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Stacy Dyan Heard

Child custody Attorney at Seattle, WA

4.3   18 reviews
  • State Years
    Oregon - OR 18 years
    Washington - WA 25 years
  • Licensed for 18 years
    State OR
    Acquired 2005
    Status
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 25 years
    State WA
    Acquired 1999
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

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About Stacy

Learn Stacy’s areas of practice.

3
Practice areas
  1. Child custody
    40%
    International custody cases, Hague Convention cases, high conflict parenting cases, modification of parenting plans

    25 years, 50 cases

  2. Divorce and separation
    40%
    Marital dissolution cases, including high asset divorces, high conflict matters, child support, domestic violence, alimony, spousal maintenance

    25 years, 100 cases

  3. International law
    20%
    International child custody cases, Hague Convention cases

    15 years, 5 cases

Ms. Heard is an attorney who practices exclusively family law in Seattle, Washington, where she has served clients for over 20 years. Her family law practice includes cases involving high-conflict parenting/custody, international custody disputes, the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction, relocation, complex financial issues, restraining orders, and child support. Stacy is trained in cross-border mediation, arbitration, mediation, collaborative law, and as a Guardian ad Litem. She is a member of the American Bar Association Family Law Section and serves on council and as Chair of the International Law Committee. She is also a member of the Association of Family and Conciliatory Courts (“AFCC”) U.S. and Australian chapters. She is a past president of the Washington State AFCC chapter. Stacy is the is the author of Washington Family Law (LexisNexis Practice Guide 2019). She is currently co-authoring a book for the ABA Family Law Section on Attorneys working with Parenting Evaluators. Stacy is a frequent speaker on parenting plans in the state of Washington, nationally, and internationally.

 

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Stacy D Heard
1420 Fifth Avenue, Suite 3000
Seattle, WA, 98101

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Reviews

4.3 / 5.0
  18 customer reviews
Posted by anonymous | February 18, 2024
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| Hired Attorney
Divorce issues review
Very knowledgeable and easy to work with. Responsive. Supportive. Was flexible with my at times difficult nature.
Posted by Duncan | April 20, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
Brilliant, hard-working, caring attorney
If you're looking for a lawyer for a difficult family law case, stop what you're doing and call Stacy now. I promise you won't regret it. It is not an exaggeration to say that Stacy saved my life. I was in an abusive marriage. My children were also being abused. I was terrified that if I took any action that my ex would take the children and I'd be unable to see or protect them anymore. I felt hopeless, like there was no way to extricate myself while keeping the kids safe. Eventually it got bad enough that I knew I had to act. I was lucky enough to find Stacy in late December, years ago. Stacy worked tirelessly through the holidays to help me rush to get an emergency restraining order -- an order we were successfully granted in early January. Unfortunately, we were only just getting started. That was the beginning of an incredibly hard-fought and complicated legal struggle. My ex was smart and well-funded, and was not above using every means at her disposal to undermine the process. We had to deal with: spurious CPS escalations, failure to respond to discovery, hiding money in foreign bank accounts, concerns of flight risk to home country, spurious allegations of neglect, and much much more. I am 100% confident that my case could've imploded with a less skilled attorney. Stacy did an unbelievable job in keeping all of these plates spinning. She is a gifted strategist, able to anticipate possible tactics and guard against them. One noteworthy example: Stacy had anticipated that my ex would attempt to make false allegations of neglect, and advised me to make regular well-child checkups with my son's PCP. As a result, when my ex attempted to claim long-running untreated illness, we were able to prove these allegations false. I was and am so grateful to have had an attorney that cared enough to prepare me for these practical considerations -- and wasn't simply content to file legal documents. 5 years later, when the divorce decree was signed, I felt confident that both Stacy and I had done everything in our power to work for the best result possible. I don't even walk to think what would have happened if I hadn't had Stacy in my corner. Having been out of this abusive relationship for years, free to rebuild my life, and having my kids' lives stabilized is a priceless gift. I'm very grateful for all Stacy has done.
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Posted by Susan | May 30, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Child Custody/Guardianship
I hired Stacy to represent me in a child custody/guardianship case. She is very knowledgeable about family law matters and provided me with information about the court process. Stacy told me she could help me if I helped her by providing her with the information needed to build my case. I found her experience and caring attitude very beneficial to me.
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Posted by Briana | June 26, 2016
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Stacy is an awesome attorney. Thank you for everything.
Stacy was great. I was referred to Stacy from a family attorney. She is very expensive so I consulted with another attorney that Stacy Recommended closer to my home. I didn't feel the connection there with that attorney so then I went back to Stacy for another Consult. Stacy is very knowledgeable in her role. She is expensive but well worth it because she knows the law. It was all a bit confusing to me but she educates you so that you can make the best decision for your family. Positive energy. Great hair and great smile doesn't hurt anyone either in a stressful time. She is a fire cracker but I feel that it is absolutely needed when your in this position. Thanks for everything you did Stacy. I do wish i would have initially hired Stacy from the Very beginning.
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Posted by anonymous | March 5, 2015
Smart, Efficient, and Professional Family Law Attorney
Stacy was referred by another attorney friend. Now that my case is over, I cannot recommend her enough to anyone doing their homework on seeking a family law attorney. The bottom line is that nobody wants to be involved in family court, but the facts are that sometimes you just have to be. When that happens you want someone that knows exactly what they are doing. You want someone that is organized and will be honest with you even if it is not what you want to hear. You also want someone that knows family law forwards and backwards. She is all of this. Sometimes my situation was so messy that I didn't even know what to do or how to get through the day without feeling like it was never going to end. She was very reassuring. She had a plan and was very open about how we would solve the issues we were facing. She was also very honest about everything that could happen. I appreciated this because it helped me prepare for whatever could happen. From the moment I met Stacey I was impressed by her knowledge of the law and her confidence in being able to take over a case that was so incredibly messy. My case and the other party were very complicated. My ex was off the rails through the entire process and my previous attorney had sat on his hands for over a year. Within one month of Stacey taking on the case she did more for me in 30 days than the previous attorney did in one year! Any questions I ever had were answered quickly via email. She would also explain things thoroughly. Her assistant was amazing through our entire process, too. Extremely organized and on top of everything. Emails were responded to efficiently and timely. Not one time did I feel like I was hanging on by a thread waiting to hear back from them. In the end - our case is finally over. My kids are doing exceptionally well after being in a bad situation. I will always have a special place in my heart for what Stacey was able to accomplish in my case. She was ethical and honest with me the entire time.
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Posted by anonymous | July 9, 2014
Excellent Attorney
Stacy Heard has been a great help to me during a lengthy and mentally-straining process. She explains the whys, the hows, and whens very well and can anticipate opposing counsel’s next move. I am glad to have her as an asset and would recommend her to anyone going through a divorce or related family law issues.
Posted by EK | July 2, 2014
Smart, Problem solver, and responsive. Appreciated the advice
I consulted with Stacy for a matter and she was extremely responsive despite being on travels. She was also helpful with the suggestions and I appreciated her advice. I would recommend her to others needing help with family matters.
Posted by Sonya | November 30, 2011
Excellent Experience, Despite the Situation of Divorce
Stacy has done an outstanding job. She is candid, blunt and honest regarding how the system works yet is caring and understanding that emotions are playing a role in any divorce proceedings. Despite the unfortunate situation, I found her enjoyable to work with. I worked with her more than a year from start to finish. I had shopped around and met with several attorneys before I decided that Stacy was the one I knew who I would work best with. I knew she could get in there and be tough when she needed to be, which I appreciated. I truly felt that my best interests were always being looked after, instead of her bottom line - as I have seen other attorneys do. And I felt that she prepared me to what I should honestly expect in the end results. She is knowledgeable, seems to have great recognition in the legal community among her peers and possesses excellent communication skills.
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Posted by Chris | September 1, 2011
Professional and knows the law
I was referred to Stacy from another well reputable attorney in Seattle. From the first meeting we had, Stacy understood my divorce case and set the proper expectations of what I could expect. It was a difficult divorce with multiple evaluations for child custody. The case ended up in mediation and was resolved there. I was very satisfied with the outcome of the divorce and know I would have not been able to do it without her. Stacy is not only passionate about the law, but knew how to communicate the law so I could understand it. She never left me in the dark, would consistently get back to me on the same day I sent an email or called, and always felt she was giving me the truth. There were a couple of times that I was feeling drained and wanted to give up - Stacy would refocus me on my goals and always kept an eye on the end. I found it very helpful that she is so well networked in the community. She made great suggestions for evaluators and a mediators! Stacy knows when to listen, knows when to advise, and knows when to be tough. I would highly recommend Stacy's representation in a divorce case.
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Posted by Craig | August 9, 2011
Great Family Lawyer
Stacy really saved me when I needed it most. She has a great understanding of family law and the emotional side that goes with it. Unlike a lot of attorneys, she was incredibly responsive and always made sure I understood what was happening and coming up next. She's a straight-shooter and will always guide you in the right way. I never felt dumb and always empowered. Not only would I recommend her, I would hire her again in a second. She made a terrible situation much more bearable.
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Posted by Erin | January 23, 2010
Best lawyer in Seattle
Stacy was excellent I had a very long drawn out case and she stayed the course. I have complete confidence in her. She kept me very informed of the other parties every move and gave me very logical advice about how to handle everything. In the end Stacy helped me get all that I was hoping for in my divorce and parenting plan. It was terrifying for me to be in court and face my ex-husband and every time I had to she was right there calming my fears in her subtle way of explaining what would happen with such confidence I always felt safe with her. Stacy was very professional and has so much experience, I truly enjoyed working with her and getting to know her. You are in great hands with her!
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Posted by anonymous | January 22, 2010
Excellent Family Law Attorney
I would definitely recommend this lawyer. She kept me informed throughout my case and provided excellent representation.
Posted by anonymous | June 7, 2007
Fantastic Lawyer
Stacy is very professional and detail orientated. She fights for what is fair and is always looking out for the best interest of her client. I would highly recommend her services, and I know that I will be using her in the future for all my legal needs.
Posted by anonymous | June 7, 2007
Excellent Legal Expertise
Stacy Heard came highly recommended by the law firm in Seattle in which she worked as a paralegal while in law school. Ms. Heard provided exceptional legal advice during a most painful and bitter divorce. I appreciated her skills in negotiations as well as her ability to 'hold the line' when advocating for her client. During the most painful and intense period of my life, I also appreciated Ms. Heard's sense of humor which counteracted the more challenging aspects of this situation. Ms. Heard is a caring and compassionate attorney who practices law with excellence. I highly recommend her to future clients.
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Posted by Dillon | July 14, 2014
A Great Family Lawyer
Stacy Heard handled a complicated custody issue for us. It was high conflict with the opposing party and very stressful. Ms. Heard took over for another lawyer who had let our case flounder and got it back on track. She had to work hard to fix many of his mistakes and at the end, we got a better result than we expected. The best things about Ms. Heard are: She has your back 100% and you can trust her completely. She kept us up-to-date on all court filings, responses and deadlines. She is very knowledgable about family law which is her specialty. We had to file an appeal which was decided in our favor due to errors by the judge/commissioner. I know that our previous lawyer would not have done the due diligence to keep our case moving forward. There are 2 reasons we did not give her 5 stars overall. The first is when we had to deal with getting reports from the children's therapists. She would get annoyed that we didn't have the reports fast enough and when we did get them, they were not quite as specific as they could be. Therapists are bound to privacy/confidentiality rules and since we weren't getting full psych evaluations, there was less specific information available. There wasn't much we could do about it but we felt like she expected us to do more than was possible. The second reason is that after some of the court rulings were decided, we felt we hadn't done enough planning for contingencies. Ex: if we won what could we ask for, if we lost how could we limit the damage. Due to some of this poor planning we were unable to control some of the situations that came up because we didn't have clear guidelines from the court. We were partly responsible for this because we didn't think to ask about these scenarios. We did feel she could have had some strategies for us to handle certain outcomes. In all fairness, it is hard to tell which way your ruling will go but we do believe there could have been more planning for those situations. She is very professional but can sometimes come across a little too tough. You have to be able to handle that. She is also very empathetic and understanding. She will do everything she is capable of to win your case. She did as much as she could to help us win and we did win. We had a difficult, stressful and relentless case that was very hard to handle from almost every angle. Stacy did an excellent job for us and I would highly recommend her services.
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Posted by anonymous | May 3, 2009
Slow and not very responsive
I read the above reviews and quickly contact Stacy for my case. She was very nice in the initail session but after I decided to use her service. Everything became very slow. She did not answer every questions I asked and seemed to be very busy at all time. If you case is not urgent or you can torrorate the several months waiting period (and you will be charged every time you ask for the status of the case), you may consider using her service.
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Posted by anonymous | March 9, 2023
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$4,000 lost + invalidation
I hired Stacy blindly because I was desperate and she was in my stepfather's networking group. I was charged over $4000 for her review of documents. I was then asked if I had questions and criticized. I was given no guidance and there was no plan at all. She had no understanding of domestic abuse, power dynamics, or the hell that is the family law system. When I terminated her, she emailed my stepfather telling him, which made no sense to me and which I felt was inappropriate. She sent me a long letter clearly trying to cover herself in the event I filed a Bar complaint. I then hired a recommended attorney. In the free consultation, he immediately identified the problem and how to address it. This would have been a $50k case with Stacy, and would have been very detrimental to me emotionally. I also would have lost. On the bright side, her assistant - who appears to do much of the work - is very nice and professional.
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Posted by anonymous | November 4, 2009
Would not recommend for anything more than the most simple divorce cases
Ms. Heard is essentially a one person office. She was unavailable for calls a lot, and took too much time to respond to requests to and from me and my ex's attorney . On the positive side (I guess), she is aggressive and angry, but most of the time she showed that anger toward me more than my ex's attorney. I think if both parties agree with the terms of the split, and you need an attorney to draft and file legal forms, she would be an okay choice. But if your ex has a good lawyer, or there is anything complicated about your case, I think you'll save money and be more satisfied with the outcome by finding a more capable attorney.
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • The Law Office of Stacy D. Heard, PLLC
  • 2005 - Present

Education

  • Seattle University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1998
  • University of Oregon
  • Bachelor of Arts, With Honors
  • 1990
  • Universite de Poitiers
  • 1989

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Aubin v. Barton

Associations

  • American Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • International Law Committee Chair
  • 2019 - Present
  • American Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Council
  • 2019 - Present
  • International Academy of Family Lawyers
  • Fellow
  • 2019 - Present
  • Association of Family and Conciliation Courts, Australia Chapter
  • Member
  • 2017 - Present
  • American Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Liaison to AFCC
  • 2015 - Present
  • US State Department
  • Referral Attorney - Hague Convention Abduction cases
  • 2013 - Present
  • International Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • International Society of Family Law
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • Association of Family and Conciliation Courts
  • Member, Washington State Chapter President. 2016
  • 2011 - Present
  • American Bar Association, International Law Section
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • American Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • Center for Children & Youth Justice
  • Volunteer Attorney - Lawyer's Fostering Independence
  • 2007 - Present
  • Oregon State Bar
  • Member
  • 2005 - Present
  • King County Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Member
  • 1999 - Present
  • Washington State Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Member
  • 1999 - Present
  • American Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • International Law Committee Co-Chair
  • 2018 - 2019
  • American Bar Association, Family Law Section, CLE Committee
  • Member
  • 2016 - 2017
  • American Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Nominating Committee
  • 2016 - 2016
  • American Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • By-Laws Committee
  • 2015 - 2015
  • Union of Cuban Jurists
  • Delegation to Cuba
  • 2012 - 2012
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Languages Spoken

  • French
  • Spanish
  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Pro Bono Publico Service Commendation
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • 2017
  • Pro Bono Publico Service Commendation
  • Washington State Bar Assoication
  • 2016
  • Pro Bono Publico Service Commendation
  • King County Bar Association
  • 2015
  • Rising Star
  • 2003
  • Rising Star
  • 2002
  • Rising Star
  • 2001
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Publications

  • LexisNexis Practice Guide
  • Washington Family Law
  • 2019
  • LexisNexis Practice Guide, Washington Family Law
  • Parenting Plans
  • 2016

Speaking Engagements

  • International Social Services CLE, Washington, DC
  • Mediation in Crossborder Conflicts
  • 2018
  • American Bar Association, Family Law Section Conference
  • 2017 Tax Act
  • 2018
  • Law Education Institute CLE, Aspen, CO
  • Attorney and Parenting Evaluator - Addressing Bias
  • 2017
  • King County Bar Association CLE, Seattle, WA
  • Dissolutions from A-Z, Parenting Plans
  • 2017
  • Association of Family and Conciliation Courts, Washington Chapter CLE, Seattle, WA
  • Attorney and Parenting Evaluator - Professional Collaboration
  • 2017
  • Association of Family and Conciliation Courts, Australia Chapter CLE, Melbourne, Australia
  • International Strategies for Managing Family Law Litigation
  • 2017
  • Association of Family and Conciliation Courts CLE, Boston, MA
  • Intimate Partner Violence
  • 2017
  • Association of Family and Conciliation Courts, National Conference, Seattle, WA
  • Attorney and Parenting Evaluator - Professional Collaboration
  • 2016
  • National Business Institute CLE, Seattle, WA
  • Spousal Maintenance and Property Settlement
  • 2015
  • National Business Institute CLE, Seattle, WA
  • Complex Assets in Divorce
  • 2015
  • National Business Institute CLE, Seattle, WA
  • Family Law for Paralegals, Ethics
  • 2015
  • American Bar Association, Family Law Section CLE, Carlsbad, CA
  • Bankruptcy Considerations for the Family Lawyer
  • 2015
  • Lawyers Fostering Independence CLE
  • Parenting Plan Basics,
  • 2014
  • Association of Family and Conciliation Courts, Washington Chapter CLE, Seattle, WA
  • Deconstructing the Parenting Evaluator's Report
  • 2014
  • Association of Family and Conciliation Courts, Washington Chapter CLE
  • Updates on Relocation Assessment: Mental Health and Legal Perspectives, Regional Guidelines and Larger Body of Research Informed Paradigms
  • 2014
  • American Bar Association, Family Law Section Conference, Deer Valley, UT
  • Debt Cancellation
  • 2013
  • Developmentally Appropriate Parenting Plans
  • Parenting Plans
  • 2011
  • Current Events for Family Lawyers: Legislative and Case Law Update
  • Family Law
  • 2010
  • Handling Complex Custody Matters
  • Parenting Plans
  • 2008
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Attorney endorsements

Received (15)
Given (10)
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Divorce and separation Attorney | Sep 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I previously worked with Stacy. She is knowledgeable and works hard for her clients."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Apr 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Jul 30
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Stacy is a pleasure to work with. She quickly gets to the key issues and addresses them. Working with a lawyer is not always easy. Lawyers are often set in how they wish to work; to doing it their way. I watched Stacy adapt to a challenge where the way to do it was not know. She was helpful, thorough and very effective. It is increasingly important for fmaily counsel to be able to work well with other counsel. Stacy does that well and comes up with novel ideas about how to improve family practice. She is not content to simply be a 9-5 lawyer; she spends quite a bit of time giving time to projects that seek to make family law better for everyone. We need more lawyers like her."
Family Attorney | Jun 13
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I heartily endorse this lawyer. Stacy is an excellent attorney with a deep understanding of family law. She gets excellent results for her clients."
Litigation Attorney | Jun 11
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Stacy was defense co-counsel in a Malpractice suit prosecuted by my firm. She was thorough and organized despite the complexity of the matter. Although she zealously and ably defended her client, she was consistently professional in her dealings with me and others. From my perspective, I believe her client enjoyed her representation."
Family Attorney | Jun 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Aug 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Stacy is highly professional and dedicated to advocating for her clients. Her breadth of experience serves her clients well. I highly endorse Stacy."
Family Attorney | Aug 11
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Stacy is one of a select group of lawyers to whom I refer cases when I cannot handle a case. She knows the area of law and is practical and resourceful. I know that both clients will be well served when she is an opposing lawyer on a case."
Family Attorney | Aug 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Stacy is an excellent lawyer with unparallelled knowledge of family law. Stacy is compassionate about her clients' cause and is always cordial with her opponents. In this emotionally charged area of practice, having the ability to zealously represent one's client while showing the utmost professionalism towards sometimes irrational opposing counsel is truly a rare skill. I highly endorse Stacy's work and would gladly refer anyone I know to her."
Family Attorney | Aug 09
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Stacy is a consummate professional. She is very reasonable as opposing counsel, yet a tough advocate for her client. Top notch."
Family Attorney | Apr 19
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Ms. Heard is a superior attorney who I've recommended to several friends. She is a very bright and hard-working lawyer who provides an empathetic, supportive ear to her clients while aggressively pursuing their rights."
Family Attorney | Feb 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Stacy was a former colleague of mine who I have known for several years. She is a tenacious and highly experienced family law lawyer who I would recommend without reservation."
Family Attorney | Jan 22
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer's work. She is professional, competent and worked towards resolution on very difficult issues."
Family Attorney | Jun 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work."
Family Attorney | Jun 13
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I was opposing counsel with Stacy and found her to be both courteous and professional while capably advocating on her client's behalf."
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Seattle Child custody Lawyer Stacy Dyan Heard
Stacy Dyan Heard
Child custody Attorney
Seattle, WA
Licensed for 25 years