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Melanie Avril Maxwell


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Ms. Maxwell enjoys travel, photography and hikes with her collie. She studies history and art with an emphasis on her favorite periods: World War II and the Renaissance. Since much of her family is Canadian, she proudly considers herself an honorary Canadian citizen.


Professional Associations

  • Pierce County Bar Association Family Law Sections, Member
  • King County Bar Associations Family Law Sections, Member
  • Snohomish County Bar Associations Family Law Sections, Member
  • Washington State Bar Association Family Law, Member
  • Guardian ad Litem and Alternative Dispute Resolution sections, Member
  • Guardian ad Litem for Children and Adults., Member


  • Appointment by Chief Justice Steven C. Gonzalez to the Washington State Certified Professional Guardianship Board
  • Commissioner Pro Tempore, Family Law, King County Superior Court, June 2010 – December 2013
  • “Ten Best” 2015 – 2016 and 2018 Client Satisfaction Award (Washington): American Institute of Family Law Attorneys
  • Mentor and Moot Court Judge: University of Washington and University of San Francisco Schools of Law
  • Judicial Clerk, Honorable M. O. Sabraw, California Court of Appeal
  • Law Clerk, United States Attorney, United States Department of Justice

Published Works

  • Co-counsel for the Appellant , In re Infant Child J., 994 P.2d 279 , 2000
  • “United States v. Leon: A Decision At Odds with the Fourth Amendment Exclusionary Rule.”, Criminal Law Journal , (Vol. 10, No. 3)
  • “Albert Camus’ Caligula and Les Justes (The Just Assassins): Reflections on the Genesis of Revolt., The Undergraduate Review, Vanderbilt University


  • University of San Francisco School of Law, San Francisco, California
    • Juris Doctorate
  • Vanderbilt University
    • Bachelor of Science
  • University of Washington
    • Certificate in Guardianship

Bar Admissions

  • Washington State Supreme Court
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Washington
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Washington
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of California
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit

Certified Legal Specialties

  • Washington State Certified Professional Guardian