Amir John Showrai joined Wechsler Becker in 2017, but is by no means new to family law. Working since 2003, he is a seasoned attorney who brings a wealth of experience to cases in family law and real property law, which he also practices at Wechsler Becker. With a 12 year background in immigration law, focused on family based immigration and asylum, Amir John is also well versed in unique problems many immigrants face in both divorce and child custody related issues. Amir John is one of the few attorneys in Washington who handles cases involving international child abduction, which are litigated under The Hague Convention of 25 October 1980 on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction, also known as the Hague Convention on Child Abduction.
Since coming to Wechsler Becker, Amir John limits his practice to family law and real property law, including landlord tenant law, which dovetails with family law, given how many of his clients have real property issues that survive the family law case itself.
When representing parents in family law litigation, particularly those involving a child custody dispute, Amir John takes the disciplined and long view, focused on results that ensure his clients have life long relationships with their children. Too many attorneys focus only on the initial temporary orders or “winning” at trial, without consideration of the lifelong impacts on their clients and their children. Sophisticated clients appreciate the difference.
Amir John’s negotiating skills set him apart. He approaches every case differently, but with few exceptions, the same goals apply to most family law matters. Work things out by agreement that can be worked out first, to minimize litigation costs and relieve client stress over the unknown. If hearings or a trial are still needed for unresolved issues, Amir John plans a litigation strategy that takes into account a client’s financial position, goals of the litigation, and proceeds from there. That translates into lower fees and happier clients.
Sometimes, negotiating skills, no matter how good, are meaningless if the opposing party or their lawyer refuses to work on a solution. That’s when Amir John’s years of experience taking cases to trial come into play. If Amir John can’t negotiate a settlement of a case, then he will take it to trial. “Sometimes, despite wanting to settle, we really have no choice but to go to trial. The trick is to know when to modify our posture from one of negotiation to a trial posture, and when to simultaneously maintain both postures. With so much on the line for my clients, knowing how to approach each case is where I am of most help to them.”
Amir John further uses this skill set and experience when acting as a neutral mediator or arbitrator. He was appointed to be a King County family court commissioner pro tem in July 2018. Trained on all facets of mediation and arbitration at JAMS during a judicial externship while in law school, Amir John is known among colleagues who hire him time and again to help their clients resolve their cases, as someone with outside the box thinking, knowledge of how to structure complex financial and real property settlements, complex parenting plans (a/k/a/ custody orders), including those that deal with international custody disputes, and his ability to bring cases to a negotiated settlement.
Although most of his cases involve complex, high asset, or high income cases, including those involving real property disputes, business valuations, and the distribution of multi-million dollar estates, he also takes on cases with little financial complexity, but with difficult domestic violence or child custody issues. He represents a wide range of clients, including small business owners, executives, financial professionals, and business people.
Stylistically, Amir John counsels clients with compassionate but non-sugar coated advice. “With so much at stake, I do all I can to apprise clients of the need to have realistic expectations, given the unique facts we work with in each case. If we settle, before doing so, clients know I have exhausted every option in pursuit of their goals. That is the foundation of my style and method of practice.”
Among the traits clients and colleagues admire in Amir John, most appreciate his cordial demeanor especially in the most hotly contested cases. Clients appreciate his attention to detail, knowledge of court rules and procedure, and good faith dealing, all of which reduce costs and avoid unnecessary litigation.
In what seems like another lifetime and before becoming a lawyer, Amir John was a commercial truck driver. “At the time, I needed an adventure, and I ended up getting some solid life lessons in what hard work really comes down to. I am forever grateful for the experience.” Outside of work, Amir John’s a lifelong avid auto enthusiast, with a “small” collection of eclectic classic cars, and hobby races with five friends, most of whom he’s known since high school.
Above all, Amir John is a proud husband and father of a wife and two children whom he adores and enjoys spending as much time with as possible.
|Partner||Wechsler Becker, LLP||2017 - Present|
|Owner||The Pacific Law Firm, PLLC||2007 - 2017|
|Judicial Extern||Jams, The Resolution Experts||2003 - 2003|
|Managing Partner||Diamond, Burt & Akhkashian, LLP||2003 - 2007|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|United States District Court for the Western District of Washington||Attorney Member||2004 - Present|
|United States Court of Appeals For the Ninth Circuit||Attorney Member||2004 - Present|
|Domestic Relations Attorneys of Washington||President||2019 - 2021|
|Washington State Bar Association, Family Law Section||Executive Committee Member||2017 - 2018|
|Domestic Relations Attorneys of Washington||Co-Founder and President||2017 - 2018|
|Washington State Bar Association, Alternative Dispute Resolution||Attorney Member||2005 - 2006|
|Western State University, Fullerton||JD - Juris Doctor||2003|
|University of California - Los Angeles||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1997|
|Family Law From Start to Finish||The Mechanics of Valuing and Dividing Marital Property||2017|
|Family Law From Start to Finish||Discovery in Divorce: Tax Returns, Social Media and More||2017|
|2017 McKinley Irvin Lunchtime CLE Series||Customizing Parenting Plans to Go Beyond Cookie Cutter Terms||2017|
|Family Law Annual Seminar||Modification of Parenting Plans with a View Toward the Modern Forms||2016|
|Practical Aspects of International and Interstate Family Law Issues||The Hague Convention on Service of Process||2013|
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