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Charles P. Shane

Divorce and separation Attorney at Bainbridge Island, WA

4.9   133 reviews

also known as Charlie Shane

  • State Years
    Washington - WA 20 years
    Oregon - OR 13 years
    Idaho - ID 16 years
  • Licensed for 20 years
    State WA
    Acquired 2002
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 13 years
    State OR
    Acquired 2009
    Resigned No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 16 years
    State ID
    Acquired 2007
    Former Member - Resigned No misconduct found

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

About Charles

Learn Charles’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Divorce and separation

  2. Child custody

  3. Child support

  4. Family
    Custody disputes. Divorce. Legal separation. Domestic violence. Contempt. Parenting plan and child support enforcement. Property division and maintenance enforcement. Family law issue consultations.

  5. Domestic violence

  6. Uncontested divorce

  7. Alimony


I am a Washington State native and grew up in the Issaquah/Sammamish area. I now live in Kingston with my Family. My family and I love the Kitsap Peninsula and I have family and friends throughout the Puget Sound area. You can find me with family at a Mariner's games, longboarding, or eating at the Grub Hut. We also love going to movies at the Kingston Firehouse Theater.

I love serving clients throughout the Puget Sound Region. My office is on Bainbridge Island which makes it particularly easy handle both King County and Kitsap County Cases. I also use my home in Kingston as a great launching place for Snohomish County and Jefferson County Cases. In addition, I have handled trials in Pierce County as well. I familiar with the rules and courts throughout the region.

I try to treat my clients as I would treat my own friends or family in the same situation. Not only do I work to meet my client's legal needs but I strive to help keep them grounded during in what is usually a quite emotionally turbulent time. Even a so-called agreed divorce is usually a tough pill to swallow for most people.

If you are looking for a great local firm with a reach throughout the Puget Sound, my firm is the right place to go.




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The Law Office of Charlie Shane, PLLC
755 Winslow Way E
Suite 207
Bainbridge Island, WA, 98110


4.9 / 5.0
  133 customer reviews
Client's Choice 2023
Client's Choice
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Posted by anonymous | September 20, 2023
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Parenting plan
Contacted Charlie, he provided the info I needed for court in just the first interview session. Was very understanding of my situation and how to go about going through the whole process in general. Presenting my case in wording that i couldnt have done with my nerves verbally and on paper, it helped me out in the court. I'm relieved, it was alot less stressful than doing it by myself and it was very helpful in general to hire Charlie.
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Posted by anonymous | July 20, 2023
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Beacon of Hope Attorney
Charlie Shane was a beacon of hope to my family at a time when our options appeared limited and the likelihood of resolution seemed impossible. Not only was he able to modify child support from a different county and over a decade old document but also represent me as a single parent supporting my family as a sole proprietor in business. He is calm and friendly. He was able to come to bat for myself and those I care about most. My children and I are grateful for his service and I hereby recommend Mr. Shane without reservation.
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Posted by anonymous | July 13, 2023
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Excellent service
Charlie helped me finalize a divorce that was dragging out for two years. He was efficient, respectful, extremely knowledgeable, patient, and kind. He got the divorce finalized very quickly. I would recommend him to anyone needing results.
Posted by anonymous | May 9, 2023
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Solid representation and very personable!
Charlie facilitated getting me all the documents, advice and connecting me with other professionals outside of his scope.
Posted by anonymous | April 26, 2023
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Hired on a week before trial.
I was intending on representing myself for trial in a high conflict child custody matter. However, upon getting a Family Court Services report that was potentially going to have a substantial negative impact for my case. I knew them that I needed an attorney. So a week prior to the trial I consulted with Charlie and let him know what was going on via zoom. We talked about the specifics and Charlie told me what the courts do and don't want to hear on my behalf. Furthermore, to allow the courts to find out for themselves that the opposing party was making comments, and accusations in bad faith to support there own false narrative. When the trial date came we had the option to get a continuance or do the trial. With only a week of preparation for a very high conflict litigation we decided to go through with the trial. Charlie knew the right questions to ask my witnesses, myself, FCS and the opposing party. The family court services report was not even a factor, and that was my biggest worry! Ultimately the Judge granted that I have my daughter every Thursday afternoon to Sunday evening. He also got a reduction in my child support payments. I give Charlie 5 stars and I highly recommend hiring him for any of your family law matters. He is professional and like a friend all at the same time.
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Posted by Tammi | November 13, 2022
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Service at it’s best!
Charlie supported me wholeheartedly from day one of retaining him for my divorce. He is a great listener, offering helpful and applicable advice and guidance. Charlie is very well educated and thoroughly knowledgeable in his field. Charlie pushed to make sure I was heard and I got the results I wanted! He fought for me until the very end!! Charlie is very personable and easy to work with. He made me feel valued every step of the way. Charlie is who you want working for you in any and every situation! Without a doubt, if legal advice or support is needed, I will always call Charlie Shane.
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Posted by anonymous | September 1, 2022
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Charlie and his team are great!
Charlie is great to work with. He works with you like a good friend who is also a professional lawyer. He has plenty of tools to get the result that works in your favor. I hired Charlie for a divorce case in King County. Highly recommended!
Posted by Sarah | May 31, 2022
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Amazing Attorney!
I hired Charlie to help me with divorcing my high conflict and abusive partner, who lives in WA although I moved to the east coast to get away from him. We have a young son together who lives with me and whose father hasn’t been involved in months but was seeking custody . Charlie has been so helpful and explains every step of the process; he is reassuring and kind and so very funny. Nicolette and Mark have been on top of my case and are very quick with follow up. With Charlie’s expertise and in depth arguments, we got most of what we were arguing for. I am in awe! I definitely couldn’t have gotten this far without him and his brilliant team. I am so very, very happy that he was recommended! He has been a lifesaver, literally, and such a fantastic person to work with. Thank you for all you do, Charlie! I can’t thank you enough for all you’ve done for me and George.
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Posted by John | April 29, 2022
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John Weber
Attorney Charles Shane was referred to me by another attorney. He was highly recommended and after a short consultation I retained him as my legal counsel. Senior Paralegal Nicolette Michaels assisted me in providing necessary documents. I highly recommend them as they achieved the outcome I expected. I will not hesitate to retain Charles and Nicolette as Legal council if the need arises.
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Posted by Tracey | April 29, 2022
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Tracey Crandell
Exemplary legal representation in such a short time frame! I would highly recommend obtaining their legal representation! Thank you Charles and Nicolette, we are forever grateful. Tracey Crandell/John Weber case
Posted by Tony | April 1, 2022
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Sound advice and fast results
Charlie and Nicolette maintained excellent communication throughout the entirety of my divorce process. They never asked for the same thing twice. They were organized and fully prepared. When settlement time came around, no rock was left unturned and we quickly settled. Their industry experience is simply unmatched on this side of the water. They are hands-down the best in the business. Forever grateful
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Posted by Kati Lin | March 27, 2022
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Thorough and detailed
Mr. Shane and his team worked hard to see my divorce through. He fought hard and was very prepared each time we went in front of a judge. I will be recommending him to everyone who asks! Thank you!!
Posted by anonymous | March 6, 2022
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Prompt, professional and gave wise counsel. Charlie's advise was based on what the law would likely give me in my case, not necessarily what I thought I should get. He saved me time & energy and my situation was resolved quickly.
Posted by Jon | February 17, 2022
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Excellent experience!
Charlie and his staff were extremely professional, efficient, and quick to react when changes needed to be made. I cannot recommend them enough. 10/10!
Posted by Austin | January 28, 2022
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Best Family Lawyer team in Washington!!! 5+ Stars!!!
Six years ago, I went through an extremely difficult process of Divorce and to this day a heated custody battle, with Charlie and his team of professionals Nicolette, and Mark, EVERY time that I’ve had to use their services in the last six years, it has been a favorable outcome for me and most importantly my kids. If you are military or civilian this is the team you want to defend your rights as a parent and hold the other party accountable to what they agreed to. I recommend Charlie Shane’s team to everyone I can.
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Posted by anonymous | January 13, 2022
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Direct, Competent, & Compassionate
Charlie and Nicolette were excellent at every step of my divorce process. They have a direct, yet compassionate approach, and most importantly, they listened to me and really internalized what I saw as a successful outcome. They patiently informed me about the risks and benefits and were supportive, even when where our perspectives diverged. The outcome of my divorce was equitable for all involved thanks to the steady support and guidance from Charlie and Nicolette and I would work with them again in a heartbeat.
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Posted by anonymous | January 12, 2022
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Amazing Lawyer
Charlie was knowledgeable, informative, efficient, and kind. The outcome of my divorce was exactly what I wanted.
Posted by Michael | December 22, 2021
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Highly skilled, knowledgeable, personable and successful.
Charlie provided strategically guided council for my divorce. He is successful in fostering cooperation and negotiating equitable agreements. Nicolette the lead Paralegal is highly skilled and experienced. Thier work is professional, knowledge and accurate. I enjoyed them on a personal level, especially because they listened.
Posted by anonymous | December 1, 2021
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Honest and fast
Charlie was extremely proficient in handling my divorce, he was timely, thorough, and answered all my questions and concerns. I highly recommend him and his services.
Posted by Melody | November 10, 2021
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Informative and helpful
Charlie's experience matched with his down-to-earth approach with his clients is refreshing! I was in need of counsel for a UJCEA situation between California and Washington. Charlie gave sound advice and worked well with my California attorneys. I highly recommend Charlie Shane for child custody cases.
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AVVO RATING 8.7 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • The Law Office of Charlie Shane, PLLC
  • 2010 - Present
  • Associate
  • Litster Frost Lawyers
  • 2006 - 2010
  • Associate
  • Micheau and Associates
  • 2004 - 2006
  • Attorney
  • DGP Inc. and Ramac Inc.
  • 2003 - 2004
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  • University of Florida, Fredric G. Levin College of Law
  • LL.M - Master of Laws
  • 2003
  • Gonzaga University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2002
  • Brigham Young University- Provo
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1997

Languages Spoken

  • Spanish
  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Top Ten for Client Satisfaction, Washington State
  • American Institute of Legal Counsel
  • 2015

Attorney endorsements

Received (8)
Given (17)
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Personal injury Attorney | Apr 15
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Charlie is someone I consider a close friend. He is very hard working and knowledgeable. You would be very wise to hire Charlie as your attorney. He is very savvy and a quick thinker."
Family Attorney | Sep 26
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Charlie and I worked together on a multi-jurisdictional child kidnapping matter enforced under the UCCJEA. He received the best result possible for our client at a reasonable cost and I strongly endorse him."
Unknown Attorney | May 12
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I had the opportunity to begin my legal career at Mr. Shane's firm. Mr. Shane has a broad understanding of family law matters. He does excellent work for all of his clients and works extremely hard to achieve the best results possible. I would highly recommend him to anyone searching for a family law attorney."
Family Attorney | Nov 09
Relationship: Other
"I had the opportunity and privledge to observe Mr. Shane on a relative's family matter. I am a licensed attorney in another state and practice family law. I was impressed with his knowledge, his positive approach when faced with difficult issues, and his perseverance for his client. I would highly recommend him in any family law matter. Additionally, he provides a reasonable fee structure"
Family Attorney | Oct 31
Relationship: Co-worker
"I have had the opportunity to work with Mr. Shane on a large number of cases covering a variety of complex issues. Mr. Shane works extremely hard for the best interests of his clients. He has a great depth of knowledge and legal understanding and does excellent work. I am privileged to be a part of Mr. Shane's firm."
Family Attorney | Jun 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Charlie is a great attorney. He fights for his clients' rights and gets the best results possible. I feel comfortable referring anyone to Charlie."
Litigation Attorney | Apr 02
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Charlie is a great asset in the legal community. His legal knowledge and experience in litigation makes him a great resource. I have personally worked with Charlie on several cases, and I am extremely impressed with his methods. I would recommend any client to Charlie and feel confident about it."
Litigation Attorney | Feb 16
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Charlie was opposing counsel on a contentious arbitration. He conducted himself very professionally and courteously. We were able to resolve the matter by settlement."
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