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Robert Norwood Getz

Family Attorney at Everett, WA

4.1   18 reviews

also known as Bob

  • Licensed for 35 years
    State WA
    Acquired 1988
    Active Lawyer disciplined by state licensing authority in 2002

This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority in 2002. See details

About Robert

Learn Robert’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Divorce and separation
    Complex financial and child custody trial experience. I welcome case for mothers and fathers, same sex relationships, small businesses and related matters.

    41 years, 500 cases

  2. Family
    All areas of family law, third party custody, paternity, child support, parenting plans.

    41 years, 500 cases

  3. Landlord or tenant
    Countywide Evictions, LLC provides a full range of landlord services. We help you with all your legal problems - evictions, 1031 exchanges, document review, planning.

    41 years, 100 cases

  4. Probate
    Former law clerk to the Honorable Melvin J. Peterson, Judge of Hennepin County (Minneapolis) Probate Court.

    41 years, 100 cases

I have the breadth of experience to help you with your family law problem.  With my assistance we work as an established team to put your case together and focus on the long-term goals you have while meeting your immediate needs.  We know you are the person who knows the most about you, your partner and your children.  What we will give you is the knowledge and real world practical advice to make the best choices for you and your children.  Please see our website for a variety of helpful videos and answers to many of your questions.  Call today for a telephone consultation.

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Robert N. Getz, P.S.
3102 Rockefeller Avenue
Everett, WA, 98201

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4.1 / 5.0
  18 customer reviews
Posted by Charmaine | August 21, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
I highly recommend Robert Getz
Robert Getz provided stellar representation in my case. From the first meeting where he outlined the law and along the way as he updated me on the status of my case and how the law and the facts were on my side. It was easy to see I had the best attorney in the case as the opposing attorney was not even in his league. His preparation of documents, legal strategies and the knowledge of the law and procedure made the other side look like amateurs. Locking in the best appellate attorney for me on the appeal was a very wise move as well. The judge in my case made it a point to affirm the quality representation Robert Getz provided. I highly recommend Robert Getz, Attorney at Law. Charmaine
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Posted by Jasmine | April 5, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
The child who got to live with her dad
My father hired Robert Getz after losing myself and my brother in his original divorce. My mother was horrible to my father and withheld us for child support more than anything else. After my dad hired Robert within a year we were living with my dad, He made a miracle happen that my brother and I never thought would. Now I am 25 and own my own business. Robert has referred me to two attorneys who got the job done and made things happen just like he did. THANK YOU ROBERT!
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Posted by anonymous | December 21, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Brilliant, thorough, absolutely recommended
Bob was referred to me from another attorney who didn't have the time to take my case (a difficult child custody situation.) Bob was described as "on the expensive side, but tough as nails." He is worth absolutely every last penny. This man knows the ins and outs of family law. He acts quickly, is articulate, and answers questions throughly. His staff are also very well informed and Amy, his paralegal, is one of the most kind people I've met. Now, as a father, I have primary custody of my son, was able to take him to live with me out of state, and the mother has to pay child support as well as all air travel. There are plenty more favorable conditions for me, that I know I have Bob and Amy to thank for. The other party on the case has been known to be very petty and post false reviews. Just FYI, they were convicted on a contempt of court charge on the 21st of January this year (2015,) and then somehow, "mysteriously" he gets his first negative reviews immediately after. Also, the other party's attorney did not show up for a hearing. (The irony of which does not escape me.) You cannot put a price on your children, and for divorce cases, paying a good lawyer up front could save you a lot of money in the long-run. Bob is definitely the guy you're looking for.
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Posted by Chris | December 12, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great Attorney
I have had to use Mr Getz's services on several occasions and he has always been able to give me the results I was looking for. He is always professional and gets the job done. would highly recommend Robert for anything to do with family law.
Posted by Destiny | January 30, 2015
Best interest at heart...
After being misrepresented and having poor representation in a divorce and custody battle, I later found out that I was facing yet another battle. The verbiage on my divorce decree was incorrect and was keeping me from receiving what what agreed upon. I found Bob to be willing to take on my case as well as extremely knowledgeable in the Military requirements for retirement division. Bob and his team were always available to answer my questions, were more than willing to provide more detailed explanation, and approached my case in fairness for all parties involved (never once approaching this in a greedy manner). With their help we were able to reach the desired outcome with little time invested. Thank you Bob and Amy with all the support and assistance in handling my case quick and efficiently.
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Posted by Jay | October 7, 2014
I was very happy, because he was able to get me exactly what I had wanted. And I even got back some of my retainer. I couldn't be more happy with Robert
Posted by William | January 17, 2014
Professional, Responsive, Knowledgeable and Informative
Mr. Getz and his staff were outstanding in every aspect of my Divorce. I was kept informed on anything and everything, every step of the way. Robert's streight across the board verbage and tactics was the strongest suit for me, being an ex-old black shoe in the Navy. It is a great feeling to walk into the office and have people truely interested in what is happening with you! I would recommended Mr. Getz and his staff to anyone who is truely interested in utilizing their legal talents and skills.
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Posted by Debbie | November 18, 2013
Very informative, understanding, knowledgeable, and professional attorney that will work for you!
I walked into Mr. Getz's office having no idea what I was looking at as far as the loopholes and procedures that is involved in a divorce in Snohomish county. From the second I walked in, not only did I feel welcomed, but I instantly got the sense that I was going to be taken care of. This was important to me to feel like I was at ease because of my particularly difficult position I was in at the time. Mr. Getz was very knowledgeable and made the process vey easy for me, which was very helpful since I was a full-time mom to a 2 year old, I was working full-time, and going to school full-time. Looking over all of the documents that Mr. Getz and his assistant, Amy prepared and processed for me would have overwhelmed me and probably got me too discouraged to do it myself. With Mr. Getz's knowledge and background, I was able to get everything that I wanted, plus things that I didn't even know I could receive or even ask for legally. I would definitely recommend Mr. Robert N. Getz office for your legal assistance.
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Posted by Douglas | November 4, 2013
Made a horrible situation very easy.
During my divorce, I was out to sea on a deployment Mr. Getz helped me every step of the way. He also handed many of my issues. His staff is top notch and I stronly recommend anyone to give hm a call if you have any legal issues.
Posted by anonymous | November 3, 2013
custody battle
I had a very long and drawn out custody battle and Mr. Getz eased the process. He never made any promises that he couldn't keep. He answered all my questions and took away a lot of the stress.I found as a father that in the courts eyes we are lucky to have any right to our children. Mr. Getz got them to listen and I now have full custody of my daughter and she is now safe and well taken care of. I can't thank him enough.
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Posted by Bob L | October 31, 2013
A dependable and knowledgable attorney who looks out for his clients
I first met Bob in 2003 after a recommendation from a friend. Because Bob is familiar with military divorces and the complexities associated with them, such as FSPA, he came highly recommended. He is a former Judge Advocate General who served in the U.S. Navy. He’s a good guy to have on your side! He has a number of resources available to him for sensitive issues such as child support, Guardian-Ad-Litem (GAL) support, and other services. Bob is supported by an excellent professional staff. They pay attention to detail and keep clients informed on case progress. Quality comes at a cost but he is worth it! I’ve recommended Bob to other military and non-military friends and acquaintances and continue to use his services when needed. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend him to anyone.
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Posted by Ryan | October 31, 2013
Wish I would have hired Robert Getz sooner!
I am a 30 year old male, with primary custody of my child and had been involved in a messy child custody case with a different attorney for the past 4 years. An attorney that my family had trusted and used for 20+ years. After 4 years, my case was not gaining any ground. In fact I was loosing ground. My attorney would consistently not keep me in the loop, would not return phonecalls or emails in a timely fashion if at all, unless it was to ask for more money, inform me of due dates for mountains of paperwork the afternoon before the morning they were due, and not appropriately address my issues reguarding the case, mostly re-interpereting my information/declarations incorrectly. Resulting in me looking ridiculous in front of judges at hearings. Not to mention charging me excessive amounts of money for sub-par services. Finally tired of being taken advantage of, I began to shop around for another attorney. I met with a few in the Everett area but was getting the feeling that they all seemed to be the same. I had gotten Robert's number from an aquaintance at a club I am part of. He had told me he was a little on the expensive side but was worth it. Hesitant because I was already hemorrhaging tens of thousands of dollars with the current attorney I tucked the number into my wallet. I felt I was already invested with this attorney and I could ride it out. Another hearing came and big surprise, my attorney made me look like a fool to the point the judge yelled at me in front of the whole courtroom. Now I was done. I was worried that jumping ship and switching attorneys would drag this out even more at my expense. But I was treading water. So I got the number out of my wallet and called and setup a meeting with Robert. He was more informative in those 2 hours than my other attorney had been in 4 years. I felt like there actually may be light at the end of this dark tunnel I had been stuck in for years. He did explain very straightforward that he isn't the cheapest but he likes to get results. I thought, "wow this guy is really honest." What a great first impression. I left thinking ," why didn't I talk to this guy sooner?" I mulled it over for a few days and felt strongly about Robert's outlook on my case and decided to hire him. Ever since then I realized I should have hired him long ago. Robert and his staff have been nothing but accommodating to anything I have ever needed. They knew going into my case that it was very improperly handled and my case file was pretty messy. Robert and his staff made very quick work becoming familiar with my case file, which is really big. Any emails or phonecalls have been expeditiously returned with amazing detail in the answers. And trust me, I have sent a lot of emails and made many phonecalls. I have had many meetings with Robert as well as I prefer face to face on important issues that I feel need more attention than an email. With every meeting I feel very informed and he does an exquisite job of explaining everything in great detail. Even with phonecalls, Robert returns them personally and will again explain every question you have. He and his office staff are very good at listening to whatever it is that you need or want to know and find the right answers in a very timely fashion. Robert is also very good about setting up realistic expectations about the happenings in the courtroom. He has never promised anything that he cannot deliver on. He and his office are very personable, professional, and they produce results. My case is still ongoing, and so far I have been extremely impressed in its progress. This office took my mess of a case, steered it in the right direction, and moved it forward. It has been well worth the investment. I just wish I had done it sooner.
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Posted by anonymous | October 30, 2013
Should have been my 1st Lawyer
After loosing the right to see my child after a nasty divorce, I fired my commercially advertised legal firm and hired Bob Getz. He was aggressive and knowledgeable. He got my child back in my life right away. Bob was not only my attorney but now I would consider him a friend. I would recommend and use Mr. Getz again.
Posted by Marcella | October 30, 2013
Knowledgeable, Responsive and Professional.
In 2010, Robert Getz was my attorney for a dissolution case. I found him to be professional, responsive, timely and knowledgeable. His staff is attentive and very helpful. I would recommend his services without hesitation.
Posted by anonymous | March 14, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Made my case a nightmare
I hired this lawyer to help finish my divorce.I was forced to terminate his services leaving me hi and dry.He lyed to me about the amount of money he was going to charge me to get my divorce finished.It actually ended up costing me three times what he originally told me to get me back to square one.He told me everything I wanted to hear and it wasn't until I lost that I realization came that he tells everyone what they want to hear. Before I fired him it appeared my exes attorney and him were good buddy's. Don't hire this lawyer!
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Response from Robert Getz June 2, 2016
Always interesting these negative reviews for fact patterns unknown to me or my staff appear just after I am successful with a particular case where custody is contested and I have had contempt found against the other parent twice.
Posted by anonymous | January 10, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Poor representation
Took a pretty cut and dry case and turned it into a six hour mediation. Cost me almost as much money as my divorce to mediate a small section of my parenting plan against my wishes. Spent 2/3 of our time listening to personal stories that had no relevance to my case. Waste of my time and money.
Posted by Jessica | February 5, 2015
I wouldn't even wish his representation on my ex
I hired Robert Getz on short notice and unfortunately looked him up after. Don't make the same mistake I did. He wanted me to move forward with my case in ways I was not comfortable. He lost my case and then even asked me to give him a good avvo review to make himself look good. Don't hire this lawyer!
Response from Robert Getz June 2, 2016
Always interesting these negative reviews for fact patterns unknown to me or my staff appear just after I am successful with a particular case where custody is contested and I have had contempt found against the other parent twice.
Posted by anonymous | January 22, 2015
not interested in my case
Bob is one of those lawyers who struggles with his own moral conscious and he showed it during my case instance after instance. He will use any tactic he can to get a leg up like telling the court anything they want to hear whether it's true or not. In my case he completely misrepresented me to the court by making up facts about my case that didn't even exist. This was unacceptable. One hearing he didn't even show up for. It was clear that my whole case was about money for him.
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Response from Robert Getz June 2, 2016
Always interesting these negative reviews for fact patterns unknown to me or my staff appear just after I am successful with a particular case where custody is contested and I have had contempt found against the other parent twice.
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  • Free Consultation 10 minutes
  • Hourly Rates $ 335-335 per hour
  • Contingency 35%-35%
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 9.5 (Superb)

Professional misconduct

This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority in 2002.

Suspension issued in WA, 2002
updated on 10/21/2009

This means the attorney lost his or her license to practice law for a period of time. The attorney typically returns to practicing law when the suspension expires.

Work Experience

  • President
  • Robert N. Getz, P.S.
  • 1991 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Hyatt Legal Services
  • 1990 - 1991
  • Attorney
  • U S Navy, Judge Advocate General's Corps
  • 1983 - 1989
  • Attorney
  • Harry N. Ray Attorneys
  • 1980 - 1983
  • Law Clerk
  • Hennepin County District Court
  • 1979 - 1980
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  • Hamline University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1980
  • University of Utah
  • 1976


  • SCBA Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Mediator-Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • Washington State Association for Justice
  • Member
  • 2003 - Present
  • Snohomish County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1993 - Present
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1988 - Present
  • Washington State Association for Justice
  • Member
  • N/A
  • North Sound Collaborative Law
  • Member
  • N/A
  • International Association of Collaborative Professionals
  • Member
  • N/A
  • King County Collaborative Law
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Dispute Resolution Center of Snohomish County
  • Mediator
  • 2011 - 2015
  • Snohomish County Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • President
  • 2010 - 2012
  • Snohomish County Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Trustee
  • 2008 - 2015
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Navy Commendation
  • U.S. Navy
  • 1986

Speaking Engagements

  • Family Law CLE
  • Military Benefits
  • 2012

Attorney endorsements

Received (6)
Given (35)
Endorse Robert
Family Attorney | Apr 15
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Bob is an accomplished attorney and knows how to get things done in the best possible way. If it means negotiation, he's incredible; if it means trial work, he's superb. You couldn't ask for better representation."
Family Attorney | Mar 14
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Bob is an outstanding attorney, a zealous advocate and a kind, compassionate individual. He is absolutely amazing. As an opposing counsel, he is a formidable foe. I have known Bob since the very start of my legal career. When I need help with a particularly complex legal issue, he is the first person I call."
Family Attorney | Jan 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I strongly endorse Bob for his legal knowledge and advocacy skills."
Family Attorney | Oct 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | May 28
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I have had the pleasure of having Bob Getz on the other side of my cases in the past, as well as having him as my next door neighbor. He is an aggressive (when necessary) and competent advocate on behalf of his clients which has certainly resulted in some memorable tete-a-tetes in the courtroom. I endorse him without hestitation."
Family Attorney | May 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"It is a pleasure to endorse Bob Getz. He is one of Snohomish County's most respected lawyers. Bob is President of the Snohomish County Bar Association Family Law Section, an honor from his peers that means a lot. He was a lawyer in the Navy and is a superb choice for people in the Navy who need a lawyer. I have the highest respect for Bob; he is one of the few lawyers that I regularly consult. Bob's low rating from AVVO is absurd, the result of AVVO's over-reaction to clearly excessive Bar discipline because he got involved with a woman who wasn't even a client. His law firm runs like a well-oiled machine, providing excellent service for his clients. Your choice of attorney should be based on what's best for you, not on whether or not your lawyer got burned when a woman kissed and then told. Many male litigation attorneys have more than our share of testosterone, and that's good for our clients. Give Bob a call; you'll be glad you did!"
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Everett Family Lawyer Robert Norwood Getz
Robert Norwood Getz
Family Attorney
Everett, WA
Licensed for 35 years
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This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority in 2002. See details