Shayna V. Israel is a Principal of the firm.  Shayna’s practice focuses exclusively on family law, including divorce/dissolution, domestic partnership issues, parenting plan and child support modifications, child custody, parentage actions, non-parent custody actions, and LGBTQ+ specific legal issues.  Shayna also assists families with adoption and known-donor agreements.

Shayna has presented on family law topics, including legal issues and considerations for same-sex families associated with parentage, custody, and child support. Shayna also drafted the first pro se Second Parent Adoption Packet available through QLaw, the LGBTQ+ Bar Association of Washington.

Prior to law school, Shayna worked as a Pediatric Mental Health Specialist at Children’s Hospital in Seattle in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine, on an in-patient drug and alcohol treatment unit at Group Health Cooperative, and coordinated a 20,000+ participant study on gambling and alcohol cues at the University of Washington.  These experiences lend her a unique familiarity with and understanding of serious issues impacting families. After law school and prior to joining Skellenger Bender, Shayna served as a judicial clerk to the Honorable Mary I. Yu of the King County Superior Court, and worked as a coordinator on the Family Law Motions Calendar in King County.

Shayna is a member of the Washington State Bar Association, the King County Bar Association, and QLaw Board of Directors, where she serves on the QLaw Executive Committee, Issues and Advocacy Committee and the Judicial Evaluation Committee.

Memberships and Affiliations:

  • Washington State Bar Association
  • King County Bar Association
  • QLaw (the LGBTQ+ Bar Association of Washington)


  • American Sign Language

University of Washington School of Law, Juris Doctor.

Western Washington University, Bachelor of Arts.

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