Curriculum Vitae


Gary R. Stenzel
Stenzel Law Office
1325 W. Mallon Ave.
Spokane, WA. 99201
(509) 327-2000/(509) 327-5151 Fax
www.familylawspokane.com
stenz2193@comcast.net


Education:     

                 -     Cleveland High School, Portland, Oregon 1966 – HS Diploma
                 -     Brigham Young University, Hawaii campus, Laie, HI – 1967-1972
                 -     Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah 1972 – BS in Psych Dean’s List
                 -     Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah 1978 – Completed for Master’s in Family Relations/Child Psychology
                 -     Gonzaga University, Spokane, WA 1982-1986 – Juris Doctorate    

General Employment:  

                 -     1970 – 1972 Straub Hospital, Honolulu, HI; Emergency room clerk/receptionist
                 -     1973 – 1976 Providence Hospital Psychiatric Unit, Portland, OR; Mental Health Therapist
                 -     1976 – 1978 Brigham Young University Instructor Child Psychology/Family Relations & Research Assistant
                 -     1978 – 1979 University of Wisconsin Instructor Psychology/Family Relations
                 -     1979 – 1981 Lincoln County Center for Children as Family Therapist – Oregon
                 -     1982 – 1985 Deaconess Hospital Care Unit as Psychiatric/Addiction Therapist

Legal Employment:
                 -    1985 – 1987: Evans, Craven & Lackie PS -  Family Law Intern then Associate
                 -    1987 – 1993: Underwood, Campbell, Brock & Cerutti PS; Family Law Associate
                 -    1993 – 1995: Underwood, Campbell, Brock & Cerutti PS Principle Partner over all domestic litigation matters
                 -    1995 – 2003: Partner, Stenzel & Price Attorneys at Law, w/ Michael P. Price [now Spokane Sup Court Judge]
                 -    2003 – Present: Principle owner Stenzel Law office dba – Family Law Spokane

Volunteer:      

                 -     1968 – 1970 LDS Missionary North Carolina / Virginia
                 -     1977 – President BYU Family Graduate Students Association
                 -     1998 – 2005 Boy Scouts Eagle Counsel Spokane Valley, WA.
                 -     1979 – 1981 First Counselor in LDS Bishopric Newport, Oregon Congregation
                 -     1987 – Award from Bar for Pro Bono cases
                 -     1968 – 2019 several church volunteer positions
                 -     2011 – 2017 Valley LDS Church financial clerk
                 -     2017 – present – Church employment specialist

Awards:         

                 -     Stenzel & Price Attorneys at Law, “Top Family Law Firm” as rated by Fairchild AFB News 1996 to 2000
                 -     Martindale Hubbell Superior Rating since 1990 to date
                 -     Martindale Hubbell 2013 Client Distinction Award (Client rating 4.5 – 5 stars) top 5%
                 -     Martindale Hubbell 2015 Client Distinction Award (Client rating 4.5 -5 stars) top 5%
                 -     2016 Named One of the Top Lawyers in Washington State by Legal Network for professional excellence
                 -     2016 Named to Top 10% of America’s Most Honored Professionals by the American Registry
                 -     2017 Named One of the Top Lawyers in Washington State by Legal Network for professional excellence r
                 -     2017 Named Top Attorney in Family Law in Spokane by Spokane Magazine
                 -     2016, 2017, 2018, & 2019 AVVO top family law rating by clients
                 -     2017 Top Family Law Attorney – Spokane/Coeur d’Alene Living Magazine
                 -     2018 Top Family Law Attorney – Spokane/Coeur d’Alene Living Magazine
                 -     2019 Top Family Law Attorney – Spokane/Coeur d’Alene Living Magazine

Legal Volunteer:
                 -     Lynden Cup Moot Court Chief Judge for Law Student comp 1999 to 2012
                 -     Pro Bono attorney of the year Spokane Bar Association
                 -     1996 Peoples Law School, Gonzaga University Law School
                 -     250 Pro Bono hours on one case 2008 – 2014 (In re CMF went to State Supreme Court)
 
Legal Certifications & Licenses:    

                -     Rule 9 Legal Intern Washington State Bar Association 1985 – 1986
                -     Washington State Bar Association since 1987
                -     Certified License to Practice United States District Court 1988
                -     Certified License to Practice United States Bankruptcy Court 1988
                -     Pro Hac Vice License to Practice Oregon Circuit Courts 1998
                -     Original member Spokane County Superior Court GAL committee (development of standards for GALs)
                -     Original member Spokane County Superior Court Parenting Training Committee (parenting seminars rules)
                -     Certified Mediation Training Dispute Resolution Center, Spokane, WA
                -     Mediator for Spokane County Volunteer Week with 100% settlement record
                -     Guest Instructor/panelist Gonzaga University Law School, various opportunities
                -     Certified Guardian Ad Litem RCW 26 matters
                -     Court Expert in area of Washington Family Law – Division III Court of Appeals
                -     Spokane County Bar – Family Law Mediator list
                -     Certified Mediator in Family Law for Spokane County Bar Association


Legal Instructor:         

                     1995 WSBA Family Law Midyear Instructor – Guide to COBRA laws
                     2000 WSBA Family Law Midyear Instructor – Ethics in Family Law
                     2004 NBI CLE Handling WA Divorce Cases Start to Finish – Instructor
                     2004 NBI Complex Issues in Divorce for the WA Practitioner – Instructor
                     2005 NBI Getting the Best Financial Settlement for Your Divorce Client in WA-          
                     2006 SCBA/WSBA Year End Potpourri – Instructor
                     2008 NBI Preventing Critical Financial Mistakes during Divorces – Instructor
                     2008 Gonzaga Law School “Ethical Issues in Representing Family Law Clients” - Instructor
                     2009 NBI Family Law A to Z – Instructor
                     2009 Lexvid Service - Discovery in Family Law – Mediation Success in Custodial Cases – Video                 
                     2009 Lexvid Service - Estate Planning & Divorce – Video Instructor
                     2010 NBI Handling Valuation Issues in Divorce – Instructor
                     2012 NBI Evidence & Expert Testimony Best Practices: Supporting Your Case   
                     2013 Family Law Litigator’s Point of View – Special DCS/AG CLE Tacoma – Guest Instructor
                     2014 Serving up Family Law – Report of recent appeals cases – Speaker/Instructor
                     2015 End of the Year Family law CLE – Synopsis of new appeal decisions – Instructor
                     2016 Fall – NBI CLE: Finding Hidden Income & Assets in Divorce cases – Instructor
                     2019 Summer – NBI CLE: Divorce Law Boot Camp – Speaker/Instructor

Appeals cases:  
             -      In re Marriage of Moore, 993 P.2d 271, 99 Wn.App. 144 (Div. 3, 1999)
             -      In re Marriage of Moore, 43 P.3d 20, 145 Wn.2d 1036 (Wash. 2002)
             -      In re Combs, 19 P.3d 469, 105 Wn.App. 168 (Wash.App. Div. 3 2001)
             -      In re Marriage of France. Unpublished re: Affidavit of Bias issues (2003)
             -      In re Custody of Shields, 84 P.3d 905, 120 Wn.App. 108 (Div. 3, 2004)
              -     In re Custody of Shields, 157 Wn.2d 126 (Wash. 2006) Overturned lower court
              -     In re Bays, 413 B.R. 866 (Bkrtcy.E.D.Wash. 2009)
              -     In re Long and Fregeau, 244 P.3d 26, 158 Wn.App.919 (Div. 3, 2010)
              -     In re Custody of S.C.D-L., 243 P3d 918, 170 Wn.2d 513 (Wash. 2010)
              -     Petrolino v County of Spokane, CV-07-228-FVS (2010)
              -     Scheib v Crosby, 249 P.3d 184, 160 Wn.App. 345 (Wash.App. Div. 3 2011)
              -     In re Marriage of Bowen, 279 P.3d 885, 168 Wn.App. 581 (Div. 3, 2012)
              -     In re Matter of J.E. Shelly Finch et ux v. R. Maling, directed decision (2012)
              -     Simpson v. Fairfax, 286 P.3d 55 (Wash.App. Div. 3 2012)
              -     In re Parentage of C.M.F., 179 Wn.2d 411 (2013) Overturned Div. 3
              -     In re Parenting Plan of Hall, 339 P.3d 178 (Wash.App. Div. 3 2014)
              -     In re Estate of Herrin, 3205-1-III Div. 3 Court of Appeals of Wash.
              -     In re Custody of S.R., 334 P.3d 1190 (Wash.App. Div. 3 2014)
              -     In re Lambert v. Moehlman, 32441-9-III (Dec 2015)
              -     In re Parentage of ELC, Cromer v. Thorn 32585-7-III (Dec 2015)
              -     In re ALD 363 P.3d 604, 191 Wn.App. 474 (Wash.App. Div. 3 2015)
              -     In re Marriage of Cook, 33243-8-III (Wash.App. Div. 3 2016)
              -     In re Marriage of Welsh, 34392-8-III (Wash.App. Div 3 2017)
              -     In re Marriage of Ruddick, 35416-4-III (Wash.App. Div 3 2018)
              -     In re Marriage of Minderman 34829-6-III (Wash.App. Div 3 (2019)
              -     In re Marriage of Dorland 34987-0-III (Wash.App. Div 3 (2019)
              -     Stenzel & Banks, Defunct Marriage: Possible app. in Idaho Divorce law. Idaho Law Review Vol 30, No. 4 (1994)
 
Courts:                 

                             Ninth Circuit US Court of Appeals
                             Eastern Washington US Federal Court
                             Eastern Washington US Federal Bankruptcy Court
                             Washington State Supreme Court
                             Washington State Court of Appeals
                             Spokane County Superior Court
                             Spokane Juvenile Superior Court of Washington
                             Spokane County District Court
                             Spokane County Municipal Court
                             Spokane County Administrative Variance Court
                             Washington State Administrative Courts
                             Washington State Administrative Court of Appeals
                             Stevens County Superior Court
                             Ferry County Superior Court
                             Benton County Superior Court
                             Franklin County Superior Court
                             Chelan County Superior Court
                             Asotin County Superior Court
                             Grant County Superior Court
                             Douglas County Superior Court
                             Okanogan County Superior Court
                             Pend Orielle County Superior Court
                             Whitman County Superior Court
                             Lincoln County Superior Court
                             King County Superior Court

                             Grays Harbor Superior Court
                             (And other Superior Courts of Washington)                         
                             Crook County Circuit Court Oregon (Pro Hac Vice)
                             Oregon Court of Appeals (Pro Hac Vice)
                             Idaho Supreme Court (As rule 9 Intern – Pro Hac Vice)
                             Federal Social Security Adm Court

                             DCS Admin Court for Child Support