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About me

I graduated from the University of Wisconsin in Madison, Wisconsin, in 1984, where I was the the Editor in Chief of the International Law Review.  After practicing general civil litigation, particularly plaintiff's personal injury work and family law, I moved to Seattle in 1987.  I worked as an associate attorney at Williams Kastner & Gibbs for two years, doing defense work in product liability cases. 

I returned to a smaller office, missing personal client contact. Over the years, I specialized in family law, including a successful third party custody case that was upheld by the Washington Supreme Court in 2005.  I continued handling plaintiff's personal injury cases, along with some probate and other civil cases.  For many years, I was an arbitrator for the King County Mandatory Arbitration program.   

I completed Mediation Training at the University of Washington in 1994.  I partipated as a co-mediator with Family Court Services in a one-year program.  I have been a volunteer mediatior for the Family Law Volunteer Settlement Conference Program for years.  In addition to acting as a mediator, I represent clients in mediations or advise them as they mediate without lawyers. 

Volunteering has been an ongoing part of my practice.  I have worked in a neighborhood legal clinic, briefly at the King County Dispute Resolution Center, and on the Status Conference Calendar at the King County Courthouse.  I have twice received the Random Acts of Kindness Award from King County Superior Court.  When funding for King County Services was at risk, I testified before the King County Council. 

Since completing Collaborative Law training in 2008, I have been interested in working collaboratively with other professionals in suitable cases.  I am a member of the West Seattle Collaborative Pod, a group of collaboratively trained professionals.  We are actively seeking ways to inform the public about the collaborative option to resolving disputes.  For several years, I have been a volunteer presenter at the Second Saturday divorce workshops our Pod presents at Highline College.

Two of my passions are running and yoga.  In years past, I have run several marathons, including the Seattle Marathon and the Boston Marathon. I'll run with a team in a Ragar Relay Run in summer of 2015.






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Practice areas


  1. Family: 90%
    31 years
  2. Wills & Living Wills: 10%
    12 years



Hourly ($320/hour), Retainer (sometimes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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    Stuart Scarff Contracts & Agreements Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • Stephanie N. Petersen

    Many years ago I had a case against Laura. She consistently produced excellent work and was a tough advocate for her client. At the same time, she was professional and practical in resolving disputes. I was so impressed that I have since referred a number of clients to her over the years. Whenever I hear back, they always rave about her hard work and skilled representation.


    Stephanie Petersen Personal Injury Attorney
    Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter

Contact info

Sutkus Law Firm, PLLC

705 Second Avenue
Suite 1300
Seattle, WA, 98104-1797


WIGood Standing198403/01/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Abe Sigman AwardUniversity of Wisconsin1984
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Attorney at LawSutkus Law Firm, PLLC2010 - Present
Attorney at LawThe Hunsinger Law Firm (& its predecessors)1987 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
International Academy of Collaborative ProfessionalsN/A2009 - Present
King County Bar Association, Collaborative Law SectionN/AN/A
King County Bar Association, Alternative Dispute Resolution SectionN/AN/A
King County Family Law SectionN/AN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
In Re Custody of Sierra Helen BrownMy client, the child's second cousin, was awarded custody. The decision was upheld on appeal to the Washington Supreme Court.
In Re Custody of Sierra Helen BrownThe trial court's decision was affirmed by the Washington Supreme Court.
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
U Of WisconsinN/Alaw1984
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Second SaturdayDivorce workshop2013