Gwen Mathewson is a Seattle family law attorney whose clients are families in transition – whether forming by marriage or partnership, growing through adoption, or re-configuring through divorce or separation. With compassionate and intelligent counsel, Gwen strives to enable clients to move through their transitions wisely and with confidence. Gwen’s communication and advocacy styles are shaped by her experience in college and law school teaching as well as lawyering. She seeks to educate as well as advocate, listen as well as advise. While the circumstances of her clients vary, Gwen’s goal is always the same: pragmatic, peaceful and creative resolution that serves clients and their loved ones fully.
Gwen recognizes that for divorcing clients especially, pain and stress can be compounded by the legal process. On the other hand, with thoughtful guidance and respectful facilitation, the work of going through a divorce can support positive change and healing. Her preferred approaches are Collaborative Law and mediation because she believes non- adversarial problem solving is vastly preferable to litigation as a route to emotionally and financially healthy futures for all family members, particularly children. Consequently, Gwen focuses her practice now almost exclusively on these alternative dispute resolution processes.