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L. Brooks Baldwin

Family Attorney at Lake Forest Park, WA

4.3   6 reviews

also known as Brooks Baldwin

  • Licensed for 34 years
    State WA
    Acquired 1989
    Active No misconduct found

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Practice area
  1. Family
    Baldwin Collaborative Law deals exclusively with couples seeking Collaborative divorce services or Collaborative Mediation, which is a newly developing area of Family Law which allows couples to get divorced without going to court. For more details on this style of divorce, please visit our website at or the website for the International Academy of Collaborative Practice (IACP) at

L. Brooks Baldwin is a credentialed Collaborative Attorney and Mediator devoted to assisting her clientele in navigating the painful and oft-times bewildering process of divorce with the ultimate goal of achieving resolution in a respectful and dignified way without the devastating impact of litigation.  

 Brooks’ unique background includes a lengthy stint as a seasoned litigation attorney in criminal defense, followed by a 14-year career as a freelance journalist specializing in the spa and wellness industry.

 During her 8+-year career as a litigation attorney, Brooks became disenchanted with the acrimonious and competitive nature of the litigation process as well as the exorbitant related expenses to the participants, in time and money.  Passionate about writing, wellness and travel, Brooks shifted her career focus to writing and reporting on spas and the related topics of wellness, spa travel, consumer reviews, and industry news.  

 In 2005, Brooks became a volunteer facilitator for the “Beyond Divorce” program at University Presbyterian Church (UPC) in Seattle.  Having endured her own challenging divorce, becoming a facilitator for a program which had benefited her and her children so greatly during her own divorce process had been a primary goal of Brooks.  While in her facilitator capacity, she also received Stephen Ministry training provided by UPC so that she could provide heightened care to the support group participants. Compassionately coming alongside others enduring the painful and traumatic divorce experience and shepherding them gently through it, has become a fulfilling and meaningful endeavor for Brooks. She has spent 10 years actively involved in facilitating divorce support programs throughout the Puget Sound area.

Additionally, Brooks has dedicated recent years to researching and speaking on the positive role wellness plays in divorce recovery for all family members involved.  Recognizing and addressing the emotional as well as physical impact that toxic stress plays on children and adults during all stages of their lives, but especially during the divorce process, is critical to the overall long-term health of divorce participants and their children. Brooks encourages a holistic approach to dealing with both the legal as well as the health and wellness needs of divorce participants, and is a keen resource for those seeking such.

In 2010, having learned about the Collaborative Law movement in Family and Divorce matters, and how much it benefits divorcing couples and their families, Brooks chose to return to legal practice, albeit exclusively in a Collaborative capacity which respectfully circumvents the acrimonious and costly litigation process and intimidating courtroom atmosphere. Having acquired her credentials in Collaborative Law and Mediation, she opened her holistic approach Collaborative Family Law practice in Lake Forest Park/Shoreline area in Seattle’s north end. Her convenient location allows her to easily serve clients in Bothell, Kenmore, Seattle and Bellevue/Redmond/Kirkland/Woodinville areas, as well as south Snohomish County including south Everett, Lynnwood, Mountlake Terrace and Edmonds.

If you are seeking a respectful and dignified path through the challenging divorce process, Collaborative Divorce Services are a valuable option.  Please contact Brooks to learn about Collaborative Divorce and determining if it's a good fit for your needs.


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Baldwin Collaborative Law PLLC
17565 47th Ave. NE
Suite 100
Lake Forest Park, WA, 98155


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Posted by Chad | October 28, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Highly Recommend
Brooks was amazing in guiding me thru the collaborative divorce process. She was reassuring when I doubted my own resolve and yet she was honest when conveying what would be a fair and reasonable outcome for both parties. She was encouraging when she knew I needed to step up and yet she also knew when she needed to step in. I found that Brooks personal experiences and her years of working with others have given her an incredible ability to relate in a genuine and thoughtful way. I am truly grateful for her support, patience and understanding as I worked thru one of the most challenging times for myself and my family. I am happy with the outcome of the divorce. I highly recommend her as a collaborative divorce attorney and more importantly as a counsel who guides her clients thru what, at times can be, a trying and emotional journey.
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Posted by Kathy | June 1, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Professional, Personal, and Efficient
I highly recommend Brooks as a divorce lawyer. She was the perfect balance of professional and personal. During our consultation, she listened carefully to my specific concerns and goals and provided legal suggestions and guidance about the process. She connected me with great neutral professionals to help with asset division and development of a parenting plan. Throughout the process, she was responsive and very thorough. She knows her stuff! She worked very hard to help me meet a tight filing deadline, which kept the costs down. She always kept conversations centered around the best interests of the kids, which made for a very successful process. Thank you, Brooks!
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Posted by Wendy | October 31, 2016
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Brooks was so attentive and understanding of my situation. She was knowledgeable and quick to answer any questions I might have. Divorce can be very scary to get through but I felt confident that Brooks was guiding me in all the right directions. I was much better off for having hired her.
Posted by Kristin | June 5, 2014
Very good expeience!
Brooks was professional and supportive during my divorce process. She was always available when I needed her to answer questions while I was going through the occasional emotional turmoil that I experienced while coming to a settlement with my ex-husband. Her calm demeanor and knowledge of the WA state divorce law and community property guidelines was outstanding. I would highly recommend her and, already have, to friends and colleagues.
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Posted by anonymous | March 27, 2014
exceptional collaborative divorce attorney
Brooks was exceptional in all areas. She was calm, knowledgeable, professional and kind. She took an extra effort to try to keep costs down during the entire divorce process for both me and my ex-spouse. She made a real effort also to try to keep chaos and contention to a minimum with the help of the collaborative divorce team and her own skill at communicating respectfully to all involved. (this also cut costs for everyone since it continued to keep at bay extra lawyer meetings due to contentious goings on). I would recommend her without reservation as an excellent collaborative divorce attorney. She was my lifeline during the worst year of my life and brought me out the other end thriving.
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Posted by anonymous | July 24, 2017
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Don't Hire
I felt railroaded into using Brooks and wish I'd taken the time to research it further. I'd never been divorced and she was recommended after my first lawyer fell through. She did not stand up for me; if anything I felt like she was joining ranks with my ex and her attorney. Would not recommend, she did not represent me or my wishes
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Response from L. Baldwin July 28, 2017
I'm sorry you had a negative experience with my firm. This matter does not sound familiar, nor does it seem to fit within the parameters of my collaborative law practice, though I strive for the utmost client satisfaction in every case. Please contact me directly to discuss your specific concerns.
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  • Hourly Rates $ 300-350 per hour
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AVVO RATING 7.6 (Very Good)

Work Experience

  • Divorce Support Group Facilitator
  • University Place Presbyterian Church
  • 2013 - Present
  • Collaborative Family Law Attorney/Mediator
  • Baldwin Collaborative Law
  • 2011 - Present
  • Divorce Support Group Facilitator
  • University Presbyterian Church
  • 2005 - 2013
  • Freelance Journalist/Writer
  • Freelance Writer & Editor
  • 1997 - 2012
  • Attorney
  • Associated Counsel For The Accused
  • 1989 - 1996
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  • University of Washington School of Law
  • 2011
  • Seattle University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1988
  • University of Washington
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1985


  • King County Collaborative Professionals
  • Collaborative Family Law Attorney/Mediator
  • 2011 - Present
  • International Association of Collaborative Professionals
  • Collaborative Family Law Attorney/Mediator
  • 2011 - Present
  • Cascadia Collaborative Divorce
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1989 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English


  • UPC Times
  • With Grace and Dignity
  • 2013

Speaking Engagements

  • Divorce Support Workshop
  • Collaborative Divorce
  • 2014
  • "Beyond Divorce" Workshop
  • Collaborative Divorce Panel
  • 2013

Attorney endorsements

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Family Attorney | Jul 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Brooks is skilled, compassionate, and very knowledgeable in the area of Collaborative Family Law. I enthusiastically endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Apr 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
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Lake Forest Park Family Lawyer L. Brooks Baldwin
L. Brooks Baldwin
Family Attorney
Lake Forest Park, WA
Licensed for 34 years