L. Brooks Baldwin is a trained Collaborative Attorney and Mediator devoted to assisting her clientele as they navigate the painful process of divorce with the ultimate goal of achieving resolution in a respectful and dignified way without the devastating impact of litigation. 

Brooks’ unique background includes a lengthy stint as a seasoned litigation attorney in criminal defense, followed by a 14-year career as a freelance journalist specializing in the spa and wellness industry.

During her 8+-year career as a litigation attorney, Brooks became disenchanted with the acrimonious and competitive nature of the litigation process as well as the exorbitant related expenses to the participants, in time and money.  Passionate about writing, wellness and travel, Brooks shifted her career focus to writing and reporting on spas and the related topics of wellness, spa travel, consumer reviews, and industry news. 

In 2005, Brooks became a volunteer facilitator for the “Beyond Divorce” program at University Presbyterian Church (UPC) in Seattle.  Having endured her own challenging divorce, becoming a facilitator for a program which had benefited her and her children so greatly during her own divorce process had been a primary goal of Brooks.  While in her facilitator capacity, she also received Stephen Ministry training provided by UPC so that she could provide heightened care to the support group participants.

Since that time, Brooks has continued to dedicate herself to her role of facilitator serving in a variety of weekly divorce support groups throughout the Puget Sound.  Compassionately reaching out to others enduring the painful and traumatic divorce experience and shepherding them gently through it, has become a fulfilling and meaningful endeavor for Brooks.

In 2010, having learned about the Collaborative Law movement in Family and Divorce matters, and how much it benefitted divorcing couples and their families, Brooks chose to return to legal practice, albeit in a Collaborative capacity which respectfully circumvents the acrimonious and costly litigation process and intimidating courtroom atmosphere.  Having acquired her credentials in Collaborative Law and Mediation she opened her practice in Lake Forest Park/Shoreline area in Seattle’s north end.  Her convenient location allows her to easily serve clients in Seattle and Bellevue/Redmond/Kirkland/Woodinville areas, Bothell and Kenmore, as well as south Snohomish County including south Everett, Lynnwood, and Edmonds.  Since 2012, Brooks has also set up a satellite practice in the Tacoma/Pierce County, serving clientele in south Puget Sound.

For those seeking a respectful and dignified path through the challenging divorce process, Collaborative Divorce Services is a viable option.  Please contact Brooks to learn more about Collaborative Divorce.


  1. Member of Washington State Bar Association (1989)

  2. Member of KCCL (King County Collaborative Law)

  3. Member of IACP (International Association of Collaborative Professionals)

  4. UW School of Law Professional Mediation Training

  5. CASA (Court-Appointed Special Advocate for Children) trained

  6. KCBA Neighborhood Legal Clinic Volunteer - Family Law Specialist

  7. Juris Doctor, Seattle University School of Law

  8. Trained Stephen Minister

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L. Brooks Baldwin              Attorney/Mediator     


Collaborative Divorce & Mediation Services


(206) 307-2472

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