I devote my practice entirely to family law, with a focus on complex parenting cases. These types of cases are my focus because I enjoy helping parents get through the difficult and stressful process of a divorce or custody proceeding feeling informed and empowered. I believe that my role as an attorney is not only to help the client understand the law and how it will impact their life, but also to provide a sense of security, predictability, and even comfort throughout their case.
In addition to complex parenting cases, I handle all types of family law cases from the straightforward to the complex.
I am currently serving as the mentor for the King County Bar Association Family Law Mentor program. I provide training, support, and advice to a group of attorneys who are new to family law, and who have volunteered to provide direct representation to low-income persons involved in a family law matter where a child is at risk. Many of these clients are victims of domestic violence.
I am committed to being a resource not only to my clients, but to the community at large, particularly in the areas of domestic violence advocacy and the welfare of children.
Licensed since 2008
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|Award Name||Grantor||Date Granted|
|Rising Star||Washington Super Lawyers||2014|
|Family Law Mentor||King County Bar Association||2013 - 2013|
|Associate||McKinley Irvin||2012 - Present|
|Associate||Rao & Pierce, PLLC||2008 - 2012|
|Association Name||Position Name||Duration|
|King County Bar Association, Family Law Mentor/Mentee Program||Mentor||2013 - Present|
|King County Bar Association, Family Law Section||Member||2008 - Present|
|Washington State Bar Association, Family Law Section||Member||2008 - Present|
|In re the Marriage of Goldsmith, Court of Appeals of the State of Washington, Division II, No. 37291-0.||Affirmed in favor of the Respondent in an upublished opinion.|
|Relocation||Successfully blocked the relocation pending trial. The parties ultimately settled with the mother agreeing not to relocate.|
|Dissolution of Marriage||The parties settled their case with the wife receiving several years of maintenance and a disproportionate award of property.|
|NW Lawyer||Defining Family – De facto Parentage||2014|
|The Seattle Lesbian||What LGBT Couples Need to Know About Their Parental Rights||2014|
|King County Bar Bulletin||New Cases Broaden De Facto Parentage Doctrine||2014|
|Edge on the Net||Attorney Elizabeth Hoffman on the Evolving Definition of Family||2014|
|McKinley Irvin Family Law Blog||How to Divorce if You are Unsure You are Legally Married...and What to do if You're Not||2014|
|McKinley Irvin Family Law Blog||How to Create a Workable Long Distance Parenting Plan||2013|
|McKinley Irvin Family Law Blog||5 Tips to Start You on the Road to Re-Employment after a Divorce||2012|
|Seattle University School of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||2008|
|Smith College||Government||BA - Bachelor of Arts||2003|