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Amber Austin

Child custody Attorney at Tacoma, WA

4.8   24 reviews

also known as Amber Austin Channell

  • Licensed for 16 years
    State WA
    Acquired 2007
    Active No misconduct found

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

About Amber

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I am very privileged to be able to provide family law legal services in Pierce County.  I welcome new cases in traditional litigation, uncontested matters, and collaborative law.  I offer mediation services, and I have worked as a Pierce County Guardian ad Litem, Court Visitor, and Pro Tem Commissioner and as an Adminstrative Law Judge for the State of Washington.  I am happy to work with clients who are local or who live in other jurisdictions/states with Pierce County matters. 

I have been practicing family exclusively since 2010 and have been practicing law in general since 2007.  When I am not at the office, I enjoy my volunteer work and spending time with my amazing friends and family.   

I provide one on one contact with each and every client, which allows me to deliver personally tailored and dedicated legal services.



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Law Office of Amber N. Austin
524 Tacoma Ave S
Tacoma, WA, 98402


4.8 / 5.0
  24 customer reviews
Posted by Rajah | January 26, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Review on Ms. Amber Austin's Law Firm
Amber Austin was very professional. Ms. Austin helped me get the most out of my divorce settlement. She was always on top of things, always updated me with information from my ex husband's lawyer. She was compassionate and understood the pain I was going through with rhe divorce. They all worked together very well and helped in any way possible. I would definitely recommend their business.
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Posted by anonymous | January 25, 2021
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Wonderful experience
Amber guides you through even the toughest situations with ease. She has given me support, strength, and confidence. If you’re looking for someone who can help you face some of the toughest changes, while creating a balanced and harmonious environment to complete these tasks, Amber is the one for you.
Posted by Jason | February 26, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
With Grace and incredible skill
Amber took on our incredibly hard, emotional and convoluted case without hesitation. She literally took this case on during the middle and ran with it. Ambers skill and knowledge in family law got our children back after they were wrongly held from us, numerous times. Amber did all of this sensitive work with grace and compassion. I will always recommend Amber to friends and family members and hire her if ever needed again.
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Posted by Shannon | June 28, 2018
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I would refer Amber to anyone she’s very patient she explains everything she works hard for the client very friendly easy to talk to and she’s very understanding she really does fight for her client to get what is best . Thank you Amber you made this whole experience easy with no headache, thank you again from the bottom of my heart . Ms Casillas
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Posted by Rosemary | May 1, 2018
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Professional and compassionate
Amber helped me create a visitation parenting plan for my two year old son, and through her guidance and support I was able to achieve all that I aimed to do. She was always available when I needed her advice, and was prompt and thorough in email replies and phone consultations. Meeting with her I always felt very comfortable and respected. I appreciate Amber so much and everything she did to help my son and I.
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Posted by Mindy | October 20, 2017
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Highly Recommended, Very Professional
I was referred to Amber after hiring an attorney and a few months later finding out that due to unusual circumstances he could no longer represent me. My case seemed to be cut and dry, but turned out to very stressful. Regardless, she kept fighting for my daughter and me. I found Amber to be kind, caring, honest and loyal. She is professional, knows what she is doing and is very good at it. Even with the case closed she has still given me advice and likes to keep in touch just to see how things are going.
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Posted by Chris | September 7, 2016
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An outstanding family attorney!
I had to hire Amber for a custody case when my daughter's mother fell into a life, "unfit for children". It lasted about six months, and she was very understanding of my situation when I decided to drop the case after I decided to try to reconcile with my ex. (This being after she completed a treatment program) Although she advised me that it may not be in my best interests, she WAS very pleased that I was able to attempt to reestablish my family....instead of being a vindictive man and taking the full amount of legal action that most might have done. Every aspect of my case was handled in a timely fashion, and she (Amber) has always been very professional with me. I literally have not one complaint about choosing Ms. Austin as my attorney. I would definitely recommend her services to anyone needing a Family Law Attorney, and would call her first if I ever needed one again in the future.
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Posted by S.P | August 30, 2016
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Knowledgable, professional, and compassionate.
I had spoken to and met with several lawyers and law firms prior to meeting with Amber. None of them compared to Amber with her forthrightness, her ability to break down my case and tell me exactly what was happening, and to show me the tricks and motives the other party's attorney was using to try and pay less child support. She explained in detail what to expect out of my case hearing and covered all the possible outcomes. She was quick to respond if I had any questions. She showed compassion for my case and could see how exhausted and scared I was dealing with this so she made sure to convey the legal information in a way that I could understand. I will definitely hire Amber again in the future.
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Posted by Mike | July 13, 2016
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Very Professional
We had to hire Amber to fight erroneous back support charges filed against me by the State and my ex. We have to commend Amber on her professionalism, especially in the courtroom when compared to the other lawyer. She does a great job of letting you get your emotions out, especially when frustrations are at an all time high, but she has the experience and knowledge to take out the emotion and keep the final goal in mind. That type of awareness ultimately kept us on track and were very happy with the results. We would not have any problem recommending Amber to anyone and would without a doubt use her again if the need arises.
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Posted by Kendra | June 14, 2016
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Timely and Great Follow-Through
Not only was Amber an effectual advocate but she also was timely in her efforts and demonstrated follow through that led to our matter being resolved in the best way possible. I would highly recommend her to others dealing with divorce.
Posted by Wayne | April 5, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Back Child Support
From the time I hired Amber she only had three days go get a massive amount of documents together and filed with the courts. All paperwork was spot on exactly as we had discussed. Couldn't be happier with the promptness and professionalism!!
Posted by Shana | November 6, 2015
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Goes over and beyond
What I love about Amber is that she remains loyal and helpful even after the case is finished. We ended up having a second go-around in court, and though we had to use someone else due to the nature of the case she remained loyal to us by providing advice and referring us personally to someone. At this point she feels more like a friend because she comes across as being personally invested.
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Posted by Jacob | June 8, 2015
Best lawyer money can buy
I read some reviews in search of a good lawyer after I had a no contact and dvop charged on me after reading many reviews and talking to atleast 12 other lawyers I finally found Amber Austin who aftwr talking to was very knowledgeable fair and cared more about both parties in my case but mainly my daughter's future and us as a family. She definitely got me the results I was hoping for and had a very good plan on how to approach my case. I was honestly quit lost on all the aspects of the law system and she explained how all this works and tought me to protect myself in the future and actually helped my family come back together she went out of her way to help me. In the end she got me the results I wanted. I am completely happy I found Amber and even happier with how awesome of a lawyer she is thank you Amber Austin
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Posted by Chuck | May 8, 2015
Highly recommended
Amber has been extremely professional and informative through out my whole divorce. My case has not been an easy one but she is very diligent in her work. She has given me options and spoke to me in a language that I can understand. Even if the options were not in my favor, she still had a plan for the next step in our case. I believe she will turn every rock and get you the outcome you want.
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Posted by anonymous | May 5, 2015
Many odds against me
Amber was very helpfull from the start, and she kept being so tremendously throughout the long 12 months of my divorce case. She is quick to file motions and gather information, knows the forms and paperwork like the back of her hand, and replies quickly to my messages both voicemails and emails. Once in the court room... now that is where she is the best, I was very impressed by her choice vocabulary, the massive persuasion in her argument, and her professionalism. Needless to say I got everything I wanted, I am a father who now has equal custody of my daughter thanks to Amber. Thanks again Amber!
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Posted by Chemae | April 7, 2015
We highly recommend Amber Austin!
My husband and I hired Amber Austin for a urgent family law matter that arose. Our experience with Amber was excellent, above and beyond our expectations. Amber is very professional, extremely knowledgable, timely, sharp minded, great at keeping you informed and her communication skills are superior! We really appreciated how quickly she would get back to us and how thorough she is. We felt she listened to every detail and concern. Her work reflects her intelligence, and knowledge of her field. We would without a question hire Amber again in the case we needed a lawyer. We highly recommend her!
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Posted by David | November 25, 2014
Great investment
Efficient and diligent, Amber has quality work ethic and does not back down from a challenge. I am grateful to have worked with Amber and having her represent my case.
Posted by Kyle | August 11, 2013
Absolute Professional!
Amber helped me reach the best possible outcome during a child relocation trial. Amber's strengths include careful listening to her clients and excellent preparation. I felt that she cared very much about my situation and would do everything in her power to help. She is timely and accurate with all communication with clients and the court. In my first meeting with Amber I was impressed with her knowledge of family law and how it applied specifically for my case. I had the unfortunate situation of needing to prepare for a trial. Amber's preparation for this event was so professional and thorough that the trial was averted and a settlement reached, saving much time and money. Amber is a great attorney that happens to also be a great person. You will truly be glad to work with her!
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Posted by Louie | July 28, 2013
Astute, impartial, responsive, hard-working lawyer with utmost integrity
When my wife’s violence turned from verbal to physical, I had to contain the situation, and Atty. Amber Channell was assigned to my case. She had the flexibility to handle both collaborative and adversarial cases. She is very astute, quick to respond to arguments and can assess the situation with minimal information. Not only then did I feel I was in good hands, but we made a good client-advocate team with our compatible background knowledge and similar train of thought. This was the ideal advocate relationship I wanted. What complicated the case was the adversarial approach of the opposing party in demanding the highest settlement. I would caution anyone in assuming opposing counsel’s integrity and get everything documented and cross-checked before presenting papers, especially when it comes to the involuntary servitude of spousal maintenance. Cash flow is everything in a legal case. Opposing counsel’s validation of the consistency and credibility of his client’s testimony was rather unscrupulous and he was also non-compliant with the Case Management Schedule. In contrast, throughout the entire litigation process, Amber was very thorough and validated the consistency and credibility of my testimony and documentary evidence. Amber played devil’s advocate in every situation. She upheld the truth, and was impartial in her judgment. She was also a stickler for complying with the Case Management Schedule imposed by the Superior Court. This required much timely work on my part to assemble the necessary and voluminous documentary evidence that marriage dissolution cases are so dependent on. I hardly had any rest through this entire Cause, but this schedule compliance became a competitive advantage, and the quality of documentation was essential to argue a very convincing case. In contrast, opposing counsel relied on oral testimony, time-consuming dramatization in court with little probative value, and submitted very scant and questionable documents. Opposing counsel relied on non-responsiveness to drag this case to trial. Amber always kept her cool amidst the ridiculous challenges we met through this Cause. In spite of her case load with the inevitable emergency situations in family law, she managed to be very responsive to my needs. When Trial was inevitable by non-response default, Amber assessed my financial condition and my ability to pursue this Cause. This was a very difficult decision, and Amber was very encouraging, even talking herself out of a job. She determined that in less than sixty (60) days, I would be able to gain enough knowledge to represent myself effectively. With Amber’s guidance and the deep knowledge of the Cause that she internalized, she effectively helped me prepare for Trial and be able to address the many situations that go wrong. Amber did mention that I was brilliant in learning this big body of knowledge in an extremely compressed time frame and the legal work I produced was better than what she has seen from most attorneys. I owe this to her guidance. I feel that I can now navigate through the legal system in representing myself. Throughout Amber’s advocacy and counseling, she embodied my conviction “to dissolve the marriage with dignity, and the prudent stewardship of community resources for the good of the community.” She had the integrity to uphold these and the principles she espoused as a legal advocate. I greatly appreciate that in her and I wholeheartedly recommend her to anyone. That is the greatest favor I can offer in a field of practice where repeat business is not the norm, with the exception of Hollywood.
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Posted by Carmon | July 26, 2013
Top Lawyer in Kitsap County!
Amber was everything we could ask for and more in a lawyer! she was professional personable and knowledgeable not to mention honest, and had answers right from the start I had seen 3 other lawyers prior and never did they make me feel the way Amber did from the minute I walked into her office. Amber never sugar coated anything and always gave me the straight answer weather it was what I wanted to hear or not. As well as keeping me level headed and easing my mind every call or interaction I had with her.Ambers knowledge and commitment was above and beyond anything I could have ever imagined. I have sent 3 friends her way and will continue to send more. Amber helped make a very difficult time in my life easier and not to mention fought the best fight and won the case! Amber has changed mine and my sons life and there are really not enough words to show my gratitude and love for this woman!
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  • Hourly Rates $ 325-325 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Owner/Attorney
  • Law Office of Amber N. Austin
  • 2013 - Present
  • Instructor
  • Everest College
  • 2011 - 2014
  • Associate Attorney
  • Family Law Resolutions
  • 2010 - 2013
  • Office Manager
  • Channell Law Firm
  • 2009 - 2009
  • Owner/Attorney
  • Law Office of Amber A. Channell
  • 2008 - 2008
  • Associate Attorney
  • Ehlke Law Offices
  • 2007 - 2008
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  • Florida Coastal School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2006
  • Western Washington University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2002
  • Tacoma Community College
  • Associates
  • 2000

Legal Cases

  • Gausepohl v. Gausepohl
  • We were successful in obtaining a favorable Parenting Plan which best supports the child.


  • Washington Women Lawyers (Pierce County chapter)
  • Past Co-President
  • 2018 - Present
  • TCC Paralegal Advisory Committee
  • Advisory Board
  • 2016 - Present
  • Collaborative Law Professionals of Pierce County
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • Tacoma Pierce County Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • Tacoma Pierce County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • Lawyers Helping Hungry Children
  • Board Member
  • 2015 - 2017
  • Mentoring Children of Promise
  • Mentor
  • 2010 - 2012
  • Friends United to Shelter the Indigent Oppressed and Needy
  • Event Committee Chair
  • 2008 - 2008
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2021
  • Who's Who of American Women
  • Marquis Who's Who in American Law
  • 2020
  • Rising Star-Super Lawyers
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2017
  • 40 Under 40
  • Business Examiner
  • 2017
  • Pro Bono Award
  • Tacoma Pierce County Bar Association
  • 2016
  • Member of the Year
  • Pierce County Washington Women Lawyers
  • 2013
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Speaking Engagements

  • Everest-College
  • Paralegal Education
  • 2014
  • Civil Mock Trial
  • Organized Civil Mock Trial
  • 2013

Attorney endorsements

Received (25)
Given (30)
Endorse Amber
Family Attorney | Feb 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. In working with clients that have worked with Ms. Austin they have only greats things to say."
Child custody Attorney | Dec 13
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I was opposite Amber in a custody case and she extremely professional and easy to work with. I endorse Amber as a strong advocate for her client and outstanding legal professional."
Family Attorney | Jun 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Amber is an incredibly knowledgeable and compassionate family law attorney. She truly cares about her client's welfare and well being. She is a strong advocate in the courtroom, but works hard to prevent contentious court battles when it benefits her clients. I wholeheartedly endorse this attorney."
Family Attorney | Jun 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Amber is a consummate professional in every aspect. She is easy to work with and always has her client's best interests at heart."
Child custody Attorney | Jun 16
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Amber is a true professional. She is always prepared and well informed, and comes to the table with respect, consideration for others, and amazing advocacy skills. I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Oct 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | May 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Amber is knowledgeable, and professional. She is well-respected in the legal community, and provides outstanding service to her clients."
Family Attorney | May 04
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"As opposing counsel Amber was assertive and held the line for her clients interests. It was an honor and pleasure to work with her in reaching an amicable settlement that was in the best interest of all the parties. I recommend Amber for her passionate representation and pleasant demeanor."
Family Attorney | May 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Child custody Attorney | Apr 29
Relationship: Friend
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Apr 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Apr 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Mar 30
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Amber is a strong advocate for her clients, but also cooperative in looking for mutually acceptable resolutions."
Unknown Attorney | Mar 27
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer and the remarkable work that gets done for clients."
Child custody Attorney | Mar 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I met Amber Austin ten months ago just as I was finishing law school. Over the past ten months, I have gleaned from Amber how to be a competent, compassionate, and effective advocate for your client. In addition to great attention to detail and an exceptional grasp of the law, Amber never loses sight of the bigger picture. She has a down to earth, common sense approach to the law, which is often hard to come by. I enthusiastically endorse this attorney!"
Family Attorney | Mar 19
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Amber is a dynamic, capable, personable and professional attorney. Clients benefit from Amber's ability to work professionally with other lawyers in the community."
Family Attorney | Mar 18
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Amber is an experienced attorney who fights hard for her clients. Amber is an excellent attorney that I recommend wholeheartedly!"
Divorce and separation Attorney | Mar 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Mar 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I find Ms. Austin to be very friendly and knowledgeable in her field. I have referred a few clients to her and have heard only positive feedback."
Family Attorney | Mar 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
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