Tristen Key practices family law in Snohomish and King Counties. Tristen was well known throughout Washington State as a social worker where she dedicated 10 years of service with several local public agencies before attending law school. Upon graduation, Tristen chose to practice family law as an extension of her social work experience.
Tristen has a winning track record using her keen ability to anticipate the other side's case strategy to stay one step ahead. Her unique ability to be competitive yet reasonable and compassionate makes her a trusted attorney by clients and well respected by her colleagues and the bench. Tristen is known in the community for zealously and diligently advocating for her client's interests. She is never hesitant to take on complex and difficult cases and has many years of experience in the courtroom and with successful results.
Tristen's distinctive approach to clients is to establish a rapport of trust, confidence and candor with clients at the earliest onset to create and accomplish a case strategy for the best possible outcome. Tristen strongly believes in fostering a relationship that allows clients to feel at ease in conveying their hopes, fears and anxieties which can drive a case. She works diligently to keep her clients apprised of all developments in their case so the client may remain proactive throughout their litigation.
"I try to convey to all my clients that I can appreciate the difficulties that lie ahead for them during and after the litigation. I am not a detached lawyer but a lawyer who truly cares about the outcome of each and every aspect of their case. I strongly believe in coming up with solutions outside of the box to fit my client's individual case rather than using a cookie cutter approach to family law. At the end of the day, my clients are real people with real problems who have trusted me to take care of their family's legal needs."
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I highly recommend Tristen to anyone needing legal representation in the family-law arena. Tristen's vast experience allows her to give practical and strategic advice. She is a fast-thinker and is excellent in court. She has compassion for her clients as she guides them through what can be a very difficult process.
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|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|10 Best for Client Satisfaction||American Institute of Family Law Attorneys||2015|
|Rising Stars||Super Lawyers||2010|
|Equity Partner||Dethleffs Sparwasser Reich Dickerson & Key, PLLC||2008 - Present|
|Senior Associate||Stella L. Pitts & Associates, PLLC||2004 - 2008|
|Extern Clerk||Washington State Supreme Court, Justice Tom Chambers||2003 - 2003|
|Rule 9 Clerk||Multicounty Public Defender, Appellate Division||2003 - 2003|
|Research Assistant||Seattle University School of Law||2002 - 2002|
|Lead Domestic Violence Coordinator||City of Kent Attorney's Office||1999 - 2001|
|Legal Advocate||Snohomish County Center for Battered Women||1995 - 1999|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Snohomish County Bar Association||Active Member||2011 - Present|
|Washington State Bar Association||Active Member||2004 - Present|
|King County Bar Association||Active Member||2004 - Present|
|Seattle Human Rights Commission||Commissoner||2000 - 2001|
|Washington Criminal Justice Training Commission||Trainer||2000 - 2001|
|Asian Women and Family Safety Center||Board of Director||1998 - 2000|
|Seattle University Law Review - Editorial Acknowledgment||(Un) Examined Assumptions and (Un) Intended Messages: Teaching Students to Recognize Bias Language in Legal Analysis and Language||2003|
|Seattle University School of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||2004|
|Western Washington University||Psychology||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1994|
|Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission||Domestic Violence Crimes Investigations||2001|
|WA State Domestic Violence Judicial Conference||Domestic Violence||1999|