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Amy McIntyre Carei

Divorce and separation Attorney at Tacoma, WA

5.0   12 reviews

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About Amy

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Amy Carei prides herself on being a genuine and approachable person first and a lawyer second. She takes time to understand what her clients are going through and has a knack for explaining complicated legal processes in plain English.

She believes that true collaboration leads to the best legal outcomes.

“I see myself as the navigator and my client as the pilot. I want my clients to participate actively in the process. I serve as the legal authority; they are the authority on their own lives.”

Amy has significant experience representing clients in times of crisis. Before transitioning to private practice, she worked for an agency that was dedicated to helping survivors of domestic violence. She is passionate about providing families with opportunities to create safer, more stable lives.

A fifth generation Washingtonian, Amy lives in Tacoma with her spouse, her three children, and two dogs - Newfoundland/Lab mix named Huxley and a St. Bernard named Ellie. The family enjoys cooking, gardening, and hiking together. Amy’s hobbies include playing the violin, remodeling her 1890’s Craftsman house, and restoring old Toyota hatchbacks.

Licensed for 8 years
State WA
Status Active
Acquired 2014
Updated 01/30/2023

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

Contact Amy

McKinley Irvin
1201 Pacific Ave
Tacoma, WA, 98402

Reviews

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Posted by Emily | September 30, 2021
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Highly Recommend
Amy is an incredible attorney who goes above and beyond to help her clients in what can be a very difficult and stressful time. She takes the time to truly listen to your concerns and goals, I found her to be not only supportive but extremely knowledgeable and informative. I highly recommend Amy to anyone dealing with a family law issue, she is exactly who you want in your corner.
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Posted by anonymous | September 24, 2021
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Thoughtful and Compassionate Attorney
Amy and her team were wonderful! From the initial consultation, through the entire process, she was so helpful and truly cared about me during one of the most challenging and horrible times in my life.
Posted by Betsy | August 6, 2021
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Best of the best!
Amy is a wealth of knowledge who brings compassion and drive to her representation of clients. She will protect your assets and your family and also make you feel comfortable and reassured when going through a scary process like a divorce. I would recommend her whole heartedly to any family or friend of mine for any family law issue.
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Posted by Laura | January 7, 2021
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Compassionate, Supportive, and Amazing!
Amy is an incredibly skilled lawyer that put my needs and wishes at the front of my divorce. She and her team helped me every step of the way, and I felt reassured and supported throughout this emotional life transition. I highly recommend her!
Posted by Matt | November 25, 2019
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Great Experience!
Had the pleasure of working with Amy and Sondra! They are easy to work with and took all of the appropriate initiatives to make my life and the process easier for the case. I definitely recommend you utilize them. Although it is on the higher end, expense wise, you will not regret it!
Posted by Samantha | August 17, 2019
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Amy is the best!
I am so grateful to have had Amy Carei, and Sondra Lee on my side. I had some very important changes made to my parenting plan. They kept me informed and up to date through the whole process. I was clear about my priorities and goals and together we achieved them. I would strongly recommend them to my family and friends.
Posted by Brian | June 11, 2019
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Amy Carei
THE BEST. UNBELIEVABLY AMAZING I hired her as my child custody lawyer. She was very clear precise and so easily accessible.she knew when to strike and when to sit back in the background. She never once tried to manipulate me or my choices just gave me clear explanations and detailed facts from prior history to enable me to choose the path. Not only did she do this but she also taught me alot. She literally became someone I hope to know for a lifetime. She put her blood sweat and tears into my case while so many others also I'm sure and I always felt special like she was fully committed to my case. She always always did what I asked her to do and was always well prepared for all my questions before every court date. When she represented herself in court she was like a pitbull in a poodles body. It was almost as if she knew exactly how to and what to do every single court date.when my ex was violating she was immedidatly accessable and on top of the immediate process necessary to make it factual and court legal. She has a AWESOME side kick aka parallegal I believe. And let me tell you. What a killer combo. Sondra is the bomb. Almost as great as Amy. Amy also provided me with direction when I needed it when it came to resources and options when it just came down to doing what was best for my child. I honestly do not think Amy missed a beat not one single time. She knew when to swing and she knew when to watch the pitch. I can go on and on but one thing is for sure. This woman Amy Carei is so driven to be perfect and a winner that there is no one stopping her. She is a wonderful woman all and all I was blessed to have her in mine and my daughter's life. She helped me win my custody battle for my 12 yr old daughter . Ty ty ty ty so very much. Sincerely Brian Kelley
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Posted by Ciara | April 29, 2019
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Divorce
Amy and Sondra have been amazing throughout my divorce process! With being only 21, I went through something I never thought I’d have to go through but they made it such an easy process! They both were so helpful and it didn’t matter the time of day, Amy was willing to talk on the phone even after she was off work which was amazing with my work schedule and helped on a couple different occasions. I highly recommend Amy and Sondra!
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Posted by anonymous | March 4, 2019
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Aggressive Ex-Wife
Amy provided great personal service resolving an aggressive situation involving my ex-wife who looks to court to provide her with extra income using my children. We divorced over a decade a ago, but I still have to deal with my ex-wife coming after me every for every little expense dealing with my children over and above what I pay her in child support or post secondary education support. Amy skillfully navigated facts versus fluffs to save me time and money through these situations.
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Posted by Toni | February 14, 2019
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Surpassed Expectations
To deal with a horrible situation Amy would be the only attorney I would want at my side. Amy was caring, compassionate and understanding of making a difficult situation a little less difficult. She took her time to break down all the legal jargon and lay out scenarios to calm my mind. Amy had no issues responding quickly to calls or emails and was intent on hearing my concerns. Not only is she an exceptional attorney but she was personable and truly connected to my situation and didn't treat us as "just another case." Amy creates a calming atmosphere unlike any other attorney I have been in contact with. Definitely recommend her without a second thought!
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Posted by anonymous | February 8, 2019
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Family Lawyer
Amy Carei was very understanding to my situation and personable. Both Amy and Sondra Lee were helpful in answering my questions and quickly replied to my emails & phone calls. The cost was high, but I think comparable to other law firms. I felt I could trust them and I would recommend them to others.
Posted by Corey | February 7, 2019
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Exceeded expectations
My lawyer was Amy Carei and her paralegal was Sondra Lee. They worked with me to get the facts and answer all of my questions. The work they produced was more professional and well written than I expected and I certainly got more than what I paid for. I highly recommend Amy and Sondra and they will be my go to for any legal work in the future.
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AVVO RATING 7.9 (Very Good)

Work Experience

  • Senior Attorney
  • McKinleyIrvin
  • 2022 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Elise Buie Family Law Group
  • 2020 - 2022
  • Attorney
  • McKinley Irvin
  • 2018 - 2020
  • Associate Attorney
  • Groves Law Offices
  • 2017 - 2018
  • Attorney
  • Crystal Judson Family Law Justice Center
  • 2015 - 2016
  • Volunteer Attorney
  • Rainbow Center/VLS Neighborhood Clinic
  • 2015 - 2016
  • Legal Intern
  • Board of Industrial Insurance Appeals
  • 2015 - 2015
  • Rule 9 Attorney
  • Northwest Justice Project
  • 2013 - 2013
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Education

  • Seattle University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • N/A
  • Pacific Lutheran University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • N/A

Associations

  • Tacoma-Pierce County Bar Foundation
  • Member
  • 2017 - Present
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present

Speaking Engagements

  • NALS Ethics CLE
  • Ethics in Parenting Plans for Prison Inmates
  • 2019
  • Institute of Continuing Legal Education
  • Silent Petitioners and the RPCs
  • 2019

Attorney endorsements

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Family Attorney | Aug 30
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer. Amy is caring, experienced and passionate."
Family Attorney | Jul 26
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer. Amy is a caring, intelligent, pragmatic, and capable attorney. I would not hesitate to recommend her work."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jan 15
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Jan 15
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jan 15
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Jan 15
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Dec 11
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Dec 11
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
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Tacoma Divorce and separation Lawyer Amy McIntyre Carei
Amy McIntyre Carei
Divorce and separation Attorney
Tacoma, WA
Licensed for 8 years