I had a very difficult child custody case. I didn't get everything I wanted, but I understand that family law is not an all win or lose situation.
Mr. Gouras was very knowledgeable. It was also very clear to me that the court respected him. I really appreciated that. I felt that out of all of the attorneys I saw in the courtroom, I was glad that he was the one representing me.
Overall I had a good outcome and I was very happy with his work. Yes, I would recommend him.
Mark Gouras was my fourth attorney in 2014. My original attorney withdrew from the case after representing me for over five years. This was due to overwhelming and repeated litigation coming from the other side. I am a Bipolar male that had a substance abuse issue in the past. In addition to that I am disabled due to a horrible back injury suffered three years ago. Mark accepted my case knowing the challenges it presented and the importance it had in maintaining a visitation schedule so that I could spend quality time with my young son. He used his 29 years of extensive knowledge in every facet of family court to help me with my case. This was the single most difficult and stressful situation I have been in since the case was brought to family court in 2008. Mark did an outstanding job of helping me though it all. He did so with the utmost of professionalism without succumbing to the negative tactics of the opposing side. Throughout our time together he kept me updated in every aspect of the case and met with me when necessary, which included weekends. The single most difficult challenge was overcoming the court ordered parenting evaluator's report. This 59 page document told the court why I should lose my time with my son as outlined in the previous parenting plan. Mark was amazingly able to refute the PhD level forensic psychologist's report. He reviewed thousands of pages of court documents including educational, medical, personal emails and texts, financial, counseling, cps and police reports, and most importantly the parent evaluator's report itself. He knew exactly what documents were important and gave excellent advice in helping me collect and sort all of the information. In addition to that he helped prepare me for the difficult process that lie ahead. After a five day trial he was able to get me the visitation schedule that I desired but also got me an incredible outcome that I have been in need of since the process began. His staff was very helpful and understanding of my needs and were there when I needed them. Without a doubt he is the attorney and firm I will use in the future. I would wholeheartedly recommend him to anyone in need of an impressive attorney.
Posted by Anna
Mr. Gourus has to be the very best lawyer in Washington State. He is informed, professional and will treat you with integrity and dignity while going through such a difficult situation as you go through your divorce. He is fair, as well as all of his knowledgable staff. I would recommend him with all faith.
A. Rhodes - client
Posted by Nathan
Mark Gouras is extremely knowledgeable, personable, caring, and trust worthy. As a male getting a divorce in the state of Washington I was not sure what to expect.
Thanks to Mark Gouras I am a male in the state of Washington with full custody of my two young children.
You get what you pay for in this life. Mr Gouras is worth every single penny.
I will sleep better than I have in years, for years to come.
Thank you Mark! Over and over again.
Posted by Charlie
Mark is extremely knowledgeable and professional. Opposing council was very aggressive but never got far. He knew when to act and when to ignore the nonsense that was going on fighting back only when it was important and necessary. That fact that he did not play by throwing back nonsense and unnecessary motions at opposing council saved me a ton of cash. At the time I thought he wasn’t doing his job when all the while he was just ignoring the nonsense and saving me money. The opposing party was being super unreasonable and had me running scared but Mark shut them down and not only was the end result fair I feel like I came out ahead by quite a bit. This guy really knows his stuff and I strongly recommend him.
Posted by Linda
Mark was the fourth attorney I went to for a case I couldn't afford to lose. A loss would mean permanent alienation from the grandchild I had raised and who's safety was at risk. The other three attorneys were willing to take my case but I felt some unease. When I met with Mark he said I didn't have enough evidence to go forward and he would not take my case. He said the loss of this type of case could be devastating, and could make a bad situation much worse. He said he would not take a case he could not win and I had to have more evidence. I was impressed with his candor, concern, professionalism and unwillingness to take my case. I came back a few more times desperate to help this child. He told me specifically what evidence he needed in order to go forward. I was able to get this specific evidence and he initiated the custody action. I was terrified the day we had to go to court. He was there early, reviewing the case and when he presented the case I knew why he was the attorney I selected. I won temporary custody, (at a crucial time) and one year later secured permanent custody. The state has an automatic bias toward parents for custody so there is a high hurdle. Mark was willing to turn away a cash paying customer to avoid the potential harm that could result from loss.
I have dealt with other attorneys and have been consistently impressed with the immediate response to my calls and the honor and professionalism of this man. I truly believe Mark Gouras was an answer to prayer and I would strongly recommend him to anyone who wants to succeed.
Posted by a client
Mark helped me with my divorce/child custody case. He is very professional and knowledgeable about the Family Court System. He provided practical guidance during a very difficult time of my life. He is an excellent trial attorney and was able to question the witnesses in an effective way to prove my case. This was a difficult case and his legal expertise was able to obtain a favorable outcome.
Posted by a client
Mr. Gouras and his staff were understanding and personable. The court process is confusing and slow. Mark made it easier to understand and helped me present my case clearly and successfully. He has an intimate knowledge of this difficult environment and he explains it simply so that it makes the process much more bearable.
Posted by Jerome
When I met Mr. Gouras I knew he was the lawyer I had been looking for, as he was professional, knowledgeable, and respectful. This was borne to be even more true as I was able to see other lawyers in court who were much less knowledgeable and professional than Mr. Gouras! I highly recommend Mr. Gouras as you could not find a better advocate for your child custody/child support cases! Thanks again!
Posted by Lisa
Excellent! Helped me legally reduce visitation with absent/unstable father who suddenly demanded a 14 year old visit him (when son did not want to visit). Obtained a long-term restraining order for myself. I was very impressed how Mark and Staff calmly handled ex-husband with a history of unpredictable and violent behavior. Mark even met with me on a Saturday to prepare for trial so I did not have to miss work. Well done.