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Noelle Angela McLean

Family Attorney at Kelso, WA

4.9   41 reviews

About Noelle

Learn Noelle’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Child custody

    29 years

  2. Child support

    29 years

  3. Divorce and separation

    29 years

  4. Family
    My practice is solely devoted to domestic relations cases - dissolution, custody, parenting plan and child support modifications, and paternity. I do not handle adoptions, meretricious relationships, guardianships or prenuptial agreements.

    29 years


If you do send me an email, please do not include any confidential, secret, or otherwise sensitive information concerning any potential or actual legal matter in your email message.  Unsolicited emails do not create an attorney-client relationship and confidential or secret information included in such emails cannot be protected from disclosure.  I do not have a duty or legal obligation to keep confidential any information that you provide to me, until an attorney-client relationship has been established. PLEASE CALL MY OFFICE at (360) 425-0111 to allow my staff to complete a conflict check and schedule an appointment according to our respective calendars and/or availability, particularly if you believe you have a time sensitive issue (as my court and client time may prohibit a timely response via email from me).  Please note that I only practice in Cowlitz County, Washington.

You can see by the website how the "rating" is calculated.  However, potential clients should not consider my rating as a determining factor in whether or not you desire to use my services.  Each case is different, and a personal consultation is the best way for both of us to determine if we are a good "fit" for your case.  Client reviews, while appreciated, are not a determining factor that you will have the same or likely result in your case, as all cases are different and based upon different factors.  

I have been practicing law (family and criminal) since 1993, and have focused my practice solely on family law issues since 2004.  I feel very privileged to meet and work with my clients.  I hope my clients view my work and involvement in their cases as a positive experience, despite the typically difficult legal situation that has resulted in our professional relationship.  I feel very fortunate to have friendly and diligent staff, and they are certainly one of my best assets.  I hope you have the opportunity to meet and get to know them.

On a personal note, I am married with two children.  I love the outdoors (fishing and golf, primarily), and I'm dedicated to giving back to the community.  I continue to donate my professional time to Cowlitz Wahkiakum Legal Aid.  I am involved in Epsilon Sigma Alpha - a philanthropic sorority - where our fundraising efforts help to support St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, Easter Seals, and other local organizations.  In addition, as a past board member for the Salvation Army, I believe in the Salvation Army's mission in providing meals, clothing, and other assistance to those less fortunate. 

I hope you consider allowing me to help you navigate the laws involved in your family law case.


Photos and videos

Bella posing.
Sasha (aka, the attack cat)
Golfing at Eagle Crest
Golfing in Florida - actually in 2010
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Licensed for 29 years
State WA
Status Active
Acquired 1993
Updated 11/25/2022

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

Contact Noelle

Noelle McLean PS
415 S 3RD AVE
P O BOX 757
Kelso, WA, 98626


4.9 / 5.0
  41 customer reviews
Posted by Tyler | September 16, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Noelle was wonderful from the beginning. She fought for me and wasn't in any way unprofessional. Her office and everyone who works for her made me feel confident at all times. Whenever I had a question, it was addressed and when I needed help on a particular issue, it was sorted and we came to an agreement quickly and confidently. The reassurance I got on particular issues was great and when I felt a certain way about how to proceed with things, she was supportive and would still caution me about alternatives without being pushy. Between her and her office, I couldn't believe how much she helped me throughout the entire divorce. I couldn't be more happy to have had her respresent me and be the voice of sanity that she was in the middle of one of the most stressful things I've ever experienced. You will not be disappointed if you hire her. Can't find enough good things to say about her.
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Response from Noelle McLean October 5, 2022
Thank you Tyler for your kind comments, and thank you for trust me and choosing my office to help you during this difficult time in your life.
Posted by Alyssa | November 15, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Professional & Caring
Noelle is my family's Hero. Noelle and her staff know the law and went above and beyond with our case and we could not thank her enough. I Highly Recommend!
Posted by Jennifer | September 2, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
An amazing lawyer and staff
Goodness, Noelle did an amazing job with my case, AGAIN. I couldn't have found a better lawyer. If I ever need a lawyer for anything else I'm definitely coming back to her. She's honest, reliable, dependable and very hard working. She's definitely worth every penny. Her office staff is always on the ball. Very kind and professional. Always having smiles. Thank you!
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Response from Noelle McLean September 7, 2021
Thank you Jennifer for your kind words about me and my staff. We are here to help you in the future if you have a need. You're welcome!
Posted by anonymous | June 23, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Prompt, efficient, and exceeded expectations
Noelle and her staff were cordial, responsive, and helpful through my divorce and custody case. Noelle set realistic expectations for the outcome, provided valuable advice to ensure our goals were met, and I felt well taken care of through out the arduous process. I firmly believe that the recommendations she made from the first consultation and throughout paid dividends as we avoided a lengthy court battle and were able to settle relatively quickly despite a potentially uphill battle.
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Posted by anonymous | March 1, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Highly recommend
I would highly recommend Noelle McLean. She is professional and very talented in her line of work. She was very communicative and worked hard for my case. I appreciate all that she was able to help me with.
Posted by Steven | December 21, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
This lawyer is the one to have her and her staff did everything and went above and beyond anything I could ask for. Even gave back 500$ that wasn’t used. The best lawyer I’ve ever had by far.
Posted by Katelyn | March 23, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Noelle and her team helped me in making a challenging time, very simple. I appreciate all that they have done for me. Noelle is very good a what she does and I recommend her to anybody in need of legal assistance.
Posted by Travis | August 8, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Very Knowledgeable and Hard Working
Noelle's team was friendly and worked hard on my case. I observed other attorneys while I was going through this process and was definitely happy that I had hired Noelle. She is well respected in the community and fought hard to get me the best outcome possible.
Posted by Kelsey | June 20, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
In January 2019 I consulted with Noelle for my divorce. She was very professional and easy to work with. Her staff is fantastic as well.
Posted by anonymous | March 2, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Retain with the best!
I retained Noelle after multiple praises from people that had been in similar family court matters. This case was previously established out of state till residing in Cowlitz County. Biological mom decided to take a run a custody after a decade of absence, After the courts consideration I knew I needed the best attorney. Noelle got this case turned around and support finally established as well. Noelle is highly respected and in most opinions hands down the first choice in the county.
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Posted by anonymous | November 3, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Noelle is my hero
During the worst time of my life, Noelle helped me to feel at peace. I could finally breathe knowing I was in such good hands. She is smart, quick, experienced and a go-getter. She doesn't mess around or waste anyone's time. Her smile is reassuring and her staff is so friendly and knowledgeable. My children and I were able to move forward into the future we needed and deserved (in regard to finances and parenting plan). Her no-nonsense style will put an end to your ex dragging you through the mud and trying to cause more pain and heartache. He will eventually give up because Noelle doesn't take any crap and she makes that very clear. Thanks Noelle and staff for your care. I love you guys!
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Posted by Jason | January 27, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Noelle Angela McLean 1992 to 1999 was my attorney
I literally spent approximately 50K getting custody of my son Nick. When I went through my divorce, a different attorney said since she was the primary caretaker while you worked, you will spend 10k in attorney fees and you still wont get your toddler. What the attorney didn't say was that if you don't petition for custody at the beginning, if for any reason you need to try for custody later it will be 100 times harder. Why? Because in the courts eyes if you don't try initially, if your ex withholds visitation, the court really doesn't care. My ex lived in Longview/Kelso and I lived 150 miles away. She assaulted her mom, my son, and would later assault one of her other son's. During our marriage she assaulted me. The Guardian Ad Litem ignored her pattern. I went 45 days not seeing my baby son, spent 3K in attorneys fees, lost wages, and driving all the way to Longview and all day in court just to get the first contempt. My ex tried to keep us from taking him to Disneyland, because the paperwork said upon completion of the school year the father will have visitation...Well he was only five and not in school yet, so she didn't show up. Another 1500 dollars and emergency trip to court, the judge made her hand him over. I could go on and on, but after five contempts and driving her to bankruptcy we finally got custody. The amount of money we spent 17 years later is still felt. It took almost eight years and Noelle was my attorney the whole time! She is very very thorough and understands how men have such a disadvantage in the state of Washington. I always say attorneys are like dealers at a casino, whether you win or lose, they still get paid. Most attorneys will tell you what you want to here, just so you will hire them and then make up an excuse for when you lose. Noelle isn't that way. She tells you the risks! She isn't cheap, but many times my ex would pull some stunt like the Disneyland no show, or when she finally said I have had enough you can custody of Nick, Noelle was drawing up the paperwork and ready to go to court that day!!! She is a busy lady and may not always able to take your call, but trust me, when you truly need her right now, she is so there for you. I can't thank her enough for all she has done. I truly care about her and hope her and her not so new hubby are doing awesome. Sincerely Jason
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Posted by Jennifer Brunson | June 7, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
I'm glad I chose Noelle.
Noelle did an amazing job with my case. I couldn't have found a better attorney. I am really glad I chose her. If I ever need a lawyer for anything else I'm definitely coming back to her.
Posted by Tammi | November 15, 2014
wonderful lawyer
Noelle presented herself very well and is great at what she does. I got what i wanted with noelle help she informed me what i need to do and eased my nervous before my hearings.
Posted by Heather H. | July 13, 2014
Best lawyer EVER!!!
Noelle took over my case in the middle of a modification of orders and request to relocate my son. My case was a difficult one and Noelle and her staff welcomed the challenge and were kind and prompt in returning emails and phone calls. Noelle kept in constant communication with me so I understood and knew what was going on every step of the way. She was prepared for trial and fought for my family and I. We won the trial and I am ever so thankful for Noelle and her staff. She is by far the best lawyer around. Thank you Noelle.
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Posted by anonymous | May 4, 2014
Made getting a divorce a little less stressful
Noelle truly cares about her clients and strives for a positive outcome in her cases. Although hiring an attorney is expensive, Noelle's priority is her client. Her office staff are very helpful and friendly, and you're greeted with a smile every time you walk through the door. The petitioners' attorney in my case was clearly out-gunned by Noelle. Her knowledge, professionalism, and expertise makes for a formidable adversary to anyone. We were faced with a petitioner who attempted to mislead the courts by claiming to have a much smaller income then what he/she actually had and was asking for an outrageous amount of spousal maintenance and attorney fees. We provided documents that completely contradicted their claims and a couple of days later they contacted us asking if we would be willing to settle out of court. We had a couple more stumbling blocks along the way that was due to either the opposing attorney giving bad advice, or his client not following his advice. In the end the petitioner contacted me and asked that we settle out of court prior to our trial; I only ended up with my own attorney fees which is money well spent considering I was looking at over $25000 if I lost. I would definitely hire Noelle again in any family law case.
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Posted by Susan | March 29, 2014
After nearly 37 years of marriage, circumstances were such that my marriage needed to come to a close. Having come from a family with little history of divorce ( parents happily married for 65yrs ) I was very hesitant to take this big step. Not knowing how or who to start this process with, I turned to this site and reviewed all the family law attorneys here. Thanks to very honest reviews I was able to select Noelle. My choice was great. From the first consultation to the last final meeting of what I refer to as the "closing ceremony", Noelle and her staff were there for me. They are knowledgeable, friendly and compassionate. I was so scared and fearful going into this process and afraid of being intimidated, but after stepping through the door I never felt that way again. She took on my case and had it closed and cleanly wrapped up in the least amount of time possible. I am highly recommending Noelle McLean to anyone needing family law representation. Thanks to her and her staff I now have my life back.
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Posted by anonymous | March 2, 2014
The Best Family Law Attorney in the SW Washington Area
Noelle is highly respected in the SW Washington area and is extremely knowledgeable in her field. Noelle represented me in my dissolution case. My case became somewhat complicated, because it was such of rare circumstances. She was instrumental in working with her legal partners in the community to gather information to provide me with the best representation in my case. Noelle communicated with me every step of the way. Her staff was also amazing in providing assistance. They are all highly professional individuals and I am forever grateful for their assistance. Noelle was able to get my dog back that my partner had taken. Noelle presented a strong case before a Superior Court Judge and the Judge agreed with Noelle's arguments and evidence she presented. He ruled that the dog be returned to me. This was the biggest part of my case, because the dog was like a child to me. I knew if I wasn't able to get him back, he likely wouldn't have received the love and care he deserved. I am forever grateful for Noelle McLean and her staff. I would recommend her to anyone that needs the strongest legal representation out there.
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Posted by James | February 11, 2014
Expertise wins the case
We were served with child support modification papers within one month of getting married. My husband has hired attorneys in the past and has never come out on top so to say the least he was ready to just give in. I, however, was not willing to give up so easily as there was a chance that the child support increase would be almost $700 per month. I inquired around on who would be the best attorney for our current situation. Noelle McLean came highly recommended. She is very professional and based on some past experiences I was not able to join in on their meetings, which I fully understood and was grateful that she was looking out for my husband's best interest. She was very knowledgeable and took her work very seriously. Our case was a very different case and a lot of research was involved to prepare. Noelle was so prepared and had many cases to reference when we went before the judge. Her prices are very fair for the work she does. She always kept us informed and worked not only her normal work week but also after hours during the week but also on the weekends to have our paperwork ready. Noelle is professional, knowledgeable, fair and informative. I would recommend her to anyone seeking an attorney. Thanks to Noelle we actually won our case and were awarded a reduction in our child support obligation. She is fabulous!
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Posted by Mike | February 4, 2014
Great Legal Representation
Noelle McLean and her staff provided me with excellent representation. I normally do not write reviews, however Noelle McLean and her staff deserve one. Initially faced with divorce, I was unsure of whom to talk to. A good friend of mine recommended Noelle McLean and that is how my association with her started. Upon arrival at Noelle's office for the first time I was greeted by her warm and friendly staff. They worked me into Noelle's schedule quite quickly. During the initial stages of the divorce I interacted with Noelle and the staff on a regular basis. It comforted me to know all that was happening when it happened rather than days afterward. Noelle impressed me with her legal knowledge as well as pointing out things that I had not thought of. When I was represented during legal proceedings, she expressed my point of view well. I appreciate how our discussions were "with me" rather than "at me". This meant a lot to me as I was apprehensive at times. Her sanguine advice allowed me to be more at ease. During the proceedings, I was able to ask questions about the process and receive clear answers. During the whole process, I was treated with kindness and respect by Noelle and her staff. As Noelle was very busy, I interacted with the staff often and found them to be quite proficient. I enjoyed how they new my name upon arrival and were able to schedule me as needed (I have a difficult work schedule). I highly recommend Noelle McLean as an attorney.
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  • Hourly Rates $ 325-325 per hour
  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 8.5 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Associate Attorney
  • C. Michael McLean, PS
  • 1993 - 1995
  • Rule 9 Intern
  • Attorney General's Office
  • 1991 - 1993


  • University of Puget Sound School of Law
  • Juris Doctor
  • 1993
  • Washington State University
  • Bachelor of Arts
  • 1990


  • Epsilon Sigma Alpha
  • Member
  • 1994 - Present
  • Cowlitz Wahkiakum County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1993 - Present
  • Epsilon Sigma Alpha
  • State President
  • 2007 - 2008
  • Feral Cat Coalition
  • Volunteer
  • 2005 - 2010
  • Cowlitz Wahkiakum Legal Aid
  • Board Member
  • 2001 - 2007
  • Cowlitz Wahkiakum County Bar Association
  • Bar President
  • 2001 - 2002
  • YMCA Mock Trial
  • Convener
  • 2001 - 2005
  • Toastmasters
  • Member
  • 2001 - 2005
  • Salvation Army
  • Board Member
  • 2000 - 2014
  • Cowlitz-Wahkiakum Youth Commission
  • Board Member
  • 2000 - 2005
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  • Most Client's Assisted
  • Cowlitz Wahkiakum Legal Aid
  • 2007
  • Local Hero
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • 2007
  • Creed of Professionalism
  • Cowlitz Wahkiakum Bar Association
  • 2005
  • Volunteer of the Year
  • Cowlitz Wahkiakum Legal Aid
  • 2002
  • Attorney of the Year
  • Cowlitz County CASA
  • 2000
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Attorney endorsements

Received (2)
Given (2)
Divorce and separation Attorney | Apr 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I've known Noelle since she began practicing law. She is conscientious in everything she does and has an excellent reputation in the legal community."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Apr 17
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have known and worked with Noelle since she first obtained her license to practice law, and have always been amazed at the level of dedication she puts into her representation of her clients. Few lawyers are better prepared, nor more versed in the applicable law on a given case. I have recommended her to both family and friends and have never had a regret in doing so."
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Kelso Family Lawyer Noelle Angela McLean
Noelle Angela McLean
Family Attorney
Kelso, WA
Licensed for 29 years