Theresa R. Lorella

Senior Attorney

Bellevue | Everett | Kirkland | Seattle

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Interesting notes about Teresa:
Favorite car: First generation SS Camaro
Favorite breakfast cereal: Oatmeal, but loaded
Favorite TV show: I love those Real Housewives!
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About Theresa R. Lorella

Theresa Lorella became an attorney to help people find their voices in difficult and emotional circumstances.

"Expressing yourself can be challenging in any situation, but more so when your whole life is about to change. That’s why I always prioritize my client’s need to be heard and validated, whether I’m helping them navigate a contentious divorce, modify a parenting plan, or negotiate a property settlement."

First and foremost, this entails listening. Theresa’s clients are relieved to have someone listen to their perspective, their concerns, and their hopes for the future, and by fully understanding where her clients are coming from, she can help them achieve the best resolution.

While she is a strong advocate in litigation, Theresa believes in reducing conflict whenever possible. She is specially trained in collaborative law and serves as a neutral mediator in settlement conferences. This experience gives her a unique perspective and the tools to think “outside of the litigation box.” Whether she is acting as an attorney or as a mediator, Theresa is highly efficient in facilitating fair and long-lasting agreements.

"I view each family law case as a puzzle to solve instead of a fight to be had. My goal as an attorney is to help my clients minimize conflict, anxiety, and discord while advocating for their needs."

Theresa has significant experience representing clients in the technology industry and in highvalue asset cases involving real estate, work-related benefits, and stock award division. As a trained guardian ad litem (GAL), she is effective in cases involving parenting plans and nonparental custody.

Outside of the office, Theresa keeps busy by running marathons, publishing novels, and chasing after her two young children.

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  • Washington State Bar Association, 2005 – Present
  • King County Bar Association, 2005 – Present
  • Collaborative Professionals of Washington, 2015 – Present


  • Washington State Supreme Court, 2005

Community Activities

  • Pro Bono Adjunct Professor, Seattle University School of Law, 2022
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  • J.D., Seattle University School of Law, 2004
    • Study Abroad: NAFTA and Mexican Business Law, Guanajuato, Mexico, 2003
  • B.A., Seattle University, 2001
  • Title 11 Guardian ad Litem Training, 2019
  • Arbitration Ethics Training, 2019
  • Title 26 Guardian ad Litem Training, 2015
  • Collaborative Law Training, 2014
  • Mediation Training, 2014
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Publications & Presentations



  • Presenter, Interviewing & Investigation Techniques, UW Continuum College Paralegal Studies Certificate Program, 2020 & 2021
  • Best Lawyers
  • Best Law Firms
  • Super Lawyers
  • AV Preeminent
  • Puget Sound Business Journal Washington's Best Workplaces 2023
  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers
  • Best Lawyers - Lawyer of the Year 2024
  • Avvo Rating 10.0
"Thanks for all the work for our family over the past year. We’re really glad you are on our side."
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