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I grew up in Seattle, graduated from the University of Washington and received my law degree from Willamette University School of Law in 1976.   I was a King County Superior Court bailiff before entering private practice in Kirkland.   I have represented clients in many areas, including construction, business, estate, employment discrimination, criminal and, principally, family law.   I am the founder and publisher of the Washington Family Law Reporter, a quarterly publication provided to attorneys and judges since 1982, and the WFLR Update, an electronic publication since 2003.    I was honored by the WSBA Family Law Section as the 1993 Family Law Attorney of the Year and have been recognized by my peers with a Martindale Hubble rating of "AV Preeminate".  

I have served a past Board Member and President of KITH, Kirkland Interfaith Transitions in Housing, a nonprofit organization dedicated to serving the needs of the homeless in the Greater Kirkland area.   I am also a participating probono attorney for ELAP, the Eastside Legal Assistance Program.  



Practice areas


  1. Family: 85%
  2. Business: 10%
  3. Lawsuits & Disputes: 5%



Retainer (always)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

6 total 

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  • James S. Sable

    I have known Chris for many years. First as opposing counsel and later as a mediator. He is a highly experienced attorney who possesses a vast reservoir of knowledge. Equally important is the fact that Chris is very level-headed and reasonable in his approach to each case. Any one would be well-served by having Chris handle their legal needs.


    James Sable Family Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • John William Kydd

    Chris is a great lawyer. Great lawyers are loathe to admit they are great lawyers so someone has to do it. His humility increases his effectiveness as he effectively resolves issues with counsel that avoid costly and needless conflict that happens all to often. Chris really knows the law and the cases so well that many lawyers rely upon his summaries of the law without a second thought. That is good lawyering.


    John Kydd Divorce and separation Attorney
    Relationship: Worked for lawyer

Contact info

50 16th Ave
Kirkland, WA, 98033-4909


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2014
Bill Petter Homeless Housing AdvocateKITH - Kirkland Interfaith Transitions In Housing2010
Best LawyerSeattle Metropolitan Magazine2010
Family Law Attorney of the YearWashington State Bar Association, Family Law Section1993
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Managing AttorneyFox Law Office1978 - Present
Law ClerkKing County Superior Court1977 - 1978
Association namePosition nameDuration
City of KirklandChairperson, Civill Service Commission2007 - Present
Eastside Legal Assistance ProgramPro Bono Clinic Attorney2000 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Smith v. Dalton, 58 Wn.App. 876, (Wash.App. Div. 1)Creditor claim against wife denied.
Holaday v. Merceri, 49 Wn.App. 321 (Wash.App. Div. 1)Disparate property settlement satisfied mother's support obligation.
Northlake Concrete Products v Wylie, 34 Wn. App. 810Reversal & Remand
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Publication nameTitleDate
Family Law Deskbook, Washington State Bar AssociationInternet Resources For Family Law Practitioners2000
Catalyst PublicationsWashington Family Law ReporterN/A
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Willamette University College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1977
University of WashingtonPolitical ScienceBA - Bachelor of Arts1974
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
14th WLFR Family Law Conference2009 WSBA Ethics Report, Law Practice Civility & Professionalism2010
12th WFLR Family Law ConferenceFamily Law Ethical Issues & Challenges2007
11th WFLR Family Law ConferencePreparing for Privacy Pirates: Protecting Client Identifies2006
9th WFLR Family Law ConferenceUnbundled Legal Services2003
8th WFLR Family Law ConferenceE-Discovery & Digital Resources2002
7th WFLR Family Law ConferenceEthical Conundrums2001
6th WFLR Family Law ConferenceInternet Resources for Family Law2000
5th WFLR Family Law ConferenceDealing With Domestic Violence1999
WFLR Family Law ConferenceFamily Law in the Next Millennium1998
3rd WFLR Family Law ConferenceFamily Law & The Internet1997
WFLR Family Law ConferenceSpousal Maintenance1996
WFLR Family Law ConferenceCustodial Relocation: Coping With Change1995