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Megan Stanley

Senior Partner

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Since becoming licensed as an attorney in 1994, Megan has devoted her 25+ years of practice to working with families. She has served in a variety of diverse roles including representing parents and youth in the foster care system, representing children's best interests as a Guardian ad Litem and serving as a contract mediator for the King County Prosecuting Attorney Family Support Division resolving parenting and child support disputes.

Megan's practice with Meridian Family Law is focused on assisting clients navigate all types of complex family law matters. She has extensive experience in family dynamics and conflict resolution. Her Guardian ad Litem appointments involved investigating matters related to substance abuse, mental health, sexual abuse and domestic violence.

She draws upon her breadth of knowledge, experience and strong network of colleagues and experts to help her clients best position themselves to achieve favorable financial and parenting outcomes. Megan is a strong advocate for her clients and an effective negotiator. She recognizes that each client and family law matter presents unique concerns and challenges and spends a great deal of time working with her clients to explore options, identify goals and provide advice so they can make informed decisions whether to proceed through settlement negotiations or litigation. When settlements are not possible, she provides calm, organized and effective advocacy in contested court proceedings. Megan is confident and comfortable representing her clients in the courtroom striving to obtain fair and equitable rulings.

Consistent with Meridian Family Law's values, Megan brings perspective and integrity to each case. She works to find common ground and preserve long-term working relationships for parents after their marriage or intimate partner relationship is dissolved. Megan also strives to reach financial settlements and formulate parenting plans that will provide long term stability for her clients and their children post-divorce.

In addition to representing clients, Megan is a certified and experienced mediator. She regularly serves as a neutral to parties seeking to resolve their matters outside of court and volunteers as a mediator with the King County Family Court Settlement Conference program.

Classes & Seminars

  • “Title 26 Guardian ad Litem Training – Law and the Legal Process,” King County Bar Association Continuing Legal Education, 2017
  • “Law and Soccer Practice: Strategies to Balance Work and Family Life,” Continuing Legal Education Seminar, 2016
  • Co-Presenter: Family Law Practice Guide: Running Lean Without Cutting Corners - Ethics in Family Law Practice at the National Business Institute (NBI) CLE (2022)
  • Co-Presenter: A Look at Families – Marriage & Divorce in 2017, University of Washington undergraduate presentation

Pro-Bono Activities

  • WSBA Adjunct Investigative Counsel, 2010 to Present
  • King County Family Court Settlement Conference Volunteer Mediator, 2019 to Present
  • Volunteer Attorney for King County Family Law CASA Program, 2017 to 2019
  • Volunteer/Contract Attorney King County Juvenile Court Dependency CASA program, 2008 to 2009

Published Works

  • “The Trend Toward Equal Parenting,” King County Bar Bulletin, 2016
  • GAL primer for Family Law Practitioners, King County Bar Bulletin, 2022
  • Structuring Parenting Plans to Address Dual Diagnoses, King County Bar Bulletin, 2020
  • Allocating Stimulus Checks in the Divorce Context, blog 2021


  • Seattle University School of Law, Seattle, Washington
    • J.D.
  • St. Mary’s College, Notre Dame, Indiana
    • B.A.
    • Major: Psychology and Humanistic Studies

Professional Associations

  • Washington State Bar Association
  • King County Bar Association
  • Washington State Bar Association, Adjunct Investigative Counsel Panel