About Anne Seidel

Anne Seidel's practice is limited to lawyer discipline and legal ethics. She has substantial experience defending lawyers against bar grievances and in assisting attorneys with ethical dilemmas. She is the prior Chief Disciplinary Counsel of the Washington State Bar Association. A more detailed practice description is available here.


Harvard Law School, Cambridge, MA

  • J.D., magna cum laude, 1989

  • Harvard Law Review, Editor and Developments Office Chair

Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, NY

  • A.B in Mathematics, 1984

  • General and Departmental Honors

  • Phi Beta Kappa

  • Wells and Smith Prize for Excellence in Mathematics

Committee Appointments

  • WSBA Committee on Professional Ethics (2013 - 2019)

  • WSBA Rules of Professional Conduct Committee (2010-2012)

  • WSBA Special Committee for Evaluation of the Rules of Professional Conduct ("Ethics 2003") (2003-2004)

Selected Publications

  • Avoid Ethical Dilemmas Before They Start, King County Bar Association Bar Bulletin (December 2011)

  • Chapter Four, Confidentiality, Washington Legal Ethics Deskbook (2009)

  • Confidentiality Under the New Rules of Professional Conduct, Washington State Bar News (September 2006)

Selected Speaking Engagements

  • “Speed Bumps on Your Professional Path: Avoiding Ethical Collisions,” Just Enough to Be Dangerous: The Intersection of Family Law and the Legal System, Seattle University CLE (2016)

  • "Ethics: Conflicts of Interest – Joint/Multiple Representation,” Skagit Volunteer Lawyer Program Annual CLE (2016)

  • "Drafting the Fee Agreement: Do's and Don'ts," How To Avoid and Handle Fee Disputes, Washington State Association for Justice (2013)

  • “Ethics of Joint Representation,” Employment Law Essentials: Handling the Employment Case from Start to Finish, Washington State Bar Association CLE (2013)

  • “Ethics Issues for the Immigration Lawyer,” Annual Northwest Regional Immigration Law Conference, American Immigration Lawyers Association (2013)

  • “Multi-State Practice and Choice of Law: Are the Rules Really That Model?” 10th Annual Law of Lawyering Conference, Washington State Bar Association CLE (2012)

  • "Confidentiality,” Clients, Confidences and Ethically Terminating the Attorney-Client Relationship, Northwest Justice Project (2012)

  • “Ethics in Art Law,” 2012 Art Law Institute, Washington Lawyers for the Arts (2012)

  • “Ethical Issues When Responding to Unprofessional Conduct,” How To Deal with Unprofessional Conduct, Northwest Justice Project/Columbia Legal Services (2011)

  • “Perils of Multiple Representation,” Washington Lawyers for the Arts (2011)

  • “How to Avoid Bar Complaints and How to Respond to Bar Complaints,” Northwest Justice Project (2010)

  • "Ethical Considerations: Ways to Avoid Grievances,” 9th Annual Washington CLE Bootcamp, The Seminar Group (2010)

  • “Common Legal Ethics Issues in Immigration Law,” 2010 Annual Northwest Regional Immigration Conference, American Immigration Lawyers Association (2010)

  • “Ethical & Malpractice Issues Related to Probate Litigation,” 12th Annual Probate, Trust and TEDRA Litigation, King County Bar Association CLE (2009)

  • “Conflicts and Other Ethical Issues,” Family Law Boot Camp, Washington State Bar Association CLE (2009)

  • “Ethical Concerns in the Bench-Bar Relationship,” 2009 Bench-Bar Conference, King County Bar Association CLE (2009)

  • “Ethics for Immigration Lawyers,” Domestic Violence and Immigration Relief, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (2009)

  • “Confidentiality,” The Legal Ethics Deskbook Live: New Rules, New Resources, Washington State Bar Association CLE (2009)

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