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Lisa Marie Gilmore

Family Attorney at Seattle, WA

4.2   5 reviews
  • State Years
    Washington - WA 28 years
    Pennsylvania - PA 31 years
  • Licensed for 28 years
    State WA
    Acquired 1995
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 31 years
    State PA
    Acquired 1992
    Inactive No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Lisa

Learn Lisa’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Family
    I help people with marriage dissolutions/divorce, domestic partnerships, legal separation, parenting/custody plans, child support, cohabitation agreements, prenuptial agreements, second/step parent adoptions and other family law matters.

    30 years

  2. Adoption
    I assist families with second-parent, or step-parent adoptions, to legally secure existing emotional family bonds.

    23 years

Professional Affiliations
  • Member, King County Collaborative Law
  • Member, GLBT Bar Association of Washington
  • Member, Family Law Section of the American Bar Association
  • Member, Alternative Families Division of the American Bar Association’s Family Law Section
  • Member, Washington State Bar Association’s Sexual Orientation and Gender Identification Legal Issues Section
  • Member, King County Bar Association Family Law Section
Community Involvement

Lisa Gilmore spent years volunteering with the King County Bar Association Domestic Violence Clinic and is now working with the Greenwood Family Law Clinice.  She also volunteers at FareStart, Habitat for Humanity and other organizations through Helsell Fetterman's Diversity Committee.

Presentations & Awards

Lisa has presented at Continuing Legal Education seminars on the topics of the Indian Child Welfare Act the State Domestic Partnership Registry, Domestic Partnership Agreements and discovery of children’s records.

For her continued work with the King County Bar Association’s Domestic Violence Family Law Clinic, Lisa has received recognition. She received a Special Recognition Award from the Greater Seattle Business Association for Collaboration for Social Change and received a Cynthia Gillespie Award from the Northwest Women’s Law Center for her work with the Marriage Equality Team.

  • Rutgers University School of Law (J.D., 1992)
  • Ursinus College (B.A., 1988)
Admitted to Practice
  • Washington State Bar, 1994
  • New Jersey State Bar, 1992 (inactive status)
  • Pennsylvania State Bar, 1992 (inactive status)

Lisa enjoys playing soccer, jogging, hiking and skiing.


Skellenger Bender, PS
520 Pike Street , Suite 1001
Seattle, WA, 98101

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Posted by Keith | May 27, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
The Absolute Best Attorney Ever!
Imagine after many years of marriage your partner has you served for divorce at your office. She wants an ungodly amount of maintenance/money for 20 plus years and wants to keep you from your son (who is a Division 1 Top Recruit) unless you agree to pay more money. My ex-wife's attorney was vile, ruthless and not a good person in my opinion. This was what I was facing and I was a total broken man. I was in denial and needed the assistance of a professional attorney to keep me from hurting myself. I was not thinking in my right mind and just wanted it to go away. I met Lisa Gilmore at the lowest point of my life. She listened, was compassionate, funny and incredibly professional. Lisa coached and guided me through every phase of the divorce. Her courtroom demeanor was unbeatable. The judge had total respect for her and I felt this helped my case immensely. My main focus was my son. How could a person who spent 80% of his son's time/life be asked to leave his home? Lisa again helped me process that this was not the end of the world... In fact, I believe I became a more loving father in the end. Let's face it... No one ever truly wins in a divorce but I can say without a doubt, I would have been in a horrible position if not for Lisa Gilmore and her staff. I thank God I met her and I thank Victoria (also in her office) for giving me the extra nudge to push me through the divorce. My relationship with my son is outstanding and I am even friendly with the ex-wife... but I still have my shirt, my dignity and feel very blessed Lisa Gilmore represented me. I am the typical guys' guy. I spent many years in the military and while I like to have fun, I tell it like it is... Trust Me!! Use Lisa Gilmore as your attorney. You will thank me later!! Thanks again Lisa Gilmore and Staff!! Oh, my son now plays football for a large PAC-12 University and is doing fantastic!!
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Posted by Ulana | August 23, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
attorney with a "heart"
Lisa was professional, sympathetic and organized. After recognizing the lack of cooperation from the opposing counsel , she was able to expedite the closure of a divorce prior to the court date, which saved everyone time, energy, and money. She expressed understanding about the pain a divorce can bring... She is truly an attorney with a "heart" !
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Posted by anonymous | August 13, 2019
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Exceptional Divorce Attorney
I retained Lisa to represent me in my divorce proceedings and I couldn't be more thrilled with her work, nor more grateful for the outcome. My ex is a very high conflict personality (HCP) and chose "bulldog"-type lawyers to represent her during the protracted proceedings. Lisa is EXCEPTIONAL at dealing with HCPs--both opposing party and opposing counsel. Lisa represented me in court as well as during mediation (and everything in between) and won the claims that I needed every time. Lisa is a very collaborative-type lawyer and handles collaborative matters as easily as she does the exact opposite. For more than two years, Lisa looked after my personal well-being, preemptively addressed harassment and protection issues, guided me through strategic and long-term planning, and fought and won on my behalf the freedom from abuse and financial stability I relish today. I remain continuously grateful for all the hard work and craziness that Lisa and her awesome legal team put in on this case and heartily recommend her to anyone seeking experienced, strong legal counsel and representation in family law matters.
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Posted by anonymous | December 10, 2018
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Highly recommend
Lisa and her team help me through a very difficult divorce. She was always available, explained things clearly I always felt lisa was in my corner and made me feel comfortable she would fight for my rights. I
Posted by anonymous | July 23, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
A dissatisfied client
I retained Lisa for a custody battle. It should be known my expectations are not governed by my own personal opinions about solid legal representation. I am only comparing what happened with Lisa representing me to what I experienced when I was fighting this battle (for the first time) in another state. Primary point of the following is that I could have represented myself and messed things up as badly as Lisa did - but I wouldn't have had to pay Lisa's hourly rate to be beaten so soundly. I had made some concerns known about her lack of attention to details during a *multi-day* mediation. There were a few basic "give to get" negotiation points where Lisa simply "gave" and did not "get" anything for me in return. This is something I expect from someone who is supposed to be representing my - and my child's - interests. Lack of advisement during mediation was another major problem. During the 3rd day of mediation, the mediator made a *major* change to visitation terms which I missed because the mediator failed to mention his adjustment to the language. Not only did the mediator make the adjustment without mentioning it, but Lisa *noticed* the adjustment and despite the language change radically affecting my visitation terms, Lisa made *no mention of the change.* Instead of holding herself accountable, or apologizing, Lisa instead blamed me for not noticing the change myself before signing the final document. Overall, it was a general lack of advocacy during mediation which is what did me in. While interviewing new attorneys (and in fairness, with "hindsight being 20/20"), *every* attorney I interviewed was not only appalled by the "misses," but they had perspectives which, if Lisa "had my back" during the process (like my new counsel does, after it is too late), she could have had an entirely different outcome . All of these "lack of's" cost me dearly concerning visitation and I am digging myself out of a hole which is largely a result of poor legal representation.
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Work Experience

  • Principal
  • Skellenger Bender, PS
  • 2023 - Present
  • Partner
  • Helsell Fetterman, LLP
  • 2009 - 2023
  • Associate
  • Helsell Fetterman LLP
  • 1999 - 2008
  • Associate
  • Finney, Choquette & Gulich
  • 1997 - 1999
  • Associate
  • Schuchman, Dyer & McDonald
  • 1995 - 1997
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  • Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey School of Law - Camden
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1992
  • Ursinus College
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1988


  • King County Collaborative Law
  • Board Member
  • 2023 - Present
  • QLaw Foundation
  • Board Member
  • 2020 - Present
  • GLBT Bar Association of WA
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • Compass Collaborative
  • Attorney Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • Seattle Collaborative Divorce Professionals
  • Attorney Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • King County Collaborative Law
  • Member
  • 2005 - Present
  • King County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1999 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1995 - Present
  • King County Bar Association Greenwood Family Law Clinic
  • Volunteer Attorney
  • 2014 - 2020
  • GLBT Bar Association of Washington
  • Former Board Member
  • 2005 - 2014
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • 2021 Best Lawyers
  • Best Lawyers
  • 2020
  • Cynthia Gillespie Award - Marriage Equality Legal Team
  • Northwest Women's Law Center
  • 2005
  • Special Recognition Award Collaboration for Social Change
  • Greater Seattle Business Association
  • 2004

Speaking Engagements

  • 2013 Spring CLE Conference
  • The First Peoples' Court: How Tribal Courts' Jurisdiction Can Impact Your Case
  • 2013

Attorney endorsements

Received (12)
Given (15)
Endorse Lisa
Family Attorney | Mar 05
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Lisa is a highly skilled collaborative attorney and a pleasure to work with."
Family Attorney | Mar 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Lisa is super intelligent, compassionate, and very efficient with clients time and money. She’s an excellent choice."
Family Attorney | Jan 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Lisa as a fellow attorney for at least twenty years. We have been opposing counsel on many matters. Lisa is consistently an excellent advocate for her clients, as well as a cooperative and responsive opposing counsel. I endorse her fully."
Family Attorney | Feb 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Lisa Gilmore is a skilled, responsive and experienced family law attorney whom I wholeheartedly endorse. I recommend her whenever my clients need family law services for themselves or their employees. Lisa is an excellent choice."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Oct 13
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Lisa Gilmore is one of the most professional, knowledgeable attorneys I have ever had the pleasure of working with."
Family Attorney | Aug 22
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Lisa is a very professional attorney, is a pleasure to work with and is well versed on the law."
Family Attorney | Nov 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Lisa Gilmore. Lisa is a smart, experienced and dedicated family law attorney and is a pleasure to work with. I recommend friends and clients with family law issues to Lisa without hesitation, as I know she will provide thoughtful representation and work to obtain the best possible results for her clients."
Family Attorney | Sep 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Lisa is an experienced family law attorney that is well known throughout the King County legal community as an excellent advocate for her clients. Whether the case involves tough litigation or close collaboration, Lisa always has her client's best interests as her number one concern. I highly recommend her to anyone looking for the best family law attorney available."
Family Attorney | Mar 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Lisa has been a mentor, an opposing counsel and a co-board member with me, and I am consistently impressed with the attitude, demeanor and intelligence she maintains in all capacities. She always provides thoughtful responses to questions not just based on the technicalities of the law, but even better, based on her extensive practical experience -her common sense perspective on things consistently ends up being spot on."
Family Attorney | Feb 15
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Lisa and I have been on opposite sides of a couple of thorny cases over the years. She is an excellent advocate and a reasonable mind - even when our positions are in direct opposition with one another."
Family Attorney | Jan 26
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Lisa is always prepared and a great advocate for her clients. Her professionalism and professional courtesies are of benefit to her clients."
Family Attorney | Jun 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work."
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