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Bethany C. Allen

Divorce and separation Attorney at Bellingham, WA

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  • Licensed for 15 years
    State WA
    Acquired 2009
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Practice areas
  1. Divorce and separation
    Dissolution, family law matters, committed intimate relationships.

    14 years

  2. Estate planning

    9 years

  3. Litigation

    9 years

  4. Personal injury

    9 years

  5. Medical malpractice

    14 years

  6. Wrongful death

    14 years


Both of my parents served in the United States Navy and as a result, my two younger brothers and I were raised all over the country. After living in many different places and never having a “hometown,” I am happy to call Bellingham home and raise my two boys here with my husband, who is a Whatcom County native.

I first came to Bellingham to attend Western Washington University, where I graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Community Health and a minor in Sociology. While at Western, I coached Girls on the Run, volunteered as a Peer Health Educator and played competitive ultimate Frisbee on both collegiate and club teams. It was on the ultimate Frisbee field that I first met my husband.

After working in Bellingham for a year after my undergraduate studies, I attended Gonzaga University School of Law, where I graduated Cum Laude. While at Gonzaga, I volunteered for the Unemployment Law Project, representing clients in hearings and written appeals to obtain unemployment benefits.

I also interned for a Spokane County Superior Court Judge and had summer internships in Bellingham, at LAW Advocates and a local law firm. Additionally, I coached Gonzaga’s undergraduate women’s ultimate Frisbee team and served in student leadership for the Gonzaga Public Interest Law Project (GPILP).

I was admitted to the Washington State Bar in 2009. I joined Shepherd and Abbott in 2012, after having worked at another local law firm for three years prior. I am grateful to work with such competent, ethical and passionate colleagues, all of whom work diligently to help our clients attain their justice.

I am a member of the Whatcom County Bar Association, Washington Women Lawyers (Whatcom County Chapter), and the Washington Association of Justice (WSAJ).

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Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Shepherd and Allen
  • 2012 - Present


  • Gonzaga University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2008
  • Western Washington University
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 2004

Sample of Legal Cases

  • In re Estate of Langeland


  • Washington Women Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • Whatcom County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • Washington State Association for Justice
  • Eagle Member
  • 2010 - 2017
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2017
  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2016
  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2015

Attorney endorsements

Received (5)
Given (1)
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Divorce and separation Attorney | Oct 29
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Bethany Allen is always a professional advocate for her client. She carries through on her word; is always prepared; and follows through. I endorse this lawyer"
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jul 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"When a close personal friend asked me for a divorce attorney recommendation a few years ago, I thought of Bethany. I went to the initial meeting and really liked her approach to the case and to the client. I then (smartly!) left well enough alone, and my friend ended up divorced and quite satisfied with all of Bethany's expertise and compassion. I am happy to refer cases to Bethany."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Feb 02
Relationship: Co-worker
"Bethany is an incredibly competent attorney. She is capable and efficient, and resolute in the pursuit of justice for her clients and society. We are fortunate to get to work with her in this legal community."
Family Attorney | Feb 02
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Personal injury Attorney | May 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I had the pleasure of working with Bethany when she was focused on Employment Law and Personal Injury. She is a zealous advocate for her clients and a wonderful person. I highly recommend her for all litigation matters."

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Bellingham Divorce and separation Lawyer Bethany C. Allen
Bethany C. Allen
Divorce and separation Attorney
Bellingham, WA
Licensed for 15 years