University of Washington School of Law, J.D., 1996
Robert Flennaugh II has represented clients in Washington State and Federal courts for over fourteen years. He began his career as a public defender with the Society of Counsel Representing Accused Persons (S.C.R.A.P), where he represented both adult and juvenile clients on a wide variety of charges. He then joined a private Seattle firm specializing in criminal defense and later opened his own criminal defense practice, Law Office of Robert Flennaugh II, PLLC.
Robert’s breadth of experience in the Washington courts and extensive background in trial and negotiation are effective assets to his clients. His abilities and expertise are well-regarded by peer attorneys and judges; he was voted a “Super Lawyer” by his peers in 2010 (Washington Law & Politics Magazine); asked to become a member of The National Trial Lawyers, an exclusive legal organization composed of the Top 100 Trial Lawyers in each state ; and, he has been voted by his legal peers as a "Rising Star" six times since 2000 (Washington Law & Politics Magazine).
Criminal Defense - Juveniles
Robert has represented hundreds of juvenile clients facing all levels of misdemeanor and felony charges in criminal juvenile court. A majority of these cases dealt with non-traffic alcohol and drug charges as well as serious felonies, such as sexual assaults. Robert is involved in a number of community and civic organizations focused on youth outreach, and is a frequent guest speaker before high school and college audiences on issues such as juvenile rights.
Criminal Defense - Adult
Robert has defended adult clients on all levels of misdemeanor and felony charges. In particular, he has extensive experience representing clients on charges of domestic violence, assault, and violation of no contact orders. Robert’s practice has an emphasis in serious felony matters, including murder charges. He is an experienced trial lawyer and negotiator, and has tried many cases before juries and judges in the Washington State courts.
Professional Activities and Memberships
Board of Directors, Society of Counsel Representing Accused Persons, 2006 – present
William L. Dwyer Inn of Court, 2003- present
National Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys
Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
King County Bar Association
Washington State Bar Association
Mentor, University of Washington School of Law, 1999 – present
The National Trial Lawyers, 2010-Present
Co-Chair of the Criminal Section of the Federal Bar Association, Western District of Washington, since 2014;
9th Circuit Representative, since 2017
Board of Director of SCRAP, 2006 to 2015
Community and Civic Affiliations
Board Member, Washington Law Foundation, 2007- Present
Chair of Board, Center for Children and Youth Justice, 2007-2008
Board Member, Center for Children and Youth Justice, 2006- Present
Board Member, KUOW, National Public Radio, Seattle, 2002 – 2008
Board Member, Building Blocks, 2000 – 2003
Board Member, Vision Youth, 1998 – 2002
Member, University of Washington School of Law Alumni Ambassadors, 2000 – present
Matthew Lapin has been with the firm since 2009. He represents clients accused of misdemeanor and serious felony offenses in the Washington State court systems. Mr. Lapin is an experienced trial attorney with a distinguished record as a former Senior Deputy King County Prosecutor. As such, he brings a wealth of knowledge and experience about how the prosecution puts their case together and is able to use his past experience to find the weaknesses in the case against his clients. Since joining the Law Office of Robert Flennaugh, he has obtained numerous favorable results including multiple dismissals after convincing the prosecution that they could not prevail at trial.
Mr. Lapin graduated from the University of Miami School of Law cum laude in 1995 and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in History from Princeton University in New Jersey. Prior to joining the firm, he served for 12 years as a highly successful prosecuting attorney with the King County Prosecutor’s Office. While a Senior Deputy Prosecutor, Mr. Lapin was chosen to be Chair and Senior Trial Supervisor of the Trial Teams Unit. In that capacity, he supervised all aspects of case development, negotiations and trials of violent and non-violent felonies. He trained King County trial attorneys in the development of trial strategies and the handling of motions hearings and evidentiary issues. In 2004, after a Supreme Court decision reversed murder convictions in over 100 cases, some dating back 20-30 years, he was one of 6 prosecutors chosen to handle the re-prosecution of those cases.
Since becoming a defense attorney, Mr. Lapin has handled cases involving assault, arson, drug offenses, sex offenses and domestic violence from arraignment, through pre-trial motions and trial. He has obtained outstanding results and fights hard for each and every client.
A sample of results since joining the Law Office of Robert Flennaugh II, PLLC
Charges Dismissed. Arson in the First Degree. Client was charged along with her boyfriend of intentionally setting fire to their apartment to obtain funds from an insurance policy. After extensive investigation concerning a key witness, interviews of the State’s expert and getting the client’s case severed from the co-defendant, the State dismissed the case.
Charges dismissed after trial. Unlawful Possession of a Firearm in the Second Degree. Client charged after being arrested coming out of a building which contained multiple firearms, many in plain sight. At trial, prosecution called two witnesses who testified one of the guns belonged to the client. Jury unable to reach a verdict with a majority of jurors finding in favor of the client. The State decided against re-trial and the charges were dismissed. Client would have been deported if convicted.
Substantial Reduction in Charges. Rape in the Second Degree reduced to misdemeanor Assault. Client charged with having non-consensual intercourse with intoxicated woman. After extensive investigation and witness interviews, I was able to convince the prosecution that the alleged victim had serious memory issues due to her alcohol and drug consumption and that they would have great difficulty establishing that the sexual activity was anything other than consensual. The resolution of this case saved the client from a lengthy prison sentence and lifetime registration as a sex offender.
Charges dismissed. Felony Harassment-Domestic Violence. Client charged with threatening to kill his wife on numerous occasions. I was able to show the prosecutor that the complaining witness was not credible and that numerous witnesses would make her story not believable. The case was dismissed.
Charges dismissed. Harassment-Domestic Violence. Client charged with threatening his wife on two occasions. After obtaining emails and other background information about the complaining witness, I was able to convince the prosecutor that the alleged victim was not credible and had a motive to make these false accusations. The case was dismissed pre-trial.
Charges dismissed. Assault in the Fourth Degree-Domestic Violence. Client accused of punching his girlfriend multiple times in the face. After conducting extensive investigation, including interviewing the alleged victim’s co-workers and obtaining cell phone records, I was able to convince the prosecutor the allege victim was not credible. The case was dismissed pre-trial.
Juvenile Crime Defense Lawyer in Washington
If your child has been accused of a juvenile crime you should hire a criminal lawyer to appear at all the proceedings in the juvenile court system. There are many alternatives that may work out to the child?s advantage and may ultimately have the case dismissed. Juvenile court is different in that the minor will not have a jury trial but rather an Adjudication or trial in front of a judge. Call now to schedule a consultation.
Mr. Flennaugh is an amazing attorney he listens to your story and gives pertinent information and advice.
- Mashelle McLemore. 0/17/2020
I found myself in a situation of uncertainty being accused of assault, while trying to establish a boundary between my wife and her ex-husband. I have been trying to contact other law firms for help with no success.
I called this office during my lunch break and asked to speak to someone. Mat, a para, was able to speak with me and get the details. He immediately called my local PD with the case number and got back to me right away, so that I could go back to work. I appreciate the action and support.