Practice Areas  
Divorce, Custody & Family Law
Dispute Resolution, Litigation

1999, Washington
U.S. District Court, Western District of Washington

Pacific Lutheran University; 
BA Legal Studies

Chapman University School of Law; Juris Doctorate

Professional Associations
Washington State Bar Association
(Family Law Section)
King County Bar Association
Snohomish County Bar Association

Value and Function: Wetland Mitigation Banking, 2 CHAP. L. REV. 261 (1999)

I have also contributed to several articles in constitutional law, and in the environmental, land use, and real estate areas including articles published in Nexus-A Journal of Legal Opinion and the Denver University Law Review.

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I am proud that so many of my clients have repeatedly turned to me for counsel and representation, as well as referring those they know.  I work hard to earn their loyalty and respect

100% satisfied!

Posted by Lance 
December 19, 2016

Scott was very attentive to every detail during my divorce. He definitely made the process a lot less stressful. I refer Scott to anyone I know who is looking for an excellent attorney!

Great experience

Posted by Divorce Client
December 2, 2016

Mr. Burkhalter is very professional and helpful. He is very knowledgeable and explained the relevant laws and options clearly. He is very pleasant to work with.

Posted by Chad 
March 17, 2015

Scott represented me during a lengthy custody battle for my children. For any Dad going through a divorce or custody battle, Scott is exactly the person that you need on your side. Anyone who has been through these dark waters will tell you that nothing can prepare you for what you are about to endure. Scott is that guiding light that will help you navigate and be the voice of reason when you need it most. He is trustworthy, responsive, knowledgeable, and he will keep you informed along the way. I cannot thank him enough for helping me get my children back.

Posted by Charles 
December 31, 2014

Scott guided me through a divorce case with exceptional knowledge and practicality. He was very good in explaining the options, capable and willing to champion my interests, but also deferential doing what I wanted rather than furthering his own ego or other goals. I highly recommend him as a consummate professional.

Posted by a Divorce client 
December 16, 2013

I started off my divorce with a different lawyer using the collaborative process. I did this because my ex felt it would help us avoid a nasty drawn out divorce.. for the sake of our kids. We were married for 20 years and stuck it out as long as we did for the kids. After our last kid went to college we decided to divorce.

The collaborative process was horrible. The two lawyers, accountant, and emotional coach were costing me $1K/hour. They seemed to always be on my ex's side. There was a lot of touchy-feely meetings but very little compromise. I let it drag on far too long. After a year+, I decided to get a second opinion and found Scott. Thank goodness I did.

Scott turned the whole process around for me. It was a good experience - he was professional, friendly, empathetic, and did a great job driving my divorce to closure. He gave great advice and was cost-sensitive. I was finally able to get my divorce done through mediation, and split at a reasonable settlement, saving me a lot versus the previous attempt. I felt like Scott was there for me the whole time.

I highly recommend Scott.

Posted by a Divorce client 
November 22, 2013

Scott was a great lawyer! He handled my high conflict divorce in a very professional manner and had my best interest at heart the entire time. He was very cost conscious and honest yet got the job done!

He was a very strong advocate for me and my kids and was a very strategic, caring and effective lawyer. It was a very difficult case involving property division and child support as well as a special needs child. He was tough when he needed to be but at the same time always maintained a very professional demeanor. I wanted to throw the towel in on several occasions but he would not let me give up and in the end he got the job done.

He is great to work with...very smart but also has a great sense of humor when you need it the most. I would highly recommend Scott for any family law issue you may have.

Posted by Chelea 
January 29, 2013

Scott made an ugly divorce go smoothly and quickly. He was always cost conscious and honest and had my best interest at heart. He is a caring, strategic, smart and effective attorney. I have referred many people to him and will continue to do so. He is still a huge help to me and an excellent resource.

Posted by John 
November 20, 2012

I talked to a few lawyers after I was served divorce papers early this year. Unsure which one to pick, I was referred to Scott by my RE Designated Broker. Looking back, I think I made a great choice. His approach was very expedient and pro-active despite the opposing counsel's responses. Scott's superb guidance and personable character made the difference during the entire process. Overall, Scott went above and beyond my expectations!

Posted by a Child Support client 
October 24, 2012

I needed representation in a tough child support case. I live a great distance away, therefore I was hesitant about how this could even work out being as , due to other family issues, I could not travel to Washington. Scott took responsibility, and did a perfect job at what ended up being a long battle with many variables, and truly guided me through an arduous and often frustrating ordeal. To make a long story short, he did exactly what I was hoping he would do, help this case along with a very fair and reasonable outcome considering the circumstances. 
I am extremely appreciative of the work he and his Paralegal, Jennifer, have done to get me through this very difficult time, and will recommend him without hesitation to anyone. I also appreciate Scotts personable nature,and his genuine interest in doing what is right and just. I don't think I could have found better representation in Washington State if I had been there myself, in person, and handpicked a lawyer! Thank you Scott and Jennifer, your professionalism and kindness will not be forgotten!

Posted by a Divorce client 
April 1, 2011

Scott was a strong advocate for me during my divorce, but was also compassionate and understanding about the difficult situation I was going through. He explained my legal rights and helping me evaluate my goals for a final conclusion. He was quick and responsive, and he made an effort to keep costs down where possible. I would highly recommend Scott and Beresford Booth to anyone going through a difficult family law matter.

Posted by Michelle 
March 29, 2011

Scott Burkhalter represented me through a very contentious divorce settlement that involved child custody, support, and property division issues that took over a year to obtain a resolution. Throughout the entire process, Scott and his Paralegal Jennifer were always available to answer questions and offer support through the entire process. Issues still arise occasionally, yet I and my case, are still treated as a priority with Scott and his staff. I have referred people to Scott and Beresford Booth and will continue as my experience has been very positive.

Posted by Susan 
March 23, 2011

Scott Burkhalter handled my divorce with a great amount of knowledge and expertise. He is very skilled at communicating clearly and making complex legal issues understandable which enabled me to make informed choices. He always listened carefully to my questions and concerns and this is apparent in the details of the final paperwork which includes many items specific to my circumstances. Supported by a team of attorneys and, in particular, an extremely bright and capable assistant, Scott provided the personal and professional service I needed.

Posted by Divorce Client

Scott did an exceptional job of handling my divorce case. It was a high conflict case involving child support, property division, and a special needs child. Scott was a huge advocate for me and my children throughout the entire process. He always had my best interest at heart and when I was at the end of my rope and wanted to simply give up and throw in the towel he talked me down off the ledge and helped me stay strong until the very end. He is a very smart, strategic and effective lawyer. He performs with great integrity and professionalism but also has a great sense of humor and is easy to relate to. I always knew that he would respond to my emails in a timely fashion and return my phone calls. The staff at Beresford Booth is extremely caring and professional and easy to work with. You feel confident about your case the moment you step into their office. I highly recommend Scott for any family law matter you are facing. He will work with you to get the best possible outcome for you and your family.








S. Scott Burkhalter, Lawyer