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Todd Richard DeVallance

Todd Richard DeVallance

Practice areas:

Divorce & Separation, Family

About Me

Todd R. DeVallance has over 14 years of experience handling high profile and complex family law matters.  Todd has appeared on the The Today Show with Matt Lauer, Anderson Cooper, FoxNews' Fox & Friends, ABC News, and has provided expert legal analysis on national high profile cases.  Todd is one of the few divorce attorneys in Washington State with a LL.M. in Taxation and truly qualified to handle high asset and complex cases.  As a military veteran, Todd is well versed in military policies and procedures and offers a free one hour consultation to all active duty and retired military personnel.


 


Todd served over eight years in the U.S. Navy as an Intelligence Specialist and Imagery Analyst.  Todd is an Operation Desert Storm veteran and recipient of the Joint Service Achievement Medal for his service during special operations. While assigned to the Joint Intelligence Center in Pearl Harbor Hawaii, Todd received his Bachelors Degree in Criminal Justice Pre-Law (magna cum laude), from Chaminade University in Honolulu, Hawaii.  After being honorably discharged from the U.S. Navy, Todd received his Juris Doctor degree from Gonzaga University School of Law. Todd earned his post-graduate LL.M degree in Taxation from University of Washington School of Law.


 


For the past 14 years, Todd’s practice has focused primarily on family law, which has included defense of family related criminal cases. Todd enjoys aggressively negotiating resolutions, as well as litigating disputes at trial. With a LL.M. in Taxation, Todd is able to handle high asset dissolutions and complex family law matters.  His practice focuses on complex family law matters, which include: high asset divorces; cases involving business owners, partners, and shareholders; division of tax deferred accounts; representation of active duty and retired military personnel; drafting of wills and trusts; and preparing prenuptial and postnuptial agreements.  


 


Todd is also available to assist clients in reaching amicable resolutions to parenting plan matters through collaboration and mediation.  

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Practice Areas

Licensed since 2002

  1. Divorce & Separation: 80%
    14 years, 1.2 thousand cases
  2. Family: 20%
    14 years, 350 cases

Payment

Fees:

Hourly ($335/hour)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

28 total 

  • Gregory Scott Hoover

    I endorse this lawyer's work. He is one of the best family law attorneys in Washington state. I highly respect Todd not only as an attorney, but as a Navy veteran who proudly served our country in the United States Armed Forces. Todd is outstanding citizen whose honesty cannot be surpassed. I highly recommend this attorney for all of your family law needs. - Hoover

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  • Andrew C Huff

    Todd is an exceptional attorney and well-respected by his peers. His breadth of knowledge and expertise in his practice area is well known. He is truly one of the area's leading attorney's in this field.

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    Andrew Huff DUI & DWI Attorney
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Contact Info

Tsai Law Company

2101 4th Avenue Suite 1560
Seattle, WA, 98121

Resume

License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
WAActive200207/05/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
Awards
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
AV Preeminent RatedMartindale-Hubbell2015
Nation's Top One PercentNational Association of Distinguished Counsel2015
Top 10 Attorney AwardNational Academy of Family Law Attorneys2015
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2015
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2014
Rising StarSuper Lawyers Magazine2012
Pro Bono Publico Service CommendationWashington State Bar Association2008
Pro Bono Publico Service CommendationWashington State Bar Association2007
Pro Bono Publico Service CommendationWashington State Bar Association2006
Pro Bono Publico Service CommendationWashington State Bar Association2003

Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
Managing AttorneyTsai Law Company2009 - Present
Staff AttorneyGoldberg & Jones P.L.L.C.2006 - 2009
AssociateLaw Offices of Kurt D. Bennett2003 - 2006
AttorneyLaw Offices of Hal J. Geiersbach2002 - 2003
AttorneyNorthwest Justice Project2001 - 2002
Rule 9 InternMark Vovos P.S.2000 - 2001
Prosecuting Attorney InternU S Navy, Judge Advocate General's Corps1998 - 1999

Associations
Association NamePosition NameDuration
United States Supreme CourtMember2013 - Present
United States Tax CourtMember2012 - Present
Tacoma Pierce County Bar Association, Family Law SectionMember2010 - Present
Washington State Bar Association, Taxation Law SectionMember2006 - Present
Washington State Bar Association, Family Law SectionMember2004 - Present
King County Bar Association, Professionalism CommitteeMember2003 - 2006
Washington Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember2003 - 2006
Washington State Trial Lawyers AssociationMember2002 - 2006
United States District Court Western District of WashingtonMember2002 - Present
Washington State Bar AssociationMember2002 - Present

Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
In re Marriage of C.C v. J.D.Prevailed at trial and court declined to follow the recommendations of the Parenting Evaluator. Succeeded by taking the Parenting Evaluator on cross examination and attacking the credibility of the evaluation.
In re Marriage of R.D v. D.D.Prevailed at trial and wife was ordered to pay a substantial portion of the debt and her request for spousal maintenance was denied.
In re Marriage of J.L v. D.L.Prevailed at trial by filing numerous motions and making countless evidentiary objections. The trial court awarded the business to the husband and the wife was awarded $1.00 a month in spousal maintenance.

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Publications
Publication NameTitleDate
National Business Institute SeminarDivorce Cases From Start to Finish2015
National Business Institute SeminarTax Consequences of Divorce2015
National Business Institute SeminarDivorce Law: Common Mistakes in Dividing Assets, Tax Consequences After Divorce2014
National Business Institute SeminarTax Treatment and Consequences of Divorce2013
James Publishing publicationHandling Your First Divorce2013
National Business Institute SeminarDealing With A Rambo Litigator in Divorce2013
National Business Institute SeminarTax Consequences of Divorce2012
MSNBCHer kids are with woman who killed her own children2011
AndersonCooper.comIs Emotion Relevant to Family Law Matters2011
The Salt Lake TribuneSafety » Custody experts agree that the judge was right to move cautiously2011
ABCnews.comJudge: Kids Can Live With Child-Killer, For Now2011
AvvoTax Implications on Settlement Funds Received Pursuant to a Divorce or Legal Separation2011
Washington State Court of Appeals - Division OneBrief of Respondent2010
AvvoDependency Exemption for Children Listed in a Parenting Plan and Order of Support2010
Washington State Court of Appeals - Division OneBrief of Appellant2009
Spokesman ReviewTacoma judge blocks out Homeland Security agents2005

Education
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Washington School of LawTaxationLL.M. Taxation2008
Gonzaga University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2001
Chaminade UniversityPre-LawBS - Bachelor of Science, magna cum laude1999

Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
Tax Consequences of DivorceTax Consequences of Divorce2015
Divorce Cases From Start to FinishYour Role During Settlement and Trial2015
NBI CLETax Treatment and Consequences of Divorce2014
Divorce Law: Common Mistakes in Dividing AssetsTax Consequences After Divorce2014
NBI CLETax Treatment and Consequences of Divorce2013
NBI CLEDealing With A Rambo Litigator in Divorce2013
Handling Your First Divorce CLEHandling Your First Divorce2013
NBI CLETax Consequences and Divorce2012
University of Washington School of LawModifications of Parenting Plan and Establishing Adequate Cause2011
TODAY show with Matt LauerHer kids are with woman who killed her own children2011
Fox & FriendsMom Fighting Child Killer for Custody2011
Anderson CooperIs Emotion Relevant to Family Law Matters2011
King County Bar AssociationHow to Effectively Present a Motion for Revision2008
King County Bar AssociationEthics in Family Law2005