I feel privileged to help folks who lack the legal experience to help themselves. I am in my 24th year of practicing law.
Why hire me? I am very experienced, honest, have a proven track record of getting good results and not afraid of hard work.
Four incredible people have had an incredible positive impact. No man is a more humble and honest than my father (survived Husky football in mid 50's, received his doctorate and touched countless young people as a school Superintendent). From my mother, I learned perservance (working as an RN, never once complaining about the long hours). My brother was the hardest working athlete I ever saw (WSU baseball player) and he has carried this ethic into a very successful coaching/teaching career. My wife teaches me compassion and drive, I could not have a more caring, hard working wife and mother of my three children.
I have battle-scarred empathy. I too have struggled with issues life presents. I understand the stress losing a job; I know the challenge of financially surviving in this world; I have experienced family dramas; and I have felt the unclassey sting of small-town politics.
I have alot of heart and perserverence. Athletics at a young age instilled this in me. Although I was never the most talented athlete - I worked very hard to make it to the college level.
I have great legal experience. I worked as Prosecutor in 1998, have worked as a Public Defender and private practice for over 20 years. Also, I served well over a decade in the U.S. Army Reserves as a JAG officer, where I helped hundreds of soldiers which included six short overseas tours (including 3 to Korea).
In addition, I had the distinct honor of being an intern for Paul Luvera and John Murphy in the early 90's--I have never seen men so passionate in their search for justice and their unmatched work ethic. I was very lucky to office share with several wonderful men and attorneys -- Jim Anderson taught me the importance of a strong community presence; Brian Paxton showed how a fine sense of balance and work can be of benefit and John Ward taught me that being a country gentleman lawyer is a very worthwhile endeavor.
I am affordable and set my fees based on what you can afford.
This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority in 2019.
Suspension issued in WA, 2019
updated on 11/07/2019
This means the attorney lost his or her license to practice law for a period of time. The attorney typically returns to practicing law when the suspension expires.
Admonition issued in WA, 2019
updated on 03/03/2020
An admonition means an attorney did something wrong but may still practice law. The Bar gives the lawyer an admonition in hopes that he or she will not repeat the behavior.