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Karen Christina Skantze

Practice areas:

Family, Alimony, Child Custody, Child Support, Divorce & Separation, Domestic Violence

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Practice Areas

Licensed since 2005

  1. Family: 35%
    8 years
  2. Divorce & Separation: 15%
    3 years
  3. Child Support: 15%
    3 years
  4. Child Custody: 15%
    3 years
  5. Other: 20%
  6. More 

Payment

Fees:

Retainer (Always), Free Consultation (30 minutes)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

9 total 

  • Sophia May Palmer

    I endorse this lawyer's work. Karen is one of the most professional and ethical attorneys I have ever had the pleasure of working with. She is dedicated 110% to her clients and their cause. She is hard working, dedicated and thorough. I frequently refer clients to her becuase I know that they will be in good hands.

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    Sophia Palmer Divorce & Separation Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Yevgeny “Jack” Berner

    I endorse this lawyer. Karen is the most thorough and aggressive attorney that I know (other than myself, of course!). Karen has quickly developed a reputation in the tri-county area as a force not to be messed with, without compromising her ethics. These are the reasons she works for my firm. Hire her before the opposing party does!

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    Yevgeny Berner Divorce & Separation Attorney
    Relationship: Supervised lawyer

Contact Info

Schwimmer / Skantze, LLP

1721 Hewitt,
Suite 600
Everett, WA, 98201-4029

Resume

License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
WAActive200506/11/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Awards
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Pro Bono Service AwardWashington State Bar Association2011
Pro Bono Service AwardWashington State Bar Association2010
Pro Bono Service AwardWashington State Bar Association2009
HonoreeWhose Who of American Educators2008
HonoreeWhose Who of American Educators2007
Highest ranked presenter at the Institute's WorkshopInstitute for Paralegal Education, Legal Writing and Analysis Workshop2007
Chair of Moot Court BoardMoot Court/Seattle University School of Law2004
Board MemberMoot Court/Seattle University School of Law2004
National Order of Barristers, InducteeOrder of Barristers2004
Octo-Finalist National Moot Court CompetitionNational Moot Court Competition (appellate advocacy competition)2004
Faculty Scholar NomineeSeattle University School Of Law2004
Moot Court Golden Gavel AwardSeattle University School of Law/Moot Court2004
Board MemberMoot Court/Seattle University School of Law2003
Chair of Moot Court BoardMoot Court/Seattle University School of Law2003
William L. Dwyer American Inn of Court, MemberWilliam L. Dwyer American Inn of Court2003
First place and Best BriefNational Moot Court Competition - Western Regional (appellate advocacy competition)2003
Third Place, Environmental Law Appellate CompetitionSeattle University School of Law Moot Court2003
CALI Award for Excellence, Legal Writing IISeattle University School of Law/Legal Writing Department2002
Board MemberMoot Court/Seattle University School of Law2002
1st Place, Environmental Law Appellate CompetitionSeattle University of School/Moot Court2002
QuarterfinalistPace Law School, hosts of National Environmental Moot Court Competition2002
3rd Place, Fredric C. Tausend Appellate CompetitionSeattle University School of Law/Legal Writing Department2002
1st Place/Best Oral Argument, Civil Rights Appellate CompetitionSeattle University School of Law/Moot Court2002
1st Place, Reasonable Doubt Mock Trial CompetitionSeattle University School of Law/Moot Court2002
Board MemberMoot Court/Seattle University School of Law2001
1st Place Dovell-Gose Oratory Competition/Scholarship RecipientDovell-Gose Oratory Competition/Whitman College1997
1st Place Dovell-Gose Oratory Competition/Scholarship RecipientDovell-Gose Oratory Competition/Whitman College1995
Recipient of the Degree of Superior Distinction/Lifetime MemberNational Forensic League (Speech and Debate)1994
First Place, Persuasive SpeakingOregon State University Beaver Classic1994

Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
Attorney at Law and Firm PartnerSCHWIMMER | SKANTZE, LLP2012 - Present
AssociateBerner Law Group, PLLC2008 - 2012
AssociateLutz Law Offices2007 - 2008
Visiting ProfessorSeattle University School of Law2006 - 2007

Associations
Association NamePosition NameDuration
Snohomish County Bar AssociationMember2012 - Present
Dispute Resolution of King CountyMediation Practicum Student2012 - Present
Dipsute Resolution Center of King CountyCertification - 40 Hour Mediation Training Completion2012 - 2012
Washington State Bar AssociationMember2005 - Present
King County Bar AssociationMember2005 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember2005 - Present
Seattle University School of LawVolunteer Coach/Intstructor Moot Court Seminar (NMC and NAAC)2004 - Present
Whitman CollegeAlumni Area Representative2001 - Present

Education
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
2-hour Workshop/Practicum elective: "The Mediator's Voice"; sponsor: Dispute Resolution Center of King County 1/29/2013N/AUnknown2013
CLE/Mediation Training; sponsor: Dispute Resolution Center of King County; 3/22/2012-3/29/2012N/AUnknown2012
CLE/Practicum: Active Listening and Working with Interests; Sponsor: Dispute Resolution Center of King County; 5/19/2012N/AUnknown2012
CLE/Practicum: Agenda Setting; Sponsor: Dispute Resolution Center of King County; 6/16/2012N/AUnknown2012
CLE/Practicum: Transitions in Mediation; Sponsor: Dispute Resolution Center of King County; 7/21/2012N/AUnknown2012
CLE/Practicum: Co-Mediation; Sponsor: Dispute Resolution Center of King County; 8/7/2012N/AUnknown2012
CLE/Practicum: Writing Durable Agreements; Sponsor: Dispute Resolution Center of King County; 8/18/2012N/AUnknown2012
CLE/Practicum: Mediator's Opening Statement; Sponsor: Dispute Resolution Center of King County; 6/5/2012N/AUnknown2012
CLE/Practicum: Identifying Underlying Interests; Sponsor: Dispute Resolution Center of King County; 9/4/2012N/AUnknown2012
CLE: 2012 Family Law Section Mid-Year Meeting and Seminar: Indispensable Strategies; Sponsor WSBA CLE - EOD; 6/22/2012-6/24/2012N/AUnknown2012
CLE: Family Law Mediator Training; sponsor: Snohomish County Bar Association; 4/20/2012N/AUnknown2012
CLE: Ethics in Family Law; sponsor: Snohomish County Bar Association; 12/17/2012N/AUnknown2012
CLE: Alternative Dispute Resolution; sponsor: Snohomish County Legal Services; 5/12/2011N/AUnknown2011
CLE: A tax and Financial Checklist for Family Law Practice; Asset Characterization; sponsor: WSBA CLE; 2/1/2010N/AUnknown2010
CLE: A Tax and Financial Checklist for Family Law Practice: Retirement Benefits; 2/1/2010N/AUnknown2010
CLE: Adoption Practice, Pitfalls, and Procedures: 10 Essential Lessons; sponsor: WSBA - CLE; 2/1/2010N/AUnknown2010
CLE: Handling Your First (or Next) Dissolution Trial with Confidence; sponsor: WSBA CLE;N/AUnknown2009
CLE: Ethics in Civil Litigation Institute; sponsor: WSBA CLE; 12/30/2009N/AUnknown2009
CLE: Winning Strategies: Success in the Practice of Law; sponsor WSBA - CLE; 1/11/2008N/AUnknown2008
CLE: Updating Skills: Researching Washington Law; 5/12/2006N/AUnknown2006
CLE: GELD section/Short take on Guardianship Issues; What Guardian's Want; and Guardian Orders; sponsor: King County Bar Association; 9/15/2005N/AUnknown2005
CLE: Appellate Law Section/Tips From Behind the Bench; sponsor: King County Bar Association; 11/14/2005N/AUnknown2005
CLE: Anatomy of an Appeal; sponsor: King County Bar Association; 12/15/2005N/AUnknown2005
Seattle University School of LawN/AJuris Doctor2004
Whitman CollegePolitical Science and RhetoricBA - Bachelor of Arts1998

Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
Institute for Paralegal Education, Legal Writing and Analysis WorkshopLegal Writing: key elements of drafting; writing persuasively; strategies for overcoming grammar and common syntax problems2007