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I have been practicing family law for 18 years.  I felt this was my life’s calling and have never regretted it.  I went to Willamette University for my Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and to Willamette College of Law for my law degree, where I graduated Order of Barristers and High Paper in Alternative Dispute Resolution in 1998.  This is why I see family law as the perfect outlet for my two passions:  helping people and resolving dissolutions in a non-threatening, collaborative way.  I am originally from Chicago, but am a Pacific Northwest transplant, having been raised in Vancouver, British Columbia and Washington State. I have the experience to do a thorough job with any family law issue you might have.    


Languages spoken: French, English

Practice areas


  1. Family: 25%
  2. Domestic Violence: 25%
  3. Child Custody: 25%
  4. Divorce: 20%
  5. Alimony: 5%


Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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  • George Hansen

    If you are looking for a straightforward kind of lawyer; one that won't just tell you want to hear, call Michelle. She is compassionate and understanding. She seems to understand the "Bigger" picture in analyzing future situations and really knows how to think outside the box to solve problems that may arise. I endorse this lawyer wholeheartedly


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  • Eamonn Patrick Sullivan Roach

    Michelle has not been a member of the local community for a long time, but she brings with her many years of service and dedication to her area of the law. I endorse her and her work.


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Contact info

Ashby Law

212 N. Naches Ave.
Yakima, WA, 98901


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Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Certificate of ParticipationBenton-Franklin Legal Aid Society2016
Order of BarristersNational Order of Barristers1998
High Paper Alternative Dispute ResolutionWillamette University College of Law1996
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneyAshby Law, PLLC2016 - Present
Staff Attorney 1Lummi Indian Business Council2010 - 2016
Association namePosition nameDuration
Washington State Bar AssociationMember1998 - Present
Brigid Collins Child Advocacy CenterPresident2013 - 2014
Domestic Violence Sexual Assault Services of Whatcom CountyBoard Member2012 - 2013
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Baker v. Mahle, 2012 CVAP 3020(Lummi Court of Appeals)Prevailed
Jones v. JonesPrevailed
Washington v. WashingtonMediated great outcome for client
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Publication nameTitleDate
Washington PracticePracticing Family Law in Tribal Court2016
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Willamette University College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1998
Willamette UniversityPsychologyBA - Bachelor of ArtsN/A
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
National Judicial College of IsraelSexual Assault in the United States2015
Sturm School of Law CLEPl 280 and Family Law in Tribes2014
Family Law Mid-YearPracticing Family Law in Tribal Courts2013

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