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Paul Lanan Battan

Divorce and separation Attorney at Tumwater, WA

4.8   16 reviews
  • Licensed for 40 years
    State WA
    Acquired 1983
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As of August 1, 2023, I have retired from the practice of law.


Paul Battan Attorney at Law
2620 RW Johnson Blvd SW
Suite 208
Tumwater, WA, 98512

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4.8 / 5.0
  16 customer reviews
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Posted by Kelly | June 24, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
I would highly recommend Paul as an attorney!
I was so fortunate a friend recommended I hire Paul for my recent divorce. Paul was everything I needed. He was calm, considerate, listened to me, took the time to discuss my options, very responsive when I contacted him and professional in every interaction. I greatly appreciated that throughout the proceedings he was thorough in all his paperwork and very timely in all the court filings. Paul was always prepared for every meeting or deadline. I was so impressed with Paul, I subsequently used him for the estate planning for myself and then my mother. I would highly recommend Paul as an attorney, he's one of the best attorneys I've worked with.
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Posted by Andy | March 18, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
I can't thank Mr. Battan enough, I'm a single father and now have custody of my daughter. Thank you Paul Battan!
This a 5 star review, I would give 10 stars if they'd let me. My custody case was very complex. I spoke to many Washington lawyers only to be told by all of them that this is a losing battle. I was told that I would spend a lot of time and money and still lose. I hired an attorney, in Oregon where I live, to work on my custody case in Washington. They did nothing, I hired a second Oregon attorney who was helpful, they found Mr Battan, discussed options and advised me to work directly with him. I was apprehensive at first as Paul had told me that my case was not only possible, but that he felt he could get it done fairly quickly and easily. This was in contrast to what previous attorneys had said. He cited the cases that were similar, explaining why he felt a judge would rule in my favor. I decided to move forward with Paul Battan and his approach with this matter, about a month later I was awarded temporary custody, another few months and it was finalized. Paul was confident, reassuring, and was always 10 steps ahead of the other party. My only regret is that I didn't find Paul first..... about 6 months and numerous consultations were wasted on other less experienced attorneys. Don't make my mistake, you "better call Paul"! Sincerely, Andy D.
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Posted by Frank | July 28, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
fair, knowledgeable, and resolute
I met with Paul after two Olympia lawyers recommended him as a fair, knowledgeable, and resolute lawyer who worked toward negotiated settlements that both parties could support. I found Paul, and his paralegal Patti, to meet or exceed in all of these attributes. They helped me get through this very trying change in my life with grace. Paul's fairness earned my trust, his civil approach minimized unnecessary conflict and his resoluteness resulted in a settlement i could live with.
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Posted by Jodi | August 17, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Divorce, domestic violence, custody/ child support
Paul helped me navigate through several very hard and emotional legal matters. He and his para legal Patti White were extremely efficient and at the same time were empathetic. They made me feel like I was their top client at all times! I would highly recommend Paul and Patti to anyone who needs legal advice and help.
Posted by anonymous | March 14, 2013
Outstanding attorney!
Paul Battan is an incredible attorney. He is knowledgeable, thorough, professional and caring. He has done a terrific job of keeping me informed and making me feel at ease. I had several consultations with different attorneys and Paul was the only one who came across as genuine and gave me useful information to best help my situation while others seemed purely motivated by money. I would highly recommend him.
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Posted by Aubrey | January 20, 2012
I highly recommend Paul Battan. Calm, collected, and professional.
My ex-husband and I had a terrible relationship and I was thankful that he lived out of state. We had in place a parenting plan that worked for me, but allowed little time for my ex and our 4 year old to bond. Out of the blue he submitted court papers to have a total change in custodial parent for our son. I felt attacked, angry, and hurt. My husband looked online at attorney reviews as we had only days to find an attorney and respond to the courts. We read up on Paul Battan and saw many reviews stating that he was outstanding, trustworthy and knowledgeable. He proved to be all that and much more. Mr. Battan listened to my situation with sensitivity and care. He was a strong advocate for healthy family dynamics and worked with me to propose a parenting plan that would last through the next 14 years. He was encouraging and helped me form a plan that I was comfortable with. He was on time and well prepared for every court session and kept me informed of the legal process. I have been very grateful to have an attorney who represented me in a dignified, constructive light, rather than an attorney who attacks and destroys. I would recommend Paul Battan to anyone! We was fantastic and I am so thankful that it was him we hired.
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Posted by Pat | January 18, 2012
Outstanding Attorney!
When looking for an attorney to handle my divorce case, I received two glowing recommendations for Paul. In the interests of finding the best fit, I set up interviews with three lawyers, Paul being the first. I was highly impressed with his legal knowledge, his sense of fairness and his honesty and was tempted to offer a retainer right there. I did go on with a second review just to be thorough, but knew within the first five minutes that I couldn't do any better than Paul. I cancelled the third interview and was very grateful that Paul accepted my case. My then-spouse was obstructionist and ultimately did not participate in the process. I was concerned that this would drag out proceedings indefinitely, but was calmed by Paul's logical approach, his knowledge of the law, and his experience with the human dynamics typical in divorce situations. With Paul's expertise, we were able to bring my case to a successful, timely conclusion. We were fair and honest in approaching the property settlement issues and ultimately the court granted what we asked for. I had absolute confidence in any counsel Paul offered and was comfortable in asking questions whenever they arose during the process. Paul and his wonderful legal assistant, Patti, were incredibly timely with their communications to me. I received respectful, professional and compassionate help from Paul and Patti during a very difficult time in my life. After the divorce, I asked Paul to help me update my other legal affairs regarding estate planning, to include updating my will, my health care directives and power of attorney documents. Again, all matters were handled smoothly, efficiently, and with attention to detail. I wholeheartedly recommend Paul Batten and his office for help with a variety of legal matters.
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Posted by Sam | October 25, 2011
Four other people directed me to Paul - I highly recomend him as well
I hired Paul Battan to assist me in a custody case regarding my son. Being a single father of a new baby I was ready to be involved in my son's life to the fullest. Paul Battan was amazing in assisting me in this process, while helping keep my emotions grounded and focused on being with my son and away from conflict with the mother. Paul is a down to earth guy who is also an outstanding professional in his field. He was very compassionate to my situation and did everything he could to work towards the outcome we were looking for. In the end, no one really wins in these type of cases but we were able to achieve the best result possible. I wouldn't have changed a thing in the way Paul handled my case. If you want an attorney who knows the law, who will diligently advocate for you and who also understands family dynamics then go with Paul Battan. I can't say enough about his competency. I highly recommend him.
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Posted by anonymous | February 1, 2010
Efficient, intelligent, experienced, honest -- an excellent attorney
Paul was recommended to me by a friend of mine (a dad) that Paul represented with good results. I didn't hire Paul until after spending the better part of three years and thousands of $$ going to court with my ex and his aggressive attorney. We ended up going to trial with the GAL backing my ex. Paul accurately presented my children's situation while cutting through the layers of smokescreen and mud slinging put forth by my ex and his attorney. Paul also very effectively pointed out the major deficiencies with the GAL's investigation and analysis. When it was all said and done, my children and I couldn't be happier with the outcome. I also feel very good about the outcome because we always stayed on the high road (Paul isn't one to sling mud). My experience interacting with Paul was very consistent with the different roles that he describes on his website. He is very easy to communicate with and almost always available via email. He even told me that he'd be checking his email on the beach while vacationing in Hawaii, but I didn't have the heart to actually test his dedication during his vacation. Going to trial represented by an attorney is expensive. But I found Paul and his staff to be very conscious of my budget and they kept costs under control. Based on my experience with other attorneys, I believe that Paul's years of experience translate to lower costs because he can get stuff done in a fraction of the time of a less experienced attorney with a lower hourly rate.
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Posted by anonymous | January 26, 2009
Outstanding Attorney & Outstanding Person
I interviewed four attorney's and Paul Battan stood out as the attorney who would be the most likely achieve the outcome I sought for my forthcoming dissolution and custody case. Paul held a genuine interest in determining what issues were most important to me and what would be the most beneficial for the children. Paul encouraged me to maintain co-parental communication and to rally around the children while he worked my objectives through the legal channels. Although this wasn't intuitive at the time, as I was willing to fight it out, working it out was certainly going to be more productive. It did not take very long to see that Paul's reputation for being knowledgeable and tactically sound would be very challenging for the opposition. Throughout Paul treated my ex-wife and her attorneys with respect. In the end I was awarded primary custodian of my two children, the home and achieved an arrangement that has fostered reasonable communications with my ex-wife. Thank you Paul.
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Posted by anonymous | January 14, 2009
First Rate and Helpful
I have used Paul Battan several times in the last 8 or so years and he has always been professional, informative and fair. I appreciate his work immensely.
Posted by anonymous | January 13, 2009
I highly recommend Paul Battan.
Paul Battan is an outstanding attorney. He is very knowledgeable and informative. He was able to look at my case and give me options and ideas on how I could go about making a stressful situation better. I am not a huge fan of lawyers to begin with but have to say that if I ever need a lawyer again, I will not hesitate to go to Mr. Battan.
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Posted by anonymous | January 12, 2009
An Outstanding Attorney
Mr. Battan represented me in a recent divorce action. I could not be more pleased with his work. He was available by phone, in-person, or e-mail whenever I needed him. He and his able assistant, Patti, responded to every one of my questions or requests for help either the same day or the next. This was a very stressful time for me, and Mr. Battan was remarkably patient, understanding and supportive. Patti, too, was kind and helpful. I have long held a negative view of lawyers, partily as a result of some bad experiences with them. Paul has reversed that bias. He seems genuine and impeccably honest. His knowledge of the law is vast, and he is skilled at interacting with all parties in a matter, and with the opposing attorney. In short, I respect Mr.Battan and his assistant totally and with real gratitude for their making what might have been a truly horrible excperience into a simply stressful one. No one could have done more.
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Posted by anonymous | January 11, 2009
Client Review
I am currently using Paul Battan and was referred by friends that were very pleased with the work he did for them. I have also referred him to others because I have been extremely impressed by his professionalism and his knowledge. I was pleasantly suprised when I first met with him as he was very personable and I knew my case would be in good hands. A nice bonus is the courtesy of his legal assistant. Both are quick to respond to any phone calls or requests and are always on top of matters which helps you relax during a stressful situation. Mr. Battan is highly respected by his peers and the surrounding community and I would highly recommend him.
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Posted by anonymous | January 11, 2009
Client Review
Paul has represented me in a divorce action with considerable assets at stake. I have worked with many attorneys in the past and sought their recommendations as well as my accountant's and other business people. Paul's name came up enough times that I was swayed to engage him for my legal proceedings. He has not disappointed - primarily due to his ethics, advocacy and positive reputation and relationships among judges and other attorneys
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Posted by anonymous | December 16, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Not very good
He sure hates losing, but he is not very good at winning. Good luck with this guy!
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  • Hourly Rates $ 300-300 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Paul Battan Attorney at Law
  • 1985 - Present
  • Associate
  • Law Office of Gary Andrews
  • 1983 - 1984


  • Seattle University School of Law
  • Juris Doctorate
  • 1983
  • University of Arizona
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1977


  • Thurston County Bar Association
  • Board Member
  • N/A
  • Thurston County Bar Association Guardianship Section
  • Chair
  • N/A
  • Thurston County Bar Association
  • President
  • N/A
  • Washington State Bar Association Interprofessional Relations Committee
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Thurston County Bar Association Family Law Section
  • Chair
  • N/A
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyer
  • Washington Law & Politics Magazine
  • 2007
  • Volunteer of the Year
  • Thurston County Volnteer Legal Clinic
  • 2001
  • Boss of the Year Award
  • NALS, Thurston County Chapter
  • 2000
  • Daniel Bigelow Lawyer of the Year Award
  • Thurston County Bar Association
  • 1997
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  • Washington State Bar Association
  • Family Law Deskbook
  • N/A

Speaking Engagements

  • Washington State Bar Association Family Law Section 2014 Conference Oean Shores
  • Intersection of Family and Criminal Law
  • 2014
  • Lunchtime Education Series at Thurston County Family and Juvenile Court
  • Child Support and Post Secondary Support Issue
  • 2014
  • Boot Camp
  • Client Interviewing Skills
  • 2009
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Attorney endorsements

Received (9)
Given (7)
Endorse Paul
Family Attorney | Jun 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Paul for over twenty years. He is a thoughtful, skilled and dedicated attorney. I have referred cases to Paul in the past and will continue to do so."
Family Attorney | Jun 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Paul for the entirety of my legal career (20+ years) and have worked numerous cases with him as opposing counsel. He is skilled, honest and diligent in the representation of his clients both in court and in mediation. He is a skilled negotiator and is highly effective in resolving conflict. I have referred cases to Paul and will continue to do so as I have confidence in his abilities."
Family Attorney | May 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Paul. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Family Attorney | Nov 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Paul Battan as a colleague for over 20 years. I never hesitate to refer clients to Paul when they need advice or help. It seems to me that Paul is one of the few really great family law attorneys who like this area and do it well."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Oct 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Paul is bright, articulate and passionate about his clients. He works assiduously to promote their interests and welfare. Paul is an excellent attorney and litigator and he is able to find practical solutions to complex situations at a reasonable cost. Paul is actively involved in the local community and is very well respected in the legal community."
Family Attorney | Jun 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"When I first learned of Avvo, I knew that I would have to limit my endorsements to just a few peers, and that I would not engage in any collegial "you scratch my back and I'll scratch yours" reciprocity when it came to endorsements. If lawyers start to swap endorsements the whole process would become meaningless. I also knew that Paul Battan would be one of the few lawyers I would endorse. He is an excellent attorney who provides excellent representation for his clients. Paul is organized, methodical, thoughtful, intelligent, conscientious, kind, and ethical. He has earned the respect of his peers. I also know from personal interaction with Paul that he has that one indispensable attribute of a good lawyer--his clients matter to him. It sounds trite, but he cares. Too many lawyers just go through the motions, but Paul wrestles with legal problems as though his fate were inextricably linked with that of his client. That makes an exceptional advocate."
Family Attorney | Feb 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work. I often refer clients to Paul if our office has a conflict or we do not have a family law attorney available. Paul is, of course, well experienced & knowledgeable but also has the ability to balance vigorous representation with a calming style. Paul understands the different stresses that family law clients often experience & works very hard to address those needs."
Family Attorney | Jan 28
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer's work. I have had a number of cases with Mr. Battan over the last 20 years including one that went to trial. He is an extremely effective advocate and sound advisor for his clients. You will find him to be quite knowledgeable in the law and understanding of your personal needs."
Family Attorney | Jan 14
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Paul Battan is an excellent lawyer. He is respected in the community and by our local judicial officers, which is important in a town this size. He is always well-prepared for hearings and trials but, more important, he has the ability to look at the "big picture" in family law cases. He is a good friend, a valued colleague and a worthy adversary. I recommend him without reservation."
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