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Heather L Swann

Family Attorney at Tacoma, WA

4.8   23 reviews

also known as Heather L Orkney


Licensed for 16 years

About Heather

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I have a passion for my work. My goal is to get my clients their desired results without breaking the bank. I have two young children of my own. Therefore, I have a personal understanding of the toll family law litigation has on my clients and their families. I always keep this information in mind as I am working on behalf of my clients. 

Licensed for 16 years
State WA
Status Active
Acquired 2007
Updated 11/25/2022
State CT
Status Active
Acquired 2006
Updated 11/28/2022

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

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HAY & SWANN PLLC
201 S 34th St
Tacoma, WA, 98418-6802

Reviews

4.8 / 5.0
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Posted by Kimberly | February 3, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Thorough. Fair. Confident. Experienced. Generally Amazing.
Heather Swann provided me top notch service as my Family Lawyer and was worth every single penny spent!! Heather was able to navigate my complex relationship as a Civilian Law Enforcement Officer with the father of my children who is an Active Duty Service member. Insert two teenage kids, a new pregnancy, an AuPair for daycare, and communication while one party was deployed made the entire situation difficult. She didn’t waiver but was direct and up front; managing expectations and tactfully removing the band aid of emotions. With candor and calmness, she sifted through multiple unreasonable, emotionally-based demands made by both parties. She clearly lit the path of the way ahead, ensuring that our resolution put the children’s needs first. Something which can get lost in the emotions of a conflict. I was involved and informed of every decision made, and watched as she went toe to toe with every roadblock and person that stood in the way of our end goal. She is one of the very most competently aggressive lawyers I have the pleasure of working with; that list includes both prosecutors and defense attorneys. There is no other family lawyer I’d use or recommend. I was already divorced so Heather assisted me with Petitions for Modifications, Emergency Restraining Orders, Parenting Plan Revision, Child Support Modifications/Calculations (one worksheet for a deployed status and one for non-deployed as the finances and child custody changes drastically), a very long Mediation, Declarations, Supplemental Declarations, ExParte, and addressing Orders for Hearings.
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Posted by Debora | January 30, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Smart, Saavy, Sensible, Trustworthy
Heather is personable, straightforward, and consistent in her communication, efforts, and results, to provide me with excellent representation in a "gray divorce". Her wise counsel and saavy negotiating skills allowed me to receive a fair and equitable resolution of assets in mediation, without having to go to trial. She was prudent to keep charges at bay. I am extremely grateful for her work on my case, and the support provided by her firm and staff, in all their interactions with me. I highly recommend Heather as a smart choice for representation.
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Posted by Rebekah | October 20, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Highly Recommended
I hired Heather to represent me when I was in the middle of an emotional and contested separation. My case involved many moving parts, including a spouse in the military, a military deployment and subsequent relocation, a long distance child custody agreement, and my own personal out of state relocation - all happening mid-divorce. My spouse would continue to throw scare tactics my way in an effort to stop divorce proceedings. Heather would quickly remind me to focus on the facts and not worry about all the extra stuff. My favorite quote from Heather was "I will tell you when you need to worry, and now is not the time." I used that phrase as my guiding principle the whole way through the process. Heather is factual, confident, to the point, responsive, and she knows her stuff. I always felt that Heather had my best interest in mind, and appreciated that she would focus on the best path forward while respecting my own personal desires. I highly recommend Heather for any family law issues you may need assistance with. She and her legal team are great! Thank you, Heather!
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Posted by Carl | March 19, 2021
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Amazing Attorney
Heather is an amazing attorney. I'm military and my daughters mother is also which increases the difficulty of the case in my opinion. I was trying to keep my daughter in Washington where she attends school while my ex-wife was set on returning from overseas and moving out of state with her. The original divorce case was occurred out of state which further complicated things. Heather was able to get everything I was asking which ultimately benefited my daughter the most. I will always recommend Heather as an attorney to anyone I know dealing family law issues.
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Posted by anonymous | March 17, 2021
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She was wonderfu. Got me what i wanted.
Mrs. Swann got myex to sign papers that he other wise refused. She also got my payments back on track. Thank you Heather..
Posted by Brooke | September 22, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Professional, personable, and honest.
Heather is an amazing family law attorney. Her attention to detail, honest feedback, and genuine concern for her clients was critical to keeping me grounded throughout a very emotional and challenging time. As a military member separating from another military member, achieving balance for our family with minors was critical to maintaining stability. Heather offered sound advice and assisted me with compromise during mediation, keeping me focused on what truly mattered- my son. Her recommendations allowed me to resolve disagreements with my former spouse and avoid a trial in court later this year. Heather and her staff maintained constant communication with me, and I always felt comfortable asking questions or clarifications throughout the process. I highly recommend Heather to anyone looking for a fair, experienced family law attorney. She is well worth every penny!
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Posted by Linda | June 17, 2020
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Custody Case
Heather explained all my options in my custody case. If I didn’t understand she would explain it until I did. We worked together on making the final decisions, she had very good advice which in turn I was able to make good decisions. The communication was great. I would usually get an answer to an email within an hour. This was a difficult case during difficult times but I now have custody of my grandson thanks to Heather’s ability to know what to do and how to handle my case.
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Posted by anonymous | April 29, 2020
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Makes child support issues a breeze
Yes, I said a breeze. We have used Heather not once but twice and both times, she was sensible and fair. Her extensive knowledge helped us navigate these tough issues with ease and end up with a result that was fair to both parties, all while staying out of court to help keep fees down. She's sympathetic and understanding and will go to bat for you. I would highly recommend her.
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Posted by Robero | April 25, 2018
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Excellent Attorney
Heather Swann handled my extremely complex divorce and custody case with patience and dedication. As a father fighting for his child she helped me secure custody of my child and keep my child from harms way. She helped me stay calm through such a difficult case and was able to accomplish what was best for my child. She is extremely military friendly and understands the hardships associated with military life. Now as a veteran and father I will recommend Heather Swann to anyone to handle their family case as a honest, trustworthy, and hard working attorney.
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Posted by Eden | April 11, 2018
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Excellent Service
I have used Ms. Swann's services for a few different legal matters and each time she was professional and clearly knew what was needed to accomplish what was required. I will definitely use her services again if needed.
Posted by Jason | April 2, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Exceeds expectations
Mrs. Swann and her entire staff exceeded any expectation I may have had going into my case. From the very beginning Mrs. Swann was knowledgeable and friendly explaining every angle of my case. She was always approachable and showed through her attention to detail that she genuinely cared about the outcome of my family's situation. She worked very hard for my family and though it was a long process, she never let up. She provided a nearly immediate response to any questions I had, and provided guidance and options throughout the process. I cannot say enough about Mrs. Swann and her firm. I would absolutely recommend her in any situation as she is professional, kind, and genuine. I truly believe I could not have found a better attorney for my situation.
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Posted by Shelly Koochagian | May 17, 2016
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Knowledgeable, Professional and Efficient
I hired Heather to assist me in a divorce that had the potential of becoming very sloppy. Heather was extremely knowledgeable and point on with every piece of advice she gave me (whether I wanted to hear it or not). She handled my case efficiently and accurately while working diligently to keep my costs down. I've worked with a couple of attorneys and by far, Heather has been the best! I would recommend her to anyone.
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Posted by Phil | September 16, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Courteous and thorough
I always felt supported and understood. A divorce is a complicated matter, and she helped to keep it fair and civilized as possible. I found her rates very fair, and I would hire her again. Thank you!
Posted by Ian | September 9, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
Amazing
Heather Swann is amazing. She helped me through a nasty divorce and got me custody of my child. She is very honest and will tell you what's going on every step of the way. Very trustworthy!
Posted by Gaylyn William aka (Winnick) | September 1, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
Very helpful with child support modification.
Moved from California and had to go through the a child support modification and the law firm was soooo helpful and patient and understating during the process and I was very happy with the outcome. Would recommend them in a heartbeat.
Posted by Sarah | September 1, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
Look no further!
I have been a client of Hay & Swann on multiple occasions and have had nothing but great service. They are friendly, quick to respond, genuine in their interactions and they demonstrate a keen knowledge of best practices. Heather has been a beam of light in a tunnel of darkness and with having a high stress divorce she has made it better than expected in all aspects. You are making an excellent decision to go forward with this firm as they dedicate time and energy to ensuring you make the best and most practical decisions.
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Posted by Scott | May 4, 2015
Legal Aide
Heather helped us with what could of been a devastating financial loss. She recognized our case and proceeded to win it for us. We will be grateful to her and her law firm indefinitely. I feel her communication could be better. Not to say its bad it could just be us not being to handle the unknown of our case. She did always say if there's something to report she would let us know. I can say understanding the legal system is not our strong suit. this is where she was a true professional. As most of our e-mails were unnecessary she answered every one. Her billing was fair her terms of working with us on payments excellent. I would highly recommend Heather Swann of Hay and Swann law firm for your consumer protection needs. I would like to reiterate as im sure goes with most people we felt we should be her only client witch is just not the case. If the need rose again without a doubt she would be my first call. so for that thank you Heather.
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Posted by Gemma | April 29, 2015
Very efficient
Heather handled my divorce very efficiently. It was almost effortless on my part. She is very knowledgeable and extremely helpful. I did not have to face my ex husband as Heather handled everything for me from having the papers signed all the way to the court appearance. She helped me navigate the otherwise very awkward and painful life event.
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Posted by Les | April 28, 2015
Can't say enough good things
Heather is an amazing attorney. She has always been available. Her advise and representation have been fantastic. I have no hesitation in recommending her to anyone.
Posted by Lisa | December 30, 2014
Divorce and Child Custody
I highly recommend Heather as a divorce attorney. She helped me navigate through the final stages of my divorce, and avoid trial. She is ethical, trustworthy and knowledgeable, and provides practical advice to complex issues which in the end helps to avoid unnecessary legal battles and legal costs.
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Cost

Rates
  • Hourly Rates $ 200-250 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Hay & Swann PLLC
  • 2011 - Present
  • Associate
  • Hay Law Firm, P.S.
  • 2007 - 2010
  • Legal Intern
  • CT State's Attorneys' Office
  • 2004 - 2005

Education

  • Western New England College School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2006
  • Suffolk University
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 2002

Associations

  • Tacoma Pierce County Bar Association, TacomaProBono Committee
  • Chair
  • 2019 - Present
  • Tacoma Pierce County Bar Association, Volunteer Legal Services Committee
  • Member
  • 2017 - Present
  • Tacoma Pierce County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • Tacoma Pierce County Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • Tacoma Pierce County Bar Association, Volunteer Legal Services Committee
  • Co-Chair
  • 2018 - 2019
  • Tacoma Pierce County Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Secretary/Treasurer
  • 2015 - 2016
  • Tacoma Pierce County Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Trustee
  • 2013 - 2014
  • Tacoma Pierce County Bar Association, Bar Convention Committee
  • Member
  • 2009 - 2016
  • Tacoma Pierce County Bar Association, Young Lawyers Section
  • Member
  • 2007 - 2016
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2019
  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2018
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2017
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2016
  • Distinguished Service To The TPCBA Award
  • Tacoma Pierce County Bar Association
  • 2016
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2015
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2014
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Speaking Engagements

  • Love Stinks X
  • Non Parental Custody/Ethics
  • 2017

Attorney endorsements

Received (14)
Given (25)
Endorse Heather
Family Attorney | Feb 13
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Heather was my opposing counsel on a very contentious and unusual matter. She did an excellent job advocating for her client, both in writing and orally, and was able to advocate while being respectful of all parties involved."
Family Attorney | Oct 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Oct 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Sep 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Sep 01
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Jul 30
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Apr 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Apr 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Apr 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Apr 24
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Sep 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have worked with Heather in the area of family law for many years. Aside from being able to bounce case theories off each other, I have also felt completely comfortable referring my clients to her that can no longer afford my services or who might be a better fit for her. Heather is a highly experienced and esteemed colleague and I endorse her."
Family Attorney | Feb 15
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I have worked with Heather on several matters. She exhibits a level of professionalism to which others should strive, while maintaing the ability to advocate effectively on behalf of her clients. I have also looked to Heather for suggestions in resolving legal questions, and I place a high value on her advice. I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Sep 12
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Nov 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
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Tacoma Family Lawyer Heather L Swann
Heather L Swann
Family Attorney
Tacoma, WA
Licensed for 16 years