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Beverly Y. Allen

Family Attorney at Tacoma, WA

3.4   20 reviews

also known as Beverly Marie Ibsen

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About Beverly

Learn Beverly’s areas of practice.

Practice area
  1. Family
    At Robert Taub & Associates, we have more than 35 years of experience representing families through some of the most difficult times. As an attorney, my goal is to advocate strongly for the best outcome for you and your family. I believe in settling cases wherever possible to avoid the time and expense of trial. But where settlement is not possible, I will aggressively litigate your case.


Beverly Allen is a graduate of Seattle University School of Law (Cum Laude) and began her practice of law in 2010. Since 2010, her practice has focused on contested family law cases including high conflict custody disputes. Beverly has specific training and experience with representing victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. She has helped clients navigate some of the most challenging issues including domestic violence, substance addiction, and child abuse.


Beverly has a professional and caring advocacy style. She values civility and professionalism and maintains good relationships with her colleagues in the family law and broader Puget Sound legal community. At the same time, Beverly recognizes that aggressive litigation is sometimes necessary to protect her clients and the best interests of the children.


Beverly serves as a Captain in the Washington Army National Guard, Office of the State Judge Advocate. In 2013, Beverly graduated from the Direct Commission Course (DCC) at Fort Benning Georgia where she was trained in land navigation, marksmanship, and physical fitness. After DCC, Beverly graduated the Judge Advocate Officer Basic Course where she earned superior marks for client counseling. As a Judge Advocate (JA), Beverly helps Soldiers navigate complex civil legal issues. Beverly also serves as a Special Victims Counsel, providing legal assistance to victims of rape and sexual assault.


Areas of Practice


All family law matters including:


  • Child Custody
  • Child/Spousal Support
  • Divorce
  • Same Sex Dissolutions and Custody
  • Adoptions


Bar Admissions


Washington, 2010

Federal District Court for the Western District of Washington, 2015




Seattle University School of Law, Seattle, Washington




Western Washington University, Bellingham, WA




Professional Associations and Memberships


Tacoma-Pierce County Bar Association, Family Law Section


Honorable Robert J. Bryan American Inn of Court, Member








Licensed for 12 years
State WA
Status Active
Acquired 2010
Updated 03/18/2023

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

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The Law Office of Beverly Allen
5401 S. Tacoma Way
Tacoma, WA, 98409


3.4 / 5.0
  20 customer reviews
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Posted by anonymous | October 18, 2019
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Garnishment Order-From VA Benefits.
Attorney, Beverly Allen help me with updating a Judgement, and the paper work for failing a Garnishment Order. The Garnishment order, had to be very specific in language, due to the fact, that this was a VA Garnishment Order. The Attorney Explained the steps, and the CFRs that where true in this case. Mrs. Allen also, Showed me where to send the document, once they where filed into court. I was Pro-Se (Self-Represented). The attorney made sure that i had a clear understanding on the documents, and made sure that i was well prepared for court. The following week, I week before a judge and presented my case, with fact finding documents, and Won. My judgment was brought to current, and i was able to get my Garnishment Order signed by the Judge. Beverly Allen took time out of her busy schedule on a Weekend to assist me. Beverly Allen is competent in her work, and care about her clients. I highly recommend her for you family law issues. Please keep in mind that this was just a consultation, and she has accomplished so much for me. Just imagine what she can do for you!
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Posted by Brett | June 25, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Child custody
Miss Allen did a wonderful job as my attorney in the child custody case for my son Tallon Not only was it her but her entire firm did a spectacular job at helping me locate my son and bring him home to me I couldn't have asked for a better team to represent me I'm very satisfied at how they handled everything thank you very much
Posted by Gary | May 7, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Thank you for helping me and my family!
I have never been through anything like my divorce before and Beverly got me through it with flying colors. She really knows her stuff. I got more time with my kids than I thought I would and I'm paying what I should in child support, not what my ex's lawyer insisted I pay. Very happy here. Thank you Beverly!
Posted by Marty | April 19, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great lawyer
Beverly helped me to file for a discharge upgrade. I have nothing but good things to say. She is very professional, has great insight and she did a thorough job in a short amount of time. I would be confident in her abilities for any services she offers based on my experience with her. Definitely would recommend her to anyone seeking leagle help.
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Posted by M | April 18, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Parking ticket? Gone.
Ms Ibsen got my ticket cleared up without any excitement or incident by having a clear and thorough understanding of city law and process. 10/10 would hire again.
Posted by Tadele | January 31, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best service i have ever recieved!!!
Mrs. Beverly Ibsen was extremely professional and knowledgable about every aspect of the law concerning my case. I truly appreciated her patience and gentle approach towards me and my ignorance of my situation. She went over & beyond to explain things to me and never appeared to be frustrated at all! I was only able to hire Mrs. Ibsen a couple days before my court hearing but she was extremely prepared & well-versed in her short studies of my case due to the limited time she had. I plan to hire Mrs. Ibsen services whenever i may have to deal with another legal matter. I was very pleased & satified and i felt safe & protected knowing she was representing me. I would definitely recommend her to anyone for her excellent services !!!
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Posted by Aaron | January 28, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
What a relief
Beverly helped me resolve an administrative issue that had been outstanding with the Department of Veterans Affairs in less than two weeks. Without her services I have no doubt that I'd still be fighting with the VA to get the problem resolved.
Posted by Y.B. | October 13, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Positive Results
Beverly did a great job representing me in my case. She was able to say everything exactly what needed to be said. She was clear and to the point. She was bold in her statements. I really liked the job that she did, and if I would need a lawyer in the future, I would hire her again.
Posted by Jennifer | June 5, 2015
Divorce+ restraint order+ child custody battle
Beverly helped me through the toughest time in my life. She helped get my life back and I am a stronger better person today because Beverly helped me. I got everything I needed. She was there for me. It was a long ugly divorce but in the end it all worked out. I was never alone. Beverly is professional and was ALWAYS BY MY SIDE! Thank you!
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Posted by anonymous | May 25, 2012
Great attorney
Beverly is a fantastic attorney, I highly recommend her. Beverly helped me to win a consumer protection case recently. She listened, understood and analyzed the issue, figured out the strongest arguments and the best strategy for the hearing. She followed up during the entire case to make sure everything was taken care of. With this kind of dedication to her works, you do have a great chance to win the case.
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Posted by anonymous | January 18, 2012
A very satisfied contract review client
I hired Beverly to review a contract presented to me from a consultant I was considering retaining. Beverly identified some problems that would have cost me time and money. She also negotiated directly with the consultant so that these problems were fixed and everybody was on the same page. I would recommend Beverly for any type of contract review or enforcement dispute.
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Posted by anonymous | August 16, 2011
Beverly Ibsen was a pleasure to work with
Beverly was professional and efficient. My case was not too difficult but it was handled well as possible and communication was great.
Posted by anonymous | August 19, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Enjoy my 401k
Over $50,000 spent over the course of a year on a high conflict divorce. Constant screw ups, missed deadlines, missed filings, etc, just racked up costs. Ex and I worked out an agreement early and I asked Beverly to write it up and get it to ex'es lawyer. Beverly "misunderstood" and sent a nasty, patronizing email, which immediately ended any chance at an amicable divorce. Literally every time we walked into court, Beverly would ask me "remind me what we're here for". Her go-to move is a deposition, which is a legal term for a $7-10,000 circle jerk. Beverly stirred the pot just enough to keep the divorce going until I finally told her the money was gone, at which point everything miraculously ended. As an example of how worthless she is, I didn't know until after my divorce that only over nights matter for custody, not days. I spent months fighting to get more days, and she never explained that it didn't matter. She just cashed the checks. She wrote things into my parenting plan that were really generous to my ex. When I asked her why we were giving things up, she said "this is what's fair for her". 13 or 14 appearances in a year, and I think she won once. I represent myself now, and I've won 4 out of 5 appearances. Enjoy my 401k Beverly.
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Posted by Shelby | July 26, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Waste of money
Please consider other lawyers before being overtaken money wise and getting no result. They missed the molestation of my daughter, which has left her in his care. Not to be trusted or hired.
Posted by anonymous | June 1, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Save your money
I hired this attorney on a high retainer and she did not advocate for me once. I ended up OWING back payments in my divorce because I was never notified that they were final orders and by the time I found out I owed more than $4,000. Then when she got my payments changed they were back dated and I once again owed more. The only reason my divorce was settled is because I settled it myself. She did no research on anything that my ex’s attorney brought up in court, I had to research, find and send her any proof of anything and even then some things I sent were never mentioned or read until months later when I brought it up again. She totally screwed me financially in the end and still haven’t gotten the remaining amount of my retainer returned to me or a final invoice and my case ended in March. Every time you call the office you get the run around. Save yourself the money and frustration and hire a different attorney.
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Response from Beverly Allen November 27, 2018
The client's concerns regarding a refund of funds remaining in the account were addressed. The Department of Child Support did calculate arrears owing in this matter. We offered to assist the client in resolving the issues that arose after the decree; however, he declined services. The client was sent orders in the case. It appears he did not understand they were final orders. We are always happy to answer questions regarding pleadings we send. This client did not request any explanation.
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Posted by Kim | April 25, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
One star is too many
Beverly started out ok but went down hill to bad. We fired her and the new lawyer and opposing lawyer let us know she was not qualified for family law. Advertising under Lawyers for Men, she showed no interest in the best interest of my son and his daughter. She did didn't prepare for court and allowed opposing lawyer and walk all over her with bad information.
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Response from Beverly Allen November 27, 2018
This reviewer was not the client, but rather the client's mother. Both me and my staff are happy to resolve any concerns a client may have. However, we do not make it a policy to communicate directly with family members without our client present. In this case, the client had no concerns or complaints and his matter was about to be heard in mediation. After I had to change the date due to my service obligations in the National Guard, the client elected to retain new counsel. I wish this client the best of luck with his situation and was pleased to represent him through his temporary orders hearing.
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Posted by anonymous | October 25, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
All talk NO action!!
My son was a victim of domestic abuse twice in a year, both times his girlfriend was arrested and stayed a night in jail. Beverly told us this was pretty much a cut and dry case, not to worry. We believed her and gave her a large sum of money to take on his case. Beverly didn't even show up for the first and most important court date, she sent someone else from the firm. This cost my son tremendously, he was the one that ended up with the restraining order!!
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Response from Beverly Allen November 8, 2017
The court has a lot of discretion over whether to approve a protection order. In a case such as this, both the client and his girlfriend sought a protection order against the other. I had a conflict arise that required me to have another attorney from my firm cover this hearing. I also gave the client the option to continue it. My colleague did the hearing. The reviewer fails to mention that a judge who reviewed the case said the commissioner made the right decision. I *never* guarantee any outcomes in a case. In this particular instance the reviewer's son attempted to retain the very attorney who covered the hearing for me. It was only when we reminded him that he owed money on his bill that he cancelled the appointment and his mother wrote this negative review.
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Posted by anonymous | July 10, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Beverly said she would be able to help me with a divorce and charged me money beforehand. She ended up withdrawing because of a very unreasonable reason and did not help with anything at all, just kept collecting money. Awful lawyer, would not recommend.
Response from Beverly Allen October 19, 2017
Flat fee cases are collected in advance. In this case a full accounting of services provided for client was provided at the time of withdrawal. This case involved several court appearances and I obtained temporary orders for the client as well as restraints. Ultimately, the client and I had a difference of opinion on how to proceed. All fee agreements specify that either party may terminate the attorney-client relationship for any reason. I provided proper notice of withdrawal. I wish this client the best of luck in resolving their case.
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Posted by Anna | June 26, 2013
Not recommended for divorce child custody or immigration
I haven't write a review all This time because I believe if you don't have something nice to said don't said but I will like others to know that this lawyer almost made me lose my son Due to her lack actions didn't file my papers on court like she said she did .. My court day got cancel and she never told me about it until 3 hours later of the court was supposed started, never informed me I need to attend a parenting class .. She ask me for 1500 to take my case and I end up Fired her because she charge 1500 for phone calls and put a bunch of papers on a folder she didn't file anything at all and yes she kept all money .. One of the main reason I hired her was because she told me she was an Immigration attorney and Family law attorney .. A couple weeks later after I hired her and I brought my paper work of immigration she didn't a clue and she said " well I'm not an immigration attorney yet " and she pull up just the website and start looking for the answer of my question !!.. All the papers she ask me about I was the one making copies and bringing to her every single thing she ask for and I come to found that none of the papers she request were necessary at all I spend time and rest of my savings on getting everything she ask for it for those papers end up on recycle bin .. I decide to write this because thanks to the reviews of this page I found a excellent lawyer who took my case after of this lady mess up and ripe me off .. And maybe if you are desperate like I was when I hired her a review like this will make think twice to hired her and put your child life on her hands .. She told me when I hired her that she was the cheapest lawyer I was gonna found, she should mention she was cheap because she wasn't gonna move a finger for my case I would rather to have someone expense but honest Very disappointed of her service I pay 1500.00 for nothing literal nothing but phone calls and the end after I ask he for all the papers I brought her she had the nerve to Said I own her 750 more
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Response from Beverly Allen January 21, 2015
Due to client-confidentiality, I cannot go into specifics. I do encourage all clients to ask questions throughout the process to ensure they have a full understanding of what I am doing and why. In addition, it is necessary for me to coordinate court schedules with opposing counsel. I do not specialize in immigration but have some general knowledge of immigration law and can make referrals as necessary. I value all my clients and work hard on each and every case I take. In every attorney client relationship, communication is key to avoiding misunderstandings. Please refer to other client feedback and to the feedback of my peers for more perspective.
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Posted by anonymous | January 17, 2012
no network and experience
had her on my divorce case, regretted it! she proposed the action plan that turned out sour. she recommended a GAL from pierce county that is the worst so-call professional we've ever known, still dragging on because of her, a complete disaster! not much experience, not smart, no network or connection at all in at least king county. seems very eager to rake in cash with her new firm, but really that is what you do? 200$ for some copy of files, don't you know there is a thing called 'email'?
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Response from Beverly Allen October 19, 2017
This was a case where I represented a client through temporary orders and then had to withdraw. Once I withdrew, I had no control over the case. A Guardian Ad Litem is an independent investigator, and I have no control over their report or investigation. My best advice for future clients is to treat a Guardian Ad Litem professionally and to be cooperative. I have no recollection as to the amount I charged to make copies of the files, but as I recall, this case involved hundreds of pages of documents that the court ordered to be provided to several parties.
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  • Hourly Rates $ 230-260 per hour
Payment methods
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AVVO RATING 9.6 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • JAG
  • Army National Guard
  • 2013 - Present
  • Owner
  • Ibsen Law Office PLLC
  • 2012 - Present
  • Associate Attorney
  • Law Offices Of Jeffrey A. Robinson, PS
  • 2015 - 2015
  • Member
  • The Landmark Law Group, PLLC
  • 2011 - 2012
  • Contract Deputy Prosecuting Attorney
  • Pierce County Prosecutor's Office
  • 2010 - 2010
  • Rule 9 Intern
  • Pierce County Prosecutor's Office, Civil Division
  • 2009 - 2010
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  • Seattle University School of Law
  • Juris Doctor
  • 2010
  • Western Washington University
  • Bacholer of Arts
  • 2007

Legal Cases

  • Lemon Law Arbitration Win
  • Manufacuter ordered to replace vehicle
  • Asylum Proceeding (Immigration)
  • Asylum granted
  • Criminal Record Sealed
  • Criminal Record Sealed


  • Honorable Robert J. Bryan Inn of Court
  • member
  • 2012 - Present
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • Tacoma Pierce County Bar Association
  • 2010 - Present
  • Pierce County Washington Women Lawyers
  • 2009 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Dean's List
  • Seattle University Law School
  • 2009
  • Top Grade in Class, Critical Perspectives in Transgender Law
  • Computer Assisted Legal Instruction
  • 2009
  • Top Grade in Class (Contracts, Spring Semester)
  • CALI (Center for Computer Assisted Legal Education)
  • 2008
  • Certificate of Completion (30 Hour Domestic Violence Training)
  • Pierce County YWCA
  • 2008
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  • Washington State Association for Justice
  • Prisoner's Rights Chapter
  • 2011

Speaking Engagements

  • Civil Rights Deskbook Kickoff
  • Civil Rights CLE
  • 2011

Attorney endorsements

Received (10)
Given (8)
Endorse Beverly
Family Attorney | Jun 09
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Beverly is committed to her clients and obtaining a good outcome on their behalf."
Family Attorney | Mar 10
Relationship: Co-worker
"Beverly is knowledgeable, professional, and hardworking. She is an aggressive advocate for all of her clients, and I'm lucky to work with her! I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Oct 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Jul 22
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Beverly is a hard working, diligent, and extremely dedicated Family Law Attorney. She represents her clients vigorously while remaining professional."
Family Attorney | Aug 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I known Bev since law school. She is a high quality person and attorney. She has always been a strong advocate for her clients and a supportive and collaborative colleague in the legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I would highly recommend Ms.Ibsen. She is a talented lawyer who works hard for her clients. She is a supportive colleague and a strong advocate."
Unknown Attorney | Apr 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Beverly for years, and I endorse her. Beverly is dedicated to her clients and to obtaining a good result for them. She is hard working and passionate about the work that she does."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Dec 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Beverly has shown excellent skills in and out of the courtroom. I highly recommend her."
Contracts and agreements Attorney | May 17
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Beverly is a great attorney to work with, she is really dedicated to her clients and devotes a lot of herself into representation."
Divorce and separation Attorney | May 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Ms. Ibsen was opposing counsel in a divorce case and I found her to be very professional while representing her client's interests."
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Tacoma Family Lawyer Beverly Y. Allen
Beverly Y. Allen
Family Attorney
Tacoma, WA
Licensed for 12 years