I am passionate about helping my clients experience the best divorce possible. I believe that clients can actually have a positive divorce, or at a minimum, a less traumatic divorce, with the right resources and support. My goal is to empower you to create the best solutions possible for your divorce. I offer collaborative law, mediation, divorce consulting and coaching.
As an experienced collaborative divorce attorney and mediator, I provide the structure, guidance and legal knowledge for your divorce process, whether it is through mediation or collaborative law or divorce consulting. When you retain me, you have the advantage of an advocate whose practice has continually evolved since I began it in 2002. When I first started to practice law, I did what I was taught in law school which was to litigate and have the strongest, most persuasive argument. After two years of going to court and following a “traditional” motions/trials model, I trained in Collaborative Law and Mediation, and knew that I wanted to practice collaborative law and mediation to support people in the best way possible through their divorce.
Collaborative Law is a different kind of advocacy. It is the type of advocacy in which, with the assistance of your attorney, you become educated about the law and your options, but you also discover that there are different ways of resolving the differences and disputes that you may have with your spouse/partner. Both collaborative law and mediation are rooted in understanding how to effectively solve conflict and manage difficult emotions in a constructive manner.
I went to Seattle University Law School which I am very proud of. It is a Jesuit university dedicated to peace and social justice. Collaborative Law for me is an extension of my passion for human rights and justice, and treating individuals with dignity. Prior to law school, I lived in Latin America; in Lima, Peru as a student, and after I received a graduate degree in Applied Linguistics from Indiana University at Bloomington, I taught English in Honduras, and then in Seattle at the community college level. My past educational and life experience, including being a mother of two beautiful children, has enabled me to offer legal services with a human touch. My clients generally say they feel that I gave them excellent legal counsel and a feeling of being listened to and supported which gave them the confidence to work through the difficult legal and emotional terrain of divorce.
J.D. Seattle University School of Law: 2002
M.A. Indiana University at Bloomington; Applied Linguistics: 1985
B.A. Indiana University, Double Major in English and Spanish: 1983
Junior Year Abroad in Lima, Peru.