I have been a lawyer for over twenty-five years. From January 2011 to April 2013, I served as a Pierce County Superior Court Commissioner. I presided over family law, probate/estate, guardianship, mental illness, juvenile court, landlord tenant, mortage foreclosure, and other matters. I chose to leave the bench and to return to private practice. I missed lawyering and directly helping others. My practice focuses on family law--primarily divorce, legal separation, and child custody. I represent clients in high-conflict litigation as well as in collaborative mediation. My prior experience as a social worker and my mediation skills are essential to helping others to handle stress and to focus on long-term goals.
Serving on the bench has sharpened my ability to present an objective perspective and to assist a potential client in evaluating outcomes. For those who are contemplating separation from their spouse, I provide an initial one-hour consultation for $100.00 to provide legal advice on community property law, our court system, the processes of divorce and legal separation, the available options (uncontested, contested-litigated, and contested collaborative), and the like. For those that contact me who already find themselves separated, or who need help in other areas (custody, parenting plan modifications, child support, contempt, paternity, etc.) I provide a one-hour consultation for $100.00 to explain the law, their options, and help them decide how to proceed.
I am a founding member of the Collaborative Law Professionals of Pierce County, and a former president of our county bar association. I continue to be involved with a variety of boards and committees. When I am not busy with clients or bar association activities, I enjoy time with my husband, my many pets, and my piano.
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Appreciation for Service as President||Tacoma Pierce County Bar Association||2008|
|Appreciation for Service as Trustee||Tacoma Pierce County Bar Association||2006|
|American Jursiprudence||Lawyers Cooperative Publishing||1989|
|Owner||Law Office of Wendy E. Zicht||1999 - Present|
|Court Commissioner||Pierce County Superior Court||2011 - 2013|
|Associate||McKinley & Irvin||1997 - 1999|
|Associate||Law Office of Robert Helland||1991 - 1997|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Mediators Without Boarders||Member||2008 - Present|
|International Academy of Collaborative Professionals||Member||2006 - Present|
|Collaborative Law Professionals of Pierce County||Member||2006 - Present|
|Washington State Bar Association||Member||1991 - Present|
|Tacoma Pierce County Bar Association, Family Law Section||Member||1991 - Present|
|Tacoma Pierce County Bar Association||President||2007 - 2008|
|Tacoma Pierce County Bar Association||Vice President||2006 - 2007|
|Old Town Business and Professional Association||Secretary||2006 - 2007|
|Tacoma Pierce County Bar Association||President, Family Law Section||2005 - 2006|
|Tacoma Pierce County Bar Association||Trustee||2004 - 2006|
|Tacoma Pierce County Bar Association||Vice-President, Family Law Section||2002 - 2003|
|Administrative Office of the Courts||Judicial College Certificate||2011|
|University of Puget Sound School of Law||JD||1991|
|Ohio State University, Columbus||BA||1984|
|Tacoma-Pierce County Bar Association||Starting a practice on a shoe-string||2012|
|Settlement Conference Training||Ethics and the Uniform Mediation Act||2009|
|Pacific Currents, Sound Perspectives on ADR||Settlement Conference Strategies that Work: Strategies for Mediating High-Conflict Family Law Cases||2008|
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