Lisa Ann Sharpe  Principal

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Practice Emphasis

Family Law
Lisa provides the highest level of legal services to clients in complex dissolution and custody cases. She is a tough advocate who works to protect the best interest of her clients and their children. Her practice emphasizes resolving contested financial issues and child custody issues. Her financial cases include executive divorces, divorces involving businesses, large estates, child support and maintenance (alimony). Lisa has represented clients in divorce, legal separation and in meretricious relationships where parties cohabitated but never married. She handles parenting plans, relocations and custody disputes.  Lisa has substantial experience in mediation and litigation. Her approach also includes a team of outside business consultants, accountants, appraisers, tax specialists, and mental health evaluators, when necessary.

Lisa is a fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, has been selected annually as a Super Lawyer in Family Law and has been selected as one of “The Top 50 Women” attorneys in Washington. She has an AV rating - a testament to the fact that her peers rank her at the highest level of professional excellence.

Employment Matters
Lisa has successfully litigated cases in areas as diverse as employment contracts, employment discrimination, sexual harassment, wage and hour, and non-compete violations.

Practice Areas

Education

  • Bachelor of Arts (Finance), 1987, University of Washington 
  • Juris Doctor, 1991, University of San Diego 

Representative Cases

  • McCaw Dissolution
    Lisa supported the lead counsel in issues, including ownership and valuation of public and private telecommunications companies, and helped obtain one of the largest U.S. dissolution settlements after numerous favorable rulings.

Bar Admissions

  • Washington State Bar Association
  • California Bar Association (currently inactive) 

Professional & Civic

  • Named 'Best Lawyer' by The Best Lawyers in America in the practice area of 'Family Law,' 2014-2015
  • Fellow, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers
  • Top Women Attorneys in Washington (Super Lawyers), Seattle Met magazine, 2014
  • Martindale-Hubbell highest AV preeminent rating
  • Recognized as one of the "Top 50 Women Attorneys in Washington" by Seattle Met magazine, 2013
  • Recognized as a "Top Attorney" by Seattle Met magazine, 2012-2014
  • Named a "Super Lawyer" by Washington Law & Politics magazine, 2010-2014
  • Lasher Holzapfel Sperry and Ebberson, Former Managing Partner
  • Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation volunteer 
  • Neighborhood Legal Clinic Domestic Violence Clinic volunteer - 2006 to present
  • Volunteer - King County Family Law Mentor  Program 
  • King County Bar Association, Judicial Screening Committee (2009-2012)

Presentations

  • 5th Annual Mary H. Wechsler Family Law Symposium for the King County Bench , "Parenting Plans -- Thinking Outside the Boxes," 2013
  • Community Law Program, "Community Property Law in Washington: Current Issues for Experienced Practitioners," 2013
  • Mary H. Wechsler Family Law Symposium, "Marital Misbehavior in the Context of a Custody Case," 2012