Virginia M. Amato

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815 East Main Street , Auburn , WA   98002   (253) 880-3289

 LEGAL EDUCATION  

                                Gonzaga University School of Law, Spokane , WA
             
                   Juris Doctorate - May 1994
                                National Appellate Advocacy Competition (NAAC) Team - 1992
                                Moot Court Council
                                Phi Delta Phi Legal Fraternity

 PRE-LEGAL EDUCATION  

                                University of Idaho , Moscow , ID
                               
Master of Science, Physical Education,  May 1984  

                                Eastern Washington University , Cheney , WA
                               
Bachelor of Arts in Education, December 1982

 JUDICIAL EXPERIENCE  

                                Pro-Tem Judge – Auburn Municipal Court (February – March 2005)
                               
Presided over Infraction, Pre-Trial & Review dockets.  

                                Hearing Officer – Department of Licensing (September 2002 – July 2003)
                                Conducted administrative law hearings related to driver’s license suspensions and  
                                revocations on behalf of the Director of the Department of Licensing.
 

LEGAL EXPERIENCE  

LAW OFFICE OF VIRGINIA M. AMATO, PLLC, Auburn , WA    (June 2008 to present)

CRIMINAL DEFENSE PRACTITIONER – Focusing on Misdemeanor, Gross Misdemeanor, Licensing Issues & some felonies.  

Law Offices of James V. Newton, LLC, Kent , WA    (August 2002 to June 2008)      

CRIMINAL DEFENSE PRACTITIONER – Focusing on Misdemeanor, Gross Misdemeanor & Licensing issues.  

City of Auburn , Prosecuting Attorney's Office, Auburn , WA      (April 2002 – August 2002)

LEAD CITY PROSECUTOR - Prosecute all misdemeanor and gross misdemeanor cases filed within the City of Auburn under the Auburn Municipal Code.  

City of Pasco , Prosecuting Attorney's Office, Pasco , WA      (June 1998 to April 2002)

MUNICIPAL PROSECUTOR - Prosecute all misdemeanor and gross misdemeanor cases filed within the City of Pasco under the Pasco Municipal Code.  

City of Spokane Prosecuting Attorney's Office, Spokane , WA    (January 1997 to June 1998)

ASSISTANT CITY PROSECUTOR - Prosecute all misdemeanor and gross misdemeanor cases filed within the City of Spokane under the Spokane Municipal Code.  

Virginia M. Amato, Attorney at Law, Spokane , WA      (May 1995 to January 1997)

SOLE PRACTITIONER - Areas of practice include:  Criminal defense (felony & misdemeanor); Social Security; Wills & Probates; and City of Spokane Public Defender conflicts contract.  

MEMBERSHIPS  

Washington State Bar Association, Seattle , WA , Member since May 1995, WSBA # 24668

Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Seattle , WA

 
 
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