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Sharon Friedrich

Managing Partner

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Biography

Behind Sharon Friedrich's graceful, elegant style is a razor-sharp legal mind fortified by more than 20 years of practice experience. This Washington native, who earned her undergraduate degree with honors at Pacific Lutheran University, had been employed in both the public and private law sectors before joining the Integrative Family Law team in 2012. Throughout her impressive legal career, Sharon has remained entirely consistent on one point: her steadfast devotion to family law and the clients she serves.

"Family law entails more than just a legal procedure," she explains. "My clients are facing the unknown and are dealing with multiple changes in their lives. They have to juggle jobs and budgets, face the prospect of moving, take care of their children, and deal with the inevitable stress that results from family conflict. In sum, they are confronting a total disruption in their family lives-today, tomorrow, and into the future." For Sharon, this means a chance to provide sensitive, effective, and client-focused service.

"It's a highly emotional and personal process," adds the Seattle University law graduate who was a member of the school's Client Counseling and Negotiation Board. "Clients are thrown into an arena they do not understand, without the tools they need to protect themselves and their children...That's where I come in."

Sharon excels in complex or difficult divorce, child custody, and parenting law cases. She believes that a well-defined, well-prepared approach to achieving reasonable goals is the best path to satisfaction for her clients. "In order to optimize our position in a case," Sharon says, "it is critical that my clients and I define our goals at the outset and then move forward to achieve them with clarity, decisiveness, and conviction while also maintaining the flexibility necessary to address what is often a fluid and dynamic situation."

Pro-Bono Activities

  • KCBA Family Law Mentor Program
  • Volunteer, KCBA Family Law Clinic
  • Volunteer, KCBA Cross Cultural Family Law Clinic

Published Works

  • “Family Law and the Rules of Professional Conduct”, Family Law Matters column, King County Bar Bulletin, co-authored with Lisa DuFour, 2016
  • “Special Needs Children and Parenting Plans”, Family Law Matters column, King County Bar Bulletin, co-authored with Lisa DuFour, 2016
  • “Fraudulent Transfers: You Can’t Even Give Your Stuff Away”, Family Law Matters column, King County Bar Bulletin, co-authored with Lisa DuFour, 2015
  • “’Family Affair’ – The Co-Parents Handbook”, Family Law Matters column, King County Bar Bulletin, 2015
  • “Moving on When it is Over”, Family Law Matters column, King County Bar Bulletin, 2015
  • “What Happens When Mr./Ms. Right Turns into Mr./Ms. Wrong?”, Family Law Matters column, King County Bar Bulletin, 2015
  • “How to Prepare a Declaration for a Family Law Hearing: A Novel Idea”, Family Law Matters column, King County Bar Bulletin, 2014
  • “Long Term Marriages and Divorce after 60 (or 80)”, Family Law Matters column, King County Bar Bulletin, 2014
  • “The True MVP of Family Law Litigation”, Family Law Matters column, King County Bar Bulletin, 2014
  • “Favorite Parenting Plan Clauses,” Family Law Matters column, King County Bar Bulletin, 2014
  • “Why ‘You should do What I Tell You’ Does not Work” (article on mediation) Family Law Matters column, King County Bar Bulletin, 2013
  • “Top Ten things to Tell a Family Law Client,” Family Law Matters column, King County Bar Bulletin, 2013
  • “A Paws-itive Way to Heal Child Abuse.” Family Law Matters column, King County Bar Bulletin, 2013

Education

  • Seattle University School of Law, Seattle, Washington
    • J.D. - 1993
  • Pacific Lutheran University, Tacoma, Washington
    • B.A. - 1983
    • Honors: cum laude
    • Honors: Client Counseling and Negotiation Board, Member
    • Major: Business

Bar Admissions

  • Washington, 1993
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Washington, 1993

Professional Associations

  • Washington State Bar Association
  • King County Bar Association, Family Law Section