|Attorney||Seattle Divorce Services||2014 - Present|
|Attorney||Michael W. Bugni & Associates||2010 - 2012|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|King County Collaborative Law||Member||2014 - Present|
|International Academy of Collaborative Professionals||Member||2014 - Present|
|Washington State Bar Association||Member||2009 - Present|
|King County Bar Association||Member||2009 - Present|
|Seattle University School of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||2009|
|Western Washington University||Theatre||BA - Bachelor of Arts||2002|
Posted by Lauren A Wolfe
Recently, I struggled through the most traumatic ordeal of my life--my former husband developed a severe and sudden mental illness. After unsuccessfully trying to get him help, I finally turned to legal representation, because on my own, I didn't know where to begin.
I asked a group of friends (via a private facebook group we all share to talk about lady stuff) who they might recommend to help offer guidance. *Eight* people suggested Nathan. From the very beginning, he listened with non-judgement and empathy; he immediately began to advocate for my family's wellbeing--helping me to choose a path that would help maintain my son's and my safety.
He also went out of his way to help mitigate my legal expenses, which almost seems counterintuitive, but is also very much in line with his character. For instance, when I needed to obtain a protection order, Nathan explained how I could file with the court for free using non-profit-funded DV advocates. He explained that he'd be happy to help, but that the advocates were very helpful and offered the service for free. I have so much respect for his willingness to sacrifice his own earning potential in order to suggest what was best for *me.* Plenty of people wouldn't have cared that I was a single mom trying to get my career started, but with Nathan, I clearly wasn't just another client.
At each step in the process, Nathan offered a number of potential strategies, detailing the risks/benefits of each. He was strongly invested in helping me obtain the best outcome for my family. I'm naturally a bit of an... optimist, I guess, and I needed an advocate who could be risk averse on my behalf. Nathan helped me make good choices at a time when I was far too traumatized to try to be my own advocate. He was definitely helping me to think about things pragmatically and proved to be a very strong legal advocate, in additional to being empathetic and ethical.
It helped so much, knowing that my interests were taken care of by a civil professional who could also be a firm advocate when needed. He's exactly what I wanted in an attorney, as it turned out!
This is the first time I've ever needed to hire a lawyer, and honestly, I hope it's one of the last (though it doesn't seem likely. So I'll end by saying that I'll count myself very lucky if my next attorney is as talented However, I'll be very luck , I hope that they're half as talented as Nathan.
Posted by Catherine
I needed legal help for something very difficult and in the balance was the most precious being in my life, my wee daughter. I walked into Nathan's office because I needed help with my Domestic Violence Protection Order, DV PO for short, for all of those who are not fluent in legalese. I had consulted three non profits and the outlook was grim. I was not a woman who would allow my situation to elevate to the point where I was hospitalized. Proving and working with my situation was compound fed by my having fled my home state. Nathan did not give me a prognosis of roses and honey, but made me aware of alternatives that others had otherwise overlooked. He was the individual perfect for the job. He would take the time to research what he didn't know and made all efforts to provide the best legal advice possible. I was also greTful for his accommodation of difficult family members and working with me through my choppy financial circumstances. If I had money for Christmas Cards I would of sent him one. Next year and the years after he is on my list. Thank you Nathan! I don't really think 'great' in every language will sufficiently describe his work and efforts, it just is not good enough.
Posted by anonymous
I came to Nathan when other possibilities had been exhausted and I needed a lawyer. The nature of my case was extreme. The other side was willing to stop at nothing to see they got their way and was using the courts in an, at best, questionable manner. There was an enormous amount of work to be done. Nathan's knowledge and diligent planning and execution, throughout the year or so my case went on, secured full custody of my child with protections in place. This gave us a buffer from the other party's harassing behavior. We are forever grateful to Nathan and his team!
Michelle Dellino, Family Attorney
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
I strongly endorse Mr. Cliber. Well versed in all aspects of family law and a stellar person, I have referred clients to Nate in the past knowing they would be in the best hands. I am fortunate to have known Nate since law school when we worked together in a clinical program. He has always impressed me with his commitment strong advocacy for his clients, his genuine compassion, and his high level of intelligence. I would call on Nate to cover my own cases if I had a need which is to say I trust him with my clients. This is the highest compliment another lawyer can offer.
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