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Stacey D. Swenhaugen

  • Senior Associate Attorney

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Practice Areas:

  • Family Law

Biography

Stacey D. Swenhaugen has established herself as a tenacious litigator and effective problem solver. Known for her determined litigation efforts and bear knuckle work ethic, Stacey has built a solid reputation for getting client's cases solved quickly without compromising core client values. Besides Stacey's effective oral argument, one of her greatest strengths is in her legal writing. Through written advocacy, Stacey effectively helps the Court to understand the strengths in her clients' position before even stepping foot in the court room.

Despite her ability to advocate aggressively when the situation calls for it, Stacey is a firm believer that not every problem should be treated as a nail that must be hammered. Many family law disputes, particularly those involving children, are better resolved with civility and diligent negotiation outside of the court room. Stacey is passionate about listening to client needs and crafting remedies specific to each families' unique set of circumstances.

Before joining the Law Office of Sophia M. Palmer, Stacey interned for attorney Diana Kiesel, now a sitting Pierce County Superior Court Commissioner, and worked for family law firms in both Pierce and King County. As a result, she has an established reputation in both counties, and has significant familiarity with the family court commissioners and procedures.

Prior to establishing her legal practice, Stacey volunteered as a King County CASA, investigating child custody disputes. This valuable experience has allowed her to successfully apply her inside knowledge of how GALs and Parenting Evaluators make their decisions in child custody matters.

Stacey graduated from Seattle University School of Law. She obtained her Bachelor's Degree in Sociology from the University of Washington. She has over twelve years of experience working directly in the legal industry.

In her free time, Stacey enjoys spending time with her husband and four children, snowboarding, and cheering for the Seahawks.

Education

  • Seattle University School of Law, Seattle, Washington
    • J.D. - 2008
  • University of Washington, Seattle, Washington
    • B.A. - 2003
    • Major: Sociology

Bar Admission

  • Washington, 2009

Pro-Bono Activities

  • King County CASA, Volunteer

Professional Associations

  • Tacoma-Pierce County Bar Association, Member, 2012 to Present
  • Washington State Bar Association, Member, 2008 to Present

Past Positions

  • Benjamin & Healy/Envision Family Law, Associate, 2013 to 2018
  • Engel Law Group, PS, Attorney, 2010 to 2013
  • King County Bar Association Family Law Mentor Program, Attorney, 2009 to 2013