Amy Carei is an associate attorney with Elise Buie Family Law Group. Amy devotes her practice to resolving family law matters utilizing strategies that bring families together rather than tearing them apart. She empowers her clients throughout the divorce process as they set out to create and build on a solid foundation for their future.
A firm believer that true collaboration leads to the best legal outcomes, Amy's approach to law is rooted in seeing herself as the navigator and the client as the pilot. She feels this way because, while she may be the expert when it comes to the legal process, her clients remain the authority about what is best for their lives.
Using her experience in family law and alternative dispute resolution, Amy has successfully helped her clients resolve a variety of familial disputes, including creating detailed parenting plans, structuring spousal and child support arrangements, working through relocations, and even addressing domestic violence and chemical dependency issues.
Raised by a single mother with limited means, Amy understands the importance of family and the value of a dollar. She takes neither for granted in her law practice.
As the first person in her extended family to go to college, let alone attend law school, Amy prides herself on being a thoughtful, genuine, and approachable person first and a lawyer second. She takes time to understand what her clients are going through and has a knack for explaining complicated legal processes in plain English so they feel comfortable and confident.
Amy holds her B.A. from Pacific Lutheran University and her J.D. from Seattle University School of Law.
Role in the Seattle Community
Amy has significant experience representing clients in times of crisis. Before transitioning to private practice, she worked for an agency dedicated to helping survivors of domestic violence. She is passionate about providing families with opportunities to create safer, more stable lives.
A fifth-generation Washingtonian, Amy lives in Tacoma with her spouse, her three children, and two dogs, a Newfoundland named Huxley and a St. Bernard named Ellie.
The family enjoys cooking, gardening, and hiking together. Amy's hobbies include remodeling her 1890's craftsman-style home and restoring old Toyota hatchbacks.
- Washington State
- Washington State Bar Association
- Tacoma Pierce County Bar Association
- "Silent Petitioners and the RPCs," Institute of Continuing Legal Education (Washington, 2019)
- CLE Presentations: "Ethics in Parenting Plans for Incarcerated Parents," Institute of Continuing Legal Education (Washington, 2020)