"Our clients expect diligence and perseverance. I think what surprises them is how hands-on and approachable we are."
Rebecca J. Torgerson
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Rebecca, an Everett native, began her law career with Brewe Layman, P.S. in 2001 as a legal intern. Since earning her law degree in 2002, she has worked exclusively in the area of family law. With over ten years’ experience, Rebecca is skilled at guiding her clients through the complexities of divorce and family law issues, including property and business valuation, property division, spousal maintenance, child support matters and parenting plans.
Having seen divorces and family-law matters of all stripes and varieties, Rebecca knows that having a deep understanding of each client’s goals and objectives is critical to a successful outcome. She understands that every client is different and she is attentive to the needs of each particular client and the issues of each case. Rebecca particularly prides herself on being able to balance a client’s need for aggressive advocacy with a realistic sense of what is fair and possible. She finds creative solutions to the most complicated matters, including those involving parenting plans or complex financial or estate issues.
When not practicing law, Rebecca can most often be found spending time with her family, including singing songs and creating elaborate stories about princess and crocodiles with her young daughter. Rebecca is also an avid reader and particularly enjoys historical fiction and biographies. She loves to bake and is active in the Seattle Children’s Guild she co-founded, which raises money to benefit the uncompensated care fund at Seattle Children’s Hospital.
Representative Matters & Engagements
- Represented a client in a high conflict parenting plan modification, where the Guardian Ad Litem recommended a change of custody in favor of the opposing party. At trial, Rebecca successfully defended against the modification and convinced the judge not to follow the Guardian Ad Litem’s recommendations. Client also received a significant attorney fee award.
- Secured a significant increase in child support for a client in a child support modification, where opposing party was self-employed and much of his income was under the table.
- Obtained a favorable settlement for a client involving a family business and negotiated a significant spousal maintenance award to the client.
- Represented a client in a highly contentious divorce involving complex financial dealings which required extensive discovery and exchange of records/documents and a several expert witnesses
Admitted to Practice
- Western District of Washington federal court (2017)
- Washington State Bar (2002)
- J.D., Seattle University School of Law, 2002
- B.A., University of Washington, 1999
- In Re Parentage of M.F., 141 Wn. App. 558, 170 P.3d 601 (2007)
Professional and Community Activities
- American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (2018)
- Member, Snohomish County, Skagit County and King County Bar Associations
- Member, Washington State Association of Justice (formerly Trial Lawyers Association)
- Co-founder, Daughter’s Guild, which provides funds for uncompensated care at Seattle Children’s.
- 2017 – Chapter Author, Washington Practice Family and Community Property Law (Prenuptial Agreements)
December 2010 – Separate VS. Community Property – Problems Regarding Characterization
December 2010 – Current Developments In Meretricious Relationship Law
December 2009 – Handling An Agreement: Prenuptials, Postnuptials And Community Property Agreements
"Rebecca (was) professional and personable, showing genuine concern for my difficult circumstance. Thank you so much for both compassion and service."