Veron Fretas

Veron is a talented, knowledgeable and formidable advocate with a unique combination of legal skills and training. Veron spent 18 years working as a public defender in Seattle and Kent, WA handling adult and juvenile misdemeanor, felony, and child support cases. Veronica has represented hundreds of juveniles and adults on a broad spectrum of criminal charges ranging from multiple counts of aggravated murder to simple misdemeanors. She has prevailed in the majority of cases she has tried. In 1998, Veron obtained an LLM in Taxation from the University of Washington and subsequently worked at Lane, Powell, Spears, Lubersky in their Small Business and Estate Planning group where she drafted estate plans and litigated estate and probate cases.

  • Examples of Adult Felony Jury Trials Conducted:
    Aggravated Murder in the First Degree; Murder in the First Degree; Attempted Murder in the First Degree; Assault in the First and Second Degrees; Kidnapping in the First Degree; Burglary; Rape of a Child in the First and Second Degrees; Child Molestation in the First and Second Degrees; Domestic Violence Assault; and many Drug Delivery cases.
  • Examples of Jury Trials Won:
    Attempted Murder First Degree, Attempted Murder Second Degree, Assault First Degree on two separate occasions, Child Rape First Degree, Child Molestation First Degree, Kidnapping First Degree, Burglary Second Degree, and Drug Delivery charges.
  • Hung Juries:
    Murder in the First degree; Drug Delivery; and Assault in the Second and Third Degree charges.
  • Adult Misdemeanor Trials Conducted:
    DUI; Theft; Assault; Harassment; Loitering — Drug and Prostitution; Hit and Run; and Domestic Violence Assault cases. Veronica has achieved excellent results in those cases including several not guilty verdicts and hung juries.

Bar Memberships:
Washington State Bar, admitted in 1990
United States District Court for the Western District of Washington
United States Tax Court

University of Washington Law School, L.L.M. in Taxation 1998
Northwestern School of Law at Lewis and Clark College, J.D. 1989
Portland State University, Honors Program, B.S. 1986

King County Bar Association — Family Law & Real Property, Probate & Trust Sections
Washington State Bar Association — Family Law and Real Property Law Sections
Washington Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys
Washington Women Lawyers

Cases in the News:

Renton Movie Theater Shooting — Not Guilty Attempted Murder 1 & Assault 1
Witness recounts scene of movie-theater shooting, Seattle Times, Jan 2000
Renton man acquitted of attempted murder, Seattle Times, Jan 2000
Mistrial in Murder for Hire of Boeing Man — Hung Jury 9 — 3 to acquit on Murder 1
Mistrial in murder-for-hire case, Seattle Times, Feb 2008
Mistrial is declared in murder-for-hire case, Seattle PI, Feb 2008
Testimony starts in retrial of murder case, Seattle Times, Apr 2008
Des Moines man's second trial begins…, Seattle Times, Apr 2008
2nd mistrial in slaying of Boeing worker, Seattle Times, Apr 2008
Rafay / Longest Criminal Trial in King County History / Jury Settles in for Long Haul:
Rafay attorney says police erred in zeroing in on pair, Seattle Times, Nov 2003
After 9-year saga, search for justice…, Seattle Times, Nov 2003
Rafay jury settles in for long haul in big trial, Seattle Times, Dec 2003
Rafay, Burns are convicted of murder, Seattle PI, May 2004
Assault Trial Ends in Hung Jury — Police Officer Dragged:
Assault trial ends in hung jury as driver's intent is debated, Seattle PI, Oct 2001


Adam is an experienced, skillful and passionate trial attorney who has represented hundreds of adults and juveniles in Municipal, District and Superior Courts on a wide variety of civil and criminal cases. Adam was an appellate attorney at the Washington Appellate Defender Association in Seattle, WA for three years where he represented adults and juveniles on appeals of their misdemeanor and felony convictions in the Washington State Court of Appeals and the Washington State Supreme Court. For 14 years, Adam was a public defender at the Society of Counsel Representing Accused Persons in Seattle and Kent, WA where he represented adults on a broad range of criminal charges in District and Superior Courts, including driving under the influence of alcohol, drug possession, drug delivery, assault, theft, burglary, indecent liberties, rape and murder. Adam has also spent a significant portion of his career representing adults and juveniles in family court matters. His expertise includes divorce, dependency, child in need of services, at risk youth and truancy cases. Adam has prevailed on most of the criminal and civil cases he has tried to juries and judges alike. Adam now specializes in criminal defense, family law and personal injury. His family law practice includes legal separations, divorce, domestic partnerships, child custody, child support, property division, modifications of parenting plans and support orders, and parental relocations. Adam enjoys working closely with his clients to accomplish their legal goals.

  • Examples of Adult Felony Cases Handled:
    Murder Second Degree, Assault First Degree, Assault Third Degree, Rape Second Degree, Possession of Cocaine and Marijuana with Intent to Deliver, Possession of Cocaine and Marijuana, Vehicular Assault, Malicious Mischief First Degree, Robbery Second Degree, Domestic Violence Assault.
  • Examples of Trials Won:
    Assault Third Degree, Assault Fourth Degree, Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol, Physical Control of a Motor Vehicle While Under the Influence of Alcohol, Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Domestic Violence Assault, Dependency cases, Guardianship case.
  • Examples of Civil Matters Handled:
    Divorce, Personal Injury, Dependencies, At Risk Youth, Child In Need of Services, Truancies, Child Support, Non-Parental (3rd Party) Custody, Guardianships, Parenting Plan Modifications.
  • Published Articles:
    THE BECCA PROCESS: A VIEW FROM THE FRONT, King County Bar Bulletin, April 2009 Edition. Read article.

Bar Membership
Washington State Bar, Admitted 1992
Washington State Bar, Family Law Section
King County Bar, Family Law and Criminal Law Sections

Washington University School of Law, J.D. 1991
Tufts University, B.A. 1986