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Cynthia Buhr practices primarily in the area of family law, including representation of individuals in dissolutions, adoptions, estate planning, and LGBT-specific legal issues.  Her approach is one that takes into account an individual's whole situation when addressing legal needs. She recognizes that not every approach is best for every client. Her focus is to make sure that your rights are upheld, that you and your family have a bright and promising future and that you navigate successfully through life's unexpected trials and tribulations fully informed and with effective legal counsel by your side.


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Practice areas


  1. Family: 25%
    11 years
  2. Divorce: 25%
    11 years
  3. Estate Planning: 25%
    11 years
  4. Adoption: 25%
    11 years



Hourly ($250-300/hour), Retainer (always), Free consultation (30 minutes)

Payment types:

Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Shannon M Ellmers

    I endorse this lawyer.


    Shannon Ellmers Divorce and separation Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • Morgan Mentzer

    Cynthia is an excellent attorney who listens to her clients needs and successfully advocates for their rights.


    Morgan Mentzer Family Attorney
    Relationship: Worked for lawyer

Contact info

1700 7th Avenue, Ste 2100
Seattle, WA, 98101-1360


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Rising StarsSuper Lawyers Magazine2015
Rising StarsSuper Lawyers Magazine2014
Rising StarsSuper Lawyers Magazine2013
RIsing StarsWashington Law & Politics Magazine2012
Rising StarsWashington Law & Politics Magazine2011
Rising StarsWashington Law & Politics Magazine2010
Nominee, Mentor of the YearKing County Bar Association Young Lawyers Division2010
WSBA 2009 Leadership Institute FellowWSBA2009
Pro Bono Publico Service CommendationWSBA2008
Certificate of CompletionCollaborative Law Basic Training2008
Certificate of CompletionKing County Center for Dispute Resolution2007
Pro Bono Publico Service CommendationWashington State Bar Association2007
Pro Bono Publico Service CommendationWSBA2006
Nominee - New Business of the YearGreater Seattle Business Association2006
Cum LaudeSeattle University School of Law2005
Member of the Year - Seattle Journal for Social JusticeSeattle University School of Law Student Bar Association2004
Equal Justice Works Summer Corps Education AwardEqual Justice Works2004
Public Interest Law Foundation GrantSeattle University Public Interest Law Foundation2004
Member of the Year - OutLawsSeattle University Student Bar Association2004
Law Trustee ScholarshipSeattle University School of Law2003
Pride Law Fund FellowshipPride Law Fund2003
Public Interest Law Foundation GrantSeattle University Public Interest Law Foundation2003
Leadership & Service AwardArizona State University2000
Magna Cum LaudeArizona State University2000
Academic ScholarshipArizona State University1998
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
OwnerLaw Offices of Cynthia F. Buhr PLLC2010 - Present
CASAKing County Family Law CASA2007 - Present
Volunteer AttorneyKing County Bar Association Community Legal Clinics2006 - Present
Document ReviewerPerkins Coie2006 - 2006
AttorneySpencer Anderson & Buhr, PLLC2005 - 2010
Clinic InternRonald E. Peterson Law Clinic: International Human Rights Clinic2005 - 2005
Rule 9 InternSociety of Counsel Representing Accused Persons2004 - 2004
Law ClerkAmerican Civil Liberties Union2004 - 2004
Self Help Line VolunteerNorthwest Women's Law Center2003 - 2003
Judicial ExternKing County Superior Court2003 - 2003
Law ClerkAIDS Legal Referral Panel2003 - 2003
Association namePosition nameDuration
QLaw FoundationBoard of Directors2015 - Present
QLaw: The GLBT Bar Association of WashingtonBoard Member2014 - Present
King County Bar AssociationMember2006 - Present
Washington State Bar AssociationMember2005 - Present
National LGBT Bar AssociationMember2005 - Present
Greater Seattle Business AssociationMember2005 - Present
Out for SustainabilityBoard Member2011 - 2013
National LGBT Bar AssociationMember of Membership Committee2011 - 2012
WSBA, Sexual Orientation and Gender Identification Legal Issues (SOGILI) SectionTrustee2011 - 2011
QLaw: The GLBT Bar Association of WashingtonImmediate Past Present/Board Member2010 - 2011
QLaw- GLBT Bar Association of WashingtonPresident2009 - 2010
QLaw- GLBT Bar Association of WashingtonPresident-Elect2008 - 2009
QLaw FoundationDirector, Board of Directors2008 - 2011
QLaw: GLBT Bar Association of WashingtonVice President2007 - 2008
QLaw FoundationGrant Committee Chair2007 - 2009
QLaw- GLBT Bar Association of WashingtonLaw Student Outreach Committee Chair2005 - 2007
Publication nameTitleDate
WYLD De NovoSuccession Planning2011
Washington State Juvenile Non-Offender BenchbookLGBTQ Youth in Foster Care2009
Your Guide to Turning 18Marriage and Families2009
AIDS, The Law and YouFamily Law SectionN/A
GSBA NewsletterSecond Parent AdoptionsN/A
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Seattle University School of LawN/AJD - Juris Doctor2005
Arizona State UniversityN/ABS - Bachelor of Science2000
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Solo & Small Firm ClassPractitioner's Panel2016
City Hall PanelAuto-Conversion of Domestic Partnerships to Marriage2014
Century SquareThe Consequences of Windsor: Tax and Estate Planning Strategies.2014
University of Washington Family Law ClassParenting Plans2013
Seattle University School of LawPractitioner's Panel - Law Practice Planning and Management Class2013
Lavendar LawPanel on LGBT Solo Attorneys2013
QLaw CLE & GLBT Legal Clinic Attorney TrainingFamily Law: An Overview2012
Admission to Practice Rule 8(g) Training ProgramWashington State Domestic Partnership Law and Other Legal Considerations for Gay & Lesbian Servicemembers2012
UW TacomaDomestic Partnership Law2011
QLaw- GLBT Bar Association of WashingtonPartners Through Time: Using the Law to Support LGBT Relationships2011
Pride FoundationTax Developments for Washington Same-Sex Couples2011
KCBA BrownBagThe New Uniform Parentage Act2011
Highline Community CollegeFamily Law Practice2011
Experienced SolosHow To Hang A Shingle - A Solo Practice Management Treaining for Law Students and New Lawyers2011
ACLU of Washington SeriesLaw & Liberty: Marriage Equality2011
Whatcom County Bar Association CLEThe Multiple Impacts of the New Domestic Partnership Act2010
University of Washington Social Work Continuing Education ClassWashington Domestic Partnerships2010
University of Washington School of Law: Family LawParenting Plans2010
Senior ServicesWashington Domestic Partnerships2010
QLaw Foundation Legal Clinic CLEFamily Law2010
Fifth Annual Statewide Diversity ConferenceLawyer's Toolbox: Family Law Basics2010
BECU SeminarEstate Planning for Domestic Partners2010
The State of LGBT Rights in WashingtonDomestic Partnerships2009
The Past, Present & Future of Domestic Partnerships in Washington StateFamily Law Implications of Domestic Partnerships2009
Social SustainabilityOrientation + Family2009
Recent Changes to Washington Law Regarding Sexual Orientation and Gender IdentityFamily Formation and the Washington Law on Domestic Partnerships2009
LGBT Law from A to ZLegal Clinic Ethics2009
GAAP Recruitment CLE - Family Law TopicsDomestic Partnerships2009
Civil Liberties 101: Domestic PartnershipDomestic Partnerships2009
Somewhere Over the Rainbow FestivalGSA/Student Rights2008
Know Your Rights: GLBT Student RightsQLaw Youth At Risk Panel2008
The New Domestic Partnership LawThe New Domestic Partnership Law2007