20 January

Norma Linda Ureña-Lumbreras

Norma Linda Ureña joined Wechsler Becker in 2020 with decades of experience, working in both the non-profit sector and private practice.  She has extensive experience in family law and wage claim issues.  Norma Linda serves a diverse clientele in several counties in Washington, and offers legal services in both English and Español.

Norma Linda graduated from the University of Washington School of Law in 1994 and has been an active member of the legal community ever since.  She volunteers with several legal organizations, including the King County Bar Association, Snohomish County Legal Services, Northwest Immigrant Rights Project, and Seattle University’s Access to Justice Institute.
In recognition of her hours and time working pro bono, she was recognized in 2006 by the King County Bar Association as Volunteer of the Month, and in 2009 as Attorney of the Year for her work in the community. Norma Linda is a member of several community organizations and actively participates in numerous steering committees of civil rights organizations. Her article, “No Immigration Without Emigration,” has been published through OneWorld.org an international human rights organization.

En asuntos legales, una abogada buena hace todo la diferencia

La licenciada Norma Linda Ureña, se ha dedicado a asistir personas en cuestiones de acceso a la justicia desde 1994, cuando se recibió de la Facultad de Derecho de la Universidad de Washington. Comenzó su propiafirma de abogados, Ureña Law Offices, en 2002. Ella tiene amplia experiencia en las áreas de Derechos Familiar y Reclamos de Sueldos.

La licenciada Ureña ha donado sus servicios a varias organizaciones legales, incluyendo King County Bar Association, Snohomish County Legal Services, Northwest Immigrant Rights Project, y Seattle University’s Access to Justice Institute. En reconocimiento por sus horas y su tiempo, fue reconocida en 2006 por King County Bar como Voluntario del Mes, y en 2009 como abogada del año por su trabajo en la comunidad. Ella es miembro de varias organizaciones comunitarias y participa activamente en numerosos comités directivos de organizaciones dedicadas a los derechos civiles. Su articulo nombrado, “No hay Inmigración sin Emigración”, ha sido publicado a través de OneWorld.org una organización internacional de derechos humanos.

9 December

Margaret M. Fairfield

Margaret strongly believes in empowering her clients by keeping them fully engaged in their cases, whether they are taking the first steps to educate themselves about their options, or involved in heated litigation. Margaret believes that negotiating a settlement in her client’s best interest is often the best way to give her client control over the outcome of their case and their future. However, when settlement is not possible, Margaret is a strong advocate for her clients in the courtroom.

Margaret has practiced family law for more than ten years. Before joining Wechsler Becker, Margaret worked for seven years with leading family law attorney Janet A. George, with a practice specializing in high-asset and high-profile cases. She has extensive experience helping clients navigate complex cases, including closely-held businesses, layered business structures, and tax issues. Margaret is also experienced in protecting her client’s privacy and in appropriate cases will discuss diverting cases to private arbitration for an additional layer of privacy.

Margaret’s clients span all incomes and circumstances, and she enjoys the challenge of problem-solving with them and planning for families that do not fit a traditional mold. She understands what is important to her clients and has handled cases involving difficult parenting issues such as addiction and mental health concerns. Every case is unique, but her clients’ safety is always a primary concern for Margaret; she is always cognizant of how legal decisions affect the everyday lives of her clients and their future.

Margaret is active in the King County legal community and serves as the Secretary of the King County Bar Association Family Law Section. Prior to practicing family law, Margaret interned for the Honorable Timothy M. Burgess of the U.S. District Court for the District of Alaska, as well as for the Northwest Federation of Community Organizations (now Alliance for a Just Society), the Northwest Women’s Law Center (now Legal Voice), and the Center for Reproductive Rights. While attending Northeastern University School of Law on a Dean’s Scholarship, she also served as a domestic violence advocate in Dorchester District Court in Boston.

When not working, Margaret enjoys dancing and singing in a choir. Having grown up in Alaska, she also loves the outdoors and spends as much time as she can hiking and cross-country skiing.

30 January

Mindy Michelle Carr

Mindy Carr practices primarily family law. She has a background in family law, dependency law, and criminal defense at several successful private law firms and non-profit organizations in Seattle and Everett. Her experience with criminal defense and dependency cases informs her family law practice, especially in high-conflict cases involving the intersection of the three areas of law. While Mindy’s compassion for her clients, tenacity, and feisty personality make her a zealous advocate in court, she also appreciates the power of a more collaborative approach.

AWARDS

Award name Grantor Date granted
Pro Bono Publico Service Honor Roll Washington State Bar Association 2015
Pro Bono Honor Columbia Legal Services 2014
Clients’ Choice Avvo 2012
Trial Practice Institute Scholarship National College of Criminal Defense 2011
Pro Bono Publico Service Commendation Washington State Bar Association 2011
Pro Bono Publico Service Commendation Washington State Bar Association 2010
Pro Bono Publico Service Commendation Washington State Bar Association 2008
Best Brief Award in Appellate Competition University of Washington 2007
Cum Laude Rice University 2003

 

WORK EXPERIENCE

Title Company name Duration
Attorney Skellenger Bender, PS 2016 – Present
Attorney O’loane Nunn Law Group, PLLC 2015 – 2016
Attorney Abc Law Group, LLP 2014 – 2015
Attorney Carey & Lillevik, PLLC 2013 – 2014
Attorney/Owner Scout Law Group, PLLC 2010 – 2013
Attorney Snohomish County Public Defender’s Office 2008 – 2008
Appellate Attorney Washington Appellate Project 2007 – 2011
Rule 9 Intern Society of Counsel Representing Accused Persons 2007 – 2007
Law Clerk Legal Voice 2007 – 2007
Legal Intern Innocence Project 2006 – 2007
Law Clerk Texas Civil Rights Project 2006 – 2006

ASSOCIATIONS

Association name Position name Duration
Snohomish County Bar Association, Family Law Section Board Member 2015 – Present
Snohomish County Bar Association Attorney Member 2014 – Present
King County Bar Association Attorney Member 2013 – Present
Mother Attorneys Mentoring Association of Seattle Attorney Member 2012 – Present
Washington State Bar Association, Solo and Small Practice Section Attorney Member 2010 – Present
Public Interest Law Association Member 2007 – Present
Legal Voice Member 2007 – Present
Washington Women Lawyers (King County chapter) Criminal Law Sub-Committee Member 2013 – 2014
Washington Women Lawyers Board Member 2013 – 2014
Washington Defender Association Attorney Member 2008 – 2016
Innocence Project Clinic Student 2007 – 2008
Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Attorney Member 2007 – 2017

 

EDUCATION

School name Degree Graduated
Dispute Resolution Center of King County Certificate of Completion – Mediation Training 2015
International Academy of Collaborative Professionals Collaborative Law Training 2014
National Criminal Defense College N/A 2011
University of Washington School of Law JD – Juris Doctor 2008
Rice University BA – Bachelor of Arts, Cum Laude 2003

SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS

Conference name Title Date
Snohomish County Bar Association, Family Law Section Impact of new third party custody cases on old and new cases 2016
Washington Defender Association Aggressive/Proactive Advocacy in Dependency Cases 2015
May a juvenile court terminate a mother’s parental rights based on her poor choice in romantic partners? In re D.B. 2010
May a court terminate a mother’s parental rights based on her relationship with a man who abused her but not her children? In re Dependency of B.R. and T.V. 2010
Does the “evidence of arrest” exception under Arizona v. Gant apply under the Washington State Constitution? State v. Jordan 2009
15 June

Amir John Showrai

Philosophy and Approach

Amir John Showrai joined Wechsler Becker in 2017, but is by no means new to family law. With over 15 years of experience, he is a seasoned attorney who brings a wealth of experience to cases in family law and real property law, which he also practices at Wechsler Becker. With a 12 year background in immigration law, focused on family based immigration and asylum, Amir John is also well versed in unique problems many immigrants face in both divorce and child custody related issues. Amir John is one of the few attorneys in Washington who handles cases involving international child abduction, which are litigated under The Hague Convention of 25 October 1980 on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction, also known as the Hague Convention on Child Abduction.

Since coming to Wechsler Becker, Amir John limits his practice to family law and real property law, including landlord tenant law, which dovetails with family law, given how many of his clients have real property issues that survive the family law case itself.

When representing parents in family law litigation, particularly those involving a child custody dispute, Amir John takes the disciplined and long view, focused on results that ensure his clients have life long relationships with their children. Too many attorneys focus only on the initial temporary orders or “winning” at trial, without consideration of the lifelong impacts on their clients and their children. Sophisticated clients appreciate the difference.

Amir John’s negotiating skills set him apart. He approaches every case differently, but with few exceptions, the same goals apply to most family law matters. Work things out by agreement that can be worked out first, to minimize litigation costs and relieve client stress over the unknown. If hearings or a trial are still needed for unresolved issues, Amir John plans a litigation strategy that takes into account a client’s financial position, goals of the litigation, and proceeds from there. That translates into lower fees and happier clients.

Sometimes, negotiating skills, no matter how good, are meaningless if the opposing party or their lawyer refuses to work on a solution. That’s when Amir John’s years of experience taking cases to trial come into play. If Amir John can’t negotiate a settlement of a case, then he will take it to trial. “Sometimes, despite wanting to settle, we really have no choice but to go to trial. The trick is to know when to modify our posture from one of negotiation to a trial posture, and when to simultaneously maintain both postures. With so much on the line for my clients, knowing how to approach each case is where I am of most help to them.”

Amir John further uses this skill set and experience when acting as a neutral mediator or arbitrator. He was appointed to be a King County family court commissioner pro tem in July 2018. Trained on all facets of mediation and arbitration at JAMS during a judicial externship while in law school, Amir John is known among colleagues who hire him time and again to help their clients resolve their cases, as someone with outside the box thinking, knowledge of how to structure complex financial and real property settlements, complex parenting plans (a/k/a/ custody orders), including those that deal with international custody disputes, and his ability to bring cases to a negotiated settlement.

Although most of his cases involve complex, high asset, or high income cases, including those involving real property disputes, business valuations, and the distribution of multi-million dollar estates, he also takes on cases with little financial complexity, but with difficult domestic violence or child custody issues. He represents a wide range of clients, including small business owners, executives, financial professionals, and business people.

Stylistically, Amir John counsels clients with compassionate but non-sugar coated advice. “With so much at stake, I do all I can to apprise clients of the need to have realistic expectations, given the unique facts we work with in each case. If we settle, before doing so, clients know I have exhausted every option in pursuit of their goals. That is the foundation of my style and method of practice.”

Among the traits clients and colleagues admire in Amir John, most appreciate his cordial demeanor especially in the most hotly contested cases. Clients appreciate his attention to detail, knowledge of court rules and procedure, and good faith dealing, all of which reduce costs and avoid unnecessary litigation.

Background

In what seems like another lifetime and before becoming a lawyer, Amir John was a commercial truck driver. “At the time, I needed an adventure, and I ended up getting some solid life lessons in what hard work really comes down to. I am forever grateful for the experience.” Outside of work, Amir John’s a lifelong avid auto enthusiast, with a “small” collection of eclectic classic cars, and hobby races with five friends, most of whom he’s known since high school.

Above all, Amir John is a proud husband and father of a wife and two children whom he adores and enjoys spending as much time with as possible.

Bar Admissions

  • Washington State Bar Association, 2003
  • United States District Court for the Western District of Washington, 2004
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, 2004

Education

  • Western State University, College of Law, Juris Doctor, 2003
  • Judicial Extern at JAMS, the Resolution Experts, assigned to California Court of Appeals Justice Edward J. Wallin, (ret.), 2003
  • University of California, Bachelor of Arts, History 1997

Community & Professional Associations

  • Co-founder of Domestic Relations Attorneys of Washington (DRAW); 2017-present; a private non-profit bar association for family law attorneys in Washington.
  • DRAW, Board of Directors (2018-21) and President-Elect (for 2019-20).
  • Washington State Bar Association, Family Law Section; 2003-present.
  • Washington State Bar Association, Family Law Section, Executive Committee (2017-18).
  • Washington State Bar Association, Alternative Dispute Resolution Section.
  • Washington State Bar Association, Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee 2004-05.
  • King County Bar Association
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • King County CASA attorney advocate, 2017-present.

Awards & Recognition
The Supreme Court Pro Bono Publico Honor Roll 2005-2011, 2014-16

Speaking Engagements

  • Co-Chair and presenter at the Washington State Bar Association Family Law Section Annual Fall CLE, Seattle, December 2018
    “Committed Intimate Relationships” co-presented with Michael W. Louden.
    “Customized Parenting Plan Provisions”
  • National Business Institute, Advanced Issues in Family and Divorce Law, Seattle, December 2018
    “Advanced Discovery and Evidence in Divorce”
  • WSBA Family Law Skills Training Institute, sponsored by DRAW, Yakima, April 2018
    “Professionalism and Ethics, in the Courtroom and out” co-presented with Judge Kevin Naught, of Yakima County Superior Court.
  • National Business Institute, Family Law From Start to Finish, Seattle, December, 2017
    “Discovery in Divorce: Tax Returns, Social Media and More”
    “The Mechanics of Valuing and Dividing Marital Property”
  • Washington State Bar Association Family Law Section Annual Fall Seminar; Seattle, 2016
    “Modification of Parenting Plans with a View Toward the Modern Forms”
  • Washington State Bar Association Family Law Section Annual Fall Seminar; Seattle, 2013
    “The Hague Convention on Service of Process”
    “Practical Aspects of International and Interstate Family Law Issues”

Counties
King, Snohomish, Pierce, Skagit, Whatcom, and Kitsap counties, and others as requested.

2 August

Franni Turean

Franni Turean, received her Juris Doctorate from Seattle University School Law in 1996.  She received her Bachelor of Science in Film and Television Production from Montana State University in 1980.  Franni worked in broadcast television for 16 years (even winning an Emmy!) before obtaining her law degree. Franni very specifically went to law school to practice family law. She wanted to help people, people who might not have any other brush with litigation, navigate the legal system and achieve the best possible outcome for their families.

Franni is a member of:

  • King County and Washington State Bar Associations.
  • King County Washington Women Lawyers
  • Toastmasters International

Interesting facts:  Franni was awarded the Rising Star award from Super Lawyers in 2007, was a Merit Scholar (Seattle University School of Law) and Emmy Award Winner (KOMO TV). Franni achieved her standing as a Distinguished Toastmaster (DTM) in 2012. She is an avid skier (downhill), sings occasionally, and has been known to emote on stage. Franni resides in the Seattle area

1 June

Antonia C. Koenig

Experience

J.D., 2014

University of Washington School of Law

2011 – June 2014 (3 years) Greater Seattle Area

Pro Bono Honors

McKinley Irvin Family Law Scholarship

Clara G. Wein/Sororia Alumnae Scholarship

Immigrant Family Advocacy Project

Street Youth Advocacy

Treasurer, Jewish Law Students Association

Judge for MCHB Contract Negotiation

Mediation Clinic – Professional Mediation Skills Training Program

UW School of Law – Mediation Clinic

April 2013 – May 2014 (1 year 2 months)

Legal Intern for the Honorable Carol A Schapira

King County Superior Court

June 2013 – September 2013 (4 months)

Accounts Payable Manager

Keithly Electric

September 2010 – September 2011 (1 year 1 month)Greater Seattle Area

Friends of Youth

Case Manager

Friends of Youth

August 2006 – April 2010 (3 years 9 months)

Education

University of Washington School of Law

Juris Doctor (J.D.)

2011 – 2014

Concord Academy

High School

Seattle Community College-South Campus

Skidmore College

Bachelor’s Degree, Major – Psychology, Minor – Political Science

Deans List – Highest Honors

Periclean Honors

Psi Chi National Honors Society, Psychology

University of Washington

MSW, clinical social work

Practicum, Family Court Services, Adoption and Domestic Violence Specialist. Practicum, Harborview Center for Sexual Assault and Traumatic Stress, Therapist.

21 October

Amy Franklin-Bihary

“I strive to work with my clients to resolve their cases in a way that allows them to move forward with their lives in the best way possible. No two cases are the same and I enjoy getting to know my clients and working together to address their individual goals and needs.”

Amy brings a compassionate approach to her clients in a time when they can be overwhelmed by the legal and emotional complexities of their cases. She works with clients to resolve their cases through mediation, arbitration, and court action. Her practice includes parenting issues, asset and debt division, spousal maintenance and child support, non-marital relationships, third party custody, and adoptions.

Amy K. Franklin-Bihary joined Wechsler Becker in 2010, having previously practiced family law with The Family Law Group. Amy has been a practicing attorney since 2004 and has been working with family law clients since 2002. She also serves as a Title 26 Guardian ad Litem. Amy previously worked for the Washington State Attorney General’s Office and the Washington State Senate.

Bar Admissions

  • Washington State Bar Association, 2004

Education

  • Seattle University of School of Law, Juris Doctor, cum laude, 2004
  • University of Washington, Bachelor of Arts, Political Science, 1998

Professional & Community Associations

  • Member, King County Bar Association, 2004 – present
  • Member, King County Bar Association, Family Law Section, 2004 – present; Chair, 2011 – 2012
  • Mentor, King County Bar Association, Family Law Mentor/Mentee Program
  • Mentor, Seattle University School of Law
  • Volunteer Judge, Seattle University School of Law Legal Writing Program
  • Volunteer Advocate, Family Law CASA program
  • Member, MAMAs Mother Attorney Mentoring Association
  • Volunteer, Legal Voice Self-Help Committee

Speaking Engagements

  • Family Law Mentee Training, King County Bar Association, Family Law Mentor/Mentee Program, 2013, 2015
  • “Gatekeeping, Asperger’s Syndrome and Facilitation of Parental Communication.” Parenting Plans: Complex Parenting Plan Issues, 2012
  • Family Law Practice, Seattle University School of Law Student Networking Event (Panel), 2010
21 October

Michael Louden

“I work closely with clients to craft an individualized approach to each case, depending on the client’s particular circumstances, situation, and needs. Every family law case is different, and no single approach is appropriate. In consultation with the client, I seek creative solutions to difficult family law problems, looking for the best result for my client and the children. Family law cases involve the most important parts of our lives – our children, our income, and all the property we own. I strive to help clients find the best way to protect themselves, their family, and their financial future.”

Michael Louden brings twenty years of family law litigation experience to his cases. In addition to working as a litigator, Michael has served as a guardian ad litem and court appointed special advocate for children, representing the interests of children in contested custody cases. He has also served as a pro tem family law commissioner since 2003. Michael frequently works as a mediator and arbitrator, helping families resolve their disputes out of court.

Michael has been a central figure in the King County Bar Association’s Family Law Section. He was chair of the section in 1999, and has chaired the section’s legislative committee for over 15 years. Michael regularly presents at CLE’s for other family law attorneys. He serves as a mentor for new attorneys through the King County Bar Association Family Law Mentor Program.

Michael has handled nearly every type of family law case, including dissolution of marriage, parentage, establishment of parenting plans and child support, non-marital relationships, restraining orders (26.50, 26.09, 26.26, 10.14), enforcement and contempt, modifications, relocation of children, interstate issues (UCCJEA and UIFSA), and appeals. Financial issues include maintenance, child support, property division, modifications, QDRO’s, asset valuation issues, small businesses, and real estate disputes. Interpersonal issues include substance abuse, mental health problems, family abuse and domestic violence, financial abuse and control, sexual abuse, and the family conflict that leads to court involvement. Michael handles every stage of the case, from pre-filing strategy and consultation through trial, appeal, post-decree enforcement, and modification.

(Please note that if Mr. Louden has presided as a commissioner pro tem in your case, neither he nor any other attorney at Wechsler Becker, LLP can represent you.)

Bar Admissions

  • Washington State Bar Association, 1994

Education

  • University of Washington School of Law, Juris Doctor, 1994
  • Earlham College, Bachelor of Arts, 1990

Professional & Community Associations

  • Member, King County Bar Association, 1995 – present
  • Past Chair, King County Bar Association Family Law Section, officer 1999 – 2002, chair 2001 – 2002
  • Member, Washington State Bar Association Family Law Section, 1995 – present

Speaking Engagements

Michael has presented on many topics at numerous local and statewide conferences and seminars, including:

  • “Developments in Third-Party Custody Law.” December 18, 2003
  • “What Goes Into Good GAL Reports.” February 23, 2005
  • “Defending the Role of GAL’s.” (Discussion Panel) March 18, 2005
  • “Cross-Examination of GAL’s.” October 25, 2006
  • “KCBA Family Law Section Family Law Legislative Update.” Annually, since 1998
  • “SB 5470 and Changes in Family Law.” September 7, 2007
  • “Alienation as a Sign of High Conflict.” 2011
  • “Minimizing High Conflict and Alienation in Divorce.” 2011
  • “Ethics in Financial Divorce Settlements.” 2011
  • “Preparing Clients for GAL Interviews.” 2011
  • “Effective Use of Parenting Evaluations in Divorce.” 2011
  • “Child Support and Spousal Maintenance in Dissolution A-Z.” 2008, 2009, 2010, 2013
  • “Ethics in Family Law.” 2011 and 2013
  • “Oddities, Challenges, and Rarities in Family Law.” 2013
  • “Common Mistakes in Dividing Assets.” 2014

Publications

  • Editor, Family Law Section of the Washington Lawyer’s Practice Manual, 2000 – 2014
  • “Use of Qualified Domestic Relations Order as Post-Decree Mechanism for Enforcement of Child Support and Maintenance.” WSBA Family Law Newsletter (Spring, 1998)

 

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21 October

Alan Funk

“Divorce is one of life’s most challenging crossroads . Let’s work together to overcome obstacles, and achieve success on this journey.”

Creative – Alan asks his clients as well as opposing counsel to join him in the effort to solve problems.

Enthusiastic – Alan rises to the challenges presented by family law disputes.

Capable  Alan projects confidence in and out of the courtroom

Experienced – Alan successfully takes cases to trial when necessary and knows the best settlements happen when negotiating from a position of strength.

Adept – Alan thinks a few moves ahead to avoid issues before they become problems.

Focused – Alan partners with his clients to define their goals and achieve success.

Bar Admissions

  • Washington State Bar Association, 1996
  • California State Bar Association, 1993

Education

  • Willamette University, College of Law, Juris Doctor, 1993
  • University of Washington, Bachelor of Arts, 1989

Community & Professional Associations

  • Member, California Bar Association, 1993 – present
  • Member, Washington State Bar Association, 1996 – present
  • Member, American Bar Association, 1997
  • Member, King County Bar Association, 1996 – present
  • Washington State Trial Lawyers Association (WSTLA), 1996 – 2006
  • Member, King County Bar Association Courts and Judiciary Committee, 2010 – 2013
  • Member of Personal Injury Pattern Interrogatories Subcommittee of the King County Bar Association Judiciary and Courts Committee, 2006
  • Member of Family Law Pattern Interrogatories Subcommittee of the King County Bar Association Judiciary and Courts Committee, 2007
  • Member of King County Bar Association Ad Hoc Family Law Local Rules Committee, 2007
  • Member of Superior Court Children and Family Facilities Master Plan Working Group, 2007
  • King County Local Rules Review Committee, 2007
  • Secretary of King County Bar Association Family Law Section, 2007
  • Vice-Chair of King County Bar Association Family Law Section, 2008
  • Chairman of King County Bar Association Family Law Section, 2009
  • Member of King County Bar Association Board of Trustees, 2014
  • Secretary of King County Bar Association Board of Trustees Executive Committee, 2014
  • Member King County Bar Association Judicial Screening Committee – Municipal, District Court, Superior Court, 2013 – 2014

Awards & Recognitions

  • King County Title 26 GAL training, 2003
  • Certified on King County Title 26 Guardian Ad Litem Registry, 2004 – 2007
  • Eastside Legal Clinic volunteer attorney, 1996 – 1999
  • Volunteer Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) – Title 26
  • Arbitrator on King County Mandatory Arbitration panel
  • King County Superior Court Settlement Conference Master
  • Instructor: King County “How to Finish Your Divorce” class
  • Chairman of King County Bar Association Family Law Section, 2009 – 2010
  • Vice-Chair of King County Bar Association Family Law Section, 2008 – 2009
  • Secretary of King County Bar Association Family Law Section, 2007 – 2008
  • Chairman of Washington State Trial Lawyers Family Law Section, 2002 – 2003

Speaking Engagements

  • “Working with Pro Se Litigants as Opposing Party.” November 30, 2006
  • “Evaluating the Evaluator; Preparation for and Deposition of the Parenting Evaluator.” October 5, 2007
  • “Advanced Family Law Practice for Paralegals; Drafting Child Support Orders and Worksheets.” August 14, 2008
  • “Financial Settlement Strategies for Your Divorce Clients; Getting a Divorce Case Off to the Right Foot.” December 11, 2008
  • “Legal Strategies for Coping with Parents Who Alienate.” 2010
  • “Parenting Disputes from A to Z: In the Best Interests of the Child. Ethical Considerations.” March 3, 2010
  • “Effective Use of Parenting Evaluations in Divorce.” 2011
  • “Discovery of Electronic Records, How to Discover, Produce and Review Electronic Data; and Tools and Tips for Dealing with New Technologies.” 2009
21 October

Douglas Becker

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“My goal is to provide my clients the information they need to make the hard decisions every case requires. Any attorney can fight for you and I have been very successful in doing that when needed. But it is even more important for the client to know when and why to fight, especially in family law where the outcome affects so many parts of a client’s life.“

Douglas Becker has over 30 years of experience as a family law litigator and he is one of the most knowledgeable family law attorneys in Washington. In 1999-2000 Mr. Becker played a key role in passage of the Child Relocation Act and continues to be involved in legislative matters that affect family law. The Washington State Bar Association Family Law Section twice recognized his contributions to family law with the Attorney of the Year award in 1992 and a unique Special Service award in 2002.

Mr. Becker has served on the WSBA Family Law Executive Committee since 1993 and he is the founder and moderator of the WSBA Family Law Section’s web site/forum. He publishes Family Law QuickCites, a summary of Washington appellate decisions used by many Washington attorneys. He is also a long-standing member of the Domestic Relations Forms Sub-Committee of Washington’s Administrative Office of the Courts as well as a frequent author and lecturer on family law topics.

Bar Admissions

  • Washington State Bar Association, 1984
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Washington, 1986

Education

  • Seattle University Law School, Juris Doctor, 1980
  • University of Iowa, Bachelor of Science, 1977

Professional & Community Associations

  • Founder/Moderator of the Family Law Section website and forum since 2000
  • Member, Washington State Bar Association Executive Committee since 1993
  • Member, King County Bar Association, Family Law Section, 1988 – present
  • Member, Washington State Bar Association, Family Law Section, 1988 – present

Awards & Recognitions

  • Martindale-Hubble peer rating: AV (5.0 of 5.0) since 2000
  • AVVO rating: 10.0 (highest rating) since 2013
  • WSBA Family Law Section 2002 Special Achievement award
  • WSBA Family Law Section 1992 Attorney of the Year award