I graduated from the University of Wisconsin in Madison, Wisconsin, in 1984, where I was the the Editor in Chief of the International Law Review. After practicing general civil litigation, particularly plaintiff's personal injury work and family law, I moved to Seattle in 1987. I worked as an associate attorney at Williams Kastner & Gibbs for two years, doing defense work in product liability cases.
I returned to a smaller office, missing personal client contact. Over the years, I specialized in family law, including a successful third party custody case that was upheld by the Washington Supreme Court in 2005. I continued handling plaintiff's personal injury cases, along with some probate and other civil cases. For many years, I was an arbitrator for the King County Mandatory Arbitration program.
I completed Mediation Training at the University of Washington in 1994. I partipated as a co-mediator with Family Court Services in a one-year program. I have been a volunteer mediatior for the Family Law Volunteer Settlement Conference Program for years. In addition to acting as a mediator, I represent clients in mediations or advise them as they mediate without lawyers.
Volunteering has been an ongoing part of my practice. I have worked in a neighborhood legal clinic, briefly at the King County Dispute Resolution Center, and on the Status Conference Calendar at the King County Courthouse. I have twice received the Random Acts of Kindness Award from King County Superior Court. When funding for King County Services was at risk, I testified before the King County Council.
Since completing Collaborative Law training in 2008, I have been interested in working collaboratively with other professionals in suitable cases. I am a member of the West Seattle Collaborative Pod, a group of collaboratively trained professionals. We are actively seeking ways to inform the public about the collaborative option to resolving disputes. For several years, I have been a volunteer presenter at the Second Saturday divorce workshops our Pod presents at Highline College.
Two of my passions are running and yoga. In years past, I have run several marathons, including the Seattle Marathon and the Boston Marathon. I'll run with a team in a Ragar Relay Run in summer of 2015.
Hourly ($320/hour), Retainer (sometimes)
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Many years ago I had a case against Laura. She consistently produced excellent work and was a tough advocate for her client. At the same time, she was professional and practical in resolving disputes. I was so impressed that I have since referred a number of clients to her over the years. Whenever I hear back, they always rave about her hard work and skilled representation.
Stephanie Petersen Family Attorney
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|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Abe Sigman Award||University of Wisconsin||1984|
|Attorney at Law||Sutkus Law Firm, PLLC||2010 - Present|
|Attorney at Law||The Hunsinger Law Firm (& its predecessors)||1987 - Present|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|International Academy of Collaborative Professionals||N/A||2009 - Present|
|King County Bar Association, Collaborative Law Section||N/A||N/A|
|King County Bar Association, Alternative Dispute Resolution Section||N/A||N/A|
|King County Family Law Section||N/A||N/A|
|In Re Custody of Sierra Helen Brown||My client, the child's second cousin, was awarded custody. The decision was upheld on appeal to the Washington Supreme Court.|
|In Re Custody of Sierra Helen Brown||The trial court's decision was affirmed by the Washington Supreme Court.|
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|U Of Wisconsin||N/A||law||1984|