Experienced attorney in high asset/complex family law matters.Experienced attorney in high asset/complex family law matters.Experienced attorney in high asset/complex family law matters.
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Top 10 Attorney Award||National Academy of Family Law Attorneys||2016|
|Nation's Top One Percent||National Association of Distinguished Counsel||2016|
|AV Preeminent Rated||Martindale-Hubbell||2016|
|Super Lawyer||Super Lawyers Magazine||2016|
|Pro Bono Publico Service Commendation||Washington State Bar Association||2015|
|AV Preeminent Rated||Martindale-Hubbell||2015|
|Nation's Top One Percent||National Association of Distinguished Counsel||2015|
|Top 10 Attorney Award||National Academy of Family Law Attorneys||2015|
|Super Lawyer||Super Lawyers Magazine||2015|
|Super Lawyer||Super Lawyers Magazine||2014|
|Pro Bono Publico Service Commendation||Washington State Bar Association||2014|
|Pro Bono Publico Service Commendation||Washington State Bar Association||2013|
|Rising Star||Super Lawyers Magazine||2012|
|Pro Bono Publico Service Commendation||Washington State Bar Association||2008|
|Pro Bono Publico Service Commendation||Washington State Bar Association||2007|
|Pro Bono Publico Service Commendation||Washington State Bar Association||2006|
|Pro Bono Publico Service Commendation||Washington State Bar Association||2003|
|Managing Attorney||Tsai Law Company||2009 - Present|
|Staff Attorney||Goldberg & Jones P.L.L.C.||2006 - 2009|
|Associate||Law Offices of Kurt D. Bennett||2003 - 2006|
|Attorney||Law Offices of Hal J. Geiersbach||2002 - 2003|
|Attorney||Northwest Justice Project||2001 - 2002|
|Rule 9 Intern||Mark Vovos P.S.||2000 - 2001|
|Prosecuting Attorney Intern||U S Navy, Judge Advocate General's Corps||1998 - 1999|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|United States Supreme Court||Member||2013 - Present|
|United States Tax Court||Member||2012 - Present|
|Washington State Bar Association, Taxation Law Section||Member||2006 - Present|
|Washington State Bar Association, Family Law Section||Member||2004 - Present|
|Washington State Bar Association||Member||2002 - Present|
|United States District Court Western District of Washington||Member||2002 - Present|
|International Academy of Collaborative Professionals||Member||2015 - 2016|
|Tacoma Pierce County Bar Association, Family Law Section||Member||2010 - 2015|
|Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers||Member||2003 - 2006|
|King County Bar Association, Professionalism Committee||Member||2003 - 2006|
|Washington State Trial Lawyers Association||Member||2002 - 2006|
|In re Marriage of G||Custody returned to the mother|
|In re Marriage of T.O. v. D.O.||Prevailed at trial. Court found no domestic violence and father was designated primary residential parent for oldest child and awarded substantial residential time with the younger children. No fees were awarded to the other party.|
|In re A.M. v. E.M.||Prevailed at trial and 18 counts of contempt of parenting plan were dismissed|
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|National Business Institute Seminar||Complex Tax issues in Divorce||2016|
|Clear Law Institute||Tax Treatment and Consequences of Divorce||2016|
|National Business Institute Seminar||Divorce Cases From Start to Finish||2015|
|Washington State Bar Association||NLE Bootcamp: Dissolution||2015|
|National Business Institute Seminar||Tax Consequences of Divorce||2015|
|National Business Institute Seminar||Divorce Law: Common Mistakes in Dividing Assets, Tax Consequences After Divorce||2014|
|National Business Institute Seminar||Tax Treatment and Consequences of Divorce||2013|
|James Publishing publication||Handling Your First Divorce||2013|
|National Business Institute Seminar||Dealing With A Rambo Litigator in Divorce||2013|
|National Business Institute Seminar||Tax Consequences of Divorce||2012|
|MSNBC||Her kids are with woman who killed her own children||2011|
|AndersonCooper.com||Is Emotion Relevant to Family Law Matters||2011|
|The Salt Lake Tribune||Safety » Custody experts agree that the judge was right to move cautiously||2011|
|ABCnews.com||Judge: Kids Can Live With Child-Killer, For Now||2011|
|Avvo||Tax Implications on Settlement Funds Received Pursuant to a Divorce or Legal Separation||2011|
|Washington State Court of Appeals - Division One||Brief of Respondent||2010|
|Avvo||Dependency Exemption for Children Listed in a Parenting Plan and Order of Support||2010|
|Washington State Court of Appeals - Division One||Brief of Appellant||2009|
|Spokesman Review||Tacoma judge blocks out Homeland Security agents||2005|
|University of Washington School of Law||Taxation||LL.M. Taxation||2008|
|Gonzaga University School of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||2001|
|Chaminade University||Pre-Law||BS - Bachelor of Science, magna cum laude||1999|
|Tax Treatment and Consequences of Divorce||Tax Treatment and Consequences of Divorce||2016|
|Complex Tax Issues in Divorce||Complex Tax Issues in Divorce||2016|
|What Family Law Judges Want You to Know||Moderator||2015|
|NLE Bootcamp: Dissolution||The Dissolution Landscape - A General Overview||2015|
|NBI CLE||Tax Consequences of Divorce||2015|
|Divorce Cases From Start to Finish||Your Role During Settlement and Trial||2015|
|NBI CLE||Tax Treatment and Consequences of Divorce||2014|
|Divorce Law: Common Mistakes in Dividing Assets||Tax Consequences After Divorce||2014|
|NBI CLE||Tax Treatment and Consequences of Divorce||2013|
|NBI CLE||Dealing With A Rambo Litigator in Divorce||2013|
|Handling Your First Divorce CLE||Handling Your First Divorce||2013|
|NBI CLE||Tax Consequences and Divorce||2012|
|University of Washington School of Law||Modifications of Parenting Plan and Establishing Adequate Cause||2011|
|TODAY show with Matt Lauer||Her kids are with woman who killed her own children||2011|
|Fox & Friends||Mom Fighting Child Killer for Custody||2011|
|Anderson Cooper||Is Emotion Relevant to Family Law Matters||2011|
|King County Bar Association||How to Effectively Present a Motion for Revision||2008|
|King County Bar Association||Ethics in Family Law||2005|
Posted by anonymous
I went with Todd because I needed an attorney with an aggressive and savvy courtroom presence and he came highly recommended for that. What I didn't know was that my case was about to go from significant to emergency status. Thankfully in both cases, Todd was ready and able.
My case became a long, complicated and often gut-wrenching ordeal involving the safety of my daughter who had been residing in a dangerous home away from me. Todd not only knows the law but he is a brilliant strategist. Both were crucial. He has an outstanding work ethic, was a terrific coach and counselor, and acted with integrity and honesty. He creates an open environment where discussion and team work are fostered (if your case or your personality needs that sort of thing, and I did). Or, if you want him to handle it completely, you can step back and rest knowing that he will do just that. He will fight for you, as he fought for me and the best interest of my precious daughter. And he will do it with an outstanding comprehension and application of the law.
I now have permanent custody of my daughter, and she is protected by court order.
Life has a way of getting out of hand at times, and it's not worth risking a horrible outcome by going with an attorney who is mediocre or an attorney who creates liabilities. Trust me when I say that you'd rather have a guy like Todd in your corner.
Posted by anonymous
Thank you Todd!
Family law and domestic violence issues make this a tough business to be in and Todd DeValance makes a BIG difference in people's lives. He most certainly did in mine and I will be forever grateful.
Above all, Todd's honesty, integrity and conscientiousness were invaluable to me. He kept me strong and focused in the right direction at all times. When you go through a divorce it is all so foreign and knowing Todd was there helped me so much. I knew from the moment we met I could completely trust him and that feeling only grew stronger as we worked together towards a very successful outcome. I couldn't have done it without Todd.
Posted by David
Todd was referred to me by another divorce attorney who was on medical leave stating that he would be her first choice if she were getting divorced even above her current colleagues.
My case was one of the most legally complex and emotionally difficult (even brutal) divorces I have personally ever heard of. This was compounded by a protracted custody battle involving three teenagers where my spouse engaged in endless alienation, false accusations of domestic violence, frivolous legal filings and multiple false police reports (all ultimately found unfounded or dismissed by the court thanks to Todd’s legal and interpersonal skills).
In addition to Todd’s brilliant legal knowledge and ability he was even more importantly able to easily “read” my spouse and her attorneys allowing him to very effectively anticipate their next legal move and stay ahead of it. This resulted in my spouse ultimately retaining (4) four separate attorneys to go up against him. Because Todd is well known with a great reputation among his peers he was able to quickly develop the rapport with each opposing counsel and work towards solutions that were fair but ultimately very favorable to my case.
How did Todd exceed my expectations? I was (still am) a very demanding client who simply expected Todd to perform flawlessly on my behalf, be consistently available to me throughout this case and to provide me with solid and truthful advice. What I got was all of that and much more. Todd was truly involved in my case on a very personal level. I never just felt like a client. Todd listened to my ideas and was able to honestly work with me where they made sense and honestly advise me even with sometime difficult messages for me to hear. Todd was not just along for the legal battle but he was there for me as a person who cared about my well-being and the needs of my children. He became much more than my lawyer. We worked together as a team, with trust and mutual respect for each other’s skills and capabilities and he continually looked after my children’s needs.
I hope to never have to go through such a horrible experience as this divorce was but I would absolutely go to battle with Todd at my side without any doubt that he would give everything to not just win but to make this as bearable as possible for me and my kids. I have worked with a large number of lawyers in my career and I truly believe that Todd stands among a very rare class of attorney.
I recommend him without hesitation!
Kimberly Kasin, Family Attorney
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
I have enjoyed working with Todd on numerous cases. His knowledge in all aspects of family law is remarkable. I have been most impressed with Todd's ability to quickly cite a case or statute whenever a complex legal issue arises. If I had a friend or family member who needed an attorney – I would not hesitate to recommend Todd.
Gregory Hoover, Car accident Attorney
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
I endorse this lawyer's work. He is one of the best family law attorneys in Washington state. I highly respect Todd not only as an attorney, but as a Navy veteran who proudly served our country in the United States Armed Forces. Todd is outstanding citizen whose honesty cannot be surpassed. I highly recommend this attorney for all of your family law needs. - Hoover
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