Meet Attorney Leslie Blankman

Leslie Blankman, Attorney at Blankman Law

Leslie M. Blankman is a Washington State licensed attorney practicing in King County. Leslie is a graduate of Seattle University School of Law. In addition to her legal studies, Leslie's background in Behavioral Sciences provides her the ability to navigate her clients through the legal and the emotional aspects of divorce.  She is a compassionate advocate with a focus on meeting the goals and desires of her clients.

Leslie is also a certified mediator.  She completed Basic Mediation Training through King County Dispute Resolution Center and completed the mediation practicum through the Dispute Resolution Center in Snohomish, Island, and Skagit Counties.  Her mediation practice focuses on disputes where there is a need for an ongoing relationship including, family law (divorce, legal separation, parenting plans, child support, custody issues), neighbor, landlord/tenant, work-place, Home Owner Association (HOA), and partner disputes. 

Prior to launching Blankman Law & Mediation, Leslie spent 14 years at Microsoft in engineering, where she worked on Microsoft Office for the Mac, Windows Phone, and Microsoft Speech Technologies, and in Legal and Corporate Affairs, where she supported the Silicon Architecture Team and the Developer Division.  To facilitate the change from technology to family law, Leslie completed a one-year Family Law Fellowship through Eastside Legal Assistance Program where she represented clients in Domestic Violence Protection Order and Family Law matters.  Working in legal aid was a rewarding experience that is the cornerstone of Leslie's practice. 

Professional Associations

 

Pro-bono work

Speeches and Publications

Basic Mediation Training & Family Mediation Training 
August 25, 2020 - Ongoing
Leslie currently teaches the Mediator Ethics and Legal Framework session for the Basic Mediation Training (BMT) and the Dissolution Process session for Family Mediation Training courses through the Dispute Resolution Center of Snohomish, Island, and Skagit Counties. She also provides coaching, assessment, and feedback for mediation practicum candidates and students.
 
Family Mediation Training
April, 13 2021
Leslie taught the Dissolution Process session for the Family Mediation Training course through King County Dispute Resolution Center.
 
Domestic Violence Screening in Collaborative Law
September 5, 2018
Leslie presented a lecture on Domestic Violence Screening to Eastside King County Collaborative Law colleagues. 
Domestic Violence Considerations during Mediation

May 17, 2016

Leslie presented a lecture on Domestic Violence Considerations during Mediation through the Dispute Resolution Center of Snohomish and Island Counties.

New Lawyer Education: Mediation Basics

January 19, 2016

Leslie served as faculty member and panelist for "New Lawyer Education: Mediation Basics" CLE, through the Washington State Bar Association.

Divorce Roadmap: Taking the Mystery out of Dissolutions

January 21, 2016

Leslie presented community lecture on the dissolution process at the Redmond library in partnership with the Eastside Legal Assistance Program.

ELAP Breakfast for Justice

May 14, 2015

Leslie spoke about her experience as a Family Law Fellow at the ELAP Breakfast for Justice, ELAP's annual fundraising breakfast attended by over 500 people.

Divorce Roadmap: Taking the Mystery out of Dissolutions

March 31, 2015

Leslie presented “Divorce Roadmap: Taking the Mystery out of Dissolutions” at the Mercer Island Community Center.

ELAP Family Law Fellowship Experience

December 2014

Leslie wrote about her experience as an ELAP Family Law Fellow.

King County Collaborative Law
Collaborativ Practice - Resolving Disputes Respectfully