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Bruce Clement

  • Of Counsel


Practice Areas

  • Child Support
  • Custody & Visitation
  • Divorce
  • Family Law
  • Personal Injury -- Plaintiff
  • Contested Divorce
  • Military Custody
  • International & Interstate Custody
  • Collaborative Law
  • Parenting Plan Modifications
  • Personal Injury
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Bruce Clement has dedicated his career to providing the highest quality legal representation for his clients. He has advised and represented thousands of family law clients, and has tried jury and nonjury trials in 27 counties of Washington state. He was born and raised in Yakima Washington, and served two years in the Peace Corps (Philippines). He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with honors from the University of Washington. He worked his way through undergraduate school by working the night shift at a title insurance company. He received his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Washington School of Law, published a Casenote and a Comment, and was the Casenote Editor of the Law Review. Bruce worked for the Washington State Attorney General's office as an assistant attorney general for 17 years before moving to private practice. Throughout his legal career, he proudly served in the US Army JAG Corps Reserve.

Bruce is admitted to practice in Washington and New York states, the Eastern and Western Washington Federal District Courts, the Sixth and Ninth US Circuit Court of Appeals, the US Court of Military Appeals, and the United States Supreme Court. He is highly skilled at negotiating, mediating, litigating, and appeals.

Bruce enjoys music, gardening, reading, and spending time with his wife, children, grandchildren, dog, and cat.



  • University of Washington School of Law, Seattle, Washington
    • J.D., Juris Doctor - 00/1970
  • University of Washington, Seattle, Washington
    • B.A. - 1967
    • Honors: With Honors
    • Major: Political Science

Bar Admissions

  • Washington, 1970
  • New York, 2009
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Washington, 1984
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Washington, 1975
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit, 2000
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit, 1972
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces, 1989
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1973

Professional Associations

  • Washington State Bar Association, Present
  • King County Bar Association, Present
  • Pierce County Bar Association, Present
  • Washington State Trial Lawyers' Association
  • WSBA Lawyer Assistance Program, Peer Counselor
  • WSBA Lawyer Assistance Program, Board Member, 1995 to 1997
  • Municipal League, Member, Judicial Candidate Evaluation Committee, 1992 to 1992
  • KCBA Lawyer Assistance Committee, Chair, 1991 to 1992

Published Works

  • "Juris Doctor" Columnist, Federal Way News, 1998-1999
  • Two LEOFF II articles on L & I claims, Washington Police Officer
  • "Practice and Procedure Before the Medical Disciplinary Board", WSTLA CLE
  • "Washington Child Abuse and Neglect Workbook", Wn. St. Criminal Justice Trng. Comm.
  • Comment on Regional Land Use Planning, 45 Wash. L. Rev. 593
  • Casenote on Exculpatory Clauses in Residential Leases, 43 Wash. L. Rev. 867
  • Washington Consumer Lawyers' Handbook, Editor, Washington State Attorney General's Office
  • Consumer Lawyers' Newsletter, Editor and Publisher, Washington State Attorney General's Office

Representative Cases

  • Nghiem v. Med. Disc. Bd., 73 Wn. App. 405. 869 P.2D 1086 (1994) (trial only), 1994067709
  • Helgeson v. Marysville, 75 Wash. App. 174, 848 P.2d 455 (1994), 1994203301
  • Neah Bay v. Dept. of Fisheries, 199 Wn.2d 464, 832 P.2d 1310 (1992), 1992131373
  • Haley v. Med. Disc. Bd., 117 Wn.2d 720, 818P.2d 1062 (1991) (trial only), 199183905
  • Johnson v. Labor and Industries, 114 Wn.2d 479, 788 P.2d 551 (1990), 1990057128
  • MSM v. Labor and Industries, 112 Wn.2d 450, 771 P.2d 1147 (1989), 1989067107
  • In re Marriage of Johnson, 96 Wn.2d 255, 634 P. 2d 877 (1981), 1981143603
  • In re Kier, 21Wash. App. 836, 587 P.2d 592 (1978), 1978131686

Classes & Seminars

  • Washington State Medical Disciplinary Board, Washington State Trial Lawyers, 1990 to 1990
  • Instructor in More than Twenty Professional Seminars