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Emily S. Nelson

Family Attorney at Spokane, WA

4.3   6 reviews
  • State Years
    Washington - WA 22 years
    Idaho - ID 13 years
  • Licensed for 22 years
    State WA
    Acquired 2001
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 13 years
    State ID
    Acquired 2011
    Resigned No misconduct found

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Hughes & Nelson, Attorneys At Law, PLLC
505 W Riverside Ave Ste 500
Spokane, WA, 99201-0518

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Posted by Dianne | September 11, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Spot On!
I have found Mrs. Nelson to be a very dedicated lawyer. She has returned my phone calls quickly and she is an excellent listener! She knows the law so well that I am very pleased with the results!
Posted by anonymous | August 8, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
She's the Bomb!
Emily was just the greatest. I didn't have my kids and I felt like my whole life was over. Emily took the time to sit down and just guide me through everything. We've been through so much together, I had to do treatment and had a few issues, but she stood up for me in court and was a real fighter. Even when all the prosecutors and social workers were all against me, and said there's no hope you just got to give it up, Emily was in my corner! She is so awesome! She helped me understand what I needed to do, and I made it through. My kids are with me, I have a new place now, and they are in school and doing good. I am so happy I listened to Emily and got through the whole thing. I really coulln't have done it without her.
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Posted by anonymous | December 29, 2013
Great Lawyer
Emily was assigned to my case and boy was I lucky for that. She helped tell me about the law, my case, and how to get ahead on the other side. She was not afraid to tell it like it is even when it wasn't what I wanted to hear. This was probably the only way that I won my case, doing what she mapped out for me. Who knows what could have happened if not for Emily's help.
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Posted by Marie | September 10, 2013
Great Lawyer
She is very knowledgeable and has a way to putting me at ease while my world was crushing down on me! I felt confident in her ability and knowledge. She responded quickly and if she was not sure of the answer to my question, she would always get back to me within that day or the next day. She is fair, just, and extremely professional. I would highly recommend her to anyone that needs a lawyer that will fight for you!
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Posted by anonymous | September 8, 2009
Awesome attorney
She was very thorough and professional. She explained the estate planning process in terms we could understand.
Posted by DeAnn | August 7, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Very Disturbing
I will never forget the day I was appointed Emily Nelson as my new attorney in my cps case... The joy of getting a new lawyer, after having 2 previous outright lazy/non caring court appointed lawyers, I really thought that it couldn't get any worse... Well I was yet to get the biggest shock of my entire life.. To make a very long story short, I'll start by saying that from the very first meeting with Emily, she was already ready to be done with my case, it was always some really weird conversation with her about how I should do one thing this way then literally the next week her saying "ok nevermind let's go about it this way" and as soon as I would start doing something she had recommended, bam "now let's do it the original way" I mean this kept up the entire 6 plus months I had her for my attorney.. Though there is soo much more this woman has wrongfully done to me, as well consequently to my family, I'll finish by saying that the most disturbing of it all was when my termination trial was fastly approaching, she told me over and over that I did not need to appear for the trial if that was the choice I'd like to make as we'd been discussing the idea of me not attending as my in-laws and a lot of their friends would be there to take the stand against me, and since the judge allowed them to attend because of open court policy, I would have to be in their presence, so with already having anxiety issues, that was not an option I could bear, so Emily told me not to worry about going, that she'd have everything covered without me having to attend.. Well the trial came and went and to this day (months later) I have never heard again from Emily, no phone call, no email, nothing in the mail, and in fact never again heard from my social worker in my case, or my children's ad litem, just didn't hear from absolutely no one, nothing from the court's either. The only way I and the father to my children found out we lost custody of our children was through the grapevine to at which time I heard that at the day of the termination trial Emily had stood in front of the judge and said "I have nothing to address to the court as my client (me) has fired her" I just about lost it hearing this betrayal (I of course never fired her) from the one person that told me she would take of my case as straightforward and as passionately as she has all her client's before me (I guess I should of known better); My case was, as Emily also stated, a shut and close case, all about a messy house that got out of hand due to recovering from my 4th c-section with bleeding complications months after... Please I beg of anyone considering Emily Nelson as their next lawyer, just don't risk it, there are plenty of other lawyers out there that most likely don't carry that kind of deviant behavior... I'm just writing this review in hopes to prevent someone else from going through the heartache such as I have. Thanks for taking the time to read this, and sorry for it being so long.
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AVVO RATING 8.5 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Prosecuting Attorney
  • Spokane County Prosecutor
  • 2007 - 2011
  • Prosecuting Attorney
  • Spokane County Prosecutor's Office
  • 2001 - 2007


  • Gonzaga University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2001


  • Spokane County Bar Association
  • Executive Committee Member
  • 2021 - Present
  • Spokane County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2001 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Speaking Engagements

  • Spokane County Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Spokane County Bar Association, Family Law Section Committee Meeting Attendee
  • 2023
  • Spokane County Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Spokane County Bar Association, Family Law Section Committee Meeting Attendee
  • 2022
  • Spokane County Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Spokane County Bar Association, Family Law Section Committee Meeting Attendee
  • 2021

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Estate planning Attorney | Dec 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Emily is a former prosecutor with extensive litigation skills. She uses these skills to achieve results for clients in the courtroom, but also in securing favorable settlement outside of court. Emily is at ease in many areas of practice, from Estate Planning, Bankruptcy, to Juvenile Dependency."

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Emily S. Nelson
Family Attorney
Spokane, WA
Licensed for 22 years