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
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
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
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.
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
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
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.