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Elizabeth Annaliese Arwood

Juvenile law Attorney at Vancouver, WA

5.0   6 reviews

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About Elizabeth

Learn Elizabeth’s areas of practice.

Elizabeth is an experienced attorney 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. However, she is also a trained Collaborative Practice attorney and assists clients in the process that will best suit client's needs. 

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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Licensed for 12 years
State WA
Status Active
Acquired 2011
Updated 11/25/2022
State OR
Status Active
Acquired 2010
Updated 12/10/2022

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

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Arwood & Blum, PLLC
1101 Broadway St.
Suite 250
Vancouver, WA, 98660


5.0 / 5.0
  6 customer reviews
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Posted by anonymous | May 3, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Professional lawyer
I hired Elizabeth Arwood to review some business contracts. She was punctual, clear in her communication about costs, thorough in her review, and exhibited a top-notch professional demeanor throughout the several months of work. I highly recommend her and the staff at Arwood-Blum.
Response from Elizabeth Arwood May 4, 2021
Thank you so much! We appreciate this review and your business.
Posted by Lorette | February 17, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Vacating record
I wanted to just say thank you so much to Elizabeth Arwood for vacating my record. She was very professional and kept in touch with me through the whole process. She was successful at vacating my record:) in such little time! I also want to thank her Paralegal Sarah Stewart for also keeping touch with me and answering any question I had at anytime given time:) Thank you Sarah! You are very, very, professional! I would not ever hesitate to go back to Mrs. Arwood. I would recommend her to anybody that needs help. Five star all the way!! Sincerely, Lorette
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Posted by Katie | February 5, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Professional & Very Curteous
She was fantastic. Had to hire her from out of state and was leary but so pleasantly surprised. Both she and her assistant were so kind and easy to work with and had my matter resolved quickly. Grateful to have found her! Highly recommend.
Posted by anonymous | January 12, 2014
Brilliant and Wonderful
It is true what every one says and from my own past experience, I too know it to be true - it is important to find a good lawyer. So this time, I interviewed many lawyers, and Elizabeth was the clear stand out, and the clear choice. I COULD NOT HAVE BEEN HAPPIER WITH HER REPRESENTATION. She is highly organized, very hard-working and an excellent communicator. She will put in long hours on your behalf and launch a well researched, multi-point approach of innovative and effective strategies. She was by far the best part of the unfortunate situation in which I found myself. She some how offers very aggressive representation without at all being aggressive or overblown or full of hot air in any way (like some other lawyers I interviewed). Like I said, interview some lawyers, and if Elizabeth is in the mix, you will see that she is equipped, skilled and best suited for the task at hand. She has technical saavy and an overall effective facility that when coupled with her extremely high level of organization, renders results brilliantly and quickly. She will simply be dedicated to achieving the best results that the situation can render. She is brilliant and she could not be easier or better to work with. Consider yourself lucky to be reading this now and finding Elizabeth ! Like her other past client reviewed- I too agree - she is perfect in every way. I cannot recommend her highly enough. Thank you Elizabeth ! You are a truly wonderful person and a brilliant lawyer.
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Posted by anonymous | September 1, 2013
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When my son's counselor recommended that I start legal proceedings to protect him, I had the difficult task of finding the right family law attorney. I met with several lawyers and usually left their office feeling unnerved and upset, or disgusted and frankly creeped out. I had started to think that most lawyers were that way and I would have to settle for one of them. But then I met Elizabeth. She was the first family law attorney who seemed to care about my son. She took the time to learn about the case which is invaluable in the courtroom. I wish I had found her sooner before starting to file court paperwork by myself which was not a good idea, and I would not recommend doing. If you are looking for a good lawyer all around, call Elizabeth.
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Posted by Brady | May 18, 2013
Perfect in everyway
Elizabeth is outstanding, totally respectful and on top of everything. I would recommend her above all others. Thank you again Elizabeth!!!
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Work Experience

  • Attorney/Member
  • Arwood & Blum, PLLC
  • 2017 - Present
  • Attorney/Owner
  • Arwood Law, PLLC
  • 2011 - 2017
  • Judicial Law Clerk
  • Clark County Superior Court
  • 2011 - 2011
  • Rule 9 Intern
  • Juvenile Division, Spokane County Public Defender
  • 2010 - 2010
  • Extern
  • Court Of Appeals, State Of Washington, Division III
  • 2009 - 2009
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  • Gonzaga University School of Law
  • J.D., magna cum laude
  • 2010
  • Gonzaga University
  • MBA with Beta Gamma Sigma honors
  • 2010
  • University of Oregon
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • N/A


  • Clark County Bar Association, Young Lawyers Section
  • Vice President
  • 2015 - Present
  • Washington Women Lawyers
  • 2013 - Present
  • Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • 2013 - Present
  • Washington Defender Association
  • 2013 - Present
  • Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • 2013 - Present
  • Clark County Bar Association
  • 2012 - Present
  • Clark County Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • 2012 - Present
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • 2011 - Present
  • Oregon State Bar
  • 2010 - Present
  • Clark County Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Vice President
  • 2015 - 2016
  • Clark County Bar Association, Young Lawyer Setction
  • Immediate Past President
  • 2014 - 2015
  • Clark County Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Secretary
  • 2014 - 2015
  • Clark County Bar Association, Young Lawyers Section
  • President
  • 2013 - 2014
  • Clark County Bar Association, Young Lawyers Section
  • Treasurer
  • 2012 - 2013
  • Multnomah County Bar Association
  • 2010 - 2011
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Languages Spoken

  • English


  • Pro Bono Publico Service Commendation
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • 2014
  • CALI Award for highest grade in Constitutional Law II
  • CALI
  • N/A
  • CALI Award for highest Grade Legal Research & Writing IV
  • CALI
  • N/A


  • Clark County Bar Association
  • May Family Law Section Update, Hearsay
  • 2015
  • Clark County Bar Association
  • February Family Law Section Update, Hearsay
  • 2015
  • Clark County Bar Association
  • November Family Law Section Update, Hearsay
  • 2014
  • Clark County Bar Association
  • June Young Lawyer Section Update, Hearsay
  • 2014
  • International Terrorism and Threats to Security: Managerial and Organizational Challenges
  • A U.S. Analysis of Terrorism
  • 2008
  • Association on Empoyment Practices and Principles Conference Proceedings
  • Servant Teaching and Managing Stakeholder Relationships
  • 2007
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Speaking Engagements

  • Family Law Section Monthly Meeting
  • Title 26 Guardian Ad Litem Cases
  • 2013

Attorney endorsements

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Given (10)
Endorse Elizabeth
Family Attorney | Feb 26
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Aug 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Elizabeth is a standout attorney in the community. I am happy to say that I have worked with her, and her integrity and talent are impressive. Not to mention her determination and kindness. She is an excellent attorney, and I highly endorse her."
Family Attorney | Nov 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"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."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | May 28
Relationship: Family member
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | May 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Juvenile law Attorney | Jan 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"It takes a certain kind of lawyer to handle juvenile law, and Elizabeth is the best of that certain kind."
Business Attorney | Sep 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Business Attorney | Dec 29
Relationship: Friend
"I enthusiastically give my endorsement for Ms. Arwood. I have known Elizabeth for about 3 years since we were in law school together. She is attentive, detail oriented, and driven. She produces exceptional work and is devoted to her clients and her practice. I would hire Elizabeth without reservation."
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