Michelle Fontenot

ATTORNEY

Michelle Fontenot

Location
Seattle, Washington
Phone
(206) 547-1486
Areas of Practice
Family Law
Fax
(206) 547-2074
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"Michelle and Jason are not just extremely knowledgeable and efficient in family law, but also very caring and empathetic. Because of there experience and help, I have the schedule with my daughter I was fighting for and as a result can spend more time with her. Thank you both! I would highly recommend Michelle Fontenot to anyone in need of a family law attorney." ~Philip

With a background in mental health counseling, I built a second career in family law. Family law is a natural fit given my prior training and work as a therapist. I love helping people transition to a place that is healthier for themselves and their children.

I love working with my colleagues here at DuBois Cary Law Group. We often collaborate and brainstorm to bring the wisdom of each attorney’s experience into all of our cases. As much as possible, I advise my clients about the emotional and legal risks of engaging in high conflict litigation. I have extensive trial experience and use it to guide my work with my clients, allowing me to translate the often-foreign legal jargon into understandable steps. My goal is to provide my clients with thorough information and preparation and to help them to feel knowledgeable and in control of their futures. I love being able to change the narrative of moving from the often-painful process of divorce to helping clients feel empowered to make healthy choices for their families moving forward.

Prior to attending law school, I earned a master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from the University of Texas. For over fifteen years I worked as a licensed mental health therapist. Much of my counseling work was in schools serving children who qualified for special education due to emotional and behavioral disabilities. I went to law school knowing that I would be able to build upon the knowledge I had as a counselor and educational consultant to help children and families in the legal context. I attended the evening program at Seattle University School of Law as I continued to work full-time as a mental health specialist for Kent School District.

I am excited to serve children and families who need the assistance. I really enjoy helping families navigate the complexities of the schools and special education because the results are practical, and I get to see children succeed. I worked as a consultant for public schools for many years, so my experience is grounded in an understanding of the culture of schools as well as knowledge about the law. Parents often feel outnumbered and misunderstood. I help my clients when their children are facing discipline, special education, or other school-related issues and would benefit from legal counsel.

Prior to joining DuBois Cary, I was the program attorney for Family Law CASA of King County. Family Law CASA is a non-profit that provides court-appointed, volunteer guardian ad litem services in low-income family law cases. The role of the agency is to protect the needs of children in family law disputes. My role at the agency was to represent both the program and the volunteer assigned to the case in court. Often during divorce proceedings, the needs of the children are easily diluted in the face of the better articulated needs of their parents. My job was to ensure that the focus of the case remained on the best interests of those children. As part of that process, I encouraged parents, even in dire situations, to better see and acknowledge the needs and interests of their children.

When I’m not at work, I volunteer in pro bono legal clinics for Qlaw, the Spanish Legal Clinic at El Centro de la Raza. I volunteer to represent Family Law CASA in hearings and trials. I spend much of my down time both playing and watching soccer. My passions are gardening, food, travel, and spending time with friends and family. I love being outdoors and have spent vacations trekking, mountain climbing and telemark skiing. I currently spend most of my time chasing, training, and enjoying my new puppy, Filet Mignon.

Areas of Practice

  • Family Law

Education

  • Seattle University, School of Law, Seattle, Washington
    • J.D. cum laude 2009
  • University of Texas, Austin, Texas
    • M.Ed. 1993
    • Major: Counseling Psychology
  • University of Texas, Austin, Texas
    • B.A. 1985
    • Major: History, Psychology

Community Activities

  • Co-Chair, Title 26 Guardian ad Litem Annual Training
  • Volunteer Attorney, Qlaw Legal Clinic
  • Volunteer Attorney, El Centro de la Raza
  • Volunteer Attorney, Family Law CASA of King County

Professional Associations

  • Association of Family and Conciliation Courts, Member
  • King County Bar Association, Member
  • Washington State Bar Association, Member

Prior Professional Experience

  • Kent School District, Kent Washington, Mental Health Specialist
  • Seattle Mental Health (nka Sound Mental Health), School-Based Mental Health Provider and Supervisor
  • 5
    I don't know what I would do with out Lucia and Tania as my legal team. Lucia has been my lawyer for about 5 years. I would recommend her to anyone. She shows up for me completely prepared for the courtroom, is totally confident in her presentations and and is so knowledgeable. I can't thank them enough for all they have done.
  • 5
    The best legal team ever. They love their clients too. Thank you DuBois Cary Law Group for all your support and guidance. Monica Cary, and Michelle Fontenot are outstanding human beings and attorneys. The law firm has the friendliest and most efficient staff who genuinely care and offer world class assistance. Thank you Jason and Eldina for always taking the time for us.
  • 5
    While my ex and I had an almost wholly amicable split we felt completely unqualified to fairly divvy up our assets. Monica--in a single meeting--looked at the money and helped us reach an agreement we both felt was more than fair. She was relaxed, professional, knowledgeable and efficient. Couldn't have asked for me. I highly recommend her.
  • 5
    Michelle and Jason are not just extremely knowledgeable and efficient in family law, but also very caring and empathetic. Because of there experience and help, I have the schedule with my daughter I was fighting for and as a result can spend more time with her. Thank you both! I would highly recommend Michelle Fontenot to anyone in need of a family law attorney.

Areas We Serve

At DuBois Cary Law Group, PLLC, we represent clients from Seattle, Bellevue and King County
Washington. If you have any questions or concerns about your Family Law or Divorce issues,
please feel free to call us at (206) 547-1486. We are happy to schedule an appointment for you
to speak with one of our attorneys.


SEATTLE (Main office)
927 N Northlake Way
Suite 210
Seattle, WA 98103
Mon - Fri, 9am - 5pm
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2018 156th Avenue NE
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Bellevue, WA 98007
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