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Teresita Del Carmen Varela


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I was born in New York, New York and raised in Central Florida. I received my Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Hodges University in Naples, Florida and my Juris Doctorate degree from the Gonzaga University School of Law.

I have provided a wide range of legal services to my clients since 2012, including federal tax assistance, criminal defense, estate planning, and family law. My experience includes providing Indian law expertise and tribal jurisdiction analysis for federal clients including the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA), Department of Justice (DOJ), and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

I began my legal career as a legal researcher for Kauffman & Associates, Inc. in Spokane, Washington. Thereafter, I opened my own law practice dedicated to family law and criminal defense prior to becoming a Tri-Cities Attorney. Since moving to Yakima in 2017, I represented a wide variety of clients before finding my home with the Yakima County Department of Assigned Counsel. Now, I exclusively assist my clients in defending their rights in mental health and therapeutic cases.

Professional Associations

I am licensed to practice law in Washington State. I am a member of the Washington State Bar Association.

Licensed for 9 years
State WA
Status Active
Acquired 2013
Updated 11/25/2022

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4.1 / 5.0
  9 customer reviews
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Posted by Heather | August 11, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Patient, excellent attorney who doesn't overcharge
Terasita represented me during my divorce 6 years ago which ended up in mediation. I am not an easy client because I will ask a million questions and I like detailed answers and I also have a tendency to change my mind often on what I should or shouldn't do. She easily could've become impatient and rude but from the beginning to the end, she was patient,calm,attentive and a good listener. She made me feel like she cared about her clients and winning her cases much more than the amount she charges. She is a fine combination of kind and tenacious. A sharp competitor in her field but a good person to her clients. She is easily half the cost of a top rated trial lawyer, and would be just as good if put on trial, if not better than some of the bulldogs out there that are in it JUST to fight and rape your pocketbook, then get upset and push for trial if you choose to mediate. Hire her if you don't want to spend $15 grand on your divorce but still come out with a fair deal.
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Posted by Stephen | December 3, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Teresita Varela
I have greatly appreciated the support Teresita Varela was able to provide during my divorce. As a father of four children I was not confident that primary custody would be achievable, however with Teresita's help it was! Teresita has been approachable, flexible, insightful, and professional.
Posted by David | June 13, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
I unfortunately have had an adversarial relationship with my ex wife for the past 7 years. Most recently, she filed court paperwork charging me with harassment. Rather than try and fight the claim on my own, I sought out legal counsel and a family friend referred me to Teresita. Going to court, I'm glad Teresita was on my side! She had very clean, clear, and structured arguments, refuting claims from the other party (my ex). The harassment claim was dismissed. Thank you Teresita!
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Posted by Michelle | April 20, 2017
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Absolutley Amazing
The first time I met Teresita I knew I had found an amazing lawyer. Teresita is very personable, honest, accomodating and really cares about what you are going through. She is thorough in her research and is very detailed. She is very up front about what your options are and does not make choices for you. She very much makes me feel as though she works for me and is VERY honest about billing her time. I recommend her to EVERYONE I meet. She has a big heart and a great work ethic.
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Posted by Chelsi | September 29, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
My Favorite Lawyer
I've had three lawyers in the past and none of them have come close to Teresita. The day I met her, I was very excited for her to represent me. She is very personable, caring, understandable, straight forward and much more. I could tell that she actually cared about my case. Unlike the previous three. When she moved from her previous location, I knew without a doubt, that I would be going with her to her own firm so she could continue representing me. She has been wonderful! I would defiantly refer her to anyone in need. Thank you for everything Teresita!
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Posted by Peter | May 14, 2016
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A lawyer with a heart
Teresita has been so great to work with, she did and has done everything possible to get me the best outcome possible. She is super personable and actually cares about the well being of her clients. Thank you so much for everything you have done!
Posted by Carly | February 18, 2016
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| Consulted Attorney
Highly recommend this attorney!
I had a consultation with Teresita Verela and was very happy! She was warm, perfessional, and very kind about my situation. She has that element of compassion that is missing in a lot of people!
Posted by Dexter | January 12, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Don't ever use
6000 dollars later and i,can't even see my son she lost case after case was never prepared an now after loseing all my case she can't even return my casls never use her she is a waist of money.
Posted by anonymous | February 11, 2016
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| Consulted Attorney
I had a consult with this attorney and I was not pleased with how little interest she showed in my case. She was dressed like a teenage girl with a very low cut shirt that exposed her chest. She kept making comments saying shes an attorney making me feel as if I was uneducated
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AVVO RATING 8.2 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Principal/Owner at Varela Legal, PLLC
  • Varela Legal, PLLC
  • 2018 - Present
  • Associate Attorney
  • Gravis Law, PLLC
  • 2017 - 2018
  • Associate Attorney
  • Law Office of Kari Hayles-Davenport
  • 2016 - 2017
  • Principal/Owner
  • Varela Legal, PLLC
  • 2016 - 2016
  • Associate Attorney
  • Clearwater Law Group
  • 2015 - 2016
  • Associate Attorney
  • Spokane County Public Defender Office
  • 2015 - 2015
  • Legal Researcher
  • Kauffman & Associates, Inc.
  • 2013 - 2015
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  • Gonzaga University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2013
  • Hodges University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2008


  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2019 - Present
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • 2013 - Present
  • Benton Franklin County Bar Association
  • 2016 - 2018
  • Spokane County Bar Association
  • 2013 - 2016
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish
  • English


  • The local Hero award
  • Board of Governors of the Washington State bar association
  • 2019
  • 2018 10 Best Attorney Client Satisfaction
  • American Institute of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2018

Attorney endorsements

Received (4)
Given (4)
Family Attorney | Oct 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Teresita is great! She's always polite and fair, even when she's opposing counsel."
Unknown Attorney | Mar 06
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Teresita is a passionate advocate for her clients. She is patient and thoughtful and works to make the legal process as fluid as possible. I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Feb 12
Relationship: Co-worker
"Teresita is passionate about helping her clients and exploring all solutions possible in an effort to achieve the best outcome. I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Sep 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Teresita is a personable and passionate advocate for her clients. I endorse this lawyer."

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Lawyer Teresita Del Carmen Varela
Teresita Del Carmen Varela
Licensed for 9 years