McCarthy & Causseaux

McCarthy & Causseaux

McCarthy & Causseaux has been a Tacoma and Pierce County institution since 1977.

Firm Overview

We are available to offer aggressive and experienced representation in family law, divorce, wills and trusts, estate planning, elder law, personal injury issues, real estate matters, mediation, and arbitration. Further, we offer consulting and representation in land use and zoning issues.

AV Preeminent Peer Review
We are committed to developing and sustaining long-term relationships with our clients. Our firm prides itself on being responsive to the needs and concerns of each individual client. We combine the accessibility and attentiveness of a small firm with the skills, experience and resources commonly associated with a large law firm. Our primary goal is to offer cost-effective representation while providing high quality, aggressive representation for our clients.

We have a long tradition of exceptional legal service to residents of Pierce and King Counties. As one of the most established firms in Pierce County, we have earned a reputation for integrity, dedication and hard work.

Testimony to our commitment and high level of competence is evident by the firm's AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest recognition possible in the legal industry, for professionalism and ethics.

Main Office

Main Office
902 South 10th Street
Tacoma, WA 98405




We provide family legal services in a wide spectrum of areas including, but not limited to:

Child Custody and Visitation
Child Support
Prenuptial Agreements
McCarthy & Causseaux assists families with all aspects of international and domestic adoptions. Our attorneys handle the legalities of your adoption so that you can concentrate on your new family.

Divorce should not lead to financial crises. We help you establish an equitable amount of spousal support.

Child custody and visitation
Our divorce attorneys protect your parental rights to raise your children in an appropriate and supportive home.

Child support
We can ensure that you receive or pay an equitable amount of the financial support required to raise your children in a healthy, happy environment.

Child support modification and enforcement
Child support payments do not change unless the court modifies the child support order. If either the custodial or noncustodial parent experiences a significant change in circumstances, our attorneys can guide you through the proper legal procedures to modify your child support payments accordingly.

Through mediation or litigation, our divorce law firm can help you gain the most equitable results from your divorce, including fair distribution of assets, division of marital home, child support payments and child custody rights.

Mediation puts the decisions in your hands, and can often provide more expedient, predictable results than a trial. The skilled negotiators at McCarthy & Causseaux can help you obtain the most equitable divorce settlement.

Pre- and post-nuptial agreements
We expect the unexpected and draft premarital agreements that protect both spouses' interests and that can alleviate some of the stress should you ever divorce.

Stephen K. Causseaux

McCarthy & Causseaux

*Attorney Stephen K. Causseaux, Jr. has earned an AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest recognition possible in the legal industry, for his professionalism and ethics.*

Practice areas
-Land use law
-Elder law
-Personal Injury

-Tennessee, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Tennessee and -U.S. Court of Military Appeals, 1986
-U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, 1970
-Washington, 1972
-U.S. District Court, Western District of Washington, 1975

University of Tennessee at Knoxville, J.D.

Associations and memberships
Tacoma-Pierce County and Washington State Bar Associations

Biographical details
Phi Delta Phi.
Law Clerk, Judge Robert L. Taylor, U.S. District Judge, Eastern District of Tennessee
Deputy Prosecuting Attorney, Pierce County, Washington, 1972 1977.
Hearing Examiner, Pierce County, Kitsap County and Multiple Cities, 1984.

Military service
Capt., U.S. Army, JAGC, 1968 1972; Col., USAR (Ret.)

Stephen K. Causseaux, Jr. was born in Savannah, Georgia. He attended the University of Tennessee and received his Bachelor's Degree in History in 1965 and his Doctor of Jurisprudence Degree in 1967. He was admitted to the practice of law in Tennessee in 1968 and in Washington in 1972. Stephen was stationed at Fort Lewis, Washington, from 1970 to 1972, where he served in the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General's Corps. He served as Claims Officer and Chief Prosecutor and advised commanders on various aspects of military law. He began working as a Pierce County deputy prosecuting attorney in 1972, where his duties included defending the County in civil actions. Stephen is currently a partner of McCarthy &, Causseaux, which he helped form in 1977. He has served as hearing examiner for the past 18 years for Pierce County and more recently for Kitsap County and the cities of Federal Way, Bonney Lake, Edgewood, Milton, Pacific, Sumner, University Place and Yelm. As hearing examiner, Stephen has worked closely with both city and county councils in implementing and interpreting new regulations to include the Growth Management Act and the 1995 Regulatory Reform Act. He has presided over numerous public hearings and issued decisions on many complex and controversial land-use matters to include a solid waste landfill in Graham, a sewer line through Lakewood, Cascadia Employment Based Planned Community, and, most recently, Mt. Rainier Resort in Ashford. Through his hearing examiner work, he has become very familiar with the State Subdivision Act, Washington Administrative Code, county and municipal land use regulations, and court land use decisions. He continues his education through attending an annual hearing examiner conference and land use CLEs.


University of Tennessee
Juris Doctorate,