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Adam Shapiro

Practice areas:

Family, Child Abuse, Divorce & Separation, Child Custody, Child Support

About Me

Adam is a passionate and skilled trial
attorney who brings a great deal of energy, creativity and problem
solving skills to his work as a legal advocate. Adam has represented
hundreds of juveniles and adults in a wide variety of family and
criminal law matters since his admission to the Washington State Bar in
1992.  Adam’s practice is primarily focused on Child Protection Services
(CPS), family law issues including protection and restraining orders,
dissolution (divorce), legal separation, parentage/paternity matters,
custody, visitation, property division, child support, maintenance,
parenting plan modifications, child support modifications, post decree
enforcement issues and contempt of court.  Adam has unique expertise in
administrative and family law proceedings involving Child Protective
Services and the Department of Social and Health Services, including:
dependency, At Risk Youth, and Child In Need of Services cases as well
as Child Protective Service investigations and administrative
proceedings involving allegations of abuse or neglect.  Adam enjoys
working closely with his clients to reach successful results in
difficult family law matters, and focuses on finding solutions rather
than on finding more conflict in his cases.

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Languages Spoken: Spanish

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Practice Areas

Licensed since 1992

  1. Divorce & Separation: 25%
    9 years, 500 cases
  2. Child Abuse: 25%
    21 years, 500 cases
  3. Family: 25%
    21 years, 1 thousand cases
  4. Child Custody: 15%
    21 years, 500 cases
  5. Child Support: 10%
    21 years, 500 cases

Payment

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

10 total 

  • Michele Gentry Hinz

    I had the pleasure of working with Adam Shapiro on a dependency-related matter in King County juvenile court. He was very knowledgeable, helpful, and sensitive to the people involved. I look forward to the opportunity to work with him again and would wholeheartedly recommend him to anyone with a need for representation in this area.

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    Michele Hinz Adoption Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • Brad Allen Meryhew

    I endorse this lawyer. Adam Shapiro was the first attorney I was assigned to work with at the beginning of my legal career, and his hard work, dedication to his clients, and his knowledge of the law where one of my first role models in my practice. Adam is a determined and creative advocate, who taught me that there is a way to effectively communicate every client's position, no matter how difficult it is. I am proud to work with Adam now, and to watch him continue to serve his clients creatively, effectively and with determination.

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    Brad Meryhew Child Abuse Attorney
    Relationship: Co-worker

Contact Info

The Shapiro Law Group, P.S.

600 First Avenue
Suite 609
Seattle, WA, 98104-2237

Resume

License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
WAActive199205/05/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo Contributions
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Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
Senior AssociateRhodes & Meryhew LLP2010 - Present
PartnerShapiro & Freitas PS2009 - 2010
Public DefenderSociety of Counsel Representing Accused Persons1995 - 2009
Public DefenderWashington Appellate Defender Association1992 - 1995

Associations
Association NamePosition NameDuration
King County Bar Association, Family Law SectionN/A2009 - Present
Washington State Bar Family Law SectionMember2009 - Present
Washington State Bar Association, Criminal Law SectionMember2009 - Present
Washington Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember1995 - Present

Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
Child Protective Service InvestigationsIn the past year, CPS concluded that the child abuse allegations against four of my clients were "unfounded." I have also prevailed in two appeals in the last year resulting in the reversal of child abuse findings.
Psycho/Sexual Evaluation/Public Records DisclosureSuccessfully obtained a protective order from the court prohibiting release of my client's psycho-sexual evaluation.
Child Custody, Parenting Plan and Child Support litigation.Client awarded primary custody, sole decision making authority, and court granted our proposed child support order.

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Publications
Publication NameTitleDate
King County Bar AssociationThe Becca Process: A View From the Front2009

Education
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Washington University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1991
Tufts UniversityHistory and SpanishBA - Bachelor of Arts1986

Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
King County Bar Association Dependency CLEDependency Case Practice2011
Family Law Speaking SeriesThe Intersection of Dependency and Family Law2011
Dependency Attorney ConferenceUsing Service Providers to Your Advantage in Dependency Proceedings2001