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Amy Franklin-Bihary

Family Attorney at Seattle, WA

4.8   24 reviews
  • Licensed for 19 years
    State WA
    Acquired 2004
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

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About Amy

Learn Amy’s areas of practice.

2
Practice areas
  1. Family
    95%
    My family law practice includes dissolutions, modifications, child support, paternity, third party custody, property division, committed intimate relationship claims, and contempt proceedings. I also serve as a Title 26 GAL in Family Law Cases.

    20 years

  2. Adoption
    5%
    I represent adoptive parents in non-contested adoptions.

    14 years

 “I strive to work with my clients to resolve their cases in a way that allows them to move forward with their lives in the best way possible.  No two cases are the same and I enjoy getting to know my clients and working together to address their individual goals and needs.”

Amy brings a compassionate approach to her clients in a time when they can be overwhelmed by the legal and emotional complexities of their cases.  She works with clients to resolve their cases through mediation, arbitration, and court action.  Her practice includes parenting issues, asset and debt division, spousal maintenance and child support, non-marital relationships, third party custody, and adoptions.

In addition to representing parties, Amy also works as a Guardian ad Litem in family law cases.

Amy  joined Wechsler Becker in 2010, having previously practiced family law with The Family Law Group. Amy has been a practicing attorney since 2004 and has been working with family law clients since 2002.  She also serves as a Title 26 Guardian ad Litem.  Amy previously worked for the Washington State Attorney General's Office and the Washington State Senate.

 

Location

Wechsler Becker
701 Fifth Ave. Ste. 4550
Suite 4550
Seattle, WA, 98104-7088

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Reviews

4.8 / 5.0
  24 customer reviews
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Posted by Jeff | November 19, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
"Thorough, thoughtful, knowledgeable"
Listening is such an undersung skill in the legal profession. Ditto helping the client not feel like an idiot. Amy has both skills in spades. They're a nice complement to her legal acumen. When I work with Amy, she patiently walks me through my options in language I understand. And I always feel she's acting in my best interest.
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Posted by Pete | November 18, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Amy Franklin-Bihary review
I had a difficult family law case. Amy was organized and patient with me when I took a while to get all of the info she needed. She kept me on task and our result was better than expected. Highly recommended.
Posted by Elise | November 16, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
High recommend
I have trusted Amy to handle my child custody situation since 2008. She is always available to answer any questions I have and gives great unbiased advice. She got me through a very stressful time in my life. She is a great family law attorney!
Posted by anonymous | November 16, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Divorce case
Our divorce was not contentious so it was not a difficult case. I was most impressed that Amy recognized this and tried to streamline the required procedures to minimize costs. I was quite happy with the result.
Posted by Grateful Client | September 7, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Amy Was a Game Changer and Helped Get Things Turned Around
I don’t usually write reviews and I don’t think reviews are appropriate until you have had the full experience. I've had the full experience. I’m an older guy. Amy was the second attorney I hired in my painful divorce, but she was a keeper. I hired Amy after a bad family court decision that was followed by a conversation with my previous attorney which left me feeling isolated and dumbfounded. This bad decision put me way behind the 8-ball and created more stress than I could handle. This was a nasty divorce of a long marriage and it ended up going to trial and almost getting appealed. I also had to endure numerous false accusations of domestic violence, stealing community property, perjury, and other false statements from my ex. I’m not going to beat around the bush. The bottom was the worst time of my life but I’m clear of that now. After some time to reflect, I am very fortunate Amy took my case and helped me dig out from the hole I was in. It was a long, and at the time, painful process. With her consistent strategy, integrity, leadership and teamwork over a period of several years it all paid off. She didn't always say what I wanted to hear but her advice was always in my best interest. Among other things (probably too specific to post publicly), she was even able to help me get financial relief when my ex refused to return property. I wish I had been with Amy from the start. I can’t thank her enough for being a key part in the larger process of turning my life around. She deserves more than five stars.
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Posted by anonymous | April 19, 2019
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Fought hard for my kids, was ethical yet stern when warranted. Very pleased!
Amy was recommended by a friend of a friend, and I’m so grateful she took my case. Though it’s been a long battle, she has remained dedicated to helping us and has been available for urgent needs when they arise. Amy is tough in the courtroom yet still remains ethical. I so appreciate her work for us. Could not recommend her more highly!
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Posted by Sharon | March 3, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Empathetic and Knowledgeable Divorce Attorney
Going into my divorce, I was worried that the process would be stressful and confusing. Hiring Amy as my divorce attorney turned out to be the best choice that I could've made during the entire process. Amy was knowledgeable, efficient in her communications, and most importantly, empathetic towards me. She was very understanding, and patiently walked me through any questions that I had. Amy helped me finish the divorce with a settlement that I was satisfied with, and made the entire process much less stressful for me. I would definitely recommend hiring her for any divorce-related cases.
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Posted by Carolyn | December 24, 2016
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Excellent Divorce Lawyer
Ms Franklin Bihary handled my divorce proceedings in 2015, and I cannot speak highly enough of her. She was always professional and very responsive to my emails and phone calls. She always kept me in touch with progress and developments. It is totally due to Ms Franklin Bihary that I was awarded a generous financial settlement, a workable parenting plan, and a favorable asset allocation. I was particularly impressed that she dealt with some contentious issues with patience and firmness, and was a strong negotiator. I am very much indebted to her, for making a stressful process as painless as possible. I highly recommend her as a divorce lawyer.
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Posted by Stacy | January 16, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Highly Recommend
I had been working on my own without an attorney when I found out my ex had gotten an attorney without telling me as a way to get the upper hand. Upon engaging Amy, she quickly assessed my situation and immediately knew where risk was. She was thorough and pragmatic and always working toward a long-term solution that put the kids first, something I very much value. Additionally, divorce is extremely emotional so having someone compassionate that you can count on in your corner is critical. I very much appreciated Amy's complete responsiveness and the fact that she collaborated with me every step of the way. I truly felt like I had a partner during the worst time of my life and would highly recommend her.
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Posted by Beverly | April 2, 2015
Knowledgeable, Professional, Caring
Amy has the knowledge to handle your case in the best possible manner. She will inform you of your rights and be responsive to all your questions. She will keep you informed of all pertinent information regarding your case. She will fight for your rights.
Posted by anonymous | April 1, 2015
Very supportive, attentive, helful attorney
I very much appreciated Amy's help with my case. She was attentive and listened carefully to all aspects that I told her and made me feel like she had all the time in the world to help me. She communicated very clearly and professionally and always helped me understand all that was happening and what my options were. I felt like she had a full understanding of my case and was able to represent it competently in court.
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Posted by Kathy | June 27, 2013
REVIEW
Best family law attorney I have ever used. She is knowledgeable, able to work with difficult passive-aggressive personalities. She gets the job done and she gets excellent results for her clients.
Posted by Felix | February 2, 2012
Professional, knowledgeable, patient
Amy has worked on my divorce. Her responses were prompt and thorough. All the work was done on time with no delays. She was putting a good effort to help me to understand the process. Her actions are calm and confident. Through out of process I have always felt that knowledgeable and experienced specialist, that cares, helps me.
Posted by Sue | October 26, 2011
Awesome Lawyer!!!
She helped me with my child support raise and 2nd divorce. She was amazing and always right there when I needed anything! She is very personable and very easy to talk to. She explains things when you dont understand and doesn't make you feel stupid for not knowing. I would recommend her to anyone! Thanks Amy!!!
Posted by Michael | May 6, 2010
Superb, personalized service
I filed for divorce about 8 months ago. While my case has not closed yet, I am very confident in recommending Amy. I have a very complex case involving a small child, and Amy has handled my case superbly. Emails and calls have always been returned within a few hours. I have always known what direction our case had been heading in. There have never been any surprises. Amy is very fair and ethical, but can be aggressive when the need arises. Additionally, Amy collaborates with Michael Louden on complex issues. Along this journey, I have felt like I am the firm's number one priority. I recommend Amy Franklin-Bihary without any reservations.
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Posted by Kim | April 22, 2010
Thank you Amy!
Amy assisted Michael Louden with my custody case. Amy is very knowledgeable, helpful, responsive, and a pleasure to work with.
Posted by anonymous | April 22, 2010
Great Choice for Family Law Attorney
I have been with Amy and The Public Advocate group since 2006 and have been very pleased. Amy is smart, capable, responsive and a wonderful human being to deal with. I found that Amy helped me be successful while sticking to my goals and values. I don't think you can ask for more.
Posted by anonymous | March 25, 2009
Complete Satisfaction
Amy has been very responsive to my needs, and communicates in an effective fashion. She has produced excellent results and is a true professional. I would not hesitate to refer her to friends and family.
Posted by anonymous | March 24, 2009
Amy Franklin-Bihary
Ms. Franklin-Bihary is professional, ethical and concerned. I would recommend her to anyone seeking an attorney.
Posted by anonymous | October 15, 2008
Client Review
My husband and I have worked with Amy for several years now handling child support and child custody cases. We live on the east coast and have had to rely on Amy to plead our cases with us away. Amy has always been available at the spur of the moment. She is always open and honest and tells us what the reality of the situation is. She is easy to work with and even when money is tight for us she works with us to pay our bill.
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Cost

Rates
  • Hourly Rates $ 400-400 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Associate
  • Wechsler Becker
  • 2010 - Present
  • Legal Intern
  • Attorney General of Washington
  • 2003 - 2003
  • Attorney
  • The Family Law Group
  • 2002 - 2010
  • Legislative Assistant
  • Washington State Legislature
  • 1999 - 2001
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Education

  • KCBA
  • Title 26 GAL Training
  • 2010
  • Seattle University School of Law
  • JD
  • 2004
  • University of Washington -Seattle
  • Bachelor of Arts
  • 1998

Associations

  • King County Bar Association, Family Law Mentor/Mentee Program
  • Mentor
  • 2013 - Present
  • Legal Voice - Self Help Committee
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • Seattle University School of Law
  • Volunteer Judge for Legal Writing Oral Arguments
  • 2007 - Present
  • MAMAs Mother Attorney Mentoring Association
  • Member/Mentor
  • 2007 - Present
  • Seattle University School of Law
  • Mentor to Law Students
  • 2005 - Present
  • King County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2004 - Present
  • King County Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Member
  • 2004 - Present
  • Family Law CASA
  • Volunteer Advocate
  • 2004 - Present
  • King County Bar Association Family Law Section, Legislative Committee
  • Member
  • 2002 - Present
  • King County Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Chair
  • 2011 - 2012
  • King County Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Vice Chair
  • 2010 - 2011
  • King County Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Secretary
  • 2009 - 2010
  • Seattle Journal for Social Justice
  • Research & Techinical Editor
  • 2003 - 2004
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Honors and Awards

  • 2022 Super Lawyer
  • Washington Super Lawyer
  • 2022
  • 2021 Super Lawyer
  • Washington Super Lawyers
  • 2021
  • 2020 Super Lawyer
  • Washington Super Lawyers
  • 2020

Speaking Engagements

  • Divorce Cases From Start to Finish
  • Marital Settlement Agreements: Pitfalls, Drafting Tips and More
  • 2018
  • King County Bar Association, Family Law Mentor/Mentee Program
  • Family Law Mentee Training
  • 2015
  • Parenting Plans: Complex Parenting Plan Issues
  • Gatekeeping, Asperger's Syndrome and Facilitatation of Parental Communication
  • 2012
  • Student Networking Event (Panel)
  • Family Law Practice
  • 2010
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Attorney endorsements

Received (2)
Given (3)
Endorse Amy
Family Attorney | May 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Amy is a knowledgeable, tenacious, and skilled advocate. I have referred personal friends to her. She has a thorough understanding of the statues and has worked with lawmakers in Olympia for years to improve the laws affecting children and families. Her work ethic and compassion make her an excellent attorney for her clients."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Oct 12
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Amy and I were opposing counsel in a difficult case with sensitive issues. We stayed focused on the important issues -- the well-being of a young child -- and were able to manuever what could have been a litigious and expensive road efficiently and well. I very much appreciated the way in which she balanced advocacy for her client and sensitivity toward all of the difficult emotional issues that were involved."

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Seattle Family Lawyer Amy Franklin-Bihary
Amy Franklin-Bihary
Family Attorney
Seattle, WA
Licensed for 19 years