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I have been doing adoption work for many years and I keep my practice small so I can devote more personal attention to each matter. I work on a fixed-fee basis as much as possible so my clients can take full advantage of the personal service I provide without worrying about the cost.
Even if you do not work with me, please use an attorney with adoption expertise. You can find skilled, ethical adoption attorneys on the American Academy of Adoption Attorneys website -


Practice areas


  1. Adoption: 100%
    33 years



Hourly ($300/hour), Fixed (sometimes), Free consultation (30 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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  • Christian K. Lassen II

    Top-notch attorney. Highly respected in the legal community.


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  • Adam Shapiro

    I endorse this lawyer's work. I worked on a dependency/ adoption matter with Michele. I found Michele to be a thorough, knowledgeable and skilled attorney who cares a great deal about her clients.


    Adam Shapiro Family Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact info

33035 52nd Ave S
Auburn, WA, 98001-3622


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
AV Preeminent RatedMartindale-Hubbell2016
AV Preeminent RatedMartindale-Hubbell2015
AV Preeminent RatedMartindale-Hubbell2014
AV Preeminent RatedMartindale-Hubbell2013
AV Preeminent RatedMartindale-Hubbell2012
AV Peer Review RatingMartindale-Hubbell2011
AV Peer Review RatingMartindale-Hubbell2010
AV Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2009
AV Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2008
AV Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2007
AV Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2006
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AV Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2003
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneyLaw Office of Michele Gentry Hinz1994 - Present
AttorneyBeresford Booth PLLC1990 - 1993
AttorneyLaw Office of Michele Gentry Hinz1981 - 1989
AssociateJones, Grey & Bayley (now Stoel Rives)1978 - 1981
Association namePosition nameDuration
American Academy of Adoption AttorneysFellow1996 - Present
Washington State Adoption CouncilPresident1992 - 1992
Washington State Adoption CommissionMember1990 - 1991
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
In the Matter of the Adoption of Infant Boy CrewsChild remained in adoptive home.
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Washington School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1978
University of WashingtonBusiness AdministrationBA - Bachelor of Arts1975
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Adoption Essentials 2013 - Changes & ChallengesMoney Matters2013
Adoption Guardian ad Litem TrainingRole of the Guardian ad Litem: Minor Parent2012
Adoption Guardian Ad Litem TrainingRole of the Adoption GAL: Minor Parent2009
Adoption Practice, Pitfalls and ProceduresObtaining Medical Records and Social Background Information / The Role of the Guardian ad Litem in Adoption Proceedings2008
Inter-County Adoption Guardian ad Litem TrainingAdoption Guardian Ad Litem Issues2003
Adopting in Washington StateICWA Issues/Birth Father Issues/Financial Issues1993
Infertility: Challenges and ChoicesEmotional Aspects of Adoption1992
Insights Into InfertilityEmotional Aspects of Adoption1991
Creative Alternatives to Hourly BillingFlat-Rate Billing1991
Adoption Practice - Current Issues & New LegislationNew Developments re ICWA & Adoption Agreements1991
Adoption Practice - Current Issues & New LegislationAdoption Issues1990
Guardian ad Litem Training (Mandatory)Interviewing Birth Parents1988