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Steve Hormel

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I am Steve Hormel, owner and the attorney for Hormel Law Office, LLC. I attended Gonzaga University School of Law. I graduated from Gonzaga "with Honors" (Cum Laude).

I have dedicated my 30 year legal career to defending people accused of serious felony offenses in federal and state courts. Over 16 years, I defended those charged with complex federal felonies in the Federal Defenders of Eastern Washington and Idaho. Over 7 of those years, I was the Chief Trial Attorney and first line supervisor for the Federal Defenders, overseeing and developing defense strategies for all trial attorneys and clients of the organization.

Anyone charged with a serious federal or state felony needs an experienced and dedicated defense lawyer. My pledge is to offer each client the highest degree of skill, hard work, and experience to meet their legal needs.


  • Gonzaga University School of Law, Spokane, Washington
    • 1987
    • Honors: cum laude

Published Works

  • Author, Conspiracy and Attempt (Chapter 13), Practice Guide For Defending a Federal Criminal Case

Current Employment Position

  • Owner and Senior Counsel

Practice Areas

  • Criminal Defense
  • Federal & State

Bar Admissions

  • U.S. District Court District of Montana
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Washington
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • Washington State Supreme Court
  • Montana State Supreme Court

Representative Cases

  • United States v. Evans, 728 F.3d 953 (9th Cir. 2013) (Fraud, False Claim of Citizenship & Immigration)
  • United States v. Gallaher, 624 F.3d 934 (9th Cir. 2010) (Statute of Limitations - First Degree Murder in Indian Country)
  • In Re Gallaher, 548 F.3d 713 (9th Cir. 2008) (First Degree Murder in Indian Country & Plea Agreement to Involuntary Manslaughter)
  • United States v. Weiland, 420 F.3d 1062 (9th Cir. 2005) (Armed Career Criminal - Firearm & Evidence)
  • United States v. Marks, 379 F.3d 1114 (9th Cir. 2004) (Firearms & Restoration of Rights)
  • United States v. Clough, 360 F.3d 967 (9th Cir. 2004) (Unregistered Firearm & Sentencing)
  • United States v. Cummings, 281 F.3d 1046 (9th Cir. 2002) (International Kidnapping)
  • United States v. Lawton, 193 F.3d 1087 (9th Cir. 1999) (False Statements & Sentencing)
  • United States v. Crawford, 185 F.3d 1024 (9th Cir. 1999) (Drug Trafficking & Sentencing)
  • United States v. Houser, 130 F.3d 867 (9th Cir. 1997) (Second Degree Murder)
  • United States v. Imes, 80 F.3d 1309 (9th Cir.) (Unregistered Firearm), charge dismissed on rehearing, 94 F.3d 653 (9th Cir. 1996)
  • United States v. Cox, 74 F.3d 189 (9th Cir. 1996) (Firearm & Sentencing)
  • United States v. Andaverde, 64 F.3d 1305 (9th Cir. 1995) (Firearm & Miranda rights)