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Mary T. Swift

Mary (she/her) was born and raised in Seattle. She graduated magna cum laude from Santa Clara University with a degree in English. Mary worked as a technical editor for several years before earning her law degree from the University of Washington in 2012. During law school, Mary served as Executive Managing Editor for the Washington Law Review, and was awarded the Carkeek Prize for best student article published in the journal. Before joining Nielsen Koch & Grannis in 2014, Mary clerked for the Honorable Marlin J. Appelwick on the Washington Court of Appeals, Division I. 
Mary handles criminal, dependency, and civil commitment appeals, and has argued over 200 cases before the Washington Court of Appeals and Washington Supreme Court. She was selected as a ‘Rising Star’ by Washington Law & Politics magazine for six years running, 2017-2022. Mary was also recognized by the Washington Defender Association in 2020 for her extraordinary efforts in State v. Mayfield, 192 Wn.2d 871 (2019) (rejecting federal attenuation doctrine and holding consent to search given during an illegal seizure was invalid under extremely narrow state attenuation doctrine). 

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