Tara K. Richardson  Principal

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Practice Emphasis

As Chair of LHS&E’s family law department, Tara’s practice focuses on complex marital dissolution actions (including asset valuation, child support and maintenance issues), parenting plan modifications, and child support modifications. She has extensive courtroom experience both in Superior Court and the Court of Appeals as well as resolving her client’s disputes through the mediation and arbitration process. Tara works diligently to achieve the best result for her clients, utilizing a broad depth of experience, knowledge and skills.

In addition to representing clients in traditional litigation cases, Tara is also trained in the collaborative approach to family law. Collaborative Law is an alternative to traditional litigation and is a method of settling disputes in a respectful manner.  Clients agree to use an “out of court” negotiation structure with their attorneys and selected joint experts for an open exchange of relevant information to achieve amicable settlement of all issues that best suit the needs of the new family dynamic as a whole.

In most cases, parties are in crisis. The world they know is ending. Under either the traditional approach or the collaborative approach, using my skills, knowledge, and broad team of professionals we have here at LHS&E, my job is to bring sense and order to the situation and guide my client through to the best possible outcome.

Practice Areas

Education

  • Bachelor of Arts (Political Science), 1995, University of Washington 
  • Juris Doctor, cum laude, 1998, Seattle University School of Law

Representative Cases

  • Marriage of Stewart, 133 Wn. App. 545, 137 P.3d 25 (2006) rev. denied 160 Wn.2d 1011 (2007)

Bar Admissions

  • King County Bar Association 
  • Washington State Bar Association 

Publications

  • File for Divorce in Washington, published by Sourcebooks, Inc.

Professional & Civic

  • Washington State Trial Lawyers Association
  • International Academy of Collaborative Professionals
  • King County Collaborative
  • COMPASS Collaborative, Co-Chair
  • Mother Attorney Mentoring Association (MAMAS)
  • Recognized as a "Top Attorney" by Seattle Met magazine, 2012
  • Named a "Super Lawyer" by Washington Law & Politics magazine, 2012
  • Named a “Rising Star” by Washington Law & Politics magazine, 2001, 2003, 2008

Presentations

  • "Family Law from A to Z," National Business Institute, July 2013
  • "Support Issues in Washington Divorce Proceedings," July 2003
  • "Exploring Essential Issues in Domestic Law for Washington Paralegals," November 2002