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Nicole received her Bachelor’s Degree in Social Sciences from Washington State University and earned her law degree from Seattle University School of Law. As an Assistant Attorney General for the State of Washington, she earned the Excellence Award for her performance. Nicole has served as a Volunteer Guardian Ad Litem (VGAL) for Snohomish County and currently contracts with Snohomish County Superior Court as the attorney for the Snohomish County VGAL program. Nicole’s particular interests and background include litigation experience with regard to child custody disputes and .191 restrictions such as alcohol abuse, drug abuse, domestic violence, and child neglect cases, although she is equally comfortable being involved in less contentious, or even agreed, matters. In addition to her skills as a trial attorney and advocate for her clients, Nicole has been trained in and works as a mediator in family law cases. She is delighted to return to Snohomish County, where she started her law practice, but she will continue to maintain a strong presence in King County at the Port Gardner satellite office in downtown Seattle.


Practice areas


  1. Divorce & Separation: 50%
    7 years
  2. Family: 40%
    7 years
  3. Juvenile: 10%
    7 years



Fixed (sometimes), Retainer (sometimes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

13 total 

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  • Holly Hermon

    I highly endorse this lawyer. Nicole is known as a caring and hard-working attorney who discourages negative behavior while remaining a tenacious advocate for her clients. She is a pleasure to work with even in the most difficult situations.


    Holly Hermon Family Attorney
    Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter

  • Nicole B Chafetz

    I endorse this lawyer. It is great having an "in" with the system. Since Nicole worked as an assistant attorney general for The State of Washington in hundreds of child welfare matters, she knows the law of these cases backwards and forward. Her reputation in the community is spotless and she is a tireless advocate.


    Nicole Chafetz Divorce & Separation Attorney
    Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter


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Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Pro Bono Publico Service CommendationWSBA2010
Excellence Award in PerformanceWashington State Attorney General2009
Pro BonoWSBA2007
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneyPort Gardner Law Group2013 - Present
AttorneyEngel Law Group2010 - Present
Assistant Attorney GeneralWashington State Attorney General's Office2008 - 2010
AttorneyOkrent and Wogsland2007 - 2008
Association namePosition nameDuration
QLaw- GLBT Bar Association of WashingtonMember2011 - Present
King County Bar AssociationMember2011 - Present
New BeginningsGala Committee Member2011 - Present
UFC Juvenile Training Oversight Sub-CommitteCommittee Member2009 - Present
Dependency 101 Steering CommitteeCommittee Member2008 - 2010
Reasonable Efforts Symposium Region 4Committee Member2008 - 2010
UFC Training Oversight CommitteeCommittee Member2008 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
In re Dependency JM, JMM, KMCourt of Appeals Affrimed Termination and Supreme Court Denied Review
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Seattle University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2007
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Reasonable Efforts SymposiumReunification in Dependency2009

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