Meet Amanda J. Cook, Family Law Attorney
While I wish my bio stated that I am a former professional athlete and have a nonprofit organization eradicating the world of hunger and cancer, I can’t and won’t ever be able to say that.
I’m a normal person with children, a spouse, a career and struggles to balance those often competing interests. My bio likely will not impress my clients, but my clients likewise do not have to try to impress me, because I live a real life and I “get” it.
I grew up in a traditional family in the Puget Sound. My mom stayed home to raise my two brothers, sister, and me while my dad made a career at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard (PSNS), in Bremerton. All three of my siblings have worked with my dad at PSNS or one of its sister naval bases, which jokingly referred to as the family business.
I was the outlier who went to law school. Attending a non-traditional law school allowed me to maintain a full-time job while earning my law degree. I mowed lawns and babysat, and worked retail and at a non-profit.
I didn’t choose to be a family law attorney – it chose me. I thought that upon the completion of law school, I’d make a career in criminal law – after all the best TV drama happened during criminal trials. However, after law school I took a job at a family law firm. When I had the chance to move into criminal law a few years later, I realized I was already doing what I wanted to do.
Family law has become my passion. I have pursued a diverse skill set, working several years for a resolution-minded collaborative law attorney and then for a high-conflict family law litigation attorney.
In addition to representing my family law clients, I serve as a pro tem (temporary) family court commissioner for Pierce County Superior Court. I also serve on the executive board of the Tacoma-Pierce County Bar Association Family Law Section.
After a day in my office or at the courthouse, I go home and continue practicing family law on a smaller scale, resolving arguments between my three children.
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…Divorce and child custody issues are stressful enough to continually go through ,but Amanda always knew how to ease some of that stress. There’s no better feeling than having the utmost confidence in your attorney. Amanda was always there whenever we had questions or needed clarification. She’s hands down one of the best around!
Steve & Marissa
Amanda went above and beyond to help us in every way when it came to our custody issues. She was there for us every step of the way. Her knowledge and expertise helped us at every turn. She is a wonderful person and even better lawyer to have on your side. Thank you ever so much Amanda for your time and effort.