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Bruce Clement

Family Attorney at Federal Way, WA

4.7   56 reviews
  • State Years
    New York - NY 14 years
    Washington - WA 53 years
  • Licensed for 14 years
    State NY
    Acquired 2009
    Status
    Due to Register within 30 Days of Birthday No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 53 years
    State WA
    Acquired 1970
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Bruce

Learn Bruce’s areas of practice.

5
Practice areas
  1. Family
    30%
    At the Clement Law Center we focus on family law, divorce, and child custody matters. Our lawyers and staff assist people dealing with divorce and custody disputes that cross state and national borders. We represent clients from Washington State and around the country in interstate and international child custody cases.

    35 years

  2. Child custody
    20%
    A child custody order, also known as a parenting plan, can easily become a contentious issue during a divorce or the end of a long-term relationship. Our firm represents clients confronted with child custody disputes in throughout the United States and abroad. We are prepared to handle traditional and military child custody proceedings, Whether your legal matter needs a phone call or a full trial, Clement Law Center is ready to fight for you and your family.

    35 years

  3. Divorce and separation
    20%
    If your divorce is uncontested, we will handle it quickly, efficiently and professionally. The issues in a contested divorce case are often highly charged with divisive issues which can critically affect your relationship with your children and the division of marital assets. In such cases, you need highly skilled and aggressive representation in Court. We will fight vigorously to protect the best interests of you and your children.

    35 years

  4. Personal injury
    20%
    Highly effective representation with broad experience is what you need in your accident claim. We can help! We have the highest possible independent rating from Martindale Hubbell. See our website at clementlawcenter.com.

    35 years

  5. Domestic violence
    10%
    Domestic violence cases involve the most contentious and potentially dangerous situations in family law. You and your family deserve the best in representation. Call us today and get the aggressive representation and compassionate advice that you and your family deserve.

    29 years

My busy family law and personal injury practice includes many cases which involve multiple states or foreign countries. I have dedicated my career to providing the highest quality legal representation for my clients. My professional goal has always been to protect the best interests of my clients and their families. 

In 2007 I was interviewed on both ABC News and Good Morning America. Fox News interviewed me in 2013. I am top rated on www.AVVO.com. On www.Martindale-Hubbell.com, the oldest and most prestigious attorney rating service in the world, I have had the highest possible rating for both skill and ethics for over 20 years. I was listed as a "Top Lawyer" in the July 2010 issue of Seattle Metro Magazine. 

Over the years I have represented clients in thousands of court cases, mediations, administrative hearings, and appeals. Our firm has a supurb reputation with Judges, Commissioners, and attorneys. I know how to fight for my clients. I have also successfully mediated many cases to successful settlements, and have acted on a collaborative basis when requested by the client. I have written numerous articles, news columns, AVVO Answers, and AVVO Legal Guides on a wide variety of legal subjects. 

I am  admitted to practice in Washington and New York States, the Eastern and Western Washington Federal District Courts, the 6th and 9th U.S. Circuit Courts of Appeals, the U.S. Court of Military Appeals, and the United States Supreme Court. 

Contact my law office, Clement Law Center, today for a free 1/2 hour consultation to discuss your legal matter. More information, articles, and client reviews are at . 

Location

Clement Law Center
31919 1st Avenue South Suite 103
Federal Way, WA, 98003-5258

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Reviews

4.7 / 5.0
  56 customer reviews
Posted by Steve | December 12, 2022
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Very Helpful
Bruce gave me some great advice that helped quite a bit. I will use Bruce again in the future.
Posted by ANDRE | January 4, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Highly experienced. Would Recommend 10/10
He was extremely helpful. I got more help than any other Lawyer I tried working with.
Posted by anonymous | February 2, 2021
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Free-consultation
I spoke with Mr. Clement today about filing a divorce. He is very knowledgable guy with tons of years of experience. He was very honest with me and told me exactly what I might lose and gain from the divorce. I highly recommend Mr. Clement’s law office if you’re ready to fill for a divorce.
Posted by anonymous | January 2, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Highly recommend
Bruce Clement is an excellent family law attorney and a wonderful person. Everyone in his office is highly professional, responsive and very supportive. You can entrust the happiness of your family to them. Our case was very complicated and lengthy, but every moment of communication with Bruce Clemet Law Center we felt care, hope and huge emotional support. They put their hearts and minds into their work on our child custody case. Thanks to Mr. Clement’s impressive knowledge and enormous experience as well as all the thorough thoughts and work he and his team put in our case, the outcome is better than we could ever wish for, way above our expectations! Our appreciation to Bruce Clement and his staff is beyond the words. We highly recommend Clement Law Center.
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Posted by anonymous | October 13, 2020
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Very good attorney
I consulted with Mr. Clement for 30 minutes, and he was thorough and clear on every detail he provided me. I wish I hired him for my divorce!
Posted by Nikki | April 14, 2020
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Awesome Service
Mr. Clement consulted me regarding my child custody/support case and it was invaluable! He set my mind at ease by providing me straight forward information. I highly recommend Mr. Clement and his team for anyone seeking child custody/support assistance.
Posted by Robert | August 13, 2019
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Extremely helpful
I called for the free consult, and Bruce was able to give me a great starting point for my case.
Posted by Chris | December 14, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Wish there was two Bruce's
We have complicated case, divorce settlement involves 14 estates, Vulnerable Adult, Assets, Debts and Taxes missing from the Amended divorce. The answer is No can a divorce decree be overturned. Mr. Clement has the experience to overturn the impossible. Make sure you see him asap, these cases are very time consuming, and need awhile to prepare
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Posted by anonymous | December 31, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Exceeded expectations
Mr. Clement and his staff were very respectful and understanding of my situation. I was given invaluable advice which ultimately solved my legal issues.
Posted by anonymous | November 13, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Family Practice
I have rated this law firm with 5 stars. Bruce's team, and included him, are professional , honest and are very explicit when talking to you about your case. They give you options and help guide you to your goal. I give thumbs up to Malinda, the paralegal, who answered questions and always returned my calls immediately. If you want a firm that gets the job done, this firm is for you.
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Posted by Ryan | December 18, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent in very complicated divorce
Bruce Clement and his team did a wonderful job during my very complicated divorce. There were some turns of events that were handled with professionalism and knowledge I never could have imagined. Some of these events included one of my children not being biologically mine, working with my ex who moved out of state, and getting jurisdiction transferred from that state to Washington. The other thing that impressed me was that I was always given options based on what Bruce and his team had seen in the past. Every judge we saw during this entire process praised Bruce for his professionalism and for having absolutely "everything in order as usual", to quote one judge. Clement Law Center is located in King County and my divorce was in Pierce County. The judicial system knows Bruce over a very wide area and every response is positive. Thank you Bruce, Peter, and Shelly for everything.
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Posted by Julie | September 17, 2015
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Consultation was very helpful
My ex husband and I did much of the divorce paperwork on our own. I took the draft documents to Bruce for him to look through and provide any suggestions. He was very thorough with the documents and had a list of questions and suggestions prepared when I met with him for one hour. Bruce was very friendly and the atmosphere of the office is calm. Bruce put me at ease during, what could have been, a very hard conversation. I only needed Bruce for a consolation but had I needed to hire an attorney, I would hire Bruce in a heartbeat. He understands families and how the system works with divorces that involve children. If you are looking for either a consultation or to hire an attorney, I suggest meeting with Bruce.
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Posted by Annette | April 7, 2015
Stands apart from peers, exceptional
After coming to Bruce with a difficult appellate issue, he has provided excellent advice, spoken with great candor and given multiple and creative possible solutions. Interviewed several other attorneys with similar experience and purported expertise, this attorney significantly stands out.
Posted by GMO | March 29, 2015
A show of thanks for a job well done
The staff of The Clement Law Center are courteous and respect their clients. Atty. Bruce Clement, the principal Attorney of the center is legal expert on divorce cases. He refutes his opponent's provocative statements on a legal basis. He was able to take off a heavy load on my shoulders in the proceedings for property settlement thru mediation when my ex-wife was determined not to agree on a 50/50% settlement, insisting that the settlement be 75/25% in her favor. I was very much relieved and appreciated Atty. Clement's effort when the mediator notified us that my ex-wife settled on a 50/50% basis anyway. GMO Federal Way, WA
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Posted by Jean | March 23, 2015
If you want the Best, choose Bruce Clement
We assisted our son with his divorce case and worked closely with Bruce, Melinda and his staff this past year. There are not enough superlatives to describe the wonderful, quality service we received from Bruce, Melinda and the staff at the Clement Law Center. If you want the best legal representation, choose the Clement Law Center. We had complete confidence in their legal knowledge and ability in every aspect of the difficult divorce case. We were met with efficiency and quality in accomplishing the paperwork and getting through the tough job of divorce negotiations. Their personal attention and care was outstanding. They both made us feel that we had their complete attention and we never felt rushed through any of our meetings or conference calls. They were encouraging when times were bleak and lifted us up when we were discouraged. They went above and beyond in every aspect of this case. Their personal commitment to us made our experience through a tough situation bearable. We will definitely return to the Bruce Clement Law Center if any future legal situations occur. In conclusion, we highly recommend The Clement Law Center primarily due to Bruce Cement's legal expertise, his superior staff and their complete compassion and support for their clients.
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Posted by anonymous | January 15, 2015
Lawyer consultation
I was given a 30min phone consultation by Mr. Clement on 1/15/14. Mr. Clement was very calm and thorough in answering all of my questions. I really appreciate him listening to me explain what I was going through and then advising me on what he thought I needed to do per what I was telling him. I now feel confident going about filing the proper paperwork for my case. Thank you Mr. Clement!
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Posted by Dan | January 7, 2015
An Invaluable Free Consultation
I am in the midst of a marital breakup with minor children involved and had way too many questions and concerns. Mr. Clement took time and dealt with my particulars allaying no small amount of anxiety of mine. The meeting was crisp and on point greatly aiding in the elimination of many fears I have. Too top it off I am seeking mediation at Mr. Clement's suggestion so so far he is not even earning a well deserved fee from my case. I may soon find myself retaining Mr. Clement's services however. If i do, I have a referral through an empoyer sponsored organization called CLC which not only provided the intitial consultation for free but will discount any fees I may incur by 25%.
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Posted by Wendy | July 25, 2014
Satisfied Client!
I hired Bruce Clement to represent me in dissolving a domestic partnership, which was going to be recognized as a legal marriage as of June 2014. He and his staff worked quickly and efficiently to get the case filed before the June 2014 deadline. His staff was very professional and kept me informed of the status of my case. Bruce Clement is a very personable man who explained the law to me in a way that was easy to understand. I would recommend them to my friends and family and intend to use his services should the need arise in the future.
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Posted by anonymous | July 17, 2014
Supportive, Friendly, Looks Out for Client
Mr. Clement did an excellent job of sitting down with me on multiple occasions to evaluate my situation. I had intellectual property and a business that I wanted to ensure were protected and/or divided fairly in the divorce. He was able to give me the knowledge to protect myself. Bruce gave me loads of great advice, there were times I didn't take it and regretted it later (not getting a restraining order being the biggest). It was a tough year, but at no fault of the staff at Clement Law Center. Bruce and his team are great and I would work with them again. They were a rock when my ex caused a lot of problems and drama. Even at the end, when everything suddenly came together at the last minute. They made it happen. I'm so grateful to Bruce. I highly recommend him, especially if your divorce is not a cut and dry case.
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Posted by Brett | June 27, 2014
Extremely pleased
I needed a family law attorney to handle a divorce for me. I chose to give Bruce a try, based upon reviews I'd seen on the internet. I was extremely pleased not just with Bruce, but with his entire staff, as well. The entire team was upfront with me about expectations and fees and they kept me very well informed. Melinda provided the gentle (But firm) prodding I needed when I fell behind on gathering and providing the information they needed to help me. Her role was vital. They kept all of their commitments. Additionally (And very important to me), they were very respectful of my now ex-wife's feelings. I hope that I don't need an attorney again anytime soon but, if I do, my first call will be to the Clement Law Center.
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Cost

Rates
  • Hourly Rates $ 320-400 per hour
  • Contingency 33%-33%
Payment methods
Cash, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Managing Partner
  • Private practice
  • 1995 - Present
  • Associate
  • Private practice
  • 1990 - 1994
  • Assistant Attorney General
  • Washington State
  • 1980 - 1990
  • Assisgant Attorney General
  • Washington State Attorney General's Office
  • 1975 - 1980
  • JAG Attorney
  • Us Army Reserves (Jag Corps)
  • 1973 - 1995
  • Signal Corps Officer
  • Us Army Reserves
  • 1970 - 1973
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Education

  • US Army Command and General Staff College
  • Command and General Staff Course
  • 1989
  • Judge Advocate General's School, U.S. Army
  • Officer Advanced Course
  • 1984
  • University of Washington School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor-Casenote Editor
  • 1970
  • University of Washington
  • ROTC (Distinguished Military Student)
  • 1970
  • University of Washington
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts (with Honors)
  • 1967
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Sample of Legal Cases

  • In re Marriage of O.
  • Successful in dividing multi-million dollar marital estate
  • Helgeson v. Marysville
  • Injured worker case
  • Nghiem v. Wash. Med. Disc. Bd. (trial only)
  • Won a complicated medical disciplinary trial.
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Associations

  • International Academy of Collaborative Professionals
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • King County Collaborative Law
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • New York State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • American Bar Association, International Law Section, Family Law Committee Steering Committee
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • Tacoma Pierce County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2005 - Present
  • US Court of Appeals 6th Circuit
  • Member
  • 2000 - Present
  • Lawyer Assistance Program
  • Peer Counselor
  • 1998 - Present
  • King County Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Member
  • 1998 - Present
  • King County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1990 - Present
  • Eastern District of Washington
  • Member
  • 1984 - Present
  • US Supreme Court
  • Member
  • 1973 - Present
  • US Court of Appeals 9th Circuit
  • Member
  • 1972 - Present
  • Western District of Washington
  • Member
  • 1971 - Present
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1970 - Present
  • King County Bar Association, International Law Section
  • Vice-Chair
  • 2009 - 2010
  • Lawyer Assistance Program
  • Board Member
  • 1995 - 1997
  • Lawyer Assistance Program
  • Chairman
  • 1991 - 1992
  • Peace Corps (Philippines VIII)
  • Volunteer
  • 1962 - 1964
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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Japanese

Honors and Awards

  • Highest Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2015
  • Superb/10.0
  • AVVO
  • 2015
  • Top Contributor
  • AVVO
  • 2015
  • Clients' Choice
  • AVVO
  • 2015
  • Superb/10.0
  • AVVO
  • 2014
  • Top Contributor
  • AVVO
  • 2014
  • Highest rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2014
  • Highest Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2013
  • Top Contributor
  • AVVO
  • 2013
  • Superb/10.0
  • AVVO
  • 2013
  • Clients'Choice
  • AVVO
  • 2012
  • Highest Rating (21 years)
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2012
  • Superb/10.0
  • AVVO
  • 2012
  • Superb/10.0
  • AVVO
  • 2011
  • Highest Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2011
  • Highest rating since 1991
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2010
  • Superb/10.0
  • AVVO
  • 2010
  • Top Lawyers
  • Seattle Metropolitan Magazine
  • 2010
  • Lt. Col.
  • US Army
  • 1989
  • Certificate of Appreciation
  • Washington Association of Prosecuting Attorneys
  • 1978
  • Distinguished Military Student
  • US Army ROTC (UW)
  • 1970
  • Casenote Editor
  • Washington Law Review
  • 1969
  • BA with Honors
  • University of Washington
  • 1968
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Publications

  • Federal Way News
  • "Juris Doctor" Columnist
  • 1999
  • Federal Way News
  • "Juris Doctor" Columnist
  • 1998
  • Washington Police Officer
  • Two LEOFF II articles on L & I claims
  • 1994
  • Washington State Trial Lawyers Association
  • Practice and Procedure Before the Medical Disciplinary Board
  • 1991
  • Wn. St. Criminal Justice Trng. Comm.
  • Washington Child Abuse and Neglect Workbook
  • 1981
  • Washington Law Review
  • Comment on regional land use planning
  • 1970
  • Washington Law Review
  • Casenote on exculpatory clauses in residential leases
  • 1969
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Speaking Engagements

  • Good Morning America
  • Military Child Custody
  • 2008
  • ABC News
  • Military child custody
  • 2008

Attorney endorsements

Received (35)
Given (16)
Endorse Bruce
Family Attorney | Apr 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Bruce has appeared before me for mediation and arbitration work in family matters. His knowledge of the issues and skill in presentation has always been first class. He works well with his clients. He has a grasp of the nuances required to deal with personal issues and has handled complicated matters with skill and finesse. Highly rated."
Personal injury Attorney | May 05
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer's work. Bruce is a tireless worker on behalf of his personal injury clients. He is willing to take on the tough cases and is excellent in cross-examining the other side. If you have a personal injury claim I would recommend Bruce Clement to get to the heart of the case and advocate for you in obtaining the best settlement possible."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Mar 09
Relationship: Other
"I am a MA Family Law Attorney who needed assistance with the WA piece of a current case. I called a number of WA attorneys who were were unable to speak to me. Then...there was Bruce Clement. Not only did Bruce take my call with no reservations at all, but he diligently and patiently walked me through the issues I needed to address in order to assist my client. He and I had never met or had any contact before, but at the end of our hour long conversation, I had no doubt that I was speaking with one of the best and most knowledgable attorneys around. The only bummer - he doesn't practice in MA. WA is absolutely fortunate to have such a wonderful attorney as part of their Bar. Thank you again Attorney Clement for all the help you gave me, and ultimately my client. Very much appreciated. Brandy S. Bustamante, Esq. (MA)"
Family Attorney | Mar 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Apr 10
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I recently mediated a quite complex dissolution case in which Mr. Clement represented one of the parties. Mr. Clement was fully prepared and, even more importantly, had fully prepared his client for what can be a very stressful and difficult process. Mr. Clement is a strong advocate and assisted his client to achieve an equitable result. He was organized and professional throughout the process. I endorse Bruce Clement."
Unknown Attorney | Mar 19
Relationship: Other
"A very knowledge and competent attorney. I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Jan 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Bruce has a deep understanding of the law and truly understands the needs of each specific client. He is highly respected in the legal community and brings a common sense approach where conflict thrives. I endorse this attorney without reservation."
Family Attorney | Jan 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"In my experience, Mr. Clement provides thoughtful and helpful answers here on AVVO. He has taken the time to prepare helpful guides for pro se litigants and is someone whose advice I would take myself if I were in need."
Child custody Attorney | Dec 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I wholeheartedly endorse this lawyer. A brilliant, trustworthy and highly respected attorney in the legal community."
Family Attorney | Dec 07
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse Mr. Clement because of his sound preparation and strong advocacy offered in a very complex and challenging Family Law matter. He was outstanding and his client was well-represented."
Unknown Attorney | Oct 20
Relationship: Other
"When it comes to ethics and concern for clients, this attorney goes above and beyond, I highly endorse this attorney for legal representation. Not only are they a well respected member of their community but a respected member in the legal field."
Personal injury Attorney | Jul 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"An extremely talented and well respected attorney in the legal community, I wholeheartedly recommend him to anyone looking for a lawyer who knows the law and truly cares about protecting the rights of his clients and getting them the most favorable result possible."
Child custody Attorney | Jul 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | May 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Bruce. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Child custody Attorney | Feb 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Feb 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. It is clear by reading the answers in the AVVO community that this lawyer is a top notch attorney who is highly respected in the legal community."
Family Attorney | Sep 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"After reading many of Mr. Clement's answers here on Avvo it is obvious this attorney has the knowledge and skill to serve clients. Without hesitation, I recommend this attorney as a knowledgeable practitioner and advocate."
Unknown Attorney | Sep 12
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | May 08
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Bruce is an excellent Attorney I highly recommend him! Bruce has been the opposing counsel on several family law cases. Bruce has the highest level of professional ethics!"
Family Attorney | May 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
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