I have been a practicing Washington Family Law attorney for over 35 years. I was a... more
I have been a practicing Washington Family Law attorney for over 35 years. I was a previous president of the Family Law Section of the Tacoma-Pierce County Bar Association and the South King County Bar Association. I have also served as a Superior Court Judge pro tem, Superior Court Arbitrator, and Superior Court Commissioner pro tem for over 30 years. I was awarded the Tacoma-Pierce Co... view profile
I represent my clients with compassion and the skills I've learned from experience.... more
I represent my clients with compassion and the skills I've learned from experience. I earned my Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Washington and my Juris Doctor from Seattle University School of Law. My professional career includes service as a United States Air Force Fighter Pilot, and then many successful years in business, particularly with start-up businesses f... view profile
I understand that in family law, clients need my immediate attention, time, answers,... more
I understand that in family law, clients need my immediate attention, time, answers, and ultimately, relief from their situation. I know how to posture my cases for resolution, both inside and outside of the courtroom. I find that my willingness to go to court is often what can drive the settlement process with the other side. Whether we settle the case with the assistance of local mediators an... view profile
There are no boilerplate results in family law. I approach family law cases with an... more
There are no boilerplate results in family law. I approach family law cases with an open mind and learn as much about the client as possible. By allowing the client to tell his or her story, we can identify the issues unique to the case and determine the best course of action to get the client the results needed.
My wife is an artist, and is writing a memoir about her life as an activist in the... more
My wife is an artist, and is writing a memoir about her life as an activist in the Former Soviet Union. My youngest son is studying business marketing in college; my middle son attends an architectural school; and my oldest son is a professional musician. I have dedicated my career to providing the highest quality legal representation for my clients. I have written numerous articles, news ... view profile
Every client who walks in the door has a different life story, so I never know what... more
Every client who walks in the door has a different life story, so I never know what the day will bring. Emotions often run high in our type of practice, and it is a challenge for family law attorneys to strike the appropriate balance between compassion and empathy on one hand, and calm objectivity on the other. But, that is precisely what we must do. In family law, we deal with real people, ... view profile
I have obtained several rewarding and high settlements for clients in divorces,... more
I have obtained several rewarding and high settlements for clients in divorces, personal injury, civil rights and police misconduct cases. I obtained the highest jury verdict in Spokane County ($3 million) against a Sheriff's office for misconduct against my clients. I am a well-rounded trial attorney who has litigated a wide range of cases, including taking cases through mediation, arbitrati... view profile
In a professional sense, there is no better feeling than knowing you have helped a... more
In a professional sense, there is no better feeling than knowing you have helped a client through one of the most difficult stages in his or her life. I personally believe the best thing I can ever hear from a client is a gracious and sincere thank you.
"I want my clients to feel like their voice was heard and their interests were well-... more
"I want my clients to feel like their voice was heard and their interests were well-represented," says Danielle. "These are difficult and emotional issues. It's my job to ease their stress by tailoring my strategy to best represent the needs of each specific client, whether they need me to be aggressive on their behalf or more collaborative." "I find family law very rewarding because I'm ab... view profile
If you are getting divorced and have children, part of the divorce agreement will involve determining where and with whom the children will live. A child custody lawyer can help you negotiate custody, either by agreement or in court. The custodial parent (the one the child lives with) earns the legal right to make decisions regarding the child's lifestyle, welfare, and education. Some parents opt for joint custody, which means children divide their time between both parents' homes, and parents share the right to make decisions on behalf of the children. If you as parents are unable to agree on child custody, a judge will decide for you.