Bret Michael Woody grew up in Tacoma, Washington, the city which he still calls his home. Watching the justice system work for some and not for others led him to his career as a criminal defense attorney. As a law student at Seattle University, Bret spent a year and a half providing public defense work in the King County court system. His work showed him every aspect of the criminal court system – from the jail to the jury. The diversity of this court experience showed him a multitude of different defendants and case facts.
During this time, he was able to learn the trade from some of the absolute best in the criminal defense business. Once passing the bar in 2014, he continued on with his commitment to indigent defense, working first as a public defender in Mason County, and then with the City of Olympia. Now fully private, he still keeps a fee structure which allows him to help people of different socioeconomic backgrounds; defending those who would otherwise be without representation.
In 2016, Bret started his own law practice, Eloquence Law, PLLC, and it grew rapidly. He has worked in courts spanning the entire State of Washington, but now focuses on a select few counties. He calls the counties of Thurston, Pierce, and Mason counties his main offices, but practices in King, Lewis, Grays Harbor, and Kitsap counties as well. In addition to his criminal defense work, he actively seeks firearm rights restoration for clients that have lost those rights in the past, as well as clearing records, by way of vacating felonies and misdemeanors. He has also contested and won hundreds of traffic infractions, and is now considered by many clients and colleagues to be a go-to in the field. Still, the vast majority of Bret’s time is spent in criminal defense.
Bret fully believes in the zealous representation and advocacy for his clients in all cases: whether they be public or private; high pay or low bono. He still to this day holds a core belief in the idea of justice, and works daily towards reaching it for his clients.
Chloé graduated from Central Washington University with a Bachelor of Arts in Law and Justice. Enjoying the study of law, she continued her legal education, and in 2003, she graduated from Seattle University School of Law, with a Juris Doctor.
While attending law school, she served as a Legal Clerk for Travelers’ Insurance defending against property and personal injury claims. After law school, she worked briefly for Pierce County Public Defender’s Office in misdemeanor criminal cases. She later became employed with the King County Public Defender’s Office and handled approximately 3,000 criminal felony and misdemeanor cases, within her 10+ years of service. Chloé has extensive experience with Domestic Violence Court and Drug Court, and has effectively handled a myriad of criminal cases. Her experience ranges from complex cases to simple cases including: Murder, Arson, Robbery, Drug Trafficking, Drug Possession, Sex Crimes against a Minor, Reckless Driving, Assault & Battery, Driving Under the Influence, Hit and Run, and Driving While License Suspended.
Chloé has extensive experience in child support enforcement family law cases. She has previously served as a Pro Tem Judge, trained new attorneys and been a trial mentor to fellow colleagues. She is licensed to practice law in Florida and Washington. She is admitted to practice in Florida County, Circuit, and Middle District Federal Court.
Chloé has been practicing law for 15 years.
“My dream, for as long as I remember, has been to be a criminal defense attorney. Being accused of a crime can be a terrifying experience, and my goal is to make that uncertain time more tolerable. I tell my clients the truth, and I give the best guidance I can to get them through the maze that we call the justice system. I’m no stranger to the courtroom either – I consider it my office. Eloquence Law will be your shield against the system, and we will work hard to get you the results you are looking for, whether that be reached through skillful negotiation, or through the adversarial battle of jury trial.
My cases have ran the gamut of the criminal court system, covering everything from infractions and simple misdemeanors to violent felonies and strike offenses. I have gotten not guilty verdicts for my clients at all of those levels. I treat every criminal charge against my clients seriously. Whether it be a day or a decade, your liberty is important to me. I will fight for your freedom.”
— Bret M. Woody, Eloquence Law