Deanna Rusch

Senior Attorney

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  • WA
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  • OR

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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 Rusch

Deanna Rusch is a highly respected family law and divorce attorney in Vancouver, WA known for her intellect, humor, and straightforward yet kind approach to solving her clients’ challenges. Her practice includes all areas of family law, with an emphasis on complex divorce, relocation, inter-state, and UCCJEA issues. She is particularly skilled in assisting divorce clients who own businesses or other complex financial assets.

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. Deanna believes when family dynamics change, it does not need to be a negative experience.

“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’s tenacity in protecting her clients has earned her the respect of her peers as a force to be reckoned with — she has been ranked a Rising Star by Washington Super Lawyers every year since 2010 and has been named a “Washington Outstanding Young Lawyer” by Seattle Met magazine. 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.’” Deanna takes pride in reassuring her clients and providing them with practical and straightforward advice.

Deanna is a Pacific Northwest native, having grown up splitting her time between the suburbs of Seattle and the suburbs of Portland. She is a die-hard football fan—Seattle Seahawks and University of Washington Huskies, in particular. She is the dog mom to Rocky (11 years) and Adrianne (puppy). She is always up for a good laugh with family and friends over board games, is a scary movie fanatic, and is always on the hunt for a good winery or brewery.


  • Washington State Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Clark County Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Oregon State Bar Association, Family Law and Juvenile Sections
  • Vancouver Downtown Association
  • Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce

In the Community

  • Volunteer Attorney, Volunteer Lawyer Program
  • Volunteer Attorney, St. Andrews Legal Clinic
  • Volunteer, Clark County Mock Trial Competition
  • Member, Friends of Hospice Southwest Washington
  • Auction Committee, Humane Society for SW Washington
  • J.D., Gonzaga University
  • B.A., University of Washington: Law, Societies, and Justice

Deanna regularly represents clients in:

  • Klickitat County
  • Washington
  • Wahkiakum County
  • Washington
  • Clark County
  • Washington
  • Skamania County
  • Washington
  • Cowlitz County
  • Washington
While Deanna practices primarily in these counties, she represents clients throughout Oregon, Washington, the U.S., and internationally who are involved in Oregon or Washington State family law matters. Contact us if you think you have a family law issue we can help you with.


Distinguished as a Washington Rising Star by Super Lawyers® 2012-2017

Distinguished as an Oregon Rising Star by Super Lawyers® 2010

Washington Outstanding Young Lawyer, Seattle Met, 2012

Accomplished & Under 40, Vancouver Business Journal 10.0 “Superb” rating

Practice Areas

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  • /Practice-Areas/Divorce/High-Net-Worth-Divorce.aspx_High Net Worth Divorce
  • /Practice-Areas/Divorce/International-Divorce.aspx_International Family Law
  • /Practice-Areas/Gay-LGBT-Family-Law.aspx_LGBT Family Law
  • /Practice-Areas/Relocation.aspx_Relocation
  • /Practice-Areas/Unmarried-Couples.aspx_Unmarried Couples
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