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Elizabeth Annaliese Arwood

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Elizabeth is a dedicated litigator and serves clients in the areas of family law, juvenile law, and criminal defense. Within the area of family law, she has assisted clients with parenting and child support, parentage, nonparental custody, dissolution and modification cases. Within juvenile law, Elizabeth has experience with Becca Bill issues (Truancy, At Risk Youth, and Children In Need of Services), representation of youth in juvenile dependency proceedings, and juvenile offender matters. She has experience in criminal matters including domestic violence, assault, DUI, MIP, violations of the Vancouver Municipal Code, unlawful camping, trespass, disorderly conduct, animal cruelty, and others, including entering clients into diversion, deferred sentences, and representing clients on probation violations. Elizabeth particularly enjoys advocating for clients at trial.

Elizabeth graduated from Gonzaga University School of Law magna cum laude. During law school, Elizabeth also earned a Masters Degree in Business Administration, with Beta Gamma Sigma honors. During school, Elizabeth worked as a graduate fellow and assisted two business school professors with research and scholarship. She co-authored published articles on the topics of international terrorism and its impact on organizations and management; and servant teaching and its use in managing stakeholder relationships.

During law school, Elizabeth interned at the Spokane County Public Defender in the juvenile division. This internship helped Elizabeth realize that she wanted to devote her career to juvenile law and child related issues, and also to criminal defense. At the Public Defender, as a Rule 9 limited license intern, Elizabeth represented juveniles on Becca Bill issues including At Risk Youth, Children in Need of Services, and Truancy. Elizabeth assisted with offender and dependency matters. Also during law school, Elizabeth externed at the Washington State Court of Appeals. 

After law school, Elizabeth served as a law clerk for the Clark County Superior Court, where she gained knowledge and experience in criminal and civil matters. Elizabeth enjoyed helping weekly with Drug Court.

Elizabeth is active with the Clark County Young Lawyers Section and currently serves as the Vice President. She has previously served as Immediate Past President, President, and Treasurer.  She is also a member of the Clark County Bar Association Family Law Section, and currently serves the organization as Vice President. She previously served as the Family Law Section Secretary.

Elizabeth grew up in NE Portland and returned to the Portland area after law school. Elizabeth enjoys yoga and her Schnoodle dog "Sugar." Depending on the day, you may meet Sugar at Elizabeth's office.


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Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 30%
  2. Family: 30%
  3. Juvenile: 30%
  4. Business: 10%


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  • Stefanie J Ellis

    I have worked with Elizabeth on the Family Law Section and Young Lawyers Board, and have had her appointed as a Guardian Ad Litem on one of my cases. Elizabeth is brilliant, approachable and well respected in the legal community. I endorse this lawyer.


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Contact info

Arwood Law, PLLC

1101 Broadway St.
Suite 250
Vancouver, WA, 98660


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Award nameGrantorDate granted
Pro Bono Publico Service CommendationWashington State Bar Association2014
CALI Award for highest grade in Constitutional Law IICALIN/A
CALI Award for highest Grade Legal Research & Writing IVCALIN/A
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Attorney/OwnerArwood Law, PLLC2011 - Present
Judicial Law ClerkClark County Superior Court2011 - 2011
Rule 9 InternJuvenile Division, Spokane County Public Defender2010 - 2010
ExternCourt Of Appeals, State Of Washington, Division III2009 - 2009
Association namePosition nameDuration
Clark County Bar Association, Young Lawyers SectionVice President2015 - Present
Clark County Bar Association, Family Law SectionVice President2015 - Present
Washington Association of Criminal Defense LawyersN/A2013 - Present
Washington Defender AssociationN/A2013 - Present
Washington Association of Criminal Defense LawyersN/A2013 - Present
Washington Women LawyersN/A2013 - Present
Clark County Bar Association, Family Law SectionN/A2012 - Present
Clark County Bar AssociationN/A2012 - Present
Washington State Bar AssociationN/A2011 - Present
Oregon State BarN/A2010 - Present
Clark County Bar Association, Young Lawyer SetctionImmediate Past President2014 - 2015
Clark County Bar Association, Family Law SectionSecretary2014 - 2015
Clark County Bar Association, Young Lawyers SectionPresident2013 - 2014
Clark County Bar Association, Young Lawyers SectionTreasurer2012 - 2013
Multnomah County Bar AssociationN/A2010 - 2011
Publication nameTitleDate
Clark County Bar AssociationMay Family Law Section Update, Hearsay2015
Clark County Bar AssociationFebruary Family Law Section Update, Hearsay2015
Clark County Bar AssociationNovember Family Law Section Update, Hearsay2014
Clark County Bar AssociationJune Young Lawyer Section Update, Hearsay2014
International Terrorism and Threats to Security: Managerial and Organizational ChallengesA U.S. Analysis of Terrorism2008
Association on Empoyment Practices and Principles Conference ProceedingsServant Teaching and Managing Stakeholder Relationships2007
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Gonzaga University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2010
Gonzaga UniversityN/AOther - Masters2010
University of OregonPolitical ScienceBA - Bachelor of ArtsN/A
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Family Law Section Monthly MeetingTitle 26 Guardian Ad Litem Cases2013