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Joshua Cole Wheeler

Divorce and separation Attorney at Seattle, WA

5.0   29 reviews

also known as Joshua C. Wheeler, Josh Wheeler

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  • Licensed for 15 years
    State WA
    Acquired 2008
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

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About Joshua

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I practice family law in King and Snohomish Counties, focusing on divorce, parenting/custody, child support, spousal support, and the division of assets, including complex and high net worth estates.  I have done significant work in the preparation and litigation of Qualified Domestic Relations Orders (QDROs), including their enforcement and amendment.  I have done significant work on issues involving business interests, taxes, and retirement accounts, and my colleagues have turned to me to confer about the same.  

 

I've volunteered with the KCBA Local Family Law Legal Clinic since 2014 and have volunteered with KCBA to mentor young attorneys working on domestic violence cases.  I believe it's important as attorneys that we donate our time in an effort to extend community access to legal services.  

 

When I'm not lawyering, I like to do all of the wonderful outdoor activities available to us in Washington, specifically skiing, backpacking, climbing, hiking, and kayaking.  I have a gardening habit that borders on a preoccupation.  Cooking rounds out the list.

Awards

Client's Choice 2022,2021,2020,2019
Client's Choice
2022 2021 2020 + 1 ...

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Location

Wheeler Family Law
10002 Aurora Ave N., Suite 36-387
Seattle, WA, 98133

Reviews

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Client's Choice 2022
Client's Choice
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Posted by Kelly | August 4, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent Divorce Lawyer
Josh was my attorney during my very difficult and lengthy divorce. He is very good where the law is concerned explaining all the pros and cons of each option. Mostly, he is a very good human being. Getting divorced is no picnic. Josh's knowledge, kindness and compassion got me through to the other side.
Posted by Lisa | June 12, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
Professional, fair and compassionate
After having a bad experience with my first attorney who sat on my case for months, I was referred to Josh by my coworker and am so glad I switched! From our very first conversation I finally felt heard. He was professional, prompt AND compassionate. He helped me weigh the pros and cons so that I could see the bigger picture in the long run and make the right decision for my situation. I would highly recommend Josh to anyone and will go back to him for any future modifications.
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Posted by Meredith | February 20, 2023
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The best lawyer I could of asked for
Looking for a lawyer when you are not expecting it is not fun. I am so thankful I came across Josh. From the moment I talked to him on the phone I felt like there was hope that I will get through this. He was not like the other firms out there. Most have a very standard process. Josh does a great job of skipping all the nonsense formalities and makes it easier to understand. It go to the point that toward the end of our work together, I was more sad to loose him as a lawyer than for my marriage to be officially over. I could not recommend him more.
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Posted by Amy | November 1, 2022
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| Consulted Attorney
A very professional attorney
Josh is a very professional attorney. He's knowledgeable and had my best interests in mind during our initial consultation. I really appreciate how fast he got back to me, and how transparent and respectful he is about my case. It was a pleasure talking to Josh, if I decide to move forward with my case, he's definitely the first person comes to mind to hire.
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Posted by Emma | September 30, 2022
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Thoughtful and Efficient
My parenting plan needed some revising to reflect reality, and my children's other parent isn't known for being reasonable. Wheeler figured out exactly what I needed to do in an unfamiliar county all via email and phone. A process that had been so overwhelming and impossible was resolved! Staying positive under this kind of stress is much easier when those working for you do so with grace and humor. Wheeler is a quality person who genuinely wants to help people, and it shows in his work.
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Posted by Rachel | July 9, 2022
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A Superb, Skillful, and Compassionate Attorney
Josh helped me navigate through the rough terrain of divorce from beginning to end with incredible skill, thoughtfulness, and compassion. Going into the divorce process I had a somewhat dubious opinion of lawyers, but my time working with Josh was far better than I could have imagined. After consulting with several attorneys I hired Josh because he took the most straightforward, sleeves-up, problem solving approach which he executed with kindness, dedication, and a welcome dose of humor. Josh was both a strong advocate for me while always thinking holistically about my family’s future. With two very young children there was a lot to consider in terms of the parenting plan and Josh helped me think through the bigger picture and evolution of their lives when crafting that plan. My situation also included an uncommon consideration around the family home and Josh provided an excellent and nuanced analysis of this that helped move the case forward. Divorce is a bleak and vulnerable time in anyone’s life, a time during which you can easily be blinded by grief and fear while simultaneously having to make some of the largest and most impactful decisions of your life. During this time I could not have asked for better counsel and I wholeheartedly recommend Josh to anyone facing this challenging process.
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Posted by Sherry | June 9, 2022
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| Consulted Attorney
Excellent Attorney!
When I was feeling scared with little hope for a caring attorney, I called Mr. Wheeler. Josh is a generous, intelligent, skilled, articulate, experienced, caring and compassionate attorney that you'd want as counsel. He was generous with his time and gave me legal advice and an attorney referral for Snohomish County. I wanted to hire him but he had a full schedule for a couple weeks and I needed someone immediately due to serious threats. I did hire his referral because she is exceptional. They are both good people and I feel I have an attorney that understands what I'm going through and cares. Thank you, Josh!
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Posted by Michael | April 15, 2022
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| Consulted Attorney
Excellent consult
I consulted Josh regarding my time sensitive case. We spoke for approximately 25 minutes as he asked questions and listened carefully. Josh was upfront that he’s devoting his full attention to his current clients and that he would t be able to get started on my case for about a week. However, Josh listened to my case and made an excellent suggestion to reach out to a colleague of his who he believed would be a great fit for me. Josh was right and I am now matched up with a terrific attorney. Thank you!
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Posted by Zachary | March 17, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
It’s never good when you need a lawyer
…but I can’t tell you how much better my life is now after Josh helped me out with my situation. Custody situations can be incredibly scary, especially if you are unaware of how things work. Josh navigated through my troubled waters with skill, competence, and extensive knowledge on how to better my situation. Not only was he there for me for all the Lawyer work that was necessary, but he also taught me how to proceed through this new relationship with my sons mom and ultimately improving the situation for everyone involved, not only me.
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Posted by anonymous | December 21, 2021
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| Consulted Attorney
Solid and Reliable
I consulted with Joshua about family law as it relates to my specific situation. He is knowledgeable, articulate, and focused on addressing the issue at hand. He also listens well and understands the human and emotional side of any conversation about family law - highly recommended.
Posted by Anne | November 8, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Exceptional Attorney
I had the privilege to work with Josh for my child support modification case and I can confidently say I’d recommend him for anyone who is in need of excellent attorney. The quality of his representation was stellar - far more than I had anticipated. He is not only well-polished and seasoned attorney but very empathetic and approachable, which is the missing attribute among many attorneys. My case had several complications, however Josh never once exhibited any signs of impatience nor concerns. Having someone like him represent me gave me a huge sense of relief knowing he has my back.
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Posted by Karen | October 17, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent Family Law Attorney for Complex Cases
I have worked with a number of family law attorneys in the Seattle Area over the past few years on a variety of matters, with mixed results. I contacted Josh Wheeler based on his reviews on Avvo, and he did not disappoint! He helped me with a child support modification, and also advised me on some other family law matters, one of which was very emotional and "sticky". Josh has a calm, friendly and non-judgmental demeanor that is very reassuring. Additionally, and most importantly, he clearly understands and can explain the letter of the law. He counseled reason and good sense on my part in moving forward. He clearly outlined my options and the pros and cons of each path, as well as what he advised to be the most prudent way forward. As most of us know, family conflicts can be very emotional and it can be hard to make a good decision based upon emotion. This is where Josh's counsel and well thought out advice was invaluable to me. Thanks to him, the immediate situation was resolved in the best way possible, and my family and I were able to move on, with peace of mind. I would hire him again in a heartbeat, and would certainly recommend him to others.
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Posted by anonymous | September 1, 2021
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An incredibly empathic, honest and objective attorney
Josh was the ideal attorney to get me (and my children) through one of the the most difficult periods of my life. He always had his eye out for what mattered most to me, and was extremely honest with his situational assessments. Rather than get sucked into the opposing party's attempts to escalate the conflict, he helped keep things calm and focused on my goals.
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Posted by anonymous | May 24, 2021
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Excellent Great Caring Attorney
Joshua is an excellent human being, he gives perfect advise to his clients. My experience with Joshua has been really good. He fights for his clients and what he believes in.He is someone who goes out of his way to make his client feel comfortable and understand their problem. I am so so grateful that i found him on avvo. He has truly helped me with my case. I feel blessed to have him as my attorney. Don't think. If you are fighting a legal battle just hire him.
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Posted by Travis | May 11, 2021
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Peace of Mind!
I reached out to Mr Wheeler when my divorce process took an unexpected left turn. I was looking for a sanity check that I wasn't heading in the wrong direction. Mr Wheeler Provided guidance on how to handle the situation. Assurance that I had options to better my position if needed and offered his services where it made sense. I'm grateful for Mr Wheelers time. He will be first on my call list if something should happen in the future and the first I will recommend to friends and family.
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Posted by anonymous | April 4, 2021
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| Consulted Attorney
Valuable consultation
Joshua generously spoke to me regarding my questions on marriage, birth certificates, child support, prenuptial agreements, and divorce. He outlined key practical advice that helped me with handling my current situation and planning my future.
Posted by Todd | February 3, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Moral compass
I have been around for about 50 years now and as we all know, every once in a while you may need a lawyer. Generally, contacting a lawyer means something is not going good, and is not a fun journey... I was recommended by a very close Lawyer friend of over 20 years to Josh. Due to Covid we had many calls via phone. Its funny, if you cant see the person you are speaking with, we generally assign a perception of what they may look like, or at least I do.. I reached out to Josh to help with marriage issues in 2020 (shocker). We had many conversations and I was very impressed with the discovery work that Josh did during our calls. What I mean is; many lawyers take a case by taking sides with their clients, while this makes the client feel good, it does not always uncover all of the facts. Josh took the time to discover the person I am and the person my wife is. We discussed the situation we were in and talked about not only the history of events that led me to call him, but also discussions of moral concern. I really appreciated his ability to get a clear understanding of our situation. We have a young child and being a child of a divorce myself, it can really be hard on a child in the middle of a marriage dispute. Every situation is different as is every person. I really enjoyed working with Joshua, his insight into our problem and ability to adapt and give me many options really helped during this hard time. Trust me... my situation was an odd one. Our story has a happy ending and thanks to Josh we are all together. My story of Josh ends with the tag line at the top. Moral Compass: used in reference to a person's ability to judge what is right and wrong and act accordingly. Joshua has a very accurate Moral Compass. OH, almost forgot, I stated before about the perception of what someone looks like when you have never seen them in person or on a video call. I still think Josh sounds like a 6ft+ older guy with a long beard who may or may not smoke tobacco out of a pipe on occasion. And maybe a bit overweight... Wow, was I wrong :)
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Posted by Sherri | January 30, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Divorce attorney
Josh is an excellent divorce attorney. My situation was very complicated and he pointed out my many options on several occasions. It didn’t help that my ex was difficult. He streamlined the process for me and was very compassionate when dealing with the difficulties of a very long marriage. At the beginning of the process, I explained to Josh, that I wanted an inexpensive and relatively friendly divorce, and he honored my requests. I would highly recommend him to anyone looking for a family law attorney.
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Posted by Taylor | November 2, 2020
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Knowledgeable and Smart
Josh is a great lawyer! He represents me in my child custody case. He is very knowledgeable and has worked smart to help me achieve what’s best for my situation. I will continue to recommend him to others and use him when needed.
Posted by Brennan | October 8, 2020
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
10/10 would recommend!
Josh and I had a phone consultation and he proved to be extremely knowledgable and compassionate. I wanted to know what my legal options were and he laid out several courses of action for me to take, as well as informed me of certain laws pertaining to my situation. He brainstormed with me and made me feel like my situation was important and deserving of attention. It's clear he works hard for his clients to ensure their ideal outcome. I was very impressed by his wealth of knowledge and moreover how seriously he took what was a free consultation - with dedication like that, I would highly recommend him!
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Resume

AVVO RATING 9.9 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Managing Attorney
  • Wheeler Family Law
  • 2020 - Present
  • Associate Attorney
  • Knauf Santos Law, PLLC
  • 2019 - Present
  • Associate Attorney
  • Law Offices of Michael W. Bugni
  • 2017 - 2019
  • Associate Attorney
  • Law Offices of Roberta E. Doyle
  • 2008 - 2017
  • Legal Intern
  • Law Offices of Roberta E. Doyle
  • 2008 - 2008
  • Legal Intern
  • Suffolk County District Attorney's Office, Appeals
  • 2006 - 2007
  • Legal Intern
  • Mulvey, Sneider & Freyman
  • 2006 - 2006
  • Legal Intern
  • Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Department of Revenue
  • 2005 - 2006
  • Legal Intern
  • Justice Elspeth B. Cypher, Massachusetts Appeals Court
  • 2005 - 2005
  • Instructor
  • Edmonds Community College
  • 2000 - 2004
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Education

  • Northeastern University
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2007
  • University of Washington
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2002
  • University of Washington
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2002
  • University of Washington
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2002
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Sample of Legal Cases

  • In re: the Marriage of Sarausad, 173 Wn.App 1018 (2013)
  • Prevailed on appeal including an award of attorney's fees

Associations

  • Snohomish County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2018 - Present
  • King County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2008 - Present
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2008 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Client's Choice
  • Avvo
  • 2022
  • Client's Choice
  • Avvo
  • 2021
  • Top 10 Family Law Attorneys
  • American Institute of Legal Counsel
  • 2020
  • Top 10 Family Law Attorney
  • Attorney and Practice Magazine
  • 2020
  • Client's Choice
  • Avvo
  • 2020
  • Top 10 Family Law Attorney
  • Attorney and Practice Magazine
  • 2019
  • Client's Choice
  • Avvo
  • 2019
  • Recipient
  • Golden Key International Honor Society
  • 2002
  • Membership
  • Psi Chi National Psychology Honor Society
  • 2002
  • Dean's List
  • University of Washington
  • 2002
  • Dean's List
  • University of Washington
  • 2001
  • Dean's List
  • University of Washington
  • 2000
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Speaking Engagements

  • King County Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Family Law Mentoring
  • 2019
  • King County Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Family Law Mentoring
  • 2018
  • 2001 Annual Pacific University Undergraduate Philosophy Conference
  • "Moral Sainthood and Aristotelian Moral Theories"
  • 2001

Attorney endorsements

Received (11)
Given (10)
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Divorce and separation Attorney | Jul 20
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Josh and I worked together on a complicated case involving multiple areas of law. He was great to work with and was a thoughtful advocate for our client. I endorse him."
Family Attorney | Mar 25
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Josh excellently balances advocacy with recognition that compromise can sometimes serve his client best. All the while, he remains the consummate professional even when matters become contentious."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jun 09
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I have had Josh Wheeler on several of my cases as opposing counsel. What was really refreshing about Josh is that he does not cause conflicts that open wounds resulting in unnecessary legal work and costs. He is smart, articulate, tenacious, knows the facts, spots issues, and works on resolutions. When I saw that Josh was on the other side of a case, I knew I had a tough advocate but one that I could work with toward intelligent solutions. The case never became about egos! I endorse Josh."
Family Attorney | May 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Wheeler is a dedicated, effective advocate for his clients. He is experienced and provides honest, valuable counsel to his clientele. I fully endorse Joshua Wheeler as he is an excellent Family Law Attorney."
Family Attorney | May 27
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jul 19
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Throughout my career, Josh has always been present as a practitioner in almost every court I appear in. He is familiar with the Courts, Commissioners, and Judges, and his approach to litigation is steady, consistent, and thorough. Even when confronted with high conflict cases, Josh demonstrates infinite patience and determination. I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Jul 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Josh is an incredible lawyer with a proven track record. He is the only referral I provide for family, friends, and clients who are in need of a family law attorney."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jul 11
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Josh was opposing counsel on a very difficult dissolution matter. He was always respectful and professional. Although it was a difficult case, he was focused on reaching settlement and avoiding high court costs, while always being a strong advocate for his client. I highly endorse Josh."
Family Attorney | Jul 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Jul 10
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Josh is a solid attorney and, as far as I can tell, an excellent human. I've had the pleasure of working opposite him on a number of cases and I have found him, without exception, to be smart, thorough, reasonable, and trustworthy. Josh raises the bar, pun intended, for quality family law representation in the Seattle area."
Family Attorney | Jul 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"As a former co-worker, I can safely claim that Josh is exactly the lawyer you want if you're for someone who is: (1) whip-smart and practical; (2) a comprehensive problem-solver; (3) confident and experienced in the courtroom; and (4) dedicated enough in you/your case but without losing perspective of the big picture or the ideal strategy. If you have the chance to hire him, do it; simple as that."
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Seattle Divorce and separation Lawyer Joshua Cole Wheeler
Joshua Cole Wheeler
Divorce and separation Attorney
Seattle, WA
Licensed for 15 years
Virtual consultation available