second Degree)

Selected Dismissals 

State v. Client (Rape in the Second Degree charge dismissed; client was accused of raping a fellow college student; case dismissed following extensive defense investigation and witness interviews supported Cooper's client's claims, and undermined the complainant's credibility)

State v. Client (felony Assault in the Second Degree and Malicious Harassment charges dismissed after witness interviews and significant background investigation of State witnesses supported Cooper's client's claim of self-defense)

State v. Client (felony Assault in the Second Degree Domestic Violence charge dismissed after Cooper traveled to Illinois to complete interview of complainant and conducted significant background investigation on complainant and additional witness interviews to support client's claim of self-defense)

City of Sammamish v. Client (Violation of No-Contact Order charge dismissed following completion of Cooper's defense interview of complainant)

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State v. Client (firearm possession charge dismissed; engineering executive accidentally passed through airport security with a firearm in his carry-on luggage; Criminal case dismissed after payment of a civil fine)

City of Seattle v. Client (Assault charge dismissed following completion of Cooper's defense interview of complainant)

City of Seattle v. Client (Assault with Sexual Motivation charge dismissed after Cooper provided medical records raising doubts about his client's culpability for the alleged offense)

City of Redmond v. Client (Assault of a Child charge dismissed by prosecutor after Cooper filed a pre-trial motion to dismiss on grounds that there was insufficient evidence for a jury to find beyond a reasonable doubt that his client committed a crime)

State v. Client (Harassment charge dismissed after the Court granted the defense motion to suppress evidence, finding Cooper's client had been unlawfully arrested; the prosecution accused client of threatening a casino security guard; this case involved a full year of litigation; Cooper became admitted in tribal court and filed numerous pleadings in order to successfully obtain personnel records of the casino witness, which once obtained, demonstrated the witness' misconduct and undermined the credibility of the witness which led to the dismissal of the case)

Post-Conviction Matters

State v. Client (Superior Court reversed client's conviction for child molestation and granted a new trial, finding that the client's prior attorney had provided ineffective assistance of counsel; client's conviction for a Class A felony sex offense was vacated, and the client subsequently accepted a plea bargain on a gross misdemeanor offense)(with co-counsel David Allen)

City of Seattle v. Client (Superior Court reversed convictions for Hit and Run and Assault, finding that the prosecution had improperly commented on the client's Fifth Amendment constitutional rights during a previous trial where the client had been represented by a different attorney)

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Civil Case Dismissals

Cooper represented defendants in a Federal civil Racketeering Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act ("RICO") lawsuit involving allegations Cooper's client had unlawfully trafficked in automobiles, committed mail fraud, and committed other violations. The lawsuit was dismissed after the federal judge granted Cooper's motion to dismiss under Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 12(b)(6)).

Cooper represented defendants in a civil lawsuit involving allegations that Cooper's clients committed Abuse of Process, Civil Conspiracy, and Defamation. The lawsuit was dismissed after Cooper filed a Motion to Dismiss under the former "Anti-SLAPP" statutes. Cooper's clients were awarded monetary penalties, plus attorneys' fees.

Of course, every case is different.  These favorable results in past matters do not guarantee similar results in any future matter.

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