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Charles E Szurszewski

Divorce and separation Attorney at Olympia, WA

5.0   8 reviews

also known as Chuck Szurszewski

  • Licensed for 45 years
    State WA
    Acquired 1978
    Status
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About Charles

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Chuck Szurszewski has been practicing family law in the Olympia area since 1978. His experience includes managing the Olympia Division of Child Support and heading up the Thurston County Prosecutor's Office Child Support Section. Chuck has been with our firm since 1987, representing individuals in dissolution, modification, custody and child support cases. He is an experienced mediator as well as a litigator. He has served as a court-appointed guardian ad litem in over 200 cases. He has been a member of the Family Law Executive Committee for ten years and was the chair in 2014. He served  on the governor's task force on child support.   He has the highest rating on Martindale Hubbell and AVVO. He has been a presenter at continuing educations every year for the last ten years. He has been designated as a SuperLawyer for multiple years and served for many years  as a pro tem judge/commisioneer  in Thurston County. 

Location

The Law Offices of Connolly, Tacon & Meserve
825 5th Avenue SE
Olympia, WA, 98501

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Posted by anonymous | December 28, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Amazing
My wife and I hired Chuck to help us with custody of my oldest daughter. Chuck worked diligently and walked us through each step of the process to make sure we understood what was happening. Our court case was seamless and handled to perfection.
Posted by Tara | December 26, 2022
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Divorce
Chuck Szurszewski is my attorney for my separation, divorce, and spousal support modification proceedings. My divorce was extremely acrimonious. The initial proceedings took more than two years, over one issue; my ex not wanting to pay spousal support. Adding to the difficulty of my divorce was that I no longer resided in Thurston county, let alone Washington state, when the motion was filed. Travel would have been very difficult for me, as I have a rare leukemia, and was dealing with issues of chemotherapy side effects. Chuck and his team handled virtually everything for me. Through delay after delay - my ex having to retain new counsel two separate times - and not being able to come to an agreement, we were finally scheduled for trial. I had no fear of losing, because I know that Chuck fights for what is right in the Family Law Court. With mere hours to go before the start of trail, an agreement was reached, with Chuck at the helm of my case. We work extremely well as a team. I even persuaded him to request additional attorney fees be paid by my ex, since he had cause so many delays. Although Chuck did not believe the judge would approve, he did add these to the proposed settlement offer. However, they were, and I was awarded an equitable judgment. Due to my ex having had his maintenance amount modified a few years ago, we just returned to negotiations. We have now successfully restored the order to its original amount. Chuck undertook my case this time around as a follow-up, and we were able to keep things out of the courtroom. Whenever I speak with Chuck, I am left feeling better, in no small part due to his uplifting laugh. He is genuinely a jovial person, who likes to help others. His work within the community of which I was a member and loved so much, matters to me immensely. When I met Chuck, it was if I had known him for years. He simply has a way of putting you at ease. For me, going through what was at the time the most difficult thing I had experienced, Chuck guided me through the catacombs of dank and darkness, reminding me that there is indeed light on the other side, and to leave all the bundles of unhealthy energy behind. I am blessed to’ve found Chuck Szurszewski to’ve represented me for all things related to my separation, divorce, and spousal support modifications. I do not hesitate in recommending him to anyone.
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Posted by Charles | December 6, 2022
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Great and honest Lawyer!
Chuck was a great lawyer for my Child custody trial. He was patient with me and explained in plain words a lot of the legal jargon. He was honest about the upfront cost of the case and explained the timelines to me. The case lasted over a year, but ultimately got what we were asking for. He works hard and is very polite, nice, and understanding. Great guy and happy to retain him.
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Posted by Katie | August 6, 2017
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Highest Quality
Retaining Chuck was the best decision I could have ever made! I was in the process of divorcing my husband, who asked me to proceed with divorce without bringing attorneys into it. I agreed but that changed very quickly once emotions got stirred, domestic violence came about, and my husband fled the state with our son! I instantly contacted an attorney that I work with regularly who handles personal injury cases, and asked him who the best family law attorney is in Thurston County... He told me to go see Chuck! Chuck guided me step by step through everything and made me feel 150% comfortable! I didn't know much about the law when it came to divorce, parenting plans or child support. Having Chuck and his amazing paralegal, Khrys, there to help me was so reassuring. Divorce and creating a parenting plan are never fun nor easy situations, but everything was so smooth with them. Their communication level is astounding... I never once felt like I was left in the dark! They truly care about you, your children and your future. I am beyond pleased with the services they provided to me, their expertise, and their sincerity! I will absolutely recommend Chuck to anyone.. I mean, who wouldn't want the best of the best? :)
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Posted by anonymous | May 19, 2017
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Superb
Chuck is exceptional. The communication, keeping me updated and responding, is very quick. His legal assistant, is the best of the best. Chuck can see a course of action within minutes and he follows through and acts on that immediately - with accurate precision and detail. This man knows how to write. I have worked with a couple of other attorney's in my life, and bar none, Chuck sets a very high standard. I would not hesitate for a split-second to hire him again if I needed to.
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Posted by Sam | February 10, 2017
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Excellent parenting lawyer
Chuck represented me in a lengthy and costly case. He maintained representing the voice of reason keeping the kids interest in mind. No matter how emotionally charged attacks my ex less honest ( but also experienced ) lawyer threw to inflame the case further Chuck stayed focused and prepared. If you have kids involved Chuck is the best choice in Thurston County.
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Posted by Mark | April 21, 2010
Top Notch Family Law Attorney
Chuck represented me in a rather lengthy divorce that even went to the Court Of Appeals. He was always extremely prepared, organized and on top of the entire case. Very professional and knowlegable. I would have Chuck represent me again if I ever needed legal counsel in the future.
Posted by anonymous | April 7, 2008
Representing my divorce from a divorce attorney
Chuck represented me in a divorce from my wife - herself a divorce attorney. What I appreciated about Chuck was his knowledge of the law, command of local rules and procedures (the case was filed in Thurston County vs. Pierce County where my wife practiced), and his ability to "ground me" when I was most stressed out. Chuck truly enjoys his work. He believes that parties should be able to work out differences without paying attorneys to do it for them. Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't. Chuck commanded every court appearance we had and eased me through the entire process. In a divorce, nobody wins but both parties eventually got what they wanted without a lot of "bloodshed".
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Cost

Rates
  • Hourly Rates $ 250-325 per hour

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney at Law
  • Connolly, Tacon and Meserve
  • 1987 - Present
  • Deputy Prosecuting Attorney
  • Thurston County Prosecuting Attorney
  • 1981 - 1987
  • Program Administrator
  • Washington State Division of Child Support
  • 1978 - 1981

Education

  • University of Puget Sound School of Law
  • J.D.
  • 1977
  • University of Puget Sound
  • B.A.
  • 1973
  • Dartmouth College
  • N/A

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Marriage of Rideout, 150 Wn. 2d 337 (2003)
  • Upheld by Supreme Court

Associations

  • Olympia Host Lions
  • Member
  • 1990 - Present
  • Thurston County Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Dartmouth Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Family Law Section, Washington State Bar Association
  • Member, Family Law Executive Committee
  • 2003 - 2006
  • Thurston County Bar Association
  • President
  • 1997 - 1998
  • South Sound Advocates for Disabled Citizens
  • President
  • 1992 - 1992
  • South Sound Advocates for Disabled Citizens
  • Board of Directors
  • 1985 - 1994
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyer
  • Washington Law & Politics Magazine
  • 2010
  • Super Lawyer
  • Washington Law & Politics Magazine
  • 2009
  • Super Lawyer
  • Washington Law & Politics Magazine
  • 2007
  • Super Lawyer
  • Washington Law and Politics
  • 2006
  • Boss of the Year
  • Thurston County Legal Secretaries Association
  • 1992
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Speaking Engagements

  • Family Law Midyear
  • Case Law Update
  • 2012
  • Family Law Midyear
  • Case Law Update
  • 2011
  • Thurston County Bar Association CLE Seminar
  • Case Law Update
  • 2007
  • Thurston County Bar Association CLE Seminar
  • Case Law Update
  • 2006
  • WSBA Family Law Midyear Meeting
  • Legal Remedies
  • 2006
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Attorney endorsements

Received (12)
Given (15)
Endorse Charles
Divorce and separation Attorney | Feb 01
Relationship: Co-worker
"He has a great reputation in the legal community and has over 30 years of experience. I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Jun 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I consider myself fortunate to have known Chuck the entirety of my legal career and have had many cases against him - the bulk of which have been contentious, hard fought actions. Keeping this in mind, we have managed to resolve everyone of them by agreement which is a testament to his skills as an attorney and negotiator. He is as much of a zealous advocate as he is zealous in resolving cases by agreement. He has served our local and state bars for many years. He is one of my trusted sounding boards."
Unknown Attorney | Apr 24
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jan 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Chuck has the heart of a great lawyer because he cares about justice for his client. There are a lot of facets to that, including grit, knowledge, honest advice to his client and willingness to fight when needed. He's highly respected by his peers."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jan 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer, because he is energetic, passionate about his work, and highly experienced."
Family Attorney | Nov 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Chuck professionally for many years. I was so impressed with him that I hired him as my own attorney. He is very smart and honest, and has an admirable reputation in Thurston County among judges and attorneys alike."
Family Attorney | Jan 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Chuck Szurszewski is an excellent family lawyer who brings many years of experience, and his personal warmth and openness, to the resolution of family law cases. Whether he is working as an advocate in negotiations or arguing a case in court, he is generally not just looking for “a win,” he is looking for a resolution that makes sense. At the same time, he will not back down from taking on a difficult issue, a difficult opposing party, or a difficult attorney in the protection of his client or his client’s children."
Family Attorney | May 08
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer's work. Chuck has the ideal disposition to practice family law. Chuck is experienced and well respected in the local legal community and is an outstanding litigator."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Apr 09
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse Chuck Szurszewski. Chuck has been a calming influence for years for clients facing the emotions & uncertainties of divorce/children challenges."
Family Attorney | Apr 08
Relationship: Co-worker
"Chuck is very committed to his clients as well as the community. His prior experience as a deputy prosecuting attorney and head of the Olympia Office of Child Support Enforcement is a great asset to his clients. Chuck is very active in the local bar association, and is a pleasure to work with."
Family Attorney | Apr 08
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer's work. Chuck enjoys his work and always does an excellent job for his clients. Chuck has deep roots in the community, a solid command of the law, and a great personality. He is a great advocate for his clients."
Family Attorney | Jun 14
Relationship: Co-worker
"He cares about his clients and works around the clock to serve their interests. He is active in Bar Association activities to enhance lawyers' abilities to serve client needs and promote equity in family law. He is well-respected by other lawyers and by judges in our community. "
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Olympia Divorce and separation Lawyer Charles E Szurszewski
Charles E Szurszewski
Divorce and separation Attorney
Olympia, WA
Licensed for 45 years