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Anne Wakefield

Domestic violence Attorney at Seattle, WA

3.9   18 reviews
  • Licensed for 15 years
    State WA
    Acquired 2008
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

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About Anne

Learn Anne’s areas of practice.

5
Practice areas
  1. Domestic violence
    20%

  2. Family
    20%
    Child custody, child support, divorce, dependency, maintenance/alimony, uncontested divorce, prenuptial agreements, postnuptial agreements, domestic violence, protection orders, anti -harassment orders, guardianship, 3rd party custody, parenting plan

  3. Child abuse
    10%

  4. Child custody
    10%

  5. Child support
    10%

  6. Divorce and separation
    10%

  7. Marriage and prenuptials
    10%

  8. Uncontested divorce
    10%

Anne practices solely in family law. She earned her law degree from McGeorge School of Law at the University of the Pacific. Anne started her legal career as a public defender, honing her trial skills, and eventually transitioning into private practice handling family law matters. Anne understands the value of close client-attorney relationships. She gets to know each client on a personal level in order to better represent them. As a highly knowledgeable attorney, she always provides each client with all the information they need to make decisions.  

Location

Wakefield Legal, PLLC
1000 Second Avenue
Suite 2930
Seattle, WA, 98104

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Reviews

3.9 / 5.0
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Posted by Nom de plume | April 27, 2024
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Expensive but worth it!
Anne Wakefield may be on the pricer side of family law attorneys but she is well worth it. In my case she was able turn one physical altercation with a tenant, and a granted DVPO where there were no accusations of domestic violence, only that the person was in fear because the respondent's behavior was erradic(not towards the petitioner) and get the judge to find that these two things constituted a history of domestic violence, so parenting rights were taken away per RCW 26.09. 191. Not only that but she was able to get her friend who is a judge to try the case even though it wasn't assigned to him. I mean the first words during the trial were the judge saying that he was friend with opposing counsel but that he was choosing not to recuse himself. This woman is highly capable and if you want to win your case and you can come up with the money, she's your best bet!
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Posted by Nom | April 12, 2024
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
This Woman is a Shark
I highly suggest hiring this woman. She reminds me of when Jesse Pinkman says "when the going gets tough you don't want a criminal lawyer, you want a criminal-lawyer."
Posted by Elizabeth | July 3, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Highly recommend Anne Wakefield
Anne Wakefield is a gem. She understands how to hold your hand through divorce and creating parenting plans-- which can be one of the most difficult processes of your life. Anne was quick to respond, efficient, extremely knowledgeable and kind. Don't underestimate her, though, she was tough when she needed to be. I would highly recommend and trust Wakefield Legal with any legal needs in the future.
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Posted by Sean | June 19, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Reliable and Professional
Anne is a very reliable, caring, and strong attorney. Throughout the time she represented me in a parenting case, I was impressed with her dedication to getting results and professionalism. During the initial consultation she listened with empathy, then worked tirelessly with me to prepare the best for every hearing and negotiation. Throughout the legal process, even during setbacks, she was focused, honest and positive. I'd recommend Anne to anyone in need of an attorney who sincerely cares and fights to obtain the best possible outcome.
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Posted by John | May 28, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Expert divorce handling
Anne was able to help me through a difficult process. She made sure everything was resolved keeping my best interest in mind. The whole process was done quickly and I was kept up on the status along the way.
Posted by Anna | October 21, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Couldn't have asked for a better lawyer
Anne Wakefield was the fifth or sixth lawyer that my husband and I contacted after being served with a DVPO that was filed in an effort to have my husband lose custody of his child. No one who hasn't experienced being falsely accused of something they didnt do could understand the fear and confusion we were experienci due to by the outrageous claims made about my husband, and had no idea what to do. When we met with Anne we knew immediately she was the lawyer for us. She listened to our complicated story intently, showed immense compassion, and most importantly immediately knew how to handle the situation. We also really liked that she previously was a defense lawyer. She represented my husband as he dealt with the DVPO, police, and CPS. She collected a dozen or so declarations of people who knew us and knew that these allegations were ridiculous. She prepared a new parenting plan proposal and got everything ready for court. Between hiring Anne and court she called or emailed us nearly every day. She always promptly returned our phone calls and emails, and she always explained to us WHY she was recommending what she was. She was always clear, confident, and had our best interest in mind. On the day of court to challenge the DVPO, Anne was a rockstar. She had complete command of the courtroom and represented us so well. The DVPO was immediately dismissed and I am convinced this is because of all of Anne's hard work. Later Anne also helped us with another new parenting plan, and revisiting schild support. Anne is also very fair and transparent when it comes to fees. Whenever the work needed to be done could be done by a paralegal at a lower rate, she always billed less. I never felt like she was just out for our money, unlike other lawyers we talked to. And when it became clear that we would be able to settle outside of court, Anne was completely supportive. Many lawyers would pressure clients to continue to retain them to make more money, but Anne was genuinely happy for us that we could find a resolution that was easier and less expensive for everyone. Anne Wakefield and her team are worth every penny that we paid. If I could do it all again, the only thing I would change is I would have interviewed her first so we could have hired her on Day 1.
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Posted by anonymous | May 2, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Family First, Anne's Amazing Talents Put Us First
I have been blessed to have a family law attorney as skilled as Anne. She has consistently represented me through the years. Our family is grateful for the work she put in to ensure balance and fairness. Most recently, I am now finding myself in need of additional representation as lives change, children grow up. She is a source of realistic intentions and motivation to get what we need in order to maintain a sense of normalcy. Her most recent plan of action has led to a more civilized approach that I wouldn't have thought to explore. We may not need a court decision after all. Her guidance on the issues at hand have led to a more cohesive and compromising decision making process. Thank you, Marchelle
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Posted by Jodi | April 21, 2016
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Very Helpful
Anne was very thoughtful and helpful when it came to advising me on the process of filing for my divorce. I felt she really took the time to listen to my story, and gave me practical advise and direction on my next steps. She explained the entire process and helped me understand my options. During such a difficult time in my life it was so nice to talk to someone who understood my situation and could point me in the right direction. Anne is truly a genuine attorney who looks out for her clients best interests. I trust her completely and recommend her to anyone looking for an attorney who is honest and who will deliver results.
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Posted by Jene | April 20, 2016
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Initial Divorce Consultation
I was referred to Anne by a mutual friend of ours when I was first starting my divorce. Anne was very quick and responsive to the initial emails that we sent and was able to schedule a consult at no charge within a week. I met at her office in Downtown Seattle where she walked me through the process of my paperwork and we had an honest conversation about if I really needed an attorney. My case didn't involve a lot of shared property or debt, so it was a pretty clean break. Anne was very thorough and made me feel like I could handle the case on my own, so ultimately I filed my paperwork without an attorney. During our consult we walked through the dissolution procedure and what I should expect. In addition to that, I had some follow up questions I sent her a few weeks later that she happily answered via email, not billing me for any of the information she provided. All in all, she made me feel very confident that I could handle the case myself, but if my situation were more complex, I would not hesitate to hire Anne. I highly recommend Anne! Thanks for all your help!
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Posted by Justin | April 20, 2016
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Trustworthy and professional
Thanks to Anne's solid legal advice, I was able to overturn a driving license suspension and lower the fees for a traffic ticket. I would have spent countless hours navigating the legal system on my own and hundreds of more dollars in fees. She is trustworthy and professional and I would highly recommend her services. Thanks Anne!
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Posted by Therese | June 18, 2013
Highly recommended
Anne helped me navigate an extremely difficult situation. I really appreciated her ability to truly listen to my concerns and then to think creatively about how best to address them. I was also impressed by Anne's professional yet firm manner with the other side's attorney. It was very effective. Thank you, Anne!
Posted by Alisa | December 16, 2011
Thank you Anne!
Last month Ms. Wakefield represented my family in a predicament involving our 17 year old son and one too many traffic tickets. Not only did she have the necessary experience, enabling her to give us solid guidance, but she also presented herself in a professional, timely and self-confident manner. She knew exactly what to do, taking the initiative, and negotiating with the Court for a very good outcome. Should the need ever arise, I will most definitely hire her again!
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Posted by anonymous | November 21, 2011
Anne Wakefiled - 5 star legal advice
I received legal advice from Anne Wakefield over a critical personal matter. Her professional demeanor instantly set me ease. She was kind, cordial, knowledgeable, and most of all, made it easy to understand my situation and my options. Anne was very patient when it came to explaining different scenarios and I left feeling empowered about my situation. I would definitely contact Anne Wakefield again should I ever need legal counsel.
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Posted by anonymous | February 6, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
I do NOT recommend them
I received a referral to Anne from a friend of a friend because I was looking for a more aggressive lawyer to help me try to get my divorce settled vs going to trial. My previous attorney had already completed all of my paperwork (i.e. Final orders for divorce, child support, parenting plan) however the other party’s lawyer was incompetent and instead of making any attempts to work towards settlement, seemed to be waiting for trial. I met with Anne via Zoom and found her to come off as confident and proactive. I hired her shortly after. Soon after that I was asked about pushing back my upcoming court dates so that they had time to reach out to the other party’s attorney. I was not contacted by Anne again. Somewhere in this timeframe and completely unknown to me I was handed off to another associate Dylana Jones, who I hadn’t met or talked to. I found out after dismissing them that paperwork had even been filed to replace Anne with Dylana on my case, and I had no idea this had even been done. From here, everything seemed to spiral. The bills that I received were for ludicrous amounts, especially for the minimal work that was done. As an example - They forwarded me a generic document for a Request for Production of documents to be sent to opposing counsel, that somehow seemed to have taken hours to be completed, and I was charged for this “work” as well as for the time taken to send it to the paralegal, who then put it into an email and sent it to me and then billed me more for that time as well. Of course the paralegals would be reimbursed for their time, but why would I be paying for you to send it to them and paying for them to send it to me, when it could have just been sent directly to me without the extra costs? I was also asked about setting up mediation, but it was never mentioned to me that by doing so we were skipping over a zero-cost settlement conference and that because of the history of my relationship, I also had the option to have mediation waived. I didn’t find any of this out until I happened to randomly read about this process online. I contacted Dylana to ask when my settlement conference was scheduled, only to be told that they had canceled if for the mediation and that waiving the mediation could have also been a possibility. In approximately 3 months, they managed to bill me over $6,000 essentially for moving a court date, making those other changes mentioned (that I wasn’t even told about) , and sending out a generic request for production to the other party. We exchanged VERY few emails and did not talk on the phone. There were no trials or conferences completed. Nothing else was accomplished. I was told that because my other documents were on another attorney’s letterhead and pdf, that they had to transfer the information, however this shouldn’t be a huge undertaking, and had they mentioned that in advance, I could have easily transferred the information myself. My prior attorney completed multiple proposals, all final documents, and a significant amount of email interaction with me and the opposing counsel over a span of 7 months and still didn’t go through as many billable hours as they claimed. He did 4x as much work for less than I paid them. I feel completely scammed. I got nothing for my money and to me $6000 in 3 months for a divorce where all the paperwork was already completed and the opposing counsel wasn’t even responding with offers, documents, or counters, is appalling. I would never recommend them to anyone, I believe that they definitely over-bill and pad their hours. I am actually worse off than before for having hired them. ’m out of $6,000 that I desperately needed, I lost the opportunity for a settlement conference that I would have liked to have had, I have court dates pushed back when I really want this to be over as soon as possible, and I have nothing more to show for all of this then I did before I hired them.
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Posted by anonymous | January 20, 2020
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Quite Rude
Hired her for a 30 minute evaluation. I had my plan for my case completely lined out and was looking for guidance that I was either on the right path or not. She actually didn’t give me any valuable advice. I won my case on my own and without much help from her. During the intake process she was ignoring me and typing emails to someone else. Rude! Still had to pay $100. At least it wasn’t more because she seemed inadequate. She tried to tell me I would need a lawyer in a motion to reconsider ( I wasn’t the moving party) because the judge was certainly considering the other party’s side. That was a big fat lie. Judges rarely grant these motions and had I hired her, it would have been a waste of money. I would save your dollars, go down to the family law facilitation office, get the instruction packet and do it yourself. Family law motions do not need attorneys. They just end up messing up people’s lives and making cases worse by stirring unnecessary fear and emotion.
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Posted by Sammy | December 15, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Trust me you don't want to deal with Anne
If you want a lawyer who only cares about how much money she can suck out of her clients, then Anne is your "lawyer". In 2017 I went through a divorce and hired Anne when she worked at WAKEFIELD PENNY PLLC. Just like any divorce, it was a very emotional and hard time for me, but not once Anne was supportive or cared about my emotional state. She made many mistakes, like when she didn't file the sworn support statements that I worked very hard to gather and blamed it on the messenger service. Or when she showed up late to court hearings, or acted frustrated when I asked her legal questions. She even charged me for finding an answer to a legal question about interrogatories that she didn't know the answer to. Bottom line is that Anne is only good and passionate about one thing, billing for every minute she can and getting as much money as she can out of her clients.
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Posted by John | May 31, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Up she does not negotiate or pay attention
She is still my attorney but we have built little trust. She seems disinterested in my case and communicated poorly to her paralegal in trying to write the final orders for the case. So much so that I told my soon to be ex wife to make an offer, Because I did not believe she or here paraleagel were going to finish. I will keep you informed I am 7k in, and told anne my ex can have everyhing in the house. My feeling i am going to court while trying to give up.
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Response from Anne Wakefield August 20, 2019
As a business, we strive to satisfy our clients' expectations. While I do not agree with your review, it is not proper to comment publicly. If you'd like to discuss this further, please do not hesitate to contact me directly. I would appreciate an opportunity to understand and address any remaining concerns you may have.
Posted by anonymous | March 11, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Kelli
In 19 days a $4000.00 trust account was drained of $2732.50 in billing and the results from Wakefield and Penny were next to nothing. What I received in exchange for $ 2732.00 was a postponed review hearing (at Annes request due to a planned mini vacation and a continuing education class), two phone calls to the opposing council that resulted in a slight reduction of the Interrogatories questions and a later due date ( never reviewed with me), 1 in person meeting, and 1 phone meeting. I received a copy of a draft letter written by Anne on Mar 1 2016 that resembled my GAL letter that I wrote myself. Your letter to the GAL included statements that did not represent me or what my case was about. Your drafted GAL letter contained details referring to the children being uprooted from their home, only my son had been and my daughter remained with me, they were split apart. That is a huge detail and makes it hard for me to believe that you had reviewed any of the case files at all. Anne's letter makes claims of a major modification, yes it is, and this was not a major discovery as you seemed to have thought. I expected a $275.00 per hour lawyer to have resources and upscale performance with knowledge of Family Law. The service I received from Wakefield was a disappointment at the least and has set my case back even farther than it had been. I was not advised to file an Objection to the Relocation or file an order to the court of the status quo. I was not informed that we should file a new child support order for my support had been completely quashed even though my daughter remained in my care. Interrogatories were never sent out to opposing counsel. Important and information involving my case were not submitted to me in timely matter nor was it at times relayed at all. I requested for a probation docket to be forwarded as the GAL as he asked for, that was never sent to him. I requested a recording of the prior adequate cause hearing tape and was sent to the court house myself to order and pick it up. The representation I received from Wakefield was disappointing at the least.
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Response from Anne Wakefield April 21, 2016
Although the majority of this statement is inaccurate, I am sorry that you had a bad experience with my firm. I always work with clients to keep costs down while holding myself to the highest standard of representation.
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AVVO RATING 8.8 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Managing Partner
  • Wakefield Legal, PLLC
  • 2011 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Moriarty & Associates, PLLC
  • 2010 - 2011
  • Public Defender
  • Association Of Attorneys For The Accused
  • 2008 - 2009

Education

  • McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific
  • Juris Doctorate
  • 2008
  • Central Washington University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2004

Associations

  • Washington Defender Association
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • Washington State Association for Justice
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • King County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • Washington Women Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2008 - Present
  • Tulalip Tribal Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish
  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Top 10 Attorneys Under 40
  • National Academy Of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2019

Speaking Engagements

  • Toast Masters
  • Representing Indigent Clients
  • 2011

Attorney endorsements

Received (16)
Given (17)
Endorse Anne
Family Attorney | Jan 07
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer. Ms. Wakefield is detailed oriented, passionate, and experienced. I have full confidence in her ability to handle any case and situation."
Child custody Attorney | Jan 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have had multiple cases against Anne and each has been difficult. She is always a challenging attorney and is a strong advocate for her clients. I regularly refer people to her when I can't take new clients because I trust that their case will be handled with care and compassion under her direction. I highly recommend Anne for anyone looking for a smart advocate!"
Family Attorney | Jan 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Anne. We met as opposing counsel in a contentious case. Anne provided high-level advocacy while maintaining a very effective level of professionalism. Since that time, we have developed a collegial relationship where I see her provide creative, smart, and committed advocacy to all of her clients. She's a great attorney."
Family Attorney | Nov 20
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. I have enjoyed working with Anne on the few cases we had against each other. She is professional and knowledgeable; not overly aggressive. When I cannot take a case because of a conflict; I refer the client to her because I know they will be in good hands and won't be taken to the cleaners. She advocates effectively for her clients."
Family Attorney | Nov 13
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"Anne is a fierce and attentive litigator who strives to ensure positive results for her clients."
Family Attorney | Nov 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Anne is knowledgable and committed to her clients' cases. She is also easy to talk to and respectful. I regularly recommend her to folks seeking a family lawyer when I cannot take a case, and I am happy to endorse her."
Child custody Attorney | Feb 29
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Ms. Wakefield is an exceptional advocate for her clients. I've seen her go to bat for her clients and make sure their voice is heard in court."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I had the opportunity to see Anne in practice on a regular basis. She was always very prepared and her care and concern for her clients was always very apparent. I would feel confident recommending someone trust her to handle their most important cases."
Family Attorney | Apr 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Anne is a zealous advocate for clients. She works hard to protect her clients' interests and give them guidance through the litigation process."
Family Attorney | Apr 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
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Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"As a fellow criminal defense attorney, I highly recommend Ms. Wakefield for her compassion, dedication and expertise in this area of law."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 26
Relationship: Friend
"I endorse this lawyer."
Personal injury Attorney | Feb 17
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Anne Wakefield is an excellent attorney and counselor at law. She is impassioned and cares deeply for each of her clients. Anne has the skills to take a case all the way through a jury trial. I often refer clients to Anne because I know that she will give 100% and offers excellent client service."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Anne. The representation that Anne provides to her clients is truly unique. She shows tremendous compassion towards their circumstances, but yet advocates effectively on their behalf. She is an excellent attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I know Anne through the Gerry Spence Trial Lawyer's College. She's an excellent advocate and fights hard for her clients. I whole heartedly endorse her and gladly will refer clients to her for criminal matters."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Anne is always willing to spend extra time with clients and I frequently find her going to lengths on a case that many other attorneys would not. She is persuasive in front of judges and juries. I'm sure I will be referring more clients to her soon!"
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Seattle Domestic violence Lawyer Anne Wakefield
Anne Wakefield
Domestic violence Attorney
Seattle, WA
Licensed for 15 years