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     I see my job as a lawyer as helping people find solutions to their problems. This means spending time listening to my clients to find out what their goals, fears, and hopes are, and then working with them to try and find out how we can best achieve their objectives.

     My practice is focused on working with clients who are seeking to resolve their issues outside of court. For me, Collaborative Law is a way to help people end their marriage in a reasonable and adult way that will allow them to look back on their divorce as a time of positive growth. Collaborative principles allow this to happen in a safe and respectful environment.

     One benefit of resolving things outside of court is preservation of existing relationships. A therapist I know put it very well when she said that in a divorce, we end the relationship of husband/wife, but the relationships of mother/father/children continue. It is those relationships of father/mother/children that need to be protected to the extent possible even when the family is no longer going to be living together in a single home.

     A second benefit is self-determination. A resolution that the parties create for themselves with professional assistance, and that they therefore truly believe in, will be far more durable, far more satisfying, and far more tailored to their specific concerns and circumstances than a resolution imposed by a court, or even a resolution negotiated between two attorneys.


Practice areas


  1. Divorce: 100%


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Attorney endorsements

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  • Ruth Emily Vogel

    I endorse this lawyer. I have a lot of respect for the work of Mike Fancher, particularly in alternative dispute resolutions to divorce.


    Ruth Vogel Family Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Jason Scott Newcombe

    I have known Mike for over a decade now and have worked with him on several cases. He is a superior divorce and family law attorney in every critical respect. He cares about his clients and the results that he achieves for them. More importantly, he has a very firm grasp of Washington State divorce and family law. He stays on top any new legal developments and has been a leader in our collaborative divorce movement here in Washington State almost from the beginning. If you are considering Mike Fancher to assist you with your case, do yourself a favor and just retain him. It would be difficult for me to give him any stronger endorsement. He is a great attorney, and a great person.


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    Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter

Contact info

Seattle Divorce Services

2317 NW Market St.
Seattle, WA, 98107


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
OwnerSeattle Divorce Services2000 - Present
PartnerGoldberg, Fancher & Jones1996 - 2000
OwnerLaw Offices of Michael V. Fancher1992 - 1995
AssociateFox Law Offices1989 - 1992
AssociateCarrithers & Sifferman1988 - 1989
Clerk/Bailiff to Judge Liem TuaiKing County Superior Court1987 - 1988
Association namePosition nameDuration
Collaborative Professionals of WashingtonBoard of Directors2008 - Present
King County Collaborative LawBoard of Directors2006 - Present
King County Bar Association, Neighborhood Legal Information and Referral Clinic CommitteeVolunteer1991 - Present
King County Collaborative LawPresident2008 - 2010
King County Bar Association, Lawyer Referral ServiceChair2004 - 2005
Publication nameTitleDate
CPW 1st Annual Statewide Collaborative Law ConferenceAttorney Involvement in Parenting Plan Development2008
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of California, Hastings College of the LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1986
University of WashingtonHistoryBA - Bachelor of Arts1981
Harvard UniversityHistoryN/AN/A
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Collaborative Law Professionals of Pierce CountyThe Collaborative Team2010
Parenting Plan CLEDispute Resolution and Other Provisions2009
CPW 2nd Annual Statewide ConferenceBuilding Your Collaborative Practice2009
WSPA ConferenceCollaborative Divorce: An Emerging Approach2008
Puget Sound Adlerian SocietyCollaborative Law2008
Mediation CLEFamily Mediation & Collaborative Practice - alternative options2008
Family Law Mentor Program trainingFamily Law seminar2008
CPW 1st Annual Statewide ConferenceDifferentiating Roles - from Group of Experts to an Integrated Team2008