Quita St. John

Professional Experience

St. John Law Group, PLLC — Seattle, WA
Attorney and Owner (May 2012 – Present)
Private criminal defense attorney and public criminal defense contract attorney representing retained clients in all phases of criminal proceedings. Contract work for firms including: Stein, Lotzkar, and Starr; Cowan, Kirk, Gaston and Wolff, and Schroeter, Goldmark, Bender.

Society of Counsel Representing Accused Persons, Juvenile Division — Seattle, WA
Attorney (June 2013 – January 2014)
Full time juvenile public defender. Vertical representation of juvenile clients through all phases from arraignment to trial in both misdemeanor and felony cases.

Associated Counsel for the Accused — Seattle and Kent, WA
Attorney (June 2007 – January 2009 and May 2010 – May 2012)
Full public defense caseload in Seattle Municipal Court and King County District Court. Represented indigent clients from diverse backgrounds in all phases of criminal proceedings. Heavy motions and trial practice. 

Perkins Coie — Seattle, WA
Attorney (April 2010 – May 2010)
Document review in defense of a criminal investigation.

King County Superior Court — Seattle and Kent, WA
Law Clerk and Bailiff to the Honorable Hollis R. Hill (January 2009 – March 2010)
Administer all aspects of the Court, including coordination of jurors, editing and issuing of orders and opinions, court scheduling, serving as a liaison between the public, pro se, attorneys, court operations and the Court itself, and conducting legal research.

Woods and Associates — Seattle, WA
Attorney (January 2007 – June 2007)
Document review at Seattle law firms including Phillips Law Group, Groff Murphy, and the Northwest Defender’s Association.

Society of Counsel Representing Accused Persons — Seattle, WA
Rule 9 Legal Intern (January 2006 – May 2006)
Represented public defense clients for arraignments, pretrial hearings, pleas, sentencing, and probation hearings. Drafted motions and conducted other legal research and writing.

Legal Voice (formerly Northwest Women’s Law Center) — Seattle, WA
Legal Intern (August 2005 – January 2006)

National Center for Lesbian Rights — San Francisco, CA
Law Clerk (June – August 2005)

Gender and Justice Commission of the Washington State Courts — Seattle, WA
Primary Author (May – September 2004)

Service Employees International Union, Local 925 — Seattle, WA
Organizer/Representative (January 2002 – January 2003)

Service Employees International Union, District 925 — Seattle, WA
Organizer (September 2000 – May 2001)

Community Experience & Board Involvement

American Inn of Courts – William L. Dwyer Inn of Court — Seattle, WA
Executive Board (September 2005 – present)

Camp Ten Trees – LGBTQ Youth Summer Camp — Seattle, WA
Board of Directors and Summer Camp Volunteer (October 2012 – present)

Q­Law (LGBTQ) Bar Association and Foundation — Seattle, WA
LGBTQ Free Legal Clinic Board of Directors and Clinic Volunteer (August 2008 – present)
At­Risk Youth Committee
(June 2007 – September 2008)

Washington State Bar Association — Seattle, WA
Loan Repayment Assistance Program Board (March 2005 – May 2006)

Girl Scouts of Western Washington – Girls Beyond Bars and Girls Fostering a Future — Renton and Kent, WA
Troop Leader/Volunteer (September 2009 – November 2011)
Program for girls whose mothers are incarcerated or who are in foster care.

King County Bar Association Family Law Program — Seattle, WA
Pro ­bono volunteer attorney (May 2007 – January 2009)


Seattle University School of Law — Seattle, WA
J.D., cum laude, 2013

  • Seattle Journal for Social Justice (Law Review) – Editorial Board.

  • Public Interest Law Foundation – President.

  • Outlaws (LGBTQ Organization) ­ Board Member, Vice President.

University of Vermont— Burlington, VT
B.A., cum laude, May 1999

  • Major in French, minors in Latin American Studies and Women’s Studies.

  • Year­long study at Université Paul Valèry ­ Montpellier, France.

Languages & International Experience

  • Highly proficient in French. Basic Spanish skills.

  • Travel, study, and residence in Western and Eastern Europe, Thailand, Vietnam, and China.