John Henry Browne
John Henry Browne is the one to call when it's all on the line. For almost 40 years, JHB has successfully represented people charged with serious offenses in state and federal court. Honored in Best Lawyers in America since 1999, JHB is an attorney with a northwest practice and international reputation. Martindale-Hubbell consistently rates him as a "Most Preeminent Lawyer." JHB has tried over 300 criminal cases to verdict and represents a broad range of individuals faced with serious felony charges.
After graduating from American University School of Law in 1971, John was a Ford Foundation Fellow at Northwestern University School of Law. Shortly after that, he began his legal career as an Assistant Attorney General in Olympia, Washington. He then served as the Chief Trial Attorney at the Public Defender's Office before going into private practice as a founding partner in Browne & Ressler. JHB has since gone out on his own in the exclusive practice of criminal defense.
The office is now located in Pioneer Square in the historic Delmar Building.
JHB has been recently profiled in several nationally-recognized newspapers, including the New York Times and Seattle Times:
"He's definitely a renegade among defense attorneys," said Daniel T. Satterberg, the King County prosecuting attorney, who has known Mr. Browne for a quarter-century. "I mean that in a respectful sense. He is his own man. He calls his own shots, and he doesn't have to answer to anybody."
- Washington SuperLawyers, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2008
- The Best Lawyers in America, 2001-2002
- Fellow, Ford Foundation Fellowship Program
Colleen A. Hartl, of Counsel
Colleen A. Hartl, an associate attorney at the Law Offices of John Henry Browne, P.S., is a criminal law trial attorney with over 20 years experience in criminal law as a defense attorney, a prosecuting attorney and a municipal court judge. From the first appearance in court, through negotiations and trial, Colleen seeks to provide the best defense and assistance to a person accused of a crime with knowledge and experience. She represents persons accused at the misdemeanor, felony and appellate levels. Colleen has successfully represented and obtained dismissals on cases of domestic violence crimes, felony assaults, felony sex offenses, and those accused of serious alcohol related driving offenses.
Her area of practice also includes expunging criminal arrest records, vacating criminal convictions and restoring firearm rights.
- Washington State Bar, 1988
- United States Federal Court, Western Division, 1990
- United States Federal Court, Eastern Division, 2012
- J.D., Seattle University, 1987
- B.A., Seattle University, 1983
- Washington State Bar Association
- Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Awards
- Washington Rising Star Attorney, Washington Law and Politics magazine, 2000
Emily M. Gause
Emily M. Gause is John Henry Browne's newest associate. She has been an attorney here since October 2011. While attending Seattle University School of Law, Emily worked at Northwest Defenders Association, a public defender agency in King County, and the Washington State Attorney General's Office. Emily focused on representing juveniles in dependency cases and in criminal cases. While in law school, Emily participated in many mock trial competitions and excelled in trial advocacy.
Emily grew up in Ellensburg, Washington and is proud to be a Washington State University cougar. Now, Emily enjoys defending clients throughout the State of Washington. Emily excels at writing aggressive motions and obtaining successful resolutions through motions practice. For example, after Emily wrote two motions in a three-strikes case, the prosecutor offered to resolve the case with time-served. Emily's motion practice has resulted in dismissals and substantial reductions in plea offers. Along with John Henry Browne, Emily has obtained favorable results in complex sex offense cases.
- Washington State Bar, 2011