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Michelle Rose Ahrens

Estate planning Attorney at Renton, WA

4.4   7 reviews
  • Licensed for 36 years
    State WA
    Acquired 1987
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About Michelle

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     I graduated from the University of Washington in 1983 with dual degrees in Political Science and Speech Communications.  I obtained my law degree in 1986 from the University of Puget Sound and joined the Bar in 1987. 

     I started my legal career as an intern in the City of Seattle Prosecutors office.  There I learned the fundamentals of misdemeanor and gross misdemeanor prosecution.  After graduation, I joined the King County Prosecutor's Office and spent two years prosecuting cases in every district court in King County.

     In 1988 I left government work and joined what was then known as Holm, Mogren & Glessner, where I learned the finer points of criminal defense, family law and estate planning.  I stayed there for two years before I left to take over as director of a non-profit organization - Young Life -- on the Olympic Peninsula.  After six years, I returned to the practice of law.  I owned my own firm in Clallam County where I received the Distinguished Service Award in 2000 and was elected President of the Clallam County Bar Association in 2007.  My practice on the peninsula continued until 2012 when my husband retired fromt he Washington State Patrol and we returned to King County.

     I have rejoined my old firm as a shareholder with the new name of Mogren, Glessner, Roti & Ahrens, P.S.  I continue my practice in family law, criminal defense, estate planning and personal injury work.   



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The Evergreen Building
Our office - Suite 100
Peter Mogren, Ruth Roti, Michelle Ahrens, Ronald Glessner


Mogren, Glessner & Ahrens, P.S.
15 So.Grady Way, #100
P. O. Box 90
Renton, WA, 98057-0090


4.4 / 5.0
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Posted by Stephen | January 11, 2023
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An excellent experience!
We just revised our wills, designated durable powers of attorney to manage our estate, and serve as a safety net, should we become unable to manage. Michelle Ahrens provided excellent advice and combined professionalism with personability - the kind of experience you so often hope for but seldom encounter. Her paralegal, Diane Moore was extremely helpful with our questions and document needs. We recommend this team highly.
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Posted by Jan | July 24, 2021
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Awesome attorney and caring individual
Michele Ahrens is an extremely knowledgable attorney who made the legal world easier for me to understand, always listened intently to my questions, offered her expert advice and kept me up to date on what was happening with my case. She was always easy to reach and was prompt in getting back to me and communicating with me. Michele helped me through my divorce and when a mistake was made, due to no fault of Michele's, after my divorce was final, Michele was able to make the correction to everyone's satisfaction. I also feel Michele was a very caring and dedicated person to me and I would not hesitate hiring her for any future legal issues I may have.
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Posted by James | December 31, 2015
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You'll be happy you hired Michelle Ahrens
Michelle was extremely helpful with her advice and direction through the entire divorce process. She was honest about what I could expect, defended me and my interests well in court, and I felt confident with her representing me. I never thought I would go through a divorce and the paperwork is almost overwhelming, but Michelle allowed me to do as much of the work as I wanted so she didn't have to charge me to write or arrange it, and she was very insightful reviewing all the submissions with me before filing. I would highly recommend Michelle if you are looking for a thorough and experienced lawyer that returns your calls and keeps you on track. She was exactly what I needed.
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Posted by Lisa | July 13, 2015
The best attorney ever!
Michelle was recommended by a coworker of hers when my divorce got complicated. She is a first rate negotiator, a no-nonsense lawyer with a heart. She talked me down when I was upset, she explained anything I had questions about, and helped give me the courage and strength to face what I had to deal with. Luckily, we did not have to go to trial, as she expertly defended myself and my assets during Mediation. Even if we had gone to trial, she and her fabulous paralegal Janis, were SO prepared, that I had all faith and trust in what the outcome would have been. Thank you, Michelle.
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Posted by Lorie | March 16, 2015
Great Divorce lawyer
Michelle was my lawyer when I got divorced last year. My divorce was not easy as my ex was difficult and we were dealing with other criminal issues he created while we were separated. Michelle helped me to manage all of the various moving parts of the divorce as it related to his criminal charges; ensuring that the parenting plan was written so that it ensured our child was safe. Michelle was also realistic with me and talked me as to what to expect in regards to custody. I appreciated her honesty and her candidness. She was great at keeping me informed on what to expect during the divorce so there were no surprises. She even helped to ensure I was safe while we were at the courthouse during a meeting with me ex who turned our hearing into a confrontation. I really do appreciate all that Michelle did for me and will for sure retain her again if and when I need a family lawyer.
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Posted by Charity | February 12, 2015
Excellent Attorney
I have known Michelle R. Ahrens for a number of years now, originally having her represent me during my divorce. Michelle cared about my case, looked after my long term goals, and looked out for the well being for my family's future. I could not recommend her enough, she is a fantastic Attorney! Michelle will always be an Attorney that I will turn to for advice in matters of law.
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Posted by Lorie | October 12, 2016
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Lack of Attention to detail and follow through
I had previously reviewed Michelle last year after my divorce was finalized. I should have waited to review considering 1. The restraining order against my ex in my divorce decree was not filled out correctly, so technically it wouldn't hold up in court. When my ex did violate the restraining order it was the police who told me the restraining order was basically not enforceable because it was not filled out correctly. (I should have recognized the red flag as during the divorce I was consistently editing her paperwork, but hindsight is 20/20). When I brought this to her attention, she told me she would have to re-file and it would cost me more money. So money, I would have to pay because her office lacks attention to detail. 2. After the divorce she had told me I had a case to change the parenting plan. So we filed a motion. When my ex put up a stink, she actually said to me, ' this is why I didn't think you should do this'. Not ONCE did she ever say that to me. I had to bite my tongue as we were already months into it and wouldn't help to argue. So, after months of pursuing changing the plan she had me withdraw. Of course, after withdrawing my ex got himself a lawyer and tried to finally have his supervised visits without following up on the other parenting plan conditions. When I pushed back Michelle basically said I need to let him have supervised visits regardless if he followed through on the other conditions. This surprised me as why were those conditions in the parenting plan in the first place? Finally, afters weeks of going back and forth with his lawyer, she tried to push me into a corner to acquiesce to my ex because she was going on vacation and his lawyer was threatening to file a motion of contempt on me. I still pushed back and told her I need to think about it and she told me she would call me back. However, two days went by and I hadn't heard from her, even after leaving her a voicemail. When I finally talked to the receptionist she told me Michelle went on vacation and NO ONE was covering her cases for her while she was out (even though Michelle assured me someone was covering). With that said, I immediately found another lawyer. While switching, I had to escalate to another lawyer within Michelle's firm to send an email to my ex's lawyer (an email I had to dictate verbatim to a lawyer who sounded irritated that he had to help me) to let my ex's attorney know that I am not trying to restrict my ex from visitation and that I am switching attorneys. With that said, within days of switching my new attorney got my ex's lawyer to start backing off, in fact my ex's lawyer withdrew from his case. The last straw I have with Michelle and this firm is I just called them as my files were never sent to my new lawyer, even though we requested those when I switched firms. They sent the copies today with a bill of $65. A bill, my new lawyer doesn't believe I should have to pay and a bill I wasn't told I was going to get. When I called to ask about it, I was told this is standard. Even if it is, it would have been nice to know I was going to get charged. No apology at all from them. With that said, if I could give 0 stars to this firm and to Michelle, I would. Michelle's legal advice seem to change based on what fit in her schedule. I didn't feel she fought to represent me or my best interests. On top of that, her lack of follow through and attention to detail were mediocre at best.
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  • Hourly Rates $ 300-300 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 7.6 (Very Good)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Mogren, Glessner & Ahrens, P.S.
  • 2012 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Private Practice
  • 2000 - 2012
  • Attorney
  • Mogren & Glessner
  • 1988 - 1990


  • University of Puget Sound
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1986
  • University of Washington
  • BA
  • 1983


  • King County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • US District Court, Western Washington
  • Attorney Member
  • 1989 - Present
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1987 - Present
  • Clallam County Bar Association
  • President
  • 2007 - 2008
  • Clallum County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1996 - 2012
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Certificate of Appreciation
  • Washington State Patrol
  • 2010
  • Distinguished Servide Award
  • Clallum County Pro Bono
  • 2000

Speaking Engagements

  • Planning for End of Life
  • Issues in Estate Planning
  • 2016
  • Marriage
  • Divorce Attonrey's Guide to Staying Married
  • 2015

Attorney endorsements

Received (2)
Given (1)
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Family Attorney | Apr 28
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Michelle and I had a case together wherein I represented the fellow in criminal court, and she represented him in family court. She was a fearless advocate, We had an uphill battle, due to the allegations leveled against our mutual client, but Michelle was able to obtain great visitation, essentially joint custody, for our client. I strongly recommend her in family court matters."
Family Attorney | Feb 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have known Michelle as an attorney for 20 years. She is agressive yet compassionate. She knows the law and the procedures, and does a great job for her clients."
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Renton Estate planning Lawyer Michelle Rose Ahrens
Michelle Rose Ahrens
Estate planning Attorney
Renton, WA
Licensed for 36 years