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I practice Health Care Law with a focus on Long Term Care and Seniors Housing (“LTCSH”). I have a unique and lifelong connection with the LTCSH community. My mother was a Director of Nursing in both traditional nursing homes and in a skilled nursing unit at an Eastern Washington hospital, where I spent many hours while growing up. Long Term Care and Seniors Housing has been part of the landscape of my life since as long as I can remember. I bring an understanding and passion to the work I do for providers in this industry.

I graduated with honors from Seattle University School of Law, and remain active and engaged in the practice of health care law. I served as the Chair of the Washington State Bar Association Health Law Section and remain active in several professional associations serving various health care provider groups in Washington, Oregon and nationally. I also served as Evergreen Healthcare’s General Counsel for several years, where I oversaw all aspects of the company’s legal matters. I'm skilled at, and enjoy, navigating survey and certification issues and working with providers to develop meaningful plans of correction: those that address immediate issues while establishing goals that support sustainable, coordinated outcomes. 

I was recruited from Evergreen Healthcare by Lane Powell, where I helped further establish its Long Term Care and Seniors Housing group. I come to Cairncross & Hempelmann from that position and head up their Long Term Care and Seniors Housing group. My practice works closely with the firm’s Health Care group and Real Estate group, as well as the Retail, Hotel & Restaurant group.


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Practice areas

  1. Health Care: 80%
    11 years
  2. Real Estate: 10%
  3. Business: 10%

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Contact info

Cairncross & Hempelmann

524 Second Avenue
Suite 500
Seattle, WA, 98104


ORSuspended - Non-Disciplinary201108/20/2016
WAAdministrative Suspension200508/16/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Outstanding Board MemberSeattle Journal for Social Justice2004
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Of CounselCairncross & Hempelmann, PS2012 - Present
Counsel to the FirmLane Powell, PC2011 - 2011
General CounselEvergreen Healthcare2006 - 2010
AssociateAbeyta Nelson Injury Law2005 - 2006
Association namePosition nameDuration
Pioneer NetworkVolunteer2013 - Present
Washington Health Care AssociationPAC Board Member2013 - Present
Washington State Residential Care Council of Adult Family HomesMember2012 - Present
Oregon Health Care AssociationMember2012 - Present
Washington Health Care AssociationMember2012 - Present
Making Oregon Vital for Elders (M.O.V.E.)Member2011 - Present
Health Care Compliance AssociationMember2005 - Present
American Health Lawyers Association, Long Term Care Practice GroupMember2005 - Present
Washington State Bar Association, Healthcare Law SectionFormer Memeber and Past President and Chair2007 - 2011
Defense Research InstituteMember2005 - 2011
Publication nameTitleDate
Long Term Care AdvisorLooking Forward on Background Checks2007
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Seattle University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2005
University of WashingtonPolitical ScienceBA - Bachelor of Arts2001
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
WHCA Annual Convention & ExpoHoarding and Self Neglect: How to Balance Resident Risks with Resident Rights2013
OHCA 2013 Spring ExpoManaging Capacity Issues in the Senior Life Communities2013
WHCA Chapter MeetingPOLST & End of Life Directives2012
WHCA Winter ConferenceHIPAA and the Assisted Living Facility2011
WHCA Webinar SeriesMedical Marijuana and Your Residents2011
OHCA WebinarMedical Marijuana in Your Community/Agency2011
OHCA 2011 Spring ExpoMedical Marijuana in the LTC Setting2011