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David H. Kalisek

Family Attorney at Everett, WA

4.6   21 reviews
  • State Years
    Colorado - CO 6 years
    Washington - WA 9 years
    Nebraska - NE 13 years
  • Licensed for 6 years
    State CO
    Acquired 2017
    Status
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 9 years
    State WA
    Acquired 2014
    Status
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 13 years
    State NE
    Acquired 2010
    Status
    Retired No misconduct found

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

About David

Learn David’s areas of practice.

David grew up in Nebraska, where he completed his undergraduate and then law school studies. David started his legal career handling a wide range of practice areas across Nebraska, from litigation to estate planning. David transitioned to a Seattle firm and began exclusively practicing family law throughout Western Washington. David has assisted a wide variety of family law clients, from professional athletes to families with little or no income, and across a wide range of issues, from dissolution of marriage, child custody and relocation, inter-state custody disputes (UCCJEA), modifications, child support and parenting time disputes. David now lives in Whatcom County, where he handles family law matters throughout Western Washington.

In his spare time, David enjoys hiking, fishing, and exploring the outdoors with his wife and three dogs.

Location

Port Gardner Law Group
2918 Colby Avenue, Suite 201
Everett, WA, 98201

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Reviews

4.6 / 5.0
  21 customer reviews
Posted by Brooke | July 21, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Steller Experience
Going through a divorce is undoubtedly one of life's most challenging experiences. In the midst of emotional turmoil, I was fortunate to have found a divorce attorney who not only possesses exceptional legal skills but also truly listens and empathizes with their clients. David Kalisek is a compassionate legal expert who guided me through the process with sensitivity and diligence. Despite the complexities of divorce law, Mr. Kalisek and his office excelled at communicating legal concepts in a manner that was clear and easily understandable. They patiently walked me through the process, explaining each step and the potential outcomes in a language I could comprehend. Their willingness to answer all my questions, no matter how trivial, fostered an environment of trust and transparency. One of the standout qualities of David Kalisek was their unwavering support and responsiveness. Whenever I needed guidance or had concerns, they promptly addressed my queries, providing reassurance and encouragement. Their accessibility and willingness to keep me informed at every step of the process brought immense peace of mind during an otherwise stressful period. I appreciated his forthright approach and guidance. In the realm of divorce law, David Kalisek stands out as an exemplary legal professional. Their empathetic nature, combined with their exceptional legal expertise, makes them a rare gem in the legal industry. If you are seeking a divorce attorney who not only listens but also advocates passionately for your best interests, I wholeheartedly recommend his services. He was instrumental in helping me navigate a difficult chapter of my life, and I am immensely grateful for the support and guidance.
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Posted by Justin | July 18, 2023
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Best of the best
Mr. Kalisek was nothing but business professional and friendly throughout our interactions. He helped me accomplish what I wanted and fought for the best outcome we had set. I appreciate his knowledge and support during a hard time. I’d recommend Mr. Kalisek to anyone who needs help with similar situations.
Posted by Isaac | July 10, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
Very professional and
Mr. Kalisek was very professional and right to the point in every case matter. He was fast acting, always responded with thoroughness and quickness. I never had to wonder what was next or what we would be dealing with in court. I would recommend him as one of the top lawyers on the peninsula!
Posted by anonymous | June 7, 2023
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David kalisek
Excellent representation. Very accessible and very prompt, all the while being friendly. Very satisfied.
Posted by Noel | February 17, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
Superb Family Law Attorney
I hired David as my attorney when my ex-wife hired her own attorney in an attempt to acquire back child support, and modify our then existing custody agreement. David proved himself to be a competent family law attorney, with a good command of the law, plus the ability to explain things in a way that was understandable to a layperson like myself. In addition, David frequently used his good legal judgement to help me become aware of the options at my disposal. David worked hard to keep my case out of court, using mediation and direct consultation with the opposing counsel. He actively worked to limit my legal fees, and the risks of going to court. Unfortunately, due to the extremely litigious, and obstinate, opposing counsel, we were unable to avoid a trial/hearing. During the hearing, David demonstrated his good focus, thorough understanding of the law, and his aptitude for handling formidable legal opponents. I believe that the outcome of the contest, which maintained my 50% custody of my youngest son, and limited my personal financial impact, was due to David's high level of competency as an attorney. I am thankful that I retained his services, and would definitely recommend him to others who are faced with family law challenges.
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Posted by Kristi | May 8, 2019
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He was Great!!
David was great to work with. He gave great advice and really worked hard to get what was fair and right in my situation. I highly recommend him!!
Posted by Jessica | May 2, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Great Experience with David!
I had an amazing experience with David Kalisek and Brandi Muller. They were able to quickly handle all my documents and have my case settled easily. Despite a bit of frustration on my end, they always handled me with patience and kindness, promptly replying to my emails and updating me on the status of my case. He accommodated my overseas hours/email needs, and always responded professionally. Obviously I hope to never need a divorce Attorney again, but if I did I would definitely use the same firm. Thank you so much to the team for your help in a difficult time!
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Posted by Bruce | February 13, 2019
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Great Attorney
David always made me feel as if I was priority one, furthermore he walked me through all scenario's and kept me abreast of case related topics at the forefront of each topic. This is the second time I have used David and the firm for the sole purpose of the high level of professionalism, communication and client first attitude. I would highly recommend David and the firm.
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Posted by Michelle | February 12, 2019
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Just In Time
I had reached the end of my divorce process and up until the time I retained David as my lawyer, my soon to be ex husband and I thought we could do this on our own. We were both under the impression a lawyer would make things contentious. However just days before our final hearing, I felt that I had made a mistake by not retaining counsel. David graciously took my case at the last minute and took the mounting stress off my shoulders. He helped to draw up a better parenting plan than we had created. His plan helped to eliminate the gray areas we had in our self prepared documents. He also helped establish a fair financial agreement. While in the future I hope that I wouldn’t need his services again, I wouldn’t hesitate to call him or recommend him to family and friends.
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Posted by Kimberly | March 29, 2018
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Answered all my questions and helped me negotiate a good outcome!
I really felt that David was on my side throughout the whole process. I had a difficult case with a large amount of money tied up in a trust. David researched a lot of documents and found a way for me to get an agreeable outcome.
Posted by anonymous | March 27, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Divorce
David Kalisek did an outstanding job representing me during a divorce case. He was always engaged and professional and stayed on top of all the deadlines and court requirements. He helped me stay relaxed and avoided putting additional pressure on me. I always knew he represented my best interests and those of my children throughout the proceedings.
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Posted by Rebecca | March 20, 2018
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AWESOME
When the times get tough, the tough get tougher. David is highly experienced and a strong yet gentle attorney. When my case looked like it couldn't be won after being 15 years old, David helped me win what I deserved!
Posted by anonymous | October 9, 2017
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Contempt Case - Divorce
David and his staff are wonderful. Hired David for a contempt case and he was great. He stuck to what was presented in the documents, went over them thoroughly to ensure his accuracy. At the hearing, he was right on point, and had all the facts ready for presentation. Thank you!
Posted by Michael | February 17, 2017
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outstanding attorney
David Kalisek took on what I consider was a very messy case I was involved in. From the very beginning of our interactions, David was very professional, listened well, and was very good at letting me know what additional information I needed for evidence in court, how to make my declaration more compelling, as well as what other supporting documentation would be necessary. He put this case together beautifully, and was very professional the entire time, including in his interactions with the opposing party. His arguments in court were spectacular. I would very highly recommend David.
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Posted by anonymous | December 13, 2016
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Divorce
David is a very good communicator and thorough when it came to preparing documents , he was right on most or the outcomes, got basically what I wanted , not cheap ,but well worth it!
Posted by Mike | August 4, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Great Communicator
David did a great job with my case. His explanations were clear and concise, he progressed my case at a rapid pace, and we got the outcome desired.
Posted by David | November 28, 2015
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Great lawyer
David was more than helpful with our case to get custody of my daughter. We were dealing with a difficult mother and he was able to help us get it done. He was always very professional and on top of communicating with us as to what was going on. We would recommend him to anybody! Thank you!
Posted by anonymous | November 20, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
two way listening
If I had listened to David, I would have had better financial and visitation terms, and he literally counseled as to what was the best strategy for me (legally, financially, and personally)...but as I wanted to fight for my marriage and family David honored that wish, did lots of research, and came back to me with very unique ideas and legal options. I was impressed. If you want whats best for you legally and financially listen to David, he was always right, but just know that he will also listen to you, counsel you honestly, and fight for what you want.
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Posted by Jeff | February 21, 2018
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Thank you David
I am very satisfied working with David through this difficult time. He was very thorough, honest, open and candid as we worked through decisions that had to be made during this process. David's professionalism in court was impressive and I believe I received the best outcome I could hope for. I felt that David and his staff truly cared for my well being and worked hard to get the results we achieved. I highly recommend David to anyone in need of these services.
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Posted by anonymous | September 6, 2018
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The Worst
I hired David a year ago. He was terrible. I actually thought he was working for the opposing counsel. Terrible lawyer. I had to hire another attorney to clean up the mess he made after my divorce was final.
Response from David Kalisek September 17, 2018
I am very sorry to hear that you feel this way about my services. I strive to provide the very best legal counsel to every single client and would never break attorney-client privilege. We at my firm are glad that you shared your experience with us and do hope you will reach out if there is anything else we can do. Thank you.
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Cost

Rates
  • Hourly Rates $ 275-350 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 9.1 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Port Gardner Law Group
  • 2022 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Thomas & Associates Law Firm, L.L.C.
  • 2017 - 2022
  • Attorney
  • Goldberg Jones, P.C., L.L.O.
  • 2014 - 2017
  • Attorney
  • Copple, Rockey, McKeever & Schlecht, P.C., L.L.O.
  • 2012 - 2014
  • Attorney
  • Jacobsen, Orr, Lindstrom & Holbrook, P.C. L.L.O.
  • 2010 - 2012
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Education

  • University of Nebraska College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • N/A
  • University of Nebraska, Lincoln
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • N/A

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Cesar C. v. Alicia L., 281 Neb. 979 (2011)
  • New legal precedent

Associations

  • Colorado Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2017 - Present
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • Nebraska State Bar Association, Juvenile Law Section
  • Member
  • 2014 - 2014
  • Nebraska State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2010 - 2014
  • Nebraska Association of Trial Attorneys
  • Member
  • 2010 - 2014
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2020
  • Top 40 Family Lawyer Under 40 years of Age in State of Colorado
  • The American Society of Legal Advocates
  • 2019
  • Top 40 Family Lawyer Under 40 years of Age in State of Colorado
  • The American Society of Legal Advocates
  • 2018

Speaking Engagements

  • Mile High Living television show
  • Family Law
  • 2019

Attorney endorsements

Received (12)
Given (13)
Endorse David
Family Attorney | Feb 07
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Feb 16
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer. David brings a practical and aggressive approach to each of his cases. He is both an effective negotiator and litigator."
Family Attorney | Feb 16
Relationship: Co-worker
"David is a skilled and aggressive litigator. He is thoughtful, compassionate, and insightful. David is a wonderful attorney to have in your corner."
Family Attorney | Feb 15
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer. David is a very hard-working, insightful lawyer who will go to bat for you with legal guns blazing."
Family Attorney | Feb 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. David is a wealth of knowledge and is able to get results for his clients through both negotiation and litigation."
Family Attorney | Feb 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. David is an aggressive and effective attorney. He brings passion, knowledge, and sharp strategic thinking to all of his cases."
Family Attorney | Feb 15
Relationship: Co-worker
"David's finance background helps him negotiate very complex family law cases and results in getting his client's the best possible resolutions."
Family Attorney | Feb 15
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer. David is an aggressive litigator but also a skilled negotiator. He is adept at using the best approach on behalf of his clients."
Family Attorney | Feb 14
Relationship: Co-worker
"David has an admirable approach to his cases. He has a knack for analyzing the issues and proceeding in an efficient manner."
Family Attorney | Feb 14
Relationship: Co-worker
"David is a thoughtful and intelligent attorney and I know that he is a hard worker. I have always been impressed by his professionalism."
Family Attorney | Dec 10
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse David Kalisek. He understands that every case requires a tailored strategy to address the unique circumstances and issues that will affect the final outcome. He approaches every client’s situation with meticulous attention to detail and the philosophy of using the right tool for the job."
Family Attorney | Dec 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Excellent Attorney."
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Everett Family Lawyer David H. Kalisek
David H. Kalisek
Family Attorney
Everett, WA
Licensed for 13 years