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I am a native of Veracruz, Mexico and have been actively involved with the Washington State Latino community for over thirty years. I am fully bilingual and bicultural, and feel comfortable navigating both cultures.


I earned my law degree at the University of Washington School of Law in 1992 and immediately began my legal career as a public defender in Seattle, a position I held until I became the Interim Director of the Child Advocacy Clinic at the University of Washington School of Law. 


The primary focus of my legal practice, Peaceful Agreements is family law and mediation with an emphasis in collaborative divorce, custody, child support, parenting and support modifications, Becca Bill matters, special education, Guardian Ad Litem representation, dependencies and other family related matters.


My philosophy is to provide my clients with the highest quality of legal services in a respectful, compassionate and ethical manner, always encouraging them to consider alternatives to litigation.  After years practicing as a litigator, I am convinced that the collaborative approach is a much healthier, wiser alternative, especially for families with children already in distress. I believe that most adults are capable of reaching lasting agreements when given accurate legal information and the assistance of neutral parenting and financial coaches. By offering them a collaborative and mediation model, I help them resolve their conflict, while mitigating their financial and emotional burden.


I am a member of the Family Law, Mediation, and Dispute Resolution Sections of the Washington State Bar, the Latino/Latina Bar Association of Washington, the City of Bellevue Mediation Program, the King County Dispute Resolution Center, the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals, the Collaborative Professionals of Washington and the King County Collaborative Law Section. I am licensed to practice in Washington State Courts and in the United States District Court Western District of Washington.



María de Lourdes Victoria

Perfil Profesional


Maria de Lourdes Victoria es originaria de Veracruz, México. Recibió su licenciatura en Literatura y Escritura Inglesa de la Universidad de Washington de la cual posteriormente obtuvo su título como abogada. Después de graduarse, María trabajó como abogada con los defensores de oficio del Condado de King, representado a personas necesitadas tanto en las cortes estatales como en las cortes del distrito del estado. A continuación, María trabajó como directora de la Clínica de Representación de Menores en la escuela de derecho de la Universidad de Washington. En su calidad de directora, impartió cursos en ley de familia, ley de procedimientos de dependencias, peticiones y audiencias en representación de jóvenes en riesgo, así como en representación de menores. En su capacidad como profesora, María supervisó casos de jóvenes con necesidades pedagógicas especiales, problemas de emigración o casos de la ley Becca. Asimismo, fue clave en la preparación y la negociación de leyes de beneficio a familias y jóvenes ante representantes estatales en Olimpia. En el año 2002, María fue integrada a la distinguida sociedad de Order of the Coif. Además de su experiencia en el litigio, María cuenta con amplia experiencia en el campo de mediación y negociación lo cual le facilita ayudar a familias en conflicto mediante un método de colaboración. Ha trabajado como voluntaria con el programa de Guardian Ad Litem, es integrante de la Asociación de Abogados del Estado de Washington, así como integrante de la Asociación de Abogados Hispanos del Estado. Además de la abogacía, María es una galardonada autora que ha publicado tanto en Inglés como en el Español.




Languages spoken: Spanish

Practice areas

  1. Mediation: 70%
    24 years
  2. Family: 25%
    24 years
  3. Guardianship: 5%
    8 years

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Contact info

12835 Newcastle Way, Suite 201
Bellevue, WA, 98056

Peaceful Agreements / Acuerdos de Paz

Newcastle Professional Building
12835 Newcastle Way Suite 201
Newcastle, WA, 98056



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Avvo contributions
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Award nameGrantorDate granted
Best Spanish Novel Mariposa Book Award (Finalist)Latino Book AwardN/A
Best Overall Spanish Historical Novel (Third Place)Latino Book AwardN/A
James W. Hall for FictionUniversity of WashingtonN/A
Jimmy Knudsen Memorialship AwardPacific Lutheran OrganizationN/A
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerPeaceful Agreements2010 - Present
PartnerTolin and Victoria LLP2008 - 2010
Volunteer Bilingual MediatorBellevue Mediation2002 - 2008
Interim Director for the Child Advocacy ClinicUniversity of Washington School of Law2001 - 2002
Supervising Attorney for the Child Advocacy ClinicUniversity of Washington School of Law1999 - 2001
Staff AttorneyKing County Public Defenders1992 - 1998
Association namePosition nameDuration
Washington Latino Bar AssociationBoard Member2010 - Present
Wabash County Bar AssociationCertified Member2010 - Present
MUJERES OF THE NORTHWESTFounder and Chair2005 - Present
Washington State Bar AssociationMember1992 - Present
King County Collaborative ProfessionalsMemberN/A
La HermandadMemberN/A
Los NorteñosMemberN/A
Las ComadresMemberN/A
Our Little Brothers and SistersMemberN/A
International Academy of Collaborative ProfessionalsMemberN/A
El Centro de la RazaMemberN/A
Grupo MexicoFounder and Past-ChairN/A
Washington State Bar Family Law SectionMemberN/A
Collaborative Professionals of WashingtonMember2008 - 2008
Publication nameTitleDate
Almas Liricas ChapbookBeyond One Language / Mas alla de una lengua2008
Universidad de Almería, SpainBeyond Frontiers2008
Mujer Entreletras ChapbookDetained, Not Forgotten2007
Ediciones BLes Dejo El Mar2005
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Washington Mediation AssociationCertified MediatorFamily, Intercultural, Community Mediator2010
University of Washington School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1992
University of WashingtonEnglish Literature and Creative WritingBA - Bachelor of Arts1989
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Family Law Section of Collaborative ProfessionalsWorking with Latino Families2010
University of Washington School of Social WorkWearing too many hats: the attorney’s role in dependency proceedingsN/A
University of Washington School of LawEthical considerations in representing the child best interestN/A
Reasonable Efforts SymposiumOvercoming cultural diversity barriers in dependency proceedingsN/A
Proyecto SaberKnow Your RightsN/A
Patterns of Migration Symposium at Pacific Lutheran UniversityVeracruz: Mexico’s port of entryN/A
King County Public DefendersCriminal DefenseN/A
Columbia Legal Services and Children Allegiance Center for the state of WashingtonThe Becca Bill: why the cure is worst than the diseaseN/A
CLE Grandparents Raising Grandchildren SymposiumJoey Doesn’t Get It: Advocating for Special Education for Your GrandchildN/A
Bellevue Spanish Immersion ProgramChildren and EducationN/A