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Alia F Ahmed

Family Attorney at Edmonds, WA

4.8   14 reviews

About Alia

Learn Alia’s areas of practice.

Alia F. Ahmed is a family and matrimonial law attorney practicing in King and Snohomish Counties. She also has experience addressing International Family Law matters. Ms. Ahmed is a Seattle native who grew up in the South Asian culture. As a result, Ms. Ahmed understands possible cultural implications to family law matters as well.

Previous to working at Dethlefs Sparwasser Reich Dickerson PLLC, Ms. Ahmed ran her own law firm Ahmed Law PLLC. Ms. Ahmed also previously worked at a large international law firm, Wong Fleming, where she practiced family law for over 8 years. Before that, Ms. Ahmed worked with the Washington Education Association, one of the largest teachers' unions in Washington State, where she gained extensive experience in the areas of labor law, school law, administrative law, public employment, civil rights, and constitutional law.

As a law student, Ms. Ahmed also consecutively served as the Vice President and President of the National South Asian Law Student Association. 

Ms. Ahmed is also very passionate about The Goodtimes Project, a nonprofit focused on providing support for families with children recovering from cancer. Ms. Ahmed served on the board of this organization for about 2 years and continues to devote her time helping support the organization on an ongoing basis. 

Ms. Ahmed enjoys spending time with her two young sons and enjoying the beautiful Pacific Northwest.

Licensed for 16 years
State WA
Status Active
Acquired 2006
Updated 11/25/2022

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

Contact Alia

Dethlefs Sparwasser Reich Dickerson, PLLC
100 Second Avenue South
Suite 190
Edmonds, WA, 98020

Reviews

4.8 / 5.0
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Posted by Roshni | September 28, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
The Best Lawyer!!
Alia is absolutely the best attorney during my divorce. She was extremely professional and patient with very good knowledge of the law.She guided me very well in my case and helped me to make a best decision. I definitely recommend her.
Posted by anonymous | May 2, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
She is simply the best!
Almost an year ago after initial consultation with Alia I decided to go ahead with my Divorce case with her. When I started my journey I had no idea what I had gone through and what I will have to face.My case was unusual and bit complicated. Her timely guidance, availability and trust in me helped a lot. She is very professional and sensitive to the emotional roller coaster a person is going through. She is not one of those who will drag the case for her benefits. She always came prepared with papers in court, never late and always a step ahead from the other party. She was responsive even on weekends (as per case requirements). She is simply the best! Would recommend her to anyone going through complicated (or simple) divorce.
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Posted by Shivani | October 15, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Principled and hardworking
Alia has been my pillar throughout the divorce proceedings. All divorces are difficult, but mine was especially contentious including a temporary DVPO, FCS DV evaluation, a rigged parenting evaluation, psychological evluation, a futile mediation and finally a lengthy trial. She was able to help me navigate through all of these. Alia was there for me throughout the journey and has become like my family today. She is very prompt in replying, always compassionate and is able to cut through the confusion and complexity surrounding these matters and is able to offer you constructive advice. She was extremely patient with me at the times I was upset and at other times firm when I needed to be told the way it was. She was an able and articulate arbitrator during trial and is able to gauge the witnesses, the opposing counsel as well as the judge. She is extremely hardworking, thorough and does her research well. If you are a weasel trying to cheat your ex-spouse of money, child support and residential time, you should look elsewhere as Alia is a principled and good person above all and wont help you with your dirty tactics. However, if you are an honest and fair person who believes that truth prevails in the end, then Alia is your best ally. She is not one of those lawyers who makes you fight with your spouse just so she can make extra bucks. She is very reasonable and understood my situation when my resources were strained. All in all with Alia as your lawyer you would be in very able hands.
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Posted by anonymous | May 21, 2015
Best Lawyer Ever!!!!!
Alia was more than just a lawyer when I was going through the hardest time of my life, a hostile divorce. I found her to be extremely thorough and hard working. She was always attentive to my needs and would respond quickly to everything that I brought to her. She was always there when I needed her and kept me informed every step of the way. I am more than satisfied with the outcome and am extremely grateful to her for all her support during this tough time. I highly recommend her
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Posted by Mary Ann | March 5, 2015
The Best
Stop - don't look any further, Alia is absolutely the best attorney during my divorce that I could have asked for. For the last year Alia represented me through my divorce and was extremely professional and patient with very good knowledge of the law. She did a great job of keeping me informed and updated every inch of the way. I would recommend her to anyone out there looking for the best. I came out of my divorce with everything I wanted and more. She is top notch in my opinion.
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Posted by Dianna | June 13, 2014
Alia is fantastic
She is very compassionate with her clients, but tough and hardnosed about getting them a good result. She is also extremely thorough and detail oriented. Her final orders covered everything. Working with her was a great experienc
Posted by Sarah | June 13, 2014
Best Lawyer Ever
Alia was so incredibly helpful to me when I was going through the hardest time of my life - my messy divorce. She was always there when I needed her, without question. She responded quickly & accurately to everything I brought to her. She gave me very sound advise & protected me throughout my case. Most importantly - she was prepared for the unknowns that my case presented & made me feel safe throughout the entire process. Alia not only knows the legal piece of the system - she also has an amazing heart that helped me feel like I was her only client. I couldn't have gotten through the process without her. I would recommend her to anyone. Thank you Alia!!!!
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Posted by Mr. Anderson | October 16, 2013
Very reasonable fees for solid representation.
Divorces are always difficult, with a lot of emotions involved and tensions. I have to say, my divorce was not easy but it was managable. Alia helped me understand the legal lingo and the process, and she handled the aggressiveness of the opposing lawyer with intelligence and professionalism. That was already a great help, and that was what I expected. Alia and her office understood my needs and were there when I needed them. Alia and her team also helped me with resolve a satisfaction of Judgement. She managed the entire process with ease and we got it resolved within a month for a very reasonable fee. Thank you!
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Posted by Scott | May 22, 2013
Alia has been my Rock
Alia Ahmed is the main lawyer in my divorce proceedings. I am a male currently going through a complicated divorce involving mental illness, domestic violence with children involved, and a hostile opposing party. Through it all, Alia has been a rock, always reassuring and confident, and yet sensitive to the realities of my situation. Alia is extremely knowledgeable and has successfully anticipated opposing attorney moves and how the judge might view them. She has reliably guided me through the process of responding to attacks and getting the right protections in place for me and my children. She has helped a great deal in all aspects of this sad business. Alia has always been very responsive, much more responsive than I imagined would be the case. In fact she and her team are the most responsive of any of my commercial and professional relationships. She is responsive not just to me, but to all people involved in this case (and contrasts very strongly with the opposing attorney). When I want something, she always gets right on it. She is very personable and easy to talk to, and very patient in explaining all the legalese and complicated processes. She also keeps me informed to all that is happening in the case, which has keep my stress level down. And no matter how stressful things have become, I always feel better after meeting with her. In terms of Trust, I feel this is Alia's strongest asset. Over the time she was worked on this case, I have come to trust her feel for how the case would go in all situations, trust her advice on what actions to take (and not take), and trust her commitment to my case. While this process is the most ugly thing currently in my life, I have the most confidence that things will go well with Alia on my side - even more confidence than I have in the conference with my child's teachers that I have in a few hours! In terms of results, so far I have won everything that matters to me (custodial authority for the kids, authority to sell the house, denial of opposing party's motions which would have been damaging or compromising, no spousal support) and a little more (child support). Alia has given me clear expectations for the road ahead, including potential costs of going to trial, what to do about the financial situation (another complicated factor), and what to expect during the process of working out the parenting plan (again, more complicated than the average case). I can't recommend Alia Ahmed highly enough.
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Posted by Shawn | September 18, 2011
Parentage Case
Alia helped me to establish parentage, and helped me with the child support order and parenting plan. She was very professional and prepared, and made sure I understood all of the legal aspects of the case. She is also extremely effective in court. I am very pleased with her services and her commitment to my case. The final results exceeded all expectations that I had when I hired her. She was also very considerate to the other party, which I greatly appreciated.
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Posted by Darrell | June 6, 2011
A+++ Attorney
Yesterday was the close (of this chapter) of a long dispute with my x-wife regarding custody of our 11 year old child. This email is to let you know how wonderful Alia and your firm have been to work with these past few years and to thank you all for your hard work. Regardless of our success, Alia has been an amazing attorney who has demonstrated maturity far beyond her years. She is knowledgeable, patient and able to help remove the emotions and focus on the issues at hand. Alia is our 3rd attorney in the past 6 years. She has been able to handle the opposing councils bulldog tactics with poise and professionalism. I will highly recommend Alia and your firm to anyone in need. We will miss Alia, not having weekly (daily) contact with her will feel like we’ve lost a member of our family! We wish you and Alia all the best! Darrell, Valerie and Hunter
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Posted by anonymous | January 25, 2011
Honest, Direct, and Professional
I recommend Ms. Ahmed whole-heartedly and without reservation. She is one of the most professional attorneys you will ever encounter. She is kind and caring, but will also stand up and fight for you and your rights. She is a diligent advocate for her clients and works hard to achieve great results. If you are looking for exceptional representation, look no further, I recommend her to others and will continue to do so.
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Posted by Robyn | January 25, 2011
More than a lawyer...
Alia was more than a lawyer for me, she guided me through a difficult divorce with confidence and expertise. I am very satisfied with the outcome and I know that no lawyer could have done a better job dealing with my case. I highly recommend her and if needed, I wouldn't hesitate to work with her again.
Posted by anonymous | November 14, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Disappointed
After initial communications, I was looking to hire Alia but for some unknown reason, Alia stopped communicating with me. I reached out to her several times but after getting no response I figured I had to move on.
Response from Alia Ahmed November 16, 2017
Thank you for your review. I apologize that you are unhappy with my consultation and I was unable to take your case. Unfortunately, I am not able to take on every client that reaches out to me. I truly value each and every client and commit to producing excellent work. As a result, I am only able to take on a limited number of cases at one time to ensure I can give 100% to each case. In addition, sometimes my caseload changes between when I meet with a potential client and when they decide to retain my services. Because your post is anonymous, I cannot reach out to you directly. I welcome hearing from you so that I can address your concerns. I strive to provide the best representation I can for my clients and want to help in any way I can.
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Cost

Rates
  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • AHMED LAW PLLC
  • 2015 - 2018
  • Partner
  • Wong Fleming, PC
  • 2011 - 2015
  • Attorney
  • Lbaw Legal Clinic
  • 2010 - 2013
  • Legal Intern
  • Seattle University School Of Law Immigration Legal Clinic
  • 2006 - 2007
  • Partner
  • Yoss, LLP (Formerly Adorno & Yoss, LLP)
  • 2006 - 2011
  • Legal Intern
  • Washington Education Association
  • 2004 - 2006
  • Legal Intern
  • Attorney General Of Washington Consumer Protection Division
  • 2003 - 2003
  • Intern
  • Staadecker Real Estate
  • 2002 - 2003
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Education

  • Seattle University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2006
  • University of Washington
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2003
  • University of Washington
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2003

Legal Cases

  • Father vs. Mother
  • Father was able to obtain a parenting plan with significant visitation.

Associations

  • East King County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • Washington State Bar Association Moderate Means Program
  • Volunteer Attorney
  • 2011 - Present
  • King County Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • Washington State Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2006 - Present
  • King County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2006 - Present
  • North American South Asian Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2006 - Present
  • Latino/a Bar Association of Washington Legal Clinic
  • Volunteer Attorney
  • 2014 - 2015
  • Refugee Women’s Alliance Legal Clinic
  • Volunteer Attorney
  • 2014 - 2015
  • The Goodtimes Project
  • Board Member
  • 2013 - 2015
  • Washington State Bar Association, Leadership Institute
  • Fellow
  • 2012 - 2012
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2006 - 2007
  • North American South Asian Law Student Assocation
  • President
  • 2005 - 2006
  • North American South Asian Law Student Association
  • Vice President
  • 2004 - 2005
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2020
  • Top 40 Lawyers Under 40
  • American Society of Legal Advocates
  • 2016
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2015
  • 10 Best
  • American Institute of Legal Counsel
  • 2015
  • Washington Leadership Institute Fellow
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • 2012
  • Pro Bono Service Commendation
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • 2012
  • Pro Bono Service Commendation
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • 2011
  • Pro Bono Service Commendation
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • 2010
  • Pro Bono Service Commendation
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • 2009
  • Pro Bono Service Commendation
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • 2008
  • Pro Bono Service Commendation
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • 2007
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Publications

Speaking Engagements

Attorney endorsements

Received (17)
Given (23)
Family Attorney | Oct 27
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Alia is an extremely conscientious and hard working attorney. She cares for her clients and diligently promotes their best interests during every stage of litigation. It is highly apparent that she is well prepared at every stage of litigation which is something that her clients undoubtedly benefit from. Her ethics are stellar and I would not hesitate to recommend her."
Divorce and separation Attorney | May 31
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I highly endorse this lawyer. Alia is the consummate professional, and a zealous advocate for her clients. Her work is meticulous and thorough."
Family Attorney | Sep 24
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Aug 14
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Alia was opposing counsel in a difficult divorce case. I found her to be professional and diligent. I endorse Alia's work."
Family Attorney | Jul 09
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I had a very difficult custody case against Alia. I found her to be hard working, very competent and professional. I very much endorse Alia."
Family Attorney | Feb 24
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Alia is an amazing lawyer. Her trial skills are excellent and she is particularly adept in cases with complicated financial issues."
Family Attorney | Oct 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Alia is well known for her hard work and dedication to both her clients and the family law profession. She has the respect of other lawyers in the community. I endorse this attorney."
Family Attorney | Jun 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I've know Alia for almost 10 years, from before she had passed the bar when she was an upper classman to me in Law school- even then she was a leader of attorneys, setting the pace with a confident and collected style. Presentation and communication are two of the most critical skills you can look for in an attorney, and Alia is a true master of both."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jun 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I'm proud to endorse Alia's work in family law. She is a dedicated professional who works tirelessly for her clients and has a excellent reputation among her peers."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jun 27
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I have worked with Alia for almost a year now. She is a fierce advocate for her clients who are going through family transitions. Alia's knowledge and experience are top notch, but it is her compassion for her clients that sets her apart."
Family Attorney | Jun 13
Relationship: Co-worker
"Alia Ahmed is a true professional in difficult situation. She is conscientious of her client's concerns and well versed in her field of practice. She is highly experienced in all facets of family law practice from divorces to adoptions. There is no family law matter she cannot handle."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jun 13
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer. Alia is dedicated, hardworking, and compassionate attorney. She is zealous advocate and a sound counselor to her clients. Alia is well respected by the judiciary, attorneys and clients alike."
Unknown Attorney | Apr 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Mar 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Feb 19
Relationship: Co-worker
"I strongly endorse this lawyer's work. She is dedicated to the practice of family law and treats each client with the highest integrity, honesty and enthusiasm. She is one of the best family law attorneys I know."
Family Attorney | Jan 24
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Alia is one of the most hard working, intelligent, and committed attorneys I have come across in my career. She does excellent work for each client and is highly ethical and well respected. I highly recommend her."
Family Attorney | Nov 10
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer. Alia has worked for me since 2006. She is an amazing, dedicated lawyer. Alia spends a lot of time on her cases and always gives 100% to her clients. I am happy to have her as a member of my team."
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Edmonds Family Lawyer Alia F Ahmed
Alia F Ahmed
Family Attorney
Edmonds, WA
Licensed for 16 years