About Araceli Amaya
Araceli Amaya approaches family law with compassion, respect for her clients, and a razor-sharp legal mind. She has spent her entire law career in family law, honing her considerable skills by protecting the interests of clients and their families – both in and out of the courtroom – for over 16 years. Araceli represents clients in all areas of family law, with particular skill for third party custody cases and divorces involving high asset property issues.
Araceli believes in 100% honesty with her clients and makes sure they know from the beginning what they can expect of her – she will listen to their goals, help them understand the implications of what it will take to achieve them, and get to work on the resolution they need.
"It is important to choose your battles wisely,” says Araceli. “Family law is fraught with contention, but the reality is that not all issues merit a fight. A good attorney is not one who litigates every issue, but the right issue. I focus on the big picture of my clients’ well-being."
Whether the situation calls for collaboration or taking the case to court, Araceli works with clients on the unique facts and issues in their case to create the most effective strategy for success.
While known for her intellect and professionalism among her colleagues, Araceli’s clients repeatedly commend her ability to be a formidable attorney while also being supportive and positive.
"I relate to what my clients are going through, especially as a mother,” says Araceli. "Family law is an area that demands I not only think outside the box as an attorney, but provide support and compassionate service to my clients."
Araceli is a mother of two and most enjoys spending time with her family, as well as trying new foods and winding down with a funny book. She treks annually to California to spend time with her parents, whom she credits with teaching her the value of hard work, respect, and humility.Next >>
- King County Bar Association, Family Law Section
- Washington State Bar Association, Family Law Section and Young Lawyers Division
- Washington Latino/a Bar Association
- State Bar of California
- Mother Attorneys Mentoring Association of Seattle
- J.D., American University, College of Law
- B.A., University of Redlands, International Relations and Affairs
Publications & Presentations
- Author, "Non-Parental Custody and Burden of Proof," King County Bar Bulletin, March 2016
- Author, "How To Fight the Uphill Battle of Non-Parental Custody," King County Bar Bulletin, December 2015
- Presenter, “Post-Decree Child Support and Pitfalls to Avoid,” CLE, McKinley Irvin Family Law Speaker Series, 2015