My practice focuses on family law and divorce. I have an LLM in taxation which is very useful when assessing the property and financial aspects of cases and when drafting settlement documents. I also have a background in criminal law. I spent several years working as a public defender during which time I gained invaluable court room experience trying high profile criminal cases. My criminal and estate planning background compliment and provide depth to my family law practice. My experience, combined with my knowledge of family law, lends me a unique perspective when advising clients.
My criminal background is advantageous in many family law matters, particularly those where criminal allegations are pending, or domestic violence is alleged and protection orders are being sought.
My philosophy is to negotiate where possible, but not to waste my client’s time and money trying to reach agreement when none is forthcoming. I am not anxious to litigate over every issue, but I am very qualified and competent in those instances where a court appearance or trial is necessary.
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Veronica is one of the smartest and most effective attorneys I have ever faced in my 17+ years of practice. She is focused, effecient and always does a stellar job for her clients. I routinely refer people to her and, if I needed an attorney, she is the first person I'd go to.
Kim Schnuelle Divorce & Separation Attorney
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|Award Name||Grantor||Date Granted|
|Client's Choice Award||AVVO||2014|
|Client's Choice Award||Avvo||2013|
|Client's Choice Award||Avvo||2012|
|Owner||V. Freitas Law, PLLC||2009 - Present|
|Public Defender||Society Of Counsel Representing Accused Persons||1999 - 2009|
|Associate||Lane Powell Spears Lubersky||1998 - 1999|
|Public Defender||Associated Counsel for the Accused||1990 - 1998|
|Association Name||Position Name||Duration|
|QLaw- GLBT Bar Association of Washington, Judicial Evaluation Committee||Executive Committee||2013 - 2014|
|King County Bar Association, Family Law Section||Member||2009 - Present|
|United States Tax Court||Member||2009 - Present|
|United States District Court for the Western District of Washington||Member||2009 - Present|
|QLaw- GLBT Bar Association of Washington, Judicial Evaluation Committee||Executive Committee||2008 - 2013|
|Washington Women Lawyers (King County chapter)||Member||2007 - Present|
|Society Of Counsel Representing Accused Persons||Executive Committee||2000 - Present|
|Washington State Bar Association, Family Law Section||Member||1990 - Present|
|University of Washington School of Law||Taxation - Law||LL.M - Master of Laws - Taxation||1998|
|Lewis & Clark Northwestern Law School||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1989|
|Trial Advocacy for Public Defenders||Instructor||2013|
|Handling Your First Divorce||Ethical Considerations||2013|
|Family Law Speaker Series||When Family Law and Criminal Law Issues Coincide||2012|
|Society of Counsel Training||Interviewing State's Witnesses: The law and practice.||2007|