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Ellery Johannessen

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Family Law Attorney in Seattle, WA

Johannessen Law, PLLC
5400 California Ave SW, Suite E
Seattle, WA 98136
Phone: 206-594-0479
Selected to Rising Stars: 2020, 2022
Licensed in Washington Since: 2013
Practice Areas: Family Law, Civil Litigation: Plaintiff, Civil Litigation: Defense
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Attorney Profile

Mr. Johannessen combines pragmatic advice with sharp advocacy in his civil litigation and family law practice, resulting in cost-effective solutions that are tailored to the client's "big picture" needs.  As an advocate of practical litigation, Mr. Johannessen always keeps the end goal of a case in mind when examining options in litigation.  When litigation is needed, Mr. Johannessen takes a sharp tone to make his clients' voices heard.

About Ellery Johannessen

First Admitted: 2013, Washington

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Bar/Professional Activity

  • Maryland Bar, 2013
  • Washington Bar, 2019

Educational Background

  • Mr. Johannessen graduated magna cum laude from the University of Baltimore School of Law.  His law school career focused on litigation and appellate advocacy.  Mr. Johannessen went on to serve as an adjunct professor at the school serving as a coach for their National Moot Court Competition for six years., 2013
  • Mr. Johannessen received his bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of Maryland University College in 2010 before entering law school., 2010


  • Secured a $110,000 settlement on behalf of a client against a mortgage lender when the lender erroneously disbursed 100% of insurance proceeds to a fraudulent builder in violation of the builder's ordinary draw schedule., 2018
  • Successfully obtained a 50/50 shared residential schedule for a father over false allegations of domestic violence, as well as a favorable distribution of assets, spousal support, and a downward deviation in child support., 2021
  • Successfully argued for the existence of a pre-marital, marriage-like relationship for purposes of calculating a financially disadvantaged spouse's share of marital property., 2021
  • Avoided an award of lifetime spousal maintenance to a divorcing husband in favor of a limited 5-year award, saving him in excess of $3.5m over the course of his lifetime., 2020
  • Secured a $400,000 marital property settlement on behalf of a foreign national with no US-based work experience., 2019
  • Wrote and argued the winning side in Maryland's first reported appellate case rejecting "redemptionist" and "vapor money" legal theories posited by borrowers who attempt to avoid their mortgage obligations., 2015
  • Secured a $44,000 settlement from a national financial institution on behalf of a client based upon violations of the Equal Credit Opportunity Act., 2018
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Office Location for Ellery Johannessen

5400 California Ave SW
Suite E
Seattle, WA 98136

Last Updated: 5/15/2022

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