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Anne Wakefield


Compassionate Counsel Backed by Years of Experience

Anne began the practice of law during her education at The University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law. There, she worked as an intern in the Legal Affairs Unit of the California Department of Corrections, and subsequently for the Sacramento District Attorney's Office where she charged individuals for misdemeanor offenses. Anne started her post-graduate career as a public defender in Everett and subsequently worked at a small private firm in Lynnwood where she handled criminal, dependency, and family law matters before starting her own private practice.

A Passion for Helping Families

Today, Anne practices exclusively in family law, which includes a limited number of private dependency cases. Anne is passionate about representing clients in family court and mediations. Her background in criminal defense and dependencies has earned her extensive trial experience. Anne knows that it is important to begin developing trial strategy from the inception of a case, immediately gathering and preserving important evidence, which can be used in settlement negotiations and can ultimately be used at trial when necessary. Anne is a skilled negotiator who is ready to go to court if the opposing party will not agree to reasonable terms. She loves guiding clients through life crises whether clients are facing an amicable separation or a contentious trial.

How She Uses Criminal Defense in Family Law

Anne’s background in criminal defense and dependencies is particularly useful where these practice areas intersect with family law. It is unfortunately not uncommon for Domestic Violence and CPS matters to be part of a dissolution case. When child custody is at issue, Anne knows how to build her client’s favorable evidence and to engage appropriate parenting evaluators, mental health experts, and other experts tailored to her client’s unique case.

Anne mainly works with a professional client base and regularly deals in high asset division. She knows that, when warranted, it is important to obtain qualified experts at the beginning of a case to conduct financial tracing, business valuation, stock valuation, future income analysis, etc. When your retirement, your home, your life savings, and your future income is at stake, it is important to work with a skilled attorney who knows how to protect your rights while pushing a case toward an optimal resolution, whether that may be by settlement or via trial.

How Wakefield Legal Can Help You

Anne’s practice is to identify the client’s goals during her first meeting and to work backward to build a strategy with the client to support the best possible chance of reaching the desired outcome. Clients notice that Anne is particularly attentive and understands their pain points. Clients come to a meeting with Anne feeling overwhelmed, not knowing what lays ahead. Anne maps out the way through their legal challenges so that clients can visualize their future on the other side and a sense of relief begins to take shape.

Call Wakefield Legal at 206-966-6933 or reach out by completing an online form. We are ready to answer your questions and guide you every step of the way. Do not hesitate to reach out.

Why Choose US?

  • Personalized attention to your unique case

    We are responsive and supportive and we engage our clients in strategy development and decision making, giving you an overview of the law and explaining how the legal factors apply to your unique circumstances.

    We pride ourselves on our responsiveness and our proactive approach. We review all of the evidence with you and give direct advice about what will best position you to succeed in meeting your legal goals. We are very strategic and we know how to rapidly craft thoughtful strategy in an emergent situation.

  • Highly recommended by peers & clients

    It is rare to find a team that is exceptionally skilled in settlement negotiations and simultaneously armed with the experience and skill to step into court on a moment’s notice. We are both counselors at law and advocates. We know it is best for clients to craft their own settlement that fits their family’s unique needs. We also start clients away from wasting time and money on fruitless negotiations when litigation is warranted.

    Our clients benefit from our reputation in the legal community. We are knowledgeable and detail-oriented in front of judges and commissioners. Opposing counsel know us and they know that we are prepared to go to court if negotiations fall through.

  • Compassionate counsel and aggressive advocacy

    We understand that Family law touches on every aspect of our clients’ lives. We know that we are advocating for an outcome that will significantly impact your day to life for years to come. We know that your future ties back to our future success because happy clients are the foundation of a thriving legal practice.

  • Proven, trial-tested experience

    We have a team of experienced attorneys with diverse backgrounds who bring great depth and strategy to our case plans. We use a team approach to ensure that each client is fully supported and we have the capacity to specifically match each client with the very best lead attorney for their unique circumstances.

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