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.Next >>
- Washington State Bar Association, 2005 – Present
- King County Bar Association, 2005 – Present
- Collaborative Professionals of Washington, 2015 – Present
- Washington State Supreme Court, 2005
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
Publications & Presentations
- Author, A New Approach to Solving Conflict: Primary Dispute Resolution in Family- Based Matters, King County Bar Bulletin, 2021
- Author, Divorce and COVID-19 Guide: 19 Tips to Productively Navigate Your Family Law Matter During the Pandemic, 2020
- Author, Child Support: Paying and Receiving When the Economy is Suffering, McKinley Irvin Family Law Blog, 2020
- Contributing Author, Alternatives to Trial for Divorces During COVID-19, McKinley Irvin Family Law Blog, 2020
- Author, Japanese Roses, A Novel Journey, King County Bar Bulletin, 2014
- Author, Running a Law Practice Takes Stamina, Patience, King County Bar Bulletin, 2007
- Presenter, Interviewing & Investigation Techniques, UW Continuum College Paralegal Studies Certificate Program, 2020 & 2021