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Elizabeth Alden Michelson

Divorce and separation Attorney at Everett, WA

4.6   13 reviews
Virtual consultation available
Virtual consultation available
  • State Years
    Washington - WA 43 years
    Colorado - CO 44 years
  • Licensed for 43 years
    State WA
    Acquired 1980
    Status
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 44 years
    State CO
    Acquired 1979
    Status
    Dismissed No misconduct found

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

About Elizabeth

Learn Elizabeth’s areas of practice.

3
Practice areas
  1. Divorce and separation
    85%
    All aspects including complex dissolutions; child custody; high asset cases; cases involving small businesses; military retirement; spousal maintenance; same sex marriage

    45 years

  2. Child custody
    10%

    45 years

  3. Family
    5%

    45 years

EXPERIENCE, COMPASSION, AND RESULTS FOR THOSE FACING DIVORCE AND OTHER FAMILY LAW MATTERS.

Elizabeth Michelson is Of Counsel at McKinley Irvin’s Everett office. She has practiced family law since 1980 and is known for her exceptional legal ability. In fact, she has earned an AV®Preeminent™ rating from Martindale-Hubbell®, a 10.0 “Superb” rating with Avvo, and has been included in the Washington Super Lawyers® list from 2008-2010 and 2012-2016. Her approach to family law revolves around complete honesty and transparency with her clients, and is built on a desire to help her clients move forward from the financial, legal, and personal consequences of unhappy marital situations. Liz has experience as a mediator – training which has given her an advantage in family law conflicts. Liz has been named one of the 10 Best in Washington for Client Satisfaction by the American Institute of Family Law Attorneys in 2015 and has been a Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers since 1996.

Awards

Distinguished Peer Review Rating

Location

McKinley Irvin
2825 Colby Avenue
Suite 306
Everett, WA, 98201

Reviews

4.6 / 5.0
  13 customer reviews
Posted by Peter | September 14, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
The best in Snohomish County
This review is long overdue. Liz has been my attorney for 8 years and I have used her on multiple cases (dissolution with children and a super crazy Ex). I came to her after having fired two other attorneys who were not able to get my divorce finalized after 2 years. I begged her to take my case and get it to the finish line. Opposing counsels' strategy was to drag the proceedings out to extend the maintenance period. Liz got it done for me, and quickly. She's is a bit like a doctor; she presents the potential outcome as bleak, so when the actual outcome occurs you’re pleasantly surprised. She’s not a True Believer – the "you've been hurt; let's crush them" type; she’s more factual and pragmatic, which is a refreshing antidote to the whirlwind of a dissolution. I've informal mediation, formal mediation, and open court with her and she is equally adept in all settings. A paralegal is a critical player on every attorney's team. Liz has had two paralegals in the time I've been with her and they've both been outstanding. She hires smart, and that’s good for you because they're the one doing a lot of the paperwork, and it keeps your billing down. Liz wins (to the extent anyone wins in a divorce). I have referred 3 other clients to her and they all came out well. She is the finest family lawyer in the County.
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Posted by Bryan | May 26, 2015
Competence, Experience, Drive, and Results
I conducted much research prior to retaining Liz Michelson. I developed a list of the county’s most respected attorneys. Ms. Michelson’s schedule availability put my consultation with her at the very last. Interestingly, two of the attorney’s that I met with had the integrity to note that they could handle my case, but due to complexity, my case would be best served by Ms. Michelson. I met with Ms. Michelson and I immediately liked her style. She is high-integrity, direct, no-nonsense, intense, and clearly extremely intelligent and mentally nimble. As preparation for trial progressed I gained additional confidence in Ms. Michelson’s representation. She continuously demonstrates an ability to focus on the important and weed out the chaff. Her diligence, strategy, planning, and execution are backed up by extremely competent and kind staff. At trial Ms. Michelson had a command of the space that was unmatched. There were multiple events where Opposing Counsel literally had to stop and take a four-minute “breathe through” to attempt to regain bearings. This was because Ms. Michelson is strategic and simultaneously brought superior knowledge of my case and the law. After the trial I decided to go through my file which was voluminous and well organized. This is where I could see the results producing inner workings. I am not going to describe everything that she did there because I liken it to a trade secret, but suffice it to say that I was duly impressed above and beyond what I had already witnessed. My case definitely benefitted from Ms. Michelson’s representation and I couldn’t recommend her more highly.
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Posted by Jocelyn | March 11, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Creative and Dedicated
Ms. Michelson was creative and dedicated in helping me in my divorce. Our divorce was unique because of several factors. She gave me sound advice and was direct in tell me what would help or hurt my case. It was a long process with several ups and downs, but she always listened and answered my questions immediately.
Posted by Cynthia | May 22, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Elizabeth
A powerful woman for women! She saved me from so much trauma with unending heart. Her staff was as compassionate as Elizabeth. I would highly recommend her for any woman going through a difficult, high-profile divorce!
Posted by Richard | January 21, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Attorney Review
Liz and her team were knowledgeable about all aspects of the process and were able to convey them to me in an understandable manner. I also felt that they were very conscientious about spending my time and money and counseled me on the appropriate level of expectations. They were also very supporting of my situations and frustrations while dealing with the apparent efforts of the opposing council efforts to disrupt the process. For anyone having to deal with an already difficult situation made worse by a non-collaborative behavior from others, I would highly recommend Elizabeth Michelson and her team.
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Posted by Ruth | September 9, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent Attorney
Liz Michelson did a wonderful job helping me with my divorce. She was knowledgeable, compassionate and at the same time professional and strong in going to bat for me in a court situation. She was accessible when I needed her and her staff were quick and efficient. She brought my divorce to a good and fair conclusion which I am satisfied with. I highly recommend Elizabeth Michelson.
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Posted by Kim | April 26, 2015
Humble and professional lawyer
Liz is a great lawyer. She helped me through divorcing my husband of 24 years. She is extremely fair but tough and my husband was extremely shifty throughout the process. Liz was able to uncover all of the assets my husband had hidden and get him to stop acting in contempt of court. When I was in deposition and during our mediation, Liz was very well prepared. I highly recommend Liz for being an all-round good quality lawyer. Additionally, I had referred my friend to Liz after her lawyer dropped her case just before trial. Liz was able to take over her case on such short notice and handled the case beautifully during trial. My friend was ecstatic. Liz is a great ally especially when dealing with difficult cases.
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Posted by anonymous | June 18, 2013
strong, gracious attorney
Liz was honest, gracious, very professional and compassionate. She was honest and clearly told me what to expect. She told me whether or not something was realistic or not. Her staff is wonderful. I could not have gotten through this without her. She is an incredibly strong attorney.
Posted by Julie | April 17, 2013
An exceptional attorney!
Liz is an excellent attorney. Her skills as both a writer and orator in the courtroom are exceedingly above that of all other attorneys. It’s rare to find an attorney with exceptional skills as both a writer and orator. I have been extremely pleased by her representation of me. She knows the law and her length of experience brings with it an understanding of the court system. Rather than feeling like a file on the desk, Liz makes me feel like a person going through a life changing event. She is caring and supportive, and is not afraid to fight for what is right. I have recommended Liz to others and will continue to do so.
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Posted by anonymous | April 9, 2013
Your best advocate!
I hired Liz to handle my divorce proceedings, and then again when custody and other issues arose. Her office staff is friendly, professional, supportive and helpful. I highly recommend Liz because her experience, hard work, professionalism, deep understanding of relationshiop nuances and family dynamics, and superior strategizing skills, I was successful in moving on in my life by resolving these legal issues. I am very happy I had her on my team!
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Posted by Wendy | February 22, 2010
Top Notch Attorney!
Professionalism. Integrity. Expertise. Experience. Supportive. Great team at Liz Michelson's office. Your BEST advocate, hands down. I am so fortunate to have been lead to Liz as my attorney.
Posted by anonymous | June 9, 2007
Best Dog
Liz Michelson handled my case with an extremely professional and ethical manner. She was knowledgeable but in dealing with the other party, I felt she was almost too nice and I wanted her to go for the jugular but that is not her style. I would recommend her to anyone who needed an advocate in a family law case which I believe is her specialty.
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Posted by anonymous | December 17, 2022
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Unprofessional and Lack of Empathy
Unfortunately Liz is my first experience with a lawyer. I found her to be extremely unprofessional, late to the appointment and judgmental. I was seeking a lawyer for family law and her complete lack or empathy, care and understanding was shocking. She did not harbor a safe environment and even made rude remarks towards me. She rushed through the appointment, often cut me off mid sentence and did not help me in any way. This lawyer was not worth the high amount of money I paid.
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Cost

Rates
  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Of Counsel
  • McKinley Irvin
  • 2016 - Present
  • Owner
  • Law Office of Elizabeth Michelson
  • 1985 - 2016
  • Associate
  • Williams Novack & Hansen
  • 1981 - 1985
  • Intern
  • Colorado Rural Legal Services
  • 1975 - 1976
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Education

  • University of Colorado School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1979
  • Pacific Family Mediation Institute Graduate
  • N/A
  • Professional Mediation Skills Training Program
  • N/A

Associations

  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers
  • Fellow
  • 1996 - Present
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1990 - Present
  • Washington State Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Member
  • 1990 - Present
  • Snohomish County Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Member
  • 1985 - Present
  • Washington Women Lawyers
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Domestic Relations Work Group--State Board for Judicial Administration
  • Committee member
  • 2000 - 2001
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Best Lawyer
  • Best Lawyers
  • 2024
  • Best Lawyer
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2023
  • Best Lawyer
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2022
  • Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2021
  • Best Lawyer
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2021
  • Super Lawyer
  • Washington Super Lawyers
  • 2020
  • Best Lawyer
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2020
  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2019
  • Best Lawyer
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2019
  • Super Lawyer
  • Washington Super Lawyers
  • 2018
  • Best Lawyer
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2018
  • Super Lawyer
  • Washington Super Lawyers
  • 2017
  • Family Law Lawyer of the Year
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2017
  • Best Lawyer
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2017
  • Super Lawyer
  • Thomson Reuters
  • 2016
  • Best Lawyer
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2016
  • 10 Best in Washington for Client Satisfaction
  • American Institute of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2015
  • Super Lawyer
  • Thomson Reuters
  • 2015
  • Best Law Firms
  • U.S. News and Best Lawyers
  • 2015
  • Best Lawyer
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2015
  • Super Lawyer
  • Thomson Reuters
  • 2014
  • Best Law Firms
  • U.S. News - Best Lawyers
  • 2014
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2013
  • Leading Lawyers
  • Seattle Business Magazine
  • 2013
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2012
  • Top Attorneys in Washington
  • Seattle Metropolitan Magazine
  • 2012
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2010
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2009
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2008
  • Pro Bono Publico Service Commendation
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • 2007
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Speaking Engagements

  • SCBA CLE
  • "Spousal Maintenance: Modification, Suspension, Termination"
  • 2005
  • Various
  • Speaker at seminars on domestic relations issues
  • N/A
  • AAML CLE
  • "Pros & Cons of Prenuptial Agreements"
  • N/A

Attorney endorsements

Received (14)
Given (1)
Endorse Elizabeth
Divorce and separation Attorney | May 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Apr 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Apr 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Apr 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Apr 26
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer. Liz is recognized statewide as one of the top family law attorney's in Snohomish County."
Family Attorney | Apr 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Apr 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Apr 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Mar 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Dec 17
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Jun 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. My experience with her professionally is that she is a strong advocate for her client while always remaining professional and communicative with opposing counsel."
Family Attorney | Apr 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Ms. Michelson. She is very knowledgeable and experienced. In the past, I have recommended several people to her, including some of my friends. She has always done a great job representing them."
Family Attorney | Apr 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Ms. Michelson is one of the top family law attorneys in Snohomish County. She is very knowledgeable on all aspects of family law and is a skilled and persuasive advocate for her clients. I would definitely recommend any client to her regardless of the level of sophistication."
Family Attorney | Apr 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
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Everett Divorce and separation Lawyer Elizabeth Alden Michelson
Elizabeth Alden Michelson
Divorce and separation Attorney
Everett, WA
Licensed for 44 years
Virtual consultation available