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James Thomas Saulsbury

Family Attorney at Seattle, WA

4.3   16 reviews
  • State Years
    Washington - WA 26 years
    Texas - TX 32 years
  • Licensed for 26 years
    State WA
    Acquired 1997
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 32 years
    State TX
    Acquired 1991
    Inactive No misconduct found

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

About James

Learn James’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Divorce and separation
    In deciding to divorce, a man or woman takes a difficult but crucial step to end a marriage in crisis. In addition to being an emotionally trying time, the divorce process usually involves complex legal issues that require the counsel of a competent divorce lawyer. At the Law Offices of Jim Saulsbury, an attorney focused exclusively on divorce and family law helps you make informed decisions that will affect you long-term.

    34 years, 1,000 cases

  2. Family
    Jim Saulsbury works pro-actively and cooperatively to reach agreements with opposing counsel on matters related to divorce law such as spousal support, division of assets and child custody.

    34 years, 1,380 cases

  3. Child custody
    The existence of a well-crafted, personalized visitation and access plan can potentially ease the stress felt by both adults and children who follow a visitation schedule. Such a plan for access facilitation and parenting time helps eliminate misunderstandings and miscommunication by the parents and improves the quality time a parent is able to spend with their children.

    34 years, 380 cases

  4. Probate
    Jim Saulsbury has years of experience helping clients deal with the loss of loved ones.

    34 years, 500 cases

  5. Domestic violence

    34 years, 500 cases

  6. Wills and living wills
    22 years of experience in Estate Planing

    34 years, 1,000 cases

"Divorce with Dignity"

Divorce can be heart wrenching and difficult. However, it does not have to be if you contact Jim Saulsbury, an experienced divorce attorney whose office serves King, Pierce and Snohomish Counties. Jim Saulsbury helps his clients reduce the anxiety and stress of divorce. Jim guides men and women in dissolving a marital bond with respect and fairness using the cooperative process, mediation, arbitration or litigation

A Skilled Negotiator

Jim Saulsbury offers his clients a less combative way to divorce. There is no war and there are no court appearances. Instead, Jim Saulsbury works with respective clients and a possible team of a communications coach and a financial planner/CPA to negotiate and agree on child custody, visitation and the equitable division of their marital assets and debts.

Jim Saulsbury uses his talents in the art of negotiation and communication as well as a great sense of humor and compassion to help couples divorce with their dignity intact. Jim Saulsbury addresses each client's concern over the small details and fine print in a divorce agreement with his extensive knowledge of family law. .

Clients Have Choices

Jim Saulsbury is a strong litigator who effectively articulates and argues for his clients' interests in contested divorce cases. However, more often the parties in a divorce are willing to use a cooperative process, mediation or arbitration because of all the benefits. Jim Saulsbury's clients certainly are presented with all the options.

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James Thomas Saulsbury
Po Box 66195
Seattle, WA, 98166-0195
James Thomas Saulsbury
PO Box 66195
Seattle, WA, 98166-0195
James T Saulsbury, Attorney at Law
126 SW 148th St
Burien, WA, 98166
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  16 customer reviews
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Posted by anonymous | March 22, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Understanding and Responsive
Understanding of the problems I wanted to solve, provided concrete advice on what I need to prepare to present my facts and logic, very responsive when I had questions. Helped me achieve my goal and resolve issues. Good advocate for me as a client.
Posted by Lindsay | March 4, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Understanding, Compassionate, Professional
My divorce was incredibly stressful and James took much of that away. I felt he really understood my goal of a dissolution with as little drama as possible. He was very kind and respectful, he seemed to be friends or at least friendly to all staff members at the court house. I could tell he was well respected. He’s funny and brings humor to help ease uncomfortable situations. He had great communication. I appreciated that he had a sensible approach as opposed to being cut throat. I highly recommend him anytime I hear someone may need an attorney for a family law issue.
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Posted by Karen | January 12, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Reflecting on the peace you gave me and my children
I feel so honored to have been excepted and then hired Jim to handle my divorce back in 2007. I just picked him out of the phone book and hit the jack pot when I retained him. He was professional,  sensitive , and extremely helpful. He has always left an enormous impression on me. I am a flight attendant who had two children and was now living out of the state. He arranged meetings with me at the airport because he knew I didn't live in town and I did not have a car. My ex- husband was a con man and I came with all the proof he needed to take my case and win my divorce. In thinking about him today, I googled him to  see how he and his business is doing. I would like to thank him for his caring, friendly, and professional service. I would highly recommended him every day and all the time.  30+ years strong that is wonderful. Thank you, Jim
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Posted by Rachel | January 5, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Peace of Mind
I found Jim through NOLO, received excellent advice and then hired him. He walked me through each step of my divorce, ensuring I knew what was happening and answering my many questions. We came very close to trial and through his years of wisdom and sound direction, we were able to avoid it. During mediation, he provided sound advice on how address each area. I highly recommend hiring him. He is compassionate and fights for his clients.
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Posted by Lacey S | April 20, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Caring, Hardworking, Efficient
I cannot thank Jim Saulsbury enough. I contacted Jim in my time of need and he was very empathetic, kind, and explained every detail of the process for my case in a way I could understand. Unlike other attorneys I contacted, Jim was not overly aggressive in his demeanor which is part of why I chose to trust him to represent me. Jim was timely in his responses and always made sure I knew what was going on. He is affordable, professional, and very easy to work with. I will be recommending Jim to anyone I know who needs an attorney.
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Posted by Brandon father of Caleb N. | February 28, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
I came to James a broken father with an ex that uses my son as a weapon to hurt me. She accuses me of things that aren't true and made statements like she would never let me see my son and make sure he wouldn't love me when he grows up. She would gaslight me and said she would do everything in her power to make sure I would not be able to be a part of his life. James made her put me on my sons birth certificate and even though she is ignoring James' requests to not have to go to trial and spying on me using character murdering lies to hurt my chances. James was good enough to refund my retainer so I could hire another one after she had the venue changed. He was also good enough to tell me that she was spying on me and was trying to convince people I was doing bad. When the truth is I am helping drug addicts get clean and teaching them skills to work honest jobs even helping people down and out get up on their feet. While she is running around slaying my character so I am not about to be in my son's life. I owe James for giving me the ability to fight back against a person hell bend on destroying my future my family and my dignity. Thank you James for helping me and I would recommend this man for he understands we are all human and we all need help just like I believe and teach to those I am able to help. If you are a father that wants to be a positive role model and influence in your kids life and your ex is murdering your character. Give this man a chance he will fight and he will do what he can. I believe when you do the right thing and do good for people who are in need you will have Angels come into your life and James is one that will come and leave as he believes every loving parent deserves to know and be a part of their baby's lives. Keep up the good fight Jim.
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Posted by anonymous | April 22, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Family Law - Relocation
We used Jim to assist us in the relocation of our children out of state. Jim did an outstanding job in all aspects of the case, including in the courtroom. He was very responsive and patient with all our concerns and questions and was very clear in conveying the requirements of the law. We highly recommend Jim for your attorney.
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Posted by Patricia | January 6, 2015
Exceptional Family Law Attorney
Mr. Saulsbury represented me in my divorce many years ago. He ensured that I received every compensation as a single mother raising a young child and regardless of the financial hardship of being represented, he made it affordable and possible. He not only guided me through the process, but he fought for us and without his devotion, dedication and voice, I would have not been able to provide a financially stable, healthy and secure life for myself and young child. As my young child got older and chances were needed, Mr. Saulsbury continued to stay connected guiding us through each step of the process. As child-support turned into post-secondary support, his expertise and knowledge were instrumental. I highly recommend Mr. Saulsbury as a family lawyer/child advocate.
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Posted by Keith | July 5, 2013
Extremely Knowledgable, Expert, Professional
Mr. Saulsbury is extremely knowledgable of the law. Always professional and available to answer my legal questions. I have a great feeling of comfort and have tremendous confidence in the legal guidance I receive from Mr. Saulsbury. I would highly recommend him for your domestic legal needs.
Posted by Lynn | July 4, 2013
Kudo's to a fantastic attorney.....
Jim is not only knowledgeable in vast areas of the law, he is truly dedicated to his clients and shares a personal interest in their wellbeing. Thanks Jim for all your kindness and support.
Posted by Robert | June 11, 2013
Corporate Contract
I found Mr. Saulsbury to be very knowlegable when dealing with my former company over a bonus dispute. He was efficient in his execution which saved me funds. I would recommend Mr. Saulsbury for almost any segment of the law. If he feels uncomfortable about your situation, he will recommend another attorney who has expertise in that field.
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Posted by Randall | June 4, 2013
Best Attorney Ever!
I hired Mr Saulsbury for a child custody case in 2000, and still use his services and advice to this day. Very competent man, very empathetic, and gets results. I liked his emphasis on doing what is best for the child, and he works well with other opposing attorneys and shines in the courtroom. Due to his professionalism, we have never had to go back to court - everything was settled the first round and all parties were confident and satisfied that what was settled on was the best. Papers were delivered on time and the legal "mumbo-jumbo" explained in layman's terms you could understand easily. I would highly recommend this attorney for any legal proceedings you may have. I did my will through him recently, asked his advice when I got in a car wreck (not my fault but other driver was not to be trusted) and will continue for any other legal issues that may come up in the future. Great guy to have on your side!
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Posted by MARY | February 20, 2013
Trustworthy, Caring and Professional
Jim Saulsbury has been my attorney for the last 15 years. Jim has handled a wide variety of legal matters for me over the years. Jim helped me with the purchase and sale agreements of my last two homes. Jim drafted the purchase and sales agreements, along with the financing agreement for the purchase and sale of my e-commerce business. Jim also drafted my Last Will and Testament, Durable Power of Attorney and Healthcare Directive for me and members of my family. Jim's rates are very reasonable, but most importantly he cares about his clients. I highly recommend Jim for his professionalism and legal knowledge.
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Posted by anonymous | August 29, 2019
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Horrible Service
It is appalling to see an attorney filling out forms with grammar and spelling mistakes. Even though James appears professional in person, on paper and through communication he is extremely unprofessional. Things as simple as having an email signature or anything other than @aol would help.
Response from James Saulsbury September 11, 2019
Because of attorney client privilege attorney, it would not be appropriate for me to go into specific details regarding my clients. I can say this, I always send out "drafts" of documents to my clients for their review (especially in cases when clients are from another country and they have very unusual spellings to their names). I want my clients to be happy with the services I am rendering. King County Courts require original signatures and do not accept DocuSign for documents filed in family court matters. When a person objects to reviewing a "draft" of a document, that person usually has an alternative reason for their objection (such as not wanting to pay a bill that they owe).
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Posted by anonymous | August 13, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Terrible service
Really didn't help or guide me in what I wanted. Just wanted me to settle out of court with my divorce and custody because he was worried I couldn't afford to keep going on in court. I was young naive and feel taken advantage of by him and the opposing side. This was my worst experience by far with any legal situation and unfortunately it was the most important in my life. Stay away from this guy.
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Response from James Saulsbury August 29, 2019
It would not be professional of me to go into details regarding a particular case. What I can say is this, I always attempt to provide the very best legal services to my clients that I can. Unfortunately the cost of litigation is expensive, especially to clients with limited financial means. Cases often settle at mediation which is a much cheaper alternative than a costly trial. I always discuss with my clients the cost of settling out of court at mediation verses a trial. In the end it is the client who makes the decision as to whether or not they want to except a settlement offer. Unfortunately people sometimes have remorse over the decisions that they make.
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Posted by MBBN | December 22, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
This man knows very well that he is NOT a Real Estate attorney, yet he took money from us to send on our behalf, a Real Estate related letter. Even more unfortunately, we have NO reason whatsoever to believe that the letter for which we paid about $150.00 to be sent, was even sent. We had contacted him for the purpose of hiring him to represent us in a lawsuit. Instead he took the easier route... proposing instead to consult with us (for less than 30-minutes), and took $150 from us under false pretense. He told us that he would send us via email the letter that he was going to be sending... but that too did not happen. We had to once again initiate another contact with him, before he could keep his very own promise of send sending us a so-called Word Document proof. Yes! A simple Word Document was all we got as proof! The intended recipient on the other hand did not receive anything. He was more interested in taking our money than providing us any service... ...could not even meet with us at his office (because he probably does not have one). Instead, a short self-serving meeting took place at Panera Bread in Federal Way, WA, to discuss our legal problem while he was having breakfast. Frankly, a refund is well within our right because we were deceived, and we have no proof that the service we paid for was even rendered in the first place. This man practices Family Law, and yet he is going around telling people otherwise, and taking money from them.
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  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
  • Hourly Rates $ 150-250 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 8.5 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • James T. Saulsbury, Attorney at Law
  • 1991 - Present


  • Thurgood Marshall School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1991

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Malone vs Malone
  • Wife was awarded seven years of back child support
  • In re the Marriage of: Wheler vs Wheler
  • Complex divorce trial. Case was appealed to the appellate court and our verdict was upheld.
  • Estate of Brown
  • At trial successfully defended the widow of the deceased from a will challenge by children from husband's first marriage.


  • Washington State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1997 - Present
  • State Bar of Texas
  • Member
  • 1991 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Member of the Nation's Top One Percent
  • National Association of Distinguished Counsel
  • 2015
  • Attorney of the Year
  • Legal Shield
  • 2011


  • Washington Today
  • Divorce and What you need to know to survive!
  • 2006

Speaking Engagements

  • Graduate Program Lectures
  • Contract Law and how it effects your daily life.
  • 1997

Attorney endorsements

Received (39)
Given (56)
Endorse James
Family Attorney | Feb 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. My experience with Mr. Saulsbury was extremely positive - he was very professional and pleasant."
Child custody Attorney | Mar 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"James is an excellent attorney committed to providing the highest quality representation to clients. I endorse this attorney without reservation."
Family Attorney | Nov 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Attorney Saulsbury offers insightful advice and is a valuable asset to this community. I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Aug 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I highly endorse Mr. Saulsbury. Truly exceptional and caring attorney who produces great results in representing clients! I want all people to contact him for help."
Unknown Attorney | May 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"One of the absolute best. Exceptional attention to detail, service next to none. I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Apr 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"If you need a family law lawyer and your in Washington State, you need James Saulsbury on your side. He is an Excellent lawyer and will fight like a pit bull to win your case. I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Apr 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"James Saulsbury is a dedicated, highly-skilled family law attorney. He is well-respected within the legal community and I fully endorse him."
Domestic violence Attorney | Mar 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Saulsbury is the definition of a knowledgeable, hardworking and experience attorney. I welcome the opportunity to endorse him."
Family Attorney | Mar 24
Relationship: Other
"James Saulsbury is a very fine family lawyer. If you should have need for a divorce or custody lawyer, Mr. Salisbury would be a good choice. I recommend him."
Family Attorney | Mar 18
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Having worked with Jim on a dissolution of marriage case, I saw first-hand the competent, compassionate, and efficient representation he provides to his clients. Jim is great to work with and I highly recommend him."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Feb 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"James Saulsbury has a wealth of experience and insight into the problems clients face when going through a divorce or separation."
Family Attorney | Feb 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"A valuable contributor to the AVVO community. I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Feb 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer without reservation. An extremely talented and well respected attorney in the legal community. Very hardworking and diligent. Consistently achieves superior results. Advice is always practical and on point. I recommend to anyone looking for an attorney who knows the law and truly cares about protecting the rights of clients and achieving the most favorable result possible."
Unknown Attorney | Feb 05
Relationship: Other
"Hardworking and determined. I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jan 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I wholeheartedly endorse this attorney. Top-notch attorney. Highly respected in the legal community."
Family Attorney | Jan 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"When you find yourself in need of a family law attorney, it is important to retain an attorney who is competent, compassionate and tenacious. Mr. Saulsbury is well respected in the legal community for just those reasons."
Family Attorney | Jan 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Saulsbury is an outstanding attorney with an impeccable reputation in the legal profession. These characteristics are not only well deserved, but have been earned after years of practicing law with the utmost integrity. He is a zealous advocate who serves his clients with compassion and dignity. Mr. Saulsbury is a highly skilled lawyer that I endorse without reservation."
Family Attorney | Jan 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Saulsbury is an excellent attorney who puts his clients' needs first. His knowledge of family law is thorough and he has proven his experience in court, case after case. I would highly recommend him to any client."
Family Attorney | Jan 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Attorney James Saulsbury as Family Law Attorney in Seattle, Washington. He is a caring, energic and financially knowledgable in areas of Family Law. It is a privilege and honor to endorse Attorney James Saulsbury as a top notch Family Law Attorney in Seattle!"
Family Attorney | Jan 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I highly recommend this lawyer. He is extremely knowledgeable, dedicated, and skilled. Anyone using his services will not regret it!"
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