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Steven Amir Hemmat

Divorce and separation Attorney at Seattle, WA

4.5   23 reviews
  • Licensed for 37 years
    State WA
    Acquired 1986
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

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

About Steven

Learn Steven’s areas of practice.

5
Practice areas
  1. Divorce and separation
    60%

    34 years

  2. Domestic violence
    25%
    Assistance with Anti-Harassment and Domestic Violence Protection Orders -- Petitioners and Respondents.

  3. Car accident
    5%

    34 years

  4. Contracts and agreements
    5%

    38 years

  5. Estate planning
    5%

    34 years

Mr. Hemmat is the Principal Attorney and founder of The Hemmat Law Group, a preimeir family law, domestic violence, and civil litigation firm in Seattle, Washington.

With over 36 years of legal experience, Steven Hemmat has earned the respect of his adversaries by approaching litigation and negotiations with high ethical standards and with professional integrity.

Whether clients are involved in a hotly contested divorce or emotionally wrenching custody battle, seeking redress for a severe personal injury, or wrangling over a contract, Steven Hemmat’s determination to be reasonable has achieved the best results for client after client.
Clients trust Mr. Hemmat’s compassionate and conscientious approach to resolving even the most emotional issues. 

Visit his website: hemmatlaw .com.

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Location

Hemmat Law Group
1421 34th Ave Suite 209
Seattle, WA, 98122

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Reviews

4.5 / 5.0
  23 customer reviews
Posted by anonymous | January 11, 2024
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
An Amazing Team
I hired the Hemmat Team to represent me in a challenging legal matter that resolved a few months ago. I am not afraid to say I would have been lost without their care, compassion, & guidance. Good counsel costs money, but I am so glad I got what I paid for.
Posted by Adrian | June 4, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Divorce Review
This was my first divorce and they’ve been helpful in easing the process. The crew has worked efficiently and has always kept me updated on what was happening and going to happen. Instructions and explanation of procedures were clear. They’ve clarified any problems I had and it was an overall great and easy experience. I was confident that things were dealt with professionally and didn’t have any stress throughout the process. Overall, an amazing crew.
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Posted by Ryan | February 19, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Great Attorney
Mr. Hemmat provided clear and honest guidance to navigate me through a tough divorce with jurisdiction and child custody complexities between two states. He and his team always provided timely feedback, and he would consistently make himself available for questions. Mr. Hemmat did a exemplary job aligning our legal approach with my personal goals, while also being a calming voice of reason throughout the process. I would highly recommend Mr. Hemmat to others.
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Posted by Rose | October 19, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Seeking a Domestic Violence Order of Protection
Steve Hemmat, attorney and his excellent paralegal John Avi Socha helped our son to secure an order of protection against his ex-girlfriend. Before we hired Steve Hemmat we tried to navigate the judicial system independently. We are educated people and one would think we could figure this system out given the many, many guides provided by the court system yet THIS IS NOT the case and please pay good attention to what I am saying here. Hiring an excellent attorney such as Steve Hemmat is worth the cost; which was reasonable as he and John are very efficient and intentionally work to keep costs down. Navigating the courts outside of a pandemic would be difficult. During a pandemic with offices closed, everything is online, via email with very slow turn around times, legal jargon, multiple forms to complete and to enter is truly overwhelming. Steve and John took all of this on as they are experts in their field. Steve and John were always available when I phoned and if not as they may be in a meeting, John would always email me to let me know he could take emails and could respond this way, so I would not have to wait for a response. This made such a difference for me as this was a very emotional and frightening time as my son was in danger. John and Steve listened and assured me throughout the experience with rational direction to help me trust the process. They prevailed! The protection order is in place for a year and my son can begin again. I highly recommend Steve Hemmat attorney to anyone. He and John Avi Socha make a great team. I do not believe we would have had the same outcome had we not hired them.
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Posted by anonymous | September 5, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Highly recommend Steven and his team!
Steve and John have been helping me with my tough international divorce case since last September. During the process, they were not only a good support in the case itself, researching all possible solutions, taking actions on things confidently, nailing things down by choosing good timings, but also a very good support mental-wise. I am super grateful that they successfully got my case done and neither time consuming nor money consuming. So I highly recommend Steve and his team. It is a team that you can fully trust.
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Posted by Beau | August 28, 2020
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Hemmat Law Divorce review
Mr. Hemmat was very helpful with my unique family law situation. He took the time to understand the entirety of the situation, develop a plan, and execute. We did not settle when that seemed to be the easier option available. He fought for my parental right's and made sure everything was fair and reasonable. He did not let me get taken advantage of. Mr. Hemmat was available for questions and concerns I had via phone and email with a timely response. He made me feel heard, understood, and would walk through the options with me. Talking sense to me when I needed it. Very easy to communicate with. Mr. Hemmat was very personable through out the duration of my time as his client. I highly recommend Mr. Hemmat for any family law matters. He is on your side, will not let you get taken advantage of, and will fight for you.
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Posted by anonymous | July 7, 2020
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5 STAR ATTORNEY
I found Steve to be noticeably astute and savvy. He was sympathetic and engaging to my concerns. He has an impressive breadth of legal knowledge that he skillfully applied to a potentially contentious estate planning situation after gathering all necessary data. If I ever need legal assistance again he will be the first attorney I call.
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Posted by Alexander | March 5, 2020
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Taking the time to listen
Mr. Hemmat is willing to listen. I feel like this is his greatest strength. We are dealing with a very complex situation which Mr. Hemmat was willing spend the time to understand. I really appreciate the consultation and hope you experience his sincerity as we have.
Posted by Daniel | February 25, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Level-headed, Direct and Effective
Steve is a game-changer! He was highly effective at cutting through volumes of false and misleading accusations made against me by my ex wife and her unethical attorney. They attempted to get my ex-wife sole custody of our two daughters. I had begun with an attorney from Goldberg-Jones and it did not go well. Out of frustration, I then represented myself for several months. The case was a mess and the judge assigned had made it substantially worse. I began consulting with Steve about 8 months into my case. Steve is excellent at sifting through information and determining what is the most valuable. In the end, instead of losing custody, I ended up gaining primary custody of my oldest daughter - the one worst abused by her mother. There is no way I could have achieved this on my own. Steve’s work got the best possible outcome for my children given the court system and circumstances. I only wish I had hired him from the start!
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Posted by anonymous | May 23, 2019
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First-Rate Attorney
I consulted with and subsequently hired Steven Hemmat with regard to a personal injury claim. I had been involved in a preventable accident while volunteering at a health care facility, sustaining multiple serious injuries. Steve filed a personal injury claim on my behalf. I was particularly impressed with the way Steve operates his legal business with such efficiency. He is straightforward, gives his client at least weekly updates, and encouragement throughout the process. Steve possesses substantial legal expertise, plus he is a thoughtful, compassionate man by nature. He was able to bring my personal injury claim to mediation, resulting in a satisfactory settlement. I highly recommend the Law Office of Steven A. Hemmat to anyone seeking legal advice or dealing with legal issues. Steve will do an excellent job for you.
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Posted by Jane | January 2, 2019
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Steve is who helps you deal with the case, not become another case
Steve had definitely walked me through every step of the way through WA's very complicated "Parenting Plan" process and documentation, in the most simplest way I could understand. He's done such a wonderful job at always being concise enough to get his point across, but with most importantly keeping in consideration of what MY expectations were for my child through drafting the plan. Steve's intentions has always been trustworthy. Through all the emotions and heartaches that I've dealt with in the past and at current with fighting for what we felt was right for my child, he never once fell off track with an oversight. If it weren't for Steve's knowledge and impeccable service that he has provided, I would not be in a better situation, than I was before.
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Posted by anonymous | December 27, 2018
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Great Outcome Given Tough Situation
I hired Steven to handle my divorce settlement. At every step he was great about communication, often leaving me a detailed voicemail as well as an email. This was especially helpful when I was busy at work and needed a quick update, but wasn't available for a lengthy call at that immediate moment. When we got started, I expressed financial concerns and did not want to exceed the retainer amount. Steven provided me with several tools to do my own calculations so that he would not charge me for extra time deciphering my financial statements. This resulted in more work on my end, but rather than explaining the nuances, I could quickly complete the inputs he needed and we could spend our time on my specific questions and determining next steps. This was my preference, and I did not want the process to be completely out of my hands. It helped me understand every aspect of the case. My ex continuously changed the terms of our agreement leading up to the final settlement. I often felt the terms were aggressive, punitive, and unfair. Steven did a good job of pushing back when it was deserved and helping me swallow the tough pills when there wasn't a good argument. He did a lot of research on previous cases similar to mine, and sent me the research to review and ask questions. We worked through several outcome scenarios together to determine the best course of action. On the last day, I panicked and thought maybe it wasn't the ideal outcome. Steven was level-headed and we talked through the agreement again. He assured me that under the circumstances it was favorable. Given the tough situation, it would have been impossible to feel like I "won", but I think Steven helped me find a fair solution that worked for all parties.
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Posted by anonymous | March 28, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Outstanding Outcome from Mr. Hemmat
I retained the services of Mr. Hemmat based on a referal from a law colleague. I could not have been more please. Mr. Hemmat's experince in divorce law was evidence in every phase of my divorce. He was fair and transparent with his billing throughout. Once he got my feedback about what I thought would be an ideal outcome and what was realistic, he put a plan in place and never deviated from it. Mr. Hemmat was even keeled when I got emotional and kept us moving forward with the plan. I got the outcome I had hoped for while also feeling I had been fair to my ex-spouse. I would highly recommend Mr. Hemmat to anyone who wants an honest, fair, and transparent attorney who has invaluable experience in this realm of the law.
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Posted by anonymous | March 27, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent attorney: good advice and peace of mind
I hired Steve to handle my divorce. It was not amicable , and there was risk on it getting dragged unnecessarily longer on small details. Steve helped me see the bigger picture and understand every legal implication of the actions. His advice helped me save a lot of money which more than compensated the fees. More importantly, it gave me the peace of mind of knowing that my matters were in good hands.
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Posted by anonymous | September 28, 2016
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Happy with this lawyer's services
I consulted with Steve Hemmat about my son's personal injury case. Steve was thorough at examining the points and gave me relevent information moving forward. Prompt and knowledgable. I would definitely use him again.
Posted by Jeff | January 29, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent Divorce and Contract Attorney
Steven assisted me with a very complex and urgent divorce situation. Given the circumstances of my divorce, it was a very emotional and confusing time. When I have worked with other attorneys in the past on other matters, I always felt pressured to work quickly, but Steven took a great deal of time during our initial consultation to review my situation in detail, listen to all my concerns, and suggest options. Steven's experience here was invaluable, as he presented an option to me that I otherwise would not have been aware of or considered (legal separation rather than traditional divorce), that addressed the complex situation we were dealing with, while still meeting both parties' needs, such as ongoing health insurance coverage. He honestly made a very painful situation quite simple and easy to deal with. And in the end he actually came in under budget, saving me a bit over his initial estimate. I have since consulted with Steven during a real estate transaction that was also a success for me thanks to Steven's help, and I will certainly continue to rely on him for my future legal needs. Highly recommended!
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Posted by anonymous | December 21, 2015
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Family low matter
I hired Mr Steven Family low matter he successfully resolved the case 100% Mr Steven he is reasonable price For all the case you would be like to have Steven he is my right hand for all is job he did
Posted by anonymous | May 17, 2015
Lucky to have him
Steve represented me in a contentious family law matter and was zealous, knowledgeable, and responsive throughout the litigation. He successfully resolved the case through summary judgment, including winning attorney's fees from the other party. When opposing counsel engaged in potentially unethical conduct, Steve did not hesitate to file appropriate motions to address the issue. Throughout the ordeal, Steve was a calming presence, and was careful to explain the litigation in terms I understood. He clearly had a great deal of experience, and was on familiar terms with judges, lawyers, and other members of the legal community. I have worked with other lawyers, and was impressed by how responsive Steve was by comparison. He promptly responded to all my communications with thoughtful answers to my questions. If you ever need a family law attorney, you would be lucky to have Steve Hemmat.
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Posted by anonymous | May 18, 2009
Solid reliable and still ready to adapt
Mr. Hemmat has been an extremely reliable and stable lawyer in a very challening case. He listened closely, but was ready to provide honest feedback and direction even when it was contrary to our initial beliefs. He provide reasoning and justification and didn't merely act as a mouth piece. He got to the truth of the matter and helped us with making the right ethical decisions even when the other party was attempting to exacerbate the conflict in an already challenging situation.
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Posted by Sean | November 8, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Great
Steve was great and very professional. My case was dropped thanks to him
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AVVO RATING 8.8 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Principal Attorney
  • Hemmat Law Group
  • 1990 - Present
  • Trial Attorney
  • U.S. Department of Justice
  • 1988 - 1990
  • Attorney advisor
  • U.S. Department of the Interior
  • 1987 - 1988

Education

  • Northwestern School of Law at Lewis & Clark
  • J.D.
  • 1986
  • Whitman College
  • B.A.
  • 1983

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Smith, et al. v. University of Washington Law School, et al., 233 F. 3d 1188 (9th Circuit, 2000).
  • In favor of University of Washington's admission system.
  • Weiss v. Glemp, 127 Wn.2d 726, 903 P.2d 455 (1995).
  • Case dismissed against defendant
  • Perez v. Lyon
  • Defeated detective's attempt to obtain privileged information.
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Associations

  • Washington State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1986 - Present
  • Federalist Society
  • Member
  • 1983 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2016
  • BV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2015
  • Community Service Award
  • Seattle Hebrew Academy
  • 2005
  • Spitzer Young Leadership Award
  • Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle
  • 2002
  • Membership
  • Cornelius Honor Society
  • 1986
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Publications

  • Environmental Law
  • People, Parks and Public Policy: National Park Service and Eminent Domain
  • 1986
  • Environmental Law
  • Staff Member
  • 1986

Speaking Engagements

  • Legal Ethics of Evidence
  • Ethics
  • 2014
  • Common Mistakes in Dividing Assets
  • Divorce Law
  • 2014
  • Current Events for Family Lawyers: Legislative and Case Law Update
  • Divorce Law
  • 2010
  • Family Law from A to Z
  • Family Law
  • 2007
  • Divorce Law from A to Z
  • Family Law
  • 2007
  • Washington family law for paralegals
  • Family Law
  • 2006
  • Adoption Law in Washington
  • International Adoption
  • 2005
  • Washington Family Law Practice
  • Family Law
  • 2003
  • Fee Agreements for Washington Attorneys
  • Fee Agreements
  • 2000
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Attorney endorsements

Received (4)
Given (2)
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Family Attorney | Feb 21
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Mr. Hemmat kindly agreed to serve as settlement master in a somewhat tricky contested dissolution I was involved with. He was thoughtful, persistent and ultimately very helpful in bringing the matter to a successful conclusion. I give him a hearty endorsement."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jun 07
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Steven and I worked together as opposing counsel for parents who had been at loggerheads in a child relocation matter due to years of acrimony between the parents. The acrimony had essentially made it so the parents were unable to communicate with each other or trust each other. I was impressed with Steven's ethics, care, patience, and professionalism in guiding the parties to a satisfactory resolution of all claims and setting the parents up for success going forward. I look forward to working with Steven again, and certainly would refer him to potential clients in need of an excellent family law attorney."
Family Attorney | May 17
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I worked together with Steve on a difficult parentage case and was impressed by his knowledge, experience, and client skills. Steve was clearly familiar with every issue in the case, as well as opposing counsel and the judge. Although he was busy, he communicated with his client on a daily basis. I have great confidence in Steve, and refer clients to him on a regular basis."
Family Attorney | May 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Steve is not only a great friend, but one of the finest attorneys I know. I am always happy to refer family law matters to him. I know his clients will get the knowledge and expertise they need for these difficult situations."
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