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Rene Cespedes Jr

Divorce and separation Attorney at Bellevue, WA

5.0   4 reviews
  • State Years
    Washington - WA 30 years
    California - CA 33 years
  • Licensed for 30 years
    State WA
    Acquired 1993
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 33 years
    State CA
    Acquired 1990
    Not Eligible to Practice Law (Not Entitled) No misconduct found

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

About Rene

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My practice focuses on family law and divorce.  I worked as a prosecutor for a major metropolitan area in southern California before working as a prosecutor in King County Washington.  I have experience with accounting and businesses practices, having prosecuted many financial fraud cases.   I have years of courtroom experience trying complicated high profile criminal cases.  This trial experience and background with complicated financial cases compliment and benefit my family law practice.  My 25 years of experience, combined with my knowledge of family law means you will get the best representation possible. 


My criminal background is also provides clients an advantage in  family law matters where there are allegations of domestic violence, criminal behavior or a protection order is being requested.

Although I am more than qualified and competent to present your case in court, I know the value of settling cases out of court.   I have settled hundreds of cases directly with the other party, the other attorney or through the use of mediators and try to reach fair settlements wherever possible.  If we cannot reach a fair agreement or settlement and a court appearance or trial is necessary, my courtroom experience is invaluable.


Rene Cespedes, PLLC
2200 112th Avenue NE, Suite 200
Bellevue, WA, 98004


5.0 / 5.0
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Posted by Julia | July 21, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
One of my best decisions
I went through an extremely contentious divorce with Rene by my side and thank goodness. I could trust him always to be honest, ethical and to go after our priorities. He is a kind and empathetic human being and also never wavers in his professionalism. My case involved domestic violence which meant added complications and also meant I was even more all over the place emotionally. Rene was always, always a calm, steadying force bringing me back to center, back to integrity and refocusing me on our priorities. Which made it possible for me to advocate as well as I could for myself and my son - if I had not been able to do that it would have been a big regret for me. I imagine that is an accomplishment in most divorces. But when your ex drags you back into court over and over for years it is a major feat - he has the patience of Job. I should also mention we won almost every point, and ultimately accomplished all of our priorities. Not through snarky fighting or misleading arguments or playing on technicalities (which are a horror to experience in court). In court or mediation, Rene is not theatrical or super aggressive, he is confident, reasonable and matter of fact - from what I have witnessed this is very much appreciated by the legal professionals involved. I probably did not have the presence of mind to acknowledge it at the time - but now I feel as good about how we won as I do about winning. The other thing people always want to know about is cost. It was not cheap, of course, it took a long time and my ex is really good at creating situations I need Rene to handle for me. But Rene has always been more than fair in his charges, accounting for every penny, and never ‘rounding up’ when he could have easily justified it. He is just as ethical in his billing as he is in his practice of law. Clearly, I recommend him highly. I am trying to remember what I wanted to know before I started this journey. I went to Rene because my cousin (also an attorney) had seen him practice years before and was so impressed she never forgot his name. When I sat down with him he did not say everything was going to go exactly as I wanted nor did he seem resigned to it happening. I don’t like it when people ‘sell’ me by painting a best case scenario only - and there was none of that. He listened very closely and cut straight to the issues that mattered to me and presented options - which is pretty much the definition of a competent attorney. And I remember looking around his office and seeing multiple awards for ethical practice; which in conjunction with my cousin’s recommendation tells me he is well respected in the legal community. Nothing I have experienced in the intervening years has altered that first impression; it has only grown better.
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Posted by Lisa | December 2, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Rene Cespedes was highly recommended to us. Hiring him was one the best decisions we have ever made. I cannot praise his work and caring style enough; he is an exceptional attorney. Rene successfully managed numerous complex family matters over the course of a decade and continues to represent us as needs arise. He is particularly adroit when dealing with challenging situations. I’ve witnessed firsthand the respect and deference Rene garners from colleagues in the legal community for many years. Rene deserves far more than 5 stars.
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Posted by anonymous | November 27, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
A true advocate for our family
Rene is more then just legal representative for our family. In representing me in my divorce, he became a champion for my children's custody needs. Rene has represented our family for over 12 years now, continuing to fight for what is in the best interest of the kids financially and emotionally. Rene works to resolve issues outside the court when possible. He focuses on the big picture needs and take time to understand what is best for our family. Rene is fair and just, professional and human. We have referred him to our family and friends when need arises. Our family is better off having Rene on our side!
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Posted by anonymous | January 1, 2009
Best Outcome
He reprented me long ago when I was a very different person. I was on the doorstepf of change and what I was facing was not a walk in the park. The end result helped keep my familty together and suvive enough financially to come out on top. I've since ran my own business where a couple of my employees got into trouble and he helped them all out.
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  • Hourly Rates $ 150-300 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Cespedes & Griffin, LLP
  • 1999 - 2019
  • Prosecuting Attorney
  • King County Prosecutor's Office
  • 1993 - 1999
  • Prosecuting Attorney
  • San Bernardino County District Attorney's Office
  • 1993 - 1997


  • Southwestern University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1990
  • University of California - Santa Barbara
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1987


  • King County Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • King County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • Washington Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys
  • Board Member
  • 2002 - Present
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1993 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

Honors and Awards

  • AV Peer Review Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2022
  • AV Preeminent Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2021
  • AV Peer Review Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2020
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2019
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2018
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2017
  • Washington Super Lawyers
  • Washington Law & Politics Magazine
  • 2005
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2005
  • Rising Star
  • Washington Law & Politics Magazine
  • 2004
  • Rising Star
  • Washington Law & Politics Magazine
  • 2001
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Speaking Engagements

  • Nuts and Bolts Practice
  • Civil Compromises
  • 2006
  • CLE In House
  • Polygraph Training
  • 1997

Attorney endorsements

Received (2)
Given (1)
Endorse Rene
Unknown Attorney | Nov 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Rene is hardworking attorney who is respectful to the Courts and works diligently to obtain good outcomes for his clients. Rene is extremely pleasant to work as opposing counsel."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 25
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have referred cases to Rene over the years, but got a chance to work with him recently on a case. His expertise of the subject matter and careful communication with our shared client not only impressed me, but gave me confidence that he is an excellent attorney."

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Bellevue Divorce and separation Lawyer Rene Cespedes Jr
Rene Cespedes Jr
Divorce and separation Attorney
Bellevue, WA
Licensed for 33 years