About Gordon W. Wilcox
Gordon has practiced family law for over 35 years, reached negotiated or mediated settlements in the majority of his cases and tried a large number of cases over those years. His focus on thorough preparation assists him in negotiating or mediating appropriate settlements in cases ranging from fairly substantial to very substantial in asset levels and complexity, including parenting issues and relocation. He has been a Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers for over 20 years and is repeatedly honored by organizations like Best Lawyers in America and Washington Super Lawyers as a top family law attorney in the state.
"I chose family law because I am more interested in helping individuals than corporations," says Gordon. "And I found I could help people in family law. Clients with complex assets or difficult parenting matters face what can be a challenging ordeal and need experienced counsel and able paralegals at their side."
With a "right to the point" demeanor, Gordon explains his pragmatic approach to family law:
"I analyze the facts of the case and consider them in terms of the law and positive and negative aspects to make a strategic plan for resolving the case," he says. "Clients need a lawyer who is smart and thoughtful, not aggressive."
Gordon credits much of his success to his mentor. He learned family law from Richard Riddell of Riddell Williams, where he practiced and worked with paralegals when that was not commonplace. Today, Gordon will again be working with a team of attorneys, paralegals, and other professionals to provide a full range of legal support and attentive client service.
When not working, Gordon enjoys spending time with his daughters, granddaughter, and friends. He also enjoys sailing, cooking, travel, rebuilding boats, and building furniture.Next >>
- Fellow, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML)
- Member, King County Bar Association
- Member, Washington State Bar Association
Professional Community Activities
- Evergreen Legal Services, President, 1976 – 1980 and Director, 1976 – 1996
- Director, Columbia Legal Services, 1996 – 2010
- Endowment for Equal Justice, 2011 – 2013
- Yale College, BA, 1965
- University of Pennsylvania Law School, JD, 1968
Publications & Presentations
- Co-Author of the chapters on Property Identification, Valuation and Division, Washington Family Law Desk Book, Washington State Bar Association, 1989
- Author: "Chutes and Ladders," the Use of Summary Devices in Family Law, Council of Community Property States, 1991