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Deborah B Josephson

Family Attorney at University Place, WA

4.6   13 reviews

also known as Josephson & Associates, Inc., P.S., Josephson Family Law and Mediation Services

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About Deborah

Learn Deborah’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Family
    Family law is a broad area and includes marriage/divorce, divorce and separation, maintenance, child support, child custody, custody disputes, paternity, pre- and post-nuptial agreements, modifications of child support and parenting plans, third-party custody actions, domestic violence matters, restraining orders, post-secondary support, as well as other areas of law.

    31 years, 2,000 cases

  2. Mediation

    11 years, 110 cases

  3. Child custody
    See Family above also.

    31 years, 150 cases

  4. Divorce and separation
    See Family above also.

    31 years

I have practiced family law primarily since becoming a member of the Washington State Bar in 1992.  Prior to law school, I worked in law firms in San Francisco to get a feel for law and confirm that I wanted to become a lawyer.  I also volunteered at the San Francisco Bar Association's Legal Clinic for Battered Women from 1986 to 1987.  I went to law school in St. Paul, Minnesota, and later transferred to the University of Puget Sound Law School (now known as Seattle University).  While attending William Mitchell College of Law in St. Paul, I was a law clerk for Professor Christine Jones between April 1989 to June 1991.  I researched federal jurisdiction issues and prepared legal memoranda regarding parental kidnapping issues.  I also worked as an intern for the Hennepin County, Minnesota, Public Defender's Office between October 1989 and April 1990.  In June 1990, I began a summer internship with Judge LaJune Lange of the Fourth Judicial District.  In September 1990, I relocated to the Puget Sound and finished law school as a visiting student at UPS.  While completing my law school education, I worked as a legal assistant for a family law attorney in Seattle, and also worked as a contract law clerk in family law.  These experiences gave me the practical experience needed to open my own family law office fresh after law school. 


I opened my law office in November 1992 and initially practiced regularly in both Pierce County and King County.  I have continued to practice family law since that date.  In approximately 1994 to 1995, I taught two family law paralegal classes at Highline Community College in the ABA-approved paralegal program as an adjunct instructor of family law.


I am passionate about family law issues, because I am passionate about children and preserving and improving family relationships, which are challenged by family endings.  I also recognize the trauma of dealing with the end of a relationship on a personal and emotional level as well as financially.  It is tough for people going through family endings to realize that the chance for a better and new family beginning is on the other side of the pain they are currently experiencing.


I am a certified mediator, and member of the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals, Collaborative Professionals of Pierce County, and Collaborative Professionals of Washington.  As a collaborative family law attorney, I assist clients in resolving their family law issues in a respectful and responsible way outside of Court.  If collaborative resolution is not possible in a particular case, then I litigate the case and zealously advocate for my client in Court.


I offer an initial in-office consultation for $185; the first meeting is typically one to one-and-a-half hours long.  


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Licensed for 30 years
State WA
Status Active
Acquired 1992
Updated 03/19/2023

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

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Josephson & Associates Inc PS
3560 Bridgeport Way W
Suite 1D10
University Place, WA, 98466


4.6 / 5.0
  13 customer reviews
Posted by tatyana zhukovskiy | August 14, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
very professional yet personal throughout the whole process. Made it easy and less painful, easily accessible and good with responses
Posted by Julie | July 18, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Caring and Knowledgeable
I hired Deb to take on a parenting plan and child support dispute. She listened and knew just how to attack the issue. She is very caring and attentive and understanding to the delicate nature of my case. Deb cares about her clients and works hard to make sure the case is closed quickly.
Posted by Judith Main | July 13, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Attentive and Educational
My relationship with Deborah started in May 2016 right after I got a restraining order on my husband. I use the auto advisor to get some advice from Deborah. And I ultimately ended up hiring Deborah and I'm so glad that I did. Navigating through the family law system is not something that I could do on my own and I am so thankful. She was patience with my questions and very educational and helped me understand the process.
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Posted by Josh | July 13, 2017
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She was so great to work with she helped every step of the way and got me everything I wanted
Posted by anonymous | January 27, 2017
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Deborah Josephson is definitely 5+ starts
I researched many lawyers to find that special Lawyer that stood out amongst the rest. Deborah is that Lawyer. We went to Deborah for help with visitation issues and to prepare a parenting plan. She was very instrumental in helping us do that. Deborah is authentic and we never felt unimportant or just another client. So if you want the best there is call her, you won't be disappointed.
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Posted by McKenzie | January 26, 2017
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She's the best!
Without Deborah I wouldn't have got exactly what I wanted to achieve for the best interests of my daughter. Thank you so much for everything!
Posted by Frank | January 20, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Deborah and her team not only provided outstanding professional legal service in every sense of the word, they were also instrumental personally through an extraordinary difficult time in my life through council and sound advice.
Posted by Joie-Linda | March 26, 2015
Grateful Client
I cannot find the words to express my deep appreciation for the expertiise, knowledge, and professional way Deborah Josephson handled my case, which to me appeared would be complicated, long and drawn out and full of possible repercussions....instead she expertly put together my paperwork and listened to what really happened with compassion and understanding of the issues and possible future issues and was able to bring about a dismissal of the allegations and a clean slate.....personable, warm and caring she was easy to work with and that she was so professional and precise in the work she did for me I would give her the highest recommendation available as well as thank God that she advertises in the phone book because that is how I found her under family law .
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Posted by Brian | March 31, 2012
Best Attorney in the Pudget Sound
Bottom line, Luck is rarely on my side but my first shot looking for an attorny was Deb Josephson and I could have never been so lucky. She is not a robot attorney asking for money. She has heart, desire and will do anything and everything in her power to make things right for her client. I now get to see my son without a problem because the law says so. I could not have asked for a better Attorney. Thanks Deb
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Posted by anonymous | September 20, 2011
What a wonderful lawyer and person
This woman is so compassionate and wonderful. I came to her with a more then difficult case regarding custody and two countries. She understood the complexity of my case and was not afraid of the battle ahead like so many other lawyers I'd spoken to were. She has been nothing but a relief to me. She eases my mind every time we speak, and makes me feel like I am on the right path. She has handled this with competency and much dignity. A real go getter.
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Posted by anonymous | July 7, 2011
Compassionate attorney ~
Compassionate attorney handled our divorce with competency. She returned my first call to her at my home and was very patient with me. She never rushed me and she spent at least one hour on that phone call. I felt that all my questions were important to her. Her fee was very reasonable. She was kind and professional. Her office staff was efficient and prompt. I felt that our divorce couldn't have been handled any better!
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Posted by Cindy | March 4, 2015
Great in Trial
Ms. Josephson has been on retainer for several years. She represented me twice, most current in 2015. She is thorough, attentive, and precise in final paperwork; which leaves no undesired surprises in the future. She addresses the obvious issues (modified parenting plan) and then is also attentive to the mundane yet important issues (such as who claims taxes). She is a strong networker which keeps her well informed for trial; she sought to protect my child organizing a mountain of information from social workers, GALs, counselors, and CPS. Her strength was in trial, she was ready, strong, and calm. In trail she referenced facts that were current and some several years old, I sat there impressed. Through the lengthy ordeal, she was kind and communicative. Her warmth is testimony that she is invested in her chosen career.
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Posted by anonymous | July 23, 2021
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Misleading and untimely
I hired for help with the other attorney associated with my relationship ending as well as any legal recourse I could be entitled. We met at her Tacoma office and she claimed I had a case. I was not so sure as we discussed the qualifications the law requires for my situation. She reassured me at that time she believed I had a case. I paid the retainer in full and stressed that it was all the money I had saved to help me with the break uo. I also provided documents at the time of retaining her services. I again stressed there was serious deadlines associated with the break up already in place and the importance of why I needed representation. This attorney did not meet any of the deadlines. She did not inform me of a proposal from other attorney until almost two months after she had received it. She later changed her position stating she now believed I didn't have a case after missing deadlines and used up the $4000 retainer. If I had not retained this attorney I would have had money to handle the end results of the missed deadlines. I ended up with no money, no home, and no legal representation.
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  • Hourly Rates $ 325-325 per hour
  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 9.3 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Judge Pro Tem Settlement Conference/Mediator
  • Pierce County Superior Court
  • 2013 - Present
  • Owner
  • Josephson & Associates, Inc., P.S.
  • 1992 - Present
  • Adjunct Professor
  • Highline Community College
  • 1995 - 1996
  • Intern
  • Honorable Judge LaJune Thomas Lange
  • 1990 - 1990
  • Law Clerk
  • Hennepin County Public Defender's Office
  • 1989 - 1990
  • Law Clerk
  • William Mitchell College Of Law
  • 1989 - 1991
  • Volunteer
  • San Francisco Bar Association's Legal Clinic for Battered Women
  • 1986 - 1987
  • Legal Assistant
  • Michael Riccitiello, Littler, Mendelson, Fastiff & Tichy
  • 1982 - 1983
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  • William Mitchell College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1991
  • California State University, Chico
  • Double Bachelor of Arts Degrees
  • 1977

Legal Cases

  • Family
  • Good


  • Collaborative Professionals of Washington
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • International Academy of Collaborative Professionals
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • Collaborative Professionals of Pierce County
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • Tacoma Pierce County Bar Association, Bar Convention Committee
  • Executive Committee Member
  • 1998 - Present
  • Tacoma Pierce County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1993 - Present
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1992 - Present
  • Tacoma Pierce County Bar Association, Judicial Qualifications Committee
  • Executive Committee Member
  • N/A
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Speaking Engagements

  • Northwest Women's Law Center
  • Domestic Violence Seminar
  • 1994
  • Northwest Women's Law Center
  • Paternity Seminar
  • 1994

Attorney endorsements

Received (17)
Given (3)
Endorse Deborah
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jun 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Deborah is a very experienced family law attorney and a frequent contributor to complex issues in this area. Give her a call if you have questions."
Family Attorney | Apr 24
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Apr 21
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer for their dedication and commitment to clients."
Family Attorney | Mar 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I never hesitate to refer my clients and my friends to Ms. Josephson."
Family Attorney | Jan 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Ms. Josephson consistently provides specific and useful advice on AVVO. She has a wealth of knowledge, and provides exceptional advice."
Unknown Attorney | Dec 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Top-notch attorney. Highly respected in the legal community."
Estate planning Attorney | Dec 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I wholeheartedly endorse this lawyer. A brilliant, trustworthy and highly respected attorney in the legal community."
Unknown Attorney | Dec 11
Relationship: Other
"This lawyer is a very smart, assertive and multi-talented lawyer. I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Nov 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"The time a lawyer spends giving back through sites like this show passion for the law and compassion for people. Kudos to you for helping others with sage advice."
Family Attorney | Nov 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Oct 09
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer. Her experience and depth of knowledge are an asset to the legal community."
Family Attorney | Oct 08
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Deborah and I were opposing counsel on a case and I saw first-hand how much she cares for each client. Aside from cases, she is a wonderful colleague. I have had her as a mediator and she did a great job in that capacity."
Family Attorney | Oct 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have had the opportunity to observe Ms. Josephson advocate for her clients on numerous occasions. She is a passionate and knowledgeable attorney who is generous with her time and insight."
Family Attorney | Oct 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this attorney..Attorney Josephson combines the unique attributes of professional excellence,creativity and total commitment to her work with a warm and caring personality"
Divorce and separation Attorney | Sep 30
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Aug 27
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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