This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority.
This means the attorney did something wrong, but the Bar did not suspend the lawyer. Typically in this case the lawyer's poor behavior is exposed to the public in hopes that he or she will not repeat the behavior.
Andrew’s comment: “In 2002, I received a Censure (lowest level of discipline) by stipulation with the WSBA. In the settlement, I paid $2,000 to the client, the most she could have expected to recover in her case. I disputed the allegations in the grievance. The discipline arises from events in 1998. Not one aspect of the my professional conduct since 1998 has been the subject of any grievance with the WSBA.”
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Pro Bono Publico Service Commendation||Washington State Bar Association||2017|
|AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated||Martindale-Hubbell||2015|
|Volunteer Settlement Conference Master||King County Superior Court||2013|
|Random Acts of Professionalism Award||Washington State Bar Association||2005|
|Special President's Award||Washington State Trial Lawyers Association||1995|
|Best Lawyers in America||N/A||1995|
|Principal||Benjamin Law Group, PLLC||2004 - Present|
|Mediator||King County Superior Court||1997 - Present|
|Arbitrator||King County Superior Court||1991 - Present|
|LR 39.1 Neutral||US District Court, Western District Of Washington||2010 - 2016|
|Managing Partner||Benjamin & Johansen||1994 - 2004|
|Principal||Law Office of Andrew L. Benjamin||1986 - 1994|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Washington State Bar Association||MCLE Board Chair||2016 - Present|
|Washington State Bar Association, Board of CLE||Board Member||2013 - Present|
|Snohomish County Bar Association||Member||2009 - Present|
|Estate Planning Council of Seattle||Member||1999 - Present|
|UAW Legal Services Plan||Panel Member||1995 - Present|
|King County Bar Association||Member||1986 - Present|
|Washington State Association for Justice||Member||1986 - Present|
|U.S. District Court for the Western District of WA||Admitted to Practice||1985 - Present|
|Washington State Association for Justice||Chair, North Seattle Roundtable||2011 - 2012|
|Washington State Association for Justice||Editorial Board, Trial News||2007 - 2014|
|U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of WA||Admitted to Practice||2003 - 2008|
|Washington State Trial Lawyers Association||Convention Chair||1996 - 1996|
|Washington State Trial Lawyers Association Young Lawyer Section||Chair||1994 - 1995|
|Washington State Trial Lawyers Association||Board of Governors||1994 - 1996|
|In re the Marriage of Nyunt and Tun||Successfully re-established father's parent role|
|In re the Marriage of Brown and Welke||70/30 split of community assets in client's favor|
|Broman v. Broman||Obtained Order Returning Children to Sweden|
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|2007 Title 11 Guardianship GAL Training||Appropriate Scope of the GAL Investigation: Investigating Assets||2007|
|Automobile Accident Litigation Handbook||Contingent Fee Agreements||2000|
|University of Washington School of Law||Professional Mediation Skills Traning||Certificate||2008|
|University of Houston Law Center||Law||JD||1984|
|University of Texas||Government and International Affairs||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1979|
|The New, the Tried, and the True: Balancing Client Needs with your Priorities||Competing In Today's Marketplace- How to Stand Out||2017|
|Essential Marketing Plan Workshop: Strategies to Attract Your Ideal Client||Developing A Marketing Plan That Will Enable Your Firm to Grow||2016|
|2007 Title 11 Guardianship Guardian ad Litem Training||Proper Scope of Guardian ad Litem Investigation||2007|
|Avoiding Legal Malpractice and Bar Discipline||Avoiding Legal Malpractice and Bar Discipline||1996|
|Setting Up Your Own Personal Injury Law Practice||How to Set up a Personal Injury Lawfirm||1994|
Posted by Walid
Mr. Benjamin handled my injury case. He kept me informed of every step of the process. He responded to my inquiries and to every question I had in a timely manner. His knowledge of the field
is very strong. His patience, strong principals of integrity, professionalism and trustworthiness make him a great lawyer and a special humanbeing. He was very sensitive to my needs during the period
of my treatment. In brief: He is an excellent lawyer and wonderful humanbeing.
Posted by Alida
When I first hired Mr. Andrew Benjamin, I came to him with a very weak parenting plan drawn up by another attorney. By the end of our time together (many court hearings, e-mails, meetings, drafts & documents later), I ended up with a solid parenting plan which showed the central focus as providing for the best interests of my child. He was patient with my many e-mails, and informative in that he always forwarded me any e-mail correspondence between him and the other counsel, or the other party.
Mr. Benjamin faced the challenge of opposing a man and his counsel, who unabashedly filled the judges' ears with inconsistent and distracting lies. The opposing party leaned heavily on the excuses of PTSD, righteous unaccountability, and being the unaware victim of his own jealousy, anger, needs, and desperation. With such distractions, my ex accused me of contempt, and fraud, and tried to paint himself as a father who had done everything he possibly could to build a relationship with our daughter.
During the process of building our case, Andrew showed tenacity by reading through, and digesting, the more than 1,000 pages of evidence and information I gave him. From 5 binders of material, Andrew was able to extrapolate the pertinent occurrences, facts, themes & timelines. He presented these in his prepared written material, and had made himself familiar enough with those occurrences, facts, themes & timelines to recall & relay them in the on-the-spot verbal discourse which occurs during court. He brought these to the attention of the Judge and/or Commissioner, with conviction & composure, conveying facts, rather than feelings. He thereby effectively rebutted each falsehood with tangible evidence, & could locate the evidence quickly to show it to the Judge.
In the end, we were awarded $13,300 from my ex, as repayment for some of the attorney's (& other) fees, because Mr. Benjamin was able to prove that my ex had based his claims on falsehoods, which took both time & money to prove false. The more important victory, however, is that my ex will need to transform himself, by doing a year of intensive treatment, before gaining a significant amount of unsupervised time with our 9-year-old little girl. I put my daughter's life in Andrew's hands, and through 5 hearings, one settlement meeting, and one trial, he protected her every step of the way.
Posted by Kathleen
The process of divorce runs on two separate tracks and one of them is clearly emotional. It is in this emotional crisis that many of us are faced with the overwhelming task of negotiating what could be the biggest business deal of our lives.
Andrew Benjamin was my attorney in a divorce that—on top of the usual emotional trauma—could have had devastating financial consequences. As a recently-retired executive, I had no pre-nup and an underemployed, unfaithful spouse with an over-inflated sense of entitlement.
Before I confronted my husband, Andrew and I planned the best strategy for the outcome I wanted, aiming to protect my retirement plan and the assets I had accumulated. It probably would have been easy for a lawyer to ask the obvious questions—why did I marry this guy and what was I thinking? Instead, Andrew was respectful of my situation and dedicated to helping me navigate it.
Still, the night I asked my husband to leave my home was one of the hardest of my life. The police were called in. I was deeply shaken the following morning when I met with Andrew to prepare to request a restraining order and file for a legal separation. I remember feeling like I was walking through someone else’s life.
It was then that Andrew told me a story that I will not likely forget. It was about boxer Muhammad Ali, the Greatest, and his “rope-a-dope” fight with George Foreman. The fight was called The Rumble In the Jungle, and Foreman was favored for his raw punching power. Ali absorbed punch after punch, pummeled in the ropes by Foreman. Observers thought Ali would be seriously injured. Instead, Ali outsmarted Foreman, whose arms tired as the rounds wore on. Finally, Ali rose up from the ropes in the eighth round with a five-punch combination that staggered Foreman to the canvas.
Now, why would an attorney tell his client a story like that?
Andrew told me that story because he knew it was my time to rise up. And rise up we did. In a “50-50” community property state, Andrew was able to secure a division of property in a short-duration marriage that allowed me to retain 92 percent of my assets. Winning my financial security went a long way toward winning back my emotional strength.
I consider Andrew to be a creative problem-solver with a clear head and a valuable depth of experience. He listens very well and asks the right questions to shape the case. He is able to analyze options and build the right strategies. In court, he is well known and respected by his colleagues; he acts with competence and confidence. He is flexible and aggressive. He considers his clients’ costs.
And when it’s time to rise up, I can’t think of anyone better in the corner.
Philip Shucklin, Divorce and separation Attorney
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
I endorse this lawyer. I have had the opportunity to work on a number of cases over the years with Andy as the opposing counsel. He has a great reputation and is well respected by his peers. He is a fierce advocate and extremely ethical. He is a man of his word and a credit to the profession.
John Palmer, Estate planning Attorney
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
Andy and I were opposing counsel in a divorce case in which we needed to arrive at a fair and equitable division of property after taking into account some rather unique facts and moderately complicated issues. One of the clients was represented in the proceeding by a legal guardian, which added another layer of complexity. I thought Andy was quick to grasp the issues and did a fine job advocating for his client. Thanks to his efforts we were able to reach a settlement that was acceptable to both sides. I would recommend him to anyone looking for a family law or guardianship attorney.
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