BURKHALTER LAW PLLC

I offer a free 15 minute telephone consultation.

Please call 425.303.3110

S. SCOTT BURKHALTER

Lawyer


I approach every client with a focus on integrity, advocacy, understanding, and results.

I believe I have a reputation of excellence in providing smart, sensible, and cost-effective legal solutions for my clients.

I have represented clients ranging from major companies and banks to the individual negotiating a land use issue with the city; but, I have found over the years, my passion is family law.

I devote much of my time to trial practice, while at the same time I look for a cost effective approach to settle a matter in the client’s best interests. 

My academic honors include the Dean’s Award for Academic Excellence in several subject areas including subjects involving real estate and family law, the Outstanding Achievement Award in Environmental, Land Use and Real Estate Law, and the Distinguished Leadership Award.  I co-founded Chapman Law’s Real Estate Law Society, and was a member of its Environmental Law and Christian Law Society. 

I enjoy cooking, dining, travel, golf, as well as being a spectator of the various teams the greater Puget Sound has to offer.


KNOWLEDGE

I stay current with the law and the Court process.  I have appeared in numerous Courts throughout Washington State, in several counties, as well as in the Federal Courts and Washington Court of Appeals.  Whether you are going through a divorce in Everett, Seattle, Bellevue, Redmond or any other city or county in the State, I can navigate you through the system and meet your legal needs.  I understand the cost of divorce and will discuss various options to meet your legal needs.

 ​​"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." --Divorce Client.

 ADVOCATE

The trial and motion practice is a component of our legal system that is to be respected, but leads to an uncertain result.  I have the experience and talent to represent you in such a matter should the need arise.

"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."  --Divorce Client

NEGOTIATION

I have negotiated thousands of matters without ever seeing a Courtroom from a simple visitation issue, temporary orders, or final resolution.  To know the outcome is always better than to have someone make the decision for you.  Surprisingly, a simple phone call may resolve the issue or set the stage for what is yet to come.  

 "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."  --Divorce Client

DISPUTE RESOLUTION


I am a strong believer people should find a way to resolve their disputes without having to go through the emotional, expensive, and uncertain Court process.  To place your family before an individual in a robe leads to uncertain results.  Family law attorneys should strive for this ideal.

 "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."  --Divorce Client  

EXPERIENCE

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

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

Education
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

Publications
Oversimplification--
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.

I offer services in the following areas:

 **I am admitted to practice in any county in the state of Washington.  I have handled cases in the following counties to date:  King, Snohomish, Pierce, Skagit, Island, Whatcom, Clallum, Chelan, Clark, Jefferson, Kitsap, Kittitas, Mason, Spokane, and Thurston.  I have also handled cases in the Washington State Court of Appeals and the United States District Court of Washington, Western District.**

Divorce-Traditional

Divorce-Same Sex

Divorce-Committed Intimate Partners

Divorce-Domestic Partnerships

Legal Separation-Traditional

Legal Separation-Committed Intimate Partners

Legal Separation-Domestic Partnerships

Converting Legal Separation to a Divorce

Annulment

Paternity/Unmarried Couples

Property Division


Agreements

   Separation Contracts

   Property Settlement Agreements

​   Prenuptial Agreements

   Postnuptial Agreements

​   Cohabitation Agreements


Custody

​   Parenting Plans

   Parenting Plan Modifications

   Residential Schedule

​   Residential Schedule Modifications

   Non-Parental Custody

​   Grandparent Custody

   Relocating/Moving With Children

 ​Child Support

  Establishing Child Support

  Modifying Child Support

 Spousal Support or Alimony

​   Modifying Spousal Support or Alimony

 Dispute Resolution

   Negotiation

   Mediation

   Arbitration

 Litigation

   Trials

   Temporary Orders

   Domestic Violence Protection Orders

   No-Contact Orders

   Restraining Orders

   Antiharassment Orders

   Contempt

      Parenting Plan or Residential Schedule

      Child Support

​   Enforcement of Court Orders

 Limited Representation

 Limited Estate Planning Services

**While I have attempted to be as complete as possible, there are many family law services I can provide that may not be listed here.  I also have a broad referral source of attorneys should the need arise."