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Laura A Sell

Divorce and separation Attorney at Seattle, WA

5.0   6 reviews
  • Licensed for 24 years
    State WA
    Acquired 1999
    Status
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Laura Sell is the Law Practice Managing Partner at McKinley Irvin. Laura leads the firm's attorneys in practice development, training and mentoring, as well as consulting on cases and ensuring the firm's high standards of quality. Laura recently co-authored the “Spousal Maintenance” chapter of the LexisNexis Washington Family Law Practice Guide, offering strategies to help practitioners identify and address legal and procedural issues. Laura also assists parties in resolving family law disputes by serving as a mediator. With extensive experience as a family law attorney and civil litigator, Laura is particularly skilled in mediating cases involving complex legal and financial issues.

Location

McKinley Irvin
1501 Fourth Avenue
Suite 1750
Seattle, WA, 98101
McKinley Irvin
10900 NE 4th Street
Suite 2220
Bellevue, WA, 98004
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Posted by anonymous | March 10, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Amazing ally
Laura represented us in a private mediation and arbitration. she was fair, calm and compassionate, as well as whip smart, commanding and exceedingly efficient. Her grasp of family law is an asset, but her true gift is understanding people and providing guidance through an arduous, overwhelming process. Hiring Laura was an excellent use of time and money; we never felt like we were getting anything less than the best. She won our case and we will be forever grateful. We both hope we never have to see her again and wish we could be her friends.
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Posted by anonymous | September 2, 2016
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Fabulous Attorney
As part of the leadership team for several companies, I have worked with many great attorneys in Seattle across multiple legal disciplines. I never thought I would need a family law attorney but when I did, I found the best in Laura. She is very bright, detailed, and can be creative in working through the unique elements of each case. She was exceptional at managing all facets of my case and when needed could be very stern with opposing counsel. She managed my expectations well and knew exactly how to support me through the process. I could not have found a better partner during a difficult time.
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Posted by anonymous | August 25, 2016
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Capable & compassionate
Laura is an incredible lawyer. We knew from the first moment we met her that she was smart, competent, and had an excellent grasp of family law. She gave us clear advice with such confidence and authority that we felt our initial consultation was the best money we could have possibly spent. We did not anticipate hiring her given our particular situation, but when we called her back and asked for help she did not hesitate -- AND she got a job done that literally seemed impossible to us. We settled out of court with the other party, and Laura never doubted for a minute that it could be done. She is so, so, so good at her job. She is also funny, friendly, and a very real person. Our gratitude is immense.
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Posted by Windy | July 28, 2016
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Fierce Contender
Laura Sell is more than just a smart and capable attorney. She is an advocate, a role model, a mentor and a friend. We started working together in 2014 when I desperately needed the help of an attorney with my relocation from Seattle to my home state of California with my two kids. The months working together on my relocation action came with many weird twist and sometime very ugly and frightening turns, but Laura was able to navigate us through the uncertainty and ultimately got us home without ever entering a court room. But Laura turned out to be more to me than just an attorney; she became a strong anchor during a time when I was just getting back on my feet after divorce and needed the support of someone who could see things from a different angle. She encouraged me to pursue my own career as a Paralegal and was an inspiration to me of a modern woman who could balance her career while also being a kind and loving mother. As I have said 100 times over – Laura is worth her weight in gold! I will always be grateful for her expertise and kindness during a very difficult time in our lives. She is a rock star attorney and I cannot recommend her enough.
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Posted by Laura Rhodes | July 21, 2016
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RN manager/previous client
Laura Sell was my attorney who covered my divorce case. She was very compassionate, thoughtful, and ethical in her dealings and interactions with me. She advocated for me, and discussed issues involving many dimensions and things to think about. I truly believe she had my whole family's best interest at heart. I genuinely trust her, respect her, and recommend her.
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Posted by Cindy | July 17, 2016
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Excellent Attorney!
I would highly recommend Laura Sell as a divorce attorney. Laura is very knowledgeable, honest, and trustworthy. We worked together to get the best possible outcome for my difficult situation. She and her team dug deep into my case, even revealing incriminating evidence from my EX, which proved to be very helpful. Whenever I had a question or concern, she was prompt in returning my calls and/or emails. Not only was I pleased with her work as my attorney, but she seemed genuinely concerned for my family’s well-being, and what I was going through. Laura was very easy to talk with and truly understood the stresses and emotions that occur during divorce. She helped put me at ease, told me what to expect throughout the divorce process, and guided me through that very difficult time in my life. I still reach out to her today, when I am in need of legal advice.
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Cost

Rates
  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Law Practice Managing Partner
  • McKinley Irvin
  • 2017 - Present
  • Partner
  • Mckinley Irvin, PLLC
  • 2016 - Present
  • Of Counsel
  • Stokes Lawrence
  • 2014 - 2016
  • Owner
  • The Law Office of Laura Sell, PLLC
  • 2007 - 2014
  • Attorney
  • K&L Gates
  • 2004 - 2007
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Education

  • University of Dayton School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1998
  • Western Washington University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1992

Associations

  • Washington State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1999 - Present
  • King County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1999 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • QLaw- GLBT Bar Association of Washington
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Association of Workplace Investigators
  • Member
  • N/A
  • International Academy of Collaborative Professionals
  • Member
  • N/A
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Best Lawyer
  • Best Lawyers
  • 2024
  • Best Lawyer
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2023
  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2023
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  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2022
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  • 2022
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  • 2021
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  • 2021
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  • 2020
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  • Washington Super Lawyers
  • 2020
  • Best Lawyer
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2019
  • Super Lawyer
  • Washington Super Lawyers
  • 2019
  • Super Lawyer
  • Washington Super Lawyers
  • 2018
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Publications

  • Stokes Lawrence Washington Divorce & Family Law
  • Prenuptial Agreement Basics
  • 2015
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Speaking Engagements

  • Presentation with Cornerstone Advisors
  • Financial Wisdom for Women
  • 2015
  • Employment Law Institute CLE
  • "Internal Investigations," co-presenter with Aviva Kamm
  • 2015
  • Employment Law Institute CLE
  • “Investigation Issues - Who, What, When Where and Why,” co-presenter with Aviva Kamm
  • 2015
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Attorney endorsements

Received (14)
Given (12)
Endorse Laura
Family Attorney | Aug 02
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer. Laura is passionate about her clients"
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jun 26
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Jan 04
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | May 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | May 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Apr 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Apr 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Apr 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Apr 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Apr 26
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer. Laura is an experienced family law attorney and mediator in King County, Washington."
Family Attorney | Apr 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Apr 25
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Laura and I were opposing counsel on a marriage dissolution case that eventually settled in a near fifteen hour mediation. Laura worked very diligently for her client up until near midnight to finally reach agreement. During the entire litigation I found Laura to be a tenacious litigator, always striving to put her client's interests in the forefront in every situation, while at the same time being a genuinely pleasant person to have as opposing counsel. She knows when to go to court but also when not to "make an unneeded problem" but rather to get her desired results in a more cooperative manner. I highly endorse this attorney."
Family Attorney | Apr 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Apr 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
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Seattle Divorce and separation Lawyer Laura A Sell
Laura A Sell
Divorce and separation Attorney
Seattle, WA
Licensed for 24 years