Deanna L. Rusch

Top rated Family Law attorney in Vancouver, Washington

McKean Smith, LLC
Deanna L. Rusch
McKean Smith, LLC

Practice Areas: Family Law

Licensed in Washington since: 2006

Education: Gonzaga University School of Law

Selected to Rising Stars: 2010, 2012 - 2021

McKean Smith, LLC

655 W Columbia Way
Suite 504
Vancouver, WA 98660 Phone: 360-502-7022 Email: Deanna L. Rusch Visit website


Deanna Rusch is a highly respected family law and divorce attorney in Vancouver, Washington recognized for her poise in court, friendly demeanor, knowledge of the law, sense of humor, and trial experience. Deanna has a straightforward-yet-kind approach to solving her clients’ challenges. Her practice includes all areas of family law, with an emphasis on complex divorce and family law matters. She is especially skilled in assisting divorce clients who own businesses or other complex financial assets. She represents clients in Clark County, Cowlitz County, Skamania County, Klickitat County, and Pacific County.
Deanna starts each case by learning about her clients and their personal goals. She explains, in plain language, how the law fits with those goals and develops a strategy to protect their interests. “It doesn’t have to be terrifying,” Deanna says. “Rather, it can be a new beginning. I’m here to solve my clients’ challenges and take the stress off their shoulders as we figure out how to move them and their family forward.” Deanna provides all of her clients with unique and individualized representation and has been known to answer emails and her cell phone at all hours.

Deanna has been ranked a Rising Star by Washington Super Lawyers every year since 2010 and was named a “Washington Outstanding Young Lawyer” by Seattle Met magazine. She has been recognized by Best Lawyers of America every year since 2018. Deanna is especially proud of her recognition as “Accomplished & Under 40” by the Vancouver Business Journal in 2012. While the legal complexities of family law can be a challenge, Deanna tackles issues head-on and makes sure her clients feel the relief of having a dedicated attorney by their side. “It’s important to keep a sense of humor throughout. I tell each of my clients, ‘if I need you to worry about something, I will tell you. Otherwise, don’t worry about it.’” She is committed to protecting you and what's important to you.

Deanna is a Pacific Northwest native and a die-hard football fan—Seattle Seahawks and University of Washington Huskies, in particular. She lives in Camas with her dogs, Adrianne (age 4) and Cash (age 1). Deanna enjoys being an active member of her community including previously serving as a Councilperson for the City of Camas.  She currently volunteers with the Clark County Volunteer Lawyers Program and is on the Board of Directors for the Downtown Camas Association, Camas Washougal Community Chest, and West Columbia Gorge Humane Society.

First Admitted: 2006, Washington

Professional Webpage:

Bar/Professional Activity:
  • Clark County Volunteer Lawyers Program
  • Washington State Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Oregon State Bar Association
  • Clark County Bar Association, Family Law Section
Educational Background:
  • University of Washington, B.A., Law, Societies, and Justice
  • Best Lawyers in America, Best Lawyers in America, Best Lawyers, 2020
  • , Best Lawyers , US News Best Lawyers in America, 2023
  • , Best Lawyers - Family Law, Best Lawyers in America , 2022
  • , Women of Vision, Daily Journal of Commerce, 2021
  • Best Lawyers in America, Best Lawyers in America, Best Lawyers, 2021
  • Best Lawyers in America, Best Lawyers in America , Best Lawyers, 2019
  • Top Women Attorneys in Washington 2018 (Seattle Met Magazine), 2018
  • Best Lawyers in America, 2018
  • Washington Rising Star, 2017-2020, 2020
  • 10.0 "Superb" Rating
  • Washington Rising Star by Super Lawyers®, 2012-2017
  • Oregon Rising Star, Super Lawyers®, 2010
  • Accomplished & Under 40, Vancouver Business Journal, 2012
  • Washington Outstanding Young Lawyer, Seattle Met, 2012
Pro bono/Community Service:
  • West Columbia Gorge Humane Society Co-Chair, 2021
  • Downtown Camas Association - Board Member
  • Board Member - Camas Washougal Community Chest, 2020
  • Charter Review Commissioner – District 4, Position 1  - Clark County Charter Review Commission, 2020
  • Camas City Council Chairperson 
  • Volunteer Attorney, Volunteer Lawyer Program
  • 100 Women Who Care - Clark County (Chair)
  • Auction Committee, Humane Society for SW Washington
  • Member, Identity Clark County
  • Volunteer, Clark County Mock Trial Competition
  • Volunteer Attorney, St. Andrews Legal Clinic

Office location for Deanna L. Rusch

655 W Columbia Way
Suite 504
Vancouver, WA 98660


11 Years Rising Stars
  • Rising Stars: 2010, 2012 - 2021

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