Welcome to my profile. I particularly welcome families who have emergency custody,... more
Welcome to my profile. I particularly welcome families who have emergency custody, domestic violence or restraining order issues. I can typically get appropriate orders within hours to protect you and/or the child(ren). Feel free to call after hours because I check my messages regularly. I have spent the past 18 years of my legal career (since 1995) immersing myself in the intricacies of ch... 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 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
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.
Education University of Washington, B.A. - Society Justice, 1999 Seattle University... more
Education University of Washington, B.A. - Society Justice, 1999 Seattle University School of Law, J.D., Cum Laude, 2006 Area of Practice Family Law Admitted to Practice Washington State Courts Professional Memberships Washington State Bar Association, Member Tacoma Pierce County Bar Association, Member King County Bar Association, Member American Bar A... view profile
I am very priviledged to continue to provide family law legal services throughout... more
I am very priviledged to continue to provide family law legal services throughout Pierce and Kitsap Counties. I welcome new cases in traditional litigation, uncontested matters, and collaborative law. I am happy to work with clients who are local or who live in other jurisdictions/states. I have been practicing family exclusively since 2010 and have been practicing law in general since 2... view profile
I have been a lawyer for over twentyyears. From January 2011 to April 2013,I served... more
I have been a lawyer for over twentyyears. From January 2011 to April 2013,I served as aPierce County Superior Court Commissioner. I presided over family law, probate/estate, guardianship, mental illness, juvenile court, landlord tenant, mortage foreclosure, and other matters. I chose to leave the bench and to return to private practice. Imissed lawyering and directly helping others.My practice... 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.