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

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  1. Family: 50%
    30 years, 300 cases
  2. Personal Injury: 25%
    30 years, 285 cases
  3. Estate Planning: 15%
    30 years, 145 cases
  4. Probate: 10%
    30 years, 110 cases

Payment

Fees:

Hourly ($320-350/hour), contingent (25-40%)

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Cash, Check, Credit card

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  • Philip R. Shucklin

    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.

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    Philip Shucklin Divorce and separation Attorney
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  • John S. Palmer

    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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    John Palmer Estate planning Attorney
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Contact info

Benjamin Law Group, PLLC

4616 25th Ave NE, #311
Seattle, WA, 98105

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License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
WAActive198508/16/2016

Professional misconduct

This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority.

  1. Censure
    issued in WA, 2002

    updated

    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.”

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Awards
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Pro Bono Publico Service CommendationWashington State Bar Association2016
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2015
Volunteer Settlement Conference MasterKing County Superior Court2013
Random Acts of Professionalism AwardWashington State Bar Association2005
Special President's AwardWashington State Trial Lawyers Association1995
Best Lawyers in AmericaN/A1995
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PrincipalBenjamin Law Group, PLLC2004 - Present
MediatorKing County Superior Court1997 - Present
ArbitratorKing County Superior Court1991 - Present
LR 39.1 NeutralUs District Court, Western District Of Washington2010 - 2016
Managing PartnerBenjamin & Johansen1994 - 2004
PrincipalLaw Office of Andrew L. Benjamin1986 - 1994
Associations
Association namePosition nameDuration
Washington State Bar AssociationMCLE Board Chair2016 - Present
Washington State Bar Association, Board of CLEBoard Member2013 - Present
Snohomish County Bar AssociationMember2009 - Present
Estate Planning Council of SeattleMember1999 - Present
UAW Legal Services PlanPanel Member1995 - Present
King County Bar AssociationMember1986 - Present
Washington State Association for JusticeMember1986 - Present
U.S. District Court for the Western District of WAAdmitted to Practice1985 - Present
Washington State Association for JusticeChair, North Seattle Roundtable2011 - 2012
Washington State Association for JusticeEditorial Board, Trial News2007 - 2014
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of WAAdmitted to Practice2003 - 2008
Washington State Trial Lawyers AssociationConvention Chair1996 - 1996
Washington State Trial Lawyers Association Young Lawyer SectionChair1994 - 1995
Washington State Trial Lawyers AssociationBoard of Governors1994 - 1996
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
In re the Marriage of Nyunt and TunSuccessfully re-established father's parent role
In re the Marriage of Brown and Welke70/30 split of community assets in client's favor
Broman v. BromanObtained Order Returning Children to Sweden
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Publications
Publication nameTitleDate
2007 Title 11 Guardianship GAL TrainingAppropriate Scope of the GAL Investigation: Investigating Assets2007
Automobile Accident Litigation HandbookContingent Fee Agreements2000
Education
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Washington School of LawProfessional Mediation Skills TraningCertificate2008
University of Houston Law CenterLawJD - Juris Doctor1984
University of TexasGovernment and International AffairsBA - Bachelor of Arts1979
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
2007 Title 11 Guardianship Guardian ad Litem TrainingProper Scope of Guardian ad Litem Investigation2007
Avoiding Legal Malpractice and Bar DisciplineAvoiding Legal Malpractice and Bar Discipline1996
Setting Up Your Own Personal Injury Law PracticeHow to Set up a Personal Injury Lawfirm1994