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Emily Jennifer Tsai

Divorce and separation Attorney at Seattle, WA

5.0   5 reviews
  • State Years
    California - CA 30 years
    Washington - WA 32 years
  • Licensed for 30 years
    State CA
    Acquired 1993
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 32 years
    State WA
    Acquired 1991
    Active No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Emily

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Tsai Law Company, PLLC is a boutique family law firm located in downtown Seattle.  Our Seattle Divorce Lawyers have over 45 years of combined experience in the area of divorce and family law.  To speak with one of our Seattle Divorce Lawyers and Family Law Attorneys call.


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Emily J. Tsai


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Posted by anonymous | September 11, 2020
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Great Divorce Attorney
I’ve recently contacted Emily’s firm on a divorce/separation matter. I didn’t have much expectations contacting her firm but Emily’s effort in helping me was something that I will cherish for a very long time. I walked away from the experience with more knowledge on what options that are now available to me and an immense sense of relief, knowing that my problem is now solvable, all made possible by Emily’s great work ethics, outstanding research skill, and expertise in her fields of practice. Most importantly, she treated me with kindness, patience and utmost respect.
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Posted by Fabian Sanin | December 19, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Child Support Order
Emily was great at clarifying what the law is and my options are with my situation. Emily was honest with me on what the outcome could be and what her plan was for the situation. Very much appreciated.
Posted by Terry | November 16, 2014
Best out of 4 Lawyers for High Asset Divorce
I found Emily Tsai after seeing my wife’s lawyer out class my first 3 lawyers. He was able to take the documented truth and twist it into lies. The first 3 fell prey to sleazy tactics and threats of sanctions. Maybe they were afraid of a lawyer who had a Commissioner working in his law firm. Emily took him on and save me from losing potentially $2 million to the lies and tricks of the other side. She did this by not responding to lies and sleaze with lies and sleaze. She did it using the high road with good legal reasoning, good legal research, and outstanding expert witnesses. Emily is hard working. To my objection she had me in her office late into the night to prepare for the arbitration hearing. Her husband was very patient and waited hours for her to complete the preparations. If you have high value assets at risk in your divorce, you need to see Emily. She is well worth her fee.
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Posted by Debbie | August 22, 2014
The Best Child Custody Attorney In Seattle!
Emily is very knowledgeable and very compassinate with her client's. She took on a very complicated case of mine and guieded me through all the confusing red tape. When it came to trial time and I just didn't have anymore funds to pay her, she took it on for FREE!!!!! As she seen through all of the biasness. Emily still helps me whenever I call her, she is there for me to answer all of my questions with her knowledge and compassion. She is truely an Angel! If in need of the Best please call her!
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Posted by anonymous | February 2, 2012
Best Family Law Lawyer!
I went through a horrible divorce with an abusive man. Emily made sure to take care of things in my case. Although she was unable to always win when we went to court, this was not her fault and was just the way the judge made their judgement. She was always professional and always returned my emails and phone calls promptly. She is very knowlegeable and have unique ways of seeing things.
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  • Hourly Rates $ 550-7000 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Tsai Law Company PLLC
  • 2008 - Present
  • Contract Mediation Services
  • King County Prosecutor Family Support
  • 2008 - 2014
  • Attorney
  • Neighborhood Legal Clinic
  • 2005 - 2008
  • Owner
  • Emily J. Tsai, Attorney at Law
  • 1995 - 2008
  • Associate
  • Law Office of John C. O'Rourke
  • 1991 - 1994
  • Law Clerk
  • Ulin Dann & Lambe
  • 1990 - 1991
  • Law Clerk
  • Schroeter Goldmark & Bender, PS
  • 1989 - 1990
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  • University of Washington School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1991
  • University of Washington
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1988

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Marriage of U
  • Appeal allowing Remand
  • Marriage of D.
  • Succeeded in Defeating Appeal
  • Parentage of J.M.W.
  • Division I Court of Appeals Affirmed Trial Court Decision
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  • King County Bar Association
  • 2013 - Present
  • Tacoma Pierce County Bar Association
  • 2008 - Present
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • State Bar of California
  • Member
  • N/A
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Preeminent 5.0 out of 5
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2015
  • Pro Bono Service Commendation
  • King County Superior Court
  • 2009
  • Pro Bono Service Commendation
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • 2008
  • Scholarship
  • Washington Legal Foundation
  • 1989
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  • WSBA Family Law Deskbook
  • Chapter 70- Homesteads
  • 2023
  • Aspatore Book publication
  • Strategies for Military Family Law
  • 2014
  • National Business Institute Seminar
  • Ethics
  • 2012
  • National Business Institute Seminar
  • When There is an Obstacle to Adoption- An Overview of Other Legal Actions
  • 2012
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Speaking Engagements

  • Authenticating and Admitting Evidence: Start to Finish
  • Applying the Hearsay Rule and its Exceptions
  • 2019
  • Authenticating and Admitting Evidence: Start to Finish
  • Legal Ethics in Evidence
  • 2019
  • Applying the Rules of Evidence: What Every Attorney Needs to Know
  • Ethics
  • 2018
  • Applying the Rules of Evidence: What Every attorney Needs to Know
  • Hearsay Objections and Exceptions
  • 2018
  • What to do when?
  • Pre Nuptial and Post Nuptial Agreements
  • 2016
  • NBI Adoption Law and Practice CLE
  • Adoption Law and Practice
  • 2012
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Attorney endorsements

Received (11)
Given (18)
Endorse Emily
Family Attorney | Feb 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I've had the opportunity to work with Ms. Tsai as opposing counsel more than once. She is highly professional, knowledgeable and skilled in her practice."
Family Attorney | Sep 01
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Emily is a smart attorney who knows the law and is able to also come up with creative ideas to serve her clients' needs. She is a strong advocate and a respected adversary."
Family Attorney | Aug 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. She has an excellent knowledge of family law and practices with integrity. It is a pleasure to work on a case with her."
Family Attorney | Aug 24
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Emily is both professional and personable. She truly cares about her clients and will go that extra mile for them. I would trust her implicitly with any legal matter."
Family Attorney | Aug 22
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Emily and I worked together on paternity cases through the KCPA Family Support Division. Emily is calm, organized, thoughtful, and responsive. She has broad knowledge of family law issues."
Family Attorney | Aug 22
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. I have the opportunity to have cases with Emily and can attest to not only her professionalism, but to her integrity, honesty and strong passion for her clients. She is a great lawyer and a great person."
Family Attorney | Oct 03
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I worked with Emily as opposing counsel before and now for her. She is a tenacious, intelligent, and knowledgeable attorney. She advocates very strongly for her clients. Anyone that hires her to represent them will feel confident and comfortable knowing that she is on their side."
Family Attorney | Jul 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Child custody Attorney | Mar 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Emily is a skilled and knowledgeable family law attorney who has argued third party custody cases in both trial and appellate courts."
Family Attorney | Jul 15
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Mar 10
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer. Emily is an amazing attorney and strong advocate for her clients."
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Seattle Divorce and separation Lawyer Emily Jennifer Tsai
Emily Jennifer Tsai
Divorce and separation Attorney
Seattle, WA
Licensed for 32 years