Posted by Temple
Leslie has been my lawyer for 8 years. Before I would have described her as fair and empathetic - to the other side, which helps. She takes a psychologist approach to understanding the other side's point of view and then writes and pleads into that, coming across as level-headed and fair in court. She says she has dyslexia, which I can't confirm or not, but her writing is very simplistic. However, that can come across as more straight-forward in family law, so I don't know that it's much of a disadvantage.
However, in 2016 Leslie started a cannabis farm. That's right. I've since hired her, and she's been unavailable. At her recommendation, I entered into a parenting plan evaluation settlement. The evaluator has open communication with all parties on what's happening, when. Leslie didn't try to call me to prep me for evaluation. She hasn't reviewed documents I've sent for the evaluation. I've sent more than 5 emails in the last week about my collaterals; no response. She's lost her game, and is very focused on the pot farm unfortunately, which is called Quincy Green. Before working with Leslie, I'd confirm her actual availability and focus. I've found her unable to respond to simple emails for weeks at a time, and not proactive in scheduling preparation or strategy for upcoming events, even when there's a long lead time.
She did come to the rescue for an emergency, for which I'm grateful. Her heart is in the right place. I just wonder if her head is in the game.
Posted by Sten
I have been involved with multiple divorce attorneys in the past and found Leslie to be by far the best attorney I have ever encountered. She is spectacular! Very intelligent, astute, and a joy to work with. She was on-top of every detail, kept me well informed and made it much easier to sleep at night.
Leslie was so superb that my wife frequently complained that I hired an expensive "big gun."
Leslie has a wonderful attitude, understands all the gory detail legal aspects and is very honest and direct. Her total fees ended up being much more reasonable than the competition who was at a much lower cost per hour. Leslie has a highly trained and sharp support staff and she delegates very effectively. You won't find a more effective and pleasant person to work with.
I highly recommend her with no reservations.
Posted by anonymous
I was recommended Leslie due to custody issues with my case. She was incredibly thorough and had prepared for every detail before appearing in court. Where the other lawyer relied on emotional appeals to the judge, Leslie was factual, calm and effective. Her team was very good at keeping me informed and making sure I had the correct paperwork filed at each step. I would unhesitatingly fully endorse Leslie for anyone going through a divorce.
Posted by Daniel
Leslie handled my challenging divorce and custody battle some years ago. She was not only professional and competent, she was also a tremendous pleasure to work with. In the end, I got nearly everything I had wanted (including full custody of my son, a challenge for a father).
I would not hesitate to work with Leslie again and I cannot recommend her strongly enough.
Posted by anonymous
I thought my divorce would be simple... it should have been simple. I was married a short time and we were trying to put the parties back to where they were prior to the marriage. One thing I didn't count on was my husband's considerable family money to back him up to stall or drag issues out. They wanted me to quit because of the amount of money I would be spending on attorney fees.
Leslie is absolutely the best person I could have hired. She is part detective. She uncovered so many items I had no idea was happening financially in my marriage. My husband cashed in 401K's, had thousands of dollars worth of overdrafts, overall waste and borrowing on his credit cards. We always kept separate checking accounts and he would come up with the funds to pay the mortgage etc. Now I know how.
Leslie was brilliant in the court room, proving point after point with evidence she uncovered. She was not going to back down even after it was apparent the judge was sympathetic to our case.
I honestly believe no other attorney would have uncovered so much waste, put up with so much drama leading up to the court date and fought so hard to put my finances back to where they were prior to our 5 year marriage. Leslie never quit and always made me feel my case was important.
I did end up with more than what we were willing to settle with at mediation. However, it did not come cheap. The extra I received was paid out in attorney fees. However, I would not have gotten anywhere near the settlement without Leslie fighting so hard. Leslie ensured that justice was done and I received a fair settlement.
I would recommend Leslie Olson to anyone that may have a difficult divorce. She is smart, savvy, soft spoken and very effective in a courtroom.
With no disrespect intended - Leslie is a petite package with a mighty punch. She can fight for me anytime!
Posted by anonymous
Ms Olson guided me through what turned out to be a very contentious divorce whose proceedings lasted over a year. My spouse was asking for 70% of all assets and stocks, all savings, all my 401(k) and IRA, plus maintenance; and that I pay all legal fees, and all debts—that I did not incur, and denied that we had a dependent child (still in school). Additionally, my spouse provided nearly nothing in discovery, including refusing to respond to direct requests for things like work history, credit card account info, and current work situation & salary, nor supplying any of the 10 years financial records my spouse had boxed and stored.
Leslie provided constant help, information, communication, and advice throughout this process, identifying what we might do, and how we might do it. She was a constant source of support, and continually came up with new ways to handle the stonewalling. She provided great legal advice, and fierce advocacy, constantly suggested options, gave pro and con for each option, and let me make the choice—which she always supported.
Ms Olson successfully rebutted a request for pre-disbursal of funds, where my spouse asked for $35,000 in cash and savings, in addition to two large tax refunds (from my income) totaling over $12,000. She showed in court that my spouse had quit working, moved out of state, and was not attempting to generate any personal income while asking for support. The court subsequently granted my spouse only $2500 in cash and one of the two tax refunds—saving me a huge out-of-pocket expense.
During discovery, Ms Olson and her office uncovered five separate credit accounts my spouse had without my knowledge, and uncovered profligate spending patterns, max’ed out credit cards, and repeated late fees. She recommended expert witnesses for help with house appraisal, stock evaluation, and transferable job skills and labor market assessment.
During mediation, Ms Olson’s superlative grasp of financial matters allowed her to negotiate a settlement that provided my spouse less than half my 401(K) , and less than a third of the stock and savings I had built up, as opposed to the 70% percent originally requested. In addition, Leslie managed so that I retained our house & furnishings, and car, and did not have to pay the legal fees or debt acquired by my spouse. Nor was I required to supply maintenance to my spouse.
Ms Olson is professional, personable, always responsive (including evenings and weekends), knowledgeable about the law & Washington court procedure, and managed to stay on schedule with my issue even though she was required to serve jury duty for nearly a month during our case.
Throughout the entire process, Ms Olson and her staff were always available to answer questions, and always kept me advised about what was going on. I always felt understood, and supported. The attitude of everyone in the office made this unpleasant experience much easier to tolerate because of their support, assistance, and personal communications.
Posted by Gordon
I feel that I am extremely fortunate to have been represented by Leslie J. Olson in matters relating to the dissolution of my 17 year marriage. I chose to retain Ms. Olson after having asked several friends in the legal community for recommendations. Ms. Olson was recommended independently by three individuals. The outcome of my long, and difficult case makes absolutely clear that I was given very good advice. I don't believe that my interests could have been better served than they were by Ms. Olson. At every stage of the legal process I was impressed by Ms. Olson's knowledge of the law, tenacity, thoroughness,
and dedication. I felt that our case was a collaborative effort, and that Ms. Olson could not have been more tactful, or sensitive to my feelings and concerns. I'm extremely grateful to her for her help, and would recommend her services, without reservation to anyone needing help getting through a divorce.
Posted by anonymous
While going through a divorce is difficult at best, Leslie Olson was a godsend. I could not have asked for a finer, more professional attorney during the twenty months we worked together.
There are many things that standout about Ms. Olson. Her command of the law is formidable and nothing, I mean nothing, gets by her. I was all too happy that she represented me, because I would never want to challenge her. She is a tiger when opposed. That said, there was never a moment in my relationship with her, that I didn’t feel that she didn’t put the needs of my children and myself first. She listened with the skill of a psychologist and the compassion of a care giver. Ultimately I felt that the decisions were mine to make after I received excellent advice and that I was in total control. When I asked her a question, her follow up was immediate and she never spoke down to me. She returned each of my numerous phone calls and emails promptly and with the utmost professionalism.
Perhaps Ms. Olson’s most redeeming trait is that I always felt that I could trust her. From the small nit picky challenges to ones that were far reaching she never once failed me. It seemed as if she was always ahead of me in the course of action that needed to be taken.
It would be impossible to in this short review to truly define my appreciation of the job that Ms. Olson did for me. She gave me a second chance at life and for that I can never be grateful enough. She is the finest of Seattle attorneys.
Posted by anonymous
First and foremost, Leslie is professional. She is honest and straight forward. I've never doubted her. She worked incredibly hard for my best interest and welfare. She was aggressive with opposing counsel, yet caring towards me as a client. I needed the guidance she provided for me, and I felt legally protected. I won my case. She was honest when speaking of attorney fees. Not only is she extremely intelligent, she is one of the most well spoken and literate persons I have ever met. She is going to help me in the future with other legal issues. I would highly recommend Leslie, as her litigation abilities are unsurpassed.
Posted by anonymous
I feel truly blessed to have had Ms. Olson (and Mr. Olson) represent me through my dissolution process. Her knowledge, compassion and professionalism are commendable as is her countenance in the courtroom. Ms. Olson maintained her high standards of practice, even when dealing with each of my ex (yippee!!) husband's difficult and unresponsive attorneys (3!). Her attitude is positive yet realistic and her research thorough.