Prior to getting licensed as a lawyer in Washington State, I spent many years as a policy analyst and advocte for non-profit organizations in St. Louis and Washinton DC. My main areas of focus were child abuse and neglect laws, domestic violence, working with congressional staff on the Violence Against Women Act, substance abuse and mental health issues as well as related family law issues. As part of this work, I have published several reports for the different organizations for which I worked.
I have provided written testimony, and testified in front of state and national congressional committees on matters related to my areas of focus above. This experience allowed me to further develop my strong public speaking skills which results in clear, concise and cogent oral arguments on the family law motions calendar and in trials.
My experience in DC, both helping to craft legislation and lobbying for reauthorization of laws and appropriations is critical to my understanding the importance and specificity of statutory language, legislative intent and other issues that are often part of my family law practice now. I have local, state and national resources to use when seeking additional information regarding family law and domestic violence. I understand the psychological issues resulting from domestic violence and the intensity of family law issues. Being aware of the psychological and legal issues involved in these cases allows me to be a strong advocate for my clients who are going through what is one of the most difficult times of their lives.
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Dawn is a highly professional, hard working, and well respected member of our community. She is a creative problem solver and looks for solutions rather than perpetuating discord. It is always a pleasure working with her on matters.
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|Family Law Attorney||Law Offices of Michael Bugni & Associates||2009 - 2012|
|Family Law Paralegal||Skellenger Bender||2005 - 2009|
|Director of Policy and Communications||Traveler's Aid International||1996 - 1998|
|Policy Analyst||National Coalition for the Homeless||1992 - 1996|
|Program Associate||Citizen's for Missouri's Children||1991 - 1992|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|King County Bar Association, Family Law Section, Legislative Committee||N/A||2011 - Present|
|Washington State Bar Association, Family Law Section||N/A||2011 - Present|
|King County Bar Association Public Policy Committee||N/A||2011 - Present|
|American Bar Association||N/A||2011 - Present|
|Dissolution/DVPO Case||Court entered 2 yr DVPO. Father ordered to: 1) have supervised visits only; 2) complete siginficant substance abuse and DV treatment; 3) take multiple, random monthly drug tests; and 4) pay $40,000 in attorney's fees for excessive intransigence.|
|Relocation Trial||Relocation with children was denied. My client became the primary parent.|
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|Seattle University||Public Policy||MPA||2012|
|Washington University School of Law||N/A||J.D||1991|
|Miami University of Ohio||Marketing||BS - Bachelor of Science||1987|
|Family Law Practice for Paralegals||Enforcing and Modifying Family Law Orders and Decrees||2015|
|King County Bar Association, Family Law Mentor/Mentee Program||Pretrial preparation||2012|