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Douglas W. Elston

Business Attorney at Mill Creek, WA

5.0   4 reviews
  • State Years
    Washington - WA 43 years
    Connecticut - CT 47 years
  • Licensed for 43 years
    State WA
    Acquired 1980
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 47 years
    State CT
    Acquired 1976
    Active No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Douglas

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Practice areas
  1. Business
    Includes: commercial and government contracts; purchase and sale of businesses; and mergers/acquisitions

    40 years

  2. Corporate and incorporation
    Includes: incorporations, limited liability company formation; corporate governance; patrnerships

    40 years

  3. Estate planning
    Includes: wills; probate; trusts; elder law and guardianship

    45 years

  4. Lawsuits and disputes
    Includes: general civil litigation in state and federal courts; arbitration; and mediation

    40 years

  5. Construction and development
    Includes: construction contracts and subcontracts; construction defect disputes; and liability of design professionals

    40 years

  6. Real estate
    Includes: residential and commercial real estate and residential and commercial landlord-tenant matters

    30 years

Attorney Douglas W. Elston is a business law, estate/probate law and trial attorney focused on protecting the rights and interests of individuals and businesses throughout the King and Snohomish County area and beyond. He was a founding partner in a Seattle construction law firm that grew from six to twenty-six lawyers. After partnerships in several downtown Seattle law firms, he started his own practice, which offers personalized solutions, responsiveness and cost effective strategic advocacy to his clients.


Mr. Elston has experience in all aspects of litigation, from discovery, motion practice, and trial through appeal in state and federal courts. His proven ability to successfully handle complicated, discovery intensive and protracted legal disputes makes him an asset to every client. Most importantly, He understands the economies of litigation and strives, in every case, to keep costs down without cutting corners.

He has been practicing law since 1975 and has represented individuals and businesses in a variety of civil litigation matters, with particular emphasis on business and probate matters and the representation of owners, contractors and design professionals in matters related to the construction industry. He represents clients in federal and state courts, and in private mediations and arbitrations. His practice involves a variety of matters, including complex litigation, with multi-million dollar claims, contract drafting and negotiations, estate planning, and business law matters.

He has appeared in a number of different state and federal courts and has argued cases at all levels of Washington courts and administrative hearings including the Washington State Court of Appeals and the Puget Sound Pollution Control Hearings Board. He has tried and arbitrated numerous complex cases in a wide variety of subject areas and has represented clients and served as a neutral in numerous mediations and arbitrations.

Mr. Elston remains abreast of all developments in business law and offers cutting edge strategies to help his clients protect their rights and remain competitive in any industry. He enjoys working with businesses and entrepreneurs at all stages, from startups to mature corporations, helping them capitalize on an opportunity, reduce liability, resolve disputes or engage in litigation.

He takes a pragmatic, goal-oriented approach to helping individuals, families, and small businesses achieve success in developing solutions to a variety of legal problems. Whether drafting a living trust, negotiating a contract, or going to trial, his focus is the same: achieving his client’s goals at the lowest possible cost. To that end, he can be counted on to always give a client an honest analysis of the client’s case.

Mr. Elston holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology from the University of Washington and, following three tours of combat duty in Vietnam as a Naval Aviator, graduated with honors from Gonzaga University School of Law. He was then picked for a highly selective program to serve as a Coast Guard attorney at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in New London, Connecticut and at the U.S. Coast Guard Training Center in Cape May, New Jersey. While practicing law in Seattle, he remained in the Coast Guard Reserves, serving as Commanding Officer of several reserve operational units in Washington and Oregon, retiring as a Commander.

Outside of the office, Mr. Elston pursues many diverse interests, including sports, writing, reading, travelling and fantasy football. He is a member of Canyon Hills Community Church in Bothell, Washington and is currently on the Board of Directors of Breakthrough Partners, an Edmonds, Washington-based non-profit organization dedicated to economic and social development in distressed areas in third world countries. Most of all, he enjoys spending time with his family. He is happily married with two children and four grandchildren, all of whom live in the area.

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Law Offices of Douglas W. Elston
14410 3rd Drive SE
Mill Creek, WA, 98012


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Posted by anonymous | July 23, 2015
Excellent Attorney
Mr. Elston handled a complex mediation for my husband and I that dealt with the construction of our home and complaints from a troublesome neighbor. He was thorough, diligent and responsive in successfully handling the situation. I was very pleased with Mr. Elston from beginning to end. I highly recommend him and will use him again, if the need arises.
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Posted by anonymous | July 22, 2015
My Trusted Attorney Of 20 Years
Douglas W. Elston has helped me on too many occasions to count. He has aided me in the formation of more than half a dozen companies, numerous contracts with employees and vendors as well as various real estate transactions, and successfully on both the defense and prosecution sides of several law suits including one against a major corporation that I think would be safe to call a household name. In each instance, I have felt that I was dealing with an honest and trustworthy ally. He always makes me feel important by keeping me informed every step of the way and truly listening to me. I have complete confidence in his abilities and have no intention of hiring someone else unless it is a situation outside of his wheelhouse. Even then, it will be a lawyer specifically recommended to me by Douglas W. Elston.
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Posted by Richard | July 22, 2015
Great Attorney for Various Situations
I own a contracting business that participates in a commercial and industrial environment, and have used Doug's expertise over the years to review contracts, negotiate various situations, and have even used his services to settle a neighborhood dispute. He is very knowledgeable and informative, and has always led me to a good solution, from an uncomfortable environment. Doug's efforts & skills have always had a positive impact on my bottom line. Whether business or personal, I would highly recommend retaining Doug as Legal Counsel.
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Posted by Robert | July 22, 2015
Very professional, efficient. He is the real deal
As an attorney licensed since 1977, I've been exposed to every form of lawyer out there and I know most of them and know what to look for when choosing a lawyer who I can trust. That's why when I needed legal assistance on some of my own personal commercial business issues in an area outside of my field, I turned to Doug and hired him to be my advocate. I've come back to him time and time again because of his professionalism, his efficiency, his solid communication skills, everything I expect with the high standards I've grown accustomed to. I highly recommend Doug.
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Work Experience

  • General Counsel & Director of Private Equity
  • Alistar Capital Corporation
  • 1997 - 2002
  • Attorney / Principal
  • Elston Brown & Beaufait
  • 1993 - 1996
  • Attorney / Principal
  • Bryan, Schiffrin, McMonagle, Elston & Twiss
  • 1991 - 1993
  • Corporate Counsel
  • Hart Crowser, Inc.
  • 1988 - 1991
  • Attorney / Principal
  • Ulin, Dann Elston & Lambe
  • 1979 - 1988
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  • US Army JAG School
  • 1976
  • Gonzaga University School of Law
  • JD with honors
  • 1975
  • US Naval Flight Training
  • Naval Flight Officer
  • 1969
  • University of Washington -Seattle
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1967
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  • Washington State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1980 - Present
  • American Arbitration Association
  • Panel Member
  • 1991 - 1996
  • Society of American Military Engineers
  • Member
  • 1989 - 1991
  • Associated Builders and Contractors
  • Member
  • 1987 - 1990
  • Associated General Contractors
  • Member
  • 1985 - 1991
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

Honors and Awards

  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2016
  • BV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2015
  • BV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2014
  • Certified Mediator
  • Dispute Resolution Center of Snohomish County
  • 1991
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  • Gonzaga Law Review
  • Research Editor
  • 1975

Attorney endorsements

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Litigation Attorney | Jul 28
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse Douglas Elston as an attorney that opposed me in a litigation case. Douglas was a strong advocate for his client and he handled his case with professional care and diligence."
Real estate Attorney | Jul 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Doug is a consummate professional who enjoys a well-earned reputation as a dedicated advocate who does superb work for his clients. So much so that I've turned to him for my own personal commercial business needs. Highly recommended."
Lawsuits and disputes Attorney | Apr 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I am pleased to endorse Mr. Elston. He has always been one that I could trust in referring clients who are seeking services in the areas of law that he practices."
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Mill Creek Business Lawyer Douglas W. Elston
Douglas W. Elston
Business Attorney
Mill Creek, WA
Licensed for 47 years
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