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I have practiced exclusively in the area of Bankruptcy, representing debtors, creditors and trustees since 1984. I am a member of the Washington State Bar Debtor/Creditor Section, the National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys, the National Association of Chapter 13 Trustees, and the Tacoma/Pierce County Bar Association. My training at the Advanced Consumer Bankruptcy Practice Institute sponsored by the NACTT and the University of Nevada Las Vegas School of Law, has assisted my advocasy for my clients. I have  been selected as A Super Lawyer in Washington Law and Politics for several years.I have been on the faculty and taught Bankruptcy and Collections at Pierce College. I regularly speak at numerous continuing education classes for credit counselors, accountants, and local bar groups. I currently and in the past have  served on the Local Rules Committee for the US Bankruptcy Court. I have served my 3 year appointment as a Lawyer Representative to the Ninth Circuit Court Federal Judicial Conference.


My philosphy is that everyone is entitled to respect and dignity, no matter the history or current situations.  You will be treated as a human being experiencing very troubled times.  There is an answer for you,  I will help you find it.



Practice areas


  1. Chapter 7 Bankruptcy: 50%
    31 years
  2. Bankruptcy & Debt: 25%
    31 years
  3. Chapter 13 Bankruptcy: 25%
    31 years

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  • David Carl Hill

    I have known Desa Conniff and her partner, Bill Beecher for over 25 years. She is a superior bankruptcy attorney and highly regarded by her peers.


    David Hill Bankruptcy & Debt Attorney
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  • Brett Lorin Wittner

    I endorse this lawyer.


    Brett Wittner Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Attorney
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Contact info

1703 Dock St Ste C
Tacoma, WA, 98402-3235


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Award nameGrantorDate granted
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2015
Preeminent 4.8 out of 5Martindale-Hubbell2015
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerBeecher and Conniff1984 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
United States Court of Appeals For the Ninth CircuitLawyer Representative2010 - 2013
United States Bankruptcy CourtCommittee Member2010 - Present
National Association of Bankruptcy AttorneysMember2002 - Present
National Association of Chapter 13 TrusteesMember2001 - Present
Federal Bar AssociationMember1995 - Present
Washington State Bar AssociationMember1984 - Present
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Seattle University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1984
Seattle UniversityForeign LanguagesBA - Bachelor of Arts1978