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|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Cynthia Gillespie Award - Marriage Equality Legal Team||Northwest Women's Law Center||2005|
|Special Recognition Award Collaboration for Social Change||Greater Seattle Business Association||2004|
|Partner||Helsell Fetterman, LLP||2009 - Present|
|Associate||Helsell Fetterman LLP||1999 - Present|
|Associate||Finney, Choquette & Gulich||1997 - 1999|
|Associate||Schuchman, Dyer & McDonald||1995 - 1997|
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|GLBT Bar Association of WA||Member||2014 - Present|
|King County Bar Association Greenwood Family Law Clinic||Volunteer Attorney||2014 - Present|
|Compass Collaborative||Attorney Member||2012 - Present|
|Seattle Collaborative Divorce Professionals||Attorney Member||2011 - Present|
|Future of the Law Institute||Volunteer Attorney||2008 - Present|
|King County Collaborative Law||Member||2005 - Present|
|King County Bar Association||Member||1999 - Present|
|American Bar Association||Member||1995 - Present|
|GLBT Bar Association of Washington||Former Board Member||2005 - 2014|
|Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey School of Law - Camden||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1992|
|Ursinus College||N/A||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1988|
|2013 Spring CLE Conference||The First Peoples' Court: How Tribal Courts' Jurisdiction Can Impact Your Case||2013|
Posted by anonymous
I retained Lisa for a custody battle.
It should be known my expectations are not governed by my own personal opinions about solid legal representation. I am only comparing what happened with Lisa representing me to what I experienced when I was fighting this battle (for the first time) in another state.
Primary point of the following is that I could have represented myself and messed things up as badly as Lisa did - but I wouldn't have had to pay Lisa's hourly rate to be beaten so soundly.
I had made some concerns known about her lack of attention to details during a *multi-day* mediation. There were a few basic "give to get" negotiation points where Lisa simply "gave" and did not "get" anything for me in return. This is something I expect from someone who is supposed to be representing my - and my child's - interests.
Lack of advisement during mediation was another major problem. During the 3rd day of mediation, the mediator made a *major* change to visitation terms which I missed because the mediator failed to mention his adjustment to the language. Not only did the mediator make the adjustment without mentioning it, but Lisa *noticed* the adjustment and despite the language change radically affecting my visitation terms, Lisa made *no mention of the change.* Instead of holding herself accountable, or apologizing, Lisa instead blamed me for not noticing the change myself before signing the final document.
Overall, it was a general lack of advocacy during mediation which is what did me in. While interviewing new attorneys (and in fairness, with "hindsight being 20/20"), *every* attorney I interviewed was not only appalled by the "misses," but they had perspectives which, if Lisa "had my back" during the process (like my new counsel does, after it is too late), she could have had an entirely different outcome .
All of these "lack of's" cost me dearly concerning visitation and I am digging myself out of a hole which is largely a result of poor legal representation.
Paul Choquette, Immigration Attorney
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Lisa Gilmore is a skilled, responsive and experienced family law attorney whom I wholeheartedly endorse. I recommend her whenever my clients need family law services for themselves or their employees. Lisa is an excellent choice.