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Deanna Rusch

Divorce and separation Attorney at Vancouver, WA

4.7   114 reviews
  • State Years
    Oregon - OR 16 years
    Washington - WA 17 years
  • Licensed for 16 years
    State OR
    Acquired 2008
    Status
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 17 years
    State WA
    Acquired 2006
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

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

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Deanna Rusch is an attorney at McKean Smith's Vancouver office.   Highly respected as a skilled family law attorney in Southwest Washington, Deanna's poise in court, friendly demeanor, knowledge of the law, sense of humor, and trial experience set her apart.  She focuses her practice on complex divorce cases (particularly those involving high net worth property ownership and complicated assets), custody cases, relocation, modifications, and all other areas of family law.  Deanna was drawn to family law over 15 years ago because she enjoys working with people to help them move forward in their lives and she enjoys learning about people and hearing their stories.  She then takes this knowledge and clearly outlines a strategy to help clients accomplish their goals.   Deanna provides all of her clients with unique and individualized representation and has been known to answer e-mails and her cell phone at all hours.   Deanna Rusch regularly represents clients in Clark, Skamania, Klickitat, Cowlitz, and Pacific Counties.  Deanna lives in Camas and enjoys being active in Clark County and her community.  She has served as a City Councilperson for the City of Camas.  Deanna will be by your side every step of the way and is committed to protecting you and what's important to you. 

Location

McKean Smith LLC
655 West Columbia Way
Suite 504
Vancouver, WA, 98660

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Reviews

4.7 / 5.0
  114 customer reviews
Posted by Candi | October 4, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Divorce
Deanna was very thorough and professional and compassionate. She really listened and asked questions to get all the details needed. She worked hard to help me as a client.
Posted by Sean | July 30, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
Highly Recommend Deanna
Deanna and her team of professionals worked to resolve a complicated separation and custody case. Dealing with numerous issues as the other party made times extremely difficult, Deanna and her team were there for me every step of the way during a terrible time in my life. I'd highly recommend Deanna Rusch and her team, they worked hard to protect my best interest for my son and I.
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Posted by anonymous | June 13, 2023
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Responsive and Trustworthy
Deanna came highly recommend to me by a friend that went through a messy divorce. From the consultation on, I felt at ease and supported by her and her amazing team. Deanna kept me informed and up to speed every step of the process. We were able to put together a plan that worked for all parties involved, I appreciated her recommendations and expertise.
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Posted by Bobby | January 23, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
THANK YOU!!
Ms. Rusch was the most professional, honest, and detailed attorney, who had my back.. While going through difficult times, she was able provide excellent advice and guide me through the extremely complicated processes of divorce. She is an amazing ally to have on your side and will always be there for your best interests. Her team and McKean Smiths Firm's entire staff is responsive and will be there for any questions or advice. I would highly recommend them. I will forever be grateful for all their hardwork and tireless dedication, while going through this difficult time gave me comfort to know that the future my family going forward was in good hands. No one really plans for divorce, and you dont really realize how long sometimes this process can take and every second with Ms. Rusch and her team was worth every penny. Because in the end, they won my case for me. Must promote to partner at McKean Smith! Thank you everyone!
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Posted by Jacqueline | August 31, 2022
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Highly Recommend
Deanna Rusch has helping me with two separate Family Law cases, and I couldn’t be happier with everything that was achieved through both cases. Her knowledge and partnership with her team is outstanding. She is also very kind and understanding towards everything that comes with the burden of having to seek legal help and endure during the process. Definitely recommend her for your legal needs!
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Posted by Tyson | July 28, 2022
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Mr.
Deanna Rusch and her team are superstars. I’ve been going through a very complicated divorce case. Two other firms told me I was screwed, Deanna told me otherwise and proved them wrong. With this firm, you’re hiring a team that is on your side. They have excellent and quick communication. They’ve been there for me step by step. I also need to mention. Dominique, I can’t thank you enough.
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Posted by Tim | July 14, 2022
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Best in the Biz.
Deanna is the best in the business! If you're going through a divorce? You want the best attorney to represent your best interests. I'm glad she was on my side instead of going up against her in court. Best, Tim H.
Posted by Brianne | July 12, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Divorce Attorney
I hired Deanna almost immediately when my ex husband and I separated. A good friend recommended her, and she did not disappoint. Helped me every step of the way during this difficult time, as well as her assistant Anne. They always responded quickly, even after hours/on weekends. They also always gave their honest opinion/advise and did whatever I needed them to very quickly/efficiently. Made this life changing experience much easier on me and my children, and I can’t say enough how much I appreciate all of their help/hard work. I Highly recommend Deanna and her assistant Anne! The whole team is great and always on it!
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Posted by Dave | July 12, 2022
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Best Lawyer out there
Going through a divorce is very difficult, and its tough to know who to go to for help. I made the mistake of going to someone who gave me a "free" consultation up front. They said my case was easy... Turst me, there isn't an easy on at the end. I learned my lesson and hired Deanna, she actually listened to me, took control and created a plan, then got things moving and negotiated a very fair deal vs the pie in the sky my spouse was asking for. Learn from my mistake, dont mess around anywhere else, just go to the best first! Deanna is AWESOME, and a great person too!!
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Posted by Dineve | July 11, 2022
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Abridged review, HIRE Deanna!
I want to preface this with I wasn’t the easiest client to deal with while reacting to all the things being thrown at me amidst a high-conflict separation. Atty. Deanna Rusch and her team, Dominique and Ciera, have been there for me throughout this painful process. They respond VERY promptly to my emails and calls. The attorneys I previously hired charged me left and right and I couldn’t even get a hold of them. I personally have been blown away by the honesty, integrity, diligence, and expert counsel that Deanna provided in helping me navigate through a nightmare situation. She is the best in class when it comes to family law attorneys.
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Posted by Vladimir | July 11, 2022
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Divorce and a new life!
Deanna and her team is very professional. Very responsive. Was very comfortable to work with. My case was quite difficult, but they handled at their best! Absolutely recommend this team!
Posted by Betsy | June 2, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Deanna is a Godsend
There are not enough good things I could say about Deanna and her assistant Dominique. From the moment I spoke with Deanna I felt confident that with her help, I could surmount what seemed insurmountable at the time. She is the perfect blend of professional, tough (in the best way), competent and smart as a whip. She has tremendous integrity and honesty and is very good at cutting to the chase and telling you the truth of the matter even when hard to hear. You come to trust this very quickly because it becomes clear that she is an expert in her field and you know that you can trust her judgement. She never takes the easy route for the sake of "easy". No one will fight harder for you if that is what is necessary...but she also possesses a ton of wisdom to know which battles are worth fighting. Especially if you are dealing with another party that is making things difficult. I simply could not have gotten through the hardest year of my life with out her and I thank God for leading me to her as my counsel. The outcome was much better than I anticipated and it was all thanks to Deanna. Thank you Deanna, I will be eternally grateful to you and your team.
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Posted by Rebecca | May 12, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Divorce Attorney
Going through a divorce is a very stressful time. I have to say that my experience with DeAnna and her team was very positive experience and turned out even better than I had hoped for. They were there to help me every step of the way. If you are looking for an attorney I would highly recommend this team.
Posted by Patricia | May 12, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Deanna she has your back around every turn.
Divorces can be overwhelming Deanna walked me through every step. She has an amazing team that digs for answers that need to be explored. Always had my best interest at the forefront and eased the frustrations of some of the turbulent situations. Ending in the resolutions I (we) set out to achieve.
Posted by Meagan | November 29, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent attorney!
Deanna is truly the best! Her team is efficient, professional and caring. During one of the most difficult times of my life, Deanna and team were in my corner.
Posted by anonymous | February 22, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Simply the Best
Deanna Rusch is an exceptional attorney who went above and beyond to make sure that my divorce was fair, and that the outcome was in the best interests of my children and myself. My divorce was very high conflict, and my ex attempted to use the courts as a means to punish me for leaving him, and to continue to try to exert control over my life for as long as possible. Deanna came highly recommended to me by a mental healthcare professional who was familiar with my family's situation after a different attorney was unable to successfully stand up to my ex's aggressive and uncooperative tactics. Deanna handled my case with a no-nonsense approach, which quickly thwarted bullying, and made it clear to the opposing party that it was in their best interests to cooperate instead of dragging the case along for as long as possible. She was always available when needed. Sometimes, I couldn't schedule phone calls or meetings as soon as I would have liked to, but that is only because Deanna is such a great attorney, and her schedule is very full. Even with such a busy schedule, she would always make time to reach out and address any time-sensitive issues or emergencies promptly and professionally. Ultimately, the final outcome of my divorce was fair, giving my children and I a chance to have our own relationship free from dad's control, and it has given me the chance to have control over my own life as well as more choices for how I decide to live my life in the future. I feel like I have won my own life now, and it is all because I had such a wonderful attorney, Deanna Rusch, and her excellent team, to represent me in my case. She is simply the best family law attorney in Clark County.
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Posted by Elida | January 27, 2021
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Amazing!
I would recommend Deanna in a heartbeat! She was so helpful and gave me good advice on how to create a plan that made the most sense for my situation. She is professional and has great follow through. She also is a wonderful and kind person. You feel that the work she does is from the heart and coming from a place of really wanting to help you. If you get the opportunity to work with Deanna, it’s a true gift!
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Posted by Shane | November 19, 2020
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Expert help from the very best!
I'm so grateful for Deanna's expertise and wisdom! My ex moved out of state and we had major disagreements about where the children should live during the school year. I hired Deanna back in spring 2020 and over the summer, she helped navigate the path to the best outcome for me and my children. I really appreciated the depth of her experience and knowledge and her willingness to listen and answer questions. One of the best things about Deanna is her sincere desire to help people. We ended up choosing to go to arbitration. With Deanna's help, I had a solid plan and was thoroughly prepared. It was easy for the Arbitrator to see what was in the best interest of my children and I'm very pleased with the outcome. I hope I never have to go through another custody dispute, but if I do, I won't hesitate to call Deanna.
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Posted by Jason | September 9, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
If you want the best hire Deanna
I had no experience with the legal system going into it. I started frantically calling any attorneys I could find in the area and in my first three calls all three told me if I wanted the best retain Deanna. I did and I have nothing but good things to say about her representation of me. While their services were expensive they knew about my financial situation and offered me guidence as to how to best utilize them. There were times I was completely overwhelmed with anxiety and Deanna firmly let me know that what I was doing wasn't going to help which is exactly what I needed at the time. I will retain Deanna and her team in the future if needed and would wholeheartedly reccomend her to anyone needing expert legal counsel.
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Posted by Kyla | August 11, 2020
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Excellent attorney. Glad she was on my side.
Deanna is a true advocate for her clients. I felt that every step of the way. She understands the complex nature of how legal cases affect the dynamics of the family, which I appreciated just as much as I did her intelligence and humor. She has an excellent staff as well, and her response time is incredible. I have recommended her already, and will continue to do so. Deanna is honest and very skilled.
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Cost

Rates
  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • McKean Smith
  • 2023 - Present
  • Attorney
  • McKean Smith
  • 2017 - Present
  • City Councilperson
  • City of Camas
  • 2018 - 2019
  • Senior Attorney/Attorney
  • McKinley Irvin
  • 2015 - 2017
  • Attorney at Law
  • Stahancyk, Kent & Hook PC
  • 2009 - 2015
  • Associate Attorney
  • Law Office of Stephen J. Bedor
  • 2007 - 2009
  • Law Clerk
  • Vandeberg Johnson & Gandara
  • 2002 - 2003
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Education

  • Gonzaga University
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2006
  • University of Washington -Seattle
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2003

Associations

  • Downtown Camas Association
  • Board Member
  • 2020 - Present
  • Camas Washougal Community Chest
  • Board Member/President for 2022-23
  • 2020 - Present
  • West Columbia Gorge Humane Society
  • Co-President (since 2021) and Board Member
  • 2020 - Present
  • Clark County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • Oregon State Bar
  • Member
  • 2008 - Present
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2006 - Present
  • Phi Delta Phi
  • Member
  • 2003 - Present
  • Pi Beta Phi
  • Member
  • 1999 - Present
  • Clark County Charter Review Commission
  • Elected Commissioner
  • 2020 - 2021
  • 100 Women Who Care Clark County
  • Chairperson
  • 2019 - 2021
  • 100 Women Who Care Clark County
  • Member
  • 2018 - 2021
  • Family Law Executive Committee, Family Law Section, Washington State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2017 - 2019
  • Humane Society for Southwest Washington
  • Auction Committee Member/Silent Auction Committee Co-Chair
  • 2016 - 2019
  • Clark County Volunteer Lawyer Program
  • Volunteer Attorney
  • 2010 - 2021
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Best Lawyers - Family Law, Family Law Arbitration
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2022
  • Women of Vision
  • Daily Journal of Commerce
  • 2021
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2021
  • Best Lawyers - Family Law
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2021
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2020
  • Selected Lawyer - Family Law
  • The Best Lawyers in America
  • 2020
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2019
  • Selected Lawyer - Family Law
  • The Best Lawyers in America
  • 2019
  • Selected Lawyer - Family Law
  • The Best Lawyers in America
  • 2018
  • Top Women Attorneys in Washington
  • Seattle Metropolitan Magazine
  • 2018
  • Risings Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2018
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2017
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2016
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2015
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2014
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2013
  • Washington Outstanding Young Lawyer
  • Seattle Metropolitan Magazine
  • 2012
  • Accomplished & Under 40
  • Vancouver Business Journal
  • 2012
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2012
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2011
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2010
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Publications

Speaking Engagements

  • Clark County Bar Association Young Lawyers Section CLE Series
  • Trial Preparation for a Family Law Case
  • 2017
  • Clark County Mentoring Group Monthly Seminar
  • How to file for (or respond to) a Motion for Temporary Orders in a Family Law Case
  • 2016
  • Clark County Mentoring Group Monthly Seminar
  • Trial Preparation for a Family Law Case
  • 2016
  • Clark County Bar Association Family Law Section Monthly CLE
  • Basics of Business Valuations in Divorce
  • 2016
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Attorney endorsements

Received (28)
Given (49)
Endorse Deanna
Family Attorney | Nov 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have interacted with Ms. Rusch since coming to Vancouver in 2012. I have seen her in court and observed her in trial. She is one of our best."
Family Attorney | Sep 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have worked previously with Deanna as opposing counsel in family law and found her to be a zealous advocate for her client while also being very prompt and respectful throughout the proceedings. I would definitely recommend Deanna for those seeking out family law counsel within the greater Clark County area."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jan 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Deanna is one of the hardest working attorneys I know and I would not hesitate to refer friends and family members to Deanna."
Family Attorney | Apr 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Oct 26
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Deanna always works incredibly hard on behalf of her clients. She is tough, knowledgeable, and an all around great attorney."
Family Attorney | Jun 13
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer. Deanna is a wealth of knowledge in all things Family Law and works tirelessly to meet her client's needs."
Family Attorney | May 05
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Deanna is a strong advocate and professional to work with."
Family Attorney | Apr 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Deanna is undoubtedly one of the best attorneys in Clark County. Watching her in court is always a learning experience for me; she's direct, to the point and she very obviously advocates for her clients. Not only that, but she is an excellent source of knowledge whenever I have questions about the law or procedure. I happily endorse her, and recommend her to anyone in search of a family law attorney."
Family Attorney | Apr 20
Relationship: Co-worker
"Deanna is a great advocate for her clients. Prior to working together we faced off on a case. Deanna was a consummate professional but a tough litigator. I much prefer being her co-worker than having to face her in court, because she is a formidable presence."
Unknown Attorney | Jan 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Dec 20
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Deanna Rusch is a zealous advocate who understands the law and cares about her clients. I highly endorse her."
Family Attorney | Dec 04
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"Deanna is a tireless advocate for her clients who will do everything in her power to advocate for their needs, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. I highly endorse Deanna."
Family Attorney | Oct 26
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Deanna has a proven expertise and an unabashed compassion for her family law practice. I am confident in collaborating with Deanna on family law matters and feel that the client is in good hands, will be treated with respect and will have the best counsel for their circumstances. Deanna is a wonderful resource, and creative problem solver!"
Family Attorney | Oct 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Jul 08
Relationship: Co-worker
"Deanna is a zealous and effective advocate for her clients."
Family Attorney | Jan 07
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Nov 29
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Oct 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Oct 03
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer. She's a fantastic attorney."
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Vancouver Divorce and separation Lawyer Deanna Rusch
Deanna Rusch
Divorce and separation Attorney
Vancouver, WA
Licensed for 17 years