A Thoughtful And Caring Approach To Your Legal Needs
My philosophy is to provide compassionate, effective and high-quality family law legal services, primarily focusing on Collaborative Law and Mediation.
I am focused on helping my clients reach the best legal, financial and emotional result possible. I believe in working towards constructive outcomes so that you and your spouse can live a better life.
I help you to identify your goals, interests, and needs and to come up with creative solutions that work. I match the approach to your needs and interests. Creating a safe environment in which to do this is part of my job, as well as educating and informing you of the various options available to you so you can make the best choices possible for you and your family.
Minimizing emotional pain and conflict of my clients is a goal of mine. I want you to feel at the end of the day that you did your best, and now you are ready to move on and live your life in a positive manner.
I practice yoga and try to bring the strength, calmness, peace and clarity to my law and mediation practice.
I bring a strong academic background, a wealth of life experience and a values-based philosophy to my family collaborative law and mediation practice. I received my J.D. from Seattle University School of Law in 2002. Prior to law school, I graduated from Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana with majors in English and Spanish. I studied abroad for one year in Lima, Peru. I have an M.A. in Applied Linguistics from Indiana University (1995), and I spent two years working overseas in Tegucigalpa, Honduras working as a teacher and a teacher trainer. I have lived in Seattle for close to twenty years. Prior to attending law school, I taught at Seattle Central Community College for five years. When I graduated from law school, I chose to do family law because it was a natural fit for me: I love children, working with parents to nourish and preserve their families, and working towards a humane and just way to serve families’ legal needs. It is important to me to help individuals who are facing difficulty, and to help them overcome adversity and see hope. If I can help and support my clients during this transitional time with respect, that is a great reward for me. Having raised two beautiful children, I understand the importance and the intricacies of raising children and protecting and nurturing your family. Simply put, my philosophy is to combine compassion, with a just result.
- I promise to act with integrity and purpose with your case. I promise to have direct, respectful and honest communication with you. That may mean that I will tell you things that you may not want to hear, but I will assist you to understand my perspective or the various choices that I believe will help you. I will answer all of your questions so that you feel informed and can make the best decisions possible for your personal and legal situation. Ultimately, I will respect that, it is your life and I will respect the decision(s) you make. If I find that someone else can better serve your legal needs, I will communicate that at the earliest moment and will refer you to someone who I believe is an excellent match for your particular case. I have a vast network of resources which I am always willing to share.
- I will offer different perspectives to the same problem with the hope that you will understand various choices, so you can ultimately make the best choices for yourself, and your family.
- I promise to treat your financial resources that you have entrusted with me with the utmost care. I will keep records of all conversations and time spent on your case and will inform you of your trust balance on a monthly basis or more regularly if you ask.
- I will be cost-effective with your case, but will spend the necessary time to do things to the best of my ability which will ultimately best serve you in your case.
- I practice in a legal holistic model. While I am an attorney and not a therapist, I do give legal “counsel” which incorporates years of skill, perspective and wisdom. I strive to provide compassion and sound legal advice always.
- King County Collaborative Law; Board Member and Co-Chair of Family Law Section for 2010-2011; Co-Vice-Chair of Family Law Section 2009-2010.
- King County Bar Association: Judicial Nomination Committee;Lawyer Referral Service; Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Section; Family Law Clinic.
- Washington State Bar Association; Family Law Section; ADR Section
- International Academy of Collaborative Professionals.
- Northwest Immigrant Rights Project: pro-bono immigration asylum petition.
I have also regularly volunteered in my children’s schools ever since they could walk and talk, and am an active alumnae with Seattle University School of Law. In my free time, I cook and garden with my family, walk my dog Harry, and go to yoga classes.