H. Michael Finesilver (f/k/a Fields)

H. Michael Finesilver (f/k/a Fields)

Partner since 1977
Location:
Seattle, Washington
Phone:
866-970-4558 (Toll free)
206-905-4290
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  • Super Lawyers 2010 | H. Michael Finesilver (f/k/a Fields) | Washington Super Lawyers 2010
  • American Institute of Family Law Attorneys-10 Best Client Satisfaction 2016
  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers

Mr. Finesilver has practiced Family Law exclusively for 43 years in King and Snohomish County. He has argued numerous appeals before the Washington State Court of Appeals and has also argued before the Washington State Supreme Court. He was authorized to practice before the United States Supreme Court in 1994.

He co-authored amicus briefs filed on behalf of the Washington State chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (“AAML”) helping to obtain parenting rights for de facto parents in In re Parentage of L.B., 155 Wash.2d 679, 122 P.3d 161 (2005) and In re Custody of A.F.J., 179 Wash.2d 179, 314 P.3d 373 (2013).

He was chairperson of the National Amicus Committee of the AAML, which participated and approved an amicus brief filed by the AAML opposing the Defense of Marriage Act on behalf of Edith Windsor (United States v. Windsor, 570 U.S. ___ (2013) in the U.S. Supreme Court.  He was co-chair of that same committee that also provided oversight and approval of an AAML amicus brief that supported protection of same sex marriages in the U.S. Supreme Court case of Obergefell v. Hodges, 576 U.S. ___ (2015). Additionally, he also is a board member of the Washington State Chapter of Association of Family Conciliation Courts (AFCC).

He served as a Judge Pro Tem in King County since the 1980s before the county budget no longer provided for such services.  He served as a King County Family Law Commissioner pro tem for over a decade.

He has been an author and lecturer at numerous continuing legal education seminars in Washington State and is a co-author of a Judge's Deskbook for King County. He has co-authored with Mr. Anderson a book for layperson, Divorce in Washington generally detailing the law on various subjects from property division, custody, child support, maintenance, what the proceeding is all about, etc. He co-authored an article published in the Washington State Bar Bulletin on Spousal Disparity.

He has been formally trained to perform mediation services and has an active practice as a private mediator in family law matters. His charge for mediation is $325 per hour.

Mr. Finesilver was the Representative for the Washington Chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers on its National Board of Governors, until his term expired in 2014.

Mr. Finesilver has an AV rating in Martindale Hubbel, meaning that he has reached the height of professional excellence and is recognized for the highest levels of skill and integrity, and has been named a SuperLawyer in 2009 and every year since.

 

Bar Admissions

  • Washington, 1974
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1994

Education

  • University of Oregon School of Law, Eugene, Oregon
    • J.D.
    • Law Review: University of Oregon Law Review, 1972
  • University of Washington, Seattle, WA, USA
    • B.A.
    • Major: Russian Language

Published Works

  • Co-Author, Judge's Deskbook, King County
  • Co-Author, Divorce in Washington
  • Co-Author, Spousal Disparity, Washington State Bar Association Journal
  • Divorce Settlements: Shedding New Light On Old Assumptions, Washington State Bar Association, 22, 2006
  • Co-Author, Understanding Family Law in Washington
  • Co-author of: In re Parentage of L.B., 155 Wash.2d 679, 122 P.3d 161, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (“AAML”) , de facto parenting, 2005
  • Co-author of: In re Custody of A.F.J., 179 Wash.2d 179, 314 P.3d 373 (2013), American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (“AAML”) , de facto parenting, 2013

Honors and Awards

  • "AV" Rating in Martindale Hubbell
  • Top Lawyers (by Seattle Met), 2010
  • American Institute of Family Law Attorneys - 10 Best Client Satisfaction, 2016 - 2017
  • Nexis Lexis 20 Year Anniversary, 1989 - 2009
  • Super Lawyers, Excellence in Practice, 2006 - 2017
  • The American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, 1994 - 2017
  • US Registry's Who's Who, 1995 - 1996

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Washington Chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, 1994 - Present
  • Board of Electors of American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, WA State Representative, 2005 - Present
  • National Amicus Committee for the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (“AAML”), Chair
  • National Amicus Committee for the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (“AAML”), Co-Chair
  • Washington State Chapter of Association of Family & Conciliation Courts (AFCC), Board Member

Past Employment Positions

  • King County, Judge Pro Tem, 1980 - Present
  • Jonson & Jonson, Associate, 1974 - 1977

Languages

  • Hebrew