Philosophy and Approach
Amir John Showrai is the newest partner at Wechsler Becker, but by no means new to family law. As a seasoned attorney he brings a wealth of experience in family law, as well as 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 real property related issues.
Since coming to Weschler 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 subtle difference.
Amir John’s negotiating skills set him apart from most of his colleagues. He approaches every case differently, although in general, he at first explores points of agreement that can be worked out, to minimize litigation costs and relieve client stress over the unknown. If hearings or a trial are still needed, this approach allows Amir John to concentrate on a narrowly focused set of objectives that need to be achieved. 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. With so much on the line for my clients, that’s 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. 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 (custody orders), 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 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 negotiate or litigate every case, while apprising clients of the need to have realistic expectations, given the unique facts of 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. His attention to detail, knowledge of court rules and procedure, and good faith dealing, which reduce costs and avoid unnecessary litigation are especially appreciated by clients.
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 two children whom he adores and enjoys spending as much time with as possible.
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
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
Washington State Bar Association, Family Law Section
Washington State Bar Association, Alternative Dispute Resolution Section
American Bar Association, 2003 – 2004
King County Bar Association
Washington State Bar Association, Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee 2004 – 2005
Awards & Recognitions
The Supreme Court Pro Bono Publico Honor Roll 2005-2011, 2014-16
King County CASA attorney advocate training, 2017
Family Law Annual Seminar
“Modification of Parenting Plans with a View Toward the Modern Forms” 2016
The Hague Convention on Service of Process
“Practical Aspects of International and Interstate Family Law Issues” 2013
King, Snohomish, Pierce, Skagit, Whatcom, Kitsap, Thurston, Clark counties, and others as requested.