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Rita F. Amer

Rita F. Amer

222 East Main St. Suite M
Auburn, Washington 98002
United States

Telephone: 253-833-3004
Firm: Amer & Young, PLLC
Practice Overview:
Strength lies in knowing what your rights are and how to protect those rights using the legal system. The age-old truism that knowledge is power is truer than ever. Amer & Young, PLLC provides support and advocacy for businesses and individuals from the initial contract negotiations through collections of your judgment. Amer & Young recommend mediated resolution of disputes whenever possible, but know how to navigate the minefield of court procedure when litigation is necessary.

We believe that you gain the most by negotiating from a position of strength, whether crafting a contract to govern an on-going relationship, such as a business or marital agreement or seeking to settle a dispute that may lead to litigation. This proactive stance may include acting quickly to preserve lien or bond claims rights, or filing suit before statutes of limitation expire. Sometimes clients simply need to know what their legal rights are and what the realities of the legal landscape are before being able to engage in a reasonable, but firm, dialogue with other parties. Thus arose the “legal empowerment through informed choices” philosophy of our firm.

Amer & Young, PLLC operates on the premise our clients are in the driver’s seat. We take direction from our clients every step of the way, whether it be in constructing a contractual agreement or a litigation strategy. In a sense, we co-counsel with our clients throughout the process. Our approach is firmly rooted in our ethical duties to our clients.

Value Billing:
Amer & Young, PLLC does not charge for every fax, every long-distance charge, every postage stamp. All services that are performed in-house are covered by the hourly or flat fee you contract for. We bill only those costs that arise from third-party charges to the client, such as court reporter fees, outside copy service fees, certified mailing fees, and service of process fees. In addition, we do not add any mark-up, handling or processing charges to those costs.

Services offered by Amer & Young, PLLC:
Dispute negotiation, mediation, litigation, and appeals
Entity formation
Contract/Commercial Lease drafting
Wills, Estate Planning, Probate
Pre-nuptial Agreements
Employment Discrimination
Employment Contracts
Construction Law


Professional Profile:
Rita F. Amer, J.D., M.A. graduated magna cum laude from Seattle University Law School in the top 10% of her class. While in law school, Ms. Amer focused on commercial law. She was research assistant to Professor Thomas Holdych, researching in the area of UCC implied warranties and implied indemnity and was a teaching assistant in Criminal Law. Ms. Amer had the good fortune to extern at the Washington Supreme Court in the chambers of The Honorable Charles Johnson, at King County Superior Court in the chambers of the The Honorable Richard F. McDermott, and at the King County Prosecutor's Office. Additionally, Ms. Amer worked as a contract researcher for Jon Zulauf of Zulauf and Chambliss. Also during law school, Ms. Amer worked as a Westlaw representative.

After law school, Ms. Amer worked as a contract attorney for several well-respected law firms, including Gordon Edmunds Elder, The Law Offices of Jean Jorgensen, and McLaughlin and Associates. Ms. Amer was delighted to join the Law Office of Saphronia Young where she has the opportunity to work with one of the finest construction law attorneys in Washington. Ms. Amer is a member of the Washington Bar Association, the King County Bar Association, and the Washington State Association for Justice.

Prior to entering the legal profession, Ms. Amer taught Dance, Dance History, and Labanotation at the University of Washington, The University of Akron and The Kent State University. She was certified dance reconstructor and Labanotion teacher. During her dance career, Ms. Amer published scholarly articles in The Dance Notation Journal and worked nationally as dance reconstructor.

UndergraduateUniversity of AkronBA1983
LawSeattle UniversityJD2007
OtherOhio State UniversityMA1985

Affiliations & Memberships:
Washington State Bar Association, King County Bar Association, Washington Association for Justice