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PROFESSIONAL EMPLOYMENT & BAR AFFILIATIONS

October 2007 to July 2009, "of counsel" as of July 2009 to the present

SENIOR LITIGATOR (Of Counsel), Center for Justice
The Center's three-branched interests encompass environmental protection, high-impact civil rights and government accountability litigation, and a "community advocacy" model program for delivering high quality counseling for low income participants.

January 2003 to present

PRINCIPAL, Law Office of JEFFRY K FINER, P.S.
Litigation in federal and state courts, emphasizing criminal defense, civil rights, employment and housing.

Fall 1999 to 2013

ADJUNCT PROFESSOR, GONZAGA SCHOOL OF LAW
Semester courses in trial practice, criminal law, constitutional and advanced criminal procedure, white collar crime. 1999 Visiting Professor (full time).

November 1990 to December 2002

PRINCIPAL, FINER & PUGSLEY, P.S.
Litigation emphasizing federal criminal trials and appeals, plaintiffs' civil rights, employment, and disability law.

September 1984 to October 1990

ASSOCIATE, STILEY & ASSOCIATES, P.S.
Criminal defense, federal disability, plaintiffs' civil rights, and grand jury representation.

1983

LAW CLERK (INTERN), JUSTICE SOSA
New Mexico Supreme Court

Bar Admissions

UNITED STATES SUPREME COURT, admitted 1992, argued 1996
UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS, 9th Circuit, admitted 1984
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT, Eastern District of Washington, admitted 1984
WASHINGTON STATE SUPREME COURT, admitted 1984
YAKAMA TRIBAL COURT, admitted 2009

EDUCATION

1989

NATIONAL CRIMINAL DEFENSE COLLEGE, Macon, Georgia

1981-1984

NEW MEXICO SCHOOL OF LAW, J.D., Albuquerque, New Mexico, Order of the Coif

1971-1976

YALE UNIVERSITY, B.A., New Haven, Connecticut, Fine Arts major, Fiction minor, graduated "With Distinction" (cum laude)

SIGNIFICANT CASES, PUBLICATIONS & AWARDS

2007-2012

Estate of Otto Zehm v. City of Spokane, Karl Thompson, et al,, $1.67MM settlement against the City of Spokane and six officers. A routine Terry-stop turned into a video-taped assault by a highly regarded senior member of the Spokane police. By the time back up arrived, Mr. Zhem had suffered multiple tasings, and died ultimately as a result of positional asphyxiation. The original responder, Officer Karl Thompson, was charged by the Department of Justice for civil rights offenses (assault and obstruction). Convicted in 2011 after a 13-day trial, he was sentenced in 2012 to 4 years. His criminal convictions are on appeal. As part of the civil settlement, the City of Spokane agreed in addition to monetary payment to update training and procedures governing encounters with mentally ill individuals. Otto Zehm's lasting contribution to Spokane became the story of a six-year reform movement to combat a culture of denial within the police and risk management departments. For details and legal view, read this article, or the published "Use of Force Report"

2007

Prach et al v. Bowen Property Management, fully favorable jury verdicts (with Gonzaga Law Clinic) against property management company, its vice president and the local resident manager for retaliation agaisnt Russian immigrants who exposed the manager's bribes-for-housing scheme. See local article.

2006

United States v. Flatter, postal investigators' unjustified Terry pat-down resulted in reversal of jury verdict and dismissal of charges, Ninth Circuit.

Presented "Supreme Court Year-in-Review" for Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Seattle annual meeting.

Spokane Living Magazine, 2005 & 2006 Best Lawyer Civil Rights/Justice.

2005

Obtained the return of over $300,000 in currency seized without probable cause.

2004

Suppressed indoor marijuana grow based on faulty state warrant alleging high residential electrical use, resulting in dismissal of all charges.

Suppressed border seizure in excess of 200 pounds marijuana based on unlawful seizure of driver and search of vehicle, resulting in dismissal of all charges.

Suppressed state warrant for lack of "nexus" to target's residence, resulting in dismissal of charges and return of seized cash.

2003

"Pretrial Motions," Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Ethics Panel, Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Tri-Cities.

Not guilty verdicts in 2-week federal conspiracy trial involving over-the-counter drugs diverted to methamphetamine production.

2002

Prosecutorial Misconduct, Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Chelan Annual Meeting.

United States v. Booth, reversed exceptional sentence, Ninth Circuit

2001

"Character Evidence -- Offense and Defense", Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Seattle

2000

Imperfect Defenses, Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Annual Meeting

1997 - 1999

Multiple presentations on Health Care Fraud, Cross Examination, Federal Sentencing

1997

"New Science of Cross Examination," Counsel Connect featured article

1996

United States v. Collicot, reversed trial court on evidence error, Ninth Circuit

United States v. $405,089.23, lead counsel; argued before U. S. Supreme Court

"Forfeiture & Double Jeopardy," Advanced Criminal Law Seminar, Aspen, CO

1995

"Double Jeopardy," New Mexico Assn of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Annual Meeting, presentation

"Cross Examination of Police Officers," Washington State Criminal Justice Institute Annual Meeting, Seattle, featured presentation

1994

"Representing Grand Jury Witnesses," Defense, Wash. Assn of Criminal Defense Lawyers, feature article

"Look-Good Cross," Federal Defenders of Eastern Washington & Idaho, CJA training, presentation

"Science of Cross Examination," Defense, Wash. Assn of Criminal Defense Lawyers, two-part feature articles

"Armed Career Criminal Sentencing," Defense, Wash. Assn of Criminal Defense Lawyers, feature article

Sorey v. Barton Oldsmobile, overtime claim statute of limitations extended to three years, reversing 45-year-old precedent

1993

"Basics of Grand Jury Representation," Federal Defenders of Eastern Washington & Idaho, CJA training, presentation

1993 - 1994

In re: Scarce, 1st Amendment, grand jury witness, petition certiorari denied

1993

United States v. Wallette, Sentencing, Armed Career Criminal, reversed trial court, Ninth Circuit

1991

United States v. DeLeon, 4th Amendment, reversed trial court on illegal search (Franks motion), Ninth Circuit

1988 - 1989

United States v. Carniero, et al., 4th Amendment, developed database covering a year-long wiretap on four targets, provided summary witness testimony and wrote the winning brief before the Ninth Circuit resulting in suppression of 3 wiretaps

1988

"AIDS, Privacy & Denial of Medical Services," Spokane County Medical Assn

1986

"Defending Clinics," NAF, Annual Meeting, Washington D.C., keynote speaker

1984 - 1986

Bering v. SHARE, et al., landmark time-place-manner restriction on 1st Amendment activity at medical facility, prevailed at Washington State Supreme Court, certiorari dismissed United States Supreme Court

1984

MOISE PRIZE FOR ETHICS, New Mexico School of Law

1984

ORDER OF THE COIF, New Mexico School of Law

1981 - 1984

AM. JUR. BOOK PRIZE for Criminal Law, Contracts, Civil Procedure (1981), Evidence (1984)

1976

EDWIN NEWMAN PRIZE FOR FICTION, Yale University

PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS

1994 - 2013

BOARD OF DIRECTORS, Federal Defenders of Eastern Washington & Idaho; President-Elect

1992 - 1994, 2001, 2006

GOVERNOR, Washington Assocation of Criminal Defense Lawyers

1993 - 1994, 2006

VICE-PRESIDENT, Washington Assn of Criminal Defense Lawyers

2003 - 2008

PROSECUTORIAL MISCONDUCT COMMITTEE, co-Chair, Washington Association Criminal Defense Lawyers, co-chair

1984 - 2013

MEMBER, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
MEMBER, Washington State Trial Lawyers Association



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