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Joyce Stewart Schwensen

also known as Joyce S. Schwensen, PS

About me

I have been in the private practice of law for over twenty five years, and  I love helping people through the legal profession.  I pride myself on being approachable and caring in a profession that is too often intimidating to the people who need legal help.


For many years I was a partner in a downtown Seattle law firm, where my practice primarily involved handling complex real estate transactions and business law matters.

Several years ago I left downtown Seattle in order to expand my practice into the place where my heart resides, in the field of adoption law. I strive to help families form new lives together by uniting potential parents with children in need, or families in difficult situations. Family matters are personal and close to each of us, and I'm happy to handle complicated or difficult cases with compassion and empathy.

I have developed a thriving adoption law practice and continue to practice in the areas of real estate and business transactions. I have also expanded my firm into other areas of law, including wills and powers of attorney , probate, advising non-traditional families and unmarried couples, preparation of assisted reproduction agreements, and other types of contracts and transactions.


My background includes a J.D. earned at the Washington State University School of Law. I became licensed to practice law in Washington after graduating in 1984. I am an active member of the Washington State and King County Bar Associations, including a number of sections such as Family Law, Sexual Orientation and Gender Identification Issues, and Probate and Trust Law. In 2001, I used my devotion and knowledge of adoption issues to found the Adoption Assistance and Homestudy Service, which helps to match birth parents with adoptive parents.



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Practice areas


  1. Adoption: 30%
    31 years
  2. Business: 25%
    31 years
  3. Real Estate: 25%
    31 years
  4. Estate Planning: 20%
    31 years



Hourly ($250-300/hour), Fixed (sometimes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Paul Milton Nordsletten

    Joyce is a very experienced attorney on adoption, real estate, wills & probate, and business law issues. If you want someone with the knowledge and experience of a big downtown law firm attorney, but you also want someone who will give you the personal attention you deserve, I recommend Joyce.


    Paul Nordsletten Employment and labor Attorney
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  • Oliver Spencer

    Joyce Schwensen provides the highest level of service for her clients, and she is an effective advocate, bringing a wealth of real estate law expertise to her clients.


    Oliver Spencer Estate planning Attorney
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Contact info

Joyce S. Schwensen

6814 Greenwood Avenue North
Seattle, WA, 98103


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Award nameGrantorDate granted
AV Preeminent RatedMartindale-Hubbell2016
Bar Register of Preeminent Women LawyersMartindale-Hubbell2016
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PrincipalJoyce S. Schwensen, PS2001 - Present
Of CounselGraham & Dunn PC2000 - 2001
MemberSmith Smart, PLLC1984 - 2000
Association namePosition nameDuration
Washington State Bar Association, Family Law SectionMember2007 - Present
King County Bar AssociationMember2006 - Present
Washington State Bar Association, Real Property, Probate and Trust SectionMember2000 - Present
Washington State Bar AssociationN/A1984 - Present
Washington State Bar Association, Sexual Orienation and Gender Identification Legal Issues (SOGILI) SectionTreasurer2012 - 2014
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Washington School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1984
Washington State UniversityHistoryBA1979
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Adoption Law: Start to FinishAdoption Law2010
Practical Guide To AdoptionsAdoption Law2008
The Nuts and Bolts of Real Estate PracticeReal Estate Transactions2005