Tara K. Richardson


Practice Emphasis

Tara has solely practiced family law since her graduation from Seattle University in 1998. Over the years, Tara has learned that a truly successful outcome is one that achieves the client’s unique, individual needs and goals. In achieving those needs and goals, Tara’s practice focuses on the Collaborative Law and Mediation process where the parties, lawyers, and other professionals work together to reach a mutually satisfactory out of court resolution. Tara excels at utilizing creative thinking and common sense to achieve the best possible result for her clients.

Tara’s representative cases include marital dissolutions/legal separations, parenting plan modifications, and child support modifications.


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

Reported Cases

  • In re the Marriage of Stewart, 133 Wn. App. 545, 137 P.3d 25 (2006). Successfully defeated a challenge to a protection order where the appealing party had engaged in repeated acts of domestic violence.


  • File for Divorce in Washington, 2005, Sourcebooks, Inc.
  • Washington Practice Guide, est. publish date 2015, LexisNexis


  • “Family Law: Advanced Issues,” National Business Institute, December 2014
  • “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

Professional & Civic

‘Best Lawyers’ in the area of Family Law, The Best Lawyers in America, 2019, 2020, 2021

‘Super Lawyer,’ Washington Law & Politics and Washington Super Lawyers magazines, 2012, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021

‘Rising Star,’ Washington Law & Politics and Washington Super Lawyers magazines, 2001, 2003, 2008, 2009

King County Bar Association

Washington State Bar Association

International Academy of Collaborative Professionals

Chair of LHS&E Family Law Department, 2012-2014

Managing Partner, LHS&E, 2015 – 2016

Board Member, Collaborative Professionals of Washington, Present

Former Member, Washington State Bar Association Judiciary & Litigation Committee