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Monique Gilson-Moreau

Family Attorney at Bellevue, WA

4.8   17 reviews
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  • Licensed for 38 years
    State WA
    Acquired 1986
    Active No misconduct found

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Monique Gilson-Moreau has been practicing law for over 30 years, primarily in private practice.  Monique has been a litigator, mediator, and guardian ad litem for the courts. She currently focuses her practice on family law, with particular experience in relocation and interstate custody issues (“UCCJEA” Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction Enforcement Act ) and the Indian Child Welfare Act “ICWA.”  Monique has dealt with various tribal courts in this and other states and has appeared and/or been admitted to practice in various local tribal courts. Early in her career Monique gained experience in various areas of law as indicated in her Professional Experience below.

Attorney.   Monique was born in Verviers, Belgium and immigrated to the United States with her parents at a young age.  Monique earned her Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Puget Sound School of Law (now known as Seattle University School of Law) in 1985.  She continued her legal training through McGeorge University School of Law at their Salzburg, Austria Campus, earning a Diploma in Transnational Legal Practice.  She then moved to Paris, France where she completed an internship with an international French law firm.  She was sworn in as an Attorney licensed to practice in Washington State at the U.S. Embassy in Paris.  She remained in Paris for over 2 years where she continued to work for various private French law firms and eventually met and married her husband.  Monique returned to Seattle, WA with her husband in December of 1987.  Monique and her husband, Frederic, are the proud parents of three grown daughters, one of whom (Stephanie) now works with Monique as her Legal Assistant.  Upon her return to Washington, Monique did contract work for various Seattle law firms until she began her private solo practice, which included immigration and family law.  Because Monique speaks French fluently, she has received referrals for Immigration, Adoption and Family Law cases from the French Consulate in San Francisco as well as the Honorary French Consulate in Seattle.  Monique successfully obtained asylum for a client who fled persecution in Zaire and adjusted the status of several French Nationals enabling them to work or become permanent residents of the United States.   Her empathy and compassion for others led her to volunteer to represent a financially disadvantaged victim of domestic violence through the Family Law Mentor program.  This and similar experiences eventually led her to focus her practice on domestic law, child support, custody, including interstate UCCJEA cases, adoptions, Guardian ad litem and mediation.  She particularly enjoys using her family law experience to help parties resolve their disputes.  Finally, she has supported our U.S. military by volunteering her time to provide Washington Family Law training to the JAGs at the Whidbey Island Naval Base.

Guardian ad Litem.  Monique has been appointed by the King County Superior Court as a guardian ad litem in Title ll cases.  She later completed training as a Title 26 guardian ad litem for children in family law cases.

Tribal Courts and the Indian Child Welfare Act.   Monique has represented clients in matters that either were brought in Tribal Court or in which a party invoked the Indian Child Welfare Act in Washington Tribes and as far away as South Dakota. Monique is currently admitted to practice in the Lummi Tribal Court.

Mediator.  Monique has successfully mediated settlement conferences between private parties as well as parties represented by attorneys in compliance with the settlement conference requirements mandated in several Washington Counties.


About Monique.  Monique met and married her husband, Frederic, in Paris, France in 1986.  They moved to Seattle at the end of 1987 and had three beautiful daughters, who are now young adults and on their own.  Monique is bi-lingual, French being her first language.  She enjoys cooking, gardening, traveling, spending time in the outdoors and at their property in Chelan, WA.  Monique loves animals and passed on to her children that love and compassion for animals.  Monique and her husband currently share their home with 3 dogs and 3 cats.  Sometimes she brings her Maltese “Tucker” to the office to hang out. 


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Monique Gilson-Moreau, Inc., P.S.
410 Bellevue Way Se
Suite 104
Bellevue, WA, 98004-6649


4.8 / 5.0
  17 customer reviews
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Posted by Mark | August 1, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Monique is Awesome
I contacted Monique as she came highly recommended. Within a few minutes she put me at ease and took charge of my legal issue. The case was denied and dismissed completely. In my case that was a perfect outcome. Monique is very competent, personable, full of energy and such a breath of fresh air. If needed, I will use her professional services again. I highly recommend Monique to anyone who wants to take an issue “head on”. I cannot express my gratitude enough for her outstanding service. AWESOME!!!!
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Posted by anonymous | July 29, 2016
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Extremely happy
Monique helped me with child support case and a few years later helped my husband adopt my son. She was great! She is always very helpful with any questions I had about our case or the progress that was being made. Monique's work is very well done and she is very professional. Her team was also super great and always on top of everything. Everyone always is very involved with the case and made me feel like my case was just as important to them as it was to me.
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  • Hourly Rates $ 420-420 per hour
Payment methods
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Gilson-Moreau & Associates, P.S.
  • 2011 - Present
  • Owner
  • Law Offices of Monique Gilson-Moreau
  • 2007 - 2011
  • Owner
  • Monique Gilson-Moreau, Inc., P.S
  • 1997 - 2007
  • Partner
  • Green, Moreau & Ockerman, P.S.,
  • 1996 - 1997
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  • McGeorge University
  • Diploma in Transnational Legal Practice
  • 1985
  • University of Puget Sound School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1985
  • City University
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1981


  • WSBA Family Law Executive Committee
  • Chair of Family Law Basic Skills Training
  • 2017 - Present
  • Lummi Tribal Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Domestic Relations Attorneys of Washington ("DRAW")
  • Board and CLE Committee Member
  • 2019 - 2022
  • Washington State Bar Association Family Law Section
  • Member of the Family Law Executive Committee ("FLEC")
  • 2017 - 2022
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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • French

Honors and Awards

  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2017

Speaking Engagements

  • JAG Training
  • Family Law in Washington, Practice & Procedures
  • 2015

Attorney endorsements

Received (5)
Given (3)
Endorse Monique
Family Attorney | Dec 30
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Monique has attained what I consider to be the peak in family law practice, the ability to provide firm and assertive representation of her client while remembering that family law clients must often find new ways to be effective but different families than they were before they found themselves before the courts. As a lawyer, she was cognizant of that reality throughout the process. Her office also is staffed with honest, sincere, and diligent paralegals which has also made working with her firm a pleasure to deal with, not only for me but also for my staff."
Family Attorney | Apr 23
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer. I have consulted with Ms. Gilson-Moreau on King County family law matters over the last five years, as my family law practice in San Juan County occasionally requires King County expertise. Her advice has always been spot on and helpful."
Family Attorney | Apr 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Monique is smart as a whip, stays current, has a comforting, warm personality, and is tenacious. She is a strong advocate for her clients - I strongly endorse her."
Family Attorney | Mar 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have known Monique for more than 12 years, She is a consummate lawyer-she has knowledge which she shares and uses for her clients, she has empathy without being too naïve when dealing with matters and she focuses on her ethical and legal duties in representation of clients. You could not seek a better professional."
Family Attorney | Mar 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I highly endorse this lawyer. Monique is that perfect blend of compassion and pit-bull, which family law clients need."
Bellevue Family Lawyer Monique Gilson-Moreau
Monique Gilson-Moreau
Family Attorney
Bellevue, WA
Licensed for 38 years
Virtual consultation available