Rainer Frank

Senior Attorney

Tacoma | Puyallup

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I'm inspired by: Grace and perseverence in the face of adversity
Best concert: Bruce Springsteen - Munich
Favorite TV show: How I Met Your Mother
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About Rainer Frank

Attorney Rainer Frank brings to family law a fascinating background and wide perspective that helps him understand people from all walks of life. He’s traveled widely and has lived and attended school in England, Germany, and the U.S. He has worked on a farm, in a factory, and in construction. The son of a Marine Corps officer, he comes from a family that values service. Rainer credits this environment for his personal work ethic and for his choice to practice family law, which he has done for over 15 years.

"In family law, I can help individuals in distress and can have a helpful, direct and immediate impact,” says Rainer. “I have a broad perspective when meeting new people. One of the things I love about family law is that I get to help real people deal with very real, very significant issues in their lives."

Rainer believes the first priority in any family law matter is to get to know the client and to understand the client’s unique situation and needs. He says, “I advocate strongly for my clients, and once I understand their goals, the first task is to stabilize what is typically a very unsettled situation,”

Once mechanisms are in place that allow the client to continue functioning, he gets to work preparing his case.

"I gather the information necessary to advance the case to trial, with the hope that the case may settle,” says Rainer. “I don’t want to create an unnecessarily adversarial environment, but I approach each case as if it were going to trial. My experience has been that this approach actually promotes settlement."

Rainer represents clients in divorce and legal separations, domestic partnerships, parenting plan modifications, child support modifications, QDROs, contempt proceedings, and enforcement actions on post decree property issues.

Rainer and his wife enjoy the considerable job of managing their two children, who are active with school, premier level soccer, and competitive gymnastics. When he gets the chance, he likes to sea kayak throughout the Puget Sound and backpack in the Cascades — but mostly ends up road cycling closer to home or tending to his two energetic chocolate labs.

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  • Ohio State Bar, Member, 1994
  • Washington State Bar, Member, 1998
  • Tacoma-Pierce County Bar Association
  • Tacoma-Pierce County Bar Association Family Law Section

Community Activities

  • Commissioner, Peninsula Advisory Commission for Pierce County
  • Vice President, Board of Directors, Tacoma German Language School
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  • J.D., University of Toledo College of Law, Toledo, Ohio
  • B.A., Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island


  • German
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Publications & Presentations


  • Privatization in Eastern Germany: A Comprehensive Study, (1994) 27 Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law 809
  • Best Law Firms
  • Best Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers
  • AV Preeminent
  • Avvo Rating 10.0
  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers
"Thanks for all the work for our family over the past year. We’re really glad you are on our side."
"David remained very level headed and family focused throughout our proceedings. That said, I always felt my specific needs were very well ..."
"Without David and Sam, there is no way I could have made it through this exceptionally difficult time in my life. I cannot imagine two ..."
"My daughter is the sunshine of my life. I felt despair and a sense of helplessness on the day I was served. On the first appointment day ..."
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"My attorney was very good in and out of the courtroom. Always kept me up to date on any issues that came up and was very knowledgeable on ..."
"I would like to give my sincere appreciation to Jennifer Payseno and staff. You all stood by me no matter how trying my case got. I always ..."
"Dave, thank you very much for doing such a wonderful job. It has been a pleasure working with you."
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"I have dealt with approximately 4 lawyers in the past from other law firms. Laura from McKinley Irvin, however, handled my case with ..."
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"[My attorney] spoke English – as oppposed to ‘legalese’. She was able to propose a number of options and alternatives for various scenarios, ..."
"Marc provided steady counsel and support through the emotional times. He kept us focused and moving forward during the meetings."
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