I am a mediator/arbitrator and practice personal injury and civil rights law. I was... more
I am a mediator/arbitrator and practice personal injury and civil rights law. I was on the bench for 19 years as a Washington Court of Appeals Commissioner and Judge and a Spokane County Superior Court Judge. I am a neutral with the American Arbitration Association.
The law is an adversarial process by definition, and when it comes to families and... more
The law is an adversarial process by definition, and when it comes to families and personal matters, confrontation does little to truly resolve the situation. I prefer to approach family matters with dispute resolution as a viable alternative to expensive litigation. I also do traditional legal representation and will aggressively pursue resolving the issues using the court system. While I ... view profile
Teach numerous employment seminars for organizations and employers including:... more
Teach numerous employment seminars for organizations and employers including: Washington State Bar Association Spokane County Bar Association Washington State Trial Lawyers Association (now Washington State Association for Justice) Physicians Insurance Washington Casualty Company Washington Governmental Entity Pool National Business Institute Council on Education in Management Lorman E... view profile
I have been a strong advocate for my clients for more than 16 years. I have met some... more
I have been a strong advocate for my clients for more than 16 years. I have met some wonderful people over those years and I love what I do. I am a very zealous advocate for my clients and I think my clients know this and appreciate my hard work. I am not interested in cutting corners or taking the easy route and I give my clients my all. It's important to me to have that personal relationship ... view profile
The mediation process can help you resolve disputes without going to court. In a mediation proceeding, a neutral third party (a mediation lawyer or mediator) meets with you and the person you disagree with. Mediators are trained to find mediation solutions in legal disputes, including divorce mediation and business disagreement mediation. The mediator acts as a facilitator, helping you negotiate until a solution is found. Mediation is the most informal process for dispute resolution and is usually the least expensive method. The drawback is that, unlike an arbitrator in arbitration, the mediator does not make a final decision. So, unless the parties agree and enter into a settlement agreement, the mediation can end without the dispute being solved.