Laura Sell

Law Practice Managing Partner

Bellevue | Seattle

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Interesting notes about Laura
Best job perk: Working with smart, funny people
Can't live without: My family & coffee
Instruments played: Clarinet
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About Laura Sell

Laura Sell believes that in the practice of law, few things are more important than helping clients protect the aspects of their lives that they value most – be it obtaining a favorable parenting plan or protecting their financial security. For that reason, she chose to transition her career as a civil litigator to focus exclusively on family law.

Her experience as a civil litigator gives Laura a diverse background and skills in a variety of complex legal and financial issues. This wider lens also gives her a well-rounded perspective on legal matters, which she leverages to achieve successful results for her clients. She excels in cases involving high value assets, closely-held businesses, professional practices, and complex compensation structures.

Laura is committed to providing superior advocacy and personalized client service in every case. She and her team are resourceful and strategic. Along with their strong work ethic, they strive to obtain favorable results for their clients.

"Once I help my clients identify their goals, I work tirelessly to achieve those goals for them,” says Laura. “I make it my priority to get them the results they need in order for them to transition into the next chapter of their lives."

Laura often serves as a mediator and settlement conference master in family law cases. She uses her understanding of the pressures people face during a family law matter to help them work past their differences, resolve their disputes, and settle their cases.

"My work as a mediator and attorney go hand-in-hand,” says Laura. “They’ve both taught me to listen to my clients. People often know what is fair and what will work for their family. I work to get them to that place, whether as a mediator or as their advocate."

As the firm's Law Practice Managing Partner, Laura also leads our attorneys in practice development, training and mentoring, as well as consulting on cases and ensuring the firm's high standards of quality.

Outside of work, Laura enjoys entertaining and cooking for friends and family and admits that a karaoke machine is often found at her parties. She and her family love traveling together, with beach destinations being among their favorites.

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  • American Bar Association
  • Washington State Bar Association, Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Washington State Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • King County Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • QLaw: The LGBT Bar Association of Washington
  • International Academy of Collaborative Professionals (IACP)
  • Association of Workplace Investigators
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  • J.D., University of Dayton School of Law
  • B.A., Western Washington University
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Publications & Presentations


  • "Protecting Your Practice from Divorce: Tips for Solo and Small-Firm Practitioners," author, King County Bar Bulletin (October 2016)
  • “Spousal Maintenance,” chapter co-author with James McGuire, LexisNexis Practice Guide: Washington Family Law (2016)
  • “Prenuptial Agreement Basics,” author, blog post, Stokes Lawrence Washington Divorce & Family Law (July 2015)
  • “Post-Dissolution Disputes Involving Neglected Assets and Liabilities,” co-author, Matrimonial Strategist (February 2008)
  • “The Non-Biological Parent; Washington Creates a Common-Law Parentage Cause of Action,” co-author, Matrimonial Strategist (May 2005)


  • "Dissolution from A-Z," Program Chair, King County Bar Association CLE (May 2017)
  • “Internal Investigations - Who, What, When Where and Why,” co-presenter with Aviva Kamm, Stokes Lawrence Employment Law Institute (December 2015)
  • “Investigation Issues - Who, What, When, Where and Why,” co-presenter with Aviva Kamm, Employment Law Institute CLE, King County Bar Association (September 2015)
  • “Financial Wisdom for Women,” co-presenter with RoseMary Reed and Cornerstone Advisors (June 2015)
  • Best Law Firms
  • Best Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers
  • AV Preeminent
  • Avvo Rating 10.0
  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers
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