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Experience, compassion, and results for those facing divorce and other family law matters.
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|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|
|Best Law Firms||U.S. News and Best Lawyers||2015|
|Super Lawyer||Thomson Reuters||2015|
|10 Best in Washington for Client Satisfaction||American Institute of Family Law Attorneys||2015|
|Best Lawyer||Best Lawyers in America||2015|
|Super Lawyer||Thomson Reuters||2014|
|Best Law Firms||U.S. News - Best Lawyers||2014|
|Leading Lawyers||Seattle Business Magazine||2013|
|Super Lawyer||Super Lawyers 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|
|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|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|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|
|University of Colorado School of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1979|
|Pacific Family Mediation Institute Graduate||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|Professional Mediation Skills Training Program||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|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|
Posted by Bryan
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.
Posted by Peter
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.