H. Michael Finesilver

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Top Rated Family Law Attorney in Seattle, WA

Anderson, Fields, Dermody & McIlwain, Inc., P.S.
 | 207 East Edgar Street, Seattle, WA 98102-3108
Phone: 425-276-4951
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2008 - 2019
Licensed Since: 1974
Practice Areas:
  • Family Law
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Since 1977, H. Michael Finesilver has been a partner at Anderson, Fields, Dermody & McIlwain, Inc., P.S. He focuses his practice exclusively on family law from the firm's office in Seattle, Washington, representing clients throughout King and Snohomish counties and across the state. Admitted to practice before all Washington state courts since 1974, Mr. Finesilver is also admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of the United States.

The practice of family law can often entail having to deal with emotional and highly charged cases, and the ethical manner in which Mr. Finesilver has handled these matters throughout his career coupled with his successful track record in and out of the courtroom have earned him the high regard of his colleagues, as evidenced by his receipt of an "Excellent" peer review rating through Avvo. A significant portion of his clients are people who are facing the end of their marriages, and he helps them deal with property division, child custody and other divorce-related issues. Mr. Finesilver is a trained family law mediator, and he often encourages his clients to try and reach an agreement on their differences through that method of alternative dispute resolution. When necessary or advisable, however, he will aggressively advocate on their behalf before a family law judge.

Mr. Finesilver also has experience in same-sex family law matters, including parenting rights. His professional affiliations include being an active participant in the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, and he has delivered several presentations on family law topics to continuing legal education seminar attendees. Mr. Finesilver pursued his legal studies at the University of Oregon School of Law, and he was a member of the Oregon Law Review before being awarded his Juris Doctor in 1972.

 
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Super Lawyers: 2008 - 2019

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About Michael Finesilver

Admitted: 1974, Washington

Professional Webpage: https://www.a-f-m-law.com/Attorneys/H-M-Finesilver.shtml

Honors/Awards:

  • US Registry's Who's Who, 1995 - 1996
  • Super Lawyers, Excellence in Practice, 2006 - 2017
  • The American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, 1994 - 2017
  • Top Lawyers, Seattle Met, 2010
  • 10 Best Client Satisfaction, American Institute of Family Law Attorneys, 2016 - 2017
  • AV Rating, Martindale Hubbell

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • National Board of Governors, Washington Chapter, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers
  • Board Member, Washington State Chapter, Association of Family & Conciliation Courts
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1994
  • Co-Chair, National Amicus Committee, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers
  • Chair, National Amicus Committee, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers
  • Board of Electors, WA State Representative, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, 2005 - Present
  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Washington Chapter, 1994 - Present
  • Washington, 1974

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Co-author, In re Custody of A.F.J., 179 Wash.2d 179, 314 P.3d 373 (2013), American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (“AAML”), de facto parenting, 2013
  • Co-Author, Judge's Deskbook, King County
  • Co-author, In re Parentage of L.B., 155 Wash.2d 679, 122 P.3d 161, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (“AAML”), de facto parenting, 2005
  • Co-Author, Understanding Family Law in Washington
  • Divorce Settlements: Shedding New Light On Old Assumptions, Washington State Bar Association, 22, 2006
  • Co-Author, Spousal Disparity, Washington State Bar Association Journal
  • Co-Author, Divorce in Washington

Verdicts/Settlements:

  • In re Marriage of Washburn, 101 Wn.2d 168, 677 P.2d 152, 1984
  • Obergefell v. Hodges, 576 U.S., 2015
  • United States v. Windsor, 570 U.S., U.S. Supreme Court, 2013
  • Shibley v. Shibley, 197 Wash.App. 1020, 2016
  • Pippins v. Jankelson, 110 Wash.2d 475, 754 P.2d 105, 1988
  • Pennington v. Pennington, 162 Wash.App. 1002, 2011
  • In re Marriage of Shellenberger, 80 Wash.App. 71,906 P.2d 968, 1995
  • In re Marriage of Lukoskie and Kim, 124 Wash.App. 1034, 2004
  • In re Marriage of Sedlock, 69 Wn.App. 484, 849 P.2d 1243, 1993
  • In re Marriage of Schurman, 178 Wash. App. 634, 316 P.3d 514, 2013
  • In re Marriage of Bolton and Schneider, 186 Wash.App. 1018, 2015
  • In re Marriage of Orman, 144 Wash.App. 1015, 2008
  • In re Marriage of Kaye, 183 Wash. App. 1045, 2014
  • In re Marriage of Heckman, 153 Wash.App. 1040, 2009
  • Matter of Marriage of Glass, 67 Wash.App. 378, 835 P.2d 1054, 1992
  • In re Marriage of Arvey, 77 Wash.App. 817, 894 P.2d 1346, 1995
  • Lee v. Kennard, 176 Wash. App. 678, 310 P.3d 845, 2013
  • Lakes at Mercer Island Homeowners Ass'n v. Witrak, 61 Wash.App. 177, 810 P.2d 27, 1991
  • Caven v. Caven, 136 Wash.2d 800, 966 P.2d 1247, 1998
  • Burnard v. Burnard, 172 Wash.App. 1051, 2015

Educational Background:

  • University of Washington, B.A., Major: Russian Language
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207 East Edgar Street
Seattle, WA 98102-3108

Phone: 425-276-4951

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Last Updated: 2/21/2019

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