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Kenneth J. Levey

Family Attorney at Tacoma, WA

4.2   21 reviews
  • Licensed for 32 years
    State WA
    Acquired 1991
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

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About Kenneth

Learn Kenneth’s areas of practice.

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Practice area
  1. Family
    100%
    Divorces / Legal Separations / Modification of Parenting Plans / Modification of Child Support / Paternity / Parentage / Third Party Custody / Non-marriage Separation (Committed Intimate Relationships and Domestic Partnerships) / Stepparent Visitation / Stepparent Adoption / Domestic Violence Protection Orders

    33 years, 1,500 cases

Originally from the Boston area, Ken Levey has lived in the Pacific Northwest since 1980. He received his B.A. from the University of Washington in 1983 and received his law degree from the University of Puget Sound School of Law (now Seattle University School of Law) in 1991. That same year Ken was sworn in as a member of the Washington State Bar. He opened his law practice in Tacoma in 1992.

Unlike many attorneys, Ken also is trained in collaborative law, represents families in CPS investigations and dependency actions, and has a great deal of experience and a high level of comfort dealing with the juncture of the military and family law.

Ken serves on the board of Agape Adoptions, an adoption agency emphasizing adoptions from China. He also serves on the board of Collaborative Law Professionals of Pierce County.  

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Kenneth J. Levey
2102 N. Pearl St., Ste. 402
Tacoma, WA, 98406

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Reviews

4.2 / 5.0
  21 customer reviews
Posted by Christina | November 8, 2018
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Saved our family
We had CPS called on us with some pretty outrageous accusations. Ken not only helped stop CPS from violating our rights further, but get us into an agreement that worked for everyone. His actions helped us in more ways than one that is for sure! He is well worth his price that is for damn sure.
Posted by Brad Adams | May 9, 2017
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Dedicated to the final stages!
Mr. Levey was my choice through my Ernst & Young referral site for my divorce needs. I had just completed a two year deployment with the Navy and needed some legal advice. He was sensitive to my needs and gathered all the details. Due to the incompetence of Mr. Bobman and later Mr. Miller(ex's lawyers) we eventually wrap things up. Mr. Levey was upfront on fees and set my expectations. You know you have made the right choice in representation when you can still have a civil conversation after everything is completed.
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Posted by Jeremiah | August 12, 2016
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Works for you.
Ken has been a stand up guy and has addressed my concerns in proceedings. I trust that Ken has my best interests in mind.
Posted by Bill | August 8, 2016
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Problem solver-exores options and thinks steps ahead
I have hired multi attorneys over the years, I have seen them be both successful and unsuccessful. The unsuccessful always do to poor planning, possible because of laziness, and always with a bossy sense of confidence. I have seen another lawyer dance the dance in court while the whole time being less than truthful in his statements to the judge. Ken levey is successful do to his mind. He asked questions to determine our goals, he asked more questions to determine the boundaries of compromise we could tolerate, and then presented options - plans of attack. He spoke clearly about what each option may cost, due to the pitfalls and obstacles of each, and the chances for levels of success at each option. It was like working with a grandmaster of chess outlining each strategy, the likely response of the other parties, the time for the response, the cost of the response, where each of these chess moves towards our end goal would leave us in our daily lives-again outline the real cost, financial and toll of exerted will to live. And to make it even easier, it was like working with a grandmaster of chess while he taught you with the book he wrote "chess for dummies", the big yellow book series some of us have used to become familiar with areas we know nothing about. I wish all lawyers were like Ken, intelligent, truthful, knowledgeable, and clearly an artist in his field. A true professional, i can think of no better advocate to recommend in his field, especially after a the store is of family and custody I have heard over the years. BTW, Ken's solution to our issue was on point, financially, along with his advice on how to use it in our interaction. Ken also follows up, to make sure all is well. There is no reason now for him to do it, the kiddo is 18 but he still calls. Thanks Ken, to you and your team.
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Posted by Victor | August 7, 2016
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Highly Recommended
Ken is a very knowledgable and thorough attorney. His navigating me through my divorce proceedings was handled with skill and care. Any questions I had concerning every step of the process was answered simply and completely. He was not satisfied until I fully understood the sometimes meticulous nature of my divorce. But, most of all, he treated me as a human being. He genuinely cared about how I was feeling and to address any misgivings or concerns I had both legally and emotionally. I highly recommend his services beyond what he did for me to anyone who is seeking a strong, knowledgeable, and compassionate attorney.
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Posted by anonymous | August 4, 2016
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Mr. Levey, at my request was able to get spousal maintenance at my divorce hearing and I was able to keep my home. I am sorry that I didn't hire him from the start of the proceedings, as it would have eliminated me having to deal with my ex-spouse and his games for as long as I did. I really appreciated his professionalism, personality and he was never too busy to talk with me when I needed help understanding an issue.
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Posted by Mark | August 3, 2016
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honest and well qualified.
Kenneth is a great attorney that came to my rescue. After battling with divorce for over 3 years and two previous attorney's, I sincerely felt I could do better by myself. I'm not an attorney so I couldn't get anywhere with the judge. As a last resort I called Ken, he agreed to work for me and provided real honest support. I didn't have to suggest ever move, like my previous counsel. He knew what he was doing and understood what the courts need and what judges are looking for, which made things much easier for me. He provided honest options on what may or may not work, and how to best proceed. In the end, let's just say my children are happy living with their father and I am very pleased the the results Kenneth Levey provided. As a result I have used his services more than once, and referred several friends, all of which have been grateful.
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Posted by Tina | August 3, 2016
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Excellence of service
I needed Ken's services during a very difficult time with CPS. He was professional, kind and a real. genuine person. He believed in me when no one else did, and it showed in his work. My case lasted several years, off and on, with one thing or another popping up. He never faltered in his representation of me, he helped me make the best decisions even during emotional times, and I felt that Ken "had my back". He is always there for me, whenever I have a legal question. I would not hesitate one second to call him today if I needed legal assistance again.
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Posted by Brett Shankle | July 30, 2016
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Divorce Lawyer
Ken handled my divorce, it was with an ex-spouse who went to the ends of the earth to make things difficult - he was able to handle all the curves thrown and finally we got things finished!
Posted by Nancy | July 28, 2016
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Over the top!
Ken is a professional in every sence of the word. He went that extra mile for me as I am sure he does for all of his clients I felt as though he heard my concerns as well as the details of my situation.....and then, he delivered!
Posted by Jenifer | July 28, 2016
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Excellent services
Mr Levey was my divorce attorney several years ago. He did an exceptional job for me, he was easy to reach for questions when I had them, and made it a smooth process. I would absolutely recommend his services, he was a fantastic attorney!
Posted by Robert | July 28, 2016
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Great Attorney
In 2012, after telling my wife I wanted a divorce, I was falsely charged with civil domestic violence and kicked out of my home while recovering from surgery; wife then kidnapped my children and fled across country in order to avoid divorce proceedings in Washington and establish residency in a jurisdiction that her family had political influence. Ken was able to quash what was obviously a false charge, locate a private investigator to serve my wife with a subpoena and court order to return the children, lift the restraining order preventing me from living in the home I paid for, filed the papers giving me full custody for the year prior to the actual divorce hearing, and was instrumental in negotiating a settlement joint custody. He is quite simply the only attorney I've ever hired that I have liked.
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Posted by Eric | July 27, 2016
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A Family Law Professional who Cares
I was referred to Ken to finalize my divorce and help create a parenting plan. Ken was knowledgeable and proactive through every step of the process. He worked with my schedule and was always available to take calls. The process ended months sooner than I had expected thanks to his hard work. About a year after the divorce, Ken contacted me just to check in and see if everything was going well on my end. I still get birthday and Christmas cards from him and his team, which I really appreciate. I would recommend Ken to anyone in need of family legal help!
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Posted by Corey | July 27, 2016
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Very happy
Ken did a great job representing me. He helped me by responding very quickly to every question I had and gave me thorough answers. He was polite, helpful, understanding and I am very greatful. I highly recommend him.
Posted by Tom | July 27, 2016
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Ken Levey Review
Ken represented my interest very well. Put together a great agreement representing my interests. He also gave great advice when I needed it. Even if it wasn't exactly what I wanted to hear.
Posted by Christopher | December 13, 2014
Best Attorney for your solutions
I met Ken 19 years ago when going through a divorce . I did not know exactly what to expect and my daughter was 222two years old at the time. Ken always took me step by step on what was next and what would happen. Everything he said that would happen did happen and he worked out the parenting plan, etc. This was not the last time I would see him over the years with the EX. He became in my mind, the guardian, protector of my daughter for what was right, especially for an ex spouse that loved to play games. For 1Sixteen years, he treated myself and my daughter as if we were his family. Now that my daughter is grown and gone and I have moved out of the Pacific NW, I am so appreciative on what he has done for me over the years. I was happy to see success in my friends that I sent to him for the same items and also one that was involved in a car accident that he helped work with to obtain the settlement needed for their medical expenses. Ken is a win win guy. If you listen to him, you too will find the same successes because I have never regretted one min of hiring him and keeping him on my side for that time.
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Posted by Anderson | August 9, 2016
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Anderson Jolly
Great Guy.Patient, understanding, and very comprehensive.
Posted by Adolph | November 1, 2023
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Cheated and Abandoned
October 1 2023 Good afternoon Dr. Levey, My name is Adolph L Keyes Jr. I writing you as a courtesy, I am an extremely unhappy and disappointed with the service and lack of professionalism exhibited bye your law firm and it’s employees. On September 22, 2023 I spoke with Jose Dominguez, Nicole Brinkmeyer and Rodrick Morgan about my financial obligations if I were to hire your firm to represent me. The three of them were all in agreement that I couldn’t and didn’t qualify for your firms monthly payment plan. Therefore they explained to me that I would have to pay $7500 in full with cash. I informed them that I could do that, however it would be my entire savings. Your team especially Mr Morgan explained that would be enough to cover the case unless the defendant takes the case to court. He then informed me most likely that would t be scheduled until the summer of 2024. Never did the lead attorney nor any members of his team mentioned anything about me having to keep $4500 in my account or my representation would be halted. I can’t even get an email response from Mr Dominguez, Ms Brinkmeyer or Mr Morgan. However Jacob in the finance department can call andsay “if you can’t pay, we’ll just refund you whatever’s left” This is beyond appalling, not only am I financially destroyed I’m also now emotionally defeated. The only chance a Father in a situation such as mine has of ever finding and seeing their child is through people such as yourself, Mr Dominguez, Ms Brinkmeyer and Mr Morgan. You’re the hope. You’re the faith. You’re the angel God sends when we pray for our children that we are asking the Lord to help us be with. Instead, you’re now the reason I feel defeated and cheated. Mr Dominguez, Ms Brinkmeyer, Mr Morgan and your firm, the Levey Law Group/Firm happily took my money, provided mediocre and slimy practices. I don’t expect it, but if you do have a response, call me Ms Brinkmeyer has my number. It would go a long way in the amount of Integrity you have as and individual. VR
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Posted by Lee | December 27, 2022
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2nd worst decision ever.
DO NOT HIRE! This is my personal experience. My personal opinion. This law firm took over 50k from me (90 days). I had 3 separate paralegals representing me at different times. Each paralegal wanted to do something completely different each time I was billed for those different ways and methods. Two different attorneys each attorney wanted to do things differently and each time I was billed separately for each one of those. This is by far one of the worst decisions I've ever made is hiring this Law firm for my divorce. I watched someone who costs 5k rip them apart in court. In my personal opinion they did not care at all about what was going on they were just there for my money.
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Posted by sanford | February 6, 2018
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Not effective
In my case, Mr. Levey was professional and curious but never accomplished what was promised for the retainer I paid him. His conversations were inefficient, in that he would comment on all kinds of peripheral issues, tell you things you already knew and otherwise stretch out the time and then bill you appropriately. He provided many services I neither asked for nor wanted. In the year or so I had him working for me, he talked me into debt, to pay off my wife, never filed any paperwork I had originally asked for to set the record for me that was initially agreed to and ended up exceeding his retainer by 40% without notice - in other words, it appears that once he found I was broke, he did a bunch of work but didn't complete it yet gave me no impression beforehand how much it would end up costing. I feel deceived and cheated.
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Response from Kenneth Levey February 7, 2018
I am sorry to hear that you were disappointed with my firm and me. I hope you know that we did not set out to disappoint you. I appreciate your feedback and will use it to improve our policies and procedures for the future. I strive to fulfill my firm's mission with all of our valued clients, and our mission is three-fold. First, to ensure that our clients experience top-quality legal representation throughout their case. Second, to ensure that our clients heal, grow, and thrive during our representation of them and beyond. Third, to ensure that our clients receive the highest level of customer service.
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AVVO RATING 9.5 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Law Office Of Kenneth J. Levey, P.S.C
  • 1992 - Present
  • Intern
  • Attorney General's Office, Consumer Protection Division
  • 1989 - 1990

Education

  • University of Puget Sound School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1991
  • University of Washington
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1983

Associations

  • International Academy of Collaborative Professionals
  • Member
  • 2008 - Present
  • Collaborative Law Professionals of Pierce County
  • Member
  • 2008 - Present
  • United States District Court, Western Washington Division
  • Member
  • 1992 - Present
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1991 - Present
  • Tacoma Pierce County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1991 - Present
  • Tacoma Pierce County Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Member
  • 1991 - Present
  • Tacoma-Pierce County Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • President
  • 2007 - 2008
  • Tacoma-Pierce County Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Vice President
  • 2006 - 2007
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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Russian

Honors and Awards

  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2017

Speaking Engagements

  • Options in Family Law Dispute Resolution: What a Counselor Needs to Know
  • Collaborative Divorce
  • 2015
  • When Diagnosis Matters: A Conversation on How to Use the DSM V
  • Collaborative Divorce
  • 2014

Attorney endorsements

Received (19)
Given (6)
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Family Attorney | Nov 12
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Ken is an extremely skilled and detailed driven attorney. I certainly recommend him. His experience serves his clients extremely well. Great reputation!"
Family Attorney | Nov 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"When I have a question or need an objective opinion, I seek out Ken's counsel. I would recommend Ken to anyone in need of a skillful, experienced and compassionate family law attorney."
Family Attorney | Mar 22
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Ken as opposing counsel is straightforward, communicative, and professional. I very much look forward to working with Ken on future matters."
Unknown Attorney | May 19
Relationship: Other
"Ken is highly knowledgeable and experienced attorney. Ethical and trustworthy. He is a great advocate for his clients."
Family Attorney | Jun 24
Relationship: Friend
"Ken is an extremely experienced and knowledgeable family law attorney. I never hesitate to refer a family law matter to him!"
Divorce and separation Attorney | Aug 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Jun 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Kenneth. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Unknown Attorney | May 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Ken Levey. Ken is a trusted source of referral for my clients who need assistance with their family law and domestic relations matters."
Family Attorney | Nov 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Ken is a go-to lawyer for Family Law. He believes in practicing law the way that I do - healthy results for family law clients!"
Divorce and separation Attorney | Sep 11
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | May 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I highly recommend Ken to handle any family law matter. Ken is one of the smartest people I know. He knows the law and how it applies to the facts, thus, he knows how to get his clients the best possible results in their cases. I would hire Ken to handle my family law matter."
Family Attorney | Apr 23
Relationship: Other
"Ken is an honest, trustworthy, ethical attorney who puts his clients first. Ken is highly intelligent and pays great attention to the details of the cases he chooses to take on. I highly recommend Ken as the go to family law attorney in the Tacoma area."
Family Attorney | Apr 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ken has amazing attention to detail, which makes him an outstanding lawyer. He is also compassionate and kind, and I know this is vitally important to his clients. I highly recommend Ken's services."
Family Attorney | May 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | May 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | May 16
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Apr 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family 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."
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Tacoma Family Lawyer Kenneth J. Levey
Kenneth J. Levey
Family Attorney
Tacoma, WA
Licensed for 32 years