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Heather Z Bliss

Divorce and separation Attorney at Tacoma, WA

4.3   24 reviews

About Heather

Learn Heather’s areas of practice.

Founder and owner of the Bliss Law Group, Heather Z. Bliss, was drawn to family law largely because of the unexpected tragic loss of both her parents at a young age. She and her brothers experienced a unique childhood after their parents’ deaths, and this incited her passion for helping families navigate through the legal system and the potential turmoil they face when dealing with court and the legal world when it directly impacts children and families. Her hope is to assist in alleviating stress and pain, and to help navigate the family to a successful resolution of their legal issues.

Since 2001, Heather has spent her entire law career refining her skills in family law and has successfully established her practice in all aspects of domestic relations. She works attentively for each of her clients in order to attain the best results for them and their families.  

With Heather’s knowledge and proficiency in family law, she is able to determine and execute the optimal course of action in any case. With any situation that arises, her determined nature and tenaciousness combined with her extensive experience helps create a positive outcome for each of her clients.

Heather strives to offer services in family law and estate planning for parents that make a positive impact on her clients’ lives. Her mission is to facilitate communication between parties and assist her clients by providing the resources they need in hopes of giving them a more fulfilling and rewarding future. She expects clients to leave the firm, not only with a successful resolution to their legal matter, but also with the tools necessary to maintain a balanced and satisfying lifestyle. Her holistic approach and sincere concern for her client’s wellbeing sets her apart from other attorneys. She advocates for all of her clients with unwavering strength and commitment.

In her spare time Heather is an avid skier, she loves to travel, and enjoys spending time with family and friends whether it be boating on the Puget Sound or enjoying the best time of the year – Lake Time. Heather’s most rewarding moments are those spent with her husband Matt and their two sons.

Education

  • University of Puget Sound, Bachelor of Arts
  • Seattle University School of Law, Juris Doctorate

Speaking Engagements/Classes/Seminars

  • Tacoma Pierce County Bar Association, Panel on Professionalism
  • Young Lawyer Mentor Event, Building and Maintaining a Successful Law Firm
  • The Small Law Firm Radio Hour hosted by RJon Robins, Esq., CEO & Founder of How to Manage a Small Law Firm

Professional Associations/Memberships

  • American Bar Association
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • Tacoma Pierce County Bar Association
  • Pierce County Chapter of Washington Women Lawyers
  • The Collaborative Law Profession of Pierce County
  • International Academy of Collaborative Professionals
  • Personal Family Lawyer with Family Wealth Planning Institute

Honors, Distinctions & Awards

  • AVVO Rating of 10 out of 10 (Superb)
  • In 2009 and 2010, Heather was chosen by readers of South Sound Magazine as “Best Lawyer” in the South Sound.

Activities

  • Law Clerk for the Washington State Attorney General’s Office Torts Division
  • Moot Court Competitions
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution Board

Photos and videos

Licensed for 22 years
State WA
Status Active
Acquired 2000
Updated 11/25/2022

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

Contact Heather

Heather Z Bliss
2112 N 30th St
Ste A
Tacoma, WA, 98403

Reviews

4.3 / 5.0
  24 customer reviews
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Posted by anonymous | October 30, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Best Ever!
I had a difficult time finding representation because I live overseas. Attorney Bliss and her entire TEAM were so professional and supportive. The time zones did not challenge them I am so thankful for their support during challenging times in a difficult situation.
Posted by Alan Moeini | June 12, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
I'm for ever thankful
It's never pleasant to go through a divorce, but if you have to go through one you might as well have the best people on your side. Heather Bliss protected me from start to finish. My case was so sensitive at the beginning that she opened her office and met me on a Sunday. I'm forever thankful. If you ever have to experience what I went through then Heather and her team are who you need.
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Posted by Trina | December 1, 2016
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Professional, Caring and Honest
Heather Bliss and Staff are wonderful! Heather is a genuine caring individual who will make sure you and your loved ones are best served. Although she is fantastic she does not allow ego to drive your case, she is realistic, honest, compassionate and will not waste your time or money chasing frivolous things. She will put your mind at ease the first time you meet, she is incredibly knowledgable and her work comes from the heart. I have used her a couple times and she made the process run as smoothly and stress free as possible. Asset the the legal field and her clients.
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Posted by anonymous | June 17, 2016
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Awesome lawyer
I hired Heather after I had the same lawyer for 3 plus years. I had been through a very nasty divorce, a revised parenting plan right after my divorce and battles over child support. I was trying to obtain passports for my children which my ex husband was not wanting to cooperate with. So that's when I hired Heather. I met with her one morning and right away I knew she was a good fit for me. She was not going to back down from my ex and was not afraid to rock the boat a little. She told me my case needed a change in tone and that's exactly what she did. She changed the tone of my case. In court she was very assertive and not going to take anyone's crap. The look on my ex husbands face was priceless. I think his eyeballs almost popped out of his head when she spoke. My other lawyer was very soft spoken and not very assertive, so he was used to pushing her around, but not Heather. She was not going to let that happen. She fought for me in court and it paid off. I ended up getting everything I wanted that day. I was amazed at her professionalism. I would totally recommend her, especially if you are in a really nasty divorce or custody battle. She and her staff guided me the entire way. Through countless emails and phone calls they were able to help me respond to my ex husbands emails in a way that would be positive for me in court. I think that is a huge factor when hiring a lawyer. You need their guidance that's why you hired them. At times I have felt very hopeless in my situation with my ex husband, but now I have more hope that the future will be better because of Heather's help.
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Posted by anonymous | November 17, 2015
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The lawyer you want on your side!
The law office of Heather Bliss came into my life un-expectantly and it turned out to be a true blessing in disguise. I was facing a serious challenge. I was being falsely accused of some serious allegations by my ex-husband who is a police officer and in turn was facing an uphill battle. I was represented by a different attorney for years because my divorce was very contentious but I always felt underrepresented and felt bullied by my ex’s legal counsel. The moment I called Heather Bliss’s office, I knew I made a good decision. Her legal assistant, Jessica, was very professional and understanding of my situation and relayed the urgency of my case to Heather who then saw me the same day for a consultation which is unheard of. When I arrived to her office, Heather was pro-active and had already looked up information about my case. Her level of preparation and thoroughness was impressive. It was at the consultation that Heather immediately noticed that my ex had filed documentation with the court to fight for full custody with his false accusations. This of course sent me into a whirlwind of panic but Heather took charge immediately. I explained my situation to her and she listened with empathy, was very understanding and made me feel like I was not just another case. She made me feel like my difficult situation was just as important to her as it was to me. Heather succinctly and thoroughly advised me on the pros and cons of each course of action and broke down each step with concrete instructions. Throughout the process, Heather and her legal team were quick to respond to any questions that I may have and kept me informed every step of the way. Heather is very knowledgeable about the law, detail-oriented and aggressive when she needs to be to fight for what is right. Heather’s professionalism, thorough preparation with her cases and attention to legal details are exemplified in the court room where her effective communication skills, assertiveness and confidence show through. I have no doubt that Heather’s expertise and passion for fighting for her clients allowed me to win my case, regain control of my life and put my mind at ease during a very stressful and challenging time. If I could do it all over again, I would have retained Heather from the beginning to avoid all the problems that surfaced because I was not represented properly from the get go. Nevertheless, I am happy and relieved to have finally found an attorney that is invested in her clients, personable and knowledgeable of legal details. Rest assured that you will be in very good hands if you have the law office of Heather Bliss on your side.
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Posted by Robert | September 18, 2015
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Incredibly Competent, Interested and Engaged
I had the pleasure to work with Heather and her team for over a year as we slogged through the myriad details of my 24 year marriage, separation and ultimate divorce. First and foremost Heather is a listener. She pays thoughtful attention to what you have to say. By that I mean, should you begin to digress or stray from the subject at hand, she has the ability to tactfully bring you back on point so as not to waste your investment in her time. More importantly, after you have provided her with, what you may feel are, salient and pertinent points, she intuitively asks questions that strike through the emotion and get directly to the heart of the case. Again, this saves you on your investment, in both your and her time. Throughout each of your conferences, Heather continually inquires as to whether she has a correct understanding of what you are saying and if you are comfortable with the progression and direction that she and the case are taking. Heather takes a team approach when she takes you on as a client. She sets extremely high expectations for herself, her paralegal and legal assistant in their handling of your case. From my standpoint, when her client is an involved participant with her team, efficiency improves, which in turn, increases the possibilities of a successful outcome. This means, again from my point of view, that when you approach Heather for representation, “have your ducks in a row.” Meaning, that if you want to keep costs to a minimum and have the greatest possibility for a positive outcome in your case, be proactive. When you show up for your initial consultation, first, and foremost, try to have your emotions in check. This will not only save time but in turn allow for insightful discussion of the facts. Next, have with you, your estimate of assets and liabilities along with a basic idea of the outcome you wish to see in your case. Finally, Heather will explain in depth and in understandable language, the facts of your case, possible strategies and anticipated outcome. She will take whatever time it takes to make sure you understand the ramifications, both legal and personal, of any decision you may make. Even if she does not fully agree with your decision after you have been explained the pros and cons, she will, relentlessly fight to get the best outcome possible for you in light of the informed decision you have made. This attorney will never contact you unless she truly has something to communicate. Again, keeping costs down. Of course, should you require a more hands on approach, Heather and her team are definitely capable of accommodating your needs. Her years of experience are showcased in her insightful and direct communications both with her client, staff and opposing counsel. A divorcing of two people who, at one time, truly loved one another is never an emotionless or easy process. With her many years of experience in this field of law, Heather’s skillset helps to keep things in perspective and she delivers information, whether good or bad, in a factual non-emotional manner that allows her client to make an informed and intelligent decision. I hope that this review of Heather Z. Bliss will help you in your decision to retain her for your legal needs. You will not be disappointed by Heather and her team. Sincerely, Client of a successful outcome
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Posted by Nycole | August 15, 2012
AN AMAZING ATTORNEY!!!!
Heather is an amazing attorney!!!! She took over my divorce (custody, child support) case with only a couple of weeks to review before the 1st hearing. At every hearing/meeting, I felt completely secure in her skills (it was very interesting to just sit back and watch her do her thing). My ex used the legal system & various government services (filed motions just to file them, petitioned for a protection order against me, filed a CPS report) to harass me throughout the entire process and Heather helped me remain calm and handled every situation as it came with professionalism, tack and he utmost skill. She provided sound and realistic advice at every turn. Quite frankly, through her guidance during this process, I feel I grew as a person. I felt very blessed to have her represent me.
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Posted by anonymous | May 2, 2012
Excellent! Highly Recomended!
I highly recommend Heather as your attorney!! My x-husband worked with his family business and hid money to make it look as though we made very little. In mediation Heather would not back down and made sure I walked away with what I rightfully deserved. She knew exactly how to handle my situation. She is very confident in her ability and every time I spoke with her I knew my case was in good hands. She truly wanted the best for me and cared. She pointed out things that I would not have thought of and how the decisions I made today would affect me and my children in the future. I feel very lucky to have stumbled across Heather; I know that my case would not have had the outcome it did if I had used anyone else!
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Posted by anonymous | May 1, 2012
the one you want by your side
First of all, Heather was recommended to me by other attorney’s outside of Pierce county speaking to her level of respect with in the world of law. Heather Bliss was among this short list of recommendations. I had met with another attorney who made me feel like they were not interested in me or my situation. Then I met with Heather. I instantly felt at ease. Heather gave me so many more options giving me hope that my problems weren’t so giant sized. Her and her staff responded quickly with each concern. Heather cares deeply about her clients, sets goals, takes action to reach those goals, and with her depth of experience she is able to adapt to whatever comes her way during the journey to closure in a divorce. Heather represented me in my divorce, keeping me grounded along the way with a very difficult Ex-husband who was representing himself and who had created many hurdles. Heather treated him with respect and applied the appropriate amount of pressure to solve the matters at hand. It is clear to me that Heather has the respect of her colleagues and a great reputation with the Judges. I am glad I had her on my side in the court room! Heather won every case for me and was a huge support to me in that difficult time. She is compassionate and an excellent attorney. I would and HAVE referred friends – she is the one you want by your side.
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Posted by TJ | December 4, 2011
Honest and informed
Heather Bliss is upfront and honest. She does not waste your money chasing things that are not important or things that are not realistic. I appreciate her honesty and attention to detail and it is clear she is highly respected by her peers in the courtroom. She truly cares about what is best for your child and leaves nothing unattended to. I refer her any chance I get as I know they will be in good hands. She is a person will realistic expectations, integrity and is very sharp. Highly recommend!
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Posted by anonymous | November 22, 2008
Heather Bliss
I was referred to Heather by a friend. I contacted her about custody of my son. Heather did an excellent job for me. Her and her staff are very helpful, knowledgeable, and professional. I will definately be using Heather again with my future issues and would definately recommend her.
Posted by anonymous | November 21, 2008
THE BEST AND MOST CARING LAWYER YOU CAN FIND! SHE WILL FIGHT THE BATTLES FOR YOU!!!!!
I came to Heather because my Mother actually used her at the same time for her divorce. Originaly I had chosen to use a different lawyer but went through three before I decided to try Heather. She not only contacted me and always had some one to answer my questions (the most amazing assistant, Kim Parsons!!!!) but she helped put all my fears to rest by telling me the truth of everything and having a plan of action for whatever type of outcome there could be. She has been there for me through thick and thin. She has helped me with my divorce, child support, spousal maintence, child custody, educational battles and she even had to handle my enraged exhusband calling and harassing her & her employees! She won every case for me and has been a very big support system for me and my family through all this. Without Heather and Kym I don't know how things would have faired. In fact, they are jokingly referred to as my BFFs since there are weeks that I have to speak with them constantly.
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Posted by anonymous | November 18, 2008
Heather is the best!!
I was referred to Heather by a previous client of hers. Heather is a very compassionate individual and an excellent lawyer. I had sought advise from numerous attorneys over the years about getting custody of my son and all of them made me feel hopeless and unimportant. When I met with Heather for the first time, it was like a breath of fresh air! I had actually met a lawyer who really seemed to care and made me feel like something could be done about my son's current situation. My son has been in my custody for going on a year now and we are very close to finalizing my litigation. Having Heather by my side has made an extremely stressful time in my life bearable.
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Posted by anonymous | November 18, 2008
Professional!
I had Ms. Bliss as my lawyer 5 months ago for my divorce. Compassionate and caring for myself and my grown children...Her expertise in the field of family law was extremely helpful for me to sort out my issues and concerns...Appointments were timely; follow-ups were by email or phone calls...3 assistants were readily available to also answer questions or to pass along your concerns...No suprises and I appreciated the professionalism during this trying time...I reconciled with my husband and dismissed my lawyer and kudos to them for their help!
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Posted by anonymous | November 18, 2008
Bliss: Highly recommended!!!
After getting no where with another well known Tacoma attorney I met with Heather. She stuck with me through the thick and thin of an unusual case with my ex and our children. She is very knowledgeable and conducts herself with excellence in the court room. She is very highly respected and polished. I would highly recommend her--and have friends who have since used her and are very happy with her services.
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Posted by anonymous | November 17, 2008
Custody Case/Contempt
Heather handled my custody case in 2004. She was amazing to work with. She's well respected and easy to talk to. I felt like I was in good hands with Heather. Her assistant Kim was always avaliable for questions. My ex's attorney was an awful, sneaky, slime bag and Heather was organised and to the point. The judge seem to hold her in high regard. She also covered me with a lot of provisions that I wouldn't have thought about. Considering that our case was drug out by my ex and his attorney her fees were completely reasonable! In 2006 my ex took me to court for contempt. It was a stupid charge and Heather got it dismissed and he was charged with my attorney fees for waisting court time. It was nice to have an attorney that knows the law and wins her cases. I also called in the last month to check on another issue. She's always helpful! I highly recommend her to anyone looking for an attorney.
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Posted by anonymous | November 17, 2008
Absolutely Impressed !!! **single dad awarded custodial parent**
Heather Bliss and her staff are quite an amazing team. Her impressive knowledge of the legal system and courtroom enamor makes her a powerhouse in court. Fantastic communcication and a no nonsense approach combined with her experience and charisma make her the best family law attorney in Pierce County, hands down.
Posted by anonymous | November 17, 2008
Outstanding Lawyer!
I hired Heather to handle my divorce. I thought she handled it great, she kept me from making any rash decisions, and kept me fully informed of any dates or papers that I needed to sign. When I could not get a hold of her she made sure her assistant took care of me. Heather was always very profesional and very confident, she always came to court prepared and with a smile. I have recommended Heather to two of my friends, and will continue to do so. If needed I will not hesitste to use Heathers services again.
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Posted by anonymous | November 17, 2008
Great lawyer!
I would absolutely recommend Heather Bliss! Heather handled my divorce. I felt very confident in my decision to hire her from our very first meeting. She always kept me very informed and updated throughout the process. The end result was a virtually stress free divorce and an extremely fair settlement.
Posted by anonymous | November 17, 2008
Tough family law attorney - very pleased!
I hired Heather Bliss as my attorney and worked with her for the last two years on a variety of post-divorce issues (child support modification, issues surrounding my child's safety and well-being, and other misc. issues regarding the mistakes I made when I handled my original divorce pro-se.) Ms. Bliss was direct in her communication, honest and forthright, (didn't just tell me what I wanted to hear in other words,)and she worked agressively to secure a favorable outcome for me. We didn't get everything we asked for in court, but nobody gets everything they want. We are pleased witht he outcome, pleased with her work ethic, and most of all, pleased with her hourly rates, as most attorneys we interviewed charged anywhere between $275-$350 per hour. I would definitely recommend Ms. Bliss, she is professional, agressive, and works tirelessly for her clients. Since child support can be modified every two years, we expect to use her again in the next go around.
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Cost

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

Resume

AVVO RATING 9.7 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • CEO & Founding Attorney
  • Law Office of Heather Z. Bliss, Inc., P.S.
  • 2001 - Present
  • Law Clerk
  • Washington State Attorney General's Office
  • 1999 - 1999

Education

  • Seattle University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2000
  • University of Puget Sound
  • Bachelor of Arts
  • 1997

Associations

  • Collaborative Law Professionals - Pierce County Chapter
  • Member
  • 2016 - Present
  • Academy of Collaborative Professionals
  • Member
  • 2016 - Present
  • Washington Women Lawyers (Pierce County chapter)
  • Board Member
  • N/A

Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • 2020 Fastest Growing Law Firms In the US
  • Law Firm 500
  • 2020
  • 2019 Fastest Growing Law Firms In the US
  • Law Firm 500
  • 2019
  • 2018 Fastest Growing Law Firms In the US
  • Law Firm 500
  • 2018
  • 2017 Fastest Growing Law Firms in The US
  • Law Firm 500
  • 2017
  • Best Lawyer
  • South Sound Magazine
  • 2010
  • Best Lawyer
  • South Sound Magazine
  • 2009
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Speaking Engagements

  • Young Lawyers Mentor
  • Office Management for Solo or Small Office
  • 2016
  • Tacoma Pierce County Bar Association, Panel on Professionalism
  • Tacoma Pierce County Bar Association, Panel on Professionalism
  • 2013
  • Young Lawyers Mentor
  • Love Stinks
  • 2011

Attorney endorsements

Received (24)
Given (30)
Endorse Heather
Estate planning Attorney | Oct 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Attorney Bliss has an insatiable thirst for knowledge. She pursues information and brilliant ways to help her client’s vision become a reality. She loves what she does. Every single one of her clients are being taken care of with the utmost care. Her staff is an assembly of dedicated professionals armed with the desire to provide only the best in customer service and customer satisfaction. When you hire Attorney Bliss you, your family and your affairs are in the best hands. My name is Ecleynne Mercy and I approve this message."
Family Attorney | Oct 09
Relationship: Co-worker
"Heather's reputation as one of the best attorneys in the area is well-deserved. She has worked hard to cultivate a practice built on impeccable service, trustworthiness, and dignity. I strongly endorse her."
Family Attorney | Jul 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Heather is one of the finest attorneys practicing in Pierce County! Most of my experience with her has been going to her for advice (which she has generously given many times), but we have also wound up as opposing counsel on a couple matters. She is responsive, professional, and an extremely effective advocate. I highly recommend her to anyone."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Apr 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"In family law a critical aptitude for a lawyer is to understand the grief that their clients are experiencing. From that vantage the attorney can help them make sound decisions while also being empathetic to the personal trauma. Heather has an acutely high emotional intelligence that ensures her clients get this. Couple that with her devotion to her clients and passion for her work and you have one of the best family law lawyers anywhere."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Mar 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Feb 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Heather is an excellent attorney. She is a zealous advocate for her clients and highly respected in the legal community."
Family Attorney | Jan 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have come to know and have observed Heather as a fellow law firm owner. She is dedicated to helping her clients by providing excellent legal services. I am happy to endorse her."
Unknown Attorney | Jul 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Heather is a compassionate, hard working, and effective attorney. I endorse Heather."
Family Attorney | Jun 29
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Heather and I worked through a complicated mediation for 6 hours without a break and ended up with a great outcome for everyone involved. She was focused, prepared, and professional. I would be thankful to see her name as opposing counsel on any case. I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | May 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Heather is a great attorney who genuinely cares about her clients."
Divorce and separation Attorney | May 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I know Heather to be a passionate and dedicated advocate for her clients."
Divorce and separation Attorney | May 10
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Heather is an outstanding member of our local bar and an exceptional advocate for her clients. She is an attorney who genuinely cares about her clients and that shows in the way she handles her cases. She is hardworking, trustworthy, honest, and without a doubt, a woman of her word. Heather's clients are lucky to have her."
Family Attorney | Apr 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Heather has a heart for families and truly believes in helping her clients come though a difficult time with the best outlook for the future. She is what every family lawyer should strive to be -- a compassionate, knowledgeable and zealous advocate."
Family Attorney | Apr 14
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer. Heather truly cares about her clients and takes pride in the work she does for them."
Unknown Attorney | Dec 17
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Dec 15
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Sep 02
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse Heather without reservation. She is a worthy adversary and zealously represents her clients. She is also very reasonable and willing to try to settle her cases, when appropriate. She is compassionate and represents her clients well."
Unknown Attorney | Apr 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Intelligent, knowledgeable about the law, and always prepared, Attorney Bliss is an excellent attorney. She and her staff care about their clients and their cases. She is a staunch advocate for her clients, whether it is in the courtroom or at the negotiation table. She deserves the high reputation that she has obtained within the legal community."
Family Attorney | Feb 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Jan 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
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Tacoma Divorce and separation Lawyer Heather Z Bliss
Heather Z Bliss
Divorce and separation Attorney
Tacoma, WA
Licensed for 22 years