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William Pattison Kogut

Family Attorney at Olympia, WA

4.4   9 reviews
  • State Years
    Washington - WA 38 years
    Oregon - OR 39 years
  • Licensed for 38 years
    State WA
    Acquired 1985
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 39 years
    State OR
    Acquired 1985
    Suspended - Non-Disciplinary No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

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I have been practicing law in Washington state for 30 years. I am experienced and respected. I  deal honestly with my clients.  Check out my website-- I am a member of the Dana Williams Law Group.


William Pattison Kogut
Virginia Clifford Law Office
2952 Limited Lane NW, Suite A
Olympia, WA, 98502
By Appointment Only
1611 North National Avenue
Chehalis, WA, 98532
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4.4 / 5.0
  9 customer reviews
Posted by Pat | February 6, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
Brilliant Curmudgeon
We all know how to complain about attorneys, but it’s important to point out the good guys. Mr. Kogut knows the law, & he takes it seriously. He used his intelligence and integrity to fight for us in a difficult and complex custody case. We wasted valuable resources on another attorney, & got nothing. When Kogut took over, he got it done. He answers emails promptly, so we were kept informed, & never had to guess what he was thinking. Never underestimate an attorney who knows how to use his grit and brainpower when the time comes to navigate a trial. Thats when the rubber meets the road. He was respectful but knew the crux of the case and spoke the hard truth. We are grateful.
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Posted by Dena | March 22, 2017
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Dena and Clarence Deal
William Kogut is a man of honor and a great attorney. He was more than willing to take the time out of his morning to help my father free of charge with advice he needed to be able to see his wife before she passed away. Do to family issue with adult children. Knowing he may never hear from us again. But we did retain and have him for our counsel and he is fair honest and very up front We thank him for the great service we received and appreciate him and his staff. As our situation was a very usual and difficult matter he would be the one I recommend to anyone who is need of excellent counsel.
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Posted by Tom | January 14, 2016
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William P. Kogut, Guardianship practice
William is an experienced attorney, with broad knowledge and dedication to his work, who was able to help our family with a complex guardianship situation. His professionalism was always in the forefront, while he kept my aging parents’ interests and needs in mind. His knowledge, forthright approach, and honesty were always strong, as he carefully anticipated the nuances and consequences of each family situation, and planned the Court steps and collateral efforts needed. Always filing motions and declarations in good time, after carefully working through required details. I was very glad to have William’s help in the extensive case we worked on over a three year period, and can recommend him as an excellent resource.
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Posted by Cherryll | December 11, 2015
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Mr. Kogut is a very steady,informative and fair minded attorney
I retained and have worked with Mr. Kogut for well over a year. I originally retained Mr. Kogut in a very complicated guardianship case, concerning my mother, against my two brothers. Mr. Kogut saw me through several heartbreaking moments. He always kept me informed and helped me to understand what was going on. He was concerned and empathetic in dealing with me. The case went on well past a year. During that year my mother passed away and I was then embroiled in a Tedra against my brothers. William pushed for Arbitration to help resolve the issues. He successfully maneuvered through the Arbitration. Without his finesse I would have ended up losing my entire inheritance just fighting court battles. Another issue that was extremely important was how fair minded Mr. Kogut was in his billing. If you are looking for a steady, knowledgeable, fair minded and result driven attorney then you definitely want to give William Kogut a call.
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Posted by anonymous | December 11, 2015
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Custody/Child Support Attorney
Mr Kogut was patient, understanding and reasonable. He was always able to give thoughtful insight into each and every situation that arose and was respectful even when opposing counsel was not. He worked hard for me and was able to reach a successful outcome for my family. I was amazed at his ability to respond to my emergency emails during off hours and to use his resources to investigate. He had vast knowledge about the environment he practices in. He was reasonable in his fees and worked with my financial situation. My family is truly grateful for his guidance and counsel.
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Posted by anonymous | December 11, 2015
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Helpful Services!
I was referred by a lawyer I know to William Kogut. I was overwhelmed by all the legal stuff related to probate and surprised that the will did not cover some of the most basic things. William said we could do things as slow as I needed and explained things so I could understand them. When we needed the letters testamentary the court room filled up, but he just took mine and one other up to the judge and we were done and out of there. I expected at least half a day but it was done in a few minutes. He and his office were very clear, transparent and consistent about billing so there were no surprises. I re-hired him after the first retainer was used up because there may be more things that I need to get squared away. He is reliable, honest and easy to work with.
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Posted by Jeremy | December 9, 2015
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My first and only divorce Attorney
I was in need of an attorney for handling my divorce, I happened upon Mr. Kogut by chance as the EAP through my work suggested his office. Mr. Kogut and his staff were professional and handled my case with compassion and respect. Mr Kogut Is a family man and was very helpful in helping me make difficult decisions when it came to my own children. The term of my case lasted a year and a half with many meetings with my ex and her attorney that were fruitless, it was frustrating to say the least yet Mr Kogut always had an appropriate response to help me make sense of what seemed a complete waste of time and money. I never once felt that Mr. Kogut was after my wallet he was conscious of my financial situation and was fair in his billing and time working on my case. Mr Kogut handled my case from beginning through trial, the whole process lasted much longer than I had ever anticipated. In the end I felt the money I spent in hiring Mr. Kogut was worth every cent, when a person must face such difficult times and decisions that will impact the course of their lives they need to be treated and talked to by a professional.
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Posted by anonymous | December 21, 2015
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Mr. Kogut was instrumental in ensuring a fair outcome with the guardianship of my son. The situation was very heated and emotional until retaining Mr. Kogut as my attorney. I will continue to use Mr. Kogut and would not hesitate to recommend him to anyone who asked.
Posted by anonymous | May 12, 2020
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If you want a divorce fast, move along
Took a simple contested divorce, spent a year, and got me nowhere. If you want a divorce, get someone else. Always rushed me on the phone and never showed any empathy to my situation. His paralegal was amazing though and he never charged for her time. He should have just told me to wait for settlement conference from the beginning. Grow some compassion and care for your clients and you might get a better review.
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Response from William Kogut May 18, 2020
These are trying times. I share my former client's frustration with not being able to get a settlement conference because of court administration scheduling issues and the Covid shut down of all but emergency court matters. Having to deal with an opposing party and attorney who seemed unable to adapt to changes brought about by Covid just added to the frustration. We tried to negotiate a settlement and also to arrange for private mediation, all without success. A case can only settle if both sides want to settle. It is discouraging to me that my client found me unempathetic - I made extra efforts to express sympathy because he raised the issue with me. I wish him the best. Sincerely, William Kogut Attorney at Law
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  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
  • Hourly Rates $ 250-250 per hour
Payment methods
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AVVO RATING 8.2 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Self-Employed
  • Dana Williams Law Group, P.S.
  • 2013 - Present
  • Solo Practitioner
  • William P. Kogut, Attorney at Law
  • 2012 - Present
  • Partner
  • Valz, Houser, Kogut, and Barnes
  • 1998 - 2012
  • Partner
  • Valz, Kogut and Barnes
  • 1996 - 1998
  • Partner
  • Valz and Kogut
  • 1991 - 1996
  • Associate Attorney
  • Fuller & Fuller
  • 1990 - 1991
  • Solo Practitioner
  • William P. Kogut, Attorney at Law
  • 1989 - 1990
  • Associate Attorney
  • Lane Wolfley Law Firm
  • 1986 - 1989
  • Volunteer Teacher
  • Peace Corps Liberia
  • 1975 - 1977
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  • University of Oregon School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1984
  • University of Oregon School of Journalism
  • MA - Masters
  • 1980
  • Sarah Lawrence College
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1975
  • Princeton University
  • Undergraduate
  • 1973
  • West Islip High School
  • High School Degree
  • 1971
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Sample of Legal Cases

  • Nicholson vs. Nicholson
  • Won client placement of children


  • Nisqually Land Trust
  • Board Member
  • 1991 - Present
  • Clallam County Bar Association
  • President
  • 1988 - 1989

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Valedictorian
  • Class of 1971
  • 1971

Attorney endorsements

Received (3)
Given (1)
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Divorce and separation Attorney | Jan 14
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Bill and I were opposing counsel on a divorce & custody case out of Thurston County. I found him to be professional, calm, experienced and open to suggestions. The clients were better served because we lawyers were able to be collegial, even if we disagreed on one or more legal issues. This is more rare than I would like in our profession today. I have since referred Thurston County callers to Bill. He is a good listener, good lawyer, and has lots of professional contacts in Thurston County."
General practice Attorney | Dec 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have known William for 25 years. His legal research skills are superb, as are his pleadings and oral arguments. He does not shy away from hard cases, difficult clients, or aggressive opposing counsel. I see judges being persuaded by William's wisdom and presentations. He returns calls. He is a wonderful parent to two adopted sons. I value his friendship."
Probate Attorney | Dec 09
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Very capable and experienced, moderate fees, straightforward advice. There were many lawyers in the litigation we both were involved in, and he charged the least in fees to his client and did an excellent job."

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Olympia Family Lawyer William Pattison Kogut
William Pattison Kogut
Family Attorney
Olympia, WA
Licensed for 39 years
Free Consultation