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Practice areas


  1. Divorce: 50%
    27 years
  2. Mediation: 25%
    3 years
  3. Child Custody: 20%
    3 years
  4. Prenuptials: 5%
    3 years


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Attorney endorsements

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  • Robert Norwood Getz

    I endorse this lawyer. Presently we have a difficult child custody case together going back roughly 2 years. Cynthia is ever prepared and zealous giving away nothing, but also sensible in looking for ways to resolve issues and protect the involved child.


    Robert Getz Family Attorney
    Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter

  • Stephanie N. Petersen

    Cynthia and I have been on the opposite sides of several tough cases over the years. We have also had occasion to work together on several matters. I have always been impressed with her thorough work product and tough advocacy, balanced with professionalism and a deep caring about her clients. I am pleased to endorse Cynthia and recognize her superior work.


    Stephanie Petersen Car accident Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

Port Gardner Law Group

2918 Colby Avenue, Suite 201
Everett, WA, 98201


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneyPort Gardner Law Group2012 - Present
AttorneyPartner at Schwimmer First, LLP2004 - 2011
PartnerLaw Offices of Cynthia R. First1999 - 2004
CommissionerSnohomish County Public Utility District1999 - 2004
PartnerKeithly Weed Graafstra First and Benson, PLLC1993 - 1999
AttorneyFoster Pepper & Shefelmann1989 - 1993
Association namePosition nameDuration
King County Collaborative LawChair, Legislative Committee2011 - Present
King County Collaborative LawBoard Member2011 - Present
International Academy of Collaborative ProfessionalsMember2008 - Present
Collaborative Professionals of WashingtonMember2008 - Present
King County Collaborative LawMember2008 - Present
United States Supreme Court BarMember2001 - Present
Snohomish County Bar AssociationMember1995 - Present
Washington State Bar Association, Family Law SectionMember1995 - Present
King County Bar Association, Family Law SectionMember1989 - Present
Washington State Bar AssociationMember1989 - Present
King County Bar AssociationMember1989 - Present
Washington State Bar Association, Family Law Executive CommitteeBoard Member2009 - 2011
United States District Court Eastern District of WashingtonMember1990 - 1995
United States District Court Western District of WashingtonMember1990 - 1995
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Pepper v. J.J. Welcome ConstructionJury found for our client, plaintiff
Pepper v. King CountyFavorable for client
In re Western ProcessingFavorable result for client.
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Publication nameTitleDate
Hofstra Law ReviewForming a Hunter Gatherer Practice Group2011
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Seattle University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1989
Miami University of OhioEnvironmental SciencesM.En.N/A
Miami University of OhioInterdisciplinary StudiesB.Phil.N/A
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Family Law Midyear ConferenceEthics of Collaborative Law2011
Collaborative Professionals of Washington Annual ConferenceForming a Hunter Gatherer Practice Group2011
Intersection of Family and Elder Law: Strategic SolutionsLegislative Changes in Family Law2010