About My Practice

Attorney Denise Diskin’s practice is focused on helping individuals facing workplace discrimination and harassment, those going through a divorce with custody and property matters, and those seeking adoption. She frequently represents gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and genderqueer or non-conforming clients and survivors of sex or gender-based harassment and domestic violence.

Denise has a particular interest in advocating on behalf of employees wrongfully denied family leave for illness or pregnancy, as well as furthering the rights of LGBT individuals in the workplace. She has handled cases before the U.S. District Court, King County Superior Court, King County District Court, Office of Administrative Hearings, and the American Arbitration Association, and has negotiated settlements in formal and informal mediation.

Denise has been named a “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers in 2014 – 2018.  She is also a frequent speaker on employment discrimination and LGBTQ access to the legal system, and has given presentations to the Washington State Bar Association, Washington State Human Rights Commission and many other organizations.

How I Help

In divorce, harassment, discrimination, and similar legal matters, I take a holistic approach to helping clients identify the best solution for them.  I then advocate strongly on their behalf in seeking to achieve the best result for them.

Contrary to popular belief, often the best results are not achieved at trial, but rather through detailed case advancement, evidence development, creative problem-solving, and experienced and objective-oriented legal counsel in negotiation and settlement discussions.

Similarly, family law matters, particularly those involving children, require an approach which meets both short term and long term goals.  Usually it is in the best interest of both parents to craft a solution that is best for them, rather than leaving outcomes to a judge.

While we work diligently towards securing a favorable outcome for clients prior to litigation, in some matters trial is necessary.  When a satisfactory resolution cannot be achieved through negotiation and trial is necessary, then I and our firm work tenaciously in building evidence, litigating forcefully, and in seeking a full and complete victory for clients at trial with a single-minded focus on winning.

I take great care to ensure that clients are informed and prepared at all stages of their case.  I appreciate that for many clients, hiring me may be their first significant experience with the legal process.  By helping clients be prepared intellectually and emotionally, they are in a better position to help further their case.

Bar Admissions and Professional Affiliations

  • Washington State Bar Association
    • Co-Chair, 2013 Washington State Bar Association Annual Employment Law CLE
    • Member, LGBT Law Section
  • U.S. District Court of the Western District of Washington
  • Washington State Bar Association
    • Co-Chair, 2013 Washington State Bar Association Annual Employment Law CLE
    • Member, Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Legal Issues Section
    • The Pacific Coast Labor and Employment Law Conference, and co-chaired the
  • QLaw: the GLBT Bar Association of Washington
    • Chair, QLaw Foundation GLBT Legal Clinic Committee (2011-2013)
  • Washington Employment Lawyers Association
  • Washington State Association for Justice


  • J.D., University of California, Hastings College of the Law
  • B.A., University of California, Santa Cruz, with honors


I enjoy riding my bike to work, and am an avid fan of the Reign, Seattle’s outstanding professional women’s soccer team.