Lisa DuFour

Partner

Lisa DuFour is an accomplished attorney, experienced litigator, and a fearless client advocate. Lisa is not afraid to tackle the most difficult, complex cases with persistence, hard work, and dogged determination. She discourages unnecessarily aggressive behavior and is very upfront with her clients about how the decisions they make during the family law proceeding will impact the rest of their lives.

Lisa is passionate about helping her clients through a difficult time while keeping an eye on their future. She works closely with her clients to develop a two-year plan, which helps both Lisa and her clients clarify goals and develop strategies to achieve those goals.

Although Lisa is tough and tenacious when advocating for her clients, she is also warm and approachable when interacting with her clients. She listens to her clients and quickly determines the best course of action for the cases. She also ensures that each client understands their choices, as the decisions clients make during a family law proceeding can have long-lasting effects. She strives to educate her clients and make the legal process as easy to understand and navigate as possible. “I want clients to know that they can make it through this. It may be emotionally difficult, but I will be there to help them make sound decisions that will enable them to resume normal life again.”

After spending 15 years as a prosecuting attorney representing the best interests of children, and as a divorced parent herself, Lisa is able to help her clients plan for the future with their children and after the children leave home. Lisa enjoys traveling, gardening, cooking, and painting. She has also worked in television production, and has appeared in numerous commercials, videos, and television shows.

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Education

  • University of Washington School of Law, Seattle, WA
    Juris Doctorate. 1984

  • University of Washington, Seattle, WA, 1979
    Bachelor of Arts Degree, Speech Communication.
    Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa, Mortar Board, Matrix Table, Debate team, Homecoming court, UW Women’s Commission Director.

  • Grays Harbor Community College, Aberdeen, WA, 1977
    Associate of Arts Degree, Phi Theta Kappa, Top Ten Student, Debate team.

Bar Admissions

  • Washington State Bar, member of Family Law Section

  • King County Bar Association

  • Montana State Bar, member of Gallatin County Bar Association

  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Washington Bar

  • U.S. Supreme Court Bar

Memberships, Awards and Affiliations

  • Fellow in American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers
  • AVVO Superb rating, Client Choice Award
  • Super Lawyer 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017

Volunteer Work

Lisa has a passion for helping others outside of her law practice and has an extensive public service and volunteer record. Lisa is a frequent contributor as a writer and speaker in forums for legal education.

Experience

  • Pro Tem Commissioner, King County Family Law Court. Seattle and Kent Courthouses. December 2013 to present
  • Family Law Attorney, October 2012 to present, Carol Bailey and Associates, PLLC/Integrative Family Law, PLLC
  • Family Law Attorney and Partner, August 2013 to present, Integrative Family Law, PLLC

Presentations

Continuing Legal Education Presentations

  • “Calculating Child Support for Clients with Reduced Income”, Presentation with Keven Rowles for the Washington State Bar Association Call to Duty, Readying our Corps to Serve Washington Veterans Day of Service, January 2016.
  • “Calculating Child Support”, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers’ presentation of 7th Annual Mary H. Wechsler Family Law Symposium for the King County Bench, October 2015.
  • “Military Retirement” presentation with Laura Carlsen for the Pierce County Pro Tem Commissioners, September, 2015.
  • “Military Families and Relocation” Presentation with Laura Carlsen for the WSBA Emerging Family Law Issues CLE, 2014.
  • Military Families and Relocation” Presentation with Laura Carlsen for the U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Navy, U.S. Air Force and U.S.
  • Army JAG officers, September 2014 at Bangor Base, Silverdale, WA.
  • “Procedural Remedies to Combat Rambo Litigation, Northwest Business Institute CLE with Carol Bailey, April 2013.
  • “Debt and Property Division in Dissolutions,” Northwest Justice Project, May, 2012.
  • “Divorce Litigation from Start to Finish,” National Business Institute CLE with Kim Schnuelle, July 2011.
  • “Military Pensions: Checklist and Resources for Dividing Military Pay,” Washington State Bar Association CLE with Laura Carlsen, November 2010.
  • “Military Moms and Dads: How to Protect the Rights of Deployed Parents,” King County Bar Association Family Law Section CLE with Laura Carlsen November 2010.
  • “Unique Child Support Collection Methods-a discussion of use of QDROs and other methods of collecting child support from recalcitrant obligor parents,” King County Bar Association Family Law Section CLE with Kim Schnuelle, September 2008.
  • “Ethics in Family Law-Not an Oxymoron” with Sharon Friedrich for the Washington State Bar Association Family Law Annual Seminar: Plain Talk on Plain Language Issues, December 2016.
  • “Ethics, Civility and Professionalism”, Presentation with Sharon Friedrich for the Washington State Bar Association, September 2016.

WAPA (Washington Association of Prosecuting Attorneys) Statewide Conference Presentations:

  • “Sleuthing: Subpoenas to Supplemental Proceedings” (including Internet Sleuthing) with Lloyd Corgan and Carolee Odom, 2009.
  • “Unique Collection Tools in Child Support Cases” with Kim Schnuelle, 2008.
  • “Unique Enforcement Techniques in Child Support Collection” with Kim Schnuelle, 2007.
  • “Unique Enforcement Techniques in Child Support Collection,” 2003.
  • “Unconventional Collection Techniques in Child Support Collection,” 1999.
  • “Child Support Modification Procedures,” 1997.
  • “Child Support Modifications,” 1996.
  • “Civility and Family Law – Not an Oxymoron” Family Lawyer Magazine, August 2017 Newsletter (Co-authored with Carol Bailey.)
  •  “Who Pay For Supporting a College Bound Child?” Family Law Matters column, King County Bar Bulletin, August 2016 (co-authored with Sharon Friedrich.)

Division of Child Support Family Support Statewide Conferences:

  • “Unique Collection Methods,” 1999.
  • “Child Support Modification Procedures,” 1998.
  • “Unique Collection Methods,” 1996.

Other Presentations

Division of Child Support Presentations:

  • All Staff meeting presentation, June 2009, “Use of Supplemental Proceedings in Child Support Collection,” with Carolee Odom.
  • All Staff meeting presentation, June 2008, “Collection of Child Support from Probate,” with Carolee Odom.
  • Numerous other presentations to Division of Child Support Support Enforcement Officers, on several issues from 1996 to 2010.

Published Articles

  • “Family Law and the Rules of Professional Conduct”, Family Law Matters column, King County Bar Bulletin, May 2016 (co-authored with Sharon Friedrich.)
  • “Special Needs Children and Parenting Plans”, Family Law Matters column, King County Bar Bulletin, January 2016 (co-authored with Sharon Friedrich.)
  • “Fraudulent Transfers: You Can’t Even Give Your Stuff Away”, Family Law Matters column, King County Bar Bulletin, November 2015 (co-authored with Sharon Friedrich.)
  • “’Family Affair’ – The Co-Parents Handbook”, Family Law Matters column, King County Bar Bulletin, August 2015 (co-authored with Sharon Friedrich.)
  • “Moving on When it is Over”, Family Law Matters column, King County Bar Bulletin, May 2015 (co-authored with Sharon Friedrich.)
  • “What Happens When Mr./Ms. Right Turns into Mr./Ms. Wrong?”, Family Law Matters column, King County Bar Bulletin, January 2015 (co-authored with Sharon Friedrich.)
  • “How to Prepare a Declaration for a Family Law Hearing: A Novel Idea”, Family Law Matters column, King County Bar Bulletin, November 2014 (co-authored with Sharon Friedrich.)
  • “Long Term Marriages and Divorce after 60(or 80)”, Family Law Matters column, King County Bar Bulletin, September 2014 (co-authored with Sharon Friedrich.)
  • “Hit by a Bus at the Intersection of Probate and Family Law,” Family Law Matters column, WSBA Northwest Lawyer, June 2014 (co-authored with Chandra Lewnau.)
  • “The True MVP of Family Law Litigation”, Family Law Matters column, King County Bar Bulletin, May 2014 (co-authored with Sharon Friedrich.)
  • “Favorite Parenting Plan Clauses,” Family Law Matters column, King County Bar Bulletin, February 2014 (co-authored with Sharon Friedrich and Paige Haley.)
  • “Why ‘You should do What I Tell You’ Does not Work” (article on mediation) Family Law Matters column, King County Bar Bulletin, November 2013 (co-authored with Sharon Friedrich.)
  • “Fashion Tips for Gals,” WSBA Northwest Lawyer, September 2013.
  • “Top Ten things to Tell a Family Law Client,” Family Law Matters column, King County Bar Bulletin, August 2013 (co-authored with Sharon Friedrich.)
  • “A Paws-itive Way to Heal Child Abuse.” Family Law Matters column, King County Bar Bulletin, August 2013 (co-authored with Sharon Friedrich.)
  • “Rambo in the Courtroom: Dealing with a Mad Attorney,” King County Bar Bulletin, March 2013 (co-authored with Carol Bailey.)
  • “In the Shadows: Dealing with Mental Health Issues,” Family Law Matters column, King County Bar Bulletin, February 2013 (co-authored with Sharon Friedrich.)
  • “Working with Limited-English Clients,” Family Law Matters column, King County Bar Bulletin, November 2012 (co-authored with Kim Schnuelle and Jill Mullins.)
  • “Roamin with a Child,” Family Law Matters column, King County Bar Bulletin, August 2012 (co-authored with Kim Schnuelle.)
  • “Don’t Get Tangled in the Web,” Family Law Matters column, King County Bar Bulletin, May 2012 (co-authored with Kim Schnuelle.)
  • “Defending the Deposition,” Family Law Matters column, King County Bar Bulletin, second of two part article, February 2012 (co-authored with Kim Schnuelle.)
  • “Don’t Take Deposition Practice Lightly,” Family Law Matters column, King County Bar Bulletin, first of two part article, November 2011 (co-authored with Kim Schnuelle.)
  • “Maintenance and Marriage: The Changing Nature of Support,” Family Law Matters column, King County Bar Bulletin, August 2011 (co-authored with Kim Schnuelle.)
  • “Split Decision: Is Divorce the First Course?” Family Law Matters column, King County Bar Bulletin, May 2011 (co-authored with Kim Schnuelle.)
  • “Grandparent Rights and Visitation,” Family Law Matters column, King County Bar Bulletin, February 2011 (co-authored with Kim Schnuelle.)
  • “Collecting Child Support Takes Many Forms,” Family Law Matters column, King County Bar Bulletin, November 2010, volume 29, Issue 3, pages 4-5. First of a quarterly column series regarding current and practical issues in the practice of family law. (Coauthored with Kim Schnuelle.)
  • “Can You Give It All Away? Examining Gifts and Property Transfers under the Uniform Fraudulent Transfer Act.” Washington State Bar News, November 2010, Volume 64, Number 11, Pages 24-28.
  • “Military Moms and Dads: How to Protect the Rights of Deployed Parents,” Pierce County Bar News, November 2010, pages 20-21 (coauthored with Laura Carlsen.)
  • “Relocating with Children: A Moving Conundrum,” King County Bar News, August 2010, Volume 61, Front page.
  • “Child Support Owed Share of Wealth Transfers,” King County Bar Bulletin, May 2009, volume 27, issue 9, pages 22-23.
  • “Presumed Fathers Compound Family Structure,” King County Bar Bulletin, April 2009, volume 27, issue 8, page 24.
  • “Child Support Systems Protect Domestic Violence Victims,” King County Bar Bulletin, July 2009, volume 27, issue 11, page 11 (coauthored with Kim Schnuelle.)
  • “Using QDROs to Collect Child Support Payments,” Washington State Bar News, May 2009, volume 63, number 5, pages. 17-21 (coauthored with Kim Schnuelle.)
  • Featured with Kim Schnuelle; “If all Else Fails, Ask the Queen.” Washington Law and Politics, winter 2010, No. 71, page 4.

Other

  • Interviewed for “Seattle Sketch Comedy Show ‘The 206’ Finds Scrappy Path to Success.” Seattle Times, March 1, 2014.
  • Channel 9’s Eating Light and Healthy live TV show on-air chef, May 2010. Recipes published in Channel 9’s cookbooks, 2010 to 2012.
  • Former volunteer attorney for King County Courthouse Facilitator’s Office assisting pro se litigants in Family Law matters.
  • Former volunteer attorney for King County Status conference calendar for pro se litigants.
  • Speaker, paternity establishment and child support for high school classes, 2005 to 2010.
  • Former Speaker for Seattle University Law School Legal Intern class. 2005-2006.
  • Painter of acrylic landscapes.

Legislative Testimony

Requested legislative representative obtain clarification of statute regarding deployed military client’s issue with delegation of residential time with child. Testified before State Senate and House subcommittees on HB 1050, a bill to clarify the rights of a military parent to designate their residential time. 2010 and 2011 legislative sessions. Submitted information for House Judiciary Legislative Committee for 2013 session.