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Elizabeth Mount Penner

Family Attorney at Seattle, WA

4.3   6 reviews

also known as Elizabeth Penner

  • Licensed for 12 years
    State WA
    Acquired 2011
    Active No misconduct found

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About Elizabeth

Learn Elizabeth’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Family
    Divorce, Separation, Domestic Violence, Child Custody, Parenting Plans, Asset Distribution, Committed Intimate Relationships, High Conflict, Litigation, Trial

  2. Criminal defense
    Sexual Abuse, Sexual Assault, Murder, Serious Criminal Offenses, Litigation, Trial

I fight hard to protect the rights of every single client.  I believe that focusing on each client’s goals and listening to his or her story are central to achieving the best possible outcome.  I take the time to get to know my clients and explain every step of the process they are facing. 

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Skellenger Bender, PS
520 Pike St
Ste 1001
Seattle, WA, 98101

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Posted by Michael | July 6, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Amazing Advocate / Amazing Outcome!
I hired Liz as I was a victim in a DV case which grew to stalking as my partner was also assaulted. Liz was amazing from start to finish. Her process was meticulous. So much so that when the person who had repeatedly attacked me and my partner tried to file complaints against us they were immediately dismissed. What I like best about my experience with Liz, other than the resounding WIN, was how well she communicated with us. Her explanations of the process and what was happening and the potential outcomes were amazing as well as comforting. This was a whole new set of fears and anxieties I had never experienced and her style, demeaner and communication helped alleviate all of that. Even with the process dragging on through COVID Liz just nailed it. I am grateful that I had Liz by my side during this terrifying experience. I cannot say enough good things and I would encourage anyone to trust her and have her as your advocate!
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Posted by Josh | August 1, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Elizabeth saved my life
I used Elizabeth to represent me in a serious criminal case. It was a complex case that was made worse when "Seattle's Best" defense attorney messed up my case and Elizabeth definitely did a phenomenal job fixing what the first attorney screwed up. She was always to the point with me and never sugar coated the problems we faced in my defense. We went after the witnesses medical records and despite the state hiring an attorney to fight that for them we won and got access to the records. In the end we went to trial against the states star prosecutor and she beat him. I was acquitted of all charges. I can't express how grateful I was to have her represent me. She is the first person I would turn to.
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Posted by Brandon | July 2, 2014
legal representation
I would definitely recommend Elizabeth Mount's services. Elizabeth is very knowledgeable about the laws and how they specifically apply to your case. I was happy with the outcome of my case and would use her representation again if needed.
Posted by anonymous | June 25, 2014
She Knows What She's Doing
Elizabeth Mount recently represented me in a court case. She kept a level head and was extremely articulate and knowledgeable. She was always well prepared in court and confident. She was in touch with me via email on a regular basis and asked plenty of questions in order to learn about my case from multiple angles. She was very engaged in the process and was great at explaining legal terminology. Elizabeth Mount was always respectful and professional to everyone in the court room and myself. I give her my highest recommendation.
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Posted by Jeffrey | June 24, 2014
A client evaluation
Dear Sir, . I found Elizabeth to be very dedicated to her work as a lawyer and very willing to helping me with my legal problems. She was very pleasant to meet with in person. And she often made great eye contact which demonstrated that she was focused on me. I need to also say that even though I had a friend be an intermediary for me she was able to coordinate the three of us together very effectively.
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Posted by Mark | May 26, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Did not go well
To: Elizabeth M. P. (Attorney) and Christine C. (Paralegal) of the McKinley Irvin Law Firm From: Mark D., McKinley Irvin Divorce Case Customer Reference: McKinley Irvin Unprofessional And Non -Transparent Business Conduct Date: 5/11/21 My conscience will let me go no further in life without voicing my significant dissatisfaction with your professional conduct while handling my divorce case. Early on in my divorce case, unfortunately, Elizabeth's mother passed away. Because of Elizabeth's grieving, I understood and accepted the ignoring of numerous questions in my emails and the very lengthy delays associated with McKinley Irvin's responses to me. Because of Elizabeth's grieving, I did not voice my concerns at the time. Though I accepted these occurrences at the time, I believe the more appropriate path for McKinley Irvin to have taken would have been to switch me to a different Attorney (while Elizabeth worked her way through her grieving). Many months after Elizabeth's mother's passing, however, the same pattern of behavior was still observed. It does appear that this delaying and ignoring of customer inputs is McKinley Irvin's normal modus operandi. On several occasions, phone conference times were scheduled only to be cancelled at the very last minute, with Christine C. citing "emergency issues". Significant delays, ignored emails/questions, and last minute cancellations always left me feeling, as a customer, that I am extremely low on McKinley Irvin's priority list. This is really surprising given that truly successful companies strive to make it a goal of satisfying their customers. However annoying the above conduct is, it pales in comparison to the more serious complaint of unprofessional (possibly unethical?) non-transparent behavior that I will detail below... On April 30th 2021, I requested, for my records, copies of all communications between Tara R. (my wife's attorney) and McKinley Irvin. As you know, there is a line item for each one of these communications in the McKinley Irvin billing system which, as a paying customer, I have been billed for and have paid good money for. My request for copies of all of these communications was met with "I will look into this for you" (Christine C.) and, during a 1:30 pm phone conversation on 5/4/21, "We have a cumbersome document system, I will see what we can do" (Elizabeth M. P.). At the end of the 5/4/21, 1:30 pm phone conversation with Elizabeth, Elizabeth did say she would get me the communications I requested. To-date (as of 5/11/21), I have yet to receive the requested communications which I have paid good money for (and which I do not expect to pay one penny more for). Clearly "do what you say and say what you do" is not a motto which McKinley Irvin runs their business by. It is clear, also, that there is a lack of transparency happening at McKinley Irvin which is highly unprofessional and, I would even argue, bordering on unethical. As a paying customer, to be denied what one has paid for, is absolutely unprofessional. It is perplexing that I have to explain to the McKinley Irvin firm how it should respond to one of its paying customers. The response should not have been "I will look into this" or "we have a cumbersome document system"; the response should have been, "you are a venerated paying customer of ours who has paid for these communications and we will get these communications to you just as soon as we can (at no additional cost to you)". What I would like to have happen is for McKinley Irvin to acknowledge this significant lapse in customer service and refund my money. I am dissatisfied with your treatment of my divorce case. Divorce is devastating enough in itself. To feel like the attorney/firm you are paying good money to, in order to guide you through one of life's toughest journey's, is hamstringing and hampering you along the way, makes it feel many times more devastating.
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Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Mckinley Irvin, PLLC
  • 2019 - 2022
  • Attorney
  • Newton & Hall, Attorneys at Law, PLLC
  • 2015 - 2019
  • Owner/Attorney
  • Law Office of Elizabeth Mount
  • 2012 - 2015
  • Public Defender
  • Associated Counsel or the Accused
  • 2011 - 2012
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  • Fury Bailey Trial Skills Workshop
  • 2013
  • Seattle University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2011
  • California State University, Fresno
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • N/A

Sample of Legal Cases

  • State v. Smith
  • Not Guilty on All Counts
  • State v. Gonzalez
  • Dismissal
  • State v. Koestler
  • A jury found the defendant not guilty of DUI.
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  • Federal Bar Association (Western District of Washington chapter)
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • King County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • Washington Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys
  • Member
  • 2011 - 2019
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2021
  • Top 40 Under 40
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2017
  • Pro Bono Publico Service Commendation
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • 2012
  • Cum Laude
  • Seattle University School of Law
  • 2011
  • Dean's List
  • Seattle University School of Law
  • 2009
  • Excellence for the Future Award: Evidence
  • CALI
  • 2009
  • Magna Cum Laude
  • California State University, Fresno
  • 2008
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  • King County Bar Association
  • 2019 Washington Lawyers Practice Manual, Chapter 9 Domestic Relations Practice Part One: Dissolution, Legal Separation and Declaration Concerning Validity
  • 2020

Speaking Engagements

  • YMCA High School Mock Trial State Championships
  • Mock Trial Judge
  • 2018
  • Seattle University School of Law Trial Advocacy Course
  • Negotiations In Criminal Cases
  • 2014

Attorney endorsements

Received (16)
Given (12)
Endorse Elizabeth
Family Attorney | Dec 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer without reservation. Elizabeth is an excellent attorney and a passionate advocate for her clients"
Family Attorney | Jun 18
Relationship: Co-worker
"An outstanding attorney and an even better person who I fully endorse and recommend. Ms. Penner is a credit to the profession and any client would be well served by her representation."
Family Attorney | Dec 13
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Ms. Penner is an incredible and thoughtful litigator. I have worked with her on dissolution cases that were high conflict and involved domestic violence. These are the toughest cases out there and Liz handles them like a pro and with confidence. I refer potential clients to her with confidence."
Violent crime Attorney | Dec 09
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse Elizabeth Penner. Elizabeth is an extremely talented and passionate advocate. Her diligence and communication style instill confidence and produces results for her clients. In addition to client success, Elizabeth is a team player and does not hesitate to share her knowledge with her colleagues."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 05
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"In my previous job as a prosecutor, I had numerous cases against Elizabeth. She is an experienced attorney and an effective advocate for her clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Liz is a superstar!! She is a hard worker and has a brilliant legal mind. She knows how to connect with Juries and has earned the respect of her colleagues and opposing counsel in different jurisdictions!!"
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Elizabeth has a very strong and knowledgeable presence in the courtroom. She vigorously fights for her clients, and often times gets great results. I have seen her battle various prosecutors and come out the victor. For those reasons I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Elizabeth is a great attorney who passionately cares for her clients. She effectively advocates for her client's positions, while earning the respect of opposing counsel and the judges that she appears in front of."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Elizabeth Mount is one of the most intensely focused criminal defense attorneys I have ever had the pleasure to meet. I routinely find myself discovering and considering new aspects of the law during our conversations. Beyond that, Elizabeth is a tireless advocate who is always quick to support both her clients and her colleagues. Elizabeth would be as much a benefit to your legal matter as she already is to the legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ms. Mount is a natural born lawyer that is adept at both negotiating great deals for her client and winning her cases in trial. she is respected by her peers for how much she cares for her clients and how hard she fights for them. I highly endorse Liz Mount."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ms. Mount is an exceptional attorney. In addition to her excellent courtroom presence, her legal abilities and charisma make for an uncommonly effective lawyer. I highly recommend her!"
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 10
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"Ms. Mount is an aggressive advocate and a prodigy in the courtroom. She is not afraid to take on any issue and steps up her game when faced with a challenge. Not only is she aggressive and competent, but she is caring and truly concerned about her clients ."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I am endlessly impressed with Ms. Mount's aggressive advocacy and professionalism. She is an excellent attorney. Having worked with Ms. Mount before, I have seen firsthand how dedicated she is to her clients. Anyone who is fortunate enough to have Ms. Mount as their attorney is very lucky. I would not hesitate to recommend Ms. Mount to anyone."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Elizabeth is very passionate about her practice and her clients. I would absolutely recommend her to anyone looking for a great attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I had the pleasure of working with Liz when I was at the King County Public Defender Office. She treats her clients with genuine sincerity and care. Also, she works hard for the best outcome possible for her clients."
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