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Laurie D Ummel

Divorce and separation Attorney at Everett, WA

3.4   14 reviews

also known as Laurena Ummel, Laurena Griffiths

  • Licensed for 18 years
    State WA
    Acquired 2004
    Active No misconduct found

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3.4 / 5.0
  14 customer reviews
Posted by anonymous | December 3, 2016
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Awesome lawyer,Bright and fortcoming,I highly recommend her.
I have never been more impressed and Happier with Laurie. She's honest and a Highly skilled Professional.
Posted by Destry | February 26, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Wonderful Service!!!!!
Laurie Ummel did a fabulous job representing me in a child support case and kept me up to date every step of the way. She was a bit hard to get in touch with at times, perhaps due to a busy schedule. Bottom line, if you want positive results, and you are looking for an attorney who doesn't just look to get "the best deal for you", but strives to obtain a fair end result for all parties involved, then hire her!!!! In a world of where dad's have almost no rights, she helps mitigate that to the best of her legal abilities... She also works with you when making payment plans. I highly recommend her after a very pleasant experience considering the circumstances.
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Posted by anonymous | September 22, 2011
Hard work and results
I hired Laurie to represent me in my divorce. She was straighforward with me from the beginning and worked to keep me informed, keep costs down, and be realisitc about what I could expect. In the end the results were very close to what she told me in the beginning. She was definitely the right choice for me.
Posted by Jamie | July 25, 2011
Experienced and Trustworthy
After a lengthy divorce process (16 months), when it came to mediation Laurie was on my side. She showed her strengths in negotiation and knowledge of the process when confronted with counteroffers. Laurie showed me how to separate the emotional side of divorce to reality. I came out of mediation very happy with the results. We avoided trial, which would have been a tedious and expensive alternative. I highly recommend Laurie to anyone looking for a divorce attorney!
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Posted by Patrick | July 7, 2011
I highly recommend Laurie Ummel as a Divorce Attorney
Laurie Ummel is an excellent divorce attorney. She is hardworking, trustworthy and a complete professional. While going through my divorce, she kept safe from an ex-spouse who used every trick in the book to make me look bad. She is especially proactive and plans ahead for trial and various other deliberations. I would highly recommend her to anyone going through a divorce.
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Posted by anonymous | January 2, 2011
Laurie Ummel review
Laurie was great at helping me separate the emotional turmoil of divorce from the business of divorce. This allowed me to prioritize and make good decisions. She was always an advocate for me and made it clear she was working to get me the best results. She was comfortable conferring with other lawyers who specialized in specific fields outside her own. She explained processes and timelines so I knew what to expect and when. She and her legal secretary kept me informed of developments with my case and were responsive to my questions and concerns. Without Laurie's help, I would not have fared as well as I did.
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Posted by anonymous | November 3, 2010
Outstanding lawyer, she is positive, respectful and fair.
Laurie helped me through one of the most painful experiences I've had to go through. She was understanding and guided me through my divorce as gently and fairly as I could have hoped for. The outcome was positive and I feel like I was well taken care of.
Posted by anonymous | July 16, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Ummel Review
Laurie represented me during my divorce. This was an extremely stressful time for me and I appreciated Laurie's approach. She spent time getting to know my situation and helped me consider viable options. Laurie was firm and to the point when needed and the times I contacted her for guidance, she was quick to respond. It can be easy to get caught up in the many small battles that accompany a divorce, but she helped me stay focused on the end result and resolution. In the end her strategy paid off and we were able to come to an agreement without a mediator.
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Posted by anonymous | May 18, 2011
Super nice, though that may not be what you want in an attorney
I retained Laurie in my divorce proceedings. She is very nice, very cordial and its super easy the end up in long phone conversations with her ($$$$$). She would be a fantastic pal! However, she did not seem like she was actually ready to put up a fight for me regarding child custody, support, or asset division. What she had told me she would 'try' to ask for in the divorce was less than 20% of what my new attorney got for me financially speaking, and regarding the custody (even though there was documented proof of child neglect by my ex) she still seemed to want to compromise with his attorney and allow him residential time.
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Posted by ShouldaWouldaCoulda | October 9, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Paid For $20,000 for help!!! I LOST EVERYTHING!!!
I hired Laurie, Completed my paperwork within 24 hours. Paid $5,000 in full. Then I waited. I thought to myself... She is a professional, I need to be patient. I waited months and heard NOTHING. While in other courts I was defending attacks from the the person I was divorcing. Finally I called her and she asked if I would be willing to work with another attorney Ian Johnson. Assuring me he was capable of getting a judge to see this case. Well Ian constantly promised (assumed because he said he would do these things) ! He did nothing and $20,000 I've gotten nowhere. My case is LGBT and it's obvious they don't know anything in this area! I highly recommend anyone and everyone RUN away from the 2 attorneys that I have experience with.
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Posted by anonymous | August 24, 2014
Think twice before hiring Ms. Ummel. She had no problem billing me several thousand dollars then produced ZERO results in my case for my children. She does not have all that much experience and doesn't present well in the court room. I also see another lawyer here on AVVO I've used in the past, James Shipman, endorses Ms. Ummel...he also FAILED to produce ANY results when I hired him and he also had no problem billing me thousands of dollars for a stack of worthless documents. My advice, steer clear of both lawyers. Not one family law attorney I've hired has earned any of the pay they have received. I want to hire an attorney that actually produces RESULTS...not lip service and worthless documents. What a travesty to society.
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Posted by anonymous | September 21, 2011
Attorney w/ No Integrity or Character, Only Morale Code Must Be Money!
This attorney did nothing for me or my children. I received nothing that I was initially promised. All the while my bank account shrank.
Response from Laurie Ummel October 12, 2011
While I cannot specifically respond to this comment under Rule of Professional Conduct 1.6, I encourage you to come in and meet me and decide for yourself.
Posted by anonymous | July 1, 2011
Do not hire unless you know law and have an amicable divorce
Laurie was a bumbler in court and seemed to have no courtroom experience. I ended up spending $22K with her to get out of my marriage and get custody of my kids (teenagers). There were times when I wondered whose side she was working for. She neglected to add a witness to the witness list and when they showed up to testify, was unable. Did not notice that the assessment for our home was two years old and allowed the ex's attorney to use that figure. I ended up paying $50K more than the house was worth. Did not take in to account that when splitting the assets, equity in the house was not equal to equity in a retirement plan (since you have to pay tax on withdrawals). Let the ex's lawyer slip past an end of child support date to be 1 month before child was 18. Overall I would not recommend Laurie unless you have knowledge of the legal process and an amicable divorce. I think she was trying to do too many cases at once to make partner and ended up not giving mine the attention I paid for. I would recommend Geoff Gibbs from Anderson/Hunter instead.
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Posted by anonymous | August 16, 2010
Do not retain this lady!!!
I was refered to retain Laurie Ummel from another attorney from the Anderson Hunter law firm in Everett, Wa. I initially put my faith and trust in her since she use to be a prosecutor and also knew one of the city attorney who was prosecuting me on a municipal court case that was related to my family court case. Well, about a few days before my trial Laurie sent me an email which stated that she is inexperienced in handling my case and referred my to another attorney while keeping my $1200.00 retainer. My municipal court case was eventually dismissed after I spent an additional $2500.00 on another attorney who was a bit more experienced. I strongly recommend not to retain this attorney due to her inexperience in the legal field.
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  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
  • Hourly Rates $ 135-310 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 9.5 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Legal Intern
  • City of Everett
  • 2003 - 2004
  • Teacher
  • Edmonds School District
  • 1993 - 2001


  • Seattle University School of Law
  • Juris Doctor
  • 2004
  • University of Washington -Seattle
  • Teaching Certification
  • 1993
  • University of Nevada-Reno
  • Bachelor of Arts
  • 1991


  • Snohomish County Bar Association
  • Trustee
  • 2013 - Present
  • National Alliance for Mental Illness (NAMI)
  • Secretary, Snohomish County Affiliate
  • 2013 - Present
  • Snohomish County Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Member
  • 2005 - Present
  • Snohomish County Legal Services
  • Secretary, Board Member
  • 2005 - 2011
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Honors and Awards

  • Rising Star
  • Washington Law & Politics Magazine
  • 2009

Attorney endorsements

Received (3)
Given (1)
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Divorce and separation Attorney | Oct 31
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Laurie is an advocate for her clients who asserts their interests with vigor, but knows when and how to settle fairly an issue as well. Her experience gives her the ability as well as the confidence to project where a case will end up and get to that result without wasting time and money."
Family Attorney | Mar 19
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Laurie is an excellent attorney with a good knowledge of family law and is well thought of by opposing attorneys and by the judges and commissioner's in Snohomish County. I would recommend her to any client."
Family Attorney | Jan 22
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. I have known Laurie professionally for at least 4 years and I know Laurie to be highly professional and highly competent. I witnessed this firsthand when she was my opposing counsel in a few very litigious divorce actions. Laurie and I went toe-to-toe and she aggressively (in a good way) represented her client's best interests. If I needed my own family law attorney, Laurie would be on my short list, for sure."