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Stacy Heard

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Family Law Attorney in Seattle, WA

The Law Office of Stacy D. Heard, PLLC
1420 5th Ave, Suite 3000
Seattle, WA 98101
Phone: 206-447-8200
Fax: 206-447-8203
Selected to Rising Stars: 2004
Licensed in Washington Since: 1999
Practice Areas: Family Law, International
Languages Spoken: English, French, Spanish
Attorney Profile

Attorney Stacy Heard is the founder and owner of The Law Office of Stacy D. Heard, PLLC, in Seattle, Washington. A top-ranked lawyer with more than 30 years of total legal experience, Ms. Heard focuses her practice solely on family law and international family law, and she provides invaluable counsel and support to clients across her region and throughout the state who have legal needs involving any of the following:

  • Divorce
  • High conflict parenting plans and child custody issues
  • Hague Convention cases and international child custody issues
  • Complex financial matters and property division
  • Relocation
  • Restraining orders
  • Child support
  • Modifications and enforcements

As an attorney, Ms. Heard has gained a reputation for her compassion and integrity when dealing with her clients as well as her unwavering commitment to helping them obtain their goals and the favorable outcomes they seek as efficiently and cost-effectively as possible. She is trained in cross-border mediation, family law mediation, collaborative law and arbitration, and as a Title 26 guardian ad litem.

A leader in her field, Ms. Heard published two books and co-authored a third. She has conducted many lectures and seminars on a variety of family law topics. She is also active in the international family law community and is a Fellow of the International Academy of Family Lawyers (IAFL).

Among her other professional affiliations, Ms. Heard serves on Council and as International Law Committee Chair for the American Bar Association's Family Law Section. She is a member of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (AFCC) Washington state and Australian Chapters. She is a past president of the Washington State Chapter of AFCC.

Ms. Heard obtained her Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Oregon in International Studies, with honors. She obtained her Juris Doctor from Seattle University School of Law, working full-time as a family law paralegal and attending law school at night. She has received perennial designation from her peers as among the top lawyers in her region, and she has thrice received the Pro Bono Publico Service Commendation from the Washington State Bar Association.

Ms. Heard is also a member of the Oregon State Bar. 

Practice Areas
  • 50%Family Law
  • 50%International
Focus Areas

Alimony & Spousal Support, Child Support, Custody & Visitation, Dissolution, Divorce, Domestic Violence, Paternity, Prenuptial Agreements, Marital Property, Mediation & Collaborative Law


1 Years Rising Stars
  • Rising Stars: 2004

About Stacy Heard

First Admitted: 1999, Washington

Professional Webpage:


Pro bono/Community Service

  • Volunteer Attorney, US State Department Hague Convention Attorney Network, 2021
  • Volunteer Attorney, Lawyer's Fostering Independence (LFI), Center for Children and Youth Justice


  • Pro Bono Publico Service Commendation, Washington State Bar Association
  • Rising Star, Super Lawyers Magazine

Educational Background

  • University of Oregon, B.A., International Studies, with Honors
  • Universite de Poitiers, Poitiers, France, International Studies and French Literature


  • Aubin v. Barton, 123 Wn. App. 592, 98 P .3d 126 (2004). Legal malpractice action regarding the standard of care required of an attorney representing a grantee of stock options in a marital dissolution action in the State of Washington, 2004

Special Licenses/Certifications

  • Cross-Border Mediation, 2019
  • Title 26 GAL, 2005

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • Family Law Practice Guide for the state of Washington, Author, Washington Family Law - Lexis Nexis Practice Guide, LexisNexis, Family Law, 2021
  • Presented on the impact of Covid-19 on parenting plans and alternative resolutions to conflict. , Speaker, Impact of Covid-19 on Parenting Plans/Residential Schedules, WSBA, Family Law, 2020
  • Presented legal standards in the state of Washington and the United States for resist and refuse dynamics in family law cases. , Speaker, Parenting Plans/Custody Orders and Teenage Fatigue, 23rd Annual Family Law Conference, Cape Town, South Africa, International Family Law, 2020
  • ABA Family Law Section, Co-Author, Family Law Attorneys and Parenting Evaluators, ABA Section of Family Law, Family Law, 2020
  • LexisNexis Practice Guide, Author, Washington Family Law, LexisNexis, Family Law, 2020
  • Presented on collaboration of attorneys and parenting evaluators in family law cases. , Speaker, Attorney and Parenting Evaluator Collaboration, LEI, Aspen, CO, Family Law, 2019
  • LexisNexis Practice Guide, Author, Washington Family Law , LexisNexis, Family Law, 2019
  • Spoke with a panel on ensuring that mediation is available for American families involved in international family law cases. , Speaker, How to Ensure Mediation is Available in the US for Families in Cross-Border Conflicts, International Social Services (ISS), Washington, DC, International Family Law, 2018
  • Moderated a panel presenting how the 2017 Tax Act impacts divorce cases. , Moderator, Family Law and the 2017 Tax Act, ABA Section of Family Law, Park City, UT, Family Law, 2018
  • Spoke about unique parenting plans and use of experts in family law cases. , Speaker, Dissolutions from A-Z, Parenting Plans and Use of Experts, King County Bar Association, Family Law, 2017
  • Presented on a panel of attorneys and jurists from Singapore, Australia, and the US regarding differences in family law litigation in international jurisdictions. , Speaker, International Strategies for Managing Family Law Litigation, AFCC Australia, Melbourne, Australia, International Family Law, 2017
  • Presented on a panel of differences in domestic violence laws between the US and Australia. , Speaker, Degrees of Separation: Intimate Partner Violence, AFCC National, Boston, MA, International Family Law, 2017
  • Presented on collaboration between attorneys and parenting evaluators to best serve families in the legal system. , Speaker, Attorney and Parenting Evaluator - Professional Collaboration, AFCC , AFCC Washington Chapter, 2017
  • Presented on implicit bias in parenting evaluations in family law cases. , Speaker, Attorney and Parenting Evaluator - Addressing Bias, Law Education Institute , Aspen, CO, Family Law, 2017
  • Co-presented on how attorneys and parenting evaluators can collaborate to best serve families in the legal system. , Speaker, Attorney and Parenting Evaluator - Professional Collaboration to Best Serve the Modern Family, AFCC, AFCC National, 2016
  • LexisNexis Practice Guide, Author, Washington Family Law, Parenting Plans, LexisNexis, Family Law, 2016
  • Co-presented on issues presented in family law cases involving bankruptcy. , Speaker, Bankruptcy Considerations for the Family Lawyer, ABA Family Law Section, Family Law, 2015
  • Presented ethics for paralegals in the area of family law. , Speaker, Family Law Practice for Paralegals, Ethics, NBI, National Business Institute, 2015
  • Presented issues regarding complex assets in divorce cases. , Speaker, Complex Assets in Divorce, NBI, National Business Institute, 2015
  • Lecture on review and interpretation of parenting evaluations. , Speaker, Deconstructing the Parenting Evaluator's Report, AFCC, AFCC, 2014
  • Presented on parenting plans for families with unique issues, including children with disabilities. , Speaker, Parenting Plans, Center for Children and Youth Justice, Lawyer's Fostering Independence, 2014
  • Presented issues involving relocation, including legal and mental health considerations. , Speaker, Relocation Assessment: Mental Health and Legal Perspectives, AFCC , AFCC Washington Chapter, 2014
  • Navigating the Hidden Tax Perils of Debt Relief, 2013, Moderator, Navigating the Hidden Tax Perils of Debt Relief, ABA Section of Family Law, Family Law, 2013
  • Presented options for Parenting Plans for different child development stages. , Speaker, Developmentally Appropriate Parenting Plans, King County Bar Association, Family Law, 2011
  • Presented on various ways to address complex parenting plan/custody issues. , Speaker, Handling Complex Custody Matters, NBI, Family Law, 2008
  • Presented basic divorce law for family law paralegals. , Speaker, Divorce 101 for Paralegals, NBI, Family Law, 2008

Bar/Professional Activity

  • AFCC Member, Washington state, since 2011, 2022
  • Fellow, International Academy of Family Lawyers (IAFL), since 2019, 2022
  • Council, Family Law Section, American Bar Association, since 2019, 2022
  • ABA International Law Section Member, 2022
  • Washington State Bar Association Member, since 1999, 2022
  • ABA Family Law Section Member, since 2012, 2022
  • Oregon State Bar Member, since 2005, 2022
  • King County Bar Association Member, since 2005 , 2022
  • ABA Family Law Section International Committee Chair, since 2019, 2022
  • AFCC Australia Chapter Member, since 2017, 2022
  • American Society of International Law Member, 2020
  • AFCC Washington Chapter Board Member, 2012-2019, 2019
  • International Bar Association Member, 2019
  • ABA Family Law Section CLE Committee, 2017-2018, 2018
  • AFCC Washington Chapter Board President, 2016
  • ABA Family Law Program, Professionals Abroad Delegation to Cuba, 2012

Industry Groups

  • ABA Family Law And International Law Sections
  • AFCC
  • IAFL Fellow
  • KCBA
  • OSBA
  • WSBA
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Office Location for Stacy Heard

1420 5th Ave
Suite 3000
Seattle, WA 98101

Phone: 206-447-8200

Fax: 206-447-8203

Last Updated: 5/15/2022

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