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J. BLAKE HILTY

Managing Member

206.838.9132   |   bhilty@sociuslaw.com

Clients turn to me during one of the worst times in their life. I listen, help them figure out their goals and develop a plan for how to achieve them. It’s rewarding to take care of clients and see them come out on the other side feeling like they have a plan to move forward.

Over the last 12+ years, Blake has successfully resolved scores of marital dissolutions through mediation, arbitration and trial. His practice focuses on divorce cases that involve estates with complex financial matters.

Blake has advised numerous clients in cases involving the division of substantial assets, including closely-held businesses, investment portfolios, executive compensation, intellectual property and real property. When handling challenging, high asset divorce cases, Blake’s clients benefit from his finance background.

 

Clients rely on Blake’s strong judgment in developing their case for success inside and outside of a courtroom. He works with clients to understand their values and goals at the outset of a case and develops a tailored legal strategy to protect their interests.

 

In a collaborative process with clients, Blake helps them understand their options, sets a plan of action and lays out next steps. Clients appreciate that he always provides his candid advice, even when it is difficult, and keeps them focused on the big picture. He considers it part of his role to shoulder as much client stress as possible during their period of transition to provide relief as they go about their daily lives during the case.

SEMINARS AND PUBLICATIONS

  • Presenter, “Complex & High-Asset Divorce,” The Seminar Group CLE, Seattle, WA, April 2019

  • Presenter, “The Importance of Financial Analysis in Dissolution Asset Division,” Family Law Speaker Series CLE, Seattle, WA, August 2015

  • Author, “Waste of Marital Assets/Fraudulent Transfers in Dissolutions,” King County Bar Bulletin, October 2015 (co-authored with Kim Schnuelle)

  • Contributor, “5 Factors That Put You at Risk for Divorce (and What to Do About Them),” by Maryalene LaPonsie, Money Talks News, July 2015

  • Contributor, “Protecting Your Finances During Divorce,” Discover.com, January 2016

EDUCATION

J.D., magna cum laude, Gonzaga University School of Law; Associate Editor, Gonzaga Law Review

Judicial Extern for the Honorable Edward F. Shea, United States District Court for the Eastern District of Washington

B.A., University of Washington,
with Distinction in Business Administration Finance

RECOGNITION

Super Lawyers Rising Stars list,

2017-2021

 

2017 Family Law Mentor of the Year, King County Bar Association

COMMUNITY

Family Law CASA of King County, Board of Directors Member and Vice President

 

Washington Athletic Club

 

Seattle Tennis Club

MEMBERSHIPS

Washington State Bar Association

 

King County Bar Association

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OUTSIDE THE OFFICE

Blake lives in Madison Park with his wife, daughters and their English bulldog. They are fans of the Washington Huskies and enjoy the outdoors. An avid runner, Blake has competed in 20 marathons, including the Boston Marathon, the New York City Marathon and the L.A. Marathon. In 2017, he won the Seattle Rock ’n’ Roll Marathon. In 2020, he ran his first 100-mile ultramarathon, finishing second at the Rocky Raccoon 100 in Huntsville, TX.