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Jason P Benjamin

Practice areas:

Child Custody, Divorce & Separation

About Me

Welcome to my profile. I particularly welcome families who have emergency custody, domestic violence or restraining order issues. I can typically get appropriate orders within hours to protect you and/or the child(ren). Feel free to call after hours because I check my messages regularly.


 


I have spent the past 18 years of my legal career (since 1995) immersing myself in the intricacies of child custody cases. I have personally handled more than 1000 cases where child custody is at issue. I am in court almost every day effectively arguing these cases on behalf of my clients.


 


Child custody cases are particularly stressful for parents and for attorneys who are not comfortable practicing in this area of the law.


 


There is almost always strong emotion involved on both sides of the case and often these cases involve a mix of mental health, chemical dependency, abusive behaviors and/or domestic violence as well.


 


This is why child custody cases are some of the most challenging types of legal cases a lawyer can encounter. And, why it is so important that the attorney you choose is not only knowledgeable as to the law, but very comfortable in the courtroom. Judges often have very broad discretion in the area of child custody so it is important the attorney is aware of the various biases and proclivities of the particular judge hearing your case. For example, some judges are more acceptable of medical marijuana (or even recreational marijuana) and some judges are more amenable to 50/50 shared parenting arrangements than others.


 


I understand that child custody and divorce cases are some of the most stressful and trying times in a person's life. As such, I express a lot of compassion and empathy for my clients in these situations.


 


Even though I am a child custody lawyer, I handle all aspects of divorce, separation, relocation and child support.


 


Prospective clients occasionally ask me if my reviews are real.  My response is a resounding yes.  As a lawyer (unlike the local pizza parlour or dry cleaner), I would be subjected to serious sanctions by the Washington State Bar Association if I paid for reviews, had friend or family member impersonate a client for a review or put up a false review.  I can back up each and every review.  My clients are generally eager to tell other people who find themselves in a difficult or stressful case how to find me to help them. 

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Practice Areas

Licensed since 1995

  1. Child Custody: 70%
    20 years, 1.3 thousand cases
  2. Divorce & Separation: 30%
    20 years, 1.3 thousand cases

Payment

Fees:

Retainer (Sometimes)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

15 total 

  • Rachel Rolfs

    I have worked opposite Jason on several contentious cases. Jason is tenacious and works aggressively for his client's interests, while also being willing to be reasonable in negotiations when possible. I endorse this lawyer.

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    Rachel Rolfs Divorce & Separation Attorney
    Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter

  • Amy Elaine Meharry

    I endorse this lawyer. Jason and I have had several cases as opposing counsel and he is an excellent attorney; a committed advocate and dedicated to resolving the issues. Jason is very resourceful and has practical a practical approach to problem solving. Despite being adversaries in the courtroom, Jason has always been a great colleague and well-respected in the legal community.

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    Amy Meharry Real Estate Attorney
    Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter

Contact Info

Law Offices of Jason Benjamin

1201 Pacific Avenue
Suite C7B
Tacoma, WA, 98402

Resume

License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
WAActive199505/05/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Awards
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Preeminent 4.8 out of 5Martindale-Hubbell2015
Highest Award for Ethics Peer ReviewMartindale-Hubbell2012
Highly Rated for Legal AbilityMartindale-Hubbell2011
Highest Rating for Ethics Peer ReviewMartindale-Hubbell2011
Mediator of the MonthPierce County Center for Dispute Resolution2000

Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
LAWYERBENJAMIN & HEALY PLLC1995 - Present

Associations
Association NamePosition NameDuration
YMCAMember2000 - Present
Washington State Trial Lawyers AssociationMember1995 - Present
Washington State Bar AssociationMember1995 - Present
Tacoma Pierce County Bar AssociationMember1995 - Present

Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
Kowalewska v. KowalewskiPrevailed at Court of Appeals and Washington Supreme Court

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Education
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Seattle University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1995
Northwestern University, Evanston, ILPhilosophyBA - Bachelor of Arts1992

Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
Admission to Practice for JAG LawyersChild Custody, Relocations & Parenting Plans2013
Monthly Luncheon for MBA of Pierce CountyImportance of Living Wills1996
Annual RHAPCEvictions1996