Major life decisions should be made by the people who must live with them. That is Gail’s philosophy. Going to Court should be the last resort. She works with couples and attorneys to assist them in mediation in order to reach positive life decisions. Coming to joint resolution empowers couples to form their futures for themselves and their children without acrimony.
Gail is also trained to mediate Elder Law issues, working with whole families on making decisions to deal with end of life challenges for a love one. When a beloved elder member of a family needs help and that person’s family members do not think they can reach agreements on the future for mom or dad or how to divide the estate, it is ideal for a skilled mediator to assist with navigating dangerous waters that can divide family members for many years.
Gail Nunn has practiced law in Everett, Washington since 1987. She received her Bachelor of Science Degree with High Honor from Michigan State University and is a die hard Spartan fan. She received her Juris Doctor Degree, Cum Laude from the University of Puget Sound School of Law (now Seattle University). For her entire career she had devoted 100% of her practice to all aspects of family law, including dissolution, modifications, adoptions, estate planning and mediation to resolve family related disputes and transitions. She is a fellow in the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers and has won cases at the Court of Appeals and Washington State Supreme Court. Gail has extensive training and participation in Collaborative Law where a team approach is used to reach agreements without the need of a courtroom.
In addition Ms. Nunn serves frequently as a mediator and arbitrator in family law matters and has served on both the Snohomish County Superior Court and South District Court as both a judge pro tempore and commissioner pro tempore. She has received extensive mediation training through her involvement in Collaborative Law. This includes a 40 hour training at the Center for Understanding in Conflict and annual continuing education. She has been very active in a variety of Washington State Bar association committees. In addition she has been involved with Washington Women Lawyers on both the state and local level. She won the Snohomish County Equal Access to Justice Award in 2000. She has had two published appellate cases and a recent Washington State Supreme Court case.
- In re the Marriage of Pearson- Maines, 70 Wn App 860, 855 P2d 1210 (1993)
- Bay v. Estate of Bay, 125 Wn App 468, 105 P3d 434 (2005)
- Aiken v. Aiken, Case No 92631-0, Decided en banc January 12, 2017
Areas of Practice
75% Mediation and Collaborative Law
25% Family Law including Qualified Domestic Relations Orders Preperation
U.S. District Court Western District of Washington, 1988
Seattle University School of Law, Seattle, WashingtonJ.D. cum laude – 1986
Michigan State UniversityB.S. – 1975
Honors: With Honors
Major: Urban Planning
Contributing Author, Washington practice – Family & Community Property Law, Thomson Reuters, Vol 19-20, 2015
A Better Walk to the Courthouse – The World of Collaborative Practice, On line magazine, June, 2014
In re the Marriage of Pearson-Maines, 70 Wn App 860, 855 P2d 1210 (1993)
Bay v. Estate of Bay, 125 Wn App 468, 105 P3d 434 (2005)
Aiken v. Aiken, Case No 92631-0, Decided en banc January 12, 2017
Frequent presenter at Continuing Legal Education Seminars
Professional Associations and Memberships
Washington State Bar Association , 1987 – Present
Cypress Collaborative Divorce Practice Group
Collaborative Professionals of Washington, current board member
American Bar Association , 1987 – Present
Snohomish County Bar Association , President of Snohomish County Bar Association, 1997 – Present
Washington Women Lawyers , President of Snohomish County’s local chapter, 1992 – 1993
Board for Snohomish County Legal Services , Chair, 2006 – Present
Nine years on Family Law Executive Committee of the Washington State Bar Association
North Sound Collaborative Law, Member
International Association of Collaborative Professionals , 2010 – Present
American Association of Matrimonial Lawyers, Fellow, 2012 – Present