Sheri represented me and was lead attorney in a group of attorneys in a politically motivated case brought by the Seattle Prosecutor's office to quell political protest. My co-defendants and I were acquitted thanks to Sheri's strategic lawyering, thorough research, and passionate argument.
I was charged with pedestrian interference, a misdemeanor, alongside 10 other defendants in the city of Seattle. Sheri agreed to represent me pro bono because she agreed the city was trying to quell my first amendment right to protest by charging me and my fellow protesters and taking us to trial. We were all impressed with Sheri's clear handle on the law and even more important her strategic thinking, and asked her to be lead attorney in a group of eleven.
From the outset, Sheri worked hard to get our cases dismissed so that we wouldn't have to go to trial. She wrote and argued a Knapstad motion. Though the judge ruled against the motion, it became clear through the trial that Sheri's legal thinking was in fact logical and correct.
When it was clear that the case would not be dismissed and we would go to trial, Sheri looked out for my interests above all else. We were a team of eleven defendants and eleven attorneys. Half the team wanted to delay the trial, but delaying trial meant I might not be able to go on with the professional track I had planned. Sheri was very attune to my personal constraints and spent a lot of time talking with me about the pros and cons of the decision before me. Ultimately, we decided to go forward with just three other defendants and attorneys so that I could continue with my plans. I felt that Sheri really supported me in weighing all the factors in this decision and that the decision we made was the right one.
Throughout the trial, Sheri remained steadfast in her representation. At one point the prosecutors wanted to narrow the jury instructions to such a degree as to make it impossible for us to be acquitted. The judge seemed inclined to agree as everyone was getting tired of arguing. Sheri would not quit, and her arguments for jury instruction backed by a wealth of case law and legal reserach ultimately succeeded and was crucial to our acquittal.
Sheri and I also believed that it was important for me to testify. She supported me in tapping into my emotions and why I was so committed to the protest I had participated in. I believe my testimony alongside my co-defendants testimonies were very important to our acquittal.
I felt extremely cared for, supported, and heard by Sheri through the trial, and the ability to both be on top of the legal stuff as well as be supportive to clients is a trait that I imagine is hard to come by. Sheri provided me all the information I needed to make informed decisions about the most important decisions in the case, and she spent time getting to know me and what I was about to ensure that her representation of me was truly representative of who I am, and not just the legal arguments that supported my case.
I couldn't have asked for a better attorney, and feel so grateful that Sheri took my case on. You would be lucky to have her as your attorney.