Chris Graves is the Litigation Director for the Washington Innocence Project. He joined the WashIP in November 2020 following his work as the Executive Director of Snohomish County Legal Services. Chris is a former King County prosecutor and municipal public defender in Mississippi. He also practiced in the areas of legislative affairs, employment discrimination/civil rights, consumer protection, landlord/tenant, family law, and personal injuries. He is licensed before the state and federal courts of Mississippi, Texas, and Washington state.
Chris serves on the Race Equity Grants Advisory Panel for the Legal Foundation of Washington and the Corporate Counsel Executive Committee of the Washington State Bar Association. He is also the Pro Bono Committee co-chair of the Association of Corporate Counsel, Washington chapter (ACC-WA).
While in law school, Chris served as an Articles Editor of the Howard Law Journal. He subsequently served as a federal judicial law clerk for Chief District Judge William J. Haynes, Jr. in the Middle District of Tennessee.
Chris received his undergraduate degree from Morehouse College, his M.P.A. from Syracuse University, and his Juris Doctorate from Howard University School of Law.