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Nicole received her Bachelor’s Degree in Social Sciences from Washington State University and earned her law degree from Seattle University School of Law in 2007.  She has been in private practice since 2010 with her practice focused exclusively in family and child welfare law.  Prior to entering private practice, she served as an Assistant Attorney General for the State of Washington, and earned the Excellence Award for her performance.   In 2014, Nicole was ranked by the National Academy of Family Law Attorneys as one of the Top 10 under 40 for excellence in the field of Family Law; and in 2015, she was ranked by the National Association of Distinguished Counsel in the Nation’s Top One Percent.  Nicole has served as a Volunteer Guardian Ad Litem (VGAL) for Snohomish County and currently serves as a Pro Tempore Commissioner and Judge in Snohomish County.  Nicole’s particular interests and background include litigation experience with regard to child custody disputes and .191 restrictions such as alcohol abuse, drug abuse, domestic violence, and child neglect cases, although she is equally comfortable being involved in less contentious, or even agreed, matters. In addition to her skills as a trial attorney and advocate for her clients, Nicole has been trained in and works as a mediator in family law cases.  Nicole practices in both King and Snohomish Counties.  She is a member of the King County Bar Association and serves as the Vice Chair for the Family Law Section.  She is also a member of the Washington State Bar Association and Snohomish County Bar Association. 





Practice areas


  1. Divorce: 50%
    8 years
  2. Family: 40%
    8 years
  3. Juvenile: 10%
    8 years



Hourly ($300/hour), Fixed (never), Retainer (always)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Holly Hermon

    I highly endorse this lawyer. Nicole is known as a caring and hard-working attorney who discourages negative behavior while remaining a tenacious advocate for her clients. She is a pleasure to work with even in the most difficult situations.


    Holly Hermon Family Attorney
    Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter

  • Nicole B Chafetz

    I endorse this lawyer. It is great having an "in" with the system. Since Nicole worked as an assistant attorney general for The State of Washington in hundreds of child welfare matters, she knows the law of these cases backwards and forward. Her reputation in the community is spotless and she is a tireless advocate.


    Nicole Chafetz Divorce and separation Attorney
    Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter


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Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Nation's Top One PercentNational Association of Distinguished Counsel2015
Top 10 Attorneys Under 40National Academy Of Family Law Attorneys2014
Pro Bono Publico Service CommendationWSBA2010
Excellence Award in PerformanceWashington State Attorney General2009
Pro BonoWSBA2007
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneyV. Freitas Law, PLLC2016 - Present
AttorneyPort Gardner Law Group2012 - 2016
AttorneyEngel Law Group2010 - 2012
Assistant Attorney GeneralWashington State Attorney General's Office2008 - 2010
AttorneyOkrent and Wogsland2007 - 2008
Association namePosition nameDuration
KCBA Family Law SectionVice Chair2016 - Present
King County Bar AssociationMember2011 - Present
King County Bar Association, Family Law SectionSecretary/Treasurer2015 - 2016
QLaw- GLBT Bar Association of WashingtonMember2011 - 2012
New BeginningsGala Committee Member2011 - 2012
UFC Juvenile Training Oversight Sub-CommitteCommittee Member2009 - 2010
Dependency 101 Steering CommitteeCommittee Member2008 - 2010
Reasonable Efforts Symposium Region 4Committee Member2008 - 2010
UFC Training Oversight CommitteeCommittee Member2008 - 2010
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
In re Dependency JM, JMM, KMCourt of Appeals Affrimed Termination and Supreme Court Denied Review
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Seattle University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2007
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Reasonable Efforts SymposiumReunification in Dependency2009

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