Elizabeth Michelson

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Every client is important to me. If it’s my case, it’s personal. I know their case backwards and forwards, and I make it my mission to get them the results they need.

Elizabeth Michelson

Attorney Elizabeth Michelson has practiced Family Law in Snohomish County since 1980. She focuses her practice on complex divorce and custody cases, and has been recognized within the legal profession and in the community for her exceptional ability in the practice of family law.

She is a longtime Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML) and was named a “Best Lawyer in America” in 2016.

By working to understand her client’s needs and expectations, Liz helps her clients make rational decisions, and provides a strategic, achievable plan to meet their goals.

“I develop a relationship of absolute trust with my clients,” says Liz. “Total honesty—I don’t soft pedal or avoid difficult conversations about the difference between what is possible and what is likely. People respect and deserve that.”

She continues, “Every client is important to me. If it’s my case, it’s personal. I know their case backwards and forwards, and I make it my mission to get them the results they need.”

Liz is dedicated to helping clients remove themselves personally, legally, and financially from unhappy marital situations. She is especially motivated when, with the support that she and her team provide, clients become emotionally empowered and less fearful and dependent.

“Being a family law attorney has defined who I am over the last nearly forty years,” says Liz. “What continues to motivate me is never having a single client walk away after the case is finished believing that I didn’t do my best for him or her.”

Liz has worked as a mediator and finds the experience and training has given her an advantage in family law disputes. She has also served on the Reduce Family Conflict Committee of the Domestic Relations Commission of the State Judicial Administration Board.

Liz and her husband have a three-legged dog, Smokey, who is a local celebrity. Stories about Smokey have been featured in the local media, and he is regularly recognized and pampered by his adoring fans.


  • Fellow, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, 1996-present
  • Committee Member, Domestic Relations Work Group, State Board for Judicial Administration, 2000-2001


  • Snohomish County Bar Association
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • Washington Women Lawyers
  • J.D., University of Colorado School of Law
  • Graduate, Pacific Family Mediation Institute
  • Professional Mediation Skills Training Program

Elizabeth regularly represents clients in:

  • Snohomish County
  • Washington

While Elizabeth practices primarily in these counties, she represents clients throughout Washington, the U.S., and internationally who are involved in Washington State family law matters. Contact us if you think you have a family law issue we can help you with.


  • Presenter, "Spousal Maintenance: Modification, Suspension, Termination," Snohomish County Bar Association CLE, 2005
  • Presenter, "Pros & Cons of Prenuptial Agreements," American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers CLE


Fellow, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, 1996-present

"Lawyer of the Year" 2017, by Best Lawyers in the field of Family Law, Seattle metro area

Listed in The Best Lawyers in America® in the field of Family Law, 2001-2018

Distinguished as a Washington Super Lawyer by Super Lawyers, 2008-2010, 2012-2018

Listed in Best Law Firms, U.S. News World & Report, 2014-2015

10 Best in Washington for Client Satisfaction, American Institute of Family Law Attorneys, 2015

Leading Lawyers, Seattle Business Magazine, 2013

Top Attorneys in Washington, Seattle Met Magazine, 2012

Pro Bono Publico Service Commendation, Washington State Bar Association, 2007

Avvo.com 10.0 “Superb” rating

Practice Areas

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  • /Practice-Areas/Divorce.aspx_Divorce
  • /Practice-Areas/Divorce/High-Net-Worth-Divorce.aspx_High Net Worth Divorce
  • /Practice-Areas/Relocation.aspx_Relocation
  • Best Seattle Divorce Lawyer