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Sophia May Palmer

Divorce and separation Attorney at Tacoma, WA

4.9   16 reviews
  • Licensed for 17 years
    State WA
    Acquired 2006
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

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About Sophia

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Education

University of  Washington, B.A. - Society & Justice, 1999

Seattle University School of Law, J.D., Cum Laude, 2006

 

Area of Practice

Family Law

 

Admitted to Practice

Washington State Courts

 

Professional Memberships

Washington State Bar Association, Member Tacoma Pierce County Bar Association, Member King County Bar Association, Member American Bar Association, Member Robert J. Bryan Inns Of Court, Associate

 

Civic Activities

Tacoma Historical Society, Volunteer

King County Bar Association Neighborhood Family Law Clinic, Volunteer

Location

Law Office of Sophia M. Palmer, PLLC
615 Commerce Street, Suite 101
Tacoma, WA, 98402

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Reviews

4.9 / 5.0
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Posted by Dani | June 17, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Must use this lawyer
Sophia has handled two custody issues for me. She is knowledgeable, reliable, and not afraid to push for what you want/need. Her prices are reasonable and definitely worth her knowledge and experience. Highly recommend.
Posted by Yan | May 22, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Great Attorney!
I hired Sophia to handle my divorce and protection order cases. What had taken almost a year with another attorney and was going nowhere fast, Sophia had wrapped up both cases ending in my favor in a little over a month. She is very professional and knowledgeable. She knows the law very well and handles herself in court like a seasoned professional.
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Posted by Tia Sosa | April 10, 2018
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Great attorney
Sophia was friendly and easy to work with. Her charges were fair. She gave me the best advise for me versus what would get her the most money. I’ll refer her to anyone who needs an attorney.
Posted by rachel gilbrech | October 16, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
So thankful to have Sophia on our team!
The first meeting I had with Sophia she predicted exactly how our case would go, and every bit of that was right! Before we hired Sophia we met with multiple lawyers who said what we wanted wasn't possible but she proved them all wrong and we got exactly what we wanted for our step parent adoption. I would highly recommend you meet with Sophia for any custody case!
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Posted by Cherry | August 10, 2017
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You want Sophia Palmer as your attorney
Sophia has been my attorney for over 3 years and I purposefully waited until I seen her in action at trial before writing a review. To me that is where it counts. Even after working with her for 3 years I was amazed in court. Sophia is extremely knowledgably and knows exactly what to say and do in court. She knew what RCW's, laws, statutes etc., related to specific issues to help my case. She was fully prepared and does an amazing job getting the information she needs to prove her case. The other party in my case was a manipulative liar and she completely exposed him and shut him down. I was once the person reading reviews and going through the stress related to picking an attorney. I remember feeling like its such a risk, how do you really know who is the right one. I can say without a doubt, I will tell anyone that not only do you want Sophia but you NEED Sophia as your attorney!
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Posted by anonymous | June 1, 2017
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Need I Say More
Our trial shifted mid way through from integration to detrimental environment. Sophia reviewed 82 cases in one evening to prepare for the potential argument. Her and her team will be prepared, forthright and articulate with your argument. She is persuasive and eloquent. Its a team effort and you must do your part.
Posted by James | April 4, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Domestic Violence Protection Order Case
I was the respondent in a DVPO case. I am extremely pleased with her representation and preparation. As a former law enforcement officer, I have testified in hundreds of cases. I have seen many attorneys prepare by reviewing the file in the hallway outside of the courtroom. This was not the case with Ms. Palmer. She was extremely prepared and presented a rock-solid defense against an opposing attorney. The case was ultimately dismissed. I hope to never have to use her again, but she comes highly recommended in my book. Thank you Ms. Palmer.
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Posted by Carly | October 22, 2015
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Excellent
Sophia has represented me through my parenting case and helped my case tremendessly and has also just won my protection order case. When she represents me I know and feel how much she cares, believes in me, and puts everything she's great at into representing me. The amount of hard work and care she puts into all of my cases is amazing and such a huge relief to have her representing me. She is amazing!
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Posted by Marcel | August 14, 2015
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Truely Amazing
I was in court for my first hearing and I watch Sophia first hand. She wasn't my lawyer at the time but I saw enough that day to retain her for her services that week. She was so patient and knowledgeable and help me win custody of my son from his mom. I will turn to her first anytime I need legal advice or to help me fight in the future. She truely is an amazing person
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Posted by Traci | July 19, 2015
An Attorney worth the Money
I received a referral from another attorney when I needed assistance with submitting the paperwork for a split order to divide a retirement account awarded as a QDRO written into a decree of marital dissolution. I was reluctant to hire another attorney because I have felt taken advantage of by attorneys that I have hired in the past to do work I needed but that did not provide good service and charged exorbitant fees. Ms. Palmer was responsive, competent, and kept me updated about my case. I was very pleased with her work and with the fees I paid for her service. I would highly recommend her to others who need the services of an attorney in family law.
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Posted by Jeremy | July 19, 2015
An excellent Lawyer and Warrior
I spent two months interviewing lawyers because I was trying to get divorced and I knew I needed the best. Although every lawyer that heard my case said it's as close to a slam dunk, every well known lawyer wanted to charge me double what Sophia would charge...that or the service looked to be completely lacking...sometimes both! My first meeting with her was more productive than all the other lawyers combined. She told me whar was reasonable and doable. At the same time i knew she understood the shock and horror of my situation. She moved quickly to protect my son, my house and my parents in exparte. She then fought for me and my son in our first hearing. The commissioner was so inundated with her arguments, facts, and ecodence but he had no choice but to agree. She even got my x to agree to planned supervisex visitation which prior to this was a nightmare. At the end of my open court hearing another man approached me and said, "Hey can i have ypi ur lawyer's number? She is really good!" Granted my case is unusual and i have a lot of evidence but Sophia will foght for you with a vigor and she has been my Warrior in the court. She is exactly ehat i have needed so far.
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Posted by Chris | December 18, 2014
Sophia fought hard to help me get my parenting plan fixed!!
Sophia is very personable and professional, I would recommend her and will use her again for anything related to my children. Thanks again Sophia!!
Posted by Eric | April 5, 2014
My case was won the day I retained Sophia
You will read my review and think to yourself that I'm either, A) a family member of Sophia's, or B) a life long friend. I am neither. The first day I met Sophia was in her office the day I decided to retain her. I seriously consider it one of the best days of my life because she helped me fight for my son (and win)! I will be able to make many great memories with my son as he grows up and Sophia is the reason why. This is how I crossed paths with Sophia. I spoke to my cousin who works in a law firm in Seattle. She referred me to a family law attorney that was "the best in his field". He works out of Seattle, I needed an attorney in Pierce County. He referred three attorneys to me. Two were his previous co-workers/schoolmates and the third was Sophia. He had gone up against Sophia in a case a year or two earlier. He told me....."Sophia is awesome, she defeated me in a case previously and it's clear she is a great attorney". That was enough for me. When your "opponent" recommends you, especially after being defeated, because of the quality of the work that was done that speaks volumes in my opinion. From day 1 Sophia couldn't have been any better for me and my case. I'm a 42 year old male that was fighting for custody of my three year old son. I'm big into communication and she couldn't have been more engaging during the process. I asked her a lot of questions and she would answer them in a way that I not only could understand, but in a way that showed me her thought process to get us to where we needed to be in my case. She would respond promptly. Not once was I frustrated waiting to hear back from her. Sophia gets an A+ for communication and being responsive in my opinion. This might not interest some people, but I appreciated it. Sophia was never once interested in disrespecting my son's mother (and with what my son's mother has done to me, she could have easily done so) it was always about highlighting my strengths as a father, but most importantly showing the judge what was in the best interest of my son. Regarding her knowledge, let's just say, when you are in a room with her, you won't be the smartest person in the room. ha, ha. All kidding aside, Sophia would ask my opinions/thoughts for specific topics in my case and she would then present to me some different options and ideas of what we should do to get there. If I suggested something that I thought would make me look good (help my case) in front of the judge when in fact it wouldn't Sophia would explain why. Once again other A+ for her. And.......Sophia is very funny. She's hilarious. She made me laugh on several occasions. I've always thought the words attorney and trustworthy shouldn't be used in the same sentence. I've had a bad experience with another Tacoma area attorney and he was less trustworthy than the person I was going up against in my case. Anyway, let's just say that Sophia's picture should be next to the word trustworthy in the dictionary. As I said before, the day I met Sophia will impact me and my son's life forever. I never once felt like Sophia was doing this to "earn a paycheck". I felt like my fight for my son was important to her. I can't say enough great things about Sophia. Whatever negative thoughts you have of attorney's, disregard them when it comes to Sophia. If you are looking to retain an attorney and she is one of them you are choosing between, don't make a mistake and not choose her. I can promise you, whomever else you hire, won't be as great as Sophia is. And when you do hire her, you can come back here and thank me when you write your review of her. :)
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Posted by Kelli | July 3, 2013
Excellent Attorney
Sophia is a knowledgable and understanding attorney. She helped our family every step of the way. We will always use her in the future.
Posted by Bryan | March 22, 2013
Excellent representation and true to form
Attorney's are susceptible to succumbing to shortcuts, borderline unethical practices, unprofessional aggressive behavior and intentionally causing high conflict situations in otherwise unnecessarily typical dissolution cases. Sophia will have none of it! I am thankful to have randomly found Sophia and her representation has been stellar. She has gained my trust as a client during her representation in an atypical dissolution case. Her desire to adhere to the practice of law and the professional responsibility necessary to achieve the desired goal of working in her clients interests are evident in Sophia's conduct with me; opposing counsel and before the bench. Her diligent work and uncanny ability to remember the facts and history involved in each of her clients cases she is avidly devoted to are indicative of an attorney who continuously strives and has earned the reputation desperately needed in family law.
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Posted by Shonna | June 20, 2011
She is great!
Towards the end of my divorce about a month before pretrial, I was forced to find another attorney.... Luckily I found Sophia. She was such a breath of fresh air! Luckily things ended up in my favor and we did not end up in trial. But she was so professional and down to earth. Always attentive and has great communications!
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Cost

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

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Law Office of Sophia M. Palmer, PLLC
  • 2017 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Benjamin & Healy, PLLC
  • 2014 - 2017
  • Attorney at Law
  • Tuell & Young, P.S.
  • 2008 - 2014
  • Deputy Prosecuting Attorney
  • Pierce County Prosecutor's Office
  • 2006 - 2007
  • Intern
  • Pierce County Prosecutor's Office
  • 2004 - 2006
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Education

  • Seattle University School of Law
  • Juris Doctor, Cum Laude
  • 2006
  • University of Washington -Seattle
  • Bachelor of Arts
  • 1999

Sample of Legal Cases

  • In re the Parenting and Support of C.T. (2016)
  • Trial court ruling against my client was reversed by the Court of Appeals.
  • State v. Johnson 132 Wn.App 400 (2006)
  • Affirmed
  • State v Easterlin 126 Wash.App. 170 (2005)
  • Affirmed

Associations

  • Tacoma Pierce County Bar Association, Superior Court Commission
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2006 - Present
  • Tacoma Pierce County Bar Association Family Law Section
  • Member
  • 2006 - Present
  • Tacoma Pierce County Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • President
  • 2013 - 2014
  • Tacoma Pierce County Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Vice President
  • 2012 - 2013
  • Pierce County Local Rules Committee
  • Liason
  • 2011 - 2014
  • Tacoma Pierce County Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Trustee
  • 2009 - 2012
  • Tacoma Pierce County Bar Association, Young Lawyers Section
  • Member
  • 2009 - 2012
  • King County Bar Association Family Law Neighborhood Clinic
  • Volunteer
  • 2008 - 2010
  • Tacoma Historical Society
  • Volunteer
  • 2008 - 2010
  • Washington State Bar Association, Rules of Professional Conduct Committee
  • Member
  • 2008 - 2012
  • Robert J. Bryan American Inn of Court
  • Associate
  • 2007 - 2011
  • King County Bar Association-Family Law Section
  • Member
  • 2007 - 2012
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2018
  • Trial Techniques Award
  • CALI Award for Excellence
  • 2006

Speaking Engagements

  • Washington Practice, Procedure, and Professional Responsibility Training for Military and Civilian Lawyers
  • Washington Parental Relocation Act
  • 2014

Attorney endorsements

Received (24)
Given (27)
Endorse Sophia
Child custody Attorney | Apr 28
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I had the privilege of working with Ms. Palmer in a matter involving a modification of a parenting plan. The case had transferred from Pierce County to Spokane County. As a result of coming on the case after a venue transfer, I had the opportunity to review what Ms. Palmer had previously argued in Pierce County. Due to the pandemic, Ms. Palmer was able to continue working with me through the resolution of the trial. Her knowledge, and ability to recall the facts of the case was extremely impressive. Ms. Palmer demonstrated a high level of professionalism throughout the matter, and was highly thought of by our mutual client. I would absolutely recommend Ms. Palmer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jan 21
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"Sophia is as good as they come. I had the pleasure of working for her for several years, and I still use her as a resource to bounce ideas off of. I have seen first hand the care she gives to each of her clients."
Unknown Attorney | May 04
Relationship: Co-worker
"Sophia is an aggressive and effective advocate for her clients. I highly endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | May 02
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"I endorse Sophia. She is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community. She gets great results for her clients."
Family Attorney | Apr 28
Relationship: Co-worker
"Sophia is very well respected in the legal community and has a very practical, no nonsense approach to solving legal problems. Her clients benefit from her tenacious advocacy, work ethic, and willingness to communicate and keep them informed throughout their legal process."
Unknown Attorney | Apr 26
Relationship: Co-worker
"Sophia is the best of the best. She is knowledgeable, experienced, and articulate. Her tenacity in court is unparalleled, and she is the type of person you want to have on your side. I wholeheartedly endorse her."
Unknown Attorney | Apr 25
Relationship: Co-worker
"I have had the pleasure of working with Sophia for many years. In that time, I have observed her grow into a leader and respected "go to" resource for family law judges, colleagues, and peers. Sophia is undoubtedly a tenacious advocate but she combines that with logic, reason, and practicality. I respect Sophia's judgment and staff cases with her frequently. It is my pleasure to endorse her."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Apr 25
Relationship: Co-worker
"I have heard Sophia referred to as a bulldog on countless occasions. She has earned this reputation as an effective and aggressive advocate for her clients. I endorse her wholeheartedly."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Apr 25
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer. Sophia is my trusted go-to resource when I need an opinion on family law matters. Sophia's knowledge and court room advocacy make her a formidable and very effective attorney!"
Family Attorney | May 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have referred several matters to Sophia with confidence knowing she does an excellent job for her clients. I found her to be a compassionate attorney, and always well prepared. She is a talented trial attorney; she understands the needs of her clients. Sophia has an excellent reputation in the legal community."
Family Attorney | Oct 16
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Sophia passionately advocates for her clients. She is extremely knowledgeable and detail oriented. A fantastic choice for anyone facing a contentious dissolution."
Child custody Attorney | May 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Child custody Attorney | Apr 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Apr 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Apr 10
Relationship: Co-worker
"I worked with Sophia previously. She is a fantastic attorney that cares about her clients and devotes time and attention to every case."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Dec 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have referred several matters to Sophia with confidence that she will do an excellent job for her clients."
Family Attorney | Sep 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Jul 18
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. I send clients to Sophia with confidence."
Family Attorney | Jun 13
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Sophia and I had a challenging case of the variety that is described as "high conflict case." I found her to be an energetic and vocal litigator, and always well prepared."
Family Attorney | May 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work. I've had the pleasure of working with Sophia for several years. She is a talented trial attorney and very understanding when it comes to the needs of her clients. Sophia has an excellent reputation in the legal community and I recommend her without hesitation."
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Tacoma Divorce and separation Lawyer Sophia May Palmer
Sophia May Palmer
Divorce and separation Attorney
Tacoma, WA
Licensed for 17 years