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Terry Ann Zundel

Family Attorney at Seattle, WA

4.7   29 reviews
  • Licensed for 31 years
    State WA
    Acquired 1992
    Status
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About Terry

Learn Terry’s areas of practice.

Ms. Zundel devotes much of her practice to family law. She routinely handles matters of parenting plans, dissolutions, child support matters, adoptions, estate planning, third party custody actions, paternity and other domestic relationship issues.

Ms. Zundel has wide-ranging experience in mediation and arbitration on a variety of matters, including probate ligitation, construction disputes and employment law issues. She also has extensive litigation experience in the above areas. Ms. Zundel is able to handle business-related matters from start-up through dissolution of the business. She routinely advises Officers and Directors on corporate governance and compliance issues.

Location

Zundel Law Offices, PLLC
1000 Second Avenue
Suite 1420
Seattle, WA, 98104-1033

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Reviews

4.7 / 5.0
  29 customer reviews
Posted by Jessica Dennis | September 28, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Consistent, caring and professional
I worked with Terry during a seemingly impossible divorce and custody case. My ex was impossible to work with, missed required court dates, threatened her and her staff frequently, refused to be cooperative or even decent and ultimately made a tough situation near impossible. Terry worked on this case for 8 months, provided both legal advise and emotional support and ended up getting me full custody of daughter. She dealt with my ex- a malignant narcissist with professionalism and was able to see through his scary façade. She understands the law and fights for what is right. I would have been lost without Terry.
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Posted by anonymous | September 20, 2021
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Won a very difficult case
As a working father going up against a stay-at-home mom who wanted sole custody, a difficult attorney representing my ex, and a bad GAL report, things looked hopeless. Terry gave me options and hope when I was ready to give up, dealt with a very difficult opposing counsel, and argued a fantastic case. At closing arguments, it was clear how emotionally and professionally invested she was in my case. After trial, I was satisfied that, win or lose, we did our best. And we won! I cannot recommend Terry highly enough, especially for professional working fathers who are fighting an uphill battle to keep involved in their kids' lives. She's the best!
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Posted by anonymous | October 18, 2019
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Consultation for Services and Hired!!
I spoke to Terry regarding my legal matter, she was attentive and showed great compassion and empathy during our brief phone call. I was completely lost and confused, she helped me understand my situation more clearly. I ultimately ended up retaining her for services and she has been the best to work with. I'm surprised to see the review giving her 1 star, that certainly was not my experience but I also know that some people have extremely excessive expectations. I would definitely recommend her to help anyone with family law matters. Terry has been in the business 25 years plus and it shows! Thanks Terry for being an awesome attorney and a great person in general!!
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Posted by anonymous | April 29, 2019
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Ethical and Compassionate
Terry was not only and exceptional lawyer who is intelligent, knowledgeable about law, steady and stalwart, but she is also ethical and did what was right. One of the challenges I felt like I faced was not being dragged down and allowing this process change who I am and what I consider to be morale and she never came close to suggesting that we do anything outside of good decent behavior. She was a strong advocate and kept in mind the most important concern for our case which was what the best outcome for the children would be. Several reviews of other attorneys suggested that they stepped outside of their bounds, overcharged or mishandled their cases and she did not. She also has a humanitarian, compassionate side that communicates her understanding of the difficulties and challenges that can come with a divorce. She wasn't jaded or cold. She didn't lose her cool in the face of tactics clearly designed to throw both her and I off base. After 15 months of what was a grueling and very contentious divorce she always rose to the occasion and somehow managed to be thoroughly organized despite the significant complexities presented in such a lengthy, difficulty and convoluted case. Again I didn't ever get the sense that she was reactionary, operating from a place of retribution and she maintained compassion as proportionate to the situation and those involved admirably.
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Posted by anonymous | November 19, 2018
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Great attorney
Terry Zundel is an exceptionally intelligent lawyer. She uses her pen like a sword and drafts the most succinct description of the facts. I am very grateful for the declarations and memorandums she wrote to present the truth before the Court. Her style of working with her clients 1:1 is very versatile. She has great strategies that she utilizes from her 25+ years of experience as a lawyer. Her style of working with and against the most twisted attorneys is remarkable. I have had to hear audio transcripts that got me to realize that, when she is in court, she is quick to think, she is somehow very calm, speaks slowly and clearly, yet she is very strong and assertive. She pays close attention to what the opposing counsel is stating, this allows her to catch various misrepresentations and raise objections as may be needed. I have not seen this with some other lawyers. She represents her clients with great zeal. She is obviously very busy and sometimes making an appointment with her can be a challenge. I recommend Terry especially if you are faced with difficult opposing party.
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Posted by Dan | March 30, 2018
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The way it should be.
I decided to use Terry after a recommendation from a colleague who spoke very highly of her. Terry has consistently exceeded my expectations. I felt like I truly had a champion in my corner. She was relentless in doing the right thing while being fiscally responsible to me and my billed costs. Thanks again Terry!
Posted by Achmat Jappie | November 6, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Family Law Attorney
I recently had the opportunity to work with Terry on a rather complicated issue with many moving pieces. Terry was quickly able to analyze and decipher my situation and provide different solutions and proposals on our first initial consult. I had been interviewing other attorneys, Terry was by the far the most empathetic and understanding out of the 8 attorneys I spoke with. This is the reason I decided to retain her services. Throughout the whole process, Terry worked hand and hand with me on developing different strategies and was extremely great at keeping me updated and being responsive to any questions I had. I would recommend her to anyone looking for a family attorney who is empathetic, responsive, intelligent and can get the job done.
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Posted by anonymous | March 7, 2017
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The best!
My case started out simply and ended up being a high conflict case that spanned nearly 2 years. Terry was the best thing to happen to me! After paying other lawyers so that I could interview them and becoming pretty dejected with their approach and attitude, Terry was a breath of fresh air. She was calm, compassionate, understanding, patient and came with valuable perspective. She is very honest and straightforward. And she is also very creative and digs deep for solutions. Her breath of experience allows her to detect things that others might miss and she is committed to ensuring that you get the best bang for your buck. She doesn't get you wound up in needless litigation. My ex's lawyer did that and if not for Terry, I would have fallen for these tricks. After the third attempt, my ex had a falling out with his lawyer and hired a second one who had a similar strategy. Terry also knows when to fight aggressively and when to ease up. In the beginning I was nervous, but after the first hearing I understood that Terry understands exactly how to read the pulse of the courtroom. She focuses on what is important for the case. While as a client, my passions and emotions might dictate judgement, she balances that out with reasonable, relevant and realistic plans of action. I learned that I could trust her instincts and competence for the best results. She understands people, motives and has foresight that is worth considering. One of the biggest reasons I recommend her to everyone who needs a good and honest lawyer is this. After my laborious 14 hour long mediation, I came to know that she was in the middle of a personal crisis and was going through an equally painful situation in her own life. By this time, I knew her long enough that she would have mentioned it to me, but she chose to remain professional and focus entirely on me. She mentioned nothing to me till the mediation was over and then asked me to keep her in my prayers. Along with the larger crisis, that day, her daughter was in the hospital. I will never forget her kindness or professionalism. Also, I must mention that Terry's billing practices are fair and transparent. When she can, she works to save you money as well. I have recommended Terry to several people and most have hired her and have been happy with her representation. Need a lawyer? Get TAZ!
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Posted by Gayle | April 12, 2016
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Hire the right attorney the first time, Terry Zundel
In May 2008, I found myself in a very scary situation. I was 8 months pregnant, separated from my husband, caring for our 2 year old, and holding down my full-time job. I came home from work one afternoon to find a ladder leaning against the deck of my home. I phoned police and told them I thought someone might have broken into my home. I stayed in my car with my 2 year old until police arrived. The officer searched my home and confirmed someone had entered the home through the sliding glass door on the deck. The officer asked me to look around to see if anything was missing. I discovered my wedding ring was gone and that's when I knew it was my husband. (He and I separated in January 2008 after he was arrested for domestic violence, at which time he was ordered to vacate the home.) The police officer called my husband's cell phone, identified himself and asked him if he had broken into the house that day. My husband admitted to being in the home, and the office clarified to him that was breaking and entering. The officer then asked my husband if he had taken my wedding ring. My husband's response was that he had bought it for me, so it was his. The officer clarified that the ring was in fact my property, and that was stealing. When the officer asked my husband where the ring was, my husband said he pawned it that afternoon. After ending the call, I told the officer I wanted to press charges. He told me there was nothing he could do - this was a civil matter and would have to be taken up in civil court. That's when I found Terry. She went into immediate action, helped me obtain a restraining order, and had my husband served immediately. He was actually caught by the police crawling through a downstairs window into my home 24 hours after service of the restraining order. After breaking into my home, stealing my ring, getting served a restraining order and getting caught by the police breaking into my home again, my husband was never arrested. The law is very frustrating for those who follow it, while trying to deal with those who don't. Terry was my lifeline. She handled my divorce, which was final at the end of 2008. I trusted her with my life, and the lives of my children. She made sure we were protected, and 8 years later she is still my attorney.
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Posted by Collin | August 31, 2015
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Exceeded Every Expectation
Having never gone through a divorce before, I was initially very intimdated about seeking counsel and how all of this works. Terry could not have been a better attorney let alone calming force throughout the entire process. She was very methodical and consistent in all of her efforts and I would so highly recommend her that a review via my laptop does not do justice. I sincerely appreciate her and cannot thank her enough. A true professional and genuine individual. Thank you!!
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Posted by April & Michael | August 30, 2015
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Best lawyer ever!!
We are so thankful to Terry for her tremendous support and expertise. She helped our daughter with a difficult divorce and relocation process. She is a strong, assertive advocate for her clients. She is honest, compassionate, and respectful. We recommend her with the highest degree of praise and gratitude. She is truly a "Shining Star"!! ☆♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡
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Posted by Richard | August 29, 2015
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Fair & Comforting Divorce Lawyer
I retained Terry after interviewing one other law firm to represent me in the divorce from my wife of 23 years. With a child, multiple assets and a rather bitter soon-to-be-ex spouse, Terry did a fabulous job. The opposing counsel was a known man-hater and it was still fair for both parties.
Posted by Joe | August 29, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
felt like the right choice@
I'm a guy that goes, with the person I just shared with in sharing each other's ideas in Spirituality, emotional and physical. TerryAnn got down with a plan A&B, to get things into action. Terry is a very respected and professional individual.Tired things are'nt going your way? Call Terry, let her fix it!! Happytrails
Posted by John | August 28, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
Terry Zundel
I was very satisfied with the legal services that Terry Zundel provided. She is very supportive and balanced with achieving a fair result. I very much appreciate her being sensitive and sympathetic to my needs and feelings. Terry is very efficient with time and has reasonable billing practices. She is able to work diplomatically with other / opposing council to find a result as quickly as possible. I would strongly recommend her to anyone needing this specific type of representation.
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Posted by Phillip | August 18, 2014
Trust Me! You want Terry by your side. Don't take a chance by hiring someone else.
I hired an attorney out of Bellevue who was absolutely negligent bordering on complete incompetence. When my Ex-wife of 9 months found out I was filing for divorce, she called the police and had me kicked out of my own house, then filed a no contact order which kept me out of the house. I was removed with nothing, not so much as an extra pair of underwear for almost a month., My attorney did absolutely nothing. She took my $10,000 retainers fee with no problem, but afterwords, she informed me she only worked 4 days a week and not to call her when she was out of the office. That was her personal time. Are you kidding me? Even worse, she went on vacation the next week while I am sitting around in my pajamas wondering if I will ever wear a clean set of clothes. Se didn't lift a finger to help me and all I heard out of her was there's nothing we can do, there;s nothing we can do. I didn't need to pay her $10,000 to tell me that. At one point I actually began to wonder if she and my ex wife were former friends or maybe related? I kid you not. While my attorney was off on her vacation, spending her new fortune, my ex wife was busy selling off everything I owned. When I told my attorney, guess what she said, "there is nothing we can do". I had never felt so low or helpless in all my life. Fortunately, i made the best decision i'd ever made, short of asking my wife for a a divorce, and I called Terry. As soon as i did, she swooped in like a superhero. It was like calling in cat woman. When Terry took over the tide completely changed. Now we were in charge and my ex was the one scrambling. Terry was by my side through the entire experience. She was available, helpful, calming, patient with me as I dealt with all the complex emotions that come with a divorce, the doubt and fear. She was incredible. She got rid of my ex for a pittance of what it would have cost if I would have stayed with the first attorney. I will never let anyone else handle my future divorces. Trust me when I tell you to look no further. Hire Terry, there's no one better.
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Posted by Richard | June 7, 2014
Every Man Facing Divorce Should At Least Interview Terry
I retained Terry in November 2012 to represent me in my divorce. When Terry heard that my ex hired a man-hating, go-for-the throat female divorce attorney, she just calmly shrugged it off and went about her business. As a male in my late 50's and not having a lot of experience with lawyers, yet alone a divorce attorney, Terry was fabulous. She was a great listener, compassionate, offered counsel that made sense and didn't break my bank account. In the end, I felt the outcome was fair, Terry's overall fees were much less than many of my friends in the same situation and I now have an attorney that I can contact anytime in the future.
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Posted by S. Dawn | August 12, 2012
Excellence, Superb and Top Quality Competence equals Terry Zundel
They say when you have lost all hope and need help most, the right people show up in your life. It was my good fortune to have Terry "show up" in my life! I have worked with several lawyers over the years and I finally found an attorney that is truly compassionate, pays attention to details, is responsive and a tough advocate in the courtroom. She goes the extra step. My divorce case was complex with many post dissolution issues regarding parenting plan and child support orders. Terry's knowledge of the law in these areas proved exceptional. When other attorneys said 'No", she said "Yes" resulting in extremely favorable and pleasing outcomes to my case. I give Terry my highest recomendation. In my opinion and experience with other family law attorneys, Terry is by far the Best of the Best!
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Posted by Ryan | March 22, 2011
Highly recommend Terry Zundel
Terry represented me in my recent divorce. I can not imagine going through a divorce without Terry's guidance, support, and legal representation. There was a lot more to Terry than just being great with the law. I had never gone through anything like this before and could easily have been overwhelmed by the process. Terry and her great Paralegal RebeccaV didn't let that happen, they both kept me in the loop on what they were doing, what I needed to be doing, what I should expect next, etc. Terry demonstrated great attention to detail, she is a real perfectionist, and when you're a male in the state of WA who wants a reasonable amount of time with his kid, that attention to detail is what you need. She has a real gift for taking a rambling list of facts and turning it into a coherent and powerful statement. I liked that Terry is no rookie. She's been practicing Law here in Seattle for many years, and is known in the King County Courthouse. Different attorneys or court clerks would approach her to chat or briefly catch up. She's very comfortable in the courthouse, and that helped me to feel more comfortable there too. Mine was a higher-conflict divorce than I expected it would be. I was skeptical that we would resolve things in mediation, but we did. I give a lot of credit to our positive resolution to Terry being so organized, and having everything so clearly laid out. One side note, a frend who had gone through a divorce suggested to me that I use Terry. I asked him if HE had used her, and he said "No, my ex was represented by her, sure wish I had been." So whether coming from someone who has not employed Terry (my friend) or from someone who HAS (me), Terry Zundel is highly recommended.
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Posted by anonymous | November 16, 2010
Excellent attorney
Terry and her staff were great in handling a very delicate family matter. They kept me in the loop, and paid attention to detail.
Posted by anonymous | April 18, 2009
Superb Family Law Attorney!
Terry Ann Zundel handled my divorce case. My divorce was a difficult case and took over 15 months to complete. Throughout the entire case, Ms. Zundel was professional, intelligent, focused, articulate, open, and honest. She is compassionate about her work and committed to her clients. Terry cares deeply about the children of her clients and will fight assertively for the best interests of the children. I highly recommend Terry Ann Zundel as a family law attorney!
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Cost

Rates
  • Hourly Rates $ 375-400 per hour
Payment methods
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Resume

AVVO RATING 8.5 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Zundel Law Offices, PLLC
  • 2008 - Present

Education

  • Seattle University
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1992

Associations

  • Washington State Trial Lawyers Association
  • 2000 - Present
  • King County Bar Association
  • 1992 - Present
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • 1992 - Present
  • Washington State Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • N/A
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Honors and Awards

  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2017

Attorney endorsements

Received (8)
Given (7)
Endorse Terry
Family Attorney | Nov 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Terry and I worked together for several years. She is a compassionate and very knowledgeable attorney who works very hard for her clients. She is an effective advocate."
Family Attorney | Nov 20
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Terry Zundel and I worked on a complex divorce litigation matter involving numerous hearings and court briefings. I am impressed with her tenacity and ability to successfully argue her client's position to the court."
Family Attorney | Nov 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Terry goes above and beyond for her clients. She has the patience and wisdom to guide clients to their best possible outcomes. I recommend this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Aug 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Terry since law school. Terry is an extremely knowledgeable and dedicated lawyer who achieves outstanding results for her clients. She cares deeply about her clients and their individual needs and circumstances, which allows her to be particularly effective in bringing them the best possible resolution to their situation. Terry is an outstanding lawyer who works tirelessly for her clients. I refer clients to her with the utmost confidence."
Family Attorney | Aug 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Terry has an excellent reputation in the legal community and is known for solid legal representation"
Family Attorney | Feb 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Earlier in my career, Terry and I both worked as associate attorneys at the same law office. Working side by side with Terry, primarily in the area of family law, I was truly able to see just how skillful and diligent an attorney Terry is. Her clients showered her with praise and repeat business and that says a lot. Terry has gone on to bigger and better things and her success is well deserved."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Nov 04
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Terry is one of the brightest attorneys I have worked with. We collaborated on a number of complicated legal matters and she regularly impressed me with critical thinking and unbiased analysis. i have referred a number of friends to her and would hire her if I needed a domestic relations attorney."
Family Attorney | Sep 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work. She is compassionate, intelligent, and can be aggressive where need be. Terry is one of the top King County Family Law lawyers. I often refer her clients and know that they are being well cared for and represented."
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Seattle Family Lawyer Terry Ann Zundel
Terry Ann Zundel
Family Attorney
Seattle, WA
Licensed for 31 years