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About me

I am committed to providing quality, cost-effective representation. Whether you have an amicable divorce or you are facing trial, I am ready to help. I have specific experience dealing with child protective services and the mental health system.


Practice areas


  1. Family: 65%
  2. Guardianship: 15%
  3. Debt Collection: 15%
  4. Expungement: 5%



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Payment types:

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Attorney endorsements

11 total 

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  • Jacqueline McMahon

    I endorse this lawyer. I have had the pleasure of working with Carolyn as a mediator and also as an attorney opposite me on a case. I am very impressed by Carolyn's work ethic, integrity and her knowledge of complex family law issues. I find her highly qualified as a lawyer.


    Jacqueline McMahon Family Attorney
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  • Jonathan A Baner

    I endorse this lawyer. Ms. Elsey's professionalism and sincerity demonstrates what all lawyers should strive for. Her presence makes our State Bar better.


    Jonathan Baner Appeals Attorney
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Contact info

Post Office Box 2062
Tacoma, WA, 98401



Professional misconduct

This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority.

  1. Reprimand
    issued in WA, 2002


    This means the attorney did something wrong, but the Bar did not suspend the lawyer. Typically in this case the lawyer's poor behavior is exposed to the public in hopes that he or she will not repeat the behavior.

    Carolyn’s comment: “The event Avvo refers to actually occurred in 1996, not 2002. As a brand-new lawyer, I accidentally misfiled a document and thus gave a court inaccurate information. The person who filed the grievance waited 3 years to do so and the disciplinary process took another 4 years. I believe Avvo's system is misleading as different states' disciplinary systems take differing lengths of time.”

Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneyThe Kraft Law Group, P.S.2012 - 2016
AttorneyLaw Offices of Carolyn A. Elsey1994 - 2011
Association namePosition nameDuration
Tacoma Pierce County Bar AssociationMember1994 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Knox vs. DSHSVerdict in Plaintiff's favor
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Seattle University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1993
Western Washington UniversityHistoryMA - Masters1990
Montana State University, BozemanHistoryBA - Bachelor of Arts1988
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Family Law SectionDealing with Juvenile and Mental Health Courts2007
Family Law SectionDefending Child Support Contempt Actions2004
Bar ConventionChild Support Contempt2004