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About me

My personal philosophy is to never add conflict to a family law case. The parties involved have often had difficulty with effective communication and I view it as part of my job to facilitate and even strengthen communications as the parties work towards a resolution. I believe much more is accomplished through civility than bullying.


For me, life is about the relationships we have with one another. The relationships we have with our family members, even after a separation or divorce, will persist for years or even decades. The relationships we have with our children need to be protected and cherished.


The same is true for me in my approach to practicing law. I make my relationships with clients a priority. In order to be an effective advocate, it is critical that we develop a trusting and honest connection. I also value my relationships with opposing counsel and other members of the bar. I have found that thoughtful analysis, combined with respectful communications with the other side can often resolve even the most difficult situations.


Practice areas


  1. Family: 100%
    9 years


Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

6 total 

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  • Patricia Lynn Steele

    I endorse this lawyer. Janel is a great attorney. Her calm confidence is very reassuring to her clients. I had the great pleasure of working with her some years ago and really appreciated her level headed approach to her cases.


    Patricia Steele Divorce and separation Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Jeffrey R Caffee

    Janel Ostrem is an excellent attorney that compassionately assists her clients through the difficult process of a divorce.


    Jeffrey Caffee Car accident Attorney
    Relationship: Co-worker

Contact info

Seattle Divorce Services

2317 NW Market Street
Seattle, WA, 98107


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Rising Star 2010Washington Law & Politics Magazine2010
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Associate AttorneyVan Siclen, Stocks & Firkins2007 - Present
Law ClerkVan Siclen, Stocks & Firkins2006 - 2007
Association namePosition nameDuration
Solid GroundBoard Member2007 - Present
Washington State Bar AssociationMember2007 - Present
King County Bar AssociationMember2007 - Present
Washington Law ReviewNotes and Comments Editor2004 - 2006
Public Interest Law AssociationCo-President2003 - 2006
Publication nameTitleDate
Washington State Bar Association Continuing Legal EducationLife Changes after Dissolution: Steps to Take2015
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Washington School of LawN/AJD - Juris Doctor2006
University of Wisconsin, MadisonBehavioral Sciences and Law & Women's StudiesBA - Bachelor of Arts2001
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
WSBA CLE Family Law ChangesLife Changes after Dissolution: Steps to Take2015
Washington Education Association Pre-Retirement Estate Planning SeminarEstate Planning for WEA Members2008