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 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
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 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
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 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 is a need in family law for attorneys to provide an emotional outlet. I pay... more
There is a need in family law for attorneys to provide an emotional outlet. I pay the utmost attention to the feelings and emotions that drive my clients, and I respect them. The outcome of a family law case can have a lifelong impact, and it is my priority to achieve a resolution they can live and be happy with.
A mentor once told me that when you start law school, you do not realize that many... more
A mentor once told me that when you start law school, you do not realize that many of the clients you will serve are coming to see you at the lowest point in their lives. That has proven to be sage advice. I have served clients who are charged with a crime, who have just experienced the loss of a loved one, and who are going through a divorce or separation. I have had the opportunity to help... view profile
A divorce lawyer helps you if you no longer want to be married. Whether you want a legal separation or the marriage ended, divorce lawyers assist you to arrange financial and family matters, typically in a negotiation with your spouse's lawyer. Alimony, child custody, child support, and a fair division of community assets (like who keeps the house or how your checking and savings accounts are divided) are matters that a divorce lawyer is trained to help determine.