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Larry Jerome Couture

Family Attorney at Tacoma, WA

3.8   34 reviews

About Larry

Learn Larry’s areas of practice.

4
Practice areas
  1. Family
    86%

    50 years, 400 cases

  2. General practice
    6%

    50 years, 150 cases

  3. Business
    5%

    50 years, 75 cases

  4. Criminal defense
    3%

    51 years, 500 cases

I try to be an active member of my community and my profession.   Over the years I have participated in many volunteer positions and on many boards.  I act as a mentor to other lawyers and have done so for over 35 years.  I have helped create many panels and other bar committees that did not exist before my participation.  As a young deputy prosecutor, along with my boss, I met with various legislators and proposed law changes that were actually adopted and are now part of the laws of Washington.

 

I am happily married to Stepanie Hart and together we have three children, eight grandchildren and one great-greatchild.  We love to travel both in the United States and abroad having been to more than 50 foreign countries. 

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State WA
Status Honorary
Acquired 1971
Updated 11/25/2022

This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority in 1992. See details

Contact Larry

L.J. Couture P.S.
3645 No. Pearl St
Tacoma, WA, 98407

Reviews

3.8 / 5.0
  34 customer reviews
Posted by anonymous | April 26, 2021
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Good Lawyer
He answered my query without any expectation out of his busy schedule, he must be a very good human being !!!
Posted by John | May 28, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Censured in 92? Tisk tisk
Hired Larry in 96 to handle my divorce. He handled that and my attitude all at once. He told me many things I did not want to hear but definitely needed to hear and take to heart. We share a similar sense of humor so office visits were productive and entertaining. He definitely made me a better person. Thank you Senór!
Posted by andrea | March 23, 2020
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Larry is amazing
has gave great advice & is very professional, isn’t rude or anything but he’s a great lawyer , very recommended! he also helped me a lot when I mean a lot just buy a simple talk I understood better & now know how to handle my situation better
Posted by anonymous | July 5, 2019
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Great Job
he was great! he answered all my questions and was a lot of help. he was very prompt with the answers i was looking for
Posted by Margaret | April 8, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Larry is Great!
He defended me brilliantly against a restraining order from my ex husband 4+ years ago. His lightening fast responses and brilliant defense convinced the Judge to dismissed the case and the charges. Larry made my ex husband and the opposing council look ridiculous. It all happened so quickly the opposition did not know what hit them. For me Larry is a Hero!
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Posted by anonymous | March 13, 2019
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Very professional and excellent knowledge for my situation
His responses were very quick and he got straight to the point and was very helpful. I would recommend him to anybody that needs help.
Posted by Shalisa | August 6, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Knowledgeable and caring
Larry is kind, its clear to me that he truly cares about the oeople he represents and takes his duty seriously. He has helped point me in thr right direction, kniwing i may not be able to afford his services. That alone is huge! I am going to try everything possible in order to work with Larry Couture. Thank you !
Posted by Cheri | May 24, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Highly recommended
I had a consultation regarding an extradition law question and this attorney was extremely helpful in answering all my questions and took the time to explain the legal statutes on extradition laws to help me and my family with our case. If I were ever in need of hiring an attorney for any legal issues now or in the future I would hire this attorney and recommend anyone who is looking for an attorney who has the knowledge and experience to contact Larry Couture. I am truly grateful I made the choice to call him this morning.
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Posted by Robert | May 12, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Great advice.
He was the only attorney who responded to my question I thank you for this sir. Great advice.
Posted by anonymous | February 5, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
star only review
Larry explained some legally terminology clearly and if I was in need of a lawyer, I would definitely consider Larry!
Posted by anonymous | January 11, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Divorce
He was very responsive and straight to the point and his advises were logical effective
Posted by anonymous | December 21, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Great Person
It's awesome to find a lawyer who take the time to be honest with information as if he know me personally, I felt like I was talking to a family member or someone who cared about my situation. This is a great site now I wish he would take action for ma as well but I know that comes with a fee. Great person
Posted by Carol | December 14, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Quick peace of mind response
Mr. Couture is responding in a timely manner. He gave me peace of mind advice. His answer was direct and to the point. Moreover, I think his personal opinion was hilarious.
Posted by Annette Laughter | October 22, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
I would recommend
He gave me peace of mind with the great advice he gave me, very helpful and knows his stuff!
Posted by anonymous | July 25, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Consulted and retained for representation
Very pleased with Mr. Couture after my initial consultation. He is extremely versed in Pierce County family law matters and I would fully trust him managing my case. I have retained Mr. Couture for representation and have no concerns or doubts in his ability to help me achieve what best for my family and I. He's honest about potential outcomes and will not offer any promises which is very much appreciated. AF
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Posted by Dorothea A. Dillman | May 24, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
I got a direct answer.
I am very pleased and grateful. Not only did I get a direct answer specific to my question, I also received a little advice. Thank you Mr. Couture!
Posted by Dorothea A. Dillman | May 23, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Direct answer to my question.
I got an answer and some advice. I'm very grateful. Thank you!
Posted by anonymous | May 16, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
good
he gave me a place to start from.
Posted by anonymous | February 16, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
consult and Hired .
Mr L. Couture is professional, kind, understanding to unique situations that arise with law .. he is fast at meeting your needs in the most ethical and professional mater concerning your legal needs. he works with military family's who need legal issues taken care of in a fast and professional process ... I had a unique situation and Mr L Couture was able to take care of my family's legal needs while I was out of state and in need of legal help. I am grateful We still have honest caring lawyers around .
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Posted by Pat | February 27, 2012
Trustworthy and Knowledgeable
Mr. Couture was very helpful in a difficult divorce. He helped me to make good and fair decisions for myself, my children, and my former spouse, which was no mean feat. It has been quite a few rears, but, retrospectively, his guidance proved and advice proved to be spot on.
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Cost

Rates
  • Hourly Rates $ 200-350 per hour
  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Professional misconduct

This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority in 1992.

Censure issued in WA, 1992
updated on 03/03/2011

This means the attorney did something wrong, but the Bar did not suspend the lawyer. Typically in this case the lawyer's poor behavior is exposed to the public in hopes that he or she will not repeat the behavior.

Work Experience

  • President
  • L. J. Couture P.S.
  • 2012 - Present
  • Volunteer Mediator
  • Superior Court-Pierce County
  • 2010 - Present
  • Owner
  • LJ Couture PS
  • 2010 - Present
  • Advisor
  • US Military-Operation Stand-by
  • 2004 - Present
  • Pro Tem Judge and Commissioner
  • Tacoma Municipal Court
  • 1995 - Present
  • Pro Tem Judge and Commissioner
  • Pierce County district Court
  • 1978 - Present
  • Pro Tem Judge
  • Pierce County Superior Court
  • 2014 - 2014
  • Pro Tem Judge
  • Fife Municipal court
  • 2013 - 2014
  • Of Counsel
  • Tuell-Young PS
  • 2009 - 2012
  • Pro Tem Commissioner
  • Pierce County Superior Court
  • 2003 - 2019
  • Shareholder
  • Tuell, Couture, Tuell & Young PS
  • 1992 - 2009
  • Sharehold
  • Tuell & Couture PS
  • 1992 - 2009
  • Associate
  • Dolack-Hansler
  • 1989 - 1992
  • Partner
  • Gelman Couture & Pate
  • 1984 - 1989
  • Owner
  • Larry J. Couture Inc PS
  • 1980 - 2000
  • Partner
  • Gelman & Couture
  • 1972 - 1980
  • County Attorney
  • Pierce County Prosecuting Attorney's Office
  • 1971 - 1972
  • Enlisted Member
  • United States Army
  • 1962 - 1965
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Education

  • University of Oregon School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1971
  • University of Washington -Seattle
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1968

Legal Cases

  • In re the Marriage of Perkins
  • Reversed and remanded
  • State v Bell
  • Dismissed by State

Associations

  • DRAW (Dometic Relations Attorneys of Washington)
  • Trustee
  • 2019 - Present
  • YMCA Mock Trial
  • Attorney Rater or Judge
  • 2009 - Present
  • Washington State Bar Assoc. Mediation Panel
  • Mediator
  • 2008 - Present
  • Washington State Bar Association, Criminal Law Section
  • Member
  • 2005 - Present
  • ABA Operation Stand-by
  • Legal Advisor for Military Members
  • 2004 - Present
  • Puyallup Tribal Court
  • Member
  • 2001 - Present
  • Tacoma Pierce County Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • President 1995
  • 1994 - Present
  • Tacoma Pierce County Bar Association
  • Speaker Bureau Member
  • 1990 - Present
  • Washington State Bar Fee Arbitration Panel
  • Arbitrator
  • 1981 - Present
  • Washington Bar Assoc. Family Law Section
  • Member
  • 1980 - Present
  • United States District Court for the Western District of Washington
  • Attorney
  • 1972 - Present
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1971 - Present
  • Univ. of Washington Law School
  • Honor Bd Judge of Mock Law Off Competiton
  • 2015 - 2015
  • Family Law Executive Committee (FLEC)
  • Trustee
  • 2011 - 2017
  • Tacoma Pierce County Bar Association
  • Trustee
  • 1996 - 1997
  • Broadway Center for the Performing Arts
  • Trustee (President 2004-05) 1995-2007
  • 1995 - 2007
  • First Place for Children
  • Trustee
  • 1994 - 1997
  • Tacoma Sunrise Rotary
  • Member and President 1997-1998
  • 1992 - 2007
  • Tacoma-Pierce County Bar Neighborhood Law Clinic Volunteer
  • Member
  • 1990 - 1999
  • Tacoma Estate Planning Council
  • Member
  • 1981 - 1985
  • Tacoma Pierce County Bar Association, Lawyer Referral Committee
  • Member
  • 1980 - 2007
  • Trustee
  • Family Counseling Service
  • 1979 - 1982
  • Puget Sound Legal Assistence Foundation
  • Trustee
  • 1976 - 1979
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1972 - 2008
  • Custer Elementary PTA
  • President 1972-1973
  • 1971 - 1975
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • Pro Bono Attorney of the Year
  • Tacoma Pierce County Bar Association
  • 1985

Speaking Engagements

  • Family Law Mid-Year 2016
  • Interstate Jurisidiction for Children
  • 2016
  • Call to Duty
  • Child Support for Military Families in Washington
  • 2016
  • "Love Stinks 9"
  • Initial Consultation with new Client
  • 2016
  • Family Law Mid-Year Seminar
  • Parenting Plan Modifications-Do's & Don'ts
  • 2013
  • Family Law Section Mid-Year Conference
  • Conventional Representation or Collabrative
  • 2012
  • Tacoma Newcomers Club Meeting
  • Humor in the Courtroom
  • 2011
  • Evergreen College Education Seminar
  • Landlord-Tenant Rights
  • 2010
  • TPC Bar Assoc-Family Law Section
  • Getting Paid
  • 2007
  • Tacoma Pierce County Bar Assocaiation Convention
  • Fee Agreements
  • 2003
  • Tacoma CLE
  • Function of a GAL in Custody Dispute
  • 1976
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Attorney endorsements

Received (25)
Given (23)
Family Attorney | May 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I highly endorse and recommend this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Mar 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. His answers to questions posed are very informative and well thought out."
General practice Attorney | Feb 13
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"If you need an extremely smart and experienced lawyer and want to win your case, you need to hire Attorney Larry J. Couture. I endorse him."
Family Attorney | Jul 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I fully endorse Mr. Couture. He has demonstrated a depth of knowledge in many areas of the law, particularly family law."
Unknown Attorney | Jul 02
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer. He has left some pretty great and accurate responses."
Family Attorney | Apr 24
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer. Larry has been widely regarded throughout Washington State as an expert on family law for many years. He is particularly adept at sorting out thorny legal questions that baffle good, experienced lawyers, saving parties from spending legal fees chasing down rabbit holes. Larry is my "go to guy" when I need a second opinion on choice of legal procedure in my family law cases."
Unknown Attorney | Mar 20
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer. An excellent and knowledgeable attorney who really cares about clients."
Unknown Attorney | Mar 11
Relationship: Other
"A very knowledge and competent attorney. I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Feb 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Larry is one of the best family law attorneys in the state. Smart, experienced and aggressive."
Business Attorney | Dec 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I wholeheartedly endorse this lawyer. A brilliant, trustworthy and highly respected attorney in the legal community."
Family Attorney | Jan 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Sep 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Top-notch attorney."
Family Attorney | Mar 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Top-notch attorney. Highly respected in the legal community."
Unknown Attorney | Sep 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Jul 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Dec 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Larry Couture has justifiably acquired a superb reputation among the Judges, Commissioners, and experienced family law attorneys in Pierce County WA. He recently acted as a mediator in a very messy and contentious case in which I represented the mother. My client wanted to relocate with the kids in order to remain with her husband, who had received orders in the military sending him to another state. Her ex-husband objected to her proposed modification of the existing parenting plan. Trial was scheduled to occur within days of the mediation. At first this seemed like a case which would be impossible to settle. At the conclusion of a lengthy mediation, we still had a number of unresolved issues. However, Mr. Couture's patience and encouragement during the mediation helped us to come to a settlement on all the remaining issues shortly after the mediation, and save our clients the expense and emotional toll of a full trial."
Family Attorney | May 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have had the pleasure of exchanging information and views with Mr. Couture through the Washington Bar Association Family Law Section listserve for many years. He is very knowledgeable not only about the substantive law but also about the pragmatic side of practice. I am confident that he knows how to treat not only his clients but also opposing counsel and opposing parties professionally and respectfully. He is genuinely interested in the law and cares about his clients."
Family Attorney | Apr 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"It is a pleasure to endorse Larry Couture, one of Washington State's top family law attorneys. His firm is the best family law litigation firm in Pierce County; they are an all-star group of attorneys, and of course, when you hire one of them, they are all on your side. Larry is a smart, talented, experienced lawyer who also does some criminal defense and business law; he brings 40+ years of experience to every case, and all the judges and commissioners know him and respect him. Larry is a founding member of a group of senior family law attorneys who consult each other by e-mail; he's helped me many times. There's no better lawyer in Washington State."
Family Attorney | Apr 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work. Larry is a wise and skillful lawyer who brings a broad perspective to the law. Larry is a great resource to younger lawyers and the legal community. I trust his judgment."
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