I am passionate about being a strong advocate for clients during challenging times in their lives. I understand how important family is, and will work with you to protect your rights and interests without adding unnecessarily to the stress, animosity, and chaos that can affect a family going through a divorce, custody disagreement, or other legal action. My practice welcomes all clients, but has a particular emphasis on addressing the unique needs of survivors of domestic violence, military families, and LGBTQ families facing discrimination or extra hurdles.
Happy times can be challenging too, and I enjoy helping families that are expanding through adoption or assisted reproduction, as well as working out agreements between new partners who want to avoid future conflict. I also have a special interest in helping clients in need of a “fresh start,” including people looking to clear their criminal record, transgender persons wanting their correct name and gender on official documents post-transition, and veterans needing to secure their health care, disability, and education benefits to succeed in civilian life.
I am an active volunteer with the King County Bar Association’s Neighborhood Legal Clinics and Eastside Legal Assistance Program’s Family Law Clinics, and I am dedicated to helping lower-income clients access legal help as a member of the Washington State Bar Association’s Moderate Means Program. (Sliding-scale fee structure based on income and family size for households between 200% to 400% of the federal poverty guidelines.)