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Irving A Sonkin

Real estate Attorney at Bellevue, WA

4.7   15 reviews

Licensed for 48 years

About Irving

Learn Irving’s areas of practice.

5
Practice areas
  1. Real estate
    30%
    I represent real estate owners and users in virtually all issues, including ownership, buying, selling, leasing, property rights and landlord/tenant disputes

    49 years

  2. Business
    20%
    I have a background in public accounting (prior to attending law school) and specialize in closely held businesses.

    49 years

  3. Commercial real estate
    20%

  4. Estate planning
    10%
    I take a holistic view of clients' legal, financial and emotional needs.

    49 years

  5. Probate
    10%

  6. Trusts
    5%

  7. Wills and living wills
    5%

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Irving A. Sonkin is the senior partner of Sonkin & Schrempp, PLLC. He has practiced law in the State of Washington since 1974.

“Irv graduated from Queens College of the City University of New York with a Bachelor of Arts in accounting. He graduated from the University of Cincinnati College of Law in 1973. Irv earned a Masters of Arts in taxation from Golden Gate University in 1986.

“Prior to going to law school, Irv worked as an auditor for Haskins & Sells (currently named Deloitte and Touche). Irv’s law practice focus is on: (1) all issues related to closely held businesses; (2) the ownership and use of real estate; and (3) estate planning. He advises his clients, drafts documents and pleadings for them, negotiates on their behalf and represents them in litigation. Irv is rated AV by Martindale Hubbel.

Licensed for 48 years
State WA
Status Active
Acquired 1974
Updated 11/25/2022

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

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Irving A Sonkin
12715 NE Bel Red Rd Ste 150
Bellevue, WA, 98005-2627

Reviews

4.7 / 5.0
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Posted by anonymous | May 6, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent
We have worked with Irving for our estate planning on two occasions. He is very thorough, flexible to our needs, and questions what we need -- he is not just taking a cookie cutter approach for estate planning but a partner in our overall plan. He gives good insight about the pros and cons of certain options we proposed. On top of that, he's very nice to talk to. highly recommended!
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Posted by Kedar | January 14, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent lawyer and wonderful human being
Irv did my will and a real estate transaction for us. He has an excellent grasp of legal issues in both areas. He took a 20 year view rather than just the current situation. He walked patiently through various cases. He worked on Christmas weekend since we were in a time-crunch. He notarized our documents in a short order. He is a wonderful human being with great legal expertise.
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Posted by Bill | October 19, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Present a helpful comment
Mr. Sonkin took time to provide specific interesting information that applied for my unusual circumstances!
Response from Irving Sonkin October 20, 2017
Thank you for the review
Posted by James | September 20, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Excellent Support
I contacted Mr. Sonkin with a questions about title to a property I own. He was most helpful and even recommended steps I could take before retaining a Lawyer. Thank you very much. If I need Legal help in the future, you are tops on my list.
Posted by Rob | August 11, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent Advice and Service for Estate Planning
Irv helped us with Estate Planning including wills and other documents. He was very patient and took the time to carefully explain our options, the meaning of uncertain terminology, and the rationale behind certain legal language. He was also quite responsive to questions and requests by email. We recommend Irv and would not hesitate to work with him again.
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Posted by Chad | July 20, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Very curtious and knowledgeable
Irving answered my question within a few hours of me posting it. He give me his legal opinion of a situation in a very respectful way. He also answered a couple of follow up emails I sent him. I give him the highest rating available.
Posted by anonymous | May 18, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Thank you
Very helpful, deligent and fast responses.
Response from Irving Sonkin May 19, 2017
Thank you.
Posted by anonymous | May 18, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Thank you
Very diligent supportive and helpful.
Response from Irving Sonkin May 19, 2017
Thank you. I appreciate the review
Posted by Krista | April 17, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Our attorney for Business and Personal
We have used Mr. Sonkin for our business needs for several years. He is professional and reliable. Mr. Sonkin also assisted us with a difficult easement issue at our home that resulted in two law suits. At all times, we found Mr. Sonkin readily available for our questions and concerns. He made sure we were well-prepared for each stage of the process. He has always been a good resource for us.
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Posted by Jennifer | April 14, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Intelligent, experienced, insightful professional with integrity
Irv represented me in a complicated litigation concerning a real estate deal that had gone sour. He quickly got to the bottom of the situation and represented me with integrity and efficiency where the other parties seemed to be in a race to the bottom. His briefs were concise and effective. Thanks to his guidance, I emerged looking like the only honest person in the courtroom. I then turned to him for assistance with my will and end-of-life documents. He quickly produced documents that exceeded my expectations, guiding me to consider many eventualities I had overlooked. When I needed a tax indemnification agreement, I turned to Irv again, and his insight and experience were once again in evidence as he very quickly suggested pitfalls I needed to avoid. Irv's intelligence, experience, integrity and dry humor have been greatly appreciated by me, and I am glad I can count on him to handle my legal matters. I wholeheartedly recommend him as an effective, insightful advocate who has proven himself adept at everything from contracts to litigation.
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Posted by Rick | April 8, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great Lawyer
Irving has been my personal and business attorney for over 35 years. During this time I have owned food retail stores, a construction/development company and shopping centers thru-out the area. During this time Irv has provided excellent legal /personal advice and representation on a variety of issues, making beneficial recommendations and advising me on a wide variety of topics beyond my ability to navigate, helping to reduce cost. Irv's efforts to successful ends is something I have always admired and respected. If you are in need of an attorney who is quick to respond,cut to the chase analysis of your issues and will treat you with respect I would highly recommend Irving Sonkin.
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Posted by Alfred | April 7, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Competent, Fair, Reliable, Honest and Hard working.
Irving has represented both our business, family and extended family for over 25 years. His expertise in real estate and business law is unsurpassed. His guidance in estate planning, probate and negotiations are deeply appreciated. We think very highly of him and respect his judgment and advise. We recommend him highly.
Posted by Ellis | October 10, 2013
Trustworthy and Knowledgeable
I have know Irv Sonkin for over 30 years, have used his services and recommended him to a number of associates. Irv is a problem-solver who seeks practical solutions to simple or complicated legal matters. He is especially adept at the complexities of Estate Planning and Real Estate. I also appreciate his efforts to not "run up the bill."
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Posted by Craig | June 19, 2013
A very able lawyer!
I work with and against Irving Sonkin on a number of cases. He is a very knowledgeable, responsive and able attorney. Irving and I have worked together on several bankruptcy and similar cases, where he took the lead on litigation and negotiations of lease and real estate issues, and I handled the creditor/debtor issues. He is always responsive, prepared and very competent.
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Posted by anonymous | May 8, 2013
not a recommended lawyer
Unfortunately we had a very bad experience in dealing with this lawyer. I would not recommend him as he was expensive, unresponsive, refused to be reasonable and was rude. The only thing that I could give him credit for was that he seemed to be fairly knowledgeable in some areas. You would think that after 30+ years of practice he would know how to deal with people!
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Resume

AVVO RATING 9.3 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Managing Partner
  • Sonkin & Schrempp PLLC
  • 1997 - Present

Education

  • Golden Gate University
  • MA - Masters
  • 1987
  • University of Cincinnati College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1973
  • City University of New York, Queens College
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1969

Associations

  • Washington State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1974 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2022
  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2021
  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2020
  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2019
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Speaking Engagements

  • Advising Small Businesses
  • Agreements between owners/founders
  • 2011

Attorney endorsements

Received (6)
Given (4)
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Lawsuits and disputes Attorney | Apr 03
Relationship: Other
"Irv is an intelligent and experienced advocate, he is mindful of looking for the most efficient resolution for his clients, while at the same time willing and able to go the mat for clients in litigated matters."
Lawsuits and disputes Attorney | Dec 31
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. I have worked with Irv Sonkin as an attorney, a client, and colleague for more than 30 years. Irv has been on the cutting edge of applying computer technology to the practice of law. He is a fast study and cuts quickly to the heart of issues. In my opinion, a successful attorney is able to identify multiple solutions any legal problem. What divides the excellent attorneys from the others is the ability to select the most efficient and effective solution. Mr. Sonkin’s legal experience, practical experience and intellect place him and his associates in the company of the excellent attorneys in this community."
Business Attorney | May 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Irv is a smart, practical, and client oriented attorney. He has a natural talent for problem solving and approaching the client's case with creative solutions. Above all, he deeply cares about his clients."
Lawsuits and disputes Attorney | Mar 26
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I have known Irv for over 15 years. Our paths cross regularly in cases that actually go to trial. Irv is a true trial lawyer. He is never unprepared, and he connects well with both judges and juries. Highly recommended."
Business Attorney | Nov 27
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"The answers of Mr. Sonkin are consistently accurate, analytic and customized to the needs of the Avvo askers. These are exactly the qualities that every client would look for in hiring an attorney."
Real estate Attorney | Mar 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Sonkin does good work in providing correct information and practical knowledge. He is very competent."
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