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Adam Shapiro

Family Attorney at Seattle, WA

5.0   14 reviews
  • Licensed for 32 years
    State WA
    Acquired 1992
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Practice areas
  1. Child abuse
    A child abuse lawyer understands issues related to child abuse and neglect, and child physical or emotional abuse claims can arise in a variety of contexts and motives. Sometimes the young victim tells a relative, who then files a lawsuit; at other times, a government agency such as Child Protective Services may press charges. Because of the victims' tender age, abuse cases frequently are complicated. You may seek a child abuse lawyer whether you have been accused of child abuse, or if you're se

    30 years, 500 cases

  2. Divorce and separation
    A divorce lawyer helps you if you no longer want to be married. Whether you want a legal separation or the marriage ended, divorce lawyers assist you to arrange financial and family matters, typically in a negotiation with your spouse's lawyer. Alimony, child custody, child support, and a fair division of community assets (like who keeps the house or how your checking and savings accounts are divided) are matters that a divorce lawyer is trained to help determine.

    18 years, 500 cases

  3. Family
    Family law includes laws of marriage, civil unions, same-sex relationships, domestic partnerships, divorce, separation, property settlements, alimony, spousal abuse, adoption, child abuse, child support, child custody and kidnapping. If you need help with a family-related legal issue, a family law attorney can advise in family disputes as well as represent you in lawsuits.

    30 years, 1,000 cases

  4. Child custody
    If you are getting divorced and have children, part of the divorce agreement will involve determining where and with whom the children will live. A child custody lawyer can help you negotiate custody, either by agreement or in court. The custodial parent (the one the child lives with) earns the legal right to make decisions regarding the child's lifestyle, welfare, and education. Some parents opt for joint custody, which means children divide their time between both parents' homes, and parents s

    30 years, 500 cases

  5. Child support
    If you are a parent and you divorce, the parent the child lives with often receives money (child support) from the parent no longer living with the child. Unlike alimony, which is paid to maintain an ex-spouse's lifestyle, child support pays for the child's physical, emotional, and educational needs. A child support lawyer can help parents negotiate and calculate child support, either by agreement or in court. While national guidelines to calculate child support amounts exist, you or the judge m

    30 years, 500 cases


Adam is a passionate and skilled trial attorney who brings a great deal of energy, creativity and problem solving skills to his work as a legal advocate. Adam has represented hundreds of juveniles and adults in a wide variety of family and criminal law matters since his admission to the Washington State Bar in 1992.  Adam’s practice is primarily focused on Child Protection Services (CPS), family law issues including protection and restraining orders, dissolution (divorce), legal separation, parentage/paternity matters, custody, visitation, property division, child support, maintenance, parenting plan modifications, child support modifications, post decree enforcement issues and contempt of court.  Adam has unique expertise in administrative and family law proceedings involving Child Protective Services and the Department of Social and Health Services, including: dependency, At Risk Youth, and Child In Need of Services cases as well as Child Protective Service investigations and administrative proceedings involving allegations of abuse or neglect.  Adam enjoys working closely with his clients to reach successful results in difficult family law matters, and focuses on finding solutions rather than on finding more conflict in his cases.


Client's Choice 2012
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Client's Choice 2012
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Posted by Jennifer | May 31, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Highly Knowledgeable, Strategic and Compassionate
I hired Adam Shapiro's firm to handle contempt and modification issues in my complex dissolution case. Adam quickly reviewed the voluminous records in my case and outlined an effective, cost-sparing post-dissolution strategy. Because of his own heavy caseload, he assigned an attorney from his firm to take on my case, so that I could get my issues resolved without delay. Adam remained personally involved in my case, weighing in on questions of law and litigation strategy. His associate was a very talented litigator, and the result was a successful outcome to my own motion, and a neutralizing of the motions from the opposing side. It was a pleasure working with everyone at Adam's firm -- they are all extremely professional and caring individuals. Communication was first-rate, attention to detail was exemplary, and every effort was made to keep costs low. My only regret is that I didn't hire Adam to handle my divorce in the first place.
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Posted by anonymous | April 2, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Genuine, Caring and Professional
Hired Adam to represent me in a highly contested complicated case which turned out to be extremely long (over 2 years) and eventually went all the way to trial. Every step of the way Adam and his team showed professionalism and genuine concern for my case. They explained the process clearly to me and responded quickly whenever I had questions. Adam went above and beyond preparing me for trial which put me at ease during testimony. In the end, the judge found the case in my favor awarding me as the primary custodial parent of our child!
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Posted by anonymous | December 5, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
Extremely professional, exceeding explanation.
Adam helped me gain custody of my daughter, during a critical time. Her mother was using and very self destructive. We structured a parenting plan and everything was beyond expectation. The Shapiro team handle everything with the utmost professionalism.
Posted by anonymous | May 4, 2015
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| Consulted Attorney
Knowledgeable Attorney
Adam helped me with a last minute hearing with only 2 hours notice. He had an attorney present by my side at the hearing. He was an extremely articulate and intelligent litigator. And truly cares about helping clients with difficult family law cases.
Posted by Sherry | July 29, 2014
Right Attorney for Grandparents!
Chalk another one up for the Grandparents in Washington State! Adam Shapiro won my case hands down and got me full custody of my grandson. His advice to me from the very first phone call was exceptional and his knowledge of Family Law was unfaltering. He took me under his wing, navigated me through the process and after an agonizing year won my case! I was up against an army of dishonest people and a mountain of declarations that were proven false. That mountain crumbled to ashes once Adam was at the helm. I highly recommend Adam Shapiro for Family Case Law. He ended the chaos that plagued my 3 yo grandson. Third Party Non Parental Custody was granted 7/25/14. I am overwhelmed with gratitude!
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Posted by anonymous | December 8, 2013
Trustworthy and competent
From the first conversation I had with Adam, I felt an immediate trust. He claimed he felt I had a case in spite of the typical low % chance of success my case (ie. sealing records). As we progressed, we ran into a few roadblocks which required IMMEDIATE action in a timely fashion from Adam. He responded quickly (within hours) and was able to assist with the challenge. When it came to articulating himself in court, I felt he spoke every word I would have and then some when presenting to the court. He was prepared with proper law associated with my case and expressed all the arguments in an organized, easy to understand fashion. When he rebuttled opposing counsel, it was obvious he had listened attentively and was able to respond with influencing comments for the court to hear. In the end, Adam was successful for which I am forever grateful. Should I need for an attorney in the future, I will work with Adam again.
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Posted by anonymous | May 14, 2013
Highest Recommendation - Knowledgeable, Aggressive, and Compassionate
I have to reiterate the positive comments other reviewers have said about Adam. My family and I are grateful Adam defended our case. Like others, my case was complex (involving myself and other defendants), unusual, and last minute. In only week, Adam was able to review large amounts of information, communicate with other lawyers in the case, and construct a solid defense from many angles based on evidence and his strong knowledge of the law. To complicate matters more, I live out of state and most of our communications were handled effectively and professionally through email. During the process, Adam was compassionate to work with and dedicated to our success. In court, he fought aggressively, won several key motions along the way, and ultimately won the case with a dismissal by the court. Adam has my highest recommendation, and my family's deepest appreciation for all he did for us.
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Posted by anonymous | October 4, 2012
Greatest Lawyer
Adam did the greatest job to solve our entangled situation caused by a dramatic CPS caseworker, who accused us based on false allegations. Adam proved CPS's accusation false and convinced the judge to dismiss the case. At that time, he was a state lawyer, so his work was even more remarkable. He was not doing it out of money: He worked genuinely from his heart, passion, and a great sense of justice. Even today, I appreciate his time, effort, compassion. He is one of the best attorneys that I have ever met in my life. Thank you, Adam for rescuing us!
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Posted by anonymous | September 13, 2012
A Lawyer I would Recommend to Anyone
Adam was a great resource for us when we were deailing with CPS. He gave us honest cadid advice and helped us get through a very stressful situation. He seemed to really enjoy his work and had an honesty about him uncommon in lawyers. I would recommend him to anyone in need of a good lawyer. He knows the laws very well and he is very personable-you get the feeling he really cares about his clients and their cases.
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Posted by Pete | May 1, 2012
Professional, Compassionate, and Concise
I learned of a petition to the court for a restraining order against me, but was never served, with the petitioner seeking a default judgement against me. Despite having only six days before the court date and an existing case load, Adam worked swiftly to prepare our response so we could keep this date rather than a continuance. This helped in the case, as the petitioner wasn't expecting me to be there. As other reviewers have said, Adam was very compassionate and really took time with me to understand all aspects of my situation. He was masterful at distilling a large amount of information to only those facts that pertained to the petition, resulting in a ruling in our favor.
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Posted by Stephanie | December 15, 2011
Great Lawyer
Adam was very straight forward and easy to work with in a difficult matter for our family. We had a very short time to react to this matter(6 business days) and he made us his priority(worked the weekend). He is a lawyer who cares, works hard and is honest.
Posted by Shawn | October 11, 2011
Humane and Efficient - Simplified a Difficult process During a Difficult Time
Adam represented me in my divorce. This was a difficult time during which I was overwhelmed by the process needed to get to the other side of this mountain. When I first met with Adam, I appreciated his compassionate but calm, matter-of-fact way of presenting the steps required as well as the different approaches that could be taken. Once I had the information, it still took me a few months to be ready to dive into the process but when I was ready, I felt that Adam made everything very easy and we were able to take off where we had left off. He took a very personalized approach including coming up with creative ways of handling the unique aspects of my situation that would ultimately get me through the divorce without hitting major roadblocks. There were a couple points where I thought I’d have to wait until I finished some other big task before I would be able to proceed with the next step of the divorce and this could have stalled the process for me. However, Adam was able to present alternate paths to the same end, and ultimately simplify the process with the same results. Adam was very efficient with the use of time. I feel like we got through the paperwork and proceedings quickly, and comparatively, the cost seemed quite reasonable. I would highly recommend Adam. Legal situations involving family issues are sensitive matters and I think Adam has that rare ability to combine subjective human compassion with objective competency in his areas of expertise.
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Posted by Kyle | September 16, 2011
Exceeded my expectations
Adam represented me through a difficult dissolution and custody case. He put together the road map to achieve our objectives in the case. There were difficulties that came up as the respondent obtained a temporary restraining order, and Adam guided me through having it dismissed. Adam kept our case on track all the way through trial with an outcome that exceeded my expectations. I owe it to Adam seeing the strengths of our case and sticking with our plan. I am appreciative that he genuinely cared about how this case impacted me and my kids. I believe it shows in his work. Thanks!
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Posted by anonymous | April 8, 2011
Compassionate Professional
We hired Adam to represent us during false child abuse allegations made by a hospital. It was a difficult and emotional time for my family and Adam was a compassionate professional who fought hard to clear us of the false allegations. He was extremely responsive and very up front about what we could expect, what we should think about, etc. It was clear that he had much experience in CPS cases and really understood the process. We had our own set of medical experts due to our child's rare medical conditions, but due to them residing outside of WA, local "experts" refused to follow up with them. Adam was pivotal in getting our voices heard and getting our experts heard. I would work with Adam in a heartbeat if we ever needed representation again.
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AVVO RATING 8.6 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Senior Associate
  • Rhodes & Meryhew LLP
  • 2010 - Present
  • Owner
  • The Shapiro Law Group
  • 2010 - Present
  • Partner
  • Shapiro & Freitas PS
  • 2009 - 2010
  • Public Defender
  • Society of Counsel Representing Accused Persons
  • 1995 - 2009
  • Public Defender
  • Washington Appellate Defender Association
  • 1992 - 1995
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  • Washington University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1991
  • Tufts University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1986

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Child Protective Services Investigation
  • No charges filed against either parent; CPS closed their investigation without a finding of abuse or neglect against either parent.
  • Child Custody Trial
  • Client awarded primary custody of children and child support
  • Child Protective Services Investigation
  • child returned to parents, CPS and police investigations closed and dismissed without any charges or findings filed against the parents
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  • King County Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • 2009 - Present
  • Washington State Bar Family Law Section
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • Washington State Bar Association, Criminal Law Section
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 1995 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish


Speaking Engagements

  • King County Bar Association Dependency CLE
  • Dependency Case Practice
  • 2011
  • Family Law Speaking Series
  • The Intersection of Dependency and Family Law
  • 2011
  • Dependency Attorney Conference
  • Using Service Providers to Your Advantage in Dependency Proceedings
  • 2001

Attorney endorsements

Received (12)
Given (8)
Endorse Adam
Family Attorney | Nov 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Adam is a highly-trusted source of wisdom, perspective, and experience. He maintains a laser-like focus on the needs of the case and his client, which provides the client, who is necessarily going through a highly-charged and emotional experience, with a sense of comfort and confidence. I heartily endorse Adam."
Child custody Attorney | Jul 01
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. I have worked with Adam on numerous family law and dependency matters over the years. Each time he was a smart, tireless, and tenacious advocate for his clients. He is a fighter but also knows when to negotiate. I look forward to working with him again."
Child abuse Attorney | Oct 07
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse Adam Shapiro. I have referred family law clients to Adam, as well as clients with or concerned about criminal charges. I worked with Adam to manage a complex case involving family law litigation and criminal charges. I found Adam to be diligent, practical, straight-forward and professional."
Family Attorney | May 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Adam. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Family Attorney | Aug 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Adam is a very knowledgeable and experienced attorney who obtains great results for his clients. I have known him for several years and worked with him at the same law office. Adam takes on very complex cases and knows extremely well the intricacies of family law. Also, he is very well versed in dealing with child custody issues. I highly recommend him."
Child custody Attorney | May 19
Relationship: Co-worker
"Adam is diligent and compassionate. Many lawyers either care deeply about their clients but are unable to be objective, or they are objective but don't care enough. Adam Shapiro somehow manages to strike a balance and do both. I respect him for it."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 29
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"Adam worked for me at the Washington Appellate Defender Association in the 1990's. I have followed his career and his accomplishments since that time. He is a wonderful person and an astute lawyer. I highly recommend his work."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I got to know Adam when he was a public defender and I was his opposing counsel prosecutor. We literally had hundreds of cases together and throughout our many year association I always found Adam to be an exceptional attorney. He is tenacious and steadfast in court but also a skilled negotiator. We both have moved on to private practice since those days and I have frequently referred clients to Adam - especially in the areas of dependencies and high confliuct cases - with excellent results."
Child custody Attorney | Feb 21
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Myself and another private lawyer were double-teaming Adam in a dependency/child custody-related case; I represented the child; he was a public defender representing the parent whose propspects for "keeping" the child looked very poor. I was expecting to win in short order, but Adam fought hard, well, and ethically -- he quite skilfully and suddenly wrested one "routine" hearing totally away from us and into his client's favor, seizing upon a "procedural" notice issue we'd thought was a non-issue. Well, the Judge saw it Adam's way that day, and with good reason. Advocacy of the highest order."
Family Attorney | Feb 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Adam is a brilliant and hard working lawyer. I worked with him for many years and witnessed first hand his fierce advocacy for his clients. I refer him to current clients who need a family law attorney frequently. I have only heard positive feedback from the clients I have referred to him."
Family Attorney | Feb 15
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer. Adam Shapiro was the first attorney I was assigned to work with at the beginning of my legal career, and his hard work, dedication to his clients, and his knowledge of the law where one of my first role models in my practice. Adam is a determined and creative advocate, who taught me that there is a way to effectively communicate every client's position, no matter how difficult it is. I am proud to work with Adam now, and to watch him continue to serve his clients creatively, effectively and with determination."
Juvenile law Attorney | Jul 06
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I had the pleasure of working with Adam Shapiro on a dependency-related matter in King County juvenile court. He was very knowledgeable, helpful, and sensitive to the people involved. I look forward to the opportunity to work with him again and would wholeheartedly recommend him to anyone with a need for representation in this area."
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Seattle Family Lawyer Adam Shapiro
Adam Shapiro
Family Attorney
Seattle, WA
Licensed for 32 years