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."

Over the past 4 decades JHB has also been featured in several nationally-recognized newspapers, including the New York Times for his high profile cases including serial killer Ted Bundy, Benjamin Ng, Colton Harris-Moore (the "Barefoot Bandit"), and Army Staff Sergeant Robert Bales.

Browne's unceasing advocacy and the daring to take on some of the most unwinnable cases—and nearly win them all—has led 48 Hours' Peter Van Sant to call him "the most famous lawyer in America."

"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 State Bar, 1971

  • Illinois State Bar, 1971

  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1998


  • Oxford Fellow, 1999

  • Northwestern University School of Law, The Ford Foundation, Fellow

  • American University, J.D., 1971

  • University of Denver, B.A., 1968

Professional Memberships

  • Washington State Bar Association


  • Washington SuperLawyers – 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2008

  • The Best Lawyers in America – 2001-2002



Emma C. Scanlan

Emma is among the most respected criminal defense attorneys in the United States and is known nationally for bringing experience, dedication, and passion to her work in defending clients in state and federal courts. As a former prosecutor, she excels in negotiating dismissals and successful resolutions. Emma is an aggressive trial attorney who has achieved not guilty verdicts for clients in tough cases ranging from charges of homicide and juveniles tried as adults for violent crime to white collar crime such as fraud and cybercrime. Her tenacity and knowledge of the criminal courts system has led to an impressive record of “not guilty” verdicts in criminal trials, as well as obtaining pretrial dismissals and very favorable plea deals in many other criminal cases without the need for a trial.

While Emma represents clients of all ages, incomes and genders, she’s especially proud of her work with female clients and teens. The criminal system can be especially daunting for these constituencies, so Emma balances her legal prowess with empathy and compassion.  

Thanks to her sterling reputation in the legal community, Emma was handpicked to be the Assigned Council Expert Master for the King County Department of Defense. In this role, she’s the court’s official expert on which experts should be consulted for specific cases. 


  • Washington State Bar, 2006

  • United States Federal Court, Western Division

  • United States Federal Court, Eastern Division


  • J.D., University of Washington School of Law, 2006

  • B.A., University of Washington


  • Washington State Bar Association

  • Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers


  • Super Lawyers Magazine, Washington Rising Stars, 2010


Charlie Varni

Charlie Varni was born and raised in Seattle. After graduating from O’Dea High School, Charlie traveled to Louisiana State and sadly left after experiencing Hurricane Katrina. Charlie later graduated from Washington State University with degrees in both History and Anthropology. Charlie then moved back to Seattle and graduated from Seattle University School of Law in 2013.

Since graduating law school, Charlie has worked solely in criminal defense. Charlie spent two years as a public defender in Federal Way Municipal Court and handled hundreds of cases. Prior to joining the Law Offices of John Henry Browne, Charlie was managing a private criminal defense firm specializing in domestic violence cases ranging from simple assaults to major felony sex crimes for both juveniles and adults.

Charlie became a criminal defense attorney because he cares about the criminal justice system and people’s rights. Too often the scales of justice are tipped in the favor of a prosecution with seemingly unlimited resources. Charlie believes that a person deserves their day in court and he will to be there to help them succeed. Charlie strives to support, educate, and advocate for his clients to achieve the greatest possible outcome in any case.


  • Washington State Bar, 2013

  • United States District Court, Western Division, 2016


  • B.A., Washington State University, 2009

  • J.D., Seattle University School of Law, 2013

Professional Memberships

  • Washington State Bar Association

  • Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers



Emma Aubrey

Emma Aubrey grew up in Wyoming and graduated from the University of Wyoming with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. She moved to Kitsap County in 2008. Emma attended Seattle University School of Law and graduated with honors. While attending Seattle University, Emma worked in the Youth Advocacy Clinic, participated on the National Moot Court Team, and interned at the Federal Public Defender, the Department of Justice, and the Department of Education – Office for Civil Rights.

Emma is a former parent public defender and was put in the “Defender Spotlight” by the Washington Defenders Association for her work involving an incarcerated parent. Emma is most proud of her pro bono work through Kitsap Immigrant Assistance Center, where she helped to reunite families that were separated at the border.

Emma enjoys spending time with her family and engaging with her community to strengthen children, youth and families. She served on the Board of Directors at Kitsap Community Resources from 2012-2018. Emma is a past Parent Ambassador who advocated for 12-month authorizations for childcare subsidies in Washington State. Emma co-founded Kitsap Early Learning Alumni Association (KELLA), a program that empowers parents to use strong advocacy skills, to access resources and to give back to their communities. 


  • Washington State Bar, 2017

  • Wyoming State Bar, 2019

  • United States Federal Court, Western Division, 2018

  • United States Federal Court, Eastern Division, 2019


  • B.A., University of Wyoming, 2009

  • J.D., Seattle University School of Law, Cum Laude, 2016

Professional Memberships

  • Washington State Bar Association

  • Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers


  • School to Prison Pipeline – Implicit Bias and School Discipline, Washington Education Law and Policy Review, 2016

Volunteer Affiliations

  • Kitsap Community Resources – Board of Directors, Personnel Committee, EEOC Committee, Parent Policy Council, and WSA Delegate.

  • Kitsap Immigrant Assistance Center – Board of Directors and Legal Services

  • Kitsap Early Learning Alumni Association 

  • City of Bainbridge Island – Affordable Housing Task Force – Former Member


Greg Walsh – Licensed Investigator

Greg brings the experience of four decades in every sector of public safety and criminal justice, including law enforcement, criminal investigation, death investigation, and emergency medicine. As a certified investigation trainer, paramedic, and firearms instructor, Greg serves the defense bar as a CLE presenter, consultant, strategist, and subject expert. He is a veteran of over 1200 state and federal defense cases, and has proven particularly effective in high-profile and sensitive cases involving defensive force, false allegations, youthful defendants, police misconduct, and asset forfeiture.


  • Washington Licensed Private Investigator, Principal Agent

  • Washington Department of Licensing, Certified PI Trainer

  • Washington Criminal Justice Training Commission, PS Handgun Instructor

  • AGI Law Enforcement Armorer

  • NRA Defensive Pistol Instructor

  • Nationally Registered Paramedic


  • US District Court for Western WA, CJA Investigation Expert

  • Washington Defenders Association

  • WDA Investigators Network, Founding Coordinator

  • Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

  • Washington Association of Legal Investigators

  • International Association of Flight and Critical Care Paramedics


  • Law Enforcement Academy, Washington Criminal Justice Training Commission

  • UNM Office of the Medical Investigator, Forensic Death Investigator Training Program

  • UCSD EMS Training Institute, Mobile Intensive Care Paramedic Program

  • UNM EMS Academy Critical Care Paramedic Program, Adjunct Faculty and Curriculum Developer

  • University of Maryland-Baltimore CCEMTP Program, Adjunct Faculty & Curriculum Developer

  • United States Maritime Academy, 100 Ton Master Program

Awards and commendations

  • Port Townsend Police Department – Reserve Officer of the Year

  • UNM EMS Academy – RMEMS Intra-Aortic Balloon Pump Transport Program, EMS Innovator

  • UNM LifeGuard One Helicopter Team – Commendation, Prehospital Aortic Rupture Survival

  • Mercy Trauma, San Diego – Commendation, Grape Street Park triple officer shooting rescue

Defense Bar C.L.E. Presentations

  • Defense tactics in eyewitness identification

  • Interviewing the neutral witness

  • Effective attorney-investigator relationships

Court qualified expert in:

  • Violent trauma kinematics, wounding, and combat effectiveness

  • Force policy and decision making

  • Internal, intermediate, and terminal ballistics

  • Firearms, ammunition, and firearm evidence interpretation

  • Geolocation and GPS data accuracy and interpretation

  • Eyewitness identification

  • Emergency medicine