John Henry Browne (born August 11, 1946) is an American criminal defense attorney practicing in Seattle, Washington.

Browne is known for both his zeal in defending his clients and a flair for garnering media attention.  He has represented defendants in a number of high-profile cases, including serial killer Ted BundyColton Harris-Moore (a.k.a. “The Barefoot Bandit”), Benjamin Ng and Martin Pang, whose case provided Browne with one of his greatest victories.  In 1995 Martin Pang set fire to his parent’s frozen foods processing business resulting in the deaths of four firefighters with the Seattle Fire Department and fled to Brazil, where Browne successfully argued before the Brazilian Supreme Court that treaty law required Pang be extradited only for a single count of arson. King County Prosecutor, Norm Maleng was forced to drop the initial charges of first degree arson, four counts of first degree murder and no longer seek the death penalty, thus sparing Pang’s life. On March 14, 2012 Browne took the case of Staff Sgt. Robert Bales, the U.S. soldier accused of the Panjwai shooting spree, murdering 16 Afghan citizens, mostly women and children.

Browne gained nationwide attention as lead plaintiff in a lawsuit filed in 2007 by famous class action lawyer Steve Berman against Avvo, a law-related review site. He was reportedly upset that the site had rated him “average” via a rating system that evaluates vertical disciplinary stature.  That suit was dismissed on pre-trial motion, on grounds that the ratings were expressions of opinion protected by the First Amendment to the United States Constitution.

Browne has not shied from controversy and has been criticized by some and hailed by others for his unique style both in and out of the courtroom, often with drama, passion with a deep commitment to protecting the rights of his clients by all means legally possible.





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