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Sharon Jean Blackford

Family Attorney at Seattle, WA

5.0   9 reviews
  • Licensed for 27 years
    State WA
    Acquired 1995
    Active No misconduct found

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Practice areas
  1. Family

    28 years, 250 cases

  2. Criminal defense

    28 years, 200 cases

I've been an attorney for 24 years and I have litigated approximately 250 appellate cases in the Washington Court of Appeals, Washington Supreme Court, and Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals as lead attorney. I focus on family law appeals and also have a background in criminal appeals. The keys to my practice are a commitment to thoroughly understanding each case, a high standard of legal scholarship and a client relationship focus. I love explaining the legal system to people and I enjoy speaking with my clients and guiding them through the appellate system. Clients are generally referred to me by other lawyers but individual self-referral is also welcome.

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Sharon Blackford
600 Stewart Street
Suite 400
Seattle, WA, 98101


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Posted by Dede | October 8, 2022
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Amazing Attorney!
Sharon is an extremely intelligent attorney who thinks out-of-the-box. I hired her after interviewing a number of appellate attorneys for a child custody case. She is very organized and consulted with me before every brief that was submitted. Sharon was very responsive to my questions, and I appreciate how levelheaded she was with such a long-winded case due to COVID. If it wasn’t for Sharon's remarkable brief, my custody case would have been delayed longer. At the same time, she was able to stop the other parent from continuing his vexatious litigation until the appeals court made their decision. I am very thankful to her many years of experience and her attention to detail throughout the case.
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Posted by Shawn | June 15, 2020
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Exceptional Attorney
Sharon was the appellate attorney in my child custody case. I found her to be detail-oriented and well organized. She was very comprehensive in her explanation of the facts in my case and was able to provide an extremely persuasive legal argument in her briefs. I interviewed 5 other appellate lawyers and decided on Sharon. I was happy with my decision.
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Posted by Dianna | January 6, 2016
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Very Satisfied
I was very happy with the service I received from Sharon Blackford. She responded very quickly to every email I sent to her. She answered all of my questions quickly and clearly. She described the process well and helped me to get my divorce in the most expedient way possible. I would definitely recommend Sharon to anyone who needs a divorce where both parties are in agreement on the terms.
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Posted by anonymous | December 31, 2015
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Family Law
I found Sharon to be responsive and helpful. There were never delays in my process of divorce that were attributable to her not being on top of my communications with her. She was thorough in her review of legal documents and saved me HOURS by not needing to meet with her in person! I highly recommend her.
Posted by William | December 2, 2015
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my experience w Sharon Blackford
I found Sharon Blackford friendly, responsive, thorough, precise, and generous in her accounting of time spent while researching my case and talking with me. Here is a "top-shelf" attorney with tremendous integrity - with heart, even. I am a struggling single father. Largely unrecognized species in the insular world of family law and in the world, at large. Sharon recognized the species, in my case, went to bat for me and, when pursuit of the appeal became untenable, gave almost all of my money back. I do not doubt that she took a loss, in so doing. She has my deep gratitude.
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Posted by K | July 15, 2015
Finally a lawyer who provides value and expertise for the fees charged
I was given a fixed fee for the proposed service and expected, as usual, to get minimum service after the check was cashed. Sharon spent time to speak with me at length, respond to emails and get a grasp of my case by reviewing thousands of pages of documents. She persevered through my emotional requests to prepare logical and precise court documents that endeavored to neutralize the dramatic posturing of the opposing lawyer. Sharon advised on how she understood the court to work. I know that the courts are not fair and the judges are not insightful while Sharon understands the procedures to help mitigate this unfairness. I used Sharon to appeal an impossible divorce financial settlement. Legal repercussions of a separation coupled with a debilitating injuries from an accident had left me without sufficient funds to defend myself. The dramatic and unscrupulous lawyer of my childless former spouse then prevailed in winning a settlement that exceeded my income, leaving me unable to provide for myself, my parents and my children. Other lawyers have either overcharged me or provided barely any service after being paid up front, or have been inexpensive but young, inept and entirely useless. I write this while my case is ongoing, and the courts may yet burden me with an impossible settlement, but Sharon is providing value for her fees. This case is really a life or death situation for me and my family, and I have trusted Sharon with pulling me out of a hopeless pit.
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Posted by Muraco | June 18, 2014
A caring family practice and crminal defense attorney who will assit you in keeping your costs down
Sharon Blackford is an exceptional family legal expert as well as being an excellent criminal defense attorney. She has demonstrated exceptional care and consideration for her clients. She is pragmatic and efficient in her approach. She's keep the goal in focus and minimizes drama. It is no surprise to me that Sharon has gone on to create the first online legal service - she's always been to embrace new technologies in order to bring the costs down. One hopes to never need a family or criminal defense lawyer but if I needed such services again I would not hesitate to hire Ms. Blackford.
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Posted by anonymous | May 27, 2014
You want this lawyer on your side.
I am a lawyer who was a client of Sharon Blackford. Sharon wrote and researched a family law motion for me. The issue was a difficult family law matter, and Sharon did a great job. She used her time efficiently and well, she worked within a budget, and is so knowledgeable that she was able to put together a strategy that was the best one available to me. Ms. Blackford is an excellent writer and researcher, as well as being an excellent advocate. She was prompt and communicated regularly with me. I highly recommend her.
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Posted by Marc | May 19, 2014
Very pleased
Sharon shepherded me through a moderately contentious almost-three-year separation and divorce with multiple flashpoints. She was always responsive and engaged, and provided what was needed (which was, alas, often providing opposing counsel with information he was not getting from his own client.) I greatly appreciated her assistance and would recommend her to anyone.
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Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Washington Appellate Law
  • 2014 - Present
  • Sole Proprietor
  • Law Office of Sharon J. Blackford
  • 2004 - Present
  • Senior Staff Attorney
  • Washington Appellate Project
  • 1997 - 2004
  • Associate
  • Law Office of Peter T. Connick
  • 1995 - 1997
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  • Seattle University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor cum laude
  • 1995

Legal Cases

  • U.S. v. Victor Gonzalez Vasquez, 719 F.3d 1086 (2013)
  • Win - published
  • State v. Tibbles, 236 P.3d 885 (2010)
  • Win - published
  • State v. Kull, 118 P.3d 307 (2005)
  • Win - published


  • King County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • Washington State Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • Family Law Section, KCBA
  • Member
  • 2008 - Present
  • Washington Appellate Project
  • Boad Member
  • 2005 - 2013
  • Washington State Bar Association Court Funding Task Force
  • Member
  • 2003 - 2004
  • Washington State Committee of Bar Examiners
  • Bar Examiner
  • 1996 - 1999
  • Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 1994 - 2014
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Languages Spoken

  • English


  • Washington Criminal Defense
  • Helping Your Client Win On Appeal
  • 2004
  • Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Trial Practice
  • 2004
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Speaking Engagements

  • Medical Marijuana
  • Impact of Medical Marijuana Use on the Parent-Children Relationship: Dependency, Termination, and Parenting Plans
  • 2010
  • Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Motions Madness
  • 2005
  • The Defender Organization
  • The Afterlife: How To Help Your Client On Appeal
  • 2003

Attorney endorsements

Received (8)
Given (8)
Endorse Sharon
Appeals Attorney | Oct 22
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Sharon is my "go to" appellate attorney and we have also worked together on several family law matters. Sharon is exceptionally smart, hard working and ethical. Her judgment is impeccable. I wholeheartedly and without reservation recommend Sharon to anyone looking for superior advocacy in an appellate case."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 03
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Jun 03
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer without reservation. Sharon is an incredibly bright, hard-working, and balanced person. She has proved, time and again, that she is willing to take on tough fights, but give the client meaningful advice about the limits of the system. In the extremely sensitive area of family law, she has always received positive reviews from the clients I send to her. I would trust Sharon to litigate any family law or criminal defense matter and, with her big brain, I would probably hire her to do just about anything."
Family Attorney | Jun 02
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Sharon has excellent analytical skills coupled with her very competent research and legal writing skills. She is not afraid of tackling difficult legal issues, and does so with clarity and strong persuasive writing. She is timely, and a pleasure to work with. I will always go to her first if I need help with complicated legal issues and brief writing."
Family Attorney | May 29
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Sharon is wicked-smart, judicious, and delightful to work with. I first came to respect Sharon for her criminal defense expertise. Now I send family law referrals to her, without hesitation. Most importantly, I have had feedback from the clients that I have referred to her. They are always extremely appreciative of the work she has done for them. They also take solace that, during very difficult times, they have the guiding hand of such a confident and caring attorney."
Family Attorney | May 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Sharon is smart, hard working and compassionate. She cares about her clients and works hard for them. I always appreciate her analysis of issues-- she has a keen ability to consider all the ramifications of an issue and problem solve."
Family Attorney | May 27
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. I have known Sharon Blackford professionally for 15 years or so. Beginning with her cases in the Washington Court of Appeals, Supreme Court and the 9th Circuit Federal Court, the quality of Ms. Blackford’s work has always been superlative and her knowledge of the law, unparalleled. As a family law attorney, Ms. Blackford is efficient, practical, and a tough but professional litigator. I highly recommend her."
Family Attorney | Mar 02
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Sherry rocks. If you need a kind yet aggressive family-law attorney, Sharon Blackford is the one to call. Her experience with custody disputes, property divisions, and especially domestic-violence related family law matters allow me to wholeheartedly endorse Sharon Blackford."
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