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Renee M DeFreece

Family Attorney at Everett, WA

4.3   12 reviews
  • Licensed for 17 years
    State WA
    Acquired 2006
    Active No misconduct found

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About Renee

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I grew up in Orlando, Florida. At the age of 12, I moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico to attend high school. I attended one year of college at the University of New Mexico but moved back to Florida in 1998. I graduated from the University of Central Florida in 2002. From 2003 to 2006 I attended law school in Michigan. In 2006, I graduated from Thomas M. Cooley School of Law in Lansing.

From September 2006 to September 2007, I was a law-clerk for the Honorable Larry E. McKeeman of the Snohomish County Superior Court. I joined the firm of Tuohy & Minor in October 2007. Shortly thereafter, Deane Minor and Kara Kruse joined law firms and created Tuohy Minor Kruse PLLC. In 2014, I became partner. My practice focuses on Family Law, Guardianships, Probate, and Estate Planning.


Renee M DeFreece
2821 Wetmore Ave
Everett, WA, 98201-3517

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Posted by Craig | December 15, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Great Family Lawyer
I hired her for my case and she did an amazing job at getting the custody for my son. She was friendly, kind, smart and professional with her job and how she approached my case. She took on a tough one and helped me out a great deal!
Posted by William | May 4, 2022
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Renee represented us with confident kindness
Renee represented our us in a complex, multi-sibling family custody case. We were distraught with emotions and fear for our grandchildren’s safety and personal care. She showed a genuine interest in our case and the welfare of our family, as a whole. Renee is direct and clear when communicating with us. She was quick to set me straight, when I was off course. She did it with a soft but steady influence. Renee has a gentle but intense approach in the way she represented us in court. I felt confident when she was addressing our pleas to the commissioner. The way she poised the law over our situation was impressive and I sensed a level of respect that I don’t often feel in court hearings. Rene’s Paralegal, Stacie, is phenomenal. She is responsive and confident. I have complete faith in the both of them. I sleep every night, at peace, knowing that my grandchildren are not only safe, but thriving.
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Posted by Mark | November 5, 2016
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Renee protected our family and brought out the truth was very professinal and about the children and what was right! Nother about the money like most lawyer's. I would recommend her to anyone at anytime.
Posted by Debbie | October 10, 2016
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Third Party Custody
Renee DeFreece is a strong and confident attorney. My husband and I hired Renee to help us rescue our grandson from abuse. Renee took on our third party custody case with confidence. We worked closely through the entire process so we can speak from that place of personal experience. Grand Parents do not have rights in the state of Washington. When we discovered abuse and neglect, with our 5 year old grandchild, we were especially horrified that we could not step in to protect his innocent humanity. We now have full legal custody of our grandson, while his parents work to restore a safe and suitable live for themselves. Renee was knowledgeable of the laws. She was tough when we needed her to be but also, gentle and understanding with our pain. She held a space for us to understand legalities and the whole landscape, not just what we wanted; out of fear that we would never see our grandchild again. Renee walked through this journey with us, she was our teacher, our emotional support and our inspiration in that she thinks deeply but speaks at a level that we can understand about the strategy and the law. We felt confident with Renee representing us in the courtroom. She is well respected in the courthouse and still was kind and humble. Her personal attention brought us comfort that she was representing us in such a worrisome matter. Stacie Beery was our paralegal. She was great about helping us navigate through the paperwork, dates and attending the right hearings. Stacie’s gentle approach and quiet confidence provided exactly the professional yet personal support we needed. We highly recommend Renee and Stacie.
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Posted by Femida Mohammad | February 7, 2013
Renee DeFreece is a dynamic lawyer! You can't go wrong by retaining Renee to help with your legal matters. She makes it a priority to understand the 'big' picture about her cases and her clients. This is displayed in the courtroom with her clear articulation of the facts. When she speaks people listen but she does it with dignity and respect for everyone she meets. Standing alongside Renee, in the many hearings we have attended, I have felt relaxed, at ease and comfortable that the outcome at the end is exactly what I stated to her. She doesn't beat around the bush and if she feels you are 'off the track' she pulls you back with sound advice and bases her statements on what's law. She knows her job and she's good at what she does on every level. She's one sharp card who's personality shines in her warm smile and side glance that makes you feel it's ALL going to work out in the end. She's not in the field to make a quick dollar by being your attorney which is very rare nowadays. She's someone who builds a trusting relationship with you that you know you can count on long after she's not needed to defend you in the courtroom.
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Posted by Larry | February 7, 2013
Excellant Lawyer!!
Handled my child custody case with welcomed compassionn for the circumstances. Included my thoughts on how and what would be best. Very Knowlegable on the laws. Prompt communication and overall a great as an experience as one can have concerning Child custody cases. I will and have recomended Renee to anyone whom might need her to help with their legal issues. She really does care about the client as an individual and human being which makes a big difference in trusting that she has your best interest and situations ahead of all else. Thank you Renee!!!!
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Posted by T.M. | February 6, 2013
Passionate, Knowledgable and Effective!
I started a parenting plan and child support modification on my own last year but about 8 months into it I felt overwhelmed with paperwork and the legal process. I was referred to Renee and she got me in for an appointment almost immediately. Within the first hour of meeting her a huge weight had been lifted off my shoulders. Without hesitation, she told me exactly where I stood and what needed to happen in order for my modifications to be successful. I retained her that day and everything ended up in my favor at court. My son is doing wonderfully now and I wouldn't have been able to do it without Renee's confidence, support, and guidance. I've already referred her to a friend and she's been incredibly successful in her parenting case as well!
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Posted by Gina | February 6, 2013
I am extremely satisfied with Renee. Her professionalism, knowledge, and compassion made an upsetting situation much easier to go through. I would definitely recommend her.
Posted by Debi | August 30, 2012
Excellent Attorney
Excellent attorney! Renee is very well versed in family law and quickly and efficiently handled an emergency hearing (ex parte) and followed through to a finalized parenting agreement within a month's time. She was responsive and explained everything clearly. I could not be happier with her level of knowledge and focus of family law. She is definitely the person I would turn to again if the need were to arise. I would highly recommend Renee.
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Posted by anonymous | June 18, 2012
Couldn't be Happier
When CPS wanted to put a one and a half year old relative of mine into foster care Renee came to the rescue. She carried me through the process. Explaining each and every step, best and worst scenarios.The opposing parties were pro sae and Renee was incredibly patient and professional. She's prompt, efficient and worth more than she charges. She is the ONE! Thank goodness the attorney hunt for me is over. I have spent years looking for an attorney responsive,trustworthy who keeps me informed. Every question is a good question, says Renee.
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Posted by Breanne | May 31, 2022
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Dishonest spent thousands and sent to collections over 600
The first impression during the consult was Renee was very intelligent and knew her stuff. She appeared to be honest with what she truly thought we could accomplish. She had another attorney Karan help because it was cheaper. But it took his WAY longer to do everything and he clearly had no idea what he was doing. We stared to feel like she didn’t have time for us and was squeezed our case into her work load. Looking back she shouldn’t have taken our case and been honest that she couldn’t take another client, she tried her best but was too busy to really give our case the attention it deserved, this was about our child after all and deserved to be not just squeezed in. The worst part is at the end of it all, not being satisfied we reached out after already having paid $10,000, we had a balance of a little over $600. She then told us to pay what we could. At that point we had nothing to pay, we had paid all we could and didn’t bother attempting to borrow money from friends and family we just didn’t pay anything. Months had passed with no communication and then my husband gets a phone call saying we are in collections and that Renee is suing us over $600 we owed her. I called the office confused they said since we didn’t pay anything they sent us to collections. I explained Renee said to pay what we could, which was nothing Stacie here paralegal then said that meant “within reason”. If some type of minimum payment was due then that should have been stated. I reached out via email to Renee stating I want to see my final notice that says you’re sending me to collections. She said she doesn’t need to do that and that she had said she would “be willing to accept anything”. So now we are in collections and she will not pull it from collections after telling us we only needed to pay what we could. Renee stated one thing and did another. If we knew this was going to collections we would have asked friends and family to help. After paying her THOUSANDS of dollars and being told to pay “what we could”, we find ourselves in collections over $600, Do NOT recommend. Do NOT use.
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Posted by anonymous | August 14, 2016
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I hired her to attend a hearing for my child support case. She lied to me and said she filed my declaration, but never did. Then she advised me to sign a document that would wave all back child support, or hold it in abeyance and in exchange the other parent would forego all visitation. She told me that this agreement was illegal, but I should sign it anyway. She encouraged me to have the opposing lawyer write the document because she knew it was illegal. I am now paying a different lawyer to pursue the back support and modify things that she agreed to, but that I didn't want to agree to.
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Response from Renee DeFreece September 16, 2016
I unequivocally deny all allegations made in this post. I pride myself on my ethics not only personally but professionally. It is unfortunate that some people use this forum to only harm the reputation I have worked over nine years to create. I do not know this commenter and have never advised anyone to do anything illegal.
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  • Hourly Rates $ 285-285 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 8.5 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Tuohy Minor Kruse PLLC
  • 2007 - Present
  • Law Clerk to the Honorable Larry E. McKeeman
  • Snohomish County Superior Court
  • 2006 - 2007


  • Thomas M. Cooley Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2006
  • University of Central Florida
  • BS - Legal Studies
  • 2002


  • Washington Women Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • Snohomish County Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • 2009 - Present
  • Snohomish County Bar Association
  • 2006 - Present
  • Washington Women Lawyers
  • Board Member
  • 2010 - 2012
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Volunteer of the Month
  • Snohomish County Volunteer Guardian ad Litem Program
  • 2010

Attorney endorsements

Received (8)
Given (8)
Endorse Renee
Family Attorney | Oct 22
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. over the years I've watched Renee and she is a thorough, thoughtful advocate who is unflappable before the bench because she is well prepared. She knows how to resolve issues and get her clients results."
Family Attorney | Oct 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Renee is a fierce advocate for her clients, and an experienced and knowledgeable attorney. She is a pleasure to work with, and I would not hesitate to refer a client to her."
Family Attorney | Sep 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Feb 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Renee is a great attorney. She gives her clients great advice and guidance. Renee is a very conifdent attorney and it shows when she presents arguments in court. I refer clients to her without reservation."
Family Attorney | Feb 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Renee DeFreece is an exceptional attorney and I endorse her work. I have known Renee for several years and she has always proven herself to be a competent, knowledgable and effective advocate for her clients. Renee has the legal skills to handle difficult family law issues and the professionalism required to obtain favorable results. She has earned a quality reputation in the legal community and is highly recommended as a family law attorney."
Family Attorney | Jan 14
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have known Renee as a professional for quite some time. In all of her interactions, be they personal or professional, Renee comports herself with candor, integrity, and compassion. She is a zealous advocate for her clients and is a respected member of the legal community. I would commend her to any individual for representation."
Family Attorney | Jan 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I know Renee and have seen her advocate for her client's in court. She is very good with her clients. She is very professional and courteous. I have consulted with her on family law, probate, and estate planning issues and is a very knowledgable."
Estate planning Attorney | Nov 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have worked with Renee on probate matters and consulted with her on family law matters. She is smart, professional and accessible to her clients and counsel."
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