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Darren C DeFrance

Family Attorney at Everett, WA

4.8   41 reviews
  • Licensed for 16 years
    State WA
    Acquired 2007
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

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About Darren

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Darren DeFrance was drawn to family law because he understands the importance of aggressive advocacy that is also compassionate. He knows that his clients are often dealing with some of the most difficult times of their lives. Committed to helping his clients successfully navigate the challenges of divorce, custody, and support, Darren educates his clients through every step of their process.


Darren is a creative problem solver with a stringent attention to detail. Darren isn’t afraid to roll up his sleeves and put in the hard work necessary to get justice. Diligent in protecting his clients’ rights and assets, Darren thrives on overcoming obstacles.


When Darren isn’t hard at work protecting the rights of his clients, he likes to spend his spare time exploring the great outdoors or playing almost any sport. He also enjoys reading—particularly historical biographies 

 

Awards

Client's Choice 2022,2019,2018,2017
Client's Choice
2022 2019 2018 + 1 ...

Location

Port Gardner Law Group
6003 23rd Drive West
Suite 250
Everett, WA, 98203

Reviews

4.8 / 5.0
  41 customer reviews
Client's Choice 2022
Client's Choice
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Posted by Olivia | September 2, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
Above and beyond
Having Darren as my lawyer was a great experience. He worked extremely hard to make sure things were done correctly the first time. He went above and beyond to navigate the complexities of my case, and ultimately won it for me. Though I hope I don't need it, I would hire Darren again for any legal matters in the future.
Posted by anonymous | May 5, 2023
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Highly recommend
I recently had the need of working with a family law attorney and I was fortunate enough to find Darren DeFrance. From the moment I reached out to his office, they were professional, compassionate, and knowledgeable. They took the time to listen to my concerns and provided me with clear and concise information about my legal options. Throughout the entire process, his team was available to answer any questions I had and kept me informed every step of the way. I am so grateful for their hard work and dedication. Not only was Darren an excellent attorney, but he also showed genuine care and concern for my well-being and the well-being of my family. He made a difficult situation much easier to navigate. If you are in need of a family law attorney, I highly recommend Darren DeFrance. He is truly exceptional and will go above and beyond to ensure that you receive the best possible outcome.
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Posted by Shawn | November 2, 2022
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Thank You Darren!
Darren and his team were able to pick up my case from an attorney who had to withdraw due to conflict of interest. Darren’s experience and knowledge enabled him to get up to speed very fast! Darren and team continued to explain each process in great detail as we got through the case, this helped so much and I was able to keep up with each step of the process with full understanding. I am happy with the results, I would hire Darren again, and I recommend Darren to anyone looking for a solid attorney for their family law court case!
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Posted by Franziska | October 25, 2022
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Perfect lawyer!
I hired Darren when my divorce turned acrimonious. He and his firm stood by me through the ugly, with sound advice and help. He made an ugly situation bearable and got me a fair agreement. Couldn’t have done it without him.
Posted by anonymous | September 28, 2022
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Recommend
Darren and his paralegal, Barb, were great to work with! They communicated quickly and effectively. In regards to my case, Darren heard my concerns and educated me along the way. With Darren’s representation, a successful outcome was accomplished. If needed again, I’d hire Darren.
Posted by Jackson | September 21, 2022
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Fantastic Lawyer
Greatly excels in everything you will look for in a lawyer. Extremely happy that I chose to hire Darren for my case and with out a second thought, hire him in the future. You can be rest assured once he decides to pick up your case.
Posted by Heidi | June 29, 2022
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So very Grateful
Darren and his team were there for my children and I every step of the way. Explaining every step of the process completely and patiently. Darren and team were attentive and flexible. They always responded to my questions and needs in a timely manner. Willing to work on quick deadlines in order to do what was best of me as their client. I'm so very grateful to Darren and team. I would recommend their office to anyone.
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Posted by Anna | March 1, 2022
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Darren C. DeFrance makes a difference!
Darren is a highly competent and respectable lawyer. I feel blessed to have had Mr. DeFrance represent me in a child custody dispute. I was dealing with a contentious situation until Mr. DeFrance stepped in to help find a resolution. He is a good listener and a strong advocate, he was focused on building a realistic parenting plan that would benefit our child including reasonable child support. I appreciated his intelligence and how focused he was on my case although he may have had to work on other cases. Going through a custody dispute is stressful and it makes a huge difference when a lawyer seems to care about your goals and be a good communicater about the progress in the case. I am very confident in Mr. DeFrance's abilities as a lawyer and find it very easy to recommend him to family and friends.
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Posted by Baboucar | January 11, 2022
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Outstanding attorney!
I couldn't be happier with the service I have received from Darren C. DeFrance on the domestic violence restraining order defense. Darren is extremely professional, very knowledgeable in the family laws and also very caring. He used his incredible expertise and best-organized evidences to win the case and get the DVPO request denied by the court. He saved my life and got my children back. Darren also represented, guided and helped me through my entire divorce proceedings until it was final. In fact, he gave me a little break on the cost which he doesn’t have to do. I highly recommend Darren C. DeFrance.
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Posted by anonymous | August 18, 2021
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Awesome Attorney
So I went to Darren with a No contact Restraining order against me to Full Custody with Darren's help and guidance. At first it was tough gathering all the information needed to fight to see my kids. After the TRO was dropped we started working out a custody agreement that I was happy with and that process was tough due to the other side trying to cut me out of my kids lives completely. Darren started to work his magic and we got what we wanted after a long GAL investigation and mediation. After a year of this order being in effect I called Darren again to see about changing the Parenting plan again due to health concerns and performance of my kids at school. I showed him what I had collected and the process started over again. Darren was very tactful with his approach to this and every step of the way he made sure I knew exactly what was going on and what could happen to not give me hope. Darren was very good and telling me the process of how the process would go. After all was said and down I went from 1 weekend a month to Full custody and was permitted to move out of state with my kids. I got pretty much everything I wanted and no way I could of done any of this without Darren's guidance and representation in this matter. Darren is very methodical in his dealings with the courts and the other attorney's he had to deal with throughout the duration of my case. I highly recommend using Darren as your attorney for difficult cases. He is an awesome Attorney!
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Posted by Kayla | February 20, 2021
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Respondent
Darren is the best lawyer I could have asked for! I ran into an issue of a biological father withholding the child from I (the mother) . We did not have a parenting plan filed through the court. I called Darren on a Monday by the end of the day I would say 8 hours he had my son returned to me! He continued with my case tell the final parenting plan was filed! He was very informative and very easy to get ahold of! He answered all my questions and gave me all the knowledge! It has now been 4 years since the parenting plan and he still checks on us! I would recommend him over and over again. Thank you Darren!
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Posted by Rob Sargent | February 2, 2021
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Excellent service and helpful guidance
My divorce was a messy and emotionally draining process. Mr. DeFrance was extremely helpful in explaining the legal process and what really mattered at each step along the way. I would highly recommend his services and he still checks in every now and then, even a few years post-divorce, to see how things are going.
Posted by Joel | February 2, 2021
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Great Attorney, Great Firm and Great Service
I did some research and asking around before ultimately settling on Port Gardner Law for my legal separation / divorce, and couldn't be more pleased with the results. They came very highly recommended, and leveled with me at the beginning about what I could expect for my case, which was something I found lacking in other law groups. It quickly became clear that they were one of the top tier firms in town. Darren DeFrance did an absolutely stellar job getting me through what was arguably the most difficult chapter of my life to date. My case was incredibly difficult and contentious, but Darren helped plot a course through all the various issues that eventually resulted in a settlement that I'm very happy with. I can't think of single situation where they erred, or where I wish things were done differently. I highly recommend Darren DeFrance and Port Gardner Law for anyone that finds themselves in need of a family law attorney. Their knowledge, experience, and professionalism is nothing short of outstanding.
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Posted by Mike | May 15, 2020
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Great follow through; great service
I interviewed attorneys for my custody case and selected Darren, which soon promised to be an excellent decision. He was thorough, strategic and clear in purpose and intent. He was also an excellent value and was mindful of being economic while being effective.
Posted by anonymous | February 5, 2020
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Wonderful
Mr. DeFrance helped me during a very difficult time. He was knowledgeable, professional, and timely in his practice. Would recommend him to anyone looking.
Posted by anonymous | August 13, 2019
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Attention to details made the difference.
Anyone who has ever had the unfortunate situation to end up in family court knows only too well that rarely does any side come out victorious. Our story begins with a pregnancy, and a child custody case, and a father that took responsibility and didn't run away. Darren DeFrance was recommend to us by a family friend who knew what we were up against. Upon meeting with Darren for the first time we knew instantly that he had his act together an provided us with sound counsel on the next steps of what needed to be done through the process and what to expect. He was always thoroughly prepared and took extra precaution that the entire process of hearings with the magistrates were conducted with detailed representation. Nothing was rushed together or ill prepared. The anxiousness and worry of fighting an up-hill battle was not something we would wish upon anyone. However, through Darren's representation, he gave us confidence that the outcome would be what we were hoping it to be all along. After four long agonizing court hearings and then the final reading of the Judge's ruling, we could only give thanks to Darren for the best possible outcome in spite of all the odds stacked against us from the very beginning. Without reservation, we wholeheartedly recommend Darren DeFrance for representation for any family matter of importance who needs representation before the court.
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Posted by Della | August 6, 2019
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Best Lawyer!
Darren DeFrance is an amazing lawyer. His team helped me exponentially! Through restraining order and divorce they were very prompt, professional, organized, and sympathetic to my case. Very kind and understanding while getting everything done before it needed to be done. I was so scared and stressed during this process and he made it as painless as possible. I hope to not need a lawyer again but if i do Darren will be the first person I call. Amazing!
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Posted by anonymous | July 12, 2019
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Highly recommended
I can't recommend Darren highly enough. Darren was my divorce lawyer for a high conflict divorce that lasted for 18 months. Without a good lawyer on my side the outcome would have been very different. Darren did an amazing job of keeping the situation under control and worked very hard to help us reach a fair settlement. We even managed to resolve the divorce through mediation without going to court. But most important is Darren's ability to inject a sense of humanity into the proceedings. I see many reviews for Darren use the word compassionate to describe him. I feel this is very accurate and so important. Darren's compassion and humane treatment of the process helped me so much during this difficult time. I am very grateful to have had Darren as my lawyer and recommend him to anyone needing a divorce lawyer.
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Posted by Jessica | May 25, 2019
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Darren DeFrance, Attorney
I hired Darren for a parenting plan modification in an incredibly high conflict co-parenting situation. Darren worked endlessly on our behalf, gave sound and solid advice and never faltered in staying focused on the end result. His sincere concern and interest in my daughters best interest was evident from day one. Because of Darren’s efforts and approach we were able to come to an agreement out of court that was absolutely to the benefit of my daughter. I would highly recommend Darren for representation.
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Posted by Andre | May 23, 2019
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Great serive, compassion combined with dealing with harsh realities of a divorce
Darren helped me go through a very difficult divorce. He progressively brought me to understand my situation, and what I was facing in Court. With this information, we made joint decisions that led to a successful second mediation, despite a very aggressive lawyer on the other side. We avoided Court, which greatly reduced stress and expenses. Communication was timely, precise, and even compassionate when I needed it. I never felt I was a client paying for a service, but a partner in a fight. I would hire Darren again.
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Cost

Rates
  • Hourly Rates $ 375-375 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 8.6 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Port Gardner Law Group
  • 2017 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Goldberg Jones
  • 2013 - 2017
  • Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Assistant
  • King County Prosecuting Attorney's Office
  • 2011 - 2012
  • Assistant City Attorney
  • Vancouver City Attorney's Office
  • 2008 - 2011
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Education

  • McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • N/A
  • University of California - Davis
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • N/A

Associations

  • Snohomish County Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • 2017 - Present
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • N/A

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Trial Performance and Negotiation Skills
  • City of Vancouver City Attorney's Office
  • 2010
  • Trial Performance
  • City of Vancouver City Attorney's Office
  • 2009

Attorney endorsements

Received (19)
Given (16)
Endorse Darren
Divorce and separation Attorney | Mar 23
Relationship: Co-worker
"Darren's practice combines an intimate knowledge of the law and excellent insight into local court practices with strong client relation skills. He provides knowledgeable and experienced advice and hands-on service. His clients are well-served with excellent communication and are given the information, insight and advice they need to make informed decisions about their cases."
Family Attorney | Jun 22
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I highly recommend Darren for family law matters in Snohomish County. He is reasonable in negotiating and easy to get along with, and seems to really care about his clients. I look forward to working with him again soon."
Family Attorney | Feb 16
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer. Darren is a talented litigator. His courtroom experience coupled with his innovative approach is a true asset to his clients."
Family Attorney | Feb 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Darren is a very detail-oriented attorney and a zealous advocate for his clients."
Family Attorney | Feb 15
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer. Darren always has a fresh approach that is well thought out and efficient. He is a skilled litigator."
Family Attorney | Feb 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Darren is a wealth of knowledge and is able to get results for his clients through both negotiation and litigation."
Family Attorney | Feb 15
Relationship: Family member
"I endorse this lawyer. Darren is a smart, aggressive, and effective attorney. He is a great asset to his clients."
Family Attorney | Feb 15
Relationship: Co-worker
"Darren is an extremely good advocate and works hard for his clients to get the best possible result."
Family Attorney | Feb 15
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer. Darren is thorough and organized. He is a fierce advocate but also a seasoned negotiator."
Family Attorney | Feb 14
Relationship: Co-worker
"Darren has a knack for working efficiently and intelligently in every one of his cases."
Family Attorney | Feb 14
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer. Darren is experienced and knowledgeable; he is committed to providing his clients with top quality representation."
Family Attorney | Aug 13
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Darren was on opposing sides in a complicated family law matter. He was hard working, competent and professional. I endorse his work."
General practice Attorney | Apr 24
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
General practice Attorney | Dec 26
Relationship: Co-worker
"I had the pleasure of working with Darren when we were both prosecutors. He's a skilled and effective litigator, hard worker, and all-around great attorney. I endorse him wholeheartedly."
Family Attorney | Dec 02
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer. Darren is an outstanding attorney who is committed to his clients. I was a co-worker with Darren and observed him in court and the office."
Personal injury Attorney | Jul 23
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Darren worked with me on a complicated project and did a really good job."
Family Attorney | Jul 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jul 14
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. DeFrance is committed to helping his clients successfully navigate the challenges of divorce, custody, and support, Darren educates his clients through every step of their process. He's a creative problem solver with a stringent attention to detail. Darren isn’t afraid to roll up his sleeves and put in the hard work necessary to get justice."
General practice Attorney | Feb 03
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer. He gets the job done; bright, good communicator"
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Everett Family Lawyer Darren C DeFrance
Darren C DeFrance
Family Attorney
Everett, WA
Licensed for 16 years