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Jeffrey W Holmes

Family Attorney at Vancouver, WA

4.9   29 reviews

also known as Jeff Holmes

  • Licensed for 17 years
    State WA
    Acquired 2006
    Status
    Inactive No misconduct found

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

About Jeffrey

Learn Jeffrey’s areas of practice.

4
Practice areas
  1. Child custody
    30%
    If the court finds that a parent has used or frustrated the dispute resolution process without good reason, the court shall award attorney's fees and financial sanctions to the other parent.

    13 years

  2. Divorce and separation
    30%
    Going through a Divorce or a Child Custody dispute alone can be emotionally and physically draining. The family court arena can be confusing and complicated, especially if your former spouse is not playing fair. After spending four years prosecutin

    13 years

  3. Family
    30%
    Going through a Divorce or a Child Custody dispute alone can be emotionally and physically draining. The family court arena can be confusing and complicated, especially if your former spouse is not playing fair. After spending four years prosecuting Domestic Violence cases, I became familiar with the many issues facing individuals going through difficult times. I bring a compassion and understanding to this field unique to my prior experience, and will zealously work to protect your rights.

    13 years

  4. Criminal defense
    10%
    Being accused of a criminal act can be a terrifying experience for anyone, and going through the criminal justice system can be complex and overwhelming for anyone. The consequences of fighting criminal accusations by yourself without the proper legal advocate can be devastating. I make sure I am in regular contact with clients, and strive to use my years of experience working in the criminal justice field to assure my clients are treated fairly and equitable throughout the entire process.

    19 years

I was born and raised in the beautiful state of Washington, and have lived here my whole life.  I attended the University of Washington beginning in 1999 to pursue my Business degree.  After completing that pursuit, I chose to stay in Seattle to receive my Law Degree from Seattle University. 

 

After graduation from law school in 2006, I chose to move to Clark County to accept a job working as a Deputy Proseucting Attorney to help members of the community I live in.  During my 5+ years as a Deputy Prosecutor I was fortunate to assist hundreds of victims through my work as a Prosecuting Attorney, and handled thousands of criminal cases while working in the District Court unit, the Junvile Court unit, and lastly in the Domestic Violence Unit.  I litigated a number of matters at jury trial, having conducted over 100 trials in my time working in Prosecuting Attorney's offices.  My caseload included cases ranging from simple and gross misdemeanors as well as Felony Asssault, Robbery, Burglary, Rape, Kidnap, Felony Harassment, Third Strike prosecutions and multiple Attempted Murder prosecutions.

 

My passion for assisting members of the community led me to continue work in the field of criminal law as a defense attorney, but also led me to the fields of Family Law, Personal Injury, and Distressed Property in Real Estate (Short Sales and Foreclosures).  All of these practice areas can be stressful, difficult, and frightening to navigate alone without the assistance of an attorney, which is why I chose to practice in these areas.  I believe that individuals dealing with legal matters in these fields deserve to have a knowledgable attorney assist them regardless of how much money they earn or have in their bank account.  I strive to be flexible in working with individuals from all walks of life to assure they can get the assistance they deserve to help navigate through a complex legal system.

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Location

Jeff Holmes - Attorney at Law
311 West 11th Street
Vancouver, WA, 98660

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Reviews

4.9 / 5.0
  29 customer reviews
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Posted by Stefanie | February 27, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Professional, Knowledgable, Communicative, Good judgment
Due to my financial situation, I wasn't able to hire Jeffrey for representation (although I would have if I had been able). Instead, Jeffrey offered me an alternative to review paperwork and assist with pleadings in my family law case. He also answered all my questions throughout my journey. From the first email, he was quick to respond and also very forthcoming as to what he felt would help me and what would not, keeping my end goal at the forefront. His assistance was worth every penny, which was more affordable than anyone else I had come across. Very impressed by him and would recommend him to anyone, 10/10.
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Posted by anonymous | December 16, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Jeff - A Hero Without a Cape
I had came to Jeff after being referred to him by Matt Hoffman through the court's near indigent program. After our first meeting following the discussion of my case, he immediately went to work to get my case dismissed. Jeff went above and beyond in his duties and even got me in touch with resources to help me continue to find justice for the injustices that were done against me. I am forever grateful for his work and would encourage anybody to consult or hire Jeffery Holmes for their defense.
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Posted by Jennifer | October 24, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
5 Stars
I highly recommend Jeff if you are need of legal representation. Jeff was very responsive to my phone calls, emails, and text messages. Jeff, understood my priorities and represented me well. Jeff is a strong legal representative in court. I felt completely supported every step of the way. Jeff is ethical and fair in his billing and really a nice person. I truly hit the jack pot when I hired Jeff. I don't plan on hiring anyone else for future needs.
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Posted by anonymous | August 6, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Great attorney
Very knowledgeable and experienced professional - I feel blessed to have had his representation protecting my son and I in family law matter. He was exceptionally easier to talk to and work with than any other attorney I have consulted or worked with prior regarding parenting plan, etc. More affordable too, without sacrificing ability or expertise. I am grateful.
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Posted by Natalie | January 10, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Someone you want on your side
Jeff has been so amazing. I am still going thru my court stuff, and I would highly recommend Jeff. He is extremely thorough, calm mannered and understanding. He explains things to you in English instead of big legal things you don't understand. He is very good at returning phone calls, answering emails, and texts. I couldn't imagine another attorney being on my side! Thanks Jeff for all you're doing! If you need help he's the guy!
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Posted by anonymous | June 23, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Amazing
I was trying to research lawyers and everyone I spoke to wanted a huge fee, and at the time I didn't have that kind of money to throw away on advice, and I didn't want to walk into my case without a lawyer. Jeff offered me free advice with the information I gave him, and made me feel confident in my case. I hired him on, and he has been amazing during the chaos that is custody. My case is far from over, but this review is way over due. I am so grateful for how dedicated he is in advocating for me and my son. His prompt communication, and level headed thinking has made this slightly less painful. I can't recommend him enough.
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Posted by Holly Mickschl | June 14, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Very helpful!
I only had a few minutes but he answered many questions fairly and honestly. He didn't promise or sell me. I only wish I'd had more time to talk.
Posted by Andrew | July 14, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
My Go-To Attorney: Painless, Responsive, Efficient
Jeff Holmes represented me in a tricky child custody case. He walked me through my options, made the process clear and made sure my child was safe. I couldn’t be happier with the agreement he was able to achieve with the opposing party. Jeff was very fair and knowledgeable and I could trust him when I was not sure what to do. He was always quick to respond and after the conclusion of the case, it was much less expensive that I thought it would be. If I am ever in need of an attorney again, I am not even going to think about anyone else, he did a beautiful job and made the process as painless as possible for me.
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Posted by Juliane | July 4, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Awesome Attorney
Attorney Holmes helped me with a family law case. I happen to be on the East coast so it made things for me a little difficult no being in Washington but for Attorney Holmes had no issues and he did a fantastic job!! He was always quick to respond and always went the extra mile! I would recommend him to anyone who wants an A+ attorney!
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Posted by anonymous | June 17, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Fantastic Attorney
I hired Mr. Holmes back in March. He kept me informed and was very helpful during the whole child custody process in the courts. He worked very hard on the case by gathering all the important facts etc. He was good about getting back in a timely manner when I had questions or concerns via email or talking over the phone. I am grateful for his help with getting what I wanted in the case.
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Posted by anonymous | September 11, 2014
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Criminal Defense advice session
Gave me a glimmer of hope, thank you
Posted by Sean | March 22, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Exceptional, Thorough Attorney!
I hired Jeff to represent me during my 18 month long divorce case, including multiple hearings and a seven day Court trial. During this time, Jeff handled all issues promptly, returning phone calls,responding to emails and keeping me updated on all aspects of my case. Jeff's the consummate attorney. His trial preparation and expertise in the Courtroom were exceptional. Jeff's skills and ability to incorporate all aspects of my case into the trial resulted in a completely favorable outcome for me. I would definitely recommend Jeff!
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Posted by Abu | March 16, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best Family Law Firm In Town
Finding a divorce lawyer who can understand what we are going through, who can communicate well and can support us every step of the way is almost impossible. Before I hired Jeff Holmes I met with a few lawyers in Vancouver, WA. I hired someone and it did not work out. After meeting with a few more lawyers I came across Jeff Holmes. He was able to answer all my questions no matter how big or small. He always listened to my concerns and guided me in the best possible way. I am very lucky to have found him. Jeff is an excellent divorce attorney. He handled my case skilfully and kept me informed every step of the way. His knowledge and experience helped me move through the process with ease. Jeff is definitely one of the best divorce attorneys in Vancouver, WA. He not only met but exceeded my expectations. I highly recommend him.
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Posted by anonymous | January 12, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Exceptional Attorney!!!
I'm a single mom that moved to Denver, Colorado after my husband filed for divorce. Jeff help me with my case, explained the entire process, he's honest, keep me informed, always returned my calls, emails he's excellent.
Posted by Jenise | June 30, 2015
Exceptional Attorney!
Look no further! Jeffrey Holmes is an excellent choice to help with your legal matter. I had been dealing with a Custody issue since 2012. When I needed to employ another attorney earlier this year, I was very lucky to have found Mr. Holmes! He was extremely knowledgeable and helpful when I contacted him. I had consulted with several different lawyers and knew that Mr. Holmes was the best person to represent me. He has an incredible comprehension of our legal system and what is required for a successful outcome. Mr. Holmes gave great guidance throughout the entire process of my case and was completely responsive to all of my questions/concerns. I was very happy with the end result of my case and I have Jeffrey Holmes to thank for it! I would refer any family member or friend to him for excellent legal help.
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Posted by Jennifer | March 22, 2015
Wholehearted Professional
It was the single most frustrating and infuriating event of my life. My whole world had been turned upside down by what ended up as Parenting Plan but started out with horrendous false allegations of child abuse. I was initially restrained from any contact with my very young child, our family unit was broken apart and forced to live separately. Though I understand the process is designed to work with the best interest of children in mind, it was an excruciatingly painful time. Jeff, was not the original attorney hired for my case and for that I have big regrets. I made a poor choice in the beginning and I knew I needed to find much better counsel. I desperately searched for a new attorney, calling nearly a dozen different law offices. Jeff responded personally within a matter of hours. He was not the only one to respond but, he was who I chose for good reason. His very approachable demeanor and compassionate manner of speaking was immediately apparent over the phone. He spoke frankly and sincerely without reservation even before we had signed a contract. His genuine concern for others in need of help extends beyond a commitment to pay for his invaluable advice. Jeff brought light to the end of a very dark tunnel, where my first attorney offered no relief to our family's strife, with no plan of action, Jeff presented immediate options; he sought out answers to questions and always kept me up to speed with information. Often times Jeff would reach out to me just to touch base and ask if I had any questions. He is open to communication at anytime and if not available on the spot, I could depend on him to respond by the end of the day. Numerous times I have received responses to late day emails sent to Jeff, within an hour or two. He is likely the most responsive and accessible individuals I have ever met. Jeff's knowledge of the law, familiarity with the system and ability to utilize resources were put to work for me and my family. When we thought we were at a dead end, while working with a different attorney, Jeff came on board, making phone calls and finding the right people to contact to subpoena information to get our case rolling again. I put absolute trust in him. Even after my case has ended and things are back to happy within our family, Jeff still offers his assistance if any questions or concerns arise. I hope to never go through that sort of senseless ordeal again but if we should ever need help, I know exactly whom I will call. Jeff Holmes is worth his weight in gold in our book.
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Posted by SRF | June 2, 2014
Money Well Spent
I hired Jeff after having two lawyers before that did little but take my money. My ex-wife has thrown every allegation at me and cried her way through many court appearances. Luckily, Jeff saw through the BS and helped me gain more custody of my son, reduce my child support, all while staying out of the courtroom. I am sure I will be back in court regarding my son but I have already referred him to my cousin and will re-hire him when the next set of problems arise with my ex.
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Posted by Amber | April 8, 2014
Would for sure hire again!!
Absolutely amazing!! Responded to my emails almost before I could even log out of the account. Kept me in the loop on even the most minor of details. Talked to me like a person, explained things to me in a way that I could understand without coming off as condescending. Helped me every step of the way with the confusing and emotional custody process.
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Posted by anonymous | April 4, 2014
Trustworthy and reputable while still being compassionate
Jeff took my case when I needed someone trustworthy since I lived out of state. He was always available and very timely when dealing with my divorce. Jeff is a reputable attorney because he not only worked with me and my schedule but also showed compassion which a few attorneys I hired prior to had not. His fees are very reasonable and he is very patient. He was able to get me majority of what I had asked for in my divorce.
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Posted by anonymous | March 16, 2014
Would Recommend
Attorney was helpful in my reckless driving and speeding case. End results of the case were positive. Case was not dismissed but favorable terms were negotiated for the reckless driving. Speeding was dismissed for lack of evidence. Would recommend this attorney. Thank you.
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Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 15 minutes
  • Hourly Rates $ 260-325 per hour
  • Retainer Sometimes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 9.9 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • President
  • HOLMES LAW FIRM, P.C.
  • 2013 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Jeff Holmes - Attorney at Law
  • 2012 - Present
  • Special Assistant US Attorney (SAUSA)
  • US Attorney's Office
  • 2008 - 2012
  • Deputy Prosecutor
  • Clark County Prosecuting Attorney's Office
  • 2006 - 2012
  • Rule 9 Intern
  • Skagit County Prosecuting Attorney
  • 2004 - 2006
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Education

  • National District Attorneys Association
  • 2012
  • National Advocacy Center
  • 2010
  • National Advocacy Center
  • 2010
  • National District Attorneys Association
  • 2008
  • Seattle University
  • Juris Doctor
  • 2006
  • University of Washington
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2003
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Sample of Legal Cases

  • State v. P.L.
  • Case Dismissed
  • State v. J.A.
  • Criminal Violation reduced to Infraction
  • State v. C.A.
  • Criminal case dismissed
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Associations

  • Clark County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • Clark County Volunteer Lawyers Program
  • Volunteer Attorney
  • 2013 - Present
  • YWCA
  • Volunteer Attorney
  • 2013 - Present
  • Clark County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • 2006 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Washington Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2021
  • Best Family Lawyers in Vancouver
  • Expertise.Com
  • 2021
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2020
  • Best Family Lawyers in Vancouver
  • Expertise.com
  • 2020
  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2019
  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2019
  • Client's Choice
  • AVVO
  • 2013
  • Top Contributor
  • AVVO
  • 2013
  • Top Contributor
  • AVVO
  • 2012
  • Cum Laude - Top 20 Percent of Graduating Class
  • Seattle University
  • 2006
  • CALI Award - Top in Class - Poverty Law
  • Seattle University - CALI
  • 2006
  • CALI Award - Top in Class - Negotiation/Mediation
  • Seattle University - CALI
  • 2006
  • Dean's List
  • Seattle University
  • 2005
  • Dean's List
  • University of Washington
  • 2002
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Speaking Engagements

  • In Office CLE
  • Using Jail Phone Calls in the Prosecution Case
  • 2012
  • Clark County Sheriff's Office Reserve Deputy Interagency Traning
  • Domestic Violence Laws
  • 2011
  • Clark County Sheriff's Office Interagency training
  • Domestic Violence Laws - Update
  • 2011

Attorney endorsements

Received (26)
Given (29)
Endorse Jeffrey
Criminal defense Attorney | May 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Jeff is a hard working and honest lawyer."
Family Attorney | Feb 26
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I have been on the other side of a case with Mr. Holmes several times in my career. Jeff is a tough is tough litigator. I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 10
Relationship: Co-worker
"Jeff knows the law inside and out and fights for his clients. I have known Jeff for ten years and have seem him take countless difficult cases to court and win. I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Apr 02
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Jeff is a fine attorney and an excellent litigator. He is up to date on the status of the law and understands how to resolve issues in a professional manner."
Unknown Attorney | Mar 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Jeff Holmes since he was building his convincing trial skills in the Clark County Prosecuting Attorney's Office. I have had the the pleasure of working both together with and as opposing counsel to Jeff in cases ranging from misdemeanor domestic violence, to parenting plans and child support, to felony assault on a child. Jeff's attention to detail and zealous advocacy lead me to recommend him for both criminal defense and family law cases."
Personal injury Attorney | Nov 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Child custody Attorney | Sep 28
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Jeffrey. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Child custody Attorney | May 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. A highly skilled and respected lawyer in the legal community."
Child custody Attorney | Apr 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. An outstanding and well respected attorney in the legal community. I would recommend her wholeheartedly to anyone needing legal representation."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Highly respected in the community."
Unknown Attorney | Aug 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Holmes has a great reputation in the legal community. I highly endorse his service to anyone in need of legal help."
Personal injury Attorney | Jul 06
Relationship: Other
"I highly recommend attorney Jeffrey Holmes. He will do everything possible to help you through your difficult situation."
Unknown Attorney | Jul 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Jeff without reservation. Jeff is a hard working and intelligent attorney with a great deal of experience. I would recommend him to anybody in need of legal assistance."
Unknown Attorney | May 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"This highest compliment an attorney can give another attorney is a referral on a legal matter. It communicates an attorney's confidence in the other attorney's abilities. One of the last cases I referred to Mr. Holmes was ultimately dismissed. That's what I am talking about. I refer legal matters to him with confidence."
Child custody Attorney | Apr 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Attorney Holmes is well respected by his colleagues and clients. I highly recommend and endorse him."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 28
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Jeff and I have opposed each other in numerous cases and have collaborated on cases. Jeff is an excellent litigator who understands criminal law."
Family Attorney | Feb 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Holmes gives sound, thoughtful, and practical legal advice. After reading scores of his responses to Avvo questions, I have a high level of confidence in his abilities and would refer clients to him without hesitation."
Unknown Attorney | Feb 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I've known Jeff for many years and I know he cares about his clients and works hard for them."
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