Peter Dworkin - Belcher Swanson

Pete Dworkin

Areas of Practice:

Administrative Land Use Appeals
Commercial Litigation
Construction Disputes
General Civil Litigation
Insurance Defense
Real Estate Disputes
Title Insurance Claims


Doctor of Jurisprudence, Coif (2000)
University of Oregon, Eugene, OR
Bachelor of Arts in Political Science (1996)
Western Washington University, Bellingham, WA


Dean’s Scholarship Recipient, University of Oregon
National Moot Court Team Member, University of Oregon
Published Works: Peter R. Dworkin, Confronting Your Abuser in Oregon:
A New Domestic Violence Hearsay Exception, 37 Willamette L. Rev. 299 (2001). Cited by various State and Federal Courts law reviews and treatises, including West’s Washington Practice Series.


Washington State Bar Association (2000)
Federal Courts, Western District of Washington (2006)


Member, Belcher Swanson Law Firm, PLLC (2008 – Present)
Associate Attorney, Belcher Swanson Law Firm PLLC (2006 – 2008)
Assistant Chief Criminal Deputy, Whatcom County, WA (2003 – 2006)
Supervised the misdemeanor division which prosecutes over 3,000 misdemeanor cases per year. Supervisor of four deputy prosecutors. Prosecuted all high profile misdemeanor cases and some felonies.
Deputy Prosecutor, Whatcom County, WA (2000 – 2003)
Criminal Prosecutor in District and Juvenile Courts.


Treasurer, Whatcom County Bar Association (2007)
Judge Pro Tempore
Bellingham Municipal Court (2006 – present)
Whatcom County District Court (2004 – present)
Sumas Municipal Court
Instructor, Lorman Legal Seminars – Construction Liens (2007)
Recipient, Random Acts of Professionalism Award,
Washington State Bar Association (2006)
Board Member, Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Services of Whatcom County (DVSAS)
Vice President (2007 – present)
Chair, Internal Committee (2006 – present)
Volunteer Attorney/Judge, Whatcom County Teen Court
Guest Lecturer, Western Washington University, Political Science Department
Guest Lecturer, Whatcom Community College, Police Reserve Academy