Linda Kelley Ebberson  Principal

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Linda Kelley Ebberson is one of Washington’s preeminent divorce attorneys.  An original member of Lasher Holzapfel Sperry & Ebberson, Linda is a skillful litigator with more than 30 years of experience.

Linda has a first-rate reputation with an outstanding track record in resolving disputes. Her Martindale-Hubbell rating has been the highest, AV preeminent, since 1997. She has been recognized by her peers as a “Super Lawyer” in Washington Law and Politics annually since 1999; as one of the Top 50 women Attorneys in the State and as one of the top lawyers in Seattle by Seattle Magazine.  Linda is a fellow in the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. In her many years of practice she has handled some of the most challenging commercial, construction and dissolution cases which prepared her well to now limit her practice exclusively to complex divorces.

Practice Areas

Education

  • Bachelor of Arts, Economics and Political Science, summa cum laude, 1973, Western Washington University
  • Juris Doctor, 1976, University of Washington 
  • Editor, Washington Law Review, 1975-1976 

Representative Cases

  • Linda represents high-level executives, professionals and owners of publicly and privately held Northwest businesses, or their spouses, whose estates involve significant community and separate property asset tracing and valuation in dissolutions. She is also experienced in drafting tax-advantaged marriage dissolution settlements.
  • In re Marriage of McCaw
    Linda participated in case preparation, negotiation and settlement of one of the country's largest marriage dissolutions involving the technology sector and celebrity goodwill.
  • Successfully divided a complex series of trusts created following the sale of a Fortune 500 business, preserving the careful tax and estate planning and allowing the wife to gain control over her estate.
  • Successfully enforced a prenuptial agreement after a ten-year marriage, allowing the husband to retain his separate property businesses and assets with a $100 million net worth.
  • Successfully enforced a prenuptial agreement restoring the wife’s separate property solely to her after a brief marriage to a financial opportunist.
  • Successfully traced thirty-seven years of accumulated and comingled separate and community property for allocation between the parties based upon original source.
  • Strickland v. Lakeshore Investment Corporation, et al.
    In this family business “divorce,” Linda successfully partitioned more than 70 parcels of commercial real estate and reorganized a real estate corporation involving three generations of a family-owned business. The case required sophisticated knowledge of civil procedure, real estate valuation, tax and corporate planning and mediation skills. The involved parties were able to resume control of their respective assets, separate from family business partners and implement their business plan.
  • VA Hospital, Portland, Oregon
    Linda collected $1.65 million in contract changes and impacts for a mechanical subcontractor in a mediated settlement with the general contractor and the Veteran’s Administration.
  • Boeing/Paine Field/High Bay Building
    Through aggressive settlement negotiations, Linda assisted two mechanical contractors in recovering their contract balances and claims for changes during the construction process after the general contractor defaulted.

Bar Admissions

  • Washington State Bar Association, Family Law and Litigation Sections
  • U.S. District Court for Western and Eastern Districts of Washington
  • U.S. Tax Court

Publications

  • Civil Rule 68, Chapter on Offers of Judgment, Washington State Bar Civil Procedure Desk Book, 1992, 1997, 2002, 2006
  • Family Law in Washington, National Business Institute, 1996, 2000

Professional & Civic

  • Named 'Best Lawyer' by The Best Lawyers in America in the practice area of 'Family Law,' 2014
  • Fellow, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers
  • Recognized as one of the "Top 50 Women Attorneys in Washington" by Seattle Met magazine, 2012-2013
  • Recognized as a "Top Attorney" by Seattle Met magazine, 2012
  • Martindale-Hubbell Register of Preeminent Women Lawyers
  • Martindale-Hubbell highest AV preeminent rating since 1997
  • Named a “Super Lawyer” by Washington Law & Politics magazine, 1999-2013
  • Who’s Who in Family Law, Washington Law & Politics magazine, 2005
  • Recognized as a “Top Lawyer” by Seattle magazine, 2003
  • Named in the “Headliners and Legends” section by Washington Law & Politics magazine, 2002
  • King County Bar Association Judicial Screening Committee, 2007-present
  • Washington Law School Foundation Board, 2005-present
  • Mentor, University of Washington School of Law Professional Mentor Program
  • King County Settlement Conference Volunteer
  • King County Bar Association pro bono mentor, 2006 and 2010
  • WSBA Professionalism Committee and WSBA Random Acts of Professionalism Award, 2005, 2006
  • Former Managing Partner of Lasher Holzapfel Sperry & Ebberson

Presentations

"Case Management, " The Million Dollar Divorce: A focus on the Money," The Seminar Group, April 2013