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Chelsea C Baldwin

Family Attorney at Longview, WA

5.0   17 reviews
  • Licensed for 18 years
    State WA
    Acquired 2005
    Active No misconduct found

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

About Chelsea

Learn Chelsea’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Family
    Dissolution/divorce, child custody, child support, adoptions/terminations, property issues, contempt, modifications of parenting plans, restraining orders

    18 years

  2. Landlord or tenant
    Representing both landlords and tenants, evictions, contracts, commercial and residential

    18 years

  3. Lawsuits and disputes
    General civil litigation

    18 years

Chelsea Baldwin grew up in Longview, Washington, in the shadow of Mount St. Helens.  She attended the University of Washington and Gonzaga University School of Law before returning home to Southwest Washington to serve the people of Cowlitz County.


Her legal career began as an intern for the Cowlitz County Superior Court where she worked closely with the judges on various projects involving funding and administrative functions; highlighting the relationship between the legislature and local courts.  She later became an associate with Walstead Mertsching, PS, and after only three years, became the first female partner in the firm’s eighty‑five year history. in 2021 Ms. Baldwin opened Baldwin Legal Services, PLLC to better serve her clients.   Ms. Baldwin enjoys serving her clients in dissolution and family law matters.  She also practices landlord/tenant law and general civil litigation. Ms. Baldwin has come full circle, serving the local court as needed as a pro-tem commissioner.

Service to the community has been a hallmark of Ms. Baldwin’s career.  She has served on the Cowlitz-Wahkiakum Legal Aid board for many years, serving multiple years in an executive position.  Ms. Baldwin is a member of Cowlitz County Search and Rescue, and serves at her church and as a youth soccer coach.  Her service to her community has already been recognized at local and state levels.  

Photos and videos

Chelsea is an avid hiker and backpacker.
Here Chelsea is engaged in training for high angle ropes rescue.
Partners in business and in life.  Chelsea enjoys working with Josh Baldwin.

Contact Chelsea

Baldwin Legal Services PLLC
1338 Commerce Avenue
STE 101
Longview, WA, 98632


5.0 / 5.0
  17 customer reviews
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Posted by anonymous | June 3, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Child Support
Chelsea and her office are amazing to work with. Chelsea is extremely competent and great at what she does. She exhumes confidence and it shows in her work and in the court room. After receiving an initial unfavorable ruling, Chelsea agreed to continue to work with us to get a reconsideration based on case law. As a result, the ruling was corrected. This was because of Chelsea's knowledge of the law, her tenacity, and her drive to do what's right. Chelsea's office communication is great too!
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Posted by Finally Adopted! | May 18, 2022
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Adoption Case with Bio Parent in Prison
Chelsea Baldwin is amazing! This was supposed to be a slam dunk case. Bio mom relinquished rights, bio dad said he would as he was in prison. We started with one lawyer, and bio dad said he wanted to just be heard in court, and that was a disaster. The court appointed attorney decided she wanted bio dad to be super dad and get custody of child, regardless of what was good for child and she was walking all over our lawyer. We needed someone with a high amount of confidence, aggression - a "bulldog", "pitbull" if I could get my way because this 3 year old had never even met his bio dad, had been living with great grandma and finally had a relative family want him with kids his age and was, what, supposed to wait 9 years for him to get out of prison, then leave his beloved adoptive family because of guardianship???? Chelsea Baldwin was exactly what we were looking for. Aggressive, efficient and a good communicator. Along with her trusted assistant, Lisa Romane, she moved the case along with court mandated deadlines, I forget what that is called, forcing the other attorney to respond legally, not just with words, which did not happen. As long and drawn out as it was, over a year, we finally ended up with a competent opposing lawyer and in a moment, between the two lawyers, it was over! But never did we have to wonder if Chelsea would have our backs. She constantly reassured us of the direction of the case, why the court was doing what it was doing and where it would end up and it did. We knew she would fight with confidence, facts and law and we would win. I highly recommend Chelsea Baldwin for Adoptive Law.
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Posted by Jan | May 18, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Chelsea is the Best Attorney Ever. She fights hard and is fearless and knows the law better than a judge. I was fighting to get my son back and she fought til I got him back..She is well worth the money. Her paralegal Lisa is the Best as well..Always kept me informed and answered all my questions and they are a great team. If you're looking for the Best Attorney then look no further because she is AWEDOME..They were like family to me and their heart is truly for their clients..
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Posted by anonymous | May 9, 2022
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Outstanding Advocate
Ms. Baldwin worked tirelessly, on an expedited timeline, to challenge an emergency child relocation request. Her professional advocacy through the submission of thorough filings, delivery of persuasive arguments, and negotiation of a final settlement resulted in the right outcome for my family without the disruption and expense of going to trial. Ms. Baldwin provided direct, no-nonsense advice that established realistic expectations for me throughout the entire process. I was fortunate to have her in my corner.
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Posted by Dustin | January 7, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Chelsea and her team was outstanding. They explained the process every step of the way. If I ever had a question they got right back to me.
Posted by Courtney | October 5, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Brilliances Outstanding Professional
Chelsea Baldwin is one of the most caring person out there. Chelsea is all about the facts and shows that in court knocking down lies time and time again. She is always putting others needs above her own she works very hard is what you truly need in your corner. She knows the law and uses every bit of it to keep families safe. You know she is good when Law Enforcement recommend her to help protect your kids. There is not another Attorney we would ever use!! Her assistant Lisa is amazing she can walk you threw any question you have. Lisa is truly such a nice persons in your most difficult times. These two will never steer you wrong. Some people may think she cost to much but she is worth ever single penny you spend. Don't go anywhere else.
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Posted by anonymous | September 17, 2021
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Parenting Plan
Chelsea and her assistant Lisa were fantastic at assisting us in our plan. We started with a parenting plan that protected the safety of our child and over the course of the years we ended up doing an adoption process for lack of involvement from the other parent. We greatly appreciate the quick responses from lisa and we were informed of each step through the entire process.
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Posted by anonymous | July 26, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
There is no one better in Cowlitz County!
Chelsea was my attorney for a long, drawn out divorce case that lasted over 2 years and went to trial. From day one, Chelsea never steered me wrong. She was focused, attentive to my case and never let the ball drop. Even when the other side played dirty, Chelsea never did and used facts, case law and her sheer brilliance to navigate us through it. Even during the trial, she was cool, calm, collected and knew just the right moments to strike. Every step that she made along the way was a calculated move to strengthen my case. She helped me protect myself and my children during the most difficult time in our lives and I could not be more happy with the outcome. I would not hesitate to recommend anyone to Chelsea! You won’t find anyone better!
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Posted by Shelley | March 30, 2021
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Parenting plan and child support modification
Both Ms. Baldwin and her assistant Ms. Romane were outstanding. They are worth the money. Both were responsive, personable, and most importantly knowledgeable. During the trial we had Ms. Baldwin killed it. She had references to laws and other cases every time an issue was brought up. She was so incredibly prepared. It’s like she could predict any curve thrown at her and I felt she almost embarrassed the other attorney. There was a definite difference. I hope I never have to hire her again but if I do need someone, it will be them. She shined during our trial.
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Posted by anonymous | March 18, 2021
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Parenting Plan/Child Support
Came up with a fair parenting plan and child support in a timely manner. Easy to communicate with and answered all my questions.
Posted by anonymous | September 16, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Divorce 1st time. Ex wife wanting more child support 2nd time.
Chelsea Baldwin handles everything in a professional manor. Very informative always willing to answer any question but deep down is the heart of a lion with the knowledge to back it up. My divorce was long and drawn out like most are. In the end I was very happy. The second time I had to hire her she graciously worked with me on the retainer fee and end amount as well. Once again my ex tried everything as did her lawyer but Chelsea wouldn't have it. With her knowledge and unwillingness to back down she once again proved she is the best in the business.
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Posted by Brittany | November 30, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Saved our lives.
I have no idea where my children or I would be without her. If you are scared and desperate, everything that comes in custody battles. Especially abuse cases. This is the strong amazing woman to do the job. She never let us down and her team is incredible. I must of called 2 to 3 times a day. And I always was responded to quickly and comforted. Thank you Chelsea from the bottom of our hearts. Brittany and Jaydin.
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Posted by Sarah Russell | November 16, 2016
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Hire her!
I would be lost without Chelsea Baldwin's help with my family law case. She's the most professional lawyer I've ever met with. Intelligent, honest, precise and to the point. I was impressed watching her in court. I trust her and I don't trust easily. Her assistant has been very helpful as well, answering my questions over the phone. Words cannot express the gratitude I feel. I wish i'de found her sooner. I would've hired her for my divorce.
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Posted by LisaSmithRomane | March 12, 2015
Family Law
Chelsea is the best family law attorney in the area. She is aggressive and fearless. I was impressed how organized she is in court and she always makes clients feel at ease. From divorces to adoptions, she is who I would turn to in a family law situation.
Posted by anonymous | March 11, 2015
Divorce attorney
Mrs. Baldwin is the best divorce attorney in the area. As with most divorces, mine was messy and complicated, but with her representing me I was able to get through the process and still keep my sanity.
Posted by anonymous | March 11, 2015
Landlord/Tenant Issues
This attorney knows the law. I have seen her in court cut to the chase on an eviction. If you need a tenant evicted, she can get it done. I know she helps tenants too when they are being wronged. She will fight anyone confidently!
Posted by Joyce A. Donaldson | March 11, 2015
Family Law Attorney
Chelsea is a straightforward attorney. She has your best interest at heart, as well as the interest of your children. She will work hard to see that your needs are met and your best interest served.
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  • Hourly Rates $ 425-425 per hour
  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 6.8 (Good)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Baldwin Legal Services PLLC
  • 2021 - Present


  • University of Washington
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 2002
  • Gonzaga University School of Law
  • JD
  • N/A


  • Cowlitz County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2006 - Present
  • Washington State Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Member
  • 2006 - Present
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2005 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Attorney of the Year
  • Cowlitz-Wahkiakum Legal Aid
  • 2010

Attorney endorsements

Received (3)
Given (4)
Endorse Chelsea
Family Attorney | Jun 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have observed Ms. Baldwin in court on a few occasions. She was well prepared and an aggressive advocated for her client."
Family Attorney | May 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Nov 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Chelsea is an excellent attorney. She is highly competent and aggressive. Chelsea cares deeply about her clients and strives for excellent results for the client. I would refer her without any hesitation for family law matters"