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About our firm


Mark Gouras


Virginia Amis



Mark Gouras


Mark Gouras has been representing clients in contested family law cases for over twenty-five years.

Mark Gouras was born in 1961 in Seattle, Washington. He received his B.A. in English from the University of Washington in 1983 and his J.D. from the University of Puget Sound Law School in 1986. Mr. Gouras was admitted to the Washington State Bar Association on October 29, 1986.

Mr. Gouras was associated with the firm of Taylor, Kiefer & Bartlett from 1986 to 1993, where his practice emphasized family law. Mr. Gouras was the principal owner in the Law Office of Mark S. Gouras from 1993 to 1997. His offices were located in downtown Seattle. From August, 1997 until December, 2006, Mr. Gouras was a partner in the law firm of Hillman & Gouras, L.L.P. with offices in Tukwila and Bellevue, Washington. In 2008, Mr. Gouras became the founding principal member of Gouras & Amis P.L.L.C. with offices in Kent and Tacoma, Washington. His practice is geographically limited to King and Pierce counties of Washington State.

Mr. Gouras was a board member of Operation Lookout for missing children in 1994. He has spoken at the International Conference for Missing Children for Northwest Professionals in 1994 and 1996. He was the moderator for the International Conference for Missing Children for Northwest Professionals in 1998. Mr. Gouras was listed in Who's Who in American Law in 1992, 1993, 1997, 1998 and 1999, 2000 and 2001. Mr. Gouras is a member of the Washington State Bar Association.

Mr. Gouras is the author of Divorce in King County Superior Court, A Practical Guide to Representing Yourself in Court, Elias Publishing, L.L.C. 2004.

Mr. Gouras's case load consists of 100% family law cases.

Mark Gouras is a Family Law Commissioner Pro Tempore in King County Superior Court, and was a Commissioner Pro Tempore in Pierce County Superior Court from 2015 to 2016.

Mr. Gouras is a member of the prestigious International Academy of Matrimonial Attorneys (IAML), and is one of only two members in the state of Washington.

Mr. Gouras was named a Top 100 Lawyer for Matrimonial and Family Law for 2014 by The National Advocates.

Some comments about Mark Gouras by his clients:

" Having The Gouras Law Firm represent me in my custody case was a life saver. Not my life, but my son's life. Mark and his firm provided me with the best service, care and understanding, and a vision to help me win my case. Being a male in the State of Washington, you need a person like Mark and his firm to not only balance the playing field, but to help you understand what you can do to help yourself. My son is now with me and is safe. I would recommend Mark Gouras and the Gouras Law Firm to anyone seeking a well qualified attorney and a proven winner. "

Joe S.


" When I initially contacted The Gouras Law Firm, I was looking for a firm which really respected the Court and was experienced with working with them. Mark was able to provide the necessary expertise, guidance and delivery of actions to get the parenting plan and divorce to a good and proper conclusion. I am able to visit with my daughter for a reasonable amount of time and have the ability to parent her without interference. I am able to exercise my freedom of religion and bring her to my church of choice. I am deeply thankful for the dedicated and conscientious work of The Gouras Law Firm.

Thank you Mark! "



Virginia Amis


Virginia Amis has been practicing law since 1991, focusing for the past fourteen years on family law.  She received her Bachelor’s degree in English from Central State University and her JD from Oklahoma City University School of Law.

Ms. Amis began her practice in Oklahoma City in commercial litigation.  She changed her focus to family law in 1993 when she became an associate with Kirk & Chaney law firm, where she began representing family law clients whose marital and separate estates often included corporate and trust holdings, family businesses and other substantial assets.  Ms. Amis became the first female partner in the history of Kirk & Chaney.  While she enjoyed her practice in Oklahoma City, Ms. Amis fell in love with the Pacific Northwest.  In 2001, Ms. Amis left Oklahoma City to pursue a family law practice in Washington.  Before joining Gouras & Amis P.L.L.C., she was Of Counsel with Lutz Law Offices in Tacoma and a partner with McKinley Irvin in Seattle.

Ms. Amis has experience representing clients in dissolutions, legal separations, modifications of parenting plans and child support, non-parental custody actions and meretricious relationships.  She has extensive experience in complex property and custody cases. Her training also includes mediation and collaborative law, which she believes suits those clients who desire to resolve their marital issues without extensive litigation.  She practices in King, Pierce, Thurston, Snohomish and Kitsap counties.

Ms. Amis is admitted to the Washington State Bar Association and the Oklahoma Bar Association.  She is a member of the King County and Pierce County Family Law sections of the Bar and a member of the King County and Pierce County Collaborative Law groups.

Ms. Amis is also a Pro Tem Family Law Commissioner in King County Superior Court.

Ms. Amis practice includes only family law. 

Some client comments about Ms. Amis are as follows: 

" Virginia Amis helped me through what was a very difficult time through her best-of-class professionalism and legal approach. She kept the focus on the right issues and was very good about listening to what I wanted and providing a consultative approach as to how to best achieve that. Although I hope to never need her services again, there is no question I would. "

N.F., Redmond


" Virginia is very knowledgeable and she has my children's and my best interest in mind. "

V.H., Kent


" Virginia Amis was "honest, straight forward, and willing to listen. "

F.H., Federal Way


Gouras & Amis PLLC is a family law firm that practices exclusively in the area of family law. Gouras & Amis attorneys have over 25 years experience in both settling and litigating family law cases.

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Gouras & Amis PLLC
Family Law Attorneys
Emphasizing difficult Family Law cases in the greater
Seattle-Tacoma, Washington area

Creekside at Centerpoint
Building One
20415 72nd Ave. S.,
Suite 420
Kent, Washington 98032

Phone (253) 395-5552 Fax (253) 395-1022

Top 100 Lawyers for Matrimonial and Family Law.
Who's Who in American Law
2000 — 2011

American Society of Legal Advocates
Top 100 Family Law Attorney Award