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About me

I am dedicated to assisting my clients. Through years of practice, I have learned how to get the results that you need. I understand that at the heart of your case is the very delicate and emotionally charged matter of money, and I am sensitive to those concerns. I pride myself on adhering to the highest professional and personal standards. I pledge to be: respectful of your time and money; honest and candid as to whether your case is worth pursuing; and communicative by responding promptly to your emails and phone calls and keeping you updated on the status of your case.


Practice areas


  1. Chapter 7: 94%
  2. Debt Collection: 2%
  3. Contracts: 2%
  4. Wills: 2%


Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

13 total 

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  • Erin Lane

    I endorse this lawyer. I cannot say enough about Michelle! She is compassionate, knowledgeable and has a fantastic personality. She is well respected in the legal community and I would recommend her any day!


    Erin Lane Consumer protection Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Mary Conception Anderson

    Michelle is a dedicated, hardworking and knowledgeable bankruptcy attorney. I would refer her services without reservation.


    Mary Anderson Litigation Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

2155 112th Ave Ne
Bellevue, WA, 98004-2923


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2014
Rising StarLaw & Politics Magazine2001
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
OwnerKaplan Law PLLC2011 - Present
Contract AttorneyPerkins Coie LLP2009 - 2011
General CounselSilvaris Corporation2004 - 2009
AssociateFoster Pepper PLLC2000 - 2003
AssociateBrown Law Firm1999 - 2000
AssociateSchwed & Gordon1998 - 1999
Contract AttorneyPreston Gates & Ellis1997 - 1998
Association namePosition nameDuration
Consumer Education and Training Services ("CENTS")Board Member2015 - Present
Women Bankruptcy Association for West. WABoard Member2015 - Present
National Association of Consumer AttorneysMember2012 - Present
East King County Bar AssociationMember2012 - Present
Eastside Legal Assistance ProgramVolunteer Attorney2012 - Present
King County Bar Association, Bankruptcy Law SectionMember2011 - Present
Mother Attorney Mentoring AssociationMember2011 - Present
Western District Bankruptcy Bar AssociationMember2000 - Present
Bankruptcy Bar Asociation for the Eastern District of WashingtonMember2000 - Present
Association of Women Bankruptcy Attorneys, Western District of WashingtonMember2000 - Present
Women Bankruptcy LawyersMember2000 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Wade Cook Financial Corp.Many years down the road, distributions were made to creditors
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Gonzaga University School of LawN/AJD/MBA - Juris Doctorate and MBA1997
Washington State UniversityMarketingBA - Bachelor of Arts1993
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
WA Men's Prison in MonroeBankruptcy Basics and Dealing with Creditors2015
King County Bar AssociationConsumer Bankruptcy Basics2012
Helping Clients in Troubled imesInto to Consumer Bankruptcy2011
Quarterly seminarsEstate Planning 1011999