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Lisa Marie Ward

Divorce and separation Attorney at Vancouver, WA

4.9   41 reviews

Licensed for 8 years

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About Lisa

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While Lisa Ward is a strong advocate for her clients in litigation, she believes that not all divorces have to be combative. She is passionate about alternative dispute resolution and has extensive training in collaborative law and mediation. She enjoys teaching people conflict resolution tools that they can use going forward as they learn to function as a family in a new way. Above all, Lisa wants her clients to be in control of their own destinies.

“Helping people get through conflict that is so close to home is important work. At the end of the day, I want my clients to feel that they were active participants in shaping the decisions that will move their lives forward.”

Lisa loves traveling internationally and having the opportunity to speak French. She lived for many years in France and Belgium. However, her favorite place to explore is the Pacific Northwest with her husband in their Airstream trailer. Lisa has two Sphynx cats - a hairless breed – who love to snuggle to stay warm.

 

 

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Client's Choice 2022
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Licensed for 8 years
State OR
Status Active
Acquired 2019
Updated 10/10/2022
State WA
Status Active
Acquired 2014
Updated 09/20/2022

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

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Reviews

4.9 / 5.0
  41 customer reviews
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Client's Choice 2022
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Lisa received a significant number of 4+ stars in 2022
Posted by anonymous | July 12, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
I now have wings!
Lisa has been a such a wonderful advocate for me. She protected me by carefully thinking out all possible avenues and outcomes. She helped put words to my crazy situation and made me feel validated in my choices. She helped me find the voice I never had. For years I felt unheard, beaten down and defeated. When my kids grew into adults, my husband somehow recruited them, and I was outnumbered. In my personal walk, I’m just now learning this was abuse: emotional, financial and spiritual. Lisa was able to get me the temporary orders to be the custodial parent to my minor daughter and the family support I would not have been able to get on my own. These things and many more have given me the confidence to move forward to make a clean start for myself and my little girl. I highly recommend Lisa Ward to help you move forward toward hope and a future!
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Posted by anonymous | June 29, 2022
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Outstanding legal representation and advice
Lisa picked up where two other lawyers had left off. My case, as with most others I presume, was an emotional nightmare. As a male who was probably not in the majority as far as wanting to be the active present parent, it was looking like I would be that AND have to pay child support plus have to sell my childrens’ primary home that was in close proximity to their schools to pay out equity. Lisa stepped in and helped guide me through this nightmare. I ended up not only keeping my home but also didn’t have to pay any child support; and I’m fortunate in that my boys are with me 6 days a week. There were lots of land mines but Lisa guided me and provided frank assessments of situations and options of how best to navigate them. With this finalized and behind me, I can start rebuilding my life in earnest. Thank you Lisa!
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Posted by anonymous | June 24, 2022
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Care, compassion, and dedication
I would highly recommend Lisa Ward if you are in need of a divorce attorney who truly cares about her clients. She is compassionate to your needs, listens to your concerns, and is dedicated to working hard to build a case that represents a fair, well researched, and thought out result. Lisa is wonderful at communication and always responds quickly when questions or concerns arise. She is detailed oriented with a wonderful paralegal (also named Lisa) who efficiently sends requested materials and follows up with any concerns. They are a great team. I truly feel Lisa Ward is honestly focused on her clients and takes extra time to spend on her cases to get desired results. I highly recommend her to anyone going through a high asset and contested divorce. She is definitely a top lawyer in Vancouver that shows care, compassion, and true dedication to her clients at McKinley Irvin.
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Posted by Sandi | June 9, 2022
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Divorce settlement
I have just settled a litigation for a 44yr old marriage with Lisa representing me. The divorce was difficult on many levels. Opposing counsel was uncooperative and vengeful. Lisa kept my spirit up in many confrontations with the other spouse. Her brilliant performance, wielding her litigation skills netted me a very positive outcome. She is kind, thoroughly skilled, passionate, and tenacious and with great integrity! I would highly recommend her for litigation. Sandi Dykes
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Posted by anonymous | May 10, 2022
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So Helpful
Thank you Lisa for all your help and direction with my divorce. You made process easier and I appreciated your communication and clear direction.
Posted by Polina | May 9, 2022
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Excellent Service and Communication
Lisa helped me with the motion to enforce my divorce decree. My ex-husband left my name on the mortgage after the divorce and was refusing to re-finance. Lisa was very supportive, compassionate but also extremely professional, fast in finding out all the information needed, clearly communicating the next steps, and handling ALL the communication with my ex. We didn't end up going to court and my name was successfully taken off the mortgage -- best outcome possible. I highly recommend working with Lisa, she will handle things fast and smoothly for you. I felt comfortable all the way through the process as well. Thank you so much, Lisa!
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Posted by Joseph | February 16, 2022
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Professor of Music
Divorce is never fun, but Lisa made it the least painful that it could be. I'm glad I hired her. She's super smart, got right to the issues, was mindful of the clock, fair and realistic, and she was attentive and responsive to my questions, emails and phone calls. She educated me on the law and I feel she strongly advocated for me. My outcome was much better than I was bracing myself for. There are no guarantees on that, but if there's a good outcome, Lisa will find it! Not only WOULD I refer her to others, I already referred my own daughter. Thank you, Lisa!
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Posted by Sharon | November 2, 2021
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Excellent Divorce Lawyer
You and your team were wonderful. I appreciate your ability to listen to what I wanted/needed and put it into the appropriate leagalezze while always keeping in mind my wishes to be fair and civil. Having to rein in an aggressive lawyer was one of my biggest fears going into this process
Posted by David | July 6, 2021
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Fantastic divorce attorney
Lisa Ward did a wonderful job of helping me through the legal aspects of my divorce. She made sure that I was not taken advantage of, and protected me from my ex. I feel that she helped me get into an advantageous position when splitting our possessions, and working through our children custody agreements. I wholeheartedly recommend Lisa if you need a good and fair divorce attorney.
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Posted by anonymous | May 17, 2021
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Knowledgable and Prompt
Lisa Ward worked on my case, quickly and efficiently. I had a tight last minute deadline, and within 2 weeks of inquiring into her services she had my paperwork filed with the courts. I am extremely grateful of her availability to get this case done so promptly, and her knowledge of what we needed to successfully integrate into the paperwork. She was very easy to work/strategize with and was always quick to respond to my questions and let me know when things had moved forward on her side. Lisa is a great attorney that I would hire again, and I highly recommend her.
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Posted by Todd | January 28, 2021
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Excellent representation
I hired Lisa after interviewing three other attorneys for my divorce case. My case was fairly complex and lasted over two years. During that time Lisa was very attentive and came up with good strategies and direction for us to take to produce the best outcome. She was always available to answer my questions and to strategize with me and offer advice. When she was unable to be in the office for personal reasons, she made sure my case was in good hands with another attorney and checked in often. I would recommend Lisa to anyone going through the unfortunate circumstances of a divorce.
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Posted by Beth | January 5, 2021
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Recommend without hesitation and will consult/refer in the future
Lisa Ward is an excellent attorney! After thorough research to find a great attorney for my divorce I found Lisa. Lisa represented me incredibly for almost a year and all of her hard work and diligence paid off to help me reach a wonderful outcome. Lisa is incredibly knowledgeable, easy to speak with and get a hold of, and works very very hard to get her clients the best outcome possible. She took the time to explain everything to me so I was well informed and gave me realistic goals/outcomes given all options. Through the entire process I always felt more than excellent representation - I felt I had a voice and like she was in my corner ready to fight for me with an incredibly respectful demeanor. She not only drafted numerous orders down to detail and discussed things promptly with opposing counsel but she was a wonder when representing me in front of the commissioner. Lisa Ward has a very commanding attitude when she is before the commissioner. She is not only respectful, concise, detailed, and confident but when something doesn’t add up or a key detail is missed she doesn’t hesitate to speak up on your behalf. I cannot say enough amazing things about Lisa. She is very friendly and easy to have a conversation with. Part of my research included her many distinctions and awards for attorneys and I know she has worked very hard to earn and keep them. I mentioned how easy she is to get a hold of and it wasn’t surprising to send an e-mail and receive a response from her in minutes. Divorce and custody is one of the hardest things I’ve ever gone through but Lisa was wonderful in helping me every step of the way. I always felt like myself and child were her top priority. I was so thoroughly pleased with Lisa’s representation that I referred someone to her months ago. That person has made tremendous strides in their divorce case - something their previous attorney was unable to do in the 8 months they had represented them. Should I ever need legal representation in the future I will absolutely be calling Lisa Ward. I urge anyone reading this and needing legal representation to contact Lisa Ward immediately! Don’t waste your time trying to find someone else because Lisa is it, she’s the best attorney you could ever hope for!
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Posted by Tiffani | March 23, 2020
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Lisa Ward is amazing...there is nothing she can't handle!!!
There really aren’t words to describe what Lisa Ward has done for me. Lisa took a very messy and extremely complicated anti-harassment case against me and with true skill got it dismissed. I was so blindsided by the case against me that when I came to Lisa my anxiety was at an all-time high. She assured me that I could hand over my stress and anxiety to her and that she would do everything in her power to defend me…and she did just that. I can’t tell you the relief I felt every time I met with Lisa whether it was in her office or before/after the hearings. This case was moving fast and the evidence against me felt insurmountable. Lisa placed priority on my case because it was moving so quickly and sifted through the evidence with a fine-tooth comb, explained in detail all possible outcomes, and came up with a game plan in record time. Lisa knew my budget and she broke down exactly what was necessary and what wasn’t and allocated her time and resources to make sure my money was being used efficiently. Watching Lisa walk into each court hearing gave me a sigh of relief. Her passion, poise, and skill in the courtroom is incredible. Navigating the noise of this case and sorting out what was relevant and what wasn’t was masterfully done and led to the eventual dismissal of my case. Moreover, Lisa has a very personal approach with her clients. This was deeply important because this case was personally difficult and very close to home for me. Lisa was there for me whenever I needed her, checked in with me often, and I never had to wait for a response from her which is so critical when you have so many important questions. I strongly recommend Lisa Ward for any of your legal needs. I truly can’t speak highly enough of her.
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Posted by anonymous | January 23, 2020
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Kelly Moore
Lisa Ward has been my legal representation during my mediation and divorce. I feel she has done an excellent job. This has been the hardest thing I have ever endured. She has made the legal part of the equation predictable and understandable. She has been a good steward of my resources and has done high quality work while keeping fees predictable. I have been able to depend on Lisa and her team to keep my best interest in mind while looking over the very complicated financial issues. My trust has been well placed. I have already recommended Lisa and her team to interested friends and will happily do so again. I have appreciated their help.
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Posted by Tara | January 17, 2020
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Highly recommended!
Lisa’s service was invaluable to me as I had to navigate post-divorce stress and threats from my ex-husband. Every step of the way, Lisa confidently and professionally handled my questions and concerns in a timely matter. The cost of her service and legal expertise was commensurate with the peace of mind I received. Because of her efforts and swift legal action, Lisa was able to quickly resolve my matter. Even after our business was completed, Lisa made herself available to me within minutes after leaving a voicemail to answer another legal question I had. That made me feel valuable and important as a client. I’m so appreciative of everything she did for me, and highly recommend her.
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Posted by Cody | December 16, 2019
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Thank you. I could not be more pleased.
I worked with Lisa Ward on my case. I originally started with a different firm and quickly realized after the first court date that I needed better representation. I was very fortunate to have found that with Lisa Ward. She took time to sit down and review my case and explain in depth any questions I had. She provided an excellent service and never at any time did I feel rushed. As emotions can sometimes take the best of us all, Lisa, with the help of her team of paralegals, kept every expectation reasons and the process moving along a progressive rate. She not only focused on providing constant updates but also looked for moments when she could help keep the costs down as well. I am so thankful everyday to have had our paths cross and for the extremely positive outcome that we were able to obtain. I would most highly recommend Lisa to anyone. Thank you so much Lisa. I wish you all the best going forward into the new year.
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Posted by anonymous | November 7, 2019
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Amazing lawyer and highly recommended
I highly recommend Lisa Ward. I hired her to help with my parenting plan and for child support. She's very professional, personable, and eased my anxieties in what was a very emotional case. She explained every option that was available to me and responded quickly to my concerns. I appreciate her and her team for helping me finalize a parenting plan and child support. I'm glad and very grateful I found Lisa!
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Posted by Brent | October 27, 2019
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Looking for best? Look no further!
I had a somewhat complicated child custody case. As I did research to find a attorney, Lisa Ward’s name kept popping up with excellent reviews and plenty of recommendations. When meeting with Lisa, I could tell she was knowledgeable and experienced. I was especially impressed when she battled in court for my son and I. Should I ever need her expertise again, I would hire her again in a heartbeat.
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Posted by Ana | September 30, 2019
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Divorce
Lisa Ward is wonderful! She explained the process really well, and listened to my concerns. She was empathetic and made me feel very comfortable and safe. She truly helped the legal process work in my favor.
Posted by Sarah | July 17, 2019
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Great Communication and Easy Process
I consulted with Lisa and asked her a million questions. She was knowledgeable and patient. I did hire as my ghost lawyer and she made me feel at ease and satisfied with the divorce paperwork. She kept checking in and communicating up to the very day of the divorce and she checked in with me after. Thank you Lisa for a stress free process with one of the hardest things to do in life!
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  • Retainer Always

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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • McKinley Irvin
  • 2022 - Present
  • Attorney
  • McKinley Irvin
  • 2017 - Present
  • Member Attorney
  • Navigate Law Group
  • 2015 - 2017
  • Attorney
  • Olson Law, PLLC
  • 2014 - 2015
  • Associate
  • Ardwood Law
  • 2014 - 2014
  • Law Clerk
  • Law office of Crystal Eller
  • 2012 - 2014
  • Clerk
  • Eighth Judicial District Court Of Nevada
  • 2011 - 2011
  • Intern
  • Jagori Women's Resource Centre
  • 2011 - 2011
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Education

  • University of Kent
  • LL.M - Master of Laws
  • N/A
  • University of Nevada Las Vegas, William S. Boyd School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • N/A
  • Reed College
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • N/A

Associations

  • Oregon State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2020 - Present
  • Washington State Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Executive Committee
  • 2018 - Present
  • Clark County Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Member
  • 2016 - Present
  • Community Mediation Services
  • Volunteer
  • 2014 - Present
  • Clark County Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Treasurer
  • 2016 - 2016
  • Clark County Bar Association, Young Lawyers Section
  • Member
  • 2016 - 2018
  • Clark County Bar Association, Young Lawyers Section
  • Vice President
  • 2016 - 2016
  • International Academy of Collaborative Professionals
  • Board Member
  • 2016 - 2017
  • Clark County Bar Association, Young Lawyers Section
  • Vice President
  • 2014 - 2014
  • Nevada Immigration Resource Project
  • Volunteer
  • 2011 - 2011
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Languages Spoken

  • French

Awards

  • Ones to Watch
  • Best Lawyers
  • 2023
  • The One to Watch
  • Best Lawyers
  • 2022
  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2022
  • The One To Watch
  • Best Lawyers
  • 2021
  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2021
  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2020
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2020
  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2019
  • Rising Star Award
  • Clark County Bar Association
  • 2019
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Publications

  • Clark County Bar Association Newsletter
  • Never the Less She Persisted: The Making of Marlene Hansen, Esq.”
  • 2019
  • Clark County Bar Association
  • The End of Liberty
  • 2018
  • Clark County Bar Association
  • Clark County Women Family Law Attorneys Take on the Rapids
  • 2018
  • Clark County Bar Association
  • Young Lawyers Section
  • 2016
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Speaking Engagements

Attorney endorsements

Received (13)
Given (9)
Family Attorney | Jan 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Lisa is a knowledgeable and effective attorney who sincerely cares about her clients. I wholeheartedly endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Nov 03
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Oct 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Lisa is a tenacious lawyer who works hard for her clients and makes sure their interests are heard."
Family Attorney | Oct 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Lisa is a wealth of knowledge for her clients, a hard worker, and committed advocate."
Family Attorney | Oct 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Lisa a good attorney with a good reputation in the legal community."
Family Attorney | Oct 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Lisa is an excellent attorney who cares about her clients, knows the law, and is a great advocate!"
Family Attorney | Oct 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Lisa is reasonable and practical while advocating for her clients. I endorse Lisa."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Oct 26
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer wholeheartedly. Lisa is an excellent family law attorney who really works hard for her clients. I've been impressed by everything I've seen her do."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Oct 25
Relationship: Co-worker
"Lisa Ward is a dedicated attorney who works hard for her clients each and every day."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Oct 23
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Oct 23
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Oct 23
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Aug 03
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I have had several family law matters with Lisa. She is a very strong advocate for her clients and was always professional and fair with her work. I endorse this lawyer."
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Vancouver Divorce and separation Lawyer Lisa Marie Ward
Lisa Marie Ward
Divorce and separation Attorney
Vancouver, WA
Licensed for 8 years
Virtual consultation available