My personal philosophy is to never add conflict to a family law case. The parties involved have often had difficulty with effective communication and I view it as part of my job to facilitate and even strengthen communications as the parties work towards a resolution. I believe much more is accomplished through civility than bullying.
For me, life is about the relationships we have with one another. The relationships we have with our family members, even after a separation or divorce, will persist for years or even decades. The relationships we have with our children need to be protected and cherished.
The same is true for me in my approach to practicing law. I make my relationships with clients a priority. In order to be an effective advocate, it is critical that we develop a trusting and honest connection. I also value my relationships with opposing counsel and other members of the bar. I have found that thoughtful analysis, combined with respectful communications with the other side can often resolve even the most difficult situations.
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I endorse this lawyer. Janel is a great attorney. Her calm confidence is very reassuring to her clients. I had the great pleasure of working with her some years ago and really appreciated her level headed approach to her cases.
Patricia Steele Divorce and separation Attorney
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|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Rising Star 2010||Washington Law & Politics Magazine||2010|
|Associate Attorney||Van Siclen, Stocks & Firkins||2007 - Present|
|Law Clerk||Van Siclen, Stocks & Firkins||2006 - 2007|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Solid Ground||Board Member||2007 - Present|
|Washington State Bar Association||Member||2007 - Present|
|King County Bar Association||Member||2007 - Present|
|Washington Law Review||Notes and Comments Editor||2004 - 2006|
|Public Interest Law Association||Co-President||2003 - 2006|
|Washington State Bar Association Continuing Legal Education||Life Changes after Dissolution: Steps to Take||2015|
|University of Washington School of Law||N/A||Juris Doctor||2006|
|University of Wisconsin, Madison||Behavioral Sciences and Law & Women's Studies||Bachelor of Arts||2001|
|WSBA CLE Family Law Changes||Life Changes after Dissolution: Steps to Take||2015|
|Washington Education Association Pre-Retirement Estate Planning Seminar||Estate Planning for WEA Members||2008|