Austin Hsu

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Austin Hsu

Austin Hsu Bio

Austin Hsu is a Staff Attorney with Snohomish County Legal Services (SCLS) licensed to practice law in Hawaii and Washington with a long history of public service. Prior to joining SCLS, Austin worked in the private sector as a family law attorney, as an Attorney Advisor for the U.S. Small Business Administration with individuals affected by the global Covid-19 Pandemic, as a prosecutor for the King County Prosecuting Attorney Office, and as a Deputy Public Defender for the State of Hawaii.

Austin has a passion for helping the public and in his off-time volunteers at various organizations either utilizing his legal experience or helping cook/clean at various shelters. In his spare time, Austin enjoys traveling, fishing, eating, surfing, water sports, playing video games, and playing with his dog Kailani, as well as flying and sailing.

Approach to Cases  

When Austin is assigned your case his response time is typically the day of or the next day. Before contacting you Austin researches the facts of your case to determine the Cause of Action and understand as much as he can about your legal situation. Austin will then contact you by phone for an initial meeting during which he will tell you a little bit about himself, go over some agreements that establish the Attorney Client relationship, go over the case and make a plan. You will typically receive a follow up email from Austin outlining what was discussed. Austin works primarily from home and most of his communication with you will be via email. Austin will schedule phone meetings with you as needed and prior to hearings to help you prepare and send you updates about your case via email. On the day of your hearing Austin will appear in court with you. 

Bar Admissions/Court Admissions

Hawaii (2013)

Washington (2018)

U.S. District Court, District of Hawaii


J.D., Western Michigan University: Cooley Law School (2012)

B.A. (History), Harding University (2008)


State of Hawaii, House of Representatives Certificate of Recognition 

Hawaii Legal Aid Society Certificates (2016, 2017, and 2018)

Hawaii Legal Aid Society Certificates (2016, 2017, and 2018)

About Author

Adele Gavin

Adele Gavin came to SCLS in 2019. Prior to working at SCLS she was a program manager at a homeless shelter for families in Everett where she had worked for 10 years. She has BA in Human Services and a passion for working in the capacity of bringing essential services to those in need in the community. She is originally from Santa Fe NM and her free time she loves painting and being out in nature.

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