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Leslie Hagin

Leslie is a trial and appellate lawyer with extensive experience in both civil and criminal matters, from investigations to trials and appeals in state and federal courts across the state and nation.

Her practice focuses on all facets of employment law (in the private and public sector); criminal defense and civil rights; and a wide variety of intellectual property matters (in both civil and criminal cases). In addition, Leslie has represented numerous individuals and businesses in professional licensing, disciplinary and administrative proceedings; and has served as a special disciplinary counsel to the Washington State Bar Association in matters of alleged attorney misconduct. She also has significant experience litigating contract and other commercial disputes, and in legislative affairs/public policy advocacy.

Prior to becoming a member at MacDonald Hoague & Bayless in 2014, Leslie was a litigation partner at McNaul Ebel Nawrot & Helgren (fka McNaul Ebel Nawrot Helgren & Vance). Before that and after law school, Leslie clerked for the Hon. Robert M. Parker at both the federal trial court and appellate court levels. She then served in Washington D.C. as Counsel to the U.S. House Judiciary Committee, where her responsibilities included antitrust and labor law issues associated with investigative hearings and legislation concerning the Major League Baseball work stoppage/player-owner impasse of 1994. She also served for four years in Washington, D.C. as the Legislative Director and Counsel to the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers where she was the advocate, negotiator, and organizer of diverse coalitions, with respect to laws and legislation affecting the rights of the accused.

Leslie is rated “Superb 10.0” by the AVVO Lawyer Ranking System.  AVVO has recognized Leslie among a select group of attorneys who it has rated as “ 5%,” which corresponds to “one of the highest scores in the country.”  Here’s what Leslie’s clients are saying about her on AVVO:

“I am sure there are a lot of lawyers available who are good litigators and knowledgeable about the law.  Leslie is one of the great ones.”

“She Rocks! She is a purebred bulldog…of the best kind!! Someone you want in your corner!”

“I will be indebted to Leslie for the balance of my career.”

“If you need legal representation call Leslie, you won’t regret it!”

“Leslie not only provides legal representation, she cares about her clients.”  

“I highly recommend her.”

“Thanks so much Leslie.  We were blessed to have found you.”

Professional and Civic Involvement

  • Elected Member of the Executive Committee, Labor and Employment Law Section of the Washington State Bar Association (state-wide election); Elected Section Chair by peers on Executive Committee for 2015 and 2016 (two terms)
  • Former Elected Member of the Board of Directors, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (national election) (two terms)
  • Member, Planning Committee, Pacific Coast Labor & Employment Law Conference
  • Member, Washington Employment Lawyers Association


  • B.A. with high honors Austin College, 1988
  • J.D. University of Texas School of Law, 1991
  • Editor, American Journal of Criminal Law
  • Member, Texas International Law Journal
  • Research Assistant to Professor Michael E. Tigar (1989-1991)
  • Law Clerk to Hon. Robert M. Parker, Chief Judge, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas (1992-1993)
  • Law Clerk to Hon. Robert M. Parker, Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit (1993-1994)
  • Law Clerk, Institute of Government, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (1991)
  • Judicial Intern to Hon. Barefoot Sanders, Chief Judge, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas (1991)

Representative Honors and Awards

  • Leslie is a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation, a honorary organization of attorneys, judges, law faculty, and legal scholars nominated by their peers and elected by the national Board of the Foundation “who have demonstrated outstanding leadership in the profession and service to society” (fewer than one percent of U.S. lawyers and a small percentage of international lawyers are eligible to be Fellows of the American Bar Foundation)
  • She is the recipient of a national award from the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) for an article on international copyright piracy (Nathan Burkan Award)
  • Leslie is also the recipient of a national award from the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers for legislative achievement (Marshall Stern Award).

Publications and Presentations

Leslie is the author of numerous articles on employment law, criminal litigation, civil litigation, and intellectual property issues. Her articles have been cited as authorities in judicial opinions and scholarly publications. Leslie is also a frequent speaker at legal seminars, locally and nationally. Representative publications and speaking engagements include the following:

  • Moderator, “The Intersection of Criminal and Employment Law” (50th Annual Pacific Coast Labor & Employment Law Conference, 2017)
  • Moderator, “Women in Tech:  Is There a Silicon Ceiling?” (49th Annual Pacific Coast Labor & Employment Law Conference, 2016)
  • Presenter, “Workplace Cybercrimes” (ABA 6th Annual Labor & Employment Law Conference, 2012)
  • Presenter, “Representing Employees in Criminal (and Possibly Criminal) Matters” (ABA 5th Annual Labor & Employment Law Conference, 2011 (Plenary Session))
  • Presenter, “Issues Regarding Representation of Executives and Other Employees in White Collar Criminal Investigations” (Federal Bar Association for the Western District of Washington, 2008)
  • Presenter, oral and written testimony before the U.S. House Judiciary Committee in support of H.R. 3168 (“The Citizen Protection Act of 1998”), bipartisan legislation to address bounty hunter abuses by subjecting bail bond companies and bounty hunters to federal civil rights law (42 U.S.C. § 1983) as acting “under color of state law” when searching and seeking to take custody of defendants released on bond.
  • Author (with Hon. Robert M. Parker), “Federal Courts at the Crossroads: Adapt or Lose!,” Miss. C.L. Rev. 211 (1994)
  • Author (with Hon. Robert M. Parker), “‘ADR’ Techniques in the Reformation Model of Civil Dispute Resolution,” S.M.U. L. Rev. (1993)
  • Author, “A Comparative Analysis of Laws Applied to Fashion Works: Renewing the Proposal for Folding Fashion Works into the United States Copyright Regime,” Tex. Int’l L. J. (1991)
  • Author, “A Review of the Constitutionality of the North Carolina In Rem Tax Lien Foreclosure Procedure,” Institute of Government, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (1991)
  • Author, “A ‘Verbal’ Analysis of Proper Venue for the Alleged Remote Aider or Abettor in Federal Prosecutions,” Amer. J. of Crim. L. (1990)
  • Author, “Why Gun Owners and Civil Libertarians Should Oppose Pending ‘Counterterrorism’ and Habeas ‘Reform’ Bills,” The New Gun Week (1995)

In addition, Leslie has also made numerous media appearances on legal issues, including CNN’s “Burden of Proof,” National Public Radio’s “Talk of the Nation,” Pacifica Radio’s “Democracy Now,” Newsweek, and Legal Times.

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