Barbara Jo Sylvester

1102 Broadway
TACOMA, Washington 98402
United States
Office Phone: 253 627-1181 x 109
Member since 2008
Membership Type: IACP



Ms. Sylvester has dedicated her career to helping families. Her practice is devoted to complex domestic relations matters, including adoption, dissolution of marriage/legal separation, custody/visitation, support, and guardianship. Ms. Sylvester is a highly skilled litigator and negotiator, but embraces the collaborative services she offers to her clients. Now in her fortieth year of practice working in domestic relations, Ms. Sylvester has had the opportunity to represent clients in all manner of domestic relations, frequently handling complicated dissolutions involving long-term marriages with extensive assets, and highly contested parenting issues. Ms. Sylvester also offers her services as a mediator and arbitrator.

Area(s) of Practice: Civil Law, Family Law
License(s): Member, Washington State Bar Association, 1977 ~ ~Licensed to practice before the Federal District Court, Western District of Washington

Professional Activities

Group Memberships: • Collaborative Law Professionals of Pierce County • Collaborative Law Professionals of Washington • International Academy of Collaborative Professionals • Washington State Bar Association, Former Adjunct Investigative Counsel • Washington State Bar Association, Former Member, Code of Professional Responsibility Committee • Washington State Bar Association, Former Member, Civil Rights Committee • Washington State Bar Association, Family Law Section, Member • Tacoma-Pierce County Bar Association, Former Chair, Judicial Qualifications Committee • Calvary Community Church, Sumner, Washington – Former Leader and Instructor, Marriage Ministry • World Association for Children and Parents, former Board member

Undergraduate Education

University of Washington, BA in Business Administration, 1973

Professional Education

University of Puget Sound Law School, Juris Doctor, 1977


Collaborative Practice allows we professionals to assist our clients in a most challenging time of his or her life, to make informed and reasonable decisions, outside the adversary process. Husbands and wives are encouraged to seek solutions with a focus on joint problem-solving, with the results to benefit their children and both parties, avoiding the inherent harm caused by the litigation process.