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Biographical Information

Alexander F. Ransom practices criminal defense in Whatcom and Skagit County. He is a dedicated trial attorney who seeks jury acquittals, dismissals and/or favorable resolutions for clients facing criminal charges. In some cases, Alexander may seek civil actions and compensatory damages against government municipalities on behalf of clients who are victims of Police Misconduct.

Mr. Ransom was raised in Seattle and is a 1997 graduate of Western Washington University in Bellingham, Washington. In 2000, he was accepted into the Seattle University School of Law, where he served as a member of the Moot Court Board and Law Review. He interned with the City of Kent’s Prosecutor’s Office and began his criminal trial practice prosecuting misdemeanors and gross misdemeanors under the Revised Code of Washington and the City of Kent Criminal Code.

In 2003, Mr. Ransom graduated from law school and relocated to Whatcom County. He was appointed Deputy Criminal Prosecutor in the tribal court of the Lummi Nation. In this position, Alexander prosecuted federal felony and misdemeanor offenses committed on the Lummi reservation. He also attended the National Institute for Trial Advocacy located in Louisville, Colorado and obtained a diploma in advanced jury trial skills and trial advocacy.

In 2005,Mr. Ransom pursued criminal defense and served as a Public Defender in the Bellingham Municipal Court. In this position, he gained vast experience in defending citizens accused on DUI, domestic violence assault, and various property crimes. In 2007, Alexander entered private practice and today handles serious felonies, gross-misdemeanors and misdemeanors in Federal, Superior, District, and Municipal Courts.

Mr. Ransom has surpassed the coveted “25 trials” benchmark separating experienced attorneys from the inexperienced; and obtained a very impressive win/loss record during the process. He is an avid chess player and enjoys spending time with his family.

Admission Dates & Jurisdictions

Admitted to Practice:

June, 2005.

Jurisdictions:

Western District of Washington Federal Court

• All Superior Courts, District Courts & Municipal Courts in WA State, and particularly the following criminal courts: 

Whatcom County Superior Court Criminal Defense

Whatcom County District Court Criminal Defense

Bellingham Municipal Court Criminal Defense

Blaine Municipal Court Criminal Defense

Everson Municipal Court Criminal Defense

Ferndale Municipal Court Criminal Defense

Lynden Municipal Court Criminal Defense

Sumas Municipal Court Criminal Defense

Skagit County Superior Court Criminal Defense

Skagit County District Court Criminal Defense

Mt. Vernon Municipal Court Criminal Defense

Anacortes Municipal Court Criminal Defense

Burlington Municipal Court Criminal Defense

Sedro-Woolley Municipal Court Criminal Defense

Education

• National Institute for Trial Advocacy, Advanced Trial Practice Institute, Boulder CO, 2005

• Seattle University School of Law, Juris Doctorate, Seattle WA, 2003

Fairhaven College of Western Washington University, Law & Diversity, Bachelor of Arts, Bellingham, WA 1997

Professional Experience

• Litigation Associate at Tario & Associates, P.S.    2011–present.

• Owner Law Office Alexander F. Ransom    2008–present

• Deputy Public Defender at Bellingham Assigned Counsel, P.S.   2005–2007

• Assistant Prosecutor at Lummi Indian Business Council    2004

Honors & Awards

• Client Distinction Award – Martindale-Hubbell – 2015

• “Top 100 Black Lawyers” – National Black Lawyers – 2015

• “Top 10 Under 40″ – National Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys – 2014

• “10 Best Under 40″ – American Institute DUI/DWI Attorneys – 2014

• “Top 100 Trial Attorneys”  – National Trial Lawyers Association – 2014

• “Top 100 Trial Attorneys” – American Society of Legal Advocates – 2014

• Client’s Choice Award – Avvo.com – 2014

• Top Attorneys & Washington Rising Stars – Seattle Metropolitan Magazine – 2013

• “Super Lawyer” & “Rising Star” – Washington Law & Politics Magazine – 2011

Press

Attorney Alexander Ransom Selected for List of Top-Rated Lawyers in WA.

The 2014 list of top rated attorneys in WA as published in the July, 2013 issue of Seattle Met Magazine includes Alexander Ransom of Bellingham, WA. This distinction is given to only a very small percentage of Bellingham’s attorneys each year. Attorneys are only considered for inclusion in the list of top rated attorneys if they have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement across 12 indicators. Lawyers cannot buy their way onto the list. The selection process, recognized as legitimate by bar associations and courts across the United States, is multi-phased and includes independent research, peer nominations and peer evaluations. Only attorneys who can be retained by the general public are considered. Honorees are selected annually for each state and practice areas.

Attorney Alexander Ransom Obtains $150,000 Settlement in Police Misconduct Case.

Island County’s insurance pool has reached a $150,000 settlement with the woman who was allegedly held captive in a Freeland cabin three years ago. The 2006 incident was one of the biggest scandals in memory for the Island County Sheriff’s Office.

Ms. Walker was unlawfully imprisoned and assaulted by a former friend. Twice, she called 911 from the assailant’s home. The dispatched police officer failed to adequately respond and/or investigate the matter. Ms. Walker eventually escaped from the cabin and contacted authorities. The deputy was terminated from employment. Mr. Ransom investigated the matter and discovered the police officer had prior failures to respond under similar circumstances. Mr. Ransom filed a public disclosure request seeking all information regarding the case. He obtained all police reports, internal investigation reports, arbitration decisions and a past disciplinary notice given to the police officer. Mr. Ransom also filed a Notice of Claim against Island County claiming police negligence. The case was resolved through out-of-court negotiations with the Washington Counties Risk Pool.

Verdicts & Settlements

JURY TRIAL ACQUITTALS: 

• Hung Jury & Mistrial for Rape in the Second Degree (4 Counts), Indecent Liberties and Unlawful Imprisonment, #15-1-01172-6, 2017

• Hung Jury, Mistrial & Dismissal Assault Fourth Degree (DV) # CB-938**, 2016

• Full Jury Acquittal Assault Fourth Degree (DV) and Malicious Mischief Third Degree (DV) #4Z9623**, 2015

• Full Jury Acquittal on Making False Statements to Law Enforcement, Rendering Criminal Assistance Second Degree & Obstructing Police # 4Z9289**, 2015

• Hung Jury & Dismissal, Child Molestation First Degree, #13-1-012**-8, 2015

• Full Jury Acquittal Assault Fourth Degree, # 4Z8703**, 2015

• Full Jury Acquittal Reckless Endangerment (two counts) #4Z230**, 2014

• Full Jury Acquittal Felony Assault Second Degree Deadly Weapon #13-1-001**-0, 2013

• Hung Jury and Dismissal of Assault Fourth Degree #2Z-6010**, 2013

• Full Jury Acquittal on Felony Burglary Second Degree #11-1-010**-3, 2012

• Hung Jury and Dismissal of Felony Burglary First Degree #11-1-011**-2, 2012

• Full Jury Acquittal Felony Harassment and Possession of Weapon by Inmate #12-1-008**-9, 2012

• Full Jury Acquittal on Assault Fourth Degree Domestic Violence #CB-699**, 2011

• Jury Acquittal for Witness Tampering and Intimidating a Witness #10-1-000**-3, 2011

• Full Jury Acquittal on Reckless Driving Charge #CB-697**, 2011

• Full Jury Acquittal on DUI #C-7846**, 2011

• Jury Acquittal on 2 Counts Rape of a Child Third Degree #09-1-005**-9, 2010

• Full Jury Acquittal Malicious Mischief Third Degree Domestic Violence #CB-632**, 2008

• Full Jury Acquittal Assault Fourth, Mistrial on Felony Harassment #08-1-001**-7, 2008

• Jury Acquittal on Assault Fourth Degree Domestic Violence and Interfering 911 Call Domestic Violence #CB-542**, 2006

• Full Jury Acquittal on Theft Third Degree #CB-529**, 2006

Representative Cases

DISMISSALS

• Dismissed Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance (Lorazepam & Methadone) #15-1-00***  2017

• Dismissed Felony Harassment, #16-1-014**-8, 2017

• Dismissed Theft Third Degree, #BUC0175**, 2017

• Dismissed Assault Fourth Degree (DV), #MC329**, 2017

• Dismissed Assault Fourth Degree (DV) & Malicious Mischief Third Degree (DV), #7Z02154**, 2017

• Dismissed Welfare Fraud, #16-1-0059**, 2017

• Dismissed Unlawful Use of Drug Paraphernalia, #5Z6321**, 2017

• Dismissed Disorderly Conduct, #CC098**, 2017

• Spotlighting Big Game Second Degree & Unlawful Hunting of Big Game Second Degree (2 Counts), #C801**, 2017

• Dismissed Minor in Possession of Alcohol, #6Z587***, 2017

• Dismissed Malicious Mischief Third Degree (DV) #CB998**, 2017

• Dismissed Assault Fourth Degree #CB0942**, 2016

• Dismissed Assault Fourth Degree (DV), #6Z05003**, 2016

• Dismissed Assault Fourth Degree, #PA1337**, 2016

• Dismissed Malicious Mischief Second Degree, #14-1-00****, 2016

• Reduced & Dismissed DUI, #6Z05627**, 2016

• Dismissed Assault Fourth Degree (DV), #SC00162**, 2016

• Dismissed Assault Fourth Degree, #BUC196**, 2016

• Dismissed Possession of a Legend Drug #6Z04338**, 2016

• Dismissed Assault Fourth Degree (DV), Malicious Mischief Third Degree (DV) & Malicious Mischief Third Degree (non-DV), #5Z665727, 2016

• Dismissed Interfering With Federal Officer & Dumping a Vehicle on Federal Land, #15-PO-2**, 2016

• Dismissed Kidnapping First Degree, Robbery First Degree & Assault Second Degree, #15-1-014**-1, 2016

• Dismissed Felony Unlawful Imprisonment & Possession of Heroin, #14-1-012**-3, 2016

• Dismissed Felony Unlawful Possession of Vicodin, #14-1-000**-1, 2015

• Dismissed Theft Third Degree, # CB-929**, 2015

• Dismissed Unlawful Hunting of Big Game, Spotlighting and Criminal Trespass, # C546**, 2015

• Dismissed Theft Third Degree, #PA-129**, 2015

• Dismissed Shoplifting, #CB-940**, 2015

• Reduced Robbery First Degree to Robbery Second Degree, Dismissed Attempted Robbery, Conspiracy & Theft in the Second Degree, Adjudicated All Charges in Juvenile Court Cause # 15-1-002**-1, 2015

• Dismissed Nuisance & Littering, #CB-823** & IB-1840**, 2015

• Dismissed Malicious Mischief Third Degree & Theft Third Degree, # CB-927**, 2015

• Dismissed Felony Harassment (Threats to Kill), # 14-1-006**-5, 2015

• Dismissed Hit & Run Attended, Failure to Obey Police Officers & Failure to Comply With Flaggers, #   4Z02043**, 2015

• Dismissed Hit & Run Unattended # CB911**, 2015

• Dismissed Driving While Under the Influence of Intoxicants, # 5Z2463**, 2015

• Dismissed Criminal Trespass Second Degree # 5Z308**, 2015

• Dismissed Felony Theft Second Degree # 14-1-003**-9, 2015

• Dismissed Hit & Run Unattended # SC166**, 2015

• Dismissed Felony Possession of Methamphetamine, #14-1-014**-7, 2015

• Dismissed Hit & Run Unattended #4Z5548**, 2015

• Dismissed Felony Unlawful Imprisonment Domestic Violence #14-1-008**-4, 2015

• Dismissed Hit and Run Unattended #C424**, 2015

• Dismissed Possession of Marijuana While Under 21 Years of Age, #CB-814**, 2015

• Dismissed Malicious Mischief 3rd Degree & Minor in Possession of Alcohol #CB-907** , 2015

• Dismissed & Reduced Felony Vehicular Assault (Counts I & II) #14-1-007**-8, 2015

• Dismissed Criminal Trespass Second Degree #AC-526**, 2015

• Dismissed Hit & Run Unattended #CB-918**, 2014

• Dismissed Negligent Driving First Degree #PA-46**, 2014

• Dismissed Shoplifting #CB-917**, 2014

• Dismissed Assault Fourth Degree Domestic Violence #CB-893**, 2014

• Dismissed Rape First Degree & Kidnapping First Degree #14-1-004**-7, 2014

• Dismissed Reckless Driving #4Z5684**, 2014

• Dismissed Felony Theft Second Degree #13-1-004**-4, 2014

• Dismissed Hit and Run Attended Vehicle #4Z00162**, 2014

• Dismissed Reckless Driving & Disorderly Conduct #CB-814**, 2014

* Dismissed Reckless Endangerment, #4Z00230**, 2014

• Dismissed Assault Fourth Degree #3Z01560**, 2014

• Dismissed Malicious Mischief Third Degree #4Z02678**, 2014

• Dismissed Robbery, Drive-By Shooting & Possession of Firearm #13-1-007**-3, 2014

• Reduced Rape and Child Molestation Charges to non-sex offenses #12-1-000**-6, 2014

• Dismissed DUI and Hit & Run #3Z08242** & 3Z08243**, 2014

• Dismissed Felony Communicating With Minor For Immoral Purposes #11-1-008**-3, 2014

• Dismissed Assault Fourth Degree Domestic Violence #C-616**, 2013

• Dismissed Theft Third Degree #C-110**, 2013

• Dismissed Hit & Run Attended with Infractions #3Z2412** & 3Z2412**, 2013

• Dismissed Felony Unlawful Imprisonment Domestic Violence #12-1-013**-3, 2013

• Dismissed Assault Fourth Degree #CB-824**, 2013

• Dismissed Minor in Possession of Alcohol #C7680**, 2013

• Dismissed Possession of Cocaine #3Z07045**, 2013

• Dismissed Hit & Run Attended #CB-816**, 2013

• Dismissed Unlawful Aiming/Discharge of Firearm #2Z05768**, 2013

• Reduced Possession of Cocaine to Disorderly Conduct #13-1-003**-7, 2013

• Dismissed Felony Assault Second Degree Domestic Violence #11-1-007**-4, 2012

• Dismissed Felony Unlawful Imprisonment Domestic Violence #12-1-000**-0, 2012

• Dismissed Assault Fourth Degree & NCOV Domestic Violence #AC-438**, 2012

• Dismissed Felony Trafficking Stolen Property in the First Degree #11-1-001**-4, 2012

• Dismissed Felony Possession Cocaine With Intent to Deliver, #84-1-000**-0, 2012

• Dismissed Assault Fourth Degree Domestic Violence #AC-448**, 2012

• Dismissed Hit & Run Attended #CB-728**, 2012

• Dismissed Assault Fourth Degree #CB-770**, 2012

• Dismissed Hit & Run Attended #C-382**, 2012

• Dismissed Assault Fourth Degree Domestic Violence #CB-780**, 2012

• Dismissed Felony Unlawful Possession of Prescription Drugs #09-1-001**-9, 2012

• Dismissed Felony Assault Second Degree Domestic Violence #12-1-006**-8, 2012

• Dismissed Felony Violation of No-Contact Order (2 Counts) #11-1-009**-5, 2012

• Dismissed Felony Assault Second Degree Domestic Violence #12-1-003**-3 , 2012

• Dismissed Violation of No-Contact order Domestic Violence #C-74**, 2011

• Dismissed Violation of No-Contact Order Domestic Violence #CB-707**, 2011

• Dismissed Assault Fourth Degree Domestic Violence, AC-357**, 2011

• Dismissed Felony Robbery First Degree & Assault Second Degree #09-1-008**-5, 2011

• Dismissed Assault, Resisting & Obstructing a Police Officer #AC-432**, 2011

• Dismissed Felony Assault Second Degree With a Deadly Weapon #08-1-001**-6, 2011

• Dismissed Felony Assault Second Degree #09-1-014**-5, 2011

• Dismissed Assault Fourth Degree #CB-718**, 2011

• Dismissed Reckless Driving #C-7677**, 2011

• Dismissed Assault Fourth Degree #1Z-02470**, 2011

• Dismissed Felony Theft of Rental Property & Bail Jumping #09-1-012**-1, 2011

• Dismissed Reckless Endangerment & Unlawful Discharge of Firearm #1Z-2791**, 2011

• Dismissed Assault Fourth Degree and Hit & Run Attended #CB-729**, 2011

• Dismissed Boating Under the Influence #1Z-05528**, 2011

• Dismissed Assault Fourth Degree Domestic Violence #1Z-05217**, 2011

• Dismissed Violation of No-Contact Order Domestic Violence AC-268**, 2010

• Dismissed: Burglary First Degree, Assault Second Degree With Deadly Weapon, Malicious Mischief First Degree #08-1-005**-1, 2008

Speaking Engagements

• Social Media for Lawyers / Using Technology in Practice – 2016

• Criminal Defense & the Media – The Media Response to the Treyvon Martin Case – 2012

• Criminal Law Overview – AW Advocates Street Law & Tenant Clinic 101 – 2011

• Criminal Law Civil Liberties & Constitutional Rights Seminar – WWU – 2009

• Know Your Rights When Agents Set Up Roadblocks and Board Your Bus – ACLU – 2009

• Know Your Rights When Confronted By Police – ALCU Criminal Law Seminar – 2009

• Informational Seminar on DUI Detection – Don’t Become A Defendant: Information on DUI Detection and Enforcement – 2008

Publications

Raquel Montoya-Lewis: Behind The Quiet Storm, WCBA Newsletter, 2015

Book Review: She-Hulk, WCBA Newsletter, 2014

The Decrease in Law School Enrollment, WCBA Newsletter, 2014

The Best of Us, WCBA Newsletter, 2013

• On 20 Jury Trials, Northwest Lawyer, 2013

On Professional Courtesy: The Art of “Soft Pedaling,” Exorcising Malice & Fighting With Wooden Swords, WCBA Newsletter, 2011

Mentoring And the Legal Profession, WCBA Newsletter, 2011

Book Review: Gorilla Lawfair: A Pro Se Litigation Manual, WCBA Newsletter, 2011

Reflections on Tim Eyman, WCBA Newsletter, 2011

Court Staff, Budgets, Efficiency Solutions and Adding a Contingency Fund, WCBA Newsletter, 2010

15 Years Later: Reflections on Whatcom County’s State v. Ira Stohl, WCBA Newsletter, 2010

The Loveable, Quotable Judge Mura, WCBA Newsletter, 2011

The Port of Bellingham: Moving, Growing, Looking Toward the Future, WCBA Newsletter

Green River Killer: A True Detective Story, WCBA Newsletter

Whatcom County Small Claims Court, WCBA Newsletter, 2011

When Clients Die: On Becoming Winston Wolfe, WCBA Newsletter, 2011

Book Review: Trial In Action: The Persuasive Power of Psychodrama, WCBA Newsletter, 2011

Stay Healthy: The Connection Bewteen Physical Fitness & Effective Advocacy, WCBA Newsletter, 2011

My Bad Romance With Trial Fees, WCBA Newsletter, 2011

The Skinny on Sanctions: What Every Trial Attorney Should Know, WCBA Newsletter, 2010

Go Efficient Or Go Broke: Court Efficiency Committee Proposes Numerous Solutions, WCBA Newsletter, 2010

Public Safety In Whatcom County: The Good, The Bad & The Ugly, WCBA Newsletter, 2010

Burning the Candlestick At Both Ends: Threadbare Judicial Resources And Increased Court Litigation Gives Us Opportunity To Influence Change, WCBA Newsletter, 2010

To Blog Or Not To Blog? That Is The Question, WCBA Newsletter, 2009

It Was A Dark And Stormy Night: The Latest Storytelling Techniques For Trial Attorneys, WCBA Newsletter, 2008

Rating Mock Trial: A Trial Attorney’s Perspective, WCBA Newsletter, 2008

Senate Bill 6546: The Progressive Evolution of Ignition Interlock Device Legislation, WCBA Newsletter, 2008

Alford Pleas Best Solution for Certain Clients, WCBA Newsletter, 2007