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David C. Braswell

Divorce and separation Attorney at Tacoma, WA

5.0   34 reviews
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  • Licensed for 14 years
    State WA
    Acquired 2009
    Status
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About David

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There is nothing more important than family. That is why David Braswell has dedicated his career to the practice of family law. He has successfully argued hundreds of family law cases before the court, and he is respected by his colleagues and the bench for his effective courtroom advocacy. 

David Braswell is uniquely qualified to represent clients in complex child custody cases. He spent seven years representing the best interests of children as a Guardian ad Litem (GAL). David was frequently appointed by judges and court commissioners to interview children, parents, and professionals, and to conduct investigations into allegations of parental misconduct. He served as a Guardian ad Litem in over 100 cases.

Generally, GALs are only appointed in complex, high-conflict child custody cases. As a GAL, David was involved in some of the most difficult custody cases, such as those involving allegations of sexual abuse, domestic violence, mental health disorders, and substance abuse. David has worked closely with CPS investigators and social workers, and he has developed strong professional relationships with many leading psychologists, counselors, and domestic violence and substance abuse evaluators and treatment providers. As an attorney, he is able to leverage the knowledge, experience, and connections he developed as a GAL to the benefit of his clients. 

David is confident and comfortable in court, and he has an impressive record of courtroom success. However, David recognizes that often the best results are achieved through agreement and reasonable compromise. 

David graduated with high honors from Seattle University School of Law in 2009. While in law school, he received awards for earning the highest grade in his class in contracts and in legal writing. He earned academic achievement scholarships, and he was selected for a full-time externship with the Honorable Robert J. Bryan, Senior Judge at the U.S. District Court for Western Washington at Tacoma. 

 

 

 

 

Awards

Client's Choice 2019,2018
Client's Choice
2019 2018

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Location

Bolan Law Group, PS

Reviews

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Client's Choice 2019
Client's Choice
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Posted by Kate | February 28, 2024
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Thorough, Firm and Compassionate
Mr. Braswell was fantastic and professional the whole way through from consultation to the final trial date. He always took care with his thoughtful, thorough and strategic replies and guidance through the process. Although I hired him to guide me through and do the legwork of the divorce, he seemed to genuinely care about my case and circumstances. My divorce involved a child, and he was always very aware that it would affect the child immensely, so did not wish to muddy the situation more. He seemed invested in the well-being of my child's quality of life. Even when faced with challenging comments from the opposing party and their representation, Mr. Braswell maintained integrity for our side of the case; answering comprehensively or concisely as needed for the matter at hand; and always professionally. The case dragged out for over a year and we experienced a few surprises thrown at us but he seemed to roll with them with ease and navigated increasingly muddy waters to maintain the direction we were going. He was excellent at relying on actual facts that had support behind them, and did not get distracted by the gossip of the situation- he was correct that it would not hold up at trial and would not be worth our time to pursue. Mr. Braswell never made it seem like he was in a hurry to work on the case, get off the phone with a call; he always seemed present with me as the client. I felt valued and supported as a result, and it reinforced my hopes I had found a good attorney. I would absolutely recommend Mr. Braswell to anyone I like, who needs legal representation similar to mine.
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Posted by Nicole | February 26, 2024
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| Hired Attorney
Great Job
Attorney’s are expensive no matter what… David is my second attorney and he was and is worth the fee’s. He is calm which helped me stay calm. He was always available for a call or replying quickly back to my emails (I always had a ton of questions)! He is on my list to call for any future family law needs. You won’t regret working with David! I know I didn’t and happy I found him.
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Posted by Nathan | November 11, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
A life worth living
David Braswell literally changed my life in the best possible way. His hard work and dedication made it to where I enjoy waking up again. I originally was recommended to David from a friend who recently was in court and David was the opposing sides attorney and made things very difficult for them and my friend ended up really losing out. She said that David was so skilled and intelligent and would recommend him fully even though he was not her attorney . I decided to meet with David and give him a shot. He is the absolute man from an attorney standpoint and has high integrity and a good heart that I honestly would not expect in the courts. My ex wife was angry and was trying to make it to where I would never see my kids. She pulled everything she could think of (including filing false CPS claims) and just smearing my entire image as a person and a father. She tried to take everything that I had ever worked for in my life. David is my hero, he really put in the work and really cares. I now get my kids on a 50-50. I never thought this would happen just from every story I have ever heard anb Divorces in the state of Washington and assets and financials were split in the most fair way possible. I would highly recommend David to everyone. He is one of the most genuine guys you will ever meet and he really did save my life and the current and future relationships I now get to enjoy with my kids.
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Posted by Steve | November 6, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
Compassionate, supportive and listens
During this very difficult time for me, David felt like a supportive friend while having my best professional and personal interests involved. I have never been through a process of separation/Divorce/CIR etc. David and Carly had great communication through out the entire process. Regardless, if you have a large case or a small one, I would highly recommend David and his team. He was able to communicate and defend my best interests and he was able to listen to me when I wanted to take actions that may have not been in my best interest. David is able to support and lead with empathy.
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Posted by anonymous | April 14, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Superior representation
David was an asset as I went through my divorce. Understanding, incredibly responsive, thoroughly professional. I would highly recommend. Additional “shout out” to his paralegal, Carly, who displayed the same responsive professionalism that put the other side’s counsel to shame (in terms of availability and ability to move quickly). These guys are so good, I can’t say enough.
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Posted by Charlie | February 11, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Skill and integrity
David Braswell helped me gain full custody of me children. He handled my case with both skill and integrity. David was understanding, fair, and gracious in all respects from handling difficult situations to working out the fees. He was well prepared for all hearings and made sure I was ready. His tone and presentation were superb. He also ensured all proper documents were well prepared and filed on time. In short, he saved me a lot of stress!
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Posted by G.D. | September 4, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Exceptionally sharp lawyer!
Mr. Braswell represented me in a very complicated divorce case involving five children. The case was complicated by a divorce decree obtained (without my knowledge) from another country. At the very beginning, Mr. Braswell clearly explained the law that was on my side, but also warned me about all possible outcomes. Fees were discussed up front and there were no surprises at the end. He always answered my emails and returned my calls. He always updated me on what was going on with my case. His confidence, advice and guidance relieved my stress during extremely difficult and painful times. It was easy for me to trust his ability to defend me. I was impressed with how well prepared he was for every hearing leading up to the trial. I was so intimidated by what my spouse’s expensive firm was throwing at us. But not Mr. Braswell. I was so amazed by his ability to maintain a calm, respectful and professional courtroom demeanor during trial. His questions for witnesses were organized and easy to follow. He was able to back my spouse into a corner with polite, but sharp and to-the-point questions! Mr. Braswell exposed all the lies and discrepancies. He won the case. He over-delivered. I have sole custody of my children. My ex-spouse was ordered to pay child support, alimony and my attorney fees. The property and business was also divided beyond my hopes. Looking at the outcome and at what I paid the firm – Mr. Braswell is worth every penny! I can start my new life with my children thanks to him. Mr. Braswell is an exceptionally sharp lawyer, but also a genuine human being. You just don’t find lawyers like him. He truly is a treasure in WA state and I highly recommend him without any reservations!
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Posted by Hana | March 3, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great attorney!!
David is kind, professional, prompt and honest. I had been through very hard time but David was always there for me. English is my second language so I thought I was not able to do anything about my divorce at the time when I was served divorce paper. But I was so lucky I met David! He gave me many great advices and He always asked me what do I think, and want to do. I was nervous because everything was my first experience and all my family and friends were In my country. but I didn't feel so worried. Because David explained me well and cleared everything all the process. He finishes everything before the deadline and be ready for a court hearing. I can't imagine what would have happened if I hadn't met David. He saved my life. I highly recommend him!!!
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Posted by Brandon | May 29, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Under promised - over delivered
No one enjoys going to court, but David and his team made it as painless as possible. David truly under promised and over delivered in my situation. He did exactly what he said he was going to do, exactly when he said he was going to do it; and then went a little further. Ethics were never a question, and I felt my case was important for him. Costs were discussed up front, and there were no surprises at the end. As I previously stated, no one wants to go to court - but David and his team are the ones you want on your side should it happen.
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Posted by Kimberly | May 16, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
"Above and Beyond"
David Braswell from Envision Family Law in Tacoma represented me in a very difficult case, one which to me at times seemed hopeless and even endless . Mr Braswell was by my side and guided me every step of the way. He held me up when I was weak and helped me find an inner strength I didn't know I even possessed. No email was ignored, no phone call unanswered and no problem every left unresolved. Mr Braswell never let me down and along the way explained each and every step, process and procedure which in turn relieved a large amount of stress . Mr Braswell is extremely professional and very persistent. My Son and I have Mr Braswell to thank for getting us to where we are today. Our NEW life would not exist if I did not have Mr Braswell as my Attorney and we are forever grateful. I would highly recommend Mr Braswell without reservation. Kimberly
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Posted by Calvin | May 10, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent lawyer and has gone above and beyond any and all expectations
As stated in the title, Mr. Braswell is an excellent lawyer. His experience, expertise, and knowledge in family law has gotten me more custody of my child than I could have expected from other lawyers I consulted. My case is very difficult and painful but he always has a positive attitude that has put me at ease. He is calm and confident in the courtroom and always impresses with his professional demeanor. Mr. Braswell has always respected my decisions according to my case but makes sure that he advises me on the best course of action and at times inaction. I was ordered to appear at an emergency hearing on short notice the first time Mr. Braswell represented me. I was only able to spend forty-five minutes consulting with him before said hearing. At the end of that hearing, thanks to his expertise I was awarded primary custodial parent and the accusations the other party ambushed me with were squashed. I can truly say I could not have hired a better lawyer than Mr. Braswell for my case. He is worth every penny that his firm charges and then some.
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Posted by Malcolm | May 6, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Great attorney, Affordable and compassionate
David is an amazing attorney who took my case last minute when my previous attorney's financial demands became too steep. After I could no longer afford their fees I was forced to defend myself twice without an attorney. I was over my head and out of options so I contacted my employer EAP who referred me to David's firm. From initial contact with Stephanie Moist, initial consultation with David and through trial David and his team have been fantastic and sensitive to my needs and my particular situation. I highly recommend David Braswell as an attorney for anyone who needs their story told. I feel I was the victim in my marriage and David effectively told my story as good as or better than I could have. He is prompt, professional and really cares.
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Posted by Chelsey | May 6, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Ex parte hearing for emergency custody
I had a very tricky situation happen to me involving my three year old daughter. Needless to say david was able to find the other party in contempt almost effortlessly - ead very caring snd understanding of my situation and I felt like he really wanted to help me. If i have any problems in the future i would certainly turn to him again. 10/10 would recommend
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Posted by Thomas | February 15, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Great attorney
David did a great job with my case and explained everthing very well. And was very helpful and nic.e
Posted by Stephanie | February 1, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Superb work
David Braswell helped me tremendously with my intense case. From start to finish, he made sure every little aspect of my case was handled in great detail. Along with helping keep me as calm as possible during court appearances and discussions. He was honest and upfront of his opinions and advice from the moment we met, and not once did I feel uncomfortable with him or his guidance. I would gladly reference David for the best quality work on cases to anyone in search of attorney services, especially with situations involving children. Thank you again Mr Braswell for your great work and win on our case!
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Posted by Jann | January 31, 2019
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Legal advice
My husband received a certified letter regarding his pension and we contacted David for advice. He answered all of my husbands questions and sent a list of referrals for him to check out because this is not his field of expertise. We appreciated his honesty and followed through. My husband has a consult with one the referred firms. David is always available and very helpful when we have a legal question. We have referred him to friends and family members.
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Posted by anonymous | January 29, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Great lawyer
David was honestly a great lawyer to work with. He simplified things so that they were easy to comprehend as the client and had a very common sense approach to getting results in the court room. He was honest and forthcoming about what he needed in order to get the results I was looking for and kept me from over reaching for an outcome that may not have been attainable. Overall, great guy, better lawyer and I would definitely recommend David to any guy looking for a bit of justice regarding family law.
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Posted by anonymous | January 22, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Best out of worst
Mr. Braswell helped me resolve my divorce case. He was open and honest, I could build a trust relationship very quickly. Therefore, I didn’t feel shame when I needed to talk to him about my marriage issues. He showed appropriate empathy and understandings by normalizing my shameful issues, or by not minimizing my emotional pain. when I needed to make decisions, he never have pushed his opinions but gave me realistic advice. He always listened to my opinions and thoughts. His communication was outstanding, he called me twice during his days off when I was in crisis. I recommend him to two friends of mine in the past. I will recommend him if someone I know needs a lawyer in future as well. He is very competent, his confidence in his profession always made me feel content. People tend to say female lawyers are better for divorce cases. But, I am glad I choose a male as my lawyer because I needed to see a male who are logical and reasonable for comparing my ex. I could reassure my decision for leaving my ex was right. So, I don’t discount the fact that divorce was the worst experience in our life, but my lawyer was the best thing during the worst experience.
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Posted by David | January 3, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
good at his job
David, gave excellent counsel he is definitely good at his job. I was impressed by his common sense approach it simplified everything. I would most definitely recommend him.
Posted by Dakota | December 31, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Custody
David was able to help us get custody of my daughter from the mother. So as a father I am grateful that he was able to settle the case for me.
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Cost

Rates
  • Hourly Rates $ 350-350 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 9.6 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney / Partner
  • Bolan Law Group, PS
  • 2019 - Present
  • Guardian ad Litem
  • Pierce County Superior Court
  • 2011 - 2017
  • Attorney
  • Kennedy & Braswell, PLLC
  • 2009 - 2018
  • Judicial Extern
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Washington at Tacoma (Hon. Robert J. Bryan)
  • 2008 - 2008
  • Law Clerk
  • Washington State Office of the Attorney General
  • 2007 - 2007
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Education

  • Seattle University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2009
  • Central Washington University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2003

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Pierce County Trial
  • Won at trial
  • King County Dissolution
  • Obtained parenting plan granting custody to our client, and providing Father with supervised visitation
  • Pierce County Parenting Plan Modification
  • Won at court, obtained parenting plan providing my client with primary custody of child
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Associations

  • Pierce County Superior Court Guardian ad Litem Advisory Board
  • Board Member
  • 2018 - Present
  • Washington State Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • Tacoma Pierce County Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • Tacoma Pierce County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • Hon. Robert J. Bryan American Inn of Court
  • Member
  • 2011 - 2013
  • Federal Bar Assocation (Western Washington Chapter)
  • Member
  • 2010 - 2011
  • Washington State Association for Justice
  • Member
  • 2010 - 2011
  • Four Creeks Unincorporated Area Council
  • Elected Council Member
  • 2006 - 2008
  • Four Creeks Unincorporated Area Council
  • Secretary
  • 2006 - 2008
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2023
  • A+ Rating
  • Better Business Bureau
  • 2018
  • Pro Bono Publico Service Commendation
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • 2012
  • Pro Bono Publico Service Commendation
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • 2011
  • Pro Bono Publico Service Commendation
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • 2010
  • Academic Achievement Scholarship
  • Seattle University School of Law
  • 2008
  • Excellence for the Future Award (Contracts)
  • CALI
  • 2007
  • Excellence for the Future Award (Legal Writing)
  • CALI
  • 2007
  • Academic Achievement Scholarship
  • Seattle University School of Law
  • 2007
  • Invitation and Induction into National History Honor Society
  • Phi Alpha Theta
  • 2003
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Publications

  • Tacoma Pierce County Bar Association CLE
  • Guardian ad Litem and Family Law Issues
  • 2015

Speaking Engagements

  • Ethics CLE 2019
  • Ethics Issues for Guardian ad Litem Cases
  • 2019
  • Tacoma-Pierce County Bar Association, Family Law Section July 2015 CLE
  • Guardian ad Litem and Family Law Issues
  • 2015

Attorney endorsements

Received (20)
Given (23)
Endorse David
Family Attorney | May 20
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. David is an exceptional attorney. He is a fierce advocate but works cooperatively when possible, working to solve problems rather than create them."
Family Attorney | May 25
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. David is a knowledgeable and zealous advocate for his clients. I have had many cases against him and he is always professional and ethical. I would not hesitate in recommending him to anyone."
Unknown Attorney | Jan 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Sep 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"David is an incredible advocate for his clients. He is knowledgeable and thorough, leaving no stone unturned to reach the best possible outcome for his clients."
Child custody Attorney | Aug 27
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer. David's background as a GAL makes him an invaluable asset to clients going through custody cases. He is tenacious and knows what judges are looking for in a custody modification."
Divorce and separation Attorney | May 22
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"David C. Braswell is courteous, professional, and ethical in his legal representation of his clients and in dealing with an opposing attorney. He is firm yet reasonable and fair. I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | May 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"David is a reliable, professional, and reasonable attorney who I have had the pleasure of working with on multiple occasions as opposing counsel. I would recommend David and look forward to future opportunities to work together. I endorse this attorney."
Family Attorney | May 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. If you are looking for competent representation with class, this is your guy!"
Unknown Attorney | Jun 27
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Apr 11
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jan 08
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"David is an amazing attorney. He is rational and reasonable, helpful traits for a family law attorney to have. This is a difficult career and family law is a highly emotional section of this profession. David works well with opposing counsel and helps to find that peaceful resolution."
Family Attorney | Apr 24
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Child custody Attorney | Nov 04
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | May 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | May 04
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Apr 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. David is a great lawyer, thoroughly understands the law and at all times very professional. I have referred several matters to David and am happy with the results. I would definitely have David represent me and will continue to refer clients to him."
Family Attorney | Apr 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Mar 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Mar 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Nov 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
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Tacoma Divorce and separation Lawyer David C. Braswell
David C. Braswell
Divorce and separation Attorney
Tacoma, WA
Licensed for 14 years
Virtual consultation available