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Kathy Bruya

Family Attorney at Auburn, WA

4.9   33 reviews

also known as Katherine Bruya


Licensed for 24 years

About Kathy

Learn Kathy’s areas of practice.

2
Practice areas
  1. Domestic violence
    50%

    25 years

  2. Family
    50%
    All aspects of Domestic Relations including custody, support, dissolutions, parenting plan.

    25 years

PERSONALIZED, ATTENTIVE, AND KNOWLEDGEABLE. DEDICATED TO FIGHT FOR YOUR MATTER.


I come from a long line of attorneys: the law and justice are in my blood. For the past 24 years, I have served clients in Auburn and throughout south King County with all their family law concerns and problems.

Divorce and family law is a very emotional area of the law and I have worked exclusively in this area. I am committed to providing as much support as possible to my clients.

I began working in family law as an intern and then in 1998 as an attorney for an attorney in King County. In 2003, I opened my own law office. In 2014, I decided to move my office to my home in Auburn. I now practice exclusively in King County.

Because I am a sole practitioner and work out of my home, I am able to spend as much time as needed, whenever needed, on each of my cases. I often have phone conferences in the evenings and weekends to accommodate my clients' schedules. Shoot me an email and we can set up a time to chat! 

Licensed for 24 years
State WA
Status Active
Acquired 1998
Updated 02/01/2023

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

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Reviews

4.9 / 5.0
  33 customer reviews
Posted by Cory | June 27, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Fantastic Lawyer for High Conflict Divorce
From a late night call when I was leaving my husband, to the final decree a year (!!!) later, Kathy was helpful, kind, compassionate, responsive, and overall a delight to work with. She helped me become more confident, stand up for myself and my kids, and she fought hard to get a fair (and then some) settlement with my ex. I'm proud of the work we did together and respect and admire Kathy for her expertise. She is a rock star, won't put up with any crap, and I promise you won't regret hiring her for one instant. Worth every penny and then some, in fact I think she's worth her weight in gold.
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Posted by anonymous | March 29, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Complicated case successfully navigated with Kathy's experience and hard work
Kathy was everything I could have hoped for from a lawyer for my child custody situation. Through the many twists and turns of a very complicated case, she brought expertise, compassion, and keen problem solving throughout the process of getting custody of my daughter. I have deep trust in her extensive knowledge of the legal system and family law. She has many years of experience and blends that perfectly with seeing each case as a unique entity. She was available when I needed her, and transparent about the legal process and logistics of building a case. She's a busy woman but somehow made time to really understand the nuances of my situation and what each step of the way entailed. She set my mind at ease and I can't recommend her highly enough!
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Posted by Elaine | March 24, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Guardianship
I could not have done thus without her She is down to earth. She rocks. Kathy step in and was a huge help in filing and filling
Posted by Dickson | March 10, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
BEST ATTORNEY IN WASHINGTON STATE
Kathy was a beacon of hope to me and my children. Being a victim of domestic violence and a male, she boldly defended us. Kathy approached my case with a calm and empathetic demeanor, while still letting me process the trauma of physical, emotional and verbal abuse inflicted upon me for 5 years. Kathy went above and beyond to ensure that she had all the information needed to represent me and my children during trial. This was a long 2 year battle that ended in an overwhelming, emotional victory which secured the safety of myself and my children. I can say without doubt, Kathy is truly the attorney you want representing you through life's unfortunate trials.
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Posted by BILL | March 9, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Amazing
I'm not sure I can say enough great things about Kathy. I had attorney before Kathy that I just didn't feel good a great job. I hired her towards the end, shortly before trial. She fought hard for me and I feel went very above and beyond. She was always there to answer questions never belittled or felt condescending. She got me 50/50 custody with my children because she does amazing work.
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Posted by Dalia | December 9, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Knowledgeable and trust worthy
I hired Kathy after consulting with multiple lawyers, however; she was the only one that I felt was confident, knowledgeable and so much approachable. She took the time to talk to me and explain everything in details as “law terms” can be very hard to understand. My case is a complicated one, but her confidence and experience was comforting. She gives time to listen and when it’s time to act she’s on it. She’s also very reasonable with her charges, very compassionate and always shows understanding and appreciation. Very relatable and down to earth, I highly recommend her.
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Posted by luis | December 6, 2021
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Attorney
I hired Kathy Bruya as my divorce attorney a little over a year ago. My first impression was that she was knowledgeable, and very comfortable in this arena. We talked about her background experience. And I was especialy glad to hear that she would be my primary and sole point of contact throughout the devorce process. We communicated via email, text, and phone. She then heard why I wanted a devorce, came up with a few possible scenario's, set a price, (she is reasonable) and got to work. She explained the divorce process as well as the endless paperwork thoroughly and was able to answer all my tedious questions timely, and satisfactorily throughout the process. My divorce outcome was more or less as she had explained from the very start of the process, and I am satisfied with the final decision. And I owe it all to Kathy Bruya, Attorney and her due diligence. Thank you for all your help Kathy.
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Posted by Imogen | November 15, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Kathy is a brilliantly experienced Attorney
I have years of professional experience in the Legal Field and when I found myself on the other side, I was fortunate to have found Kathy to represent me during Arbitration for my Divorce. With decades of experience in Family Law, it's no secret why her reviews are so high. Aside from her brilliance in practice; her ability to connect with her clients is what I found most appealing about her. She genuinely cares for her clients and it shows in the way she operates throughout your case. Divorce is never an easy process. Kathy allowed me the opportunity to both grieve the loss of my marriage, as well as supported and encouraged me to navigate the legal process alongside her. Balancing the emotional aspect of Divorce with the "business" side, is oftentimes a struggle for many. She allowed me to stay true to my values in "fighting fair" throughout this process; to ensure I was operating in the best interest of everyone involved in the Divorce; even though I had everyone reason not to. I highly recommend Kathy.
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Posted by Robert | October 18, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Child custody
If you need an amazing attorney Kathy Bruya is your gal! During the pandemic my wife and I had an agreement with my daughters biological mother, in order to keep everyone safe in both our households that we would not move my child from home to home until we were in the last stages of the pandemic. When that time came I was served with abandonment and restraining order. We knew that we needed an attorney. Thankfully we found Kathy. We weren’t sure how this was going to go but Kathy made us feel comfortable and confident. Kathy is what we would call a very down to earth attorney. One of us with massive knowledge. She wanted to know about us as a family and my daughter. Kathy is extremely easy to talk to, she listens, asks questions as well as gave us advice, it’s like talking to one of our family members. She is very knowledgeable and fully committed. Kathy was always a text or phone call away. If we needed anything she was there! In the end Kathy got what we wanted. The parenting plan was back in place and the abandonment and restraining order thrown out of court. Kathy is amazing and we consider her our friend! We highly recommend Kathy, and we have. Thanks Kathy for all that you do.
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Posted by anonymous | July 18, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Kathy will always have your back
I was fortunate to have found Kathy. I made a huge mistake and didn't hire a lawyer for my divorce, and got stuck with a parenting plan and child support that was not fair. At first my ex didn't enforce everything in the orders, and was more flexible, but as time went on she started using the plan to keep me out of my kids life. I decided to try to make a change to the original order and that is when I found Kathy. While I know that it is difficult to completely revise original orders without something big that supports such a change, she was great with laying out a plan to make some incremental steps to make changes. I now have more time with my kids, and pay a more reasonable child support payment for my situation. My favorite part is that she is like an extension of family. She wanted to know about me, my family, my son and felt like she actually cared. I also appreciate that she is always a text or call away when I need her advice.
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Posted by anonymous | June 29, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Diligently Help With a Complicated Case
Wow...she is everything a lawyer should be hardworking, diligent, knowledgeable. She was able to take on a very complicated case and turn it around. She is awesome!
Posted by anonymous | June 18, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Kathy will fight for you
Kathy was everything I could have hoped for from a lawyer for my child custody situation. Through the many twists and turns of a very complicated case, she brought expertise, compassion, and keen problem solving throughout the process of getting custody of my daughter. I have deep trust in her extensive knowledge of the legal system and family law. She has many years of experience and blends that perfectly with seeing each case as a unique entity. She was available when I needed her, and transparent about the legal process and logistics of building a case. She's a busy woman but somehow made time to really understand the nuances of my situation and what each step of the way entailed. She set my mind at ease and I can't recommend her highly enough!
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Posted by Case | December 27, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Very Knowledgeable
Kathy did a great job helping me with my case. She is very knowledgeable and fair.
Posted by anonymous | May 16, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
COULDN'T DO IT WITHOUT KATHY
My daughter's divorce was ugly - most are when getting away from a monster. From the moment we hired Kathy, she took over and took care of my family. She's well respected, incredibly knowledgeable, and a calming force to be reckoned with ... she knows your adversary and handles the situation with an unparalleled skill. She knew how to keep us calm, informed, she was patient with us and kept us united. As well, when the moments needed, she's got the best sense of humor. Kathy embodies all of the qualities you could ever ask for in a family law lawyer. She got my daughter everything she asked for and needed for herself and the children. I highly recommend Kathy Bruya!
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Posted by Jackie | January 27, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
The BEST!
Kathy represented me for my divorce. A messy divorce that included a violent ex-spouse, 3 children of the marriage, and another that was on the way. She was patient through the entire process. Answered every question I had, no matter how redundant it may have been. Her experience and knowledge are outstanding, and her guidance was flawless. Kathy put me at ease through what could have easily been the LONGEST and most traumatic 15 months of my life. She is knowledgeable, professional and thorough. I very highly recommend Kathy Bruya.
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Posted by Linda | December 17, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
You can find no brtter than Kathy!!
Mrs. Bruya assisted me with my divorce. She never missed a call nor an e-mail. She made the entire process amazing trouble free for me. even though two states were involved. I would highly recommend Mrs. Bruya to anyone looking for a great lawyer with very reasonable rates.
Posted by Rita | February 18, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent Attorney
Kathy was very helpful with our case, couldn't have done it without her expertise, we would highly recommend her and hire her again...she is awesome!!
Posted by Tiffany | November 16, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Highly recommended
I hired Kathy to handle a parenting plan modification. She was available when I needed her and prepared me for mediation. She did not waste time and was clear on what I wanted. I appreciated her honesty and advice. The above combined with her experience with dealing with minors and family law is invaluable.
Posted by Charlene | October 23, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Definitely recommend
After searching around for lawyers, and being out of state, she took the time to get to know me and what my case entailed, with that information she has helped me get to where I am today and I couldn’t be more happy. It was defiantly an uphill battle for me but I’m glad I had her by my side. I highly recommend her as a lawyer!
Posted by Darby | April 21, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Very down to earth lady!
I called Kathy for advice and representation in regards to a possible modification of my parenting plan. When I called I reached her voice mail so I left a message and with in a few hours she text me (which I so appriciated because I work 9 to 5 and it's hard to take phone calls) she told me I could call her after work too! The whole time I was talking with her it felt like I was chatting with an old friend. She told me ultimately she will do whatever I asked her to do but gave me some great advice and even though I decided to not peruse legal action at this time she told me to save her number and call her when I'm ready. I would definitely recommend her to anyone needing family law help!
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Cost

Rates
  • Hourly Rates $ 375-375 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 8.7 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Mediator
  • Pierce County Center for Dispute Resolution
  • 2003 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Law Office of Kathy Bruya
  • 2002 - Present
  • Volunteer Attorney
  • SKCBA
  • 2007 - 2013
  • Speaker
  • Learning for Life
  • 2007 - 2011
  • Guardian ad Litem
  • King County Superior Court
  • 2005 - 2011
  • Volunteer Attorney
  • Family Law Information Center
  • 2003 - 2012
  • Intern/Attorney
  • Law Office Of Loretta Fiori
  • 1998 - 2002
  • Activities Director
  • Patton Home Retirement Center
  • 1991 - 1992
  • Care provider
  • Casa D'Esperanza-House of Hope for the Children
  • 1990 - 1991
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Education

  • Gonzaga University School of Law
  • JD
  • 1997
  • Carroll College
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1991

Associations

  • Auburn Food Bank
  • Board of Directors
  • 2006 - Present
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1998 - Present
  • Washington State Bar Association - Low Bono
  • Member
  • 2014 - 2015

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Client Champion Award
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2022
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2018
  • Certificate of Appreciation
  • King County Superior Court
  • 2007
  • Pro Bono Publico Service Commendation
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • 2007
  • Certificate of Appreciation
  • King County Superior Court
  • 2005
  • Certificate of Appreciation
  • King County Superior Court
  • 2004
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Speaking Engagements

  • American Bar Association
  • Mediating with Pro Se Clients
  • 2010
  • Informative Meeting
  • Mediating with Pro Se
  • 2009

Attorney endorsements

Received (12)
Given (11)
Endorse Kathy
Family Attorney | Mar 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Kathy for 20 years. She cares about her clients and provides honest representation."
Family Attorney | Apr 24
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I happily endorse Kathy. I had a case with her several years ago and she was a strong advocate for her client while also being a great person to work with. This is helpful in a practice area that can be high in conflict."
Family Attorney | Oct 27
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Oct 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Kathy is a very skilled attorney with a great deal of experience and common sense."
Family Attorney | May 23
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Kathy is an excellent attorney. Her clients are well represented."
Family Attorney | Feb 24
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Jun 13
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Child custody Attorney | Aug 21
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. She's been responsive, knowledgeable, easy to deal with but non-compromising when it comes to her client's interests."
Family Attorney | Jun 23
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Jan 07
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Kathy Bruya represented me in my divorce when my prior lawyer had fired me as his client. I had a very ugly divorce going on, but, bless her heart, this little lawyer pulled my cojones out of the fire. Kathy Bruya is my all time favorite divorce lawyer. She's the "A" in Advocate. She's tough. And awesome!"
Family Attorney | Jun 13
Relationship: Family member
"Katherine is a tireless, hard-working, and smart advocate. You will not be disappointed in retaining her for your family law matter! "
Family Attorney | Jun 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work. Kathy is conscientious, thorough and a trusted lawyer."
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