Client-focused, results-driven, quality counsel for your construction, real estate, probate, and estate planning needs.
Ms. Fordham is a litigation attorney with more than 15 years' experience representing clients in construction, construction-defect, real estate, and property-related matters. She also handles probate matters and assists clients with their estate planning needs.
Ms. Fordham has substantial experience representing both owners and contractors in construction and construction defect-related disputes. For the first several years of her legal career, Ms. Fordham represented homeowners and condominium associations in complex, multi-party construction defect lawsuits. She also represented condominium and homeowner association clients in collection, judicial foreclosure, and quiet title actions.
In 2011, Ms. Fordham "switched sides" and joined an insurance defense firm where she defended developers, contractors, and subcontractors in construction-defect related-disputes throughout Washington and Oregon. Ms. Fordham's diverse background gives her a unique perspective that is immensely helpful in resolving these types of disputes, often short of costly and time-consuming litigation. Many local mediators have expressed appreciation for Ms. Fordham's ability to weigh both sides of a dispute and cut to the chase. Ms. Fordham has tendered claims to general liability insurance carriers on behalf of homeowners and been appointed by general liability insurance carriers to serve as insurance defense counsel for contractors and subcontractors. She has intimate knowledge of how insurance companies process and settle property damage claims. This knowledge is helpful to homeowners seeking coverage for their damages, as well as contractors seeking coverage for defense costs and indemnity for claimed damages.
In 2017, Ms. Fordham left a partnership at the Seattle-based insurance defense firm where she worked for more than six years to return to her roots in North Tacoma. She continued practicing construction law and also began handling more real estate and property-related transactions and disputes. Ms. Fordham and her staff pride themselves on providing quality, cost-effective service to homeowners, real estate investors, builders, and developers alike. Ms. Fordham is the go-to resource for many local realtors and title companies when issues arise in connection with a forthcoming or pending transaction. She provides creative and cost-effective solutions for complex problems and counsels clients on how to quickly and affordably accomplish their goals so they can close transactions with peace of mind.
Ms. Fordham opened Fordham Law, PLLC in 2018 to focus on providing personalized legal counsel in an environment where client goals and long-lasting relationships are valued over turning a profit. She believes in taking the time to truly understand her clients' needs and goals and aims to provide quality legal services at affordable prices.
Ms. Fordham is a Pacific Northwest native. She obtained her BA from the University of Washington in 2002 and is an avid Husky football fan. She obtained her law degree from Seattle University in 2006. When she is not at work, you will find Ms. Fordham spending time with friends and family, enjoying Washington wine and cuisine, and cheering for the Dawgs at Husky Stadium.
|OR||Suspended - Non-Disciplinary||2012||11/15/2021|
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Clients' Choice Award||AVVO||2020|
|Clients' Choice Award||AVVO||2019|
|Owner /Attorney||Fordham Law, PLLC||2018 - Present|
|Senior Litigation Attorney||Dickson Frohlich, PS||2016 - 2018|
|Partner||Clement & Drotz, PLLC||2011 - 2016|
|Associate Attorney||Sundberg & Pody||2010 - 2011|
|Associate Attorney||Barker Martin, PS||2006 - 2010|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Washington Women Lawyers (Pierce County chapter)||Member||2020 - Present|
|Tacoma Pierce County Bar Association||Member||2020 - Present|
|Washington State Bar Association, Real Property, Probate and Trust Section||Member||2019 - Present|
|Washington State Bar Association, Construction Law Section||Member||2019 - Present|
|Washington State Bar Association, Solo and Small Practice Section||Member||2019 - Present|
|Washington State Bar Association||Member||2006 - Present|
|Seattle University School of Law||JD - Juris Doctor||2006|
|University of Washington||BA - Bachelor of Arts||2002|
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