Tim Askerov has been committed to serving the people of Washington for many years. Before law school, Tim served honorably in the United States Army Reserve with the 467th Transportation Company based in Tacoma, Washington. Tim also worked as a Russian interpreter, providing services to clients throughout Washington. Tim decided to pursue a career in the law after realizing that he could do much more to help the people of our community as a Seattle defense attorney.

A Seattle Criminal Defense Attorney With an Impeccable Background

Tim graduated summa cum laude from the University of Washington with a bachelor’s degree in political science. He went on to study at the top-ranked University of Washington School of Law, graduating with honors in 2012. During law school, Tim volunteered with the Immigrant Family Advocacy Project and was awarded prestigious externships with the Chambers of the Honorable Richard C. Tallman at the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and the United States Department of Justice at the Seattle Immigration Court. Tim also honed his litigation skills with the University of Washington’s Immigration Law Clinic, successfully representing clients in removal proceedings in immigration court.

Tim began working with Black Law, PLLC (the firm’s former name), during his third year in law school. He joined the firm as a full-time associate in November, 2012, and became a member of the firm in 2020, forming Black & Askerov, PLLC. Over the years, Tim has proven himself to be a zealous advocate who works tirelessly to defend the firm’s clients.

A Seattle Criminal Defense Attorney with Exceptional Appellate and Crimmigration Experience

Tim’s knowledge of immigration law has enabled him to effectively represent non-citizen clients in obtaining post-conviction relief for immigration purposes. This area of law is frequently referred to as “crimmigration.” Tim has taught seminars on post-conviction relief for non-citizen clients with the Washington Defender Association and the American Immigration Lawyers Association. A first-generation immigrant himself, Tim has also collaborated with local immigrant rights organizations to advance the rights immigrants in the courts.

Tim’s post-conviction practice has taken him all over Washington. Tim has litigated post-conviction cases in Benton County, Clallam County, Chelan County, Cowlitz County, Douglas County, Grays Harbor County, King County, Kitsap County, Kittitas County, Lewis County, Mason County, Okanogan County, Pierce County, Snohomish County, Thurston County, and Yakima County. He has assisted numerous non-citizen clients with having their convictions vacated on constitutional grounds and securing amendments to charges that have allowed them to avoid deportation.

Tim’s experience with appeals has allowed him to secure victories for his clients in the Washington Court of Appeals, the Washington Supreme Court, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Tim previously co-chaired the Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyer Amicus Committee and authored amicus briefs submitted to the Washington Supreme Court. Some of Tim’s cases have resulted in the issuance of precedential decisions. Tim has also represented clients before the Washington Board of Clemency and Pardons and secured gubernatorial pardons for his clients.

Tim represents clients in appeals, criminal cases and related administrative proceedings. His areas of focus include felonies, DUI, domestic violence, appeals and post-conviction relief.

Tim takes pride in providing diligent and thorough representation to each client, leaving no stones unturned and no questions unanswered.

Contact Tim now. He’s here to help!


J.D., with Honors, University of Washington School of Law, 2012
B.A., Summa Cum Laude, University of Washington, 2008


Washington State Bar Association
Bar of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals (Federal Appeals Court)
Federal Bar, Western District of Washington
Jamestown S’Klallam Tribal Court
Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers- Member of Board of Governors


We serve clients throughout Washington including those in the following localities: King County including Bellevue, Kent, and Seattle; Benton County including Kennewick; Chelan County including Wenatchee; Clallam County including Port Angeles; Grays Harbor County including Aberdeen; Kitsap County including Port Orchard; Kittitas County including Ellensburg; Pierce County including Tacoma; Skagit County including Mount Vernon; Snohomish County including Everett; Spokane County including Spokane; Thurston County including Olympia; Whatcom County including Bellingham; and Yakima County including Yakima.