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Erik Jon Bjornson

Divorce and separation Attorney at Tacoma, WA

4.5   15 reviews
  • Licensed for 28 years
    State WA
    Acquired 1995
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

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About Erik

Learn Erik’s areas of practice.

4
Practice areas
  1. Divorce and separation
    50%
    Family Law - Divorce, Child Support, Custody Issues, Parenting Plan. I represent clients who reside out of state with pending dissolution, divorce, or child support issues in Washington. A number of my clients are in the military or are military dependents. There are special legal considerations and protections that must be considered for those in military or who are retired from the military.

    28 years, 400 cases

  2. Child support
    20%
    Modification of child support, increase of child support, decrease of child support, post secondary support.

    28 years, 350 cases

  3. Family
    20%
    Family Law issues covering all areas of divorce law.

    28 years, 20 cases

  4. Uncontested divorce
    10%

    27 years, 60 cases

FAMILY LAW ATTORNEY FOCUSING ON MAXIMIZING RESULTS EITHER THROUGH MEDIATION, NEGOTIATION OR LITIGATION, WHICHEVER IS APPROPRIATE FOR THE CIRCUMSTANCE.

I have been successfully handling divorce and family law cases for the last 21 years.  Many family law issues are very urgent in nature and need and deserve immediate attention.

I focus on:

  • Getting the best results possible for your case
  • Charging reasonable fees
  • Providing emergency legal representation
  • Fee initial telephone consultation 

You can get access to many free articles on divorce issues, family law and custody on my law firm website at .

I focus on listening to clients and delivering quality legal services at a reasonable cost. I foces on maximizing results either through negotiation or litigation, whichever is appropriate for the circumstance.

My office offers a free initial telephone to discuss your legal issue. My office is located in downtown Tacoma in Pierce County, Washington, However, I represent clients in many other counties in Washington.

In addition, I represent many people in the military, retired from the military, military dependents, and as well as people who have never served in the military.

Because there is often so much a stake in a dissolution, it is extremely important that your dissolution case is handled skillfully and professionally as trying to correct mistakes after they are made can be very difficult and costly.

My office is located in downtown Tacoma.

Here is my contact information:

Law Office of Erik Bjornson
e, Suite 204
Tacoma, WA 98402

 

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Admission to United State District Court - Western District of Washington.  I have also been admitted, ad have practices before the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.
Prior member of the Washington Sate Trial Lawyer Association.
Graduate of Seattle University School of Law class of 1995.
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Location

Law Office of Erik Bjornson
615 Commerce St.
Suite 204
Tacoma, WA, 98402

Reviews

4.5 / 5.0
  15 customer reviews
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Posted by Joe | December 16, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Effective and Supportive
I retained Erik to handle my divorce case in Pierce County in 2015. I was in the Army stationed across the country and Erik was able to negotiate with my ex-wife and have a dissolution order entered which preserved 100% of my military retirement and granted me generous visitation. When my ex began denying visitation and alienating my kids from me, Erik fought for me! When it came to light that my ex had abused and neglected my kids, Erik fought for them and they are now in my custody. Erik supported me every step of the way with great wisdom and humor, and was mindful of my time and available funds. Erik maximized every dollar spent and was fast and efficient. Thank you Erik for what you did for me and my family!
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Posted by Jonathan | May 12, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Thank you Erik
Hiring Erik as my divorce attorney was the best decision I made for my divorce. As a cardiologist, my mindset was that I must protect what is mine and fight to win. I initially hired the most expensive high end attorney and law firm in Tacoma, and it was a disaster. I successfully wasted money, probably close to $50,000 to $100,000 and got no where. My ex-wife hired a sleaze ball attorney that would do anything to drain more lawyers fees out of me to pay his fee. While my first attorney didn’t do anything unethical, but he was unable to manage my case in a manner that would be in my best interest long term. He was also impossible to reach, and I felt like my case was not a priority. When I asked to mediate, he came up with reasons not to “give up.” Finally, and most importantly, he could not provide an accurate forecast of how my divorce was going to go. My divorce was an expensive mess and the best thing that happened to me is my attorney fired me. Let’s just say I let him know how unhappy I was with the amount I was spending. So I hired Erik, solo attorney, no big law firm. I just wanted out of my divorce. Erik was not only significantly less expensive than my previous attorney, but he was more experienced and consciences about the particulars of my case. He spent a significant amount of time (which he did NOT bill) to explain why my divorce put me at risk longterm and that I needed to settle and mediate. Erik was able to provide a forecast of My divorce and it was spot on. He cleaned up my case. He got me out of contempt (another screw up from my first attorney), provided expert personal guidance, and negotiated a settlement in my favor (well relative favor) with my ex-wife’s sleaze ball attorney to get me divorced quickly. Erik isn’t flashy and doesn’t have a website with a bunch of Pizazz. He isn’t trying to please his buddies or court judges during trial. He is to the point, honest, get the job done the way it should be in the clients best interest. No BS. ”This is how it is,” “this is what we want to avoid for your case,” let’s get you divorced and on with your life.” I never want to get divorced again and I don’t wish it upon anyone, but if you are a soon to be ex-husband, go with Erik.
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Posted by Josh | May 21, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Caring and Insightful legal services
Erik's thoughtful and insightful advice is always focused on what's best for the client. His logic is sound and his empathy is real. I highly recommend his legal services.
Posted by anonymous | May 16, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Highly Recommended
As a WA resident situated on the East Coast on military duty, I searched the internet and asked for advice from friends and associates and discovered Erik through a search. We conversed on a phone and through email, and of all the lawyers and law offices I contacted, Erik was always the first to respond with a detailed answer. He took the time to address my concerns and gave recommendations on a fair split of property between myself and my ex-spouse. A divorce tends to bring the worst out in people, with both individuals feeling cheated or at a disadvantage, but Erik handled the situation very well and gave expert advice on remaining cordial to each other throughout the process. First contacted in mid-January, Erik helped us wrap up our divorce proceedings by early-May. Timelines will be different for every case, but Erik is very responsive and efficient with his work. 10/10 would contact again for any related law consultations.
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Posted by Feronia | May 16, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Strongly Recommend
I absolutely must, have to recommend Attorney Erik to you or to any one who is dealing with the divorce. I know and understand how painful, stressful, and ugly the divorce process can be, especially when assets and children involved. I was there. Erik has a great work ethic. He cares a great deal about his clients. He has a very calm and caring demeanor and he gets directly to the point. He definitely is the person who not only will walk you through every step, but will also help to take away your stress and lead you to a better and brighter quality life after your dissolution.
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Posted by anonymous | January 24, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Legal advise was invaluable
Erik Bjornson's legal advise was invaluable to me on many legal matters I have hired him for. His experience and expertise ultimately saved me a lot of money and gave me peace of mind by his clear direction.
Posted by Bob T. | October 24, 2016
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Best divorce attorney ever
Erik Bjornson is a most unusual man; an attorney dedicated to making the lives of others pleasant. Those who seek the counsel of Erik Bjornsen find the angst of divorce and other legal matters settled with minimum discontent and the least financial cost.This kindness and personal consideration is rare among attorneys. But Erik Bjornsen has a big and generous heart; he is focused and determined to help his clients reach their desired goals. It is time, in our world for a new class of attorneys, those dedicated to serving our needs while allowing us to heal and reach contentment. They must be more than lawyers, they must be our advocates, our counselors and friends. Erik Bjornson is that attorney.
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Posted by anonymous | March 2, 2015
Best Divorce Attorney in Tacoma!
Before I hired, Erik Bjornson, I had talked with several divorce attorneys, finding it difficult to decide, a friend recommended Erik. I met with Erik for an initial consultation, I knew immediately I had an attorney, whom I could trust and someone would take the reins. Erik quickly assessed my situation and gave me a realistic point of view; He informed me how long I could reasonably expect the divorce process would run. He was clear, on the point, of which I would probably need to retain an attorney beyond the final decree to ensure proper division of the Federal retirement and Investments. Erik immediately took action as my husband of nearly thirty years, who had already taken the first steps in the divorce process. Erik guided me throughout, always direct and objective. He took the time to explain to me the law in a clear and concise fashion. When I needed to go to court for emergency spousal support, Erik was well prepared. Thanks to Erik, the Judge’s decision helped me begin rebuilding my life. My divorce went on for several months; my husband attempting to have the decision of the Judge overturned but Erik always stayed one step ahead, protecting me and my future. When I called Erik with a question he promptly returned calls with an answer. Erik never moved forward without first consulting me at every stage of the process. Erik represented me at arbitration resulting in a favorable outcome for me. He continued to be proactive after the final decree in securing the assets awarded in to me in the divorce. I will always have immense gratitude for his steadfast support and guidance. Eric is an exceptional attorney and I would not hesitate to recommend Erik Bjornson to anyone.
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Posted by anonymous | May 27, 2013
Effective and highly recommended
I have know Mr. Bjornson for over 10 years and he has given me legal advice on many different issues. In retrospect, I have found his advice to be right on and well worth the compensation that I was charged. I certainly recommend him. His approach is straightforward and direct and he seeks to cut right to the critical issue that one is facing.
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Posted by ELB | May 27, 2013
Excellent attorney over many years
Mr. Bjornson has given me advice over a range of topics over the years, including many concerning family law. His advice has always been sound and his rates have been reasonable.
Posted by Eva | December 3, 2012
Impressive knowledge of the law with common sense.
I have had Mr. Bjornson give legal advice on a great many subjects over the years and he has always been knowledgeable.
Posted by Morgan | August 3, 2012
Professional, Trustworthy, Smart
Erik handled my case honestly and attentively. He knew all the ins and outs and the personalities of the judges. He was efficient and organized and explained the process clearly to me. Going through the divorce took a lot out of me, but throughout the process Erik helped me remain positive and looking towards the future.
Posted by James | August 2, 2012
Saved me money. Grateful I hired him.
Erik wins, because he is smart and strategic. A divorce win doesn't feel like a gold medal, but it does mean keeping more of my money. So the service he provided to me was very valuable and worth his expense. Specifically, I listened to his guidance from the beginning. It saved me money that I would have lost. What I saved by hiring him far exceeded his fees. I'd rather pay him a little, than let my ex have everything. When I think of all that I might have lost by not hiring him, and how painful it could've been to lose my retirement, I was really glad that I was referred to him by a friend. He made a bad divorce a little less painful. Any review that isn't a 5 for him, probably is because they didn't take his advice from the beginning. Listen to him from the moment you go into his office.
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Posted by anonymous | December 15, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Terrible representation
Since AVVO won’t let me post my actual review I’ll just put how frustrated I was for the whole process. Costs, this divorce without one single in person court hearing was over $12,600. That’s not including his retainer, other attorney’s cost to type up something he claims he knows so much about, and also the mediation cost. Mediation determined 99% of everything, he literally did nothing. He sent me wrong paperwork, charged me incorrectly, misspelled names, called me because he can’t understand emails and charged me his normal rate. Talked down to me like I’m an idiot. He plays the military card, stating he will fight and win. That’s far from the case. Don’t listen to his used car salesman tactics. There is no way these reviews are real, anyone who deals with this guy either doesn’t pay attention or just believes everything he says. Go pay for an attorney who has a paralegal, it’ll cost you way less in the process and you’ll have better representation.
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Posted by anonymous | December 22, 2010
Beware
1. He advertised a free consultation, but ended up charging me a fee for the consultation anyway. 2. He did not apply this consultation fee to the legal fees. 3. When discussing my case, he did not take any notes and appeared Inattentive . I became certain about this inattentiveness after he prepared a document for my case that had multiple gross inaccuracies and information that had nothing to do with my case. It was quite obvious that he had taken a document from another case and simply changed the names and dates. 4. He had a different attorney represent me for my first court day. This would have been okay, but he did not brief this other attorney about anything. I tried to brief this attorney myself but soon realized he was completely incompetent. He just stood there with a deer-in-the-headlights look and didn't speak up about any of the issues I wanted addressed. I find it very difficult to believe that this attorney had been out of law school for very long. 5. Because this other attorney had nothing to say, nothing happened that day and the case was continued. Bjornson immediately withdrew as my attorney and kept $560 of my money, claiming that this fee was for just one day in court even though our discussion was that he would represent me for the case. 6. He advertised himself as a military divorce attorney but showed absolutely no insight or knowledge about the special circumstances that exist for military personnel. In summary, all I got was a poorly-written one-page document and an incompetent attorney who knew nothing about my case standing next to me for five minutes without saying a word, and it cost me $560. The going rate for a divorce I then was $200 per hour. Not even an hour was actually spent preparing the case or representing me. I then went to a quality attorney who charged me less but actually finished the job and addressed my concerns.
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Cost

Rates
  • Retainer Sometimes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney/Owner
  • Law Office of Erik Bjornson
  • 2000 - Present
  • Artibrator
  • Pierce County Superior Court
  • 2000 - 2002
  • Mediator
  • Pierce County Center For Dispute Resolution
  • 1999 - 2003
  • Partner
  • Kanarowski, Bjornson & Platter
  • 1998 - 2000
  • Attorney
  • Law Offices Of Stan Kanarowski
  • 1995 - 1998
  • Legal Assistant
  • Micro Encoder
  • 1994 - 1995
  • Intern for Assistant Attorney General
  • Washington State Attorney General Office
  • 1993 - 1993
  • Engineer
  • Westinghouse Electric Corporation
  • 1991 - 1991
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Education

  • Seattle University
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1995
  • University of Washington
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1991
  • Western Washington University
  • General Studies
  • N/A

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Vacation/Removal of Order of Default
  • Successful: the court vacated the order of default
  • Complex Jurisdictional dissolution case resolved in record time
  • Resolved in just over 90 days
  • Jurisdictional battle
  • We were able to keep jurisdiction in Washington State.
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Associations

  • Pierce County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1997 - Present
  • Washington State Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Member
  • 1997 - Present
  • Tacoma Pierce County Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Member
  • 1997 - Present
  • United State District Court Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1996 - Present
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • Attorney Member
  • 1995 - Present
  • Washington State Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 1997 - 2001
  • American Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 1996 - 2000
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Notable
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2022
  • Notable
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2021
  • Notable
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2020
  • Notable
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2019
  • Notable
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2018
  • Top Rated Lawyer
  • Avvo
  • 2018
  • Best Divorce Lawyer in Tacoma
  • Weekly Volcano
  • 2012
  • Best Lawyer in Tacoma
  • Weekly Volcano
  • 2011
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Speaking Engagements

  • WSTLA Board Meeting
  • Legal Technicials
  • 2010
  • End of the Year Potpourri
  • Legal Technicians
  • 2008
  • Washington State Trial Lawyers Association
  • Legal Technician
  • 2005
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Attorney endorsements

Received (13)
Given (10)
Endorse Erik
Family Attorney | Nov 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Erik. I have had several cases with him over the years. He does a good job for his clients and is professional in his dealings with other attorneys and the court. Erik identifies the issues in a case and he works hard to resolve those issues for the benefit of his client."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Nov 12
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Erik is a tremendously gifted and skilled attorney. He has an uncanny ability to quickly hone in on the most pertinent aspects of a divorce. I certainly recommend him. His experience serves his clients extremely well. And he enjoys a great reputation!"
Family Attorney | Jan 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Erik is a strategic thinker. He seeks to provide excellent legal advice as cost-effectively as possible. The people I have referred to Erik have had good results and were pleased with his approach."
Family Attorney | Dec 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Dec 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"One of those lawyers that goes out of his way to mentor the next generation of attorneys. Very appreciative of his lessons"
Family Attorney | Mar 17
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have known Erik Bjornson for 31 years. He has always been caring and conscientious. In Tacoma, Washington, he is the family law attorney to hire if you want a tough lawyer who will win your case. Erik has the experience to make the unpleasantness of this situation more bearable. In the pantheon of good choices and bad choices, hiring Erik is the pinnacle of good choices. Hire Erik today and you can thank me tomorrow."
Family Attorney | Feb 27
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Erik works hard for his clients."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Sep 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Sep 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Feb 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I recommend Erik for family law especially for someone serving, or married to someone serving, in the US military."
Family Attorney | Jun 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Erik. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Family Attorney | Dec 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I highly recommend Erik Bjornson for all family law matters and especially for military family law issues. Erik fights hard for his clients and is a highly respected attorney."
Family Attorney | Oct 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Erik is a very capable Family Law attorney who is consistently able to advocate for his client’s best interest. He is equally comfortable negotiating or litigating depending on the client's needs."
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