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
If you're reading my review you are probably looking for a divorce attorney that can help you. I also read reviews and that's how I found Todd DeVallance.
When I met Todd it was on a Sunday morning in the middle of summer when his building was closed and only security could unlock the doors the elevators needed to be started and the air conditioning was off. What impressed me was that Todd was not a 9-5 attorney who looked at my case to bill like inventory. The fact that meeting me on a weekend when most attorneys would wait till their next "business" day to meet you, impressed me.
Through out my divorce Todd was there for me. My divorce was a very difficult one and my ex would play legal games running up my bill. He could financially afford to play these legal games and left me without funds to keep fighting. Most attorneys would have dropped me since I was unable to pay. Todd did not abandoned me and was able to convince a judge to grant us the money from my ex for my legal fees. These are just a couple of examples of Todd. There were many other positive things he did through out my case.
I've been around other lawyers but they are not like Todd. He's always polite honest and I found him funny at times which you need a good laugh through a hard time in your life. I know that I will call Todd DeVallance if I need future legal help. I highly recommend him to you. I don't think he will disappoint.
Posted by Mai Lan
Todd took over my case after I had agreed to a very objectionable temporary parenting plan, having followed what turns out to be very bad advice from my previous attorney. Todd was very honest and straightforward regarding my chances of changing the temporary plan and the costs associated with this. He listened to my concerns with much attention and empathy. Unlike my previous attorney, he was not dismissive of my concerns regarding my daughter’s well being. In court, Todd was to the point, concise, efficient, and respectful of his time allocation, a point not lost on the magistrate.
Todd was always very responsive, and kept in constant contact. I made several panicked calls to him and while he could not always call back right that moment, he would at a minimum send a quick email. It was very reassuring to receive an immediate response letting me know he would call me the following day to discuss my concerns.
Todd is a very fair and scrupulous person, his integrity is uncompromising. I always trusted his advice without question. He was never one to mislead or give vague answers to make the case drag on, thus racking up higher fees. I will be eternally grateful to Todd for his hard work on my case!
Thank you Todd, you were a lifesaver!
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!
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 Denise
Todd took over my case after choosing a money hungry shark to help me out with my very complicated case, my previous attorney was very unprofessional and really put me in the worst situation, things couldn't of been any worst, I had lost my daughter, after being the primary parent for her since she was born, to lies by my now ex husband that i proved were incorrect yet my previous attorney had not a clue what she was doing so I got screwed over and my daughter taken away and my ex was granted temporary custody and to make things worst he was military and was going to be living in Hawaii, my previous attorney did nothing , she didn't stand up for me she just agreed with everything and always made me feel like I was a horrible person, I had to do a lot to prove myself that I wasn't this crazy person that I was made out to be, and losing my daughter completely destroyed me, I didn't know what to do, I felt hopeless, lost and honestly I just hated my life, things kept on getting worst the harder I tried, And i was 100% in compliance with everything but still it wasn't good enough and nothing got any better..
But then I meet Todd he was very different from all the others, he was confident, straight forward and honest with me about everything, and he made me feel comfortable and seemed to understand me, and actually cared about my case and knew what he was talking about, very professional and knew the laws very well, he saw where my attorney had messed up and everything. To be honest yes Todd seemed great but I was already so broken and felt hopeless I didn't know what to expect from a different attorney since I had such a bad experience with my first attorney, right away he took charge he gave me a list of things to do, told me what we were going to do, what we were going to go forward with the courts, and when, he gave me hope to see things differently in a positive light, he wasn't just an attorney but he felt like he became a good friend, someone I could truly trust, and with him knowing everything about me, I never felt so comfortable talking to anyone like I did with him, he never judged me and he really believed in me and encouraged me and really made me feel better about my situation and my self physically, mentally and emotionally.
My case was a very bumpy roller coaster, and I felt so discouraged at times but Todd kept on fighting for me even when I wanted so much to give up, he'd tell me "things are going to change, things WILL get better " he'd talk to me even after hours at night when I was just crying and asking myself why everything was happening this way, when my ex would say things like
"no attorney is going to give you what you want......"you would need a miracle to have things change"....."he only wants you for your money" and a lot of those things got to me, I was already at the losing side of the stick it felt, but my gut told me to trust Todd, he was so kind to me like no one had ever been and he cared about my case and me as a person, not just as a client.
Our first court appearance was with a commissioner Todd told me flat out what was likely to happen, and it did, and then I was very discouraged and had lost some hope, but the tricky part was that that was his plan to go through the commissioner to get down to then go in front of a judge,
The way Todd spoke of me was very genuine, he made me feel like I was a good person and more confident about myself, he stood up for me and fought for me his hardest he put so much time and effort into my case it was unbelievable how hard someone would fight for me, Todd literally saved my life he took a broken down woman with a broken down case, and turned it all completely around, he gave me back what I had lost for a whole year he gave me back my confidence, my life, my dignity and most important my daughter, he was my "MiRACLE" .
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.
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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