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Austin Michael Carmen

Family Attorney at Richland, WA

4.2   17 reviews

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About Austin

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Practice areas

Austin grew up in the State of Wyoming and moved to Argentina shortly after finishing high school. Upon returning to go school he attended BYU-Idaho for his undergrad where he obtained a Bachelor’s in English Literature and a Minor in Spanish Language and Literature. He obtained his J.D. from the University of Wyoming College of Law where he worked in the Child and Family Legal Advocacy Clinic helping underprivileged families with their cases related to Divorce and Child Custody and interning for a criminal defense attorney.

Legal career history.

Austin splits his time as a family law and criminal defense attorney. It has always been his goal to ensure that clients are able to not only have access to representation but that the representation is the absolute best they can receive.  He knows that the legal system can be difficult to comprehend and he works with his clients to help them understand the system and to alleviate the stress and anxiety that comes with going to Court. In addition to criminal and domestic matters, I have represented Water and Improvement Service Districts and clients in civil and probate matters.

Personal life. When I am not working, I enjoy reading new books, camping, and cooking for his wife and children.

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Licensed for 5 years
State WA
Status Active
Acquired 2019
Updated 03/18/2023
State WY
Status Active
Acquired 2017
Updated 10/07/2022

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

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Pacific Northwest Family Law
1359 Columbia Park Trail
Richland, WA, 99352


4.2 / 5.0
  17 customer reviews
Posted by Tessa | March 25, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Child Custody
I hired Austin Carmen as my legal representation in a family court case in Grant County, WA. Mr. Carmen was not only extremely knowledgeable but he was also very sensitive and reassuring during a time where I was extremely scared for my children and I’s safety. I am a very “what if” person. Mr. Carmen and his team never seemed grow frustrated with answering my “what if” questions. He responded to inquires quicky, even during weekends and evenings, when I never expected him to. When it seemed like every system or agency out there had failed my children, repeatedly, Mr. Carmen and his team came through for them. I would highly recommend him to anyone seeking help navigating through the family court system.
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Posted by anonymous | March 21, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Very Helpful for Divorce
Austin was very helpful throughout my divorce process. He and Preston were very responsive to any questions or requests I had and translated all of my comments into legalese exactly how I wanted them portrayed. Austin provided excellent counsel while respecting my wishes of how I wanted things to proceed. I was lucky enough to ultimately reconcile with my wife and not require his services anymore, and Austin was genuinely happy that we were able to close out my file without going through the entire court process.
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Posted by anonymous | September 20, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Austin was incredible with our case. He listened to me like no one else had and I felt he did a wonderful job protecting my children and myself. I would recommend him to anyone looking for a family law professional. I will be sure to continue working with him should we need to in the future.
Posted by Samantha | August 31, 2022
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Divorce problems
Austin was very helpful with my question and I was able to figure who to reach to for help.
Posted by Vanessa | August 12, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Highly Satisfied!
Austin is halfway through handline my protection order matter and I am very happy with his performance so far. When I am nervous about whether or not the person that I am protected from will cause me issues, Austin always answers my fears with compassion and reassurance. I highly recommend Austin to any of my family and friends.
Posted by Victor | June 10, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
La atención que está oficina nos brindó fue de lo mejor. Son atentos en su trabajo y trabajan muy eficaz. De lo mejor, los recomiendo.Muchas gracias PNW.
Posted by Maria | May 13, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Pnw me ayudo en my caso en Benton y me gusto su servicio por que estuvierion muy atentos en mi caso y me explicaron todo de muy buen modo. Ellos tratan muy bien a la gente.
Posted by Ramiro | March 24, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
I loved that PNW Family law was on point with my case. Their communication was awesome they were always on top of my case in Yakima County. I am happy with services.
Posted by Pam | March 18, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Austin is an outstanding attorney and person to say the least. He is very knowledgeable. He will guide you through the entire process and he makes sure you understand.
Posted by Mark | March 15, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Austin Carmen
We were faced with a situation of harassment from our neighbor. We were afraid of the actions our neighbor was taking against us. We spoke with Austin and he told us he would take our case and eased our fears of the up coming litigation. He also said we would win he case and we did win. We would recommend Austin for any kind of legal problem you might may have. I know we will use him in the future for all our legal issues.
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Posted by Jeff | March 14, 2022
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Clear, helpful an
When working with Austin, he was helpful, friendly and well-spoken. He was upfront, explained things clearly and worked diligently to help us. I would highly recommend his services as he goes above and beyond to help his clients.
Posted by Nathalia | March 14, 2022
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| Consulted Attorney
Smart and Honest
He was smart, honest, and direct about what I should expect with my case (which ended up resolving itself). Not many attorneys tell it like it is like Mr. Carmen did. I would easily hire him in the future if I need to.
Posted by David | March 14, 2022
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
David Maris, district attorney
I studied alongside Austin throughout law school. I always found him to be 100% honest, engaged and hard working. His work and attention to details shows how much he cares about his clients and doing a thorough job. I highly recommend him and would hire him if I ever needed quality representation. You cannot find an attorney with higher integrity, morals and hustle.
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Posted by anonymous | March 15, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Maria Urena
Austin Carmen was my attorney and he really helped me with my daughters case he is such a understanding and find the best way to help. He did such a great work with my case I totally recommend Austin for family Law cases.
Posted by Roberta Gresham | February 6, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Horrible lawyer
never spoke to Austin while he was my lawyer only the paralegal and when I asked to speak to Austin he was very standoffish and rude! I asked for a copy of my whole case File and he told me that if I kept on coming into the office that he would have to call the cops on me and have me physically removed from the office!!My court would only take 15min and charge me $300!! He did nothing for me!! Waste of $7000!!
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Posted by Carmela | July 7, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Do not hire this attorney
I hired Austin Carmen to represent me with my issue with the trustee of my late husband's estate. I spent $6,000 for this case for nothing. I ended up withdrawing him as my counsel because he doesn't know what's he's doing. He does not communicate with me unless I asked what's going on. Collecting payments has to be advanced. I complained about paying in advance as i didn't see progress with my case, but he threatened me to withdraw as my counsel if i don't put money in my account. Also, he is not kind attorney. Poor service and poor representation all around.
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Response from Austin Carmen September 1, 2022
I am sorry we did not perform to your satisfaction. I cannot comment on your case directly because I respect attorney-client confidentiality more than any accusation. I have a long track record of many happy clients. Unfortunately, we are not the right fit for everyone. I am sorry that our firm was not the right fit for you. Often, additional information will come to light during the representation that requires us to pivot our approach. Whenever this occurs, we make sure that we communicate the reasons for the needed change. This is part of the policies that ensure we have frequent contact with clients. We provide our clients with a direct phone line to their attorney and to the paralegal assigned to the case. When we receive questions from clients, we attempt to always respond within 24 hours. This may not always be possible, but the goal is to respond as soon as possible. I always strive to help my clients feel listened to and let them know that I genuinely care about them and their cases. However, not every attorney is a fit for every client. If you would like to discuss this with our office please feel free to call our office to set a time to do so. I hope you can find an attorney more suited to your needs, and I wish you good luck in your future endeavors.
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Posted by Gregory | November 21, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Mr Incompetent
I hired him to write a letter of termination. He wouldn't return calls, didn't produce the letter and when I did go down again to cancel our agreement and get my money back, he typed one while I sat in the waiting room. The letter looked like a grade schooler wrote it and was completely inaccurate. I rewrote the letter in front of Mr Carmen and his Business manager, which they then redrafted. It has now been 4 months and they won't return the balance of my $2,000.00 deposit or return any phone calls.
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Response from Austin Carmen March 14, 2022
While I cannot go into the details of my work for you, I am disheartened that you would so drastically misrepresent the facts surrounding my representation. While I represented you, I gave you clear expectations for timelines to complete all work on your behalf, as I do with all of my clients. Not every attorney will be the right fit for every client and I hope that you find an attorney the fits your expectations in the future.
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  • Hourly Rates $ 350-400 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 6.7 (Good)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Pacific Northwest Family Law
  • 2022 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Clearwater Law Group
  • 2019 - 2022
  • Attorney
  • Steven Titus and Associates
  • 2018 - 2019
  • Associate Attorney
  • Just Criminal Law with Christina L. Williams
  • 2017 - 2018
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  • University of Wyoming College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2016
  • Brigham Young University-Idaho
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2013


  • Washington Defender Association
  • Member
  • 2021 - Present
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2019 - Present
  • Wyoming State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2017 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Honors and Awards

  • Recognition of Service
  • Benton-Franklin Legal Aid Society
  • 2021

Attorney endorsements

Received (5)
Given (3)
Endorse Austin
Family Attorney | Mar 14
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer. Austin is hard working and dedicated to obtaining the best results possible for his clients in difficult situations. He communicates well and does a good job of preparing clients for all of the possible outcomes."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. He was ethical and competent in all of my dealings with him."
Family Attorney | Feb 03
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Austin is dedicated to doing what is best for his clients. He has a strong sense of what evidence is important and what is not, cutting through all the bologna that some attorneys rely on when talking to their clients. I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 14
Relationship: Co-worker
"Austin is very passionate about his work. He works tirelessly for his clients. I see him communicate with clients and help them navigate with care through the intimidating intricacies of criminal and family matters. He understands the concerns of the clients and how the legal system works. Seeing his care and outcomes, I can confidently say that Austin is an exceptional attorney with great professional and people skills."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 21
Relationship: Co-worker
"Austin has demonstrated an exceptional grasp of the law and has the skills to aggressively defends his clients. His exceptional communication skills will leave no doubt to the client as to the process of each individual case and the expected result. His breadth and extent of experience and seasoned professional judgment are great assets to his clients, you would be hard pressed to find a more caring, determined, and skilled attorney to represent you in your time of need. If you find yourself treading the waters of a complicated legal situation, do yourself a favor, and call Austin."