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About me

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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Practice areas


  1. Family: 86%
    44 years, 400 cases
  2. General Practice: 6%
    44 years, 150 cases
  3. Business: 5%
    44 years, 75 cases
  4. Criminal Defense: 3%
    45 years, 500 cases



Hourly ($200-350/hour), Retainer (always)

Payment types:

Cash, Check

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Contact info

L.J. Couture P.S.

3643 No. Pearl St
Tacoma, WA, 98407



Professional misconduct

This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority.

  1. Censure
    issued in WA, 1992


    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.

Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Pro Bono Attorney of the YearTacoma Pierce County Bar Association1985
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PresidentL. J. Couture P.S.2012 - Present
Volunteer MediatorSuperior Court-Pierce County2010 - Present
OwnerLJ Couture PS2010 - Present
Of CounselTuell-Young PS2009 - Present
AdvisorUS Military-Operation Stand-by2004 - Present
Pro Tem CommissionerPierce County Superior Court2003 - Present
Pro Tem Judge and CommissionerTacoma Municipal Court1995 - Present
Pro Tem Judge and CommissionerPierce County district Court1978 - Present
Pro Tem JudgePierce County Superior Court2014 - 2014
Pro Tem JudgeFife Municipal court2013 - 2014
ShareholderTuell, Couture, Tuell & Young PS1992 - 2009
ShareholdTuell & Couture PS1992 - 2009
AssociateDolack-Hansler1989 - 1992
PartnerGelman Couture & Pate1984 - 1989
OwnerLarry J. Couture Inc PS1980 - 2000
PartnerGelman & Couture1972 - 1980
County AttorneyPierce County Prosecuting Attorney's Office1971 - 1972
Enlisted MemberUnited States Army1962 - 1965
Association namePosition nameDuration
Family Law Executive Committee (FLEC)Trustee2011 - Present
YMCA Mock TrialAttorney Rater or Judge2009 - Present
Washington State Bar Assoc. Mediation PanelMediator2008 - Present
Washington State Bar Association, Criminal Law SectionMember2005 - Present
ABA Operation Stand-byLegal Advisor for Military Members2004 - Present
Puyallup Tribal CourtMember2001 - Present
Tacoma Pierce County Bar Association, Family Law SectionPresident 19951994 - Present
Tacoma Pierce County Bar AssociationSpeaker Bureau Member1990 - Present
Washington State Bar Fee Arbitration PanelArbitrator1981 - Present
Washington Bar Assoc. Family Law SectionMember1980 - Present
United States District Court for the Western District of WashingtonAttorney1972 - Present
Washington State Bar AssociationMember1971 - Present
Univ. of Washington Law SchoolHonor Bd Judge of Mock Law Off Competiton2015 - 2015
Tacoma Pierce County Bar AssociationTrustee1996 - 1997
Broadway Center for the Performing ArtsTrustee (President 2004-05) 1995-20071995 - 2007
First Place for ChildrenTrustee1994 - 1997
Tacoma Sunrise RotaryMember and President 1997-19981992 - 2007
Tacoma-Pierce County Bar Neighborhood Law Clinic VolunteerMember1990 - 1999
Tacoma Estate Planning CouncilMember1981 - 1985
Tacoma Pierce County Bar Association, Lawyer Referral CommitteeMember1980 - 2007
TrusteeFamily Counseling Service1979 - 1982
Puget Sound Legal Assistence FoundationTrustee1976 - 1979
American Bar AssociationMember1972 - 2008
Custer Elementary PTAPresident 1972-19731971 - 1975
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
In re the Marriage of PerkinsReversed and remanded
State v BellDismissed by State
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Oregon School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1971
University of WashingtonHistoryBA - Bachelor of Arts1968
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
WSBA Call to Duty: Days of ServiceParenting Plans & Residential Schedules2014
Family Law Section Skills TrainingInitial Case Preparation in Dissolution Matters2014
Family Law Mid-Year SeminarParenting Plan Modifications-Do's & Don'ts2013
Family Law Section Mid-Year ConferenceConventional Representation or Collabrative2012
Tacoma Newcomers Club MeetingHumor in the Courtroom2011
Tacoma Pierce County Bar Association, Family Law SectionEthics and Getting Paid2010
Evergreen College Education SeminarLandlord-Tenant Rights2010
TPC Bar Assoc-Family Law SectionGetting Paid2007
Tacoma Pierce County Bar Assocaiation ConventionFee Agreements2003
Tacoma CLEFunction of a GAL in Custody Dispute1976
Univ of Puget SoundChild Abuse1974