Passion. Experience. Diligence.

Carolyn Elsey

Carolyn began practicing law in 1994.  If you asked her family they would tell you she really started as a child, always trying to make sure everything followed the rules.  Perpetually rooting for the underdog, she was never shy about making sure everyone got a fair shake.

In her first 18 years as a lawyer, she handled family law cases and had a public defense contract representing adults and children in psychiatric facilities and those dealing with Child Protective Service in foster care.  She successfully handled the first challenge in the state to CPS under the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act.  

After a short break to work for another firm out of town, Carolyn returned to open an office in downtown Tacoma in 2016 to focus on family law.  In addition to family law, she has experience in personal injury, bankruptcy, and garnishment.  

Carolyn is excited to be working in Tacoma again.  Her new office incorporates the latest technology to make communication with clients easy and court presentations more effective. Located in the historic 1903 Provident Building, the past and present meet to help you chart your future.


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Juris Doctor, 1993

M.A., History, 1990

B.A., History, 1988

Activities & Affiliations

• Washington State Bar Association, Member
• Tacoma-Pierce County Bar Association, Member

Bar Admissions

• Washington State
• United States District Court, Western District of Washington





The Historic Provident Building

With its prominent location on Pacific Avenue the Provident Building has helped serve as an anchor in the central Tacoma business district for more than a century.  Considered the finest office building constructed in 1903-1904, it was the costliest structure built at the time and is a good example of the work of locally prominent architect George W. Bullard.  For its first forty years the building was home to Provident Life & Trust Co., one of the east coast's most well-established insurance companies.  Since then it has housed many office and retail tenants while still maintaining its beautiful character-defining features and atmosphere.  One of the current tenants is the Tacoma Historical Society -- stop in downstairs and take a look when you come to our office.