Practice Emphasis

Dispute Resolution—Mediation

Collaborative Law

Loretta Story

“A successful outcome achieves that which is most important to my clients while honoring them with respect and dignity.” -Loretta Story

Main practice areas: Family Law with an emphasis on Collaborative Law and Dispute Resolution. Experienced Mediator and Arbitrator.

Experienced and passionate, Loretta’s face lights up at the mention of what it means for her to accomplish a successful outcome for her clients and their families. “Successful” for Loretta means honoring each client with respect and dignity and achieving the results that are most important to them.

Her domestic violence litigation background allows her to recognize the importance of listening to and supporting clients. She often finds creative solutions to complex financial or parenting issues.

As one of the first attorneys in the Seattle Metropolitan Area to bring the practice of Collaborative Law forward as an alternative to traditional litigation, Loretta is always seeking new methods that will yield enhanced results, greater value and less stress for her clients. Loretta was instrumental in obtaining the Washington statute governing the practice of Collaborative Law.

Acting as a mediator to facilitate parties in reaching a resolution which fits with the family both economically and emotionally is one of Loretta’s strengths. She also acts as an arbiter for complex Family Law cases.

Clients have described Loretta as warm, professional, and accessible in her working style. Her standards of professional and personal excellence are extremely high, especially in communications and in her commitment to ethical behavior.

Recent Community Leadership: President of King County Collaborative Law (2012-2014); President of Collaborative Professionals of Washington (2015-2016).

Awards and Accomplishments

Professional and Civic Involvement


  • JD: Washington State Bar Association, 1994
  • B.S. Portland State University, 1973
  • Cert. SW, Portland State University, 1973
  • University of Washington Mediation Training, 1999

  • High Conflict Institute Training, 2007

  • Harvard Law School Advance Negotiations, 2008

  • Washington State Insurance License; 2012

Bar/Court Admissions

  • Washington State Bar 1994
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, 1995
  • U.S. District Court of Western Washington

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