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Bruce Clement

About me

My wife is an artist, and is writing a memoir about her life as an underground activist in the Former Soviet Union. My youngest son is studying business marketing in college. My middle son will graduate from architectural school June 2015. My oldest son is a professional drummer who tours and does studio work in Nashville. I enjoy spending time with my family and reading, and occasionally play the mandolin and fiddle. I am currently working on a screenplay about the 1944 Fort Lawton riot.


I have dedicated my career to providing the highest quality legal representation for my clients.  I have written numerous articles, news columns, AVVO Answers, and AVVO Legal Guides on a wide variety of legal subjects.  My professional goal has always been to protect the best interests of my clients and their children.


In 2007 I was interviewed on both ABC News and Good Morning America. I am top rated on On, the oldest and most prestigious attorney rating service in the world, I have had the highest possible rating for both skill and ethics for over 20 years.I was listed as a "Top Lawyer" in the July 2010 issue of Seattle Metro Magazine . 


I was born and raised in Yakima Washington. In my teen years I worked part time and in the summers as a gardener, fruit picker, "stacker" in the public library, canner, and short order cook. In my sophomore year at Eisenhower High School I became first chair violinist and concertmaster for the school orchestra. I was a member of the National Honor Society.


My family was unable to make any financial contribution to my college education. In my freshman year at Pacific University (Forest Grove Oregon), I worked part time in the library. I interrupted my college education to serve as a Volunteer in the US Peace Corps (Philippines VIII).


I spent 2 years in the Philippines as a community development worker for the Presidential Assistant on Community Development. I lived in a small barrio on the island of Mindanao, advising villagers on crops, livestock, and sanitation. I also conducted classes and seminars on the electoral process and democratic reform. 


I then returned to complete my undergraduate education at the University of Washington, where I received my BA in Political Science with Honors. My course work emphasized international relations and public finance. I worked my way through undergraduate school while taking an full academic load. To do so, I attended classes during the day and worked full time in the evenings in downtown Seattle at a hotel and a title insurance company. Weekdays I attended classes; each afternoon I took a bus to downtown Seattle, worked from 3 to 11 pm, then took the bus back to my apartment in the U District. On Fridays I asked my professors for the next week's homework assignments so I could do my homework on the weekends. 


In law school at the UW I was selected to be a member of the Washington Law Review.  I published a Case Note and a Comment, and served on the Editorial Board as Casenote Editor for the Law Review. During law school I joined the US Army ROTC. Upon graduation from Law School I received the ROTC's Distinguished Military Student award, and was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the Signal Corps. I transferred to the JAG Corps three years later.


I obtained a prestigious Clerkship under the Hon. William T. Beeks, Chief Judge for the U.S. District Court for Western Washington. I served for two years as  the lead law clerk for Chief Judge Beeks. During this service, I was privileged to witness the best and brightest attorneys present arguments, examine and cross examine witnesses, and represent famous (and infamous) clients in a wide variety of cases: the Seattle Police corruption scandal; the John O'Connell (Attorney General of Washington State) and Joseph Alioto (Mayor of San Francisco) bribery case; the Interstate 90 environmental impact cases; and many other civil cases from patent infringement to maritime law.


I worked for the Washington State Attorney General's Office for 17 years before moving to private practice.  In the AGO I handled hundreds of child abuse and neglect cases for DSHS, and for two years was its lead trainer for caseworkers on the law of child abuse and neglect. I also conducted state-wide training for prosecutors doing child abuse cases, and received an award for this work from the Washington State Prosecutors Association.


During my service at the AG office,  I also handled many workers' compensation cases, medical disciplinary hearings, and personal injury claims against the state. I represented the state in many jury trials and appeals. By the time I left the AG office, I had tried a jury or non-jury case in 22 of Washington's 39 counties, argued numerous cases in the Washington State Court of Appeals, and successfully handled several high profile appeals in the Washington State Supreme Court.


In private practice I have dedicated my professional life to providing the highest quality legal services to my clients.  My busy family law and personal injury practice includes many cases which involve multiple states or foreign countries. The main office of Clement Law Center is located in Federal Way, Washington. We also have an office in Redmond, conveniently located across the street from the Microsoft West Campus. Our satellite offices are in Seattle and Kirkland. I appear in court most often in King (Seattle and Kent) and Pierce (Tacoma) County Superior Courts.


I have written AVVO Legal Guides on Distribution of Assets and Debts, Child Custody Basics, Interstate Child Custody, International Child Custody, Grandparent and Non-Parental Child Custody (3 Guides), Relocation With Children (2 Guides), Parenting Plan Modifications, Parental Alienation, Mediation, Child Abuse and Neglect (2 Guides), Domestic Violence, Stalking and Cyber-Stalking as forms of Domestic Violence, College Cost Support, Nullifying Fraudulent Divorces, Spousal Maintenance, Divorce Defaults, College Support, and Getting Attorney Fees in Divorce Cases. I have been a columnist for the Federal Way News, and have spoken at many professional seminars for attorneys, prosecutors, psychologists and social workers.


I have represented clients in many mediations. I have also served as a mediator numerous times in family law cases. Most of these mediations were conducted in Tacoma Washington, at the Pierce County Center for Dispute Resolution. I am a trained Collaborative Law Attorney, and am a member of the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals, and King County Collaborative Law.


I proudly served 27 years in the US Army Reserve. For many years I helped to staff and manage a walk-in legal clinic on weekends at Joint Base Lewis-McCord in Washington State for service members and their dependents.  My other assignments took me to Ft. Benning ("Home of the Airborne Rangers") and Ft. Gordon (Signal Corps) GA; Ft. Ord and the Presidio CA; Ft. Wachuka AZ; Ft. Carson CO;  Hattiesburg MS; Boise ID; and many times to the JAG School at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, VA. I retired as a Lieutenant Colonel from the Reserves after completing the Army Officer Basic Course (Signal Corps), Officer Advanced Course (JAG), and the Command and General Staff Course. My clients over the years have included many service members from the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, and Coast Guard, and their dependents. My law firm gives a 25% discount on legal fees to members of the Armed Forces and their dependents.


I am  admitted to practice in Washington and New York States, the Eastern and Western Washington Federal District Courts, the 6th and 9th U.S. Circuit Courts of Appeals, the U.S. Court of Military Appeals, and the United States Supreme Court. 


Contact my law office, Clement Law Center, today for a free 1/2 hour consultation to discuss your legal matter. More information is at


Practice areas


  1. Custody & Visitation: 30%
    26 years
  2. Child Custody: 20%
    26 years
  3. Divorce & Separation: 20%
    26 years
  4. Personal Injury: 20%
    26 years
  5. Domestic Violence: 10%
    20 years



Hourly ($280-400/hour), contingent (33%), Fixed (sometimes), Free consultation (30 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

33 total 

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    Bruce has appeared before me for mediation and arbitration work in family matters. His knowledge of the issues and skill in presentation has always been first class. He works well with his clients. He has a grasp of the nuances required to deal with personal issues and has handled complicated matters with skill and finesse. Highly rated.


    Howard Bartlett Mediation Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Edward Cranston Harper

    I endorse this lawyer's work. Bruce is a tireless worker on behalf of his personal injury clients. He is willing to take on the tough cases and is excellent in cross-examining the other side. If you have a personal injury claim I would recommend Bruce Clement to get to the heart of the case and advocate for you in obtaining the best settlement possible.


    Edward Harper Personal Injury Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact info

Clement Law Center

31919 1st Avenue South Suite 103
Federal Way, WA, 98003-5258


NYCurrently registered 200903/13/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Highest RatingMartindale-Hubbell2015
Top ContributorAVVO2015
Clients' ChoiceAVVO2015
Highest ratingMartindale-Hubbell2014
Top ContributorAVVO2014
Highest RatingMartindale-Hubbell2013
Top ContributorAVVO2013
Highest Rating (21 years)Martindale-Hubbell2012
Highest RatingMartindale-Hubbell2011
Top LawyersSeattle Metropolitan Magazine2010
Highest rating since 1991Martindale-Hubbell2010
Lt. Col.US Army1989
Certificate of AppreciationWashington Association of Prosecuting Attorneys1978
Distinguished Military StudentUS Army ROTC (UW)1970
Casenote EditorWashington Law Review1969
BA with HonorsUniversity of Washington1968
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Managing PartnerPrivate practice1995 - Present
AssociatePrivate practice1990 - 1994
Assistant Attorney GeneralWashington State1980 - 1990
Assisgant Attorney GeneralWashington State Attorney General's Office1975 - 1980
JAG AttorneyUs Army Reserves (Jag Corps)1973 - 1995
Signal Corps OfficerUs Army Reserves1970 - 1973
Association namePosition nameDuration
King County Collaborative LawMember2010 - Present
International Academy of Collaborative ProfessionalsMember2010 - Present
New York State Bar AssociationMember2009 - Present
King County Bar Association, International Law SectionVice-Chair2009 - 2010
American Bar Association, International Law Section, Family Law Committee Steering CommitteeMember2009 - Present
Tacoma Pierce County Bar AssociationMember2005 - Present
US Court of Appeals 6th CircuitMember2000 - Present
King County Bar Association, Family Law SectionMember1998 - Present
Lawyer Assistance ProgramPeer Counselor1998 - Present
Lawyer Assistance ProgramBoard Member1995 - 1997
Lawyer Assistance ProgramChairman1991 - 1992
King County Bar AssociationMember1990 - Present
Eastern District of WashingtonMember1984 - Present
US Supreme CourtMember1973 - Present
US Court of Appeals 9th CircuitMember1972 - Present
Western District of WashingtonMember1971 - Present
Washington State Bar AssociationMember1970 - Present
Peace Corps (Philippines VIII)Volunteer1962 - 1964
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
In re Marriage of JohnsonWon a State Supreme Court appeal.
Neah Bay v. Wash. Dept. of FisheriesWon a State Supreme Court case.
MSM v. Wash. Dept. of Lab. and Inds.Won a Washington State Supreme Court case.
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Publication nameTitleDate
Federal Way News"Juris Doctor" Columnist1999
Federal Way News"Juris Doctor" Columnist1998
Washington Police OfficerTwo LEOFF II articles on L & I claims1994
Washington State Trial Lawyers AssociationPractice and Procedure Before the Medical Disciplinary Board1991
Wn. St. Criminal Justice Trng. Comm.Washington Child Abuse and Neglect Workbook1981
Washington Law ReviewComment on regional land use planning1970
Washington Law ReviewCasenote on exculpatory clauses in residential leases1969
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
US Army Command and General Staff CollegeArmy General StaffCommand and General Staff Course1989
Judge Advocate General's School, U.S. ArmyMilitary LawOfficer Advanced Course1984
University of WashingtonReserve Officer's TrainingROTC (Distinguished Military Student)1970
University of Washington School of LawLawN/A1970
University of WashingtonPolitical ScienceBA - Bachelor of Arts (with Honors)1967
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Good Morning AmericaMilitary Child Custody2008
ABC NewsMilitary child custody2008