My wife is an artist, and is writing a memoir about her life as an activist in the Former Soviet Union. My youngest son is studying business marketing in college; my middle son attends an architectural school, and my oldest son is a professional musician.
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 and have the best client rating possible in www.AVVO.com. On www.Martindale-Hubbell.com, 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 work 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 in Federal Way, Washington, with satellite offices 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 frequently 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 www.clementlawcenter.com.