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Ruth Laura Edlund

Ruth Laura Edlund

Practice areas:

Divorce & Separation, Child Custody, Nonmarital Breakups, Complex Dissolutions

About Me

I frequently come into my clients' lives when they are at the end of their rope. The resiliency of the human spirit never ceases to impress me.


I see my role as first, helping clients first to determine their priorities clearly, second, developing a plan to achieve as many priorities as possible, and third, implementing the plan, with modifications as required as the case progresses.


Most cases, family or otherwise, settle. I can do that. But the most skilled negotiator always needs to have a "BATNA": a Best Alternative to a Negotiated Agreement.  For this reason, some cases go to trial. I can do that too.


Languages Spoken: Russian

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Practice Areas

Licensed since 1984

  1. Divorce & Separation: 45%
  2. Child Custody: 40%
  3. Nonmarital Breakups: 10%
  4. Complex Dissolutions: 5%



Hourly ($325/hour), Retainer (Always)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

7 total 

  • Joshua Nihan Foreman

    I have known Ruth Edlund ever since she was boss of the King County Bar Association's Family Law Mentor program, which is where I learned family law. For many years now, Ruth Edlund has been one of the best family law attorneys in the State of Washington. Her high IQ, knowledge like an encyclopedia, tremendous energy, creativity, fighting spirit, many years of experience, and genuine caring for her clients make her an excellent choice for anyone with a family law problem. She is now with the Wechsler Becker law firm in downtown Seattle, the most prestigious family law firm in the state, where she is surrounded by colleagues who can help out when needed. You can't do better than Ruth Edlund!


    Joshua Foreman Child Custody Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Larry Jerome Couture

    I endorse this lawyer's work. One of the smartest and best lawyers I know. Ruth has represented some very complicated dissolution matters with skill, tenacity, and compassion.


    Larry Couture Business Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info

Wechsler Becker, LLP

Suite 4550 Columbia Center (45th Floor)
701 Fifth Avenue
Seattle, WA, 98104-7088


NYCurrently registered 198403/13/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
President's Pro Bono AwardN/A1986

Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
PartnerWechsler Becker, LLP2003 - Present
Sole PractitionerLaw Office of Ruth Laura Edlund1998 - 2003
Family Law Mentor Program Managing AttorneyKing County Bar Association1992 - 1997
Associate AttorneyBogle & Gates1988 - 1992
Staff AttorneyWashington Mutual Legal1987 - 1988
Associate attorneyHughes Hubbard & Reed LLP1984 - 1987
Law ClerkUnited States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit1983 - 1984

Association NamePosition NameDuration
Washington State Bar Association, Family Law SectionExecutive Committee2008 - Present
King County Bar Association, Family Law SectionChairperson2004 - 2005
American Bar AssociationMember1998 - Present
Washington State Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division, Pro Bono CommitteeMember1992 - 1993
King County Bar Association, Family Law SectionMember1991 - Present
King County Bar AssociationMember1987 - Present
Washington State Bar AssociationMember1987 - Present

Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
State v. ThorntonSpouses can testify about crimes by spouse-perp

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Publication NameTitleDate
the dark goddess of replevin speaksan irreverent look at lawyers and technologyN/A

School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Columbia University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1983
Bryn Mawr CollegeRussianAB - magna cum laude1980
Leningrad State UniversityN/Acertificate1979

Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
Your Family Law Practice in the 21st CenturyDivision of Property and Parenting Plans2009
Family Law Skills TrainingDrafting Good Declarations2009
Family Law Mid-YearDrafting Parenting Plans: Beyond the Mandatory Forms (June 2009)2009
A Roadmap Through Dissolution ProceedingsOn the Road: Your Key to Getting Started2008
Development of Parenting PlansChild Custody and Shared Parenting2007
Relationship AgreementsEthical Considerations in Relationship Agreements2006
Building Your Family Law PracticeHow To Get Or Stay Out Of Trouble2006
Parenting Responsibility in Washington StateDiscovery and Trial in a Parenting Plan Case2005
Family Law Mentor ProgramMentor Program Training2005
Yellow Flags and Red HerringsFamily Law Basics2004
Intermediate to Advanced Family Law ConferenceClash of the Titans2004