Lorna Staten Sylvester

Board Member

I am graduate of the University of Florida, where I earned an undergraduate degree in Business Administration. In the pursuit of procedural justice, I earned a J.D. from Florida State University and have been admitted to the State Bar of Georgia and the Washington State Bar Association.

During the summer of 1995 while in law school, I had a unique opportunity to serve as a judicial clerk in Harare, Zimbabwe. That experience allowed me to view firsthand a remarkably different legal system that did not include the right to counsel. I’ve been advocating for procedural justice and growing my legal experience ever since.

I’ve served as a law clerk, a legal assistant in tobacco litigation, and as a criminal defense attorney for the Northwest Defender’s Association involved in the full range of misdemeanor practice in the Seattle Municipal Court, eventually transitioning into prosecution in Washington and Georgia.

I have experience working in the Domestic Violence unit, as well as with training new prosecutors, assuming the role of supervisor as needed and regularly appearing in court.

Since February 2019, I have been working in the area of Civil litigation, and currently, I am responsible for a wide range of specialties, advising several different clients on marijuana issues, fire code compliance issues, utilities issues, encroachment issues, and labor standards issues.

In my spare time, I enjoy traveling, volunteering as a board member for Northwest Credible Messenger, and shopping. My greatest joy is as a basketball mom, watching my son, Takeo, play AAU basketball.