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Jody Kristen Reich

Estate planning Attorney at Edmonds, WA

5.0   9 reviews
  • Licensed for 24 years
    State WA
    Acquired 1999
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

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About Jody

Learn Jody’s areas of practice.

4
Practice areas
  1. Car accident
    25%

    26 years

  2. Estate planning
    25%
    Trusts, Estates and other longterm planning

    26 years

  3. Personal injury
    25%
    Falls/Premises Liability

    26 years

  4. Probate
    25%

    26 years

As a trial attorney for 25 years, Jody Reich, ownner of Jody Reich Law, PLLC, has tried and arbitrated hundreds of cases in state and federal courts across the state. Jody represents a wide variety of clients which include both businesses and injured persons, and dedicates a large part of her practice to protecting victims of serious injury caused by the negligence of others.  She also has an extensive practice in estate and trust drafting, litigation and probate and creates estate plans to protect client assets for generations.  

 

Prior to her current practice, Ms. Reich was a partner at Betts Patterson Mines, a large downtown business firm.  She aserved as a law clerk to a Federal Judge for the Eastern District of Washington, Judge Edward F. Shea, and for Judge James M. Murphy, Spokane Superior Court Judge (retired). 

 

Jody is the mother of two young sons, Hunter and Brody, and spends her free time raising her two boys with her husband Steve.  Jody is also an active member in a number of community foundations that provide assistance to disadvantaged children, including Make-a-Wish Foundation, a former Board Member for Friends of Youth and Ballard Little League.   

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Location

J Reich Law
209 4th Ave S.
Suite 101-A
Edmonds, WA, 98020

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Reviews

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Posted by Zach | March 5, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
The only Lawyer that would help me!
Jody took a case for me that no one else would work on and stuck with it for 2 years. I would not have gotten anything at all if it was not for her. She is professional, responsive and goes to bat for her clients. I would hire her again in a heartbeat.
Posted by Annie | September 15, 2019
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Jody Reich is a great lawyer.
Jody was very professional, kind and helpful ! I put my trust in her , and I truly appreciate all the hard work and excellence from Jody and her office .
Posted by Caitlyn | August 26, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Wonderfully helpful
When my future father in law passed, my fiancé and I were not sure how he would execute the will or where to even start. We found Jody and her practice and she immediately began explaining the process to us. I absolutely don't know how we would have navigated this process through grief without her. Thank you to Jody (and her paralegal Ethel) for being helpful and patient, being willing to answer dozens of small (and probably obvious/simple) questions to help us navigate. We plan to use Jody to help us plan our own estate after we are married so that we have a plan together. Thank you, Jody, for showing us the importance of preparation and helping us navigate!
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Posted by Irene and Dennis Dempsey | May 7, 2016
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Gracious and attentive
Jody Reich gives her time and complete attention to her client with a kind of graciousness and understanding that is rare among attorneys. I recommend her sincerely. She helped my stroke victim husband and me to solve some complicated matters concerning our wills and estate.
Posted by anonymous | January 14, 2016
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Easy to work with
I hired Jody to review some language in an Employment Agreement, and provide me guidance. Jody was easy to work with, and we were able to do everything remotely via email and telephone (which saved me a lot of time).
Posted by Shannon | January 7, 2015
Personable, knowledgeable and professional
Jody worked with me on my personal injury claim. She's clear about outcomes, and helped me navigate the complex personal injury world. Truly a pleasure to work with. I would highly recommend Jody to anyone.
Posted by Eliza | July 19, 2013
Personalized approach and strong practice makes for a great attorney experience
Jody helped me with my business by advising me on entity formation and then doing all of my LLC paperwork, filing and company agreement documentation. She kept me informed, was quick, explained the process and "legalese" in a way a non-attorney could understand and shared in my excitement when my company became a reality! I have called Jody a few times for additional legal needs and she has referred me to others when she feels it isn't an area she can best represent me. She's solid, trustworthy and knowledgable.
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Posted by anonymous | July 3, 2013
Favorable Outcome
Ms. Reich represented us on an employment case for our business. She was professional and thorough through our phone conversations and emails. Jody helped us prepare for our hearing and ultimately we had a favorable outcome!
Posted by T.J. | July 1, 2013
Client review for Jody Reich
Ms. Reich assisted me in a very complicated (in my view) auto case. I was completely overwhelmed with an accident and the health care and car replacement which ensued. I had no understanding of the auto insurance industry or tactics which they employ. The insurance company seemingly pushes cases quickly for resolution and this process was not only frustrating but confusing and emotional for me. Jody took time to give me a thorough understanding of the decisions ahead and how to best proceed. Each time I telephoned her she was patient and understanding. I always felt on the brink of tears before the call and was much calmer afterwards. I have recommended her through the years and each person calls to thank me...what more can I say? She is great!
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Cost

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  • Free Consultation 15 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Principal
  • Dethleffs Sparwasser Reich Dickerson & Key, PLLC
  • 2008 - Present
  • Partner
  • Betts Patterson Mines Attorneys
  • 2002 - 2008
  • Associate
  • Clark Bovington Cole Mills & Lether
  • 1999 - 2002
  • Law Clerk
  • Eastern District Of Washington Federal Court
  • 1998 - 1999
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Education

  • Gonzaga University
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1998
  • University of Washington
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1994

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Jenkins v. Cascade Plaza
  • $270,000 jury verdict
  • Hall v. Scott
  • Plainitff's Verdict

Associations

  • Washington State Association for Justice
  • member
  • 2009 - Present
  • Make a Wish Foundation
  • Volunteer
  • 2009 - Present
  • Edmonds Chamber of Commerce
  • Member
  • 2008 - Present
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2003 - Present
  • King County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2002 - Present
  • Junior League of Seattle
  • Member
  • 2001 - Present
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1999 - Present
  • Washington State Association for Justice
  • Snohomish County Roundtable Chair
  • 2015 - 2017
  • Association for Transportation Law Professions
  • Member
  • 2003 - 2009
  • Transportation Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2003 - 2009
  • Washington Defense Trial Lawyers
  • Editor in Chief
  • 2002 - 2009
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Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyer Award
  • Thomson Reuters
  • 2018
  • Super Lawyer Award
  • Thomson Reuters
  • 2017
  • Rising Star
  • Washington Law & Politics Magazine
  • 2007
  • Rising Star
  • Washington Law & Politics Magazine
  • 2006
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Publications

  • Defense News, Washington Defense Trial Lawyers
  • Trial Budgets: A Defense Lawyer's Dilemma - How Much is Enough?
  • 2004
  • Gonzaga Law Review
  • The Need for Tougher Standards in Washington Imposing Criminal Liability for the Intentional Exposure to HIV, 34 Gonz. L. Rev. 185
  • 1999

Speaking Engagements

  • Women of WSAJ CLE - Speaker
  • Empowering the Legal Practitioner - The Power of No
  • 2015
  • Estate Planning - Planning for the Future
  • estate planning
  • 2013
  • Women in law
  • Trial advocacy
  • 2011
  • Make a Wish Focus Group
  • Estate planning - nonprofit gifting
  • 2011
  • Estate Planning and Executive Leadership
  • Estate Planning
  • 2011
  • Annual meeting
  • Business development
  • 2011
  • Annual conference
  • Jury selection
  • 2010
  • Joint meeting of WDTL and WSTLA with King County Superior Court Presiding Civil Judges regarding trial scheduling
  • Trial efficiency and state of King County trial calendar
  • 2009
  • Annual convention
  • Trial strategy and legal update
  • 2009
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Attorney endorsements

Received (6)
Given (10)
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Unknown Attorney | Jan 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Jody is a bright and dedicated lawyer who works diligently to meet her client's goals. She practices with a perfect balance of compassion and determination. I highly recommend her."
Unknown Attorney | Nov 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have worked with Jody in the past, and I endorse her without hesitation. She truly cares for her clients, and works hard for them. She is smart, well prepared, and an absolute pleasure to work with."
Litigation Attorney | Oct 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Jody is an excellent lawyer. I worked with her for many years and know her to be bright, tenacious and effective. She has a way of relating to well to people which makes her work well with both her clients and opposing counsel."
Personal injury Attorney | Jul 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have had the privilege of consulting with Jody on various personal injury matters, whereby I have observed first-hand the dedication and passion with which she advances her clients' cases. Jody recognizes that each client is unique, and she custom tailors her strategy in each case to achieve justice for her client. Jody is among the top minds in our legal community and I endorse her without hesitation."
Personal injury Attorney | Jul 18
Relationship: Co-worker
"I have the highest level of respect for Jody as an attorney. She practices with integrity and zealously advocates for her clients. Jody was a partner at a large firm located in Seattle litigating complex matters. She utilizes all of her knowledge and experience in getting her clients the best results possible. I have referred family and friends to Jody with confidence."
Personal injury Attorney | May 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Jody is a great attorney who has the motivation, integrity, and the skills to assist any client. She is a pleasure to work with. Her background with larger firms would make her an ideal candidate for those looking for small-firm personalized attention with big-firm experience and results."
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Edmonds Estate planning Lawyer Jody Kristen Reich
Jody Kristen Reich
Estate planning Attorney
Edmonds, WA
Licensed for 24 years
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