Leslie J. Garrison
Law Firm Partner
My intention as a family law practitioner is to provide support and direction to individuals and couples as they move through a family transition. I believe that most couples have the potential to resolve conflict outside the courtroom.
I have been practicing law since 1988. I started my career as a King County public defender. I handled hundreds of cases both criminal and civil. Trial was the traditional way to resolve a case and in some cases, that was the best process. I excelled in the courtroom and felt the thrill of winning. That changed when I started to doing family law and I have seen the level of emotional and financial damage litigation can have on families.
In 2007 I developed my passion for mediation and collaboration. In 2011 Andrew Schwarz and I teamed up and I now handle exclusively family law matters. My goal is to help you find a process and a resolution that is best for you and your situation.
As your mediator or your lawyer, I work for you. My job is to be creative, supportive and empowering so that you can make important decisions for yourself and your family.
Memberships and Affiliations
Collaborative Professionals of Washington - Executive Board Member
King County Collaborative Law
Whatcom Collaborative Law Professionals
International Academy of Collaborative Professionals
US District Court Western District of Washington
United States Supreme Court
Washington State Bar Association - including family law and alternative dispute resolution sections
King County Bar Association