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Michael W. Louden

Family Attorney at Seattle, WA

5.0   8 reviews
  • Licensed for 28 years
    State WA
    Acquired 1994
    Active No misconduct found

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Posted by Kevin | April 20, 2023
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| Consulted Attorney
High Quality Practitioner
I have had the pleasure of watching Michael practice law for over two decades and in all my dealings with him, and in my dealings with clients and other professionals who have worked with Michael, I have only heard high praise. He is one of the strong pillars of the Seattle legal community.
Posted by Jennifer | June 4, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Ethical and wicked smart
Michael is highly ethical, kind and one of the smartest people I know. He's represented me for years. He brings an air of decency into a difficult circumstance. Highly recommended.
Posted by anonymous | January 11, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Smart, ethical, focused
Michael was my attorney for my divorce. My ex had a large number of complicated and hidden assets and dragged the process out at every step. Michael found excellent professionals to help us sort out the mess and kept everything on track. His advice about which issues to pursue and which to let go of were very helpful in keeping focus on the matters we could make progress on and not on random issues. He is very knowledgable about how a judge will view the case and develops his strategy accordingly. He did a great job for me and my family and I recommend him whenever I can.
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Posted by Kim | August 23, 2014
Absolutely the Best!
I went through 2 not very good attorneys for my custody case before I was referred to Michael. I am so grateful that I found him. He is such a kind man and I always felt that he had my back. He is very intelligent and really knows the law. Being a pro tem commissioner himself, he knows what information commissioners are looking for in a custody case, and he delivers. He is very hard working and was always very responsive and kept me informed. Not only did he win my case, he also obtained a substantial increase in child support for me. When anyone I know is going through a divorce or a child custody case, I always say if you want the best, you need to call Michael. I have referred friends to Michael and they were also very happy and grateful for him and his work and also said that he is just the very best!
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Posted by Leiba | October 24, 2010
Very thorough attorney and nice
Michael was my attorney at the worst time of my life, a divorce that involved domestic violence. I was divorcing an abusive spouse and needed a restraining order; my ex-husband also charged up my credit cards like mad which forced me into bankruptcy. The bankruptcy was very complicated and my first bankruptcy attorney quit but Michael was kind enough to handle the Chapter 7 bankruptcy as well and did an extremely thorough job on a complicated Chap 7 that involved closing a business. He is a calm person which I found comforting at a bad chapter in my life! To boot, he's a nice guy and I would hightly recommend him.
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Posted by anonymous | April 24, 2009
Highly Recommended Michael
Michael is professional, knows the law and know how to explain it in laymans terms. Michael has a gentle, kind side which helps him understand the emotions of his clients, however this does not get in the way of him fighting for you and he can be aggressive when he needs to negotiate. He worked hard for me and helped so much throughout the process of my divorce. He always had my best interests at heart and I would highly recommend him to anyone who has a family law issuel.
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Posted by anonymous | September 24, 2008
Allen H. Noel
Outstanding, moral and aggressive lawyer. Knows law and applies it justly. Highly recommended.
Posted by Alissa | September 14, 2008
One of the Best
Michael Louden has been the best for me. He has been my lawyer for about 4 years now. Micheal won my custody battle for me. He walked me through the whole process and kept me up dated from the very beginning. He helped me to understand how the law works. Micheal belived in me from day one. He worked very hard on my case. I would recommand Michael to any one that wants a good and hard working lawyer. He was honest and fought hard for me. He is a very understanding man and has a great team behind him. If you want a good lawyer pick Michael Louden for his hard work and dedication.
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  • Hourly Rates $ 400-500 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney at Law
  • The Family Law Group
  • 1995 - 2010


  • University of Washington School of Law
  • Juris Doctor
  • 1994
  • Earlham College
  • Bachelor of Arts
  • 1990


  • King County Bar Association, Family Law Mentor/Mentee Program
  • Mentor
  • 2002 - Present
  • King County Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Chair of Legislative Committee
  • 1998 - Present
  • King County Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Chair
  • 2001 - 2002

Languages Spoken

  • English


  • Washington State Bar Association Family Law Section Newsletter
  • Use of Qualified Domestic Relations Order as Post-Decree Mechanism for Enforcement of Child Support and Maintenance
  • 1998
  • Washington Lawyer's Practice Manual
  • Domestic Relations Section, 1999 - Present
  • N/A

Speaking Engagements

  • Financial Divorce Settlements
  • Ethics
  • 2011
  • Effective Use of Parenting Evaluations in Divorce
  • Preparing Clients for GAL Interviews
  • 2011
  • Minimizing High Conflict and Alienation in Divorce
  • Alienation as a Sign of High Conflict
  • 2011
  • Dissolution A-Z
  • Child Support and Spousal Maintenance
  • 2009
  • Dissolution from A - Z
  • Child Support and Spousal Maintenance in Washington
  • 2008
  • KCBA Family Law Section
  • SB 5470 and Changes in Family Law
  • 2007
  • Family Law Update
  • Third-party Custody Law
  • 2003
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Attorney endorsements

Received (12)
Given (7)
Endorse Michael
Family Attorney | Oct 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Mike for years and appeared in front of him when he has served as a pro tem Family Law Commissioner and seen his work as an attorney on cases. I think he has the right temperament and experience to be a good mediator. I endorse him."
Child support Attorney | Jun 23
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I have both opposed Michael and appeared before him, when he has sat on the bench. Michael has also mediated cases for me. And in both regards, he is exceptional. As a pro tem commissioner, Michael's rulings are thoughtfully analyzed and fair, based on reasonable readings of the law. Sometimes, it's felt like he's the smartest person in the room. As an attorney, he's been a thorough advocate for his clients. As a mediator, he balances knowledge and authority with validating client's emotional concerns. That's a rare skill to have. But his centered demeanor and extensive experience greatly supplement his native intelligence and abilities."
Family Attorney | Jan 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Michael Louden. He is well respected in the Seattle legal community for his knowledge of family law and strong advocacy. He is also an excellent mediator. Through his mediation services, many of my clients have achieved high quality settlement."
Family Attorney | Oct 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | May 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Michael. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Family Attorney | Jan 22
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Sep 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Michael is one of the best family law attorneys in Seattle and also one of the most humble and genuinely concerned about his clients concerns. He is also unique in combining great knowledge, logic, and imagination to find creative legal solutions to problems that others would find insurmountable."
Family Attorney | Jun 11
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I both respect and like Michael Louden. The former has developed as opponents in a couple of recent family law matters, and the latter when he served as mediator and during bar activities over the years. His calm demeanor and quiet humor are welcome in resolving family conflicts. He is a cooperative and able adversary, and a colleague who I hold in high regard."
Family Attorney | Jan 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Jun 20
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Michael is highly professional and ethical in his dealing with opposing counsel"
Family Attorney | May 07
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer's work. Mr. Louden handed off a client and client file to me for the appeal. He was very gracious about it and he clearly had the client's interest at heart. In addition, Mr. Louden works as a family law commissioner pro tem, so he has more insight into how the commissioner's make their decisions"
Family Attorney | Mar 23
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse Michael Louden. The King County Family Law Bar relies upon him every year to educate us about upcoming legislative issues that impact our practices. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend Michael Louden to a friend or family member because I know he will take care of his clients. Michael stands out among family law attorneys and is regarded as one of our best."
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Seattle Family Lawyer Michael W. Louden
Michael W. Louden
Family Attorney
Seattle, WA
Licensed for 28 years