Law Offices Of Carl T. Edwards, P.S.
216 First Avenue South, Suite 315
Seattle, Washington 98104
206 467 6400 email us
 

Carl Edwards has practiced law in King County, Washington, since 1993. He began to focus on family law in 1995 and has practiced family law exclusively since 1997.

Education: Carl graduated from Stanford University with a B.A. in English in 1980. He obtained his J.D. from the University of Washington School of Law, where he graduated with honors in 1993. While in law school, Carl served as an Associate Editor of the Washington Law Review, was a member of the Moot Court Honor Board and the national Order of the Barristers, received the James J. Lawless award for finishing at the top of this first-year class, and won 1st Place in the Mock Trial Competition during his third year. Carl spent the last quarter of law school working as an extern for the Honorable William Dwyer of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington.

 

Professional Experience: Carl has worked as a sole practitioner since February 2011, when he formed the Law Offices of Carl T. Edwards, P.S. Prior to that, Carl managed his own family law practice most recently as a shareholder with Edwards, Sieh, Smith & Goodfriend, P.S. (March 2003 - January 2011) and, prior to that, as a partner at Wechsler, Becker, Erickson, Ross, Roubik & Edwards, LLP (April 2000 - March 2003). Before opening his own practice, Carl worked as an associate for Gordon W. Wilcox, Inc., P.S. (February 1998 - April 2000) and Edwards, Sieh, Wiggins & Hathaway, P.S. (June 1993 - January 1998).

He is licensed to practice law in the State of Washington and the U.S. District Court for Western Washington. Carl is a member of the Washington State Bar Association and the King County Bar Association as well as the Family Law Sections of both bar associations. Carl served on the executive committee of the Family Law Section of the King County Bar Association from 2000 through 2004, including one year as Chair of the section. Carl participates regularly in the King County Bar Association's family law pro bono programs. He served as the director of the Fremont Neighborhood Legal Clinic from 1996-1998, has been a mentor in the Family Law Mentor Program, provides pro bono mediation services to low income parties through the King County Volunteer Family Law Settlement Conference Program, and volunteers regularly at the Greenwood Family Law Clinic.

He is a frequent presenter at Continuing Legal Education Seminars, where he has spoken on topics such as child support for high-income families, relocation issues, drafting supervised visitation agreements, the use of psychological experts as case managers in high conflict parenting cases, effective use of exhibits in a dissolution trial, and how to identify and resolve issues that may otherwise send your case to trial.

 

Life Before Law School: Carl obtained his B.A. in English from Stanford University in June 1980. He would have graduated in 1977, but took 2-1/2 years off to work in the field of construction management in Saudi Arabia (1 year), Alaska (several trips to Dutch Harbor, Kodiak, and other remote work sites), and Seattle (managing crews of up to 55 union ironworkers and jobs up to a value of $2 million). The purpose of taking the time off from school was so Carl could decide between completing the requirements for a B.A. in English or pursuing a B.S. in Civil Engineering (with an eye toward a career in construction management). Carl loved the travel that allowed him to work and live in exotic locales, but decided that a career in construction management was not for him. He returned to Stanford for one quarter in 1980 to finish his English degree.

After graduating with a B.A. in English, Carl did what most English majors do: he tried to figure out what kind of job he could get with an English degree. Between 1980 and 1990, Carl worked in the following jobs: Construction worker, professional musician, janitor (closely related to decision to play music), technical writer and editor for small publishing company, day care worker at a group home for severely disturbed teenagers, general manager of an indoor soccer facility, and manager of a small painting and finishing company. Carl's diverse experiences before law school provide him with a rich perspective on life, with all of the ups and downs it has to offer, that cannot be learned in school. These experiences have helped him work with clients to development practical solutions to the myriad problems that a person must face while going through a divorce.

206 467 6400                  email us                  419 Occidental Avenue, Suite 407, Seattle, Washington 98104