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Margaret Riker Bender

Child custody Attorney at Bellevue, WA

5.0   12 reviews
  • Licensed for 42 years
    State WA
    Acquired 1981
    Active No misconduct found

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

About Margaret

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Practice areas
  1. Child custody
    Child Custody cases are a sub specialty of Margaret Bender's Divorce practice where she is successful in achieving the results you are looking for

  2. Divorce and separation
    Margaret Bender is an experienced Family Law practitioner who specializes in Divorce and Separation cases

  3. Child support
    Child Support is a sub specialty of Margaret Bender's practice where she can help you achieve your financial goals

Our company has been responsible for providing outstanding service for over 20 years. Our specialty is in the areas of family law and wills.  We are an experienced team with Diana Kershner as our paralegal with over ten years of experience. Jessica Burton has four years of paralegal experience with our office.  Our regular customers particularly value the results that we provide for them and come back to us if they need help with new issues.

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Margaret Riker Bender
777 108th Ave Ne Ste 2240
Bellevue, WA, 98004-5178

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Posted by Fafi | December 18, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Trustworthy respectful and very understanding.
I interviewed a few attorneys before I came to Margaret. She was beyond professional when did not judge me in any way. I went through a very difficult time and she was there in every way I needed her to be. Margaret allowed me to explain to her exactly what I wanted and she took her time to listen and not stop me in any way. She took the time to learn how I communicated so she was able to communicate better with me. This was more than I needed to get through my divorce I got tired of my attorney I fired telling me that it would be best to just take the offer. I fought all the way through and in the long run I saved half the amount I would have spent in the 18 years I would have been paying my ex-wife. Thank you very much for everything.
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Posted by Brianna | June 12, 2015
Saving my Life...
I ONLY clicked on ONE lawyer, as time was of the essence when my spouse left me unexpectedly. Something I'd never drempt would happen! He'd cancelled any means he thought I'd have to stand up for my own rights. MARGARET BENDER and her very dedicated staff, DIANA and VANESSA, have all helped me survive down this very sad path we call Divorce! They allowed me to come in immediately. I had called on a Friday night, but they had no idea (nor did I) that I'd make it on a plane and be there that Monday morning! My whole life was being pulled from under me, I was confused, and, at the time so lost as to what was happening to me...Perhaps I'll post an update review when this is over. I'd recommend this law firm to my closest friends & family.
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Posted by Lucrezia | April 11, 2015
Shipley (Divorce Case)
To Whom It May Concern: DIVORCE attorney.........This was the first time I ever needed counsel and I remember being so scared and nervous, and really felt lost at the time. Margaret and her team (Diana) really made me feel comfortable, relaxed, and guided me in every way possible through something I didn't really want to do, but knew it was in the best interest for me and my family; a divorce!!! I'm thankful for their dedication, compassion, hard work, and support. I give them a very high overall rating and would highly recommend them to counsel you if you are in need of an attorney. Thank you and best regards! L.
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Posted by Pam | March 20, 2015
Highly Qualified Family Lawyer
Margaret represented me in a highly contentious, drawn out divorce and custody battle. From the beginning I was impressed with Margaret's style. She has a calm yet assertive demeanor. Her advice was always well-thought out. We sat through 3 failed attempts at mediation (my ex walked out because he wasn't getting what he wanted). At the fourth attempt at mediation I was ready to give in but Margaret was able to bring things to a positive conclusion. Communication with my ex-husband and his lawyer was always difficult but Margaret was able to rise above it all. In addition to her own skills Margaret has a cadre of experts in child custody and financial planning at her fingertips. I was impressed that at every step of the way I heard "You've got one of the best on your side". Margaret's staff are top-notch as well. They were quick to respond to questions, knew what to refer to Margaret and what they could handle, and kept things running smoothly.
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Posted by Patrick | March 5, 2015
Thank you
"Dear Margaret: Many thanks of your professionalism and knowledge of the Family Law and of my needs and feelings. I am very impressed with U practice. You're a gem. - Patrick"
Posted by Kerry | January 14, 2015
I highly recommend Margaret Bender for legal representation
I met with several attorneys asking for help with separation, child custody and property settlement, all of which needed a retainer that I did not have. I was told that my case was too complex or that it would take too much time. I felt that my voice would not be heard and I was afraid of how I could stand up to what was right. Fortunately , Margaret Bender had the patience and heart it took to win my case. She has the knowledge of many areas in law, the drive and the courage to solve the problems that I could not do on my own. Thanks to Margaret Bender, my children and I look forward to a better and brighter future.
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Posted by ED | April 27, 2014
Margaret Bender
My experience with Margaret Bender may be unusual. Ms. Bender came highly recommended by a former prosecutor. Over a five month period, I had numerous interactions with Ms. Bender to try to resolve my case efficiently and effectively. In two cases, I made appointments which were not honored by her or her office. In the first case, I waited for nearly half an hour until Ms. Bender sauntered in, chatted with another person in the waiting area, and then acknowledged my presence. Ms. Bender denied that an appointment had been made. When I presented the email confirming the appointment, her only response was “oops.” In the second case, I had an appointment with her staff for a telephone consultation. The staff member apparently took a “walk-in” over my appointment. Of course, I received an apology, but had I sat for an hour by my phone waiting for a call that never happened. When I asked for comment on an emailed negotiation position I couldn't get a straight response, but was invited to come to her office to “talk about it.” Subsequently, I ended up paying her full rate of $275 per hour for her to drive to and from the courthouse. She was late to the courthouse, in Everett, but the few minutes she spent on my behalf were effective. She was able to persuade the commissioner to not triple my support payment as my spouse was requesting, although I suspect the commissioner didn't require much persuasion. It may be only coincidence, but it was only after I sent a message to the state Bar association trying to find out if she was still practicing after weeks of non-response that I was able to get a response from her. Ms. Bender submitted a request for a court date on my behalf to apply pressure to my spouse. In an apparent oversight, I was not informed of this. First, this tactic wasn't necessary; my spouse was actually willing to settle quickly for 20% less than I expected. Second, if I correctly understand the Washington Bar Association ethics rules, posted online, taking this step without informing me is not "okay." I switched to another attorney after months of trying to make progress via Ms. Bender. With my new lawyer, my case was completed in a few days, at an hourly rate of 30% less than Ms. Bender's (with no charge for transportation to the courthouse). Yes, I did get a refund check from Ms. Bender for the remainder of my retainer/trust fund, but my financial institution wouldn't honor it. Ms. Bender had written, and then overwritten the amount without initialing the correction. A simple error, but I’m apparently not the only one to experience faulty checks from her. Ms. Bender couldn't understand why my going to a financial institution and having a check rejected might be a problem. Details seem to be other peoples' problems. Keeping appointments, writing checks, simply responding to emails. My needs required the services of an attorney who recognized that attention to detail is as big a part of the job as being convincing for 10 minutes in front of a commissioner. My communications with Ms. Bender, including the last concerning the check that was refused, indicated that she simply did not comprehend why I might be less than satisfied. The lawyer I switched to was easily as pleasant as Ms. Bender, but in addition he was able to start at approximately where Ms. Bender had been two months prior, and concluded the whole process in just over a week. Would I recommend Ms. Bender? Absolutely not. Again, my experience may be highly unusual. You be the judge.
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Posted by wally Gutierrez | September 13, 2013
She is great and all my paper work was done on time and accurately I will recomend Maragarett to anyone that is looking for a responsible lawyer.
Posted by Larry | August 17, 2010
Thank you!
Please fell free to use me as a reference anytime. I'm sure you saved me well over $100,000!!! Nice work.
Posted by Gregg | February 16, 2010
Assertive Attorney
Margaret was assertive and able to achieve the result I needed when settling my case. - Gregg B
Posted by Stephanie | February 16, 2010
Complex Divorce
Margaret handled my complex divorce case which involved relocation, child custody, and property division. The odds were clearly stacked against us, but she did an excellent job in the trial that lasted several weeks. Thanks to her experience as a skilled trial attorney, I have obtained successful results. Thanks - Stephanie
Posted by J.P. | January 22, 2010
Outstanding Attorney
Ms. Bender represented me in a very contentious custody matter. When I first met with her I was scared and considering giving in to my ex, but she kept me and my children’s best interest at heart and stopped me from making a costly mistake. Her vast knowledge of family law is amazing and she aggressively represented me through trial. Margaret Bender is a competent, respected attorney who excels under pressure - I would recommend her to anyone!
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  • Hourly Rates $ 325-325 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 7.7 (Very Good)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Law Office of Margaret Bender
  • 1994 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Rutherford & Weston
  • 1984 - 1994


  • Seattle University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1981
  • Kalamazoo College
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1978

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Seimsgluess v. Zhang


  • Washington State Bar Association, Judicial Recommendation Committee
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • King County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1990 - Present
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1981 - Present
  • Washington State Trial Lawyers Association, Trial News Editorial Board
  • Board Member
  • 1990 - 1990
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Certificate of Appreciation for Economic Development
  • Evergreen Community Development Association
  • 1995
  • Certificate of Appreciation
  • Washington State Trial Lawyers Association
  • 1994

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Endorse Margaret
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jan 26
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer's work. She is an excellent trial attorney. She is always on time with deadlines, produces a trial brief that portrays the client's story, and is skilled on cross and direct examination. Margaret is a sensitive and caring person combined with the agressiveness and knowledge to get the best results. Margaret uses strategy to best advocate for a client which rises to the level of excellence. I hired her to help me with a trial, and we won everything that our client wanted. I have also witnessed her skill in negotiating settlements. Now that I have retired, I have recommended her to several potential clients."
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Bellevue Child custody Lawyer Margaret Riker Bender
Margaret Riker Bender
Child custody Attorney
Bellevue, WA
Licensed for 42 years