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I have been practicing family law for over 30 years exclusively in Snohomish County.  I pride myself on providing superior value to clients in the form of the highest quality professional advice and advocacy.  My legal team provides knowlege and reassurance during what is often a stressful time but with the understanding that results do matter.  There is no substitute for experience, attention to detail, and honest, ethical representation.  


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Practice areas


  1. Divorce: 85%
    37 years
  2. Child Custody: 10%
    37 years
  3. Family: 5%
    37 years



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Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Super LawyerThomson Reuters2016
Best LawyerBest Lawyers in America2016
10 Best in Washington for Client SatisfactionAmerican Institute of Family Law Attorneys2015
Super LawyerThomson Reuters2015
Best Law FirmsU.S. News and Best Lawyers2015
Best LawyerBest Lawyers in America2015
Best Law FirmsU.S. News - Best Lawyers2014
Super LawyerThomson Reuters2014
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2013
Leading LawyersSeattle Business Magazine2013
Top Attorneys in WashingtonSeattle Metropolitan Magazine2012
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2012
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2010
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2009
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2008
Pro Bono Publico Service CommendationWashington State Bar Association2007
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Of CounselMcKinley Irvin2016 - Present
OwnerLaw Office of Elizabeth Michelson1985 - 2016
AssociateWilliams Novack & Hansen1981 - 1985
InternColorado Rural Legal Services1975 - 1976
Association namePosition nameDuration
American Academy of Matrimonial LawyersFellow1996 - Present
Washington State Bar AssociationMember1990 - Present
Washington State Bar Association, Family Law SectionMember1990 - Present
Snohomish County Bar Association, Family Law SectionMember1985 - Present
Washington Women LawyersMemberN/A
Domestic Relations Work Group--State Board for Judicial AdministrationCommittee member2000 - 2001
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Colorado School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1979
Pacific Family Mediation Institute GraduateN/AN/AN/A
Professional Mediation Skills Training ProgramN/AN/AN/A
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
SCBA CLE"Spousal Maintenance: Modification, Suspension, Termination"2005
VariousSpeaker at seminars on domestic relations issuesN/A
AAML CLE"Pros & Cons of Prenuptial Agreements"N/A