Amy Carei

Senior Attorney


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Interesting notes about Amy
Proudest accomplishment: My kids are good people
Top Bucket List Item: Finish writing my book
Instruments played: Violin
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About Amy Carei

Amy Carei comes from humble beginnings. She was the first person in her extended family to go to college, let alone attend law school. Raised by a single mother with limited means, Amy understands the importance of family and the value of a dollar. She takes neither for granted in her law practice.

“Having received an advanced education, I feel that I now owe something to the world. I strive to use my degree to help people who really need help. I find that there is great opportunity for service in family law.”

Amy prides herself on being a genuine and approachable person first and a lawyer second. She takes time to understand what her clients are going through and has a knack for explaining complicated legal processes in plain English.

She believes that true collaboration leads to the best legal outcomes.

“I see myself as the navigator and my client as the pilot. I want my clients to participate actively in the process. I serve as the legal authority; they are the authority on their own lives.”

Amy has significant experience representing clients in times of crisis. Before transitioning to private practice, she worked for an agency that was dedicated to helping survivors of domestic violence. She is passionate about providing families with opportunities to create safer, more stable lives.

A fifth generation Washingtonian, Amy lives in Tacoma with her spouse, her three children, and two dogs - a Newfoundland/Lab mix named Huxley and a St. Bernard named Ellie. The family enjoys cooking, gardening, and hiking together. Amy’s hobbies include playing the violin, remodeling her 1890’s Craftsman house, and restoring old Toyota hatchbacks.

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  • Washington State Bar Association, 2014 – Present
  • Tacoma Pierce County Bar Association, 2017 - Present
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  • J.D., Seattle University School of Law
    • CALI Award for Foreclosure Mediation
    • Diversity Scholarship Recipient
  • Certified Mediator, King County Center for Dispute Resolution
  • Certified Guardian ad Litem
  • B.A., Pacific Lutheran University
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Publications & Presentations


  • Contributing Author, How to Handle Child Custody and Visitation During the COVID-19 Pandemic, McKinley Irvin Family Law Blog, 2020


  • Presenter, “Ethics in Parenting Plans for Incarcerated Parents,” Institute of Continuing Legal Education, 2020
  • Presenter, “Silent Petitioners and the RPCs,” Institute of Continuing Legal Education, 2019
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      "Thanks for all the work for our family over the past year. We’re really glad you are on our side."
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