David Starks


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David Starks

David Starks is a well-known and respected family law attorney who regularly represents clients in complex financial and international divorce cases and other international family law matters.

As a Diplomate of the American College of Family Trial Lawyers, Fellow and Certified Mediator of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML) and Fellow of International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (IAML), David is one of the few attorneys in the U.S. who routinely handles cases involving international family law and treaties. He has represented many clients in cases involving the Hague Conventions on international abduction, as well as clients who seek to recover property or spousal support from foreign countries.

David is a past co-chair of the American Bar Association's International Law Section Family Law Committee. He is also the co-author of the chapter on International Family Law in the Washington State Bar Association Family Law Desk Book.

David is licensed in Washington, Oregon, and Texas and is available to help clients across the globe who need assistance with an Oregon family law matter involving international issues.


  • Section Advisor of the American Bar Association to the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws' Drafting Committee on the Implementation of the Hague Convention on the Protection of Children (2011-present)
  • Immediate Past Co-Chair, American Bar Association, International Law Section Family Law Committee (2010-2011)


  • Fellow, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML)
  • Fellow, International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (IAML)
  • Member: American Bar Association, Washington State Bar Association, State Bar of Texas, Oregon State Bar, King County Bar Association
  • Member, King County Bar Association's Judicial Screening Committee
  • Member, Washington State Bar Association Professionalism Committee
  • J.D., cum laude, Seattle University School of Law
  • B.A., English, cum laude University of Southern Indiana


  • Presenter, Conclusion of Case, Final Pleadings, Trial Preparation, Dissolution from A-Z, King County Bar Association CLE (Seattle, 2017)
  • Presenter, Innovations, Breaking Boundaries in Custody Litigation, AAML / University of Texas (Austin, Texas, 2013)
  • Presenter, Equitable Distribution in Divorce, National Business Institute (2013)
  • Presenter, Unconventional Issues in Child Custody and Abduction Cases, American Bar Association (Anchorage, Alaska, 2013)
  • Presenter, Key Players in Cross Border Real Estate Investments, AIJA / American Bar Association (Cannes, France, 2013)
  • Panelist, Recognition of Foreign Court Orders and Conflicts of Laws, American Bar Association CLE (Washington D.C., 2012)
  • Presenter, For Better or Worse: International Issues in Marriage and Divorce, American Bar Association CLE (New York, 2012)
  • Presenter, Marital Misbehavior, the Chronically Noncompliant Party: Remedies, AAML CLE (Seattle, 2012)
  • Presenter, US Hague Cases and the UCCJEA, AAML CLE (Seattle, 2012)
  • Panelist, Saving a Stolen Childhood: How to Prevent and Resolve International Kidnapping Cases, American Bar Association CLE (Las Vegas, 2011)
  • Panelist, Family Enterprises in Distress: Issues to Consider, American Bar Association CLE (Dublin, Ireland 2011)
  • Presenter, Divorce Litigation, Start to Finish, National Business Institute CLE (Seattle, 2011)
  • Co-Author, International Family Law, Washington State Bar Association Family Law Desk Book (2010)
  • Presenter, Nuts and Bolts of Family Law, King County Bar Association (Seattle, 2010)
  • Presenter, Family Law Bootcamp, Washington State Bar Association, (Seattle, 2009)
  • Moderator, NBI Domestic Violence: A View from the Bench, National Business Institute CLE (Seattle, 2009)
  • Presenter, International Family Law - The Hague Convention, King County Bar Association CLE (Seattle, 2008)



Diplomate, American College of Family Trial Lawyers

Fellow and Certified Mediator, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML)

Fellow, International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (IAML)

Top 100 Attorneys in Washington State, Washington Super Lawyers, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017

Distinguished as a Washington Super Lawyer by Super Lawyers, 2010-2017

Listed in The Best Lawyers in America® in the field of Family Law 2012-2018

Avvo.com 10.0 “Superb” rating

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