The above video is a couple of years old. A new one is currently on my web page - www.smobrian.com.
I began practicing family law in 1986. I knew from the moment I started law school that I would be a family law attorney because I had the advantage of having worked 10 years in the legal field prior to going to law school. I worked for attorneys who saw the practice of family law as just another "business" venture - another way to make money.
I, on the other hand, cared about the person, and knew that once I was a licensed attorney, my practice would look entirely different. I wanted clients to feel cared for and accepted, and to know that I would be extremely effective in helping them with their case. And after almost 29 years of practicing family law, I can honestly say that my passion for people and for family law has resulted in a great feeling of accomplishment.
I have had the privilege of representing some wonderful men and women, some of whom still keep in touch with me today. I have had the privilege of appearing before some excellent King County Family Law Commissioners and King County Judges, some of whom are no longer with us, and I feel validated by the kind and complimentary comments I have received from them over the years about my approach to family law, my thoroughness, and my civility in the process. I now have the privilege of working with three wonderful associate attorneys, and brainstorming with them on all of their cases. I am now focusing my personal practice on representing people who wish to be involved in the collaborative law process.
Licensed since 1986
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|Award Name||Grantor||Date Granted|
|Certificate of Appreciation||King County Superior Court||2005|
|Certificate of Appreciation||King County Superior Court||2004|
|Certificate of Appreciation||King County Superior Court||2003|
|Certificate of Appreciation||King County Superior Court||2002|
|Certificate of Appreciation||King County Superior Court||2001|
|Certificate of Appreciation||King County Superior Court||2000|
|Certificate of Appreciation||King County Superior Court||1999|
|Certificate of Appreciation||King County Superior Court||1998|
|Association Name||Position Name||Duration|
|Snohomish County Bar Association & Family Law Section||Member||1990 - Present|
|American Bar Association & Family Law Section||Member||1986 - Present|
|Washington State Bar Association & Family Law Section||Member||1986 - Present|
|King County Bar Association & Family Law Section||Member||1986 - Present|
|East King County Bar Association||Member||N/A|
|Washington Collaborative Law||Member||N/A|
|International Academy of Collaborative Professionals||Member||N/A|
|University of Puget Sound School of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1986|
|Metropolitan State College of Denver||Business Administration||BS - Bachelor of Science||1984|
|Seattle University Law School||Unbundled Legal Services||2004|
|Edmonds Community College, Paralegal Program||Dissolution||2001|