Experienced, aggressive advocate committed to providing quality representation at reasonable rates
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Washinton Excellence Award - Legal Services||US Commerce and Trade Institute||2015|
|Washington Rising Stars 2013||Super Lawyers Magazine||2013|
|Member||Cambridge Who's Who Registry Among Executive and Professional Women||2009|
|Section Chair||East King County Bar Association Family Law Section||2007|
|Family Law Commissioner Pro Tempore at||King County Superior Court||2013 - Present|
|Attorney||Virginia M. Onu Inc PS||2008 - Present|
|Attorney||Stein, Lotzkar and Starr||2006 - 2008|
|Attorney||Goldberg and Jones||2003 - 2005|
|Attorney||McKeown and Brindle||2001 - 2003|
|Attorney||Harris and Tracey||2000 - 2001|
|Attorney||The VanderMay Law Firm||1999 - 2000|
|Attorney||Oregon Legal Services Corporation||1998 - 1999|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|East King County Bar Association||Member||2007 - Present|
|Washington Defender Association||Member||2007 - Present|
|East King County Bar Association||Section Chair||2007 - Present|
|WSBA Family Law Section||Member||2007 - Present|
|Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers||Member||2006 - Present|
|Washington State Bar Association||Member||2004 - Present|
|Oregon State Bar||Member||1998 - 2005|
|Local Television Station||Factors for Awarding Maintanance in Divorce||2009|
|George Washington University National Law Center||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1997|
|Willamette University||Spanish and Psychology||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1994|
|East King County Bar Association Family Law Quarterly Meeting||January/February/March 2012 Case Law Updated||2012|
|EKCBA Family Law Section Meeting||ER 408 — Admissibility of Settlement Negotiations and Conduct in Litigation||2009|
Posted by PatriciaM
I am an attorney, and in June 2009, I found myself in desperate need of an excellent family law attorney. My ex-husband, who had moved out of state, called to inform me that he was going to stop paying child support. My two boys were 18 and 16, and both were headed to college.
I contacted my probate attorney for a referral to a good family law attorney, and she strongly recommended Ms. Virginia (Monica) Onu. We met the next day and Monica had my motions filed, my ex-husband served and court dates within a matter of weeks. Not only did she do an incredible job of getting a favorable ruling on the child support and college expenses, but, at no cost to me, she quickly and easily walked me through the process of collecting over $50,000 in back child support that I had long since given up on collecting. Within 60 days of meeting Monica, I had a judgment for the entire amount and his wages were being garnished by the State of Washington.
I cannot recommend Ms. Onu highly enough. She is thorough, thoughtful and efficient. My attorney fees were extremely reasonable and well within the amounts she estimated at the outset. Given the outcome of my case, she was worth every single penny and more! I am confident you will be thankful for having retained her services. She is an excellent family law attorney.
Posted by anonymous
I'm a father who fought for primary custody in the state of Washington. It's been no picnic facing down the subtle but dangerous stereotypes. But with Monica's help, I got what was best for the kids.
Virginia (Monica) Onu quickly found what to focus our energies on in my dispute, and from then on she kept me positioned accordingly. She knew what my soon-to-be ex-spouse was going to do before my ex-spouse even thought of it. She prepared the documents for the judges to reflect me well with great supporting documentation. She fought to protect my kids from physical harm. She didn't let me wiggle out of things that made me disturb the dynamics of my relationship's status quo. And when my wife tried to immediately slack on the court's orders, Monica swiftly made it into a very aversive experience. My ex no longer thinks the rules are just guidelines that she can reinvent according to her whims.
I chose Monica because she's got a lot of criminal work in her background that, to me, compliments her years in family law. I wanted an attorney who's home court IS court. I'd read her reviews, and knew she doesn't go into negotiations ready to sell you down the river to avoid court. She's the opposite of that, and only avoids court to help you save money. She really comes alive negotiating with difficult people on the opposing team, and doesn't capitulate by giving away what's all-important. She has no interest in anything but the truth, which keeps you on strong footing with the judges, and tends to look better and better the more the opposition attacks it.
I have little emotional problem with this divorce. However, staying emotionally sturdy through the child custody battle side of it, has been a different matter. The thought of failing to protect my kids, and losing my ability the provide them with what they need to succeed in life has been incredibly exhausting. Monica has successfully kept me putting one foot in front of the other through what turned into a long battle because my ex wanted a 50/50 parenting plan so she could get out of paying any kind of support. Clearly, I believe this would have been very bad for the kids. Monica protected my kids with every tool in her arsenal and it's made a huge difference. I suggest you give her a call like I did.
Doris Eslinger, General practice Attorney
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
I work in the same office suite as Monica for the last 3 years. Monica is the expert we go to when we have family law questions. She is also the person many of us refer friends and family to when they need a family law attorney. I worked as a contract attorney for Ms. Onu briefly and saw firsthand her dedication to her clients. Ms. Onu is bright and articulate, and a tireless advocate for her clients. I highly recommend Ms. Onu.
Jason Giesler, Probate Attorney
Relationship: Worked together on matter
Monica is an excellent family law attorney. I have had the pleasure of working with her on a number of matters and I have watched her help many clients achieve their goals. Monica is a zealous advocate, but she is also extremely ethical and fair. I have turned to Monica with a number of complex child custody issues and she has always been able to provide excellent answers to my questions. I highly recommend Monica as she is expert on family law and she is extremely dedicated to her clients.
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