Laura Carlsen

Senior Attorney

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Emotions often run high in family law cases. It is my responsibility to balance compassion, empathy, and calm objectivity so that we can ultimately achieve the client's goals.

Laura Carlsen

Laura Carlsen's practice emphasizes a wide range of family law matters including divorce, child custody, military family law, relocations, child support and parenting plan modifications, domestic violence, and family law appeals. Laura typically serves clients from our Tacoma and Puyallup offices.

Laura's exceptional skills as a negotiator and litigator developed early through national debate competitions. She was a nationally ranked debater (among the top 100 in the United States, ranking as high as #2) who has given more than a thousand public speeches and competed against the country's top debaters. Since 2008, Laura has used these finely honed abilities to advocate for her client's legal goals at the negotiation table and in the courtroom.

Laura is committed to maintaining the highest standards of client service and professionalism, and she approaches each case with these commitments in mind.

"In family law, we deal with real people who need help resolving very personal problems during a difficult time in their lives," says Laura. "Every client who walks in the door has a different life story, so I never know what the day will bring. I find out what is important to my client and create a plan to achieve success. A good lawyer must be able to find an angle that helps her maximize results for her client. There is a lot of strategy and detail that goes into a well-prepared case."

Laura comes from a long line of military veterans. She represents many clients in military family law cases, adept in the practice of the unique blend of federal and state law that applies only to military families.

Laura also practices appellate family law, a complex process that allows clients to have the Court of Appeals or Supreme Court review a decision from the lower court in order to achieve a more just result.


  • Washington State Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Pierce County Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • King County Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • American Bar Association Family Law Section
  • American Bar Association Family Law Section – Military Committee
  • Young Lawyers Association

In the Community

  • Volunteer, King County Bar Association Legal Clinic
  • J.D., University of Oregon School of Law
    • Editor, Notes and Comments, Oregon Law Review
    • Tutor, Legal Research and Writing
    • Moot Court: Placed in top tier positions three consecutive years: Negotiations Competition
  • B.A. in Sociology and B.A. in Political Science, University of California at Berkeley

Laura regularly represents clients in:

  • South King County
  • Washington
  • Pierce County
  • Washington
  • Kitsap County
  • Washington
  • Thurston County
  • Washington

While Laura 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.

In the Media



  • "Military Moms and Dads: How to Protect the Rights of Deployed Parents," Tacoma-Pierce County Bar News, November 2010.
  • "Military Family Law Practice Tips," King County Bar Association CLE, November 2010.


Listed in Top 50 Washington Women Lawyers by Super Lawyers®, 2014-2016

Distinguished as a Washington Super Lawyer by Super Lawyers®, 2013-2017

Peer review rated AV® Preeminent™ by Martindale-Hubbell®

Listed in the Top 10 Family Law Attorneys in Washington by National Academy of Family Law Attorneys, 2015

Distinguished as a Washington Rising Star by Super Lawyers®, 2012 10.0 “Superb” rating

Top Tier: Nationally Ranked Debater, Bay Area Urban Debate League

Practice Areas

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  • /Practice-Areas/Divorce/High-Net-Worth-Divorce.aspx_High Net Worth Divorce
  • /Practice-Areas/Gay-LGBT-Family-Law.aspx_LGBT Family Law
  • /Practice-Areas/Divorce/Military-Divorce.aspx_Military Family Law
  • /Practice-Areas/Relocation.aspx_Relocation
  • /Practice-Areas/Unmarried-Couples.aspx_Unmarried Couples
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