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Patricia Lynn Steele

Divorce and separation Attorney at Tacoma, WA

4.4   13 reviews

also known as Patti Steele


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I graduated from Seattle University School of Law in 2014 following ten years of experience as a family law paralegal. I firmly believe that my clients have more than "cases", they have lives. It is my goal to provide my clients with effective advocacy, competent counsel and compassion as they work through this very difficult time in their lives.

 

Licensed for 7 years
State WA
Status Active
Acquired 2015
Updated 11/25/2022

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

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Helland Law Group
960 Market Street
Tacoma, WA, 98402

Reviews

4.4 / 5.0
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Posted by Martha | July 27, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Custody modification from Hell with a domestic covert narcissist
Patti is INCREDIBLY well versed in the law, and very creative in her approach to justice and serving her client. Patti only takes cases from people that she believes is doing the right thing. Patti helped me during one of the worst traumatizing years of my life fighting against horrific allegations from a narcissistic ex husband who had tried his best to set me up with a horrific CPS stunt, to be an unfit mother, a child abuser, and crazy. My son and I both incurred terrible PTSD from his plot to destroy my relationship with my 5 year old son, as he did with his first marriage and his first son. The psychological, emotional, and verbal abuse, was later identified as Parent Alienation tactics of a narcissistic parent. I was an emotional traumatized wreck the entire time, and leaned on her and her amazing staff for emotional support far more than I probably should have. The staff at Helland Law Group went way out of their way to comfort me, validate me, and listen to me when I felt afraid and bullied by my ex. Her office staff is so kind and genuinely cares about the outcome for their client. Aubrey is literally an angel for how she handled all my crying phone calls, feeling afraid and attacked by my ex. Patti gave me her personal cell in case of emergencies with my ex on the weekend if I needed her. Patti has a strong presence in the court room, and will fight tooth and nail if any decision is unjust. Patti fights for what is right, and will tell you if you are within the boundaries of the law. She plays fair, she will not play dirty (as some attorneys I have heard of). She places high value on ethics as an attorney, her profession, and doing what is right. Patti is incredibly compassionate, kind, honest, ethical, and highly competent in the law. I am so grateful for all that she did for my son and I. I feel I was a very draining client for her, as my PTSD from the allegations and psychological abuse (and past abuse) was triggered on broken record during the entire legal process. If you are being bullied and controlled by fear of retaliation from your ex husband, and fear your voice won’t matter or be heard (because your ex tells you it won’t) Patti (and Aubrey lol) will hear you, be kind to you, and believe in you. I also encourage all those who can relate to this review to seek out a DV counselor ( as that made a world of difference in my confidence that I was doing the right thing). The gas lighting ends, when you surround yourself with the right support to validate your experiences/feelings, and when you realize your narcissistic ex is being exposed at his own doing. These men will never change, do not try to empathize with them, change them or be hopeful they can change. Instead, HIRE PATTI and get a good DV counselor and go often! If you feel you are being gas lighted and psychologically controlled by fear (from of all his threats) Patti is not under that same fear. I still email her for things here and there, and she will ensure me that I am correct within the law, and doing the right thing. He will try to gas light me and make me feel like I am doing something wrong, and if I don’t do what he wants, but Patti assures me it’s gas lighting and that I am in fact, within the law. She always says, “let him try” with confidence. You can’t gas light an attorney, but he tries to argue that my attorney is wrong. Arguing with an attorney about the facts of the law within our parenting plan. Patti will work hard and dedicate herself to providing you with the justice you deserve. She will strive to make sure you and your children are safe, and on the road to the healing and quality life you deserve. Patti doesn’t sugar coat possible outcomes to set you up for disappointment. She gives legal advice that may not always be what you want to hear, but you will always know that she is guiding you with a high moral compass and within the boundaries of the law; and that is comforting to have an attorney you can trust.
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Posted by Tarek | June 11, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
BULLDOG ATTORNEY!
What can I say...Patricia Steele has been my attorney since 2016 (she is currently representing me for Child Custody Modification). Each and every time I have inquired of her services whether it be divorce, child custody, or just legal advice, Patricia delivers every single time! She is a bulldog in court! She will continue to fight for you until you are satisfied. Most attorneys will feed you things that you don’t need just to line their pockets but not Patricia! She will tell you things just like it is, no sugar coating. She tells you EXACTLY what you need to hear. To her, you are not a dollar sign, you are a person, you’re family. Her presence in the court room is next to none. Patricia is VERY confident in her field of work and her results confirm that. She has a life long client with me and my family! Even Jeannie and Aubrey are so friendly and reassuring! If you want a passionate and straightforward attorney who is willing to put forth every effort to help you win your case, look no further than Patricia Steele at Helland Law Group!!!
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Posted by Ashley | July 26, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Seriously the best!
Custody battle from hell.... I got a phone call no mother ever wants to get and from the moment I hired Patti on the fly, she has been there every step. She’s thorough and confident in court making sure that your voice is heard when you feel like you have no voice at all. I will not hesitate to continue using Patti!
Posted by Sabrina | May 11, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Saul Goodman watch out :) Patti is amazing!
I was completely lost when my soon to be ex and I split up. Patti reassured me that she could handle my case. It was in fact much more complicated than we expected. My soon to be ex husband hacked into my emails and personal checking account and was stalking me at work and areas around my home. I wanted to have my son as much as I could and Patti fought the hard fight. She was always fighting for me and constantly keeping me informed through emails or phone calls. What's even better is she will be straight and honest with you through the whole procedure. I got custody of my son and got my divorce finalized. It was an ugly expensive battle but I wouldn't hire anyone else to do it.
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Posted by Tonya | May 4, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Child custody/parenting plan
I was thrown into a whirlwind of a child custody battle following a bad situation. I had a lawyer who was so bad he was actually happy when we left the court room stating "we faired better than I thought we would" when I only got 2 days a week visitation with my kids when I did nothing wrong! My mom found patti and thank god she did we went in and she seemed so passionate and just as angry as I about the outcome of my previous hearing. She worked so hard and helped guide me on what to do to win this. And today she won for me. I could not have been happier with her service. I wish I had her from the start so I wouldn't have gone through any of what I did but I'm so thankful she was by my side. She was a beast in that courtroom and the opposing counsel had no chance! I definitely recommend her!
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Posted by Stacy | April 25, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Divorce/Child Custody/Child-Maintenance-Spousal Support
I was referred to Patti from my co-worker and am thankful that I was!! Patti took no time at all to get me the actions needed to file for the divorce. Patti was truthful, honest and most of to the point!! This was a very important trait that I needed not only in court but to provide me with the direct guidance and assistance that I needed. I decided to give Patti the full range she needed to handle my divorce, child custody, child support, spousal support and maintenance support and provide nothing but positive results. I hired Patti on Tuesday and an immediate court date was arranged that Friday and the 1st court date was exactly on month later. Patti explained everything to me step by step and provided comfort and assurance. This being my first time ever in a court room, I felt so comfortable as Patti handled everything and I did not have to worry or stress about what happened next. Patti's direct and thorough approach awarded me everything I needed and I asked for. I am very grateful to have her as my attorney and I have already referred three of my friends and co-worker to her as anyone who is looking for the right divorce lawyer, Patti Steele is the quality choice!!!
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Posted by Keith and Noelle | December 18, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Family Services
Patti prepared our Power of Attorney and our Will. She did an excellent job and provided knowledge and guidance to complete all the paperwork in a timely manner. We have complete confidence in her abilities and knowledge base and will have no hesitation to use her services in the future. We are pleased to have someone work for us that we know we can trust.
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Posted by Frank | December 4, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
She's lying to take my children!
Patricia Steele is very knowledgable, caring, and honest. Very professional and has the best interest of my children well being. Patti is prompt, communicates well, and is clearly invested in looking out for our best interests. I am extremely grateful to have her help and guidance in the matter of keeping custody of my children. I would recommend her in a heartbeat!
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Posted by anonymous | August 9, 2015
I always felt confident, supported and informed.
Patricia Steele is genuine, honest and incredibly supportive. On short notice I required immediate representation for a complex dissolution and parenting plan. After a brief search with several of the local area family law practices and reading AVVO comments and several phone calls to attorney’s offices, it was Patti’s office that made the best first impression. As soon as I met with Patti for the consultation I knew she was the right attorney for my case, she immediately understood my particular issues as a father working through a dissolution and parenting plan case. I couldn’t be more appreciative of the effort she put into the case. Patricia Steele is professional, supportive, honest and forthright on expectations and outcomes during the preparation and process of the case. I always felt confident, supported and informed. I would not hesitate to recommend Patti to anyone needing dissolution and parenting plan representation and support.
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Posted by Ashley | July 14, 2015
Amazing Attorney!
I highly recommend Patti! She is very kind, honest, compassionate, trustworthy and will always keep you informed. I have worked with attorneys before and I have never had such an amazing experience! I never once felt like my case was pushed to the end of the pile or that I was just another check in the mail.
Posted by Kristine | July 7, 2015
A Lawyer with heart and intelligence
Patricia Steels, was my Paralegal for over 8 years. When I first needed a Family Law Lawyer, I was lucky to find one with her as the Paralegal. Over the past 8 years, Patricia has been an asset to my case and guiding me through the processes. She is very well knowledged in her field and I was thrilled to find out she became a Lawyer. She is working on my case as my Lawyer and will remain so for any future issues. She has compassion for her clients and understanding of the Law. She fights for her clients and cares about them. She has always succeeded in providing excellent work product. I have never been dissatisfied with Patricia or the results she provides me.
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Posted by anonymous | January 8, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Incompetent
Seems like she doesn't know how to dig and do her research to build a case against the other party. Paid so much $$$ and she did nothing. Doesn't answer emails, she goes on vacation and all MIA. Wasted time and money. Hire someone else.
Response from Patricia Steele January 27, 2020
I have been representing individuals in complex and high conflict family law matters for the last nearly 5 years, and have done so successfully. I work incredibly hard to achieve the best results for my clients including aggressively advocating for them in court, and conducting discovery; I take great pride in ensuring that each client is informed and has the highest level of satisfaction possible. That often means taking phone calls on the weekends, and scheduling after hours meetings to accommodate my clients. If any client ever believes there is an issue with my service, I have an open door policy. I note that this reviewer has not posted her name or case number as to allow others to review the Court file. I encourage her to do so, and stand by my work on this case. I worked very hard on this case and successfully obtained two court orders awarding this reviewer maintenance support, a restraining order and payment of debts. On multiple occasions I received very favorable feedback -- both in email and in person-- from this client on the results I obtained in Court. This reviewer often stopped by my office unannounced and I always took time to meet with her. What this reviewer fails to mention is that each client is required to sign an employment agreement when retaining my services, and this reviewer refused to honor our contract. I filed my withdrawal on this case after giving the reviewer multiple opportunities to honor our employment agreement.
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Posted by anonymous | April 9, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Unprofessional and unapealing
I would say that she is the worst out there. She is new to the game and not worth her weight in gold. I would stay away from her as much as possible. It seems like she has lots of great reviews. But she is underhanded and rude and this information needs to be addressed. My ex was the worst and she let her completely bad mouth me and worked against me during the custody and divorce. She didn't have my back at all.
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Response from Patricia Steele April 10, 2019
This does not sound like any case I have had in recent memory. I am not sure this review is meant for me as I am certainly not "new to the game"; I have been practicing family law for four years. If this person is a former client, it is too bad they did not leave their name, as I would have loved to discuss their concerns and disappointments. I wish this person the best and invite them to contact me directly to discuss further!
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Cost

Rates
  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 8.1 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Associate
  • Helland Law Group
  • 2017 - Present
  • Associate
  • Benjamin & Healy, PLLC
  • 2015 - 2017
  • Rule 9
  • Van Siclen Stocks & Firkins
  • 2013 - 2014

Education

  • Seattle University School of Law
  • Juris Doctor
  • 2014
  • Central Washington University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2005

Legal Cases

  • Domestic Violence Protection Order
  • Denied
  • Major custody modification
  • Father awarded primary custody of child.

Associations

  • Tacoma Pierce County Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • Tacoma Pierce County Bar Association, Young Lawyers Section
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • 2015 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Attorney endorsements

Received (18)
Given (31)
Endorse Patricia
Family Attorney | Apr 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I am pleased to endorse this attorney. Very knowledgeable and capable."
Family Attorney | Apr 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I am happy to endorse Patti. She is a pro who works hard for her clients. As opposing counsel, she is honest and straightforward."
Unknown Attorney | Mar 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"An excellent lawyer who treats clients with patience, care, understanding, and utmost professionalism - an even better person and I wholeheartedly recommend for future services."
Family Attorney | Jun 13
Relationship: Co-worker
"I have had the pleasure of working with Ms. Steele on a case with both family law and criminal law components. Her mastery of issues and ability to get to the "bottom line" are extraordinary. I would highly recommend Ms. Steele if you are looking for a smart, compassionate, aggressive attorney to represent you."
Divorce and separation Attorney | May 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I highly recommend Ms. Steele. Ms. Steele is a fierce advocate, passionate about her work, and dedicated to guiding clients through a difficult time in their lives with compassion and understanding."
Family Attorney | May 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Patti, a compassionate and strong advocate. She cares about her clients and works hard to protect their interests."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Apr 28
Relationship: Co-worker
"I highly endorse this lawyer. Patti's effective advocacy in the court room results from her ability to tailor her arguments to meet the needs of her clients and make a persuade the person in the black robe. She is personable, compassionate and aggressive, all at the same time."
Unknown Attorney | Apr 26
Relationship: Co-worker
"Patti is compassionate and hard-working. She is quick on her feet and really cares about getting the best results for her clients. I enthusiastically endorse her."
Unknown Attorney | Apr 25
Relationship: Co-worker
"I have had the pleasure of working with Patti in varying capacities for many years. Regardless of setting, Patti always comes forward with confidence and grace. She is practical minded, well prepared, and fully engaged in meeting the needs of her clients."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Apr 25
Relationship: Co-worker
"Patti is an aggressive advocate for those who are going through the difficult circumstances of a divorce or custody proceeding. I enthusiastically endorse her."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Apr 25
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"Patti is a very skilled and thoughtful attorney. She is knowledgeable, professional and has a well regarded reputation in the legal community. I enthusiastically endorse Patti."
Divorce and separation Attorney | May 06
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer. Patti is a very skilled advocate for her clients. She is always someone I can trust for sound advice."
Unknown Attorney | Mar 31
Relationship: Co-worker
"Patti is an excellent attorney. She is professional, aggressive and extremely knowledgeable in the field of family law. I endorse her without hesitation."
Unknown Attorney | Nov 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Patti is a wonderful and compassionate lawyer. She is a great person to consult with when I need to discuss potential strategies with my own cases."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Sep 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Patti is the person I turn to when I need an expert's opinion in a family law matter. She goes out of her way to help and has substantial knowledge in her field. I would not hesitate to refer a client to her."
Family Attorney | Jul 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Patricia has a unique blend of moxie and common sense that serves her family law clients well. She is articulate and persuasive and knows when to bulldog and when to work toward resolution."
Family Attorney | Jul 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I went to law school with Patti, and have had the privilege of seeing her in action in court as well. I know her to be exceptionally competent, and a passionate advocate while remaining professional with opposing counsel and the courts. I enthusiastically endorse this lawyer!"
Family Attorney | Jul 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Why? Because I see and know her as an attorney with all the skills - common sense, intelligence, research and writing, and courtroom performance. She is unflappable and smooth."
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Tacoma Divorce and separation Lawyer Patricia Lynn Steele
Patricia Lynn Steele
Divorce and separation Attorney
Tacoma, WA
Licensed for 7 years