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Meredith McKell Graff

About me

I have four grown children and went through a divorce and later, a custody case, when my children were young. I did not prevail due to the disparity in finances between the parents and I became a non-residential parent. I understand how that feels and also know that a highly contested litigation hurts everyone, but mostly the children. I encourage peaceful resolution whenever possible and believe that settling is better than going to trial in 90% of cases.  Studies have shown that people are more likely to follow court orders when the orders were the result of agreement, rather than a judge's decision.  I believe it is important to support my clients' right to settle their cases in the way that works for each one of them, rather than imposing my opinion or possible court judgment on them.

I have been married 20 years to my best friend, Gene.  Gene joined me as
partner on March 1, 2011, fulfilling our goal of having a law practice
together that we made in 1994 when we decided to both change careers and
go to law school.

We bring our Westies, Fiona and Fergie, to work with us everyday. Both Westies love  kids and enjoy helping our clients feel less stressed while they are going through the process of their legal matter.  We also love children and have kids' DVDs, books, toys, and coloring books when our clients don't have child care on days they have to visit their lawyers.

I am a Reiki Master/Teacher and a poet. I have a masters degree in
creative writing/poetry and enjoy writing generally.  I love to make
natural stone jewelry and hope to get a rock tumbler and stone cutter
one of these days.  Reading is my favorite thing!


Just for Today:

I will not anger; I will do my work honestly; I will not worry; I will live the attitude of gratitude; I will show love and respect to every living thing. 

Reiki Morning Affirmation that I say daily.  Written by Mikao Usui, first Reiki Master.



Languages spoken: Spanish

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Practice areas


  1. Family: 60%
    16 years, 1 thousand cases
  2. Mediation: 25%
    32 years, 500 cases
  3. Estate Planning: 15%
    16 years, 250 cases



Hourly ($75-235/hour), Fixed (sometimes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • William J Macke

    Meredith is knowledgable, thorough and a consummate professional. I have had the good fortune to learn from her by litigating cases against her and leaned on her as a resource when facing a novel legal question, in my practice. I endorse Meredith without hesitation.


    William Macke Personal Injury Attorney
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  • Joshua A Pops

    I am not exaggerating when I state that every single time I have called Meredith for advice on a tricky issue, she knows just how to handle it. Smart, thoughtful, ethical, and a real mensch.


    Joshua Pops Medicaid & Medicare Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

McKell Graff, PLLC

1508 Broadway
Vancouver, WA, 98663


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Certified Mediator/Family LawWashington Mediation Association2009
Professional of the YearCambridge Who's Who2008
CV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2007
Pro Bono Publico Service CommendationWashington State Bar Association2006
Volunteer Lawyer of the YearClark County Volunteer Lawyers Program2005
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Attorney/MediatorMcKell Graff, PLLC2003 - Present
Attorney/MediatorWalstead Mertsching Attorneys at Law2002 - 2003
Mediator/JD ParalegalSteven Allen Smith, PC1999 - 2002
Association namePosition nameDuration
Clark County Association of MediatorsMember2009 - 2011
Clark County Superior CourtGuardian ad Litem2009 - Present
Clark County Bar Association/Family Law SectionBoard member2007 - 2008
International Academy of Collaborative ProfessionalsMember2006 - 2010
American Inns of CourtMember2004 - 2009
Washington Women LawyersBoard member2003 - 2009
Clark County Bar AssociationMember2003 - Present
Cowlitz County Bar AssociationMember2002 - 2005
Washington State Bar AssociationMember2002 - Present
Cowlitz County Bar AssociationBoard member2002 - 2004
Utah State BarMember1999 - Present
Association for Conflict ResolutionAdvanced Practitioner1998 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember1995 - 2006
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Ceesay & CeesayClient attained all her goals in the case.
In re the Parentage of A.S.Success so far and more to come!
In re the Custody of G.K.D.The non-parental custodian retained custody without visitation for the mother.
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Publication nameTitleDate
Divorce Source.comImportant Information for People Contemplating Divorce2010
Divorce Source.comAttorney-Supported Mediation in Family Law2010
The BencherThe Judge Said No2007
University of Utah PressContested Landscape1999
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1998
Rutgers University, Newark, NJEnglish/Creative Writing PoetryMA - Masters1990
Loretto Heights CollegeWomens StudiesBA - Bachelor of Arts1984
Brigham Young University, Provo, UTComparative LiteratureAA-Associate of Arts1974
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Title 26 Guardian ad Litem TrainingCultural Competency for Guardians ad Litem2011
Rocky Mountain RetreatHow Reiki Energy Can Change Your Life and Your Practice2011
2nd Annual Statewide Collaborative Law ConferenceBring Peace to Your Life & Your Practice2009
Lawyers Assistance Program Statewide ConferenceRevitalizing Your Counseling Skills2008
Family Law SeminarMediation and Collaboration2006
Collaborative Basic TrainingEthics in Collaborative Practice2005
2005 Collaborative Family Practice TrainingAvoiding Conflict and Ethical Traps2005