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Cynthia F Buhr

Adoption Attorney at Seattle, WA

4.9   20 reviews

About Cynthia

Learn Cynthia’s areas of practice.

4
Practice areas
  1. Adoption
    25%
    Second, step-parent and foster-to-adopt.

    16 years

  2. Divorce and separation
    25%
    Marriage, domestic partnerships, unmarried couples.

    16 years

  3. Estate planning
    25%
    Simple wills, powers of attorney, health care directives, disposition of remains.

    16 years

  4. Family
    25%
    Parentage, parenting plans, modifications, alternative reproduction agreements, prenuptial agreements.

    16 years

Cynthia Buhr is an attorney that practices primarily in the area of family law, including representation of individuals in dissolutions, adoptions, estate planning, and LGBTQ+ legal issues. 

Licensed for 17 years
State WA
Status Active
Acquired 2005
Updated 11/25/2022

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

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Skellenger Bender PS
1301 Fifth Ave, Suite 3401
Seattle, WA, 98101-1360

Reviews

4.9 / 5.0
  20 customer reviews
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Posted by Elizabeth | April 27, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
A steady, determined lawyer
Cynthia Buhr was a lighthouse in the storm of my divorce. She gave strong advice but always left it to me to make the decisions. She offered clear explanations and was always kind when I asked her to explain the process repeatedly. She was determined to help me get a settlement that was fair and equitable. I could not have gone through the divorce process without her sensible and prudent advice. She has a huge amount of family law experience, and she was able to deal with my ex and his lawyers in a calm and judicious manner.
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Posted by Jay | January 31, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Fantastic. Simply fantastic.
Cynthia worked well on my case. She provided clear direction for my actions, as well as providing cost effective counsel. She was professional while helping clear up emotional responses to things that needed a fact based response. My case was complicated, and she helped me to understand what was normal and abnormal, while providing excellent strategic thinking.
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Posted by Cathy Guljord | April 26, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
So far, amazing experience.
Cynthia is extremely attentive and very knowledgeable. Cynthia takes the time to answer my questions in an excellent timely manner. She treats me with respect and I am very happy with Cynthia.
Posted by Chris Huang | February 28, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
真誠且有能力
我是來自台灣的華人. 我決定用中文寫下我對Cynthia專業與有效率真誠的評價. 她是一流的能夠洞悉問題所在,她為人的真誠以及用心,再再讓我在這場錯誤的婚姻然而還要付出不合理的代價的情況下,得以平反. 我謝謝她為我所做的一切,更在此推薦這位值得信賴可敬的律師. Chris
Posted by Charles | October 28, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Exceptional representation
A friend referred me to Cynthia for my dissolution case and I have no regrets. Without a doubt, I was a challenging client. Cynthia was flexible, courteous, considerate, prompt, professional and precise in her presentation. Cynthia was able to help me put aside the emotion of my case and get my wife and I to a point where we were able to file uncontested dissolution. Cynthia's rates are in line with an exceptional attorney. I appreciate Cynthia's work so much that I am doing my Estate Planning with her. I highly recommend Cynthia as a legal representative.
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Posted by Danna | June 26, 2015
Estate Planning and Wills
My husband and I needed to do estate planning, create a will and set up a trust and guardianship for our son. Cynthia Buhr made this a very easy process. Her process for gathering our information was easy and thorough. She provided solid legal advice on how to set up specifics of our trust. She and her staff were easy to work with and very responsive to our questions.
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Posted by Peter | June 16, 2015
Outstanding service and very reasonable rates
My same-sex spouse and I hired Cynthia to secure parentage of our daughter by means of a second-parent adoption. She began by providing a no cost initial consultation to inform us of our options and then offered to represent us at a very reasonable flat rate. The entire process went extremely smoothly and she constantly kept us up-to-date on actions she was taking and steps that we had to take. The entire process from start to finish took about six weeks, with our amended birth certificates arriving shortly thereafter. Cynthia knows her areas of law very well and she keeps costs contained for her clients. I would recommend her highly and would use her again without a second thought.
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Posted by anonymous | April 10, 2015
Outstanding service
Divorce cases are always painful but Cynthia did everything possible to make the process straightforward, clear and successful for me as a client. Communication with her was easy, her explanations were precise and honest. I highly recommend Cynthia's services.
Posted by Kevin | October 23, 2014
Professional and flexible
Cynthia put me at ease and guided me through the process, always letting me know what my options were, but remaining flexible and supportive of the choices I made. Would definitely recommend to anyone looking for a family law lawyer.
Posted by Scot | October 2, 2014
Great to work with
This is the second divorce that Cynthia has handled for me over the years. While you never expect to be in that situation, it is so nice to have someone like Cynthia to represent you and help you through the process. The second time around, I contacted her again without hesitation. She is very personable, knowledgeable, organized, prompt with her responses and documentation, and she takes the time to thoroughly walk through any questions or issues. I highly recommend her.
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Posted by anonymous | February 10, 2014
Extremely Helpful
Cynthia helped me resolve my dissolution. She was extremely helpful and knowledgeable. I would recommend her to anyone looking for an attorney.
Posted by Kristina | October 15, 2013
Exceptionally Professional
We brought our estate planning to Cynthia because we knew of her stellar reputation for being professional, responsive and knowledgeable. We could not be more pleased with her in every aspect of her professionalism. She was always patient and considerate of our many questions. She made us feel like she truly cared about us as clients, and what was important to us was also important to her. We highly recommend Cynthia Buhr for estate planning, She is an exceptional attorney.
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Posted by Hope | October 11, 2013
Fast honest and does a great job.
Cynthia was great, speedy and honest which goes a long way with my. I'll be using her for all my legal needs in the future.
Posted by Joanne | October 4, 2013
Great help in planning to secure rights as lesbian couple
Cynthia was very knowledgeable about what kind of documents we needed as a lesbian couple trying to do as much as we could to protect ourselves, our assets, and our relationship. She was very comfortable to work with and very responsive to our changes and questions. We have complete faith in her and would use her again for any legal needs,
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Posted by Christopher | June 11, 2013
Very Professional!
I hired Cynthia to work on my very complex divorce case and she kept me informed about the proceedings as things transpired. She researched the specifics regarding my case to ensure that it was being handled in the best possible manner. She was very professional and prompt, would highly recommend her!
Posted by JC | May 7, 2013
Great service doing our estate planning
My partner and I used Cynthia for a fairly straightforward estate plan. Cynthia was very professional and the experience was straightforward and effecient yet she took time to answer all of our questions in length.
Posted by anonymous | May 6, 2013
Cynthia Buhr, knowledgeable, trustworthy and responsive! Straight forward and easy to communicate with.
Cynthia Buhr is easy to communicate with, has an excellent energy and I would recommend her to any of my friends.
Posted by anonymous | April 30, 2013
Excellent attorney - highly recommended
Cynthia has been a superb attorney to work with. She handled our son's adoption, our family estate planning, and is now handling our daughter's adoption. We have appreciated her clear communication, prompt responsiveness, reliability, and affordability. Above all, she is extremely knowledgeable about the unique issues facing LGBT families, as the legal landscape for these issues is quickly changing. Cynthia is respectful of the time of busy families, and has made these processes as easy and convenient as possible. I enthusiastically recommend her services.
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Posted by Sara | April 5, 2011
Excellent Estate Planning!
Cynthia provided fast, friendly, and excellent assistance to us for our estate planning. I am so happy to have the peace of mind knowing that our status as partners is official now! I highly recommend Cynthia.
Posted by anonymous | April 24, 2013
Would not recommend
• Unorganized o We ended up using the opposing attorney’s documentation, which put me at a huge disadvantage, because they were more prepared. o I had to answer the same question multiple times. It’s definitely good to get confirmation, especially regarding legal documentation; however, I was asked for information that I had previously answered in the multiple page questionnaire which I spent hours completing. It led me to believe that this questionnaire wasn’t used at all. o Along these lines, instead of using the information I provided to put together a proposal that would be customized to my needs, she used a template from prior cases which didn’t address my concerns. • Difficult to talk to o She is really hard to talk to. Most of the time I felt as though I was inconveniencing her and that she really didn’t care about my situation. Once I realized this I would have loved to switch attorney’s but unfortunately at that point realized it was too late to do so. She was also argumentative with me at times when I raised concerns about some of the decisions. o In addition, throughout the case it felt as though she just wanted to close the case as quickly as possible and hence probably made recommendations that weren’t in my best interest. • Unresponsive o There were multiple occasions where I had to wait weeks for Cynthia to deliver on her commitments. I had to send her multiple reminders and felt as though I was prioritized to the bottom. Consequently, everything ended up being rushed towards the end and I was forced to make decisions I was not happy with. • Inexperienced o We ended up going with all of the other attorney’s recommendations. Looking back I don’t think this was a good idea and had Cynthia been experienced with their recommendations would have advised against them. She in fact told me after the fact that she didn’t have experience with some of their suggestions.
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Response from Cynthia Buhr October 23, 2015
While I strive to please all clients, I recognize that may not always be possible, and I am disappointed to read here about this anonymous client's experience. I make it a priority to advocate zealously for all clients, and I work very hard to be clear and well prepared in all matters, as well as communicating promptly with clients. I am open and willing to address concerns voiced during representation. I welcome this client to contact me further so I can learn more as I remain dedicated to improving my representation and client experience.
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Cost

Rates
  • Hourly Rates $ 350-425 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Law Offices of Cynthia F. Buhr PLLC
  • 2010 - Present
  • CASA
  • King County Family Law CASA
  • 2007 - Present
  • Volunteer Attorney
  • King County Bar Association Community Legal Clinics
  • 2006 - Present
  • Document Reviewer
  • Perkins Coie
  • 2006 - 2006
  • Attorney
  • Spencer Anderson & Buhr, PLLC
  • 2005 - 2010
  • Clinic Intern
  • Ronald E. Peterson Law Clinic: International Human Rights Clinic
  • 2005 - 2005
  • Rule 9 Intern
  • Society of Counsel Representing Accused Persons
  • 2004 - 2004
  • Law Clerk
  • American Civil Liberties Union
  • 2004 - 2004
  • Law Clerk
  • AIDS Legal Referral Panel
  • 2003 - 2003
  • Judicial Extern
  • King County Superior Court Judge Mary I. Yu
  • 2003 - 2003
  • Self Help Line Volunteer
  • Northwest Women's Law Center n/k/a Legal Voice
  • 2003 - 2003
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Education

  • Seattle University School of Law
  • J.D.
  • 2005
  • Arizona State University
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 2000

Associations

  • King County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2006 - Present
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2005 - Present
  • Greater Seattle Business Association
  • Member
  • 2005 - Present
  • National LGBT Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2005 - Present
  • QLaw Foundation
  • Board Member and Legal Clinic Committee Chair
  • 2015 - 2017
  • QLaw: The LGBT Bar Association of Washington
  • Board Member and Social & Services Committee Chair
  • 2014 - 2017
  • Out for Sustainability
  • Board Member
  • 2011 - 2013
  • WSBA, Sexual Orientation and Gender Identification Legal Issues (SOGILI) Section
  • Trustee
  • 2011 - 2011
  • National LGBT Bar Association
  • Member of Membership Committee
  • 2011 - 2012
  • QLaw: The GLBT Bar Association of Washington
  • Immediate Past President/Board Member
  • 2010 - 2011
  • QLaw- GLBT Bar Association of Washington
  • President
  • 2009 - 2010
  • QLaw- GLBT Bar Association of Washington
  • President-Elect
  • 2008 - 2009
  • QLaw Foundation
  • Director, Board of Directors
  • 2008 - 2011
  • QLaw: GLBT Bar Association of Washington
  • Vice President
  • 2007 - 2008
  • QLaw Foundation
  • Grant Committee Chair
  • 2007 - 2009
  • QLaw- GLBT Bar Association of Washington
  • Law Student Outreach Committee Chair
  • 2005 - 2007
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • Rising Stars
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2016
  • Rising Stars
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2015
  • Rising Stars
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2014
  • Rising Stars
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2013
  • RIsing Stars
  • Washington Law & Politics Magazine
  • 2012
  • Rising Stars
  • Washington Law & Politics Magazine
  • 2011
  • Rising Stars
  • Washington Law & Politics Magazine
  • 2010
  • Nominee, Mentor of the Year
  • King County Bar Association Young Lawyers Division
  • 2010
  • WSBA 2009 Leadership Institute Fellow
  • WSBA
  • 2009
  • Certificate of Completion
  • Collaborative Law Basic Training
  • 2008
  • Pro Bono Publico Service Commendation
  • WSBA
  • 2008
  • Pro Bono Publico Service Commendation
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • 2007
  • Certificate of Completion
  • King County Center for Dispute Resolution
  • 2007
  • Nominee - New Business of the Year
  • Greater Seattle Business Association
  • 2006
  • Pro Bono Publico Service Commendation
  • WSBA
  • 2006
  • Cum Laude
  • Seattle University School of Law
  • 2005
  • Equal Justice Works Summer Corps Education Award
  • Equal Justice Works
  • 2004
  • Member of the Year - Seattle Journal for Social Justice
  • Seattle University School of Law Student Bar Association
  • 2004
  • Public Interest Law Foundation Grant
  • Seattle University Public Interest Law Foundation
  • 2004
  • Member of the Year - OutLaws
  • Seattle University Student Bar Association
  • 2004
  • Pride Law Fund Fellowship
  • Pride Law Fund
  • 2003
  • Law Trustee Scholarship
  • Seattle University School of Law
  • 2003
  • Public Interest Law Foundation Grant
  • Seattle University Public Interest Law Foundation
  • 2003
  • Leadership & Service Award
  • Arizona State University
  • 2000
  • Magna Cum Laude
  • Arizona State University
  • 2000
  • Academic Scholarship
  • Arizona State University
  • 1998
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Publications

  • WYLD De Novo
  • Succession Planning
  • 2011
  • AIDS, The Law and You
  • Family Law Section
  • N/A
  • GSBA Newsletter
  • Second Parent Adoptions
  • N/A
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Speaking Engagements

  • OutLaws Board Meeting
  • Guest Speaker
  • 2019
  • Conception Options for LGBTQ Families
  • Legal Ramifications of Conception
  • 2017
  • PFLAG Bellevue Meeting
  • Legal Issues Facing the LGBTQ Community
  • 2017
  • Conception Options for LGBTQ Families
  • Legal Implications of Conception
  • 2016
  • Protecting Ourselves and Our Community
  • LGBTQ Rights Post-Election
  • 2016
  • Solo & Small Firm Class
  • Practitioner's Panel
  • 2016
  • Century Square
  • The Consequences of Windsor: Tax and Estate Planning Strategies.
  • 2014
  • Seattle University School of Law
  • Practitioner's Panel - Law Practice Planning and Management Class
  • 2013
  • Lavendar Law
  • Panel on LGBT Solo Attorneys
  • 2013
  • University of Washington Family Law Class
  • Parenting Plans
  • 2013
  • KCBA BrownBag
  • The New Uniform Parentage Act
  • 2011
  • QLaw- GLBT Bar Association of Washington
  • Partners Through Time: Using the Law to Support LGBT Relationships
  • 2011
  • UW Tacoma
  • Domestic Partnership Law
  • 2011
  • Highline Community College
  • Family Law Practice
  • 2011
  • University of Washington Social Work Continuing Education Class
  • Washington Domestic Partnerships
  • 2010
  • QLaw Foundation Legal Clinic CLE
  • Family Law
  • 2010
  • Senior Services
  • Washington Domestic Partnerships
  • 2010
  • Whatcom County Bar Association CLE
  • The Multiple Impacts of the New Domestic Partnership Act
  • 2010
  • University of Washington School of Law: Family Law
  • Parenting Plans
  • 2010
  • The State of LGBT Rights in Washington
  • Domestic Partnerships
  • 2009
  • GAAP Recruitment CLE - Family Law Topics
  • Domestic Partnerships
  • 2009
  • Social Sustainability
  • Orientation + Family
  • 2009
  • LGBT Law from A to Z
  • Legal Clinic Ethics
  • 2009
  • Recent Changes to Washington Law Regarding Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity
  • Family Formation and the Washington Law on Domestic Partnerships
  • 2009
  • Civil Liberties 101: Domestic Partnership
  • Domestic Partnerships
  • 2009
  • Know Your Rights: GLBT Student Rights
  • QLaw Youth At Risk Panel
  • 2008
  • Somewhere Over the Rainbow Festival
  • GSA/Student Rights
  • 2008
  • The New Domestic Partnership Law
  • The New Domestic Partnership Law
  • 2007
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Attorney endorsements

Received (14)
Given (16)
Family Attorney | Feb 17
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have had great respect for Cynthia as a leader in the legal community and the LGBTQ community. Now that I have had the privilege of working by her side in a pro bono legal clinic, I can attest that she is a fantastic lawyer. She is knowledgeable, compassionate, and a clear communicator. I readily endorse her."
Family Attorney | Jun 08
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Oct 15
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"Cynthia is an excellent attorney who listens to her clients needs and successfully advocates for their rights."
Family Attorney | Dec 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Aug 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | May 10
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I worked for Cynthia for almost three years and learned a great deal from her. She not only taught me useful skills in regards to the practice of family law, but also provided some invaluable insight into being an attorney. She has a unique approach to practicing law and proves that there is no one way to address an issue."
Family Attorney | Jan 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Mar 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Cynthia is intelligent and trustworthy. She truly serves her clients well, and is an asset to the legal community."
Family Attorney | Mar 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"While soft-spoken, Cynthia is an incredible advocate. I know her to be both extremely thoughtful and hard-working. She is an unblemished asset to our legal community!"
Family Attorney | Jan 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Cynthia is an intelligent and hard working attorney who is committed to her clients. I know she will handle every case with care and concern in a professional and ethical manner."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Feb 05
Relationship: Co-worker
"Cynthia and I went to law school together and we also work together at Spencer Anderson & Buhr. Cynthia is dedicated to her clients as wells as to her community, volunteering much of her personal time in support of GLBT causes."
Child custody Attorney | Jan 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work."
Family Attorney | Jul 02
Relationship: Co-worker
"Cynthia's lawyering style is enviable. She is compassionate and empathetic, yet she "paints a picture" of her clients' cases that is realistic and practical. Cynthia is not afraid to go to court, but realizes that litigation may not result in the most positive outcome for her clients."
Family Attorney | Jun 06
Relationship: Co-worker
"Cynthia is a true counselor and advocate for her clients, able to gently guide them through the highs and lows of their family law matters."
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Seattle Adoption Lawyer Cynthia F Buhr
Cynthia F Buhr
Adoption Attorney
Seattle, WA
Licensed for 17 years