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Christopher P Taylor

Family Attorney at Mount Vernon, WA

3.8   15 reviews
  • Licensed for 16 years
    State WA
    Acquired 2007
    Active No misconduct found

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About Christopher

Learn Christopher’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Adoption
    Adoption and Minor Guardianship

  2. Estate planning
    Wills, Powers of Attorney, Health Care Directives, Trusts

  3. Family
    Primarily collaborative divorce

  4. Mediation
    I am a court-approved mediator for family law disputes

I enjoy practicing family law. Every day I find new challenges and I get the opportunity to work with good people, both other professionals and clients who have found success in many different fields. Family law covers a lot of legal issues, so I see my experience with CPS, criminal law, dependency, business entities, real property, and courtroom advocacy all come into play.


I started out as an attorney in Ellensburg, Washington as a criminal prosecutor where I handled DUI and domestic violence cases for the County and then progressively graduated to more complex cases like felony juvenile cases, and adult sexual assault prosecutions. Like most prosecutors, I was in court almost every day practicing how to present evidence and arguments to judges and juries.



I then moved on to a private firm in Ellensburg, Lathrop, Winbauer, et al., which is sort of a one-stop-shop for any legal issues people or businesses in a small town could have. This type of broad, general practice just does not exist in larger cities, where attorneys are more specialized, so I gained a lot by being exposed to many different practice areas, such as real estate, business formation, construction litigation, collections, dependency, dissolution, adoption, criminal defense, probate, estate planning, and landlord/tenant. I took advantage of excellent mentoring from a group of highly experienced and highly capable attorneys there for three years. I gained a keen interest in domestic relations law during this time.


In order to come back to where my wife and I grew up, on the Westside of the mountains, I moved to Mount Vernon and practiced family law here for a year before I had the opportunity to open my own practice. I love having my own office. I think it helps me to better serve individual clients and to set up an office framework that just works when it comes to communicating with, caring for, and helping clients solve tough problems. I look at each person who walks in my door as a unique individual who deserves my full attention, best efforts and honest, straightforward legal counsel.

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Law Office of Christopher P. Taylor, PLLC
720 Main Street
Suite 204
Mount Vernon, WA, 98273-3806


3.8 / 5.0
  15 customer reviews
Posted by Renee | March 3, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent Attorney
I hired Christopher Taylor as my attorney for my divorce case and he was phenomenal. He listened to my concerns and helped me during the process. He cared about the situation for my safety and my child. He helped me keep a level head in a very stressful time of my life. I could not have done it without their assistance. I strongly recommend.
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Posted by Jennifer | January 1, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Honest and compassionate
Chris and his paralegal Tanya were honest, compassionate, and took their time to really listen to me. Chris tells it like it is and helped calm me down when I was stressed and overwhelmed with my case. Tanya had my back and I felt her compassion for me and my situation.
Posted by K | February 2, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Honest and professional Attorney
I would recommend Chris Taylor and his legal team, I was very impressed with their professionalism and knowledge of Family Law. I felt very well represented with Chris. He placed my interests first, and always discussed all options openly. He suggested the best avenue for finalizing the case and when the hearing came he represented my case superbly. Money well spent.
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Posted by anonymous | June 5, 2015
Outstanding Attorney!
I have, unfortunately, had the need to hire different attorneys for various reasons throughout the past 20 years. I have never felt so heard and advocated for by an attorney as I did with Chris. He is extremely intelligent, diligent, and understanding. He presented my case with complete clarity and I rested knowing he had represented me properly. Chris Taylor is the first attorney I have, with total confidence, been able to recommend to folks who need an attorney.
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Posted by Callie | April 3, 2013
Great counsel and representation.
I was reccomended to Chris Taylor by a very reputible Attorney who was not able to take my case at the time. I was very impressed by his professionalism, and knowledge of Family Law. When the time came for the modification of a poor parenting plan that was in place, he was able to artfully draw up a plan that both parties could work from; it was very appreciated during an emotional time. I have used lawyers before, but a true professional and upstanding attorney is hard to find. My money was well spent.
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Posted by anonymous | March 29, 2013
The Best Representation by far
Chris and his legal team has by far been the best lawyer I've ever had. Having gone through a divorce where I was accused for anything under the sun, Chris not only was effective in putting together the case, but represented me superbly in front of the judge. Chris and his staff are honest, ethical and true to representing the law and defending his clients to the fullest. I feel very lucky to have found Chris to represent me in my case.
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Posted by Nida | February 14, 2013
Protection order
I was so glad I hired Christopher Taylor to represent me in a protection order filed against me by my physically, mentally, emotionally, socially, & financially abusive husband. I was the victim and he pretended to be the victim. Christopher Taylor was very discrete and informative with what I needed to do on my end and what he needed to do to on his end to represent me. He was very professional and knowledgeable that I felt so confident that I will win the case and "I DID". I highly recommend him to anybody looking for a family lawyer.
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Posted by John | November 1, 2012
Representing his clients in their best interest
Mr. Taylor has been an exceptional representative for my divorce. He placed my interests first, but made sure all parties were informed and suggested the best avenue for finalizing a lengthy process. If I had hired him first, I know I would have been less stressed and more informed. He is caring in his opinions, but ensures you are being represented in the best possible manner, and had my best interest in mind with all the choices he gave me during the process. I would highly recommend Mr. Taylor and his staff for exceptional representation. Thank you.
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Response from Christopher Taylor November 2, 2012
Thank you for posting a review, and for the kind words.
Posted by Joseph | October 25, 2012
Criminal Defense
Chris handled my case very professionally and was always on top of things. I had no idea what to expect and having Chris represent me was the best decision I made. He went out of his way to communciate with the other attorney and always kept me informed as to what was going on. He went above and beyond my expectations. His assistants were also helpful and very friendly. I would definately hire Chris again. He puts his heart into his practice and it shows.
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Response from Christopher Taylor November 2, 2012
We do have excellent, and professional staff. A prosecutor told me recently that he had never before seen the level of persistence and dedication that he saw from my paralegal.
Posted by Jeremy | January 20, 2012
Exceptional Counsel
Mr. Taylor is an exceptional attorney and exceeded my expectations. I feel he is genuinely interested and caring which is a rarity among his profession. I am confident in his experience, abilities, and intelligence to handle a multitude of scenarios successfully which he continues to do throughout my proceedings. I have the utmost certainty that he will exceed brilliantly in his field and I highly recommend him to any seeking counsel.
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Response from Christopher Taylor November 2, 2012
I am very happy for this family. I enjoy the opportunity, as an attorney, to work with some remarkable people.
Posted by Nick Guilford | December 6, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Maybe better for women
My experience hiring Chris for a divorce was that he seemed to be philosophically or religiously predisposed to the idea that kids belong primarily with their mom. If you are the mom, or a father who doesn't mind having limited time with your kids, this could be fine. If you are a man the wants half or more residential time, then I would consider other options.
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Response from Christopher Taylor December 7, 2017
This is a review from a 2014 collaborative case, which is a different process than traditional litigation, which makes up most of my practice. In collaborative law there is less focus on positions, and more focus on healing and finding a win-win through a team approach. I strongly support the collaborative method. I was only involved for part of this case. I appreciate this feedback and think it is really important to hear. I do not see myself as philosophically, and especially not religiously, favoring fathers or mothers and have represented many unique parents over the last decade. Since this is from a few years ago, perhaps I was in a different place then, but I will re-evaluate myself in the present based upon this review, as it is very important to me to represent each parent equally. In my experience representing parents, grandparents, single parents, and LGBT parents, I focus on each family's specific dynamics, the best interests of the children, along with my client's specific goals.
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Posted by anonymous | July 1, 2020
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Worthless consultation
Total waste of money. When asking for help for an equitable divorce, he kept asking how much are you willing to lose. When stating I wanted to split everything equally and fairly, he kept asking on a figure that I will be able to lose?!?!?
Response from Christopher Taylor July 8, 2020
Consults are usually only about 45 minutes, which goes very quickly. I'm sorry this person didn't find the consult valuable and I'd be willing to talk with them again. I don't know which consult this was, but I can say that I purposefully challenge people in consults to see if they can consider alternatives, or even alternate ways of phrasing a question, and be flexible in their thinking and approaches to a problem. Finding solutions isn't about rigidity, it's about thinking dynamically and responding to alternatives to see if they could also work for a client's goals. In a way, I'm trying to provide a brief service in a consult and also weigh whether I want to work with someone long-term. If this person did say they wanted an equal division, and I asked this person how much they were willing to lose, and they couldn't answer that question, or got frustrated at that question, then I learned something about them. It's a pretty easy question really, if they want an equal division, then they are willing to lose 50% of everything in theory. In my consults I try to do a lot of listening and asking questions, before I give advice. People know more about their lives than I ever will. I try to be compassionate and also straight forward. My practice has been so full that I haven't taken new clients in quite a few months, but I'd like to get back to doing consults because I enjoy meeting new people and seeing how I can help.
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Posted by anonymous | February 9, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
My ex- husband and I desired an amiable divorce and were looking for someone to put our decisions in the proper legal format and file the paperwork. I made this clear and he accepted the case and my money. When we both went in for a meeting he asked us to go into seperate rooms which in hindsight was a huge mistake. He began to seperately, question the decisions we were already in agreement about causing dessension between us. We left feeling ambivilant and emotionally distraught . After discussing the situation we realized what happened. The only reason I could surmise for such unnecessary drama was that disagreements would draw out our divorce process and in doing so cost more money. In my opinion, this was an unconscionable act. I fired him immediately. We found a paralegal to file our paperwork. It was quick and easy and my ex and I are now the best of friends, just as we had hoped we could be. A $2000 mistake and a hard lesson learned! It's interesting I posted a similar review on his Facebook page and it promptly disappeared. I wonder if this one will as well?
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Response from Christopher Taylor February 22, 2018
In my opinion, this was the most difficult client I've worked with over the last ten years. This case occurred quite a few years ago. As an attorney I have an ethical duty to understand an agreement, and counsel about it with a client, and to treat the other party with respect. This person handed me some notes and demanded that I type up what was written immediately. I tried to explain to this person my process as an attorney. When I met the other side I understood immediately that the "agreement" was not legally complete, in my opinion. I was met with hostility for asking questions, and trying to be thorough. The attorney-client relationship is a voluntary one in civil law and I am happy to leave a case where the relationship is not working. I'd say this case is analogous to someone going to a surgeon to heal a wound, and getting angry at the surgeon for doing an intake, wanting to examine the wound, make an independent diagnosis, and then making recommendations on how to treat the wound. If this person left the surgeon or my office and went to Rite-Aid or a paralegal and got a Band-Aid that worked for them, then good for them.
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Posted by Duane | March 8, 2015
Not What You Need In A Lawyer
I had Chris for a lawyer in my divorce. He assured me over and over again I would be "OK" even though I had doubts. My ex had things in both our names and he said I was protected in a final decree. HE WAS WRONG! He advised me to contact a different Lawyer to help me with this situation. Even was so kind as to recommend a lawyer. I found my own. The lawyer I contacted informed me that with all the facts on the table, that he would not be able to get me any relief from the situation I was in. My ex had filed for bankruptcy and I was going down because of it. I had asked that all the debt she was taking, house, car, credit cards be removed for my name and Chris assured me I was protected in the final decree. Never believe that. It is not true. I would seek a different lawyer. That is just my opinion. Ex spouses get screwed over all the time. MAKE SURE IT DOESN'T HAPPEN TO YOU. One would think that Chris would gladly take on my Ex in court and show me just how "OK" I was. That didn't happen.
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Response from Christopher Taylor April 3, 2015
“Each spouse in a divorce has an inalienable right to ruin the other spouse’s credit.” This is something I have heard many times from the family law court when one spouse doesn’t pay a debt and it hurts the other spouse. The spouses cannot believe it, but this is simply the truth because the court cannot force a creditor to remove a debtor from a debt (e.g. the court can’t force a bank to take one spouse off a credit card). When one spouse decides to stop paying a debt it will hurt the other party. I do not agree that an attorney has the ability to protect completely a client from bad decisions like this by their ex-spouse. There is always risk in divorce. I also do not think it matters if you are a man or a woman, divorce is difficult for everyone. I do promise that I do everything I can to give my clients the best advice, based on my hard work and experience.
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Posted by anonymous | September 29, 2012
Divorce, Child Custody, Child Support..........
At first I believed Chris was going to fight for me. I am a working professional who was in an mentally abusive marriage with my husband. I realized it was time to leave. I have always done the right thing in life and thought I was doing the right thing by leaving. I have 2 wonderful children whom I love with all my heart. For whatever reason the court granted temporary custody to my husband. Mind you I have done nothing wrong, except working full-time for the past 2 years as my husband (soon to be ex) stayed at home unemployed. I have been a full-time mom and a full-time employee. I haven't missed a step in my childrens lives. I asked Chris again, if he was going to fight for me. He said yes, but unfortunately he has failed to do so. I call and email Chris and he doesn't return my calls or emails in a prompt manner. He is a lawyer who wants nothing but money and doesn't produce results. He has kept me in the dark about eveything. I am now on the verge of loosing everything that is important in my life.
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Response from Christopher Taylor November 2, 2012
I do not know who this former client is. I suppose the disadvantage of online, anonymous reviews is that interpersonal, constructive communication is not possible. I would invite this person to please call me, or stop by my office so we can discuss the specific criticisms here, so I can improve. I can say that my office has a policy to always respond to clients within 24 hours. I am available via email, phone and in person. In one recent case, based on a client's needs, we sent over 65 emails in a four month period, I met with her every week and a half, and we talked on the phone in between those meetings. This type of contact is common during a busy case. I am grateful for each one of my clients, and recognize that each one is unique. I try to give objective and informed advice based on the law and my experience from the very start of a matter. I have observed that cases work out better when clients follow my advice, as sometimes it is hard for people to see the weaknesses in their case, the risks in their actions, or not to make decisions based on the strong emotions inherent in dissolution.
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  • Hourly Rates $ 300-300 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 9.3 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Law Office of Christopher P. Taylor, PLLC
  • 2012 - Present
  • Associate Attorney
  • Tario & Associates
  • 2011 - 2012
  • Judge Pro Tem
  • Lower Kittitas County District Court
  • 2009 - 2011
  • Associate Attorney
  • Lathrop, Winbauer, Harrel, Slothower & Denison
  • 2008 - 2011
  • Deputy Prosecuting Attorney
  • Kittitas County Prosecutor's Office
  • 2007 - 2008
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  • Willamette University College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2006
  • Brigham Young University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2002


  • Whatcom Collaborative Law Professionals
  • member
  • 2014 - Present
  • International Academy of Collaborative Professionals
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • Skagit County Bench-Bar Liason Committee- Family Law Section
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • Skagit County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • Washington State Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • Swinomish Tribal Court
  • Member of the Bar
  • 2011 - Present
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2007 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Eagle Scout
  • Boy Scouts of America
  • 1995

Speaking Engagements

  • Guardian ad Litem Title 26 Refresher Training
  • Caselaw Update, De Facto Parentage and RCW 26.09.191(3)(g) catchall provision
  • 2015
  • Law Enforcement Basic Legal Training for New Officers
  • Search & Seizure
  • 2008

Attorney endorsements

Received (11)
Given (6)
Endorse Christopher
Family Attorney | Mar 04
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Chris is a good, pragmatic lawyer who won't waste your time or money. He is ethical, kind, and knowledgeable."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Dec 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Chris is very well regarded by those of us in the Skagit County legal community. I refer clients to Chris who have family law issues with absolute confidence. He is also a genuinely nice person."
Family Attorney | May 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Christopher. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Divorce and separation Attorney | May 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Chris and I met recently through the Skagit County collaborative divorce community which he's taken the initiative in forming. Though we've not yet had cases together, it's obvious to me that, in addition to his obvious leadership skill, he's a smart attorney and someone who is both honest and trustworthy. I've been doing this kind of work a long time and can recognize who is sincere in truly wanting to help clients and who is willing to walk his talk. To do this kind of work requires a capacity to stretch and grow, to see one's own shadow, and to discover the times and places one gets caught. That's not an easy for anyone. I definitely see that willingness in Chris. He clearly cares about doing good work. I look forward to partnering with him on what will hopefully be many collaborative cases over the years to come."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jan 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. He cares and prepares. With both facts and a current research on the law, he comes ready to represent his clients. I recommend Christopher Taylor."
Family Attorney | Oct 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Mar 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Taylor and I were against each other in a very challenging divorce, with a multitude of issues. I found him to be incredibly competent, fair and responsive. Chris' work ethic is very high. He has the potential to be one of the best attorneys around. Also, I find him to be a man of fine morals and the Skagit community is lucky he is practicing law in our county. He has earned the respect of many members of our bar."
Litigation Attorney | Jun 13
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"Chris is a great lawyer and a great guy. I worked with him when he was a prosecutor and I mentored and supervised him when he came to work at my office. He is very dedicated to his clients and will work hard for you. We were sorry to see him move to the other side of the mountains."
Family Attorney | Dec 09
Relationship: Co-worker
"I have had the opportunity to work with Chris in a number of situations.Chris is knowledgeable in many fields and is an extremely conscientious advocate. I have heard many clients comment upon his positive attitude and encouraging nature. I will continue to refer potential clients to Chris without reservation."
Unknown Attorney | Aug 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"When Christopher practiced in Kittitas County, I had the opportunity to work with him at the County Prosecuting Attorney's Office, as well as seek out his advice after he left and went into private practice. Chris has always demonstrated the utmost professionalism, respectability, and diligence in his legal career. I believe he works hard for his clients and is very missed in our little community."
Unknown Attorney | May 31
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Chris recently left practice here in Kittitas County which is a real loss for our small legal community. I found him to be a diligent, effective, and firm opposing counsel who always managed to represent himself and his clients with great dignity, grace and presence."
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Mount Vernon Family Lawyer Christopher P Taylor
Christopher P Taylor
Family Attorney
Mount Vernon, WA
Licensed for 16 years