Ann Gruben


Seattle University School of Law, Seattle, WA, Juris Doctor, May 2005, cum laude

  • CALI® Award, Criminal Procedure–Adjudicative, Adj. Professor Scott O’Toole
  • Focus Area: Criminal Practice
  • Relevant Courses:
    • Pretrial Advocacy
    • Trial Advocacy
    • Advanced Legal Writing
    • Forensics
    • Jury Trial Seminar
    • Evidence & Evidence Lab
    • Criminal Procedure – (Both Investigative & Adjudicative)

University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN, Bachelor of Science, Biochemistry, Dean’s List

PUBLIC DEFENSE EXPERIENCE February 2013 – present

  • Working as Contract Public Defender on gross and simple misdemeanors
  • Appearing at all stages including first appearances, arraignments, pretrial hearings, motion hearings, jury trials, sentencings, and review hearings
  • Covering Cities of Issaquah, North Bend, Carnation, Duvall and other municipalities
  • Of Counsel to the O’Brien Law Firm 2018 – present


Law Office of Ann Gruben, May 2011 – present

  • Coverage attorney for private defense cases involving DUI, DWLS, other misdemeanor charges, and traffic infractions.

King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, District Court Unit, March – December 2010

Deputy Assistant Prosecuting Attorney

  • Prosecuted misdemeanor DUI, DWLS, VUCSA, Assault, and other misdemeanors.
  • Made filing decisions and represented the State on arraignments, pretrial hearings, negotiations, motion hearings, jury trials, sentencing hearings, and restitution hearings.
  • Appeared on contested traffic hearings.
  • Independently conducted legal research, wrote briefs, and litigated cases.
  • Successfully argued dozens of legal motions and jury trials.

King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, Andress & Drug Units, August – Nov. 2006

Deputy Assistant Prosecuting Attorney

  • Contract attorney in the Andress Unit handling felony murder re-adjudications.
  • Responsible for Superior Court felony arraignment, bond hearing, and plea calendars.
  • Charged felony drug cases and prosecuted them in Drug Court.
  • Assisted a Senior Deputy Prosecutor with an attempted murder trial.

Pierce County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, District Court Unit, February – August 2006

Deputy Prosecuting Attorney

  • Responsibilities included charging domestic violence cases and managing a full misdemeanor caseload from arraignment through disposition and review.
  • Appeared daily in District Court for arraignments, pretrial conferences, review hearings, violation hearings, no contact order modification hearings, and jury trials.

Law Office of G. Helen Whitener, October 2005 – February 2006

Criminal Defense Attorney

  • Worked as a contract defense attorney on misdemeanor and felony criminal cases and on two sexually violent predator civil commitment cases.
  • Regularly appeared on cases in Tacoma Municipal Court, Pierce County District Court, and Pierce County Superior Court on other criminal matters.

Pierce County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, District Court Unit, January – May 2005

Rule 9 Legal Extern

  • Worked as a Rule 9 extern on misdemeanor domestic violence assault and DUI cases.
  • Appeared in District Court for arraignments, review hearings, probation violation hearings, no contact order modification hearings, and jury trials.

Attorney General of Washington, Criminal Justice Division, May – December 2004

Rule 9 Law Clerk

  • Worked as a Rule 9 law clerk on civil commitment of sexually violent predators.
  • Organized complicated discovery materials, wrote case summaries and presented cases to the unit attorneys, drafted pleadings, and performed legal research.


Merck Pharmaceuticals, Seattle, WA, January 1999 – August 2002

Professional Representative II

  • Promoted cardiovascular therapies to physicians, nurses, pharmacists, hospital administrators, public health clinics, and other health care professionals.
  • Organized educational lectures for health professionals.
  • Trained other sales representatives on pharmacological and medical topics.
  • Awarded “Top Performer” sales rating (awarded to the top 3% of all representatives) and recognized with two “Awards for Excellence.”


  • Soccer Team Manager, ISC Gunners (2018 – present)
  • Troop Leader, Girl Scouts of Western Washington (2012 – present)
  • Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), City of Snoqualmie (2011 – present)
  • Invited Member of Inn of Court – William L. Dwyer Chapter (2004 – 2006)


Running half marathons, Visiting National Parks, Learning new languages