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Andrew Lee Benjamin

Family Attorney at Seattle, WA

4.6   12 reviews

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About Andrew

Learn Andrew’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Family
    We handle cases involving all or some of the following: parenting, child support, spousal support, property and debt distribution, parentage, International child custody disputes, and post-secondary educational support.

    37 years, 300 cases

  2. Personal injury
    Our firm handles automobile and premises liability cases. Mr. Benjamin's experience handling these cases pre-dates his admission to the Bar, as he is a former insurance claims adjuster.

    37 years, 285 cases

  3. Estate planning
    We have helped clients plan for how their estate should be administered and distributed after death. This includes drafting Trusts for minor children and heirs with Special Needs. We also draft Powers of Attorney for medical and financial matters.

    37 years, 165 cases

  4. Ethics and professional responsibility
    For about 30 years, our firm has handled plaintiff's Legal Malpractice cases, along with claims and suits against lawyers in the areas of Consumer Protection, Breach of Fiduciary Duty and Fee Disputes.

    36 years, 23 cases

  5. Probate
    We have assisted personal representatives administer estates according to the decedent's Last Will and in those situations when no Will has been done. We also are involved in petitioning for Guardianship in some cases.

    37 years, 115 cases

My son and I have a law practice in Seattle, Washington.  We help our clients with Family Law, Personal Injury, Wills and Estates, and Attorney/Client Disputes.

Licensed for 37 years
State WA
Status Active
Acquired 1985
Updated 03/18/2023

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4616 25th Ave NE, #311
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4.6 / 5.0
  12 customer reviews
Posted by Kelly | September 27, 2019
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Great Lawyer!
Andy and his associate Nate made my divorce process easy. He is very intelligent and caring and a great listener. When my divorce was finalized I felt as if a 50 pound weight was taken off my shoulders and Andy was there every step on the way to make this difficult life experience go smoothly. I highly recommend him and his firm for legal services.
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Posted by Patti W. | September 16, 2019
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Dynamic Legal Team
I am an incredibly grateful client of Andrew and Nathan Benjamin and would recommend them to my closest friends and family. I was going through one of the most difficult things a family has to endure. My dearest friend took me by the hand to meet Andrew Benjamin whom had carried her successfully through a similar situation. This was in January of 2012. Andrew skillfully carried me through this delicate legal dilemma with brilliance and sensitivity to an amazing conclusion, more than I could have dreamt possible. Andrew made some strategic legal moves that saved me thousands of dollars. It is with great appreciation that my case will come to a final close next month. I would reach out to Andrew and Nathan Benjamin if I am ever in the need for legal assistance again. They make a dynamic legal team! Patti W.
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Posted by Brian | August 8, 2018
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Highest Rating for Andrew Benjamin
I came to Andrew Benjamin to help in a contentious divorce settlement. From day one Andrew was a strong and clear guide in difficult times. He spoke honestly and always told me what I needed to hear rather than what I wanted to hear. His enormous compassion was matched by his relentless drive to build compelling, airtight arguments on my behalf. I always felt like my case was the most important one on his desk. I am deeply grateful for Andrew. His professionalism, intellect, and compassion are a rare and beautiful combination. I would recommend Andrew without hesitation.
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Posted by Ron | March 14, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Will and past documents revised due to second marriage, business sold and my retirement. Great professional attention to detail.
I highly recommend Andrew. I had a 10 year old will along with other documents due to a second marriage and owning a business. When I sat down and met with him he did an excellent review of my original will. He then asked great questions so that he would understand exactly what my wife and I truly wanted to accomplish with our new wills and other legal documents. I was very impressed with his knowledge and understanding of the law. With that said he gained my trust as an advisor as to what best to do after analyzing our current living situation. He was prompt, easy to work with and the first drafts of all of the new documents were perfect! We truly appreciate and highly recommend Andrew Benjamin and the Benjamin Law Group.
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Posted by Susan | September 28, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Success With My Legal Malpractice Case
Mr. Benjamin was hired on a contingency basis to represent me with seeking relief due to legal malpractice. He was a very good advocate for my situation and retained highly competent professionals to assist on my behalf. He worked diligently to produce a favorable outcome and remained composed and optimistic during the course of our working together. Mr. Benjamin was able to resolve my case bringing swift closure so I could move forward with my life after a troubling legal battle with divorce. I'd recommend Mr. Benjamin and his firm to anyone needing closure and peace of mind in a legal issue.
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Posted by Walid | April 22, 2013
Expect nothing but excellence
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.
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Posted by Alida | February 28, 2013
Excellent! My Daughter's Safety was Ensured, & her Childhood Protected, Thanks to Andrew!
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.
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Posted by Kathleen | February 26, 2013
Helped me to retain 92 percent of my assets in divorce...
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.
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Posted by anonymous | June 22, 2011
Great probate lawyer..
Andrew was very understanding and professional in our time of grief. His steadfast and accurate services were very helpful to our family. Our probate went flawless. Myself and family highly recommend Mr. Benjamin and will use his services when ever needed.
Posted by Mike -- Bothell WA | February 17, 2011
High quality lawyer with a happy client
I had hired Mr. Andrew Benjamin to represent me for a nasty divorce case and I was amazed how high quality service I got from him. He was very professional, very informative, explained everything I needed to know in detail, and represented me perfectly. I was very happy with the outcome and would recommend his services to anyone.
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Posted by anonymous | March 30, 2009
Ugly divorce case involving kids
Andrew did a very good job of steering me in the right direction, but I was often confused by why he was recommending certain things.
Posted by Johanna | February 18, 2022
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We had a Very poor experience when Mr Benjamin represented me in divorce proceedings. He participated in forming a parenting plan that i soon realized was damaging and detrimental and required much time and legal effort to correct legally in order to restore my family. Strongly do not recommend this lawyer.
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  • Hourly Rates $ 350-375 per hour
  • Contingency 25%-40%
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Professional misconduct

This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority in 2002.

Censure issued in WA, 2002
updated on 01/12/2010

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.”

Work Experience

  • 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
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  • University of Washington School of Law
  • Certificate
  • 2008
  • University of Houston Law Center
  • JD
  • 1984
  • University of Texas
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1979

Legal Cases

  • 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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  • 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 Bar Association
  • MCLE Board Member
  • 2013 - 2019
  • 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
  • Board of Governors
  • 1994 - 1996
  • Washington State Trial Lawyers Association Young Lawyer Section
  • Chair
  • 1994 - 1995
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2020
  • Pro Bono Publico Service Commendation
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • 2018
  • 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
  • 1995
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  • Automobile Accident Litigation Handbook
  • Contingent Fee Agreements
  • 2018
  • 2007 Title 11 Guardianship GAL Training
  • Appropriate Scope of the GAL Investigation: Investigating Assets
  • 2007

Speaking Engagements

  • 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
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Attorney endorsements

Received (4)
Given (13)
Endorse Andrew
Family Attorney | Oct 14
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."
Family Attorney | Mar 13
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."
Family Attorney | Jun 06
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I have had the pleasure of working with Andrew roughly from 2005-2008. Although I now work with another law firm, I still feel comfortable reaching out to Andrew for his advice and guidance, when needed. Andrew works hard to make sure that his clients have a fair and successful outcome. I have referred many potential clients to his office and strongly endorse him as a family law attorney."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Mar 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have known Mr. Benjamin for several years and I have been impressed by his great experience, problem-solving skills, and knowledge of the law, as well as his determination and compassion on behalf of his clients. I not only endorse Mr. Benjamin, I highly recommend him."
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Seattle Family Lawyer Andrew Lee Benjamin
Andrew Lee Benjamin
Family Attorney
Seattle, WA
Licensed for 37 years