Would you like to resolve your legal issue peacefully and respectfully? You have choices! Call me!Life is full of uncertainties. Don't wait until it is too late to have a say in your life planning!Families are forever--even in divorce. We focus on creating a peaceful resolution for your family!Do you want a confidential process that is respectful and less expensive? Mediation is the solution!
I have four grown children and went through a divorce and later, a custody case, when my children were young. I did not prevail due to the disparity in finances between the parents and I became a non-residential parent. I understand how that feels and also know that a highly contested litigation hurts everyone, but mostly the children. I encourage peaceful resolution whenever possible and believe that settling is better than going to trial in 90% of cases. Studies have shown that people are more likely to follow court orders when the orders were the result of agreement, rather than a judge's decision. I believe it is important to support my clients' right to settle their cases in the way that works for each one of them, rather than imposing my opinion or possible court judgment on them.
I have been married 20 years to my best friend, Gene. Gene joined me as
partner on March 1, 2011, fulfilling our goal of having a law practice
together that we made in 1994 when we decided to both change careers and
go to law school.
We bring our Westies, Fiona and Fergie, to work with us everyday. Both Westies love kids and enjoy helping our clients feel less stressed while they are going through the process of their legal matter. We also love children and have kids' DVDs, books, toys, and coloring books when our clients don't have child care on days they have to visit their lawyers.
I am a Reiki Master/Teacher and a poet. I have a masters degree in
creative writing/poetry and enjoy writing generally. I love to make
natural stone jewelry and hope to get a rock tumbler and stone cutter
one of these days. Reading is my favorite thing!
Just for Today:
I will not anger; I will do my work honestly; I will not worry; I will live the attitude of gratitude; I will show love and respect to every living thing.
Reiki Morning Affirmation that I say daily. Written by Mikao Usui, first Reiki Master.
Languages spoken: Spanish
Hourly ($75-235/hour), Fixed (sometimes)
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Meredith is knowledgable, thorough and a consummate professional. I have had the good fortune to learn from her by litigating cases against her and leaned on her as a resource when facing a novel legal question, in my practice. I endorse Meredith without hesitation.
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Certified Mediator/Family Law||Washington Mediation Association||2009|
|Professional of the Year||Cambridge Who's Who||2008|
|Pro Bono Publico Service Commendation||Washington State Bar Association||2006|
|Volunteer Lawyer of the Year||Clark County Volunteer Lawyers Program||2005|
|Attorney/Mediator||McKell Graff, PLLC||2003 - Present|
|Attorney/Mediator||Walstead Mertsching Attorneys at Law||2002 - 2003|
|Mediator/JD Paralegal||Steven Allen Smith, PC||1999 - 2002|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Clark County Superior Court||Guardian ad Litem||2009 - Present|
|Clark County Bar Association||Member||2003 - Present|
|Washington State Bar Association||Member||2002 - Present|
|Utah State Bar||Member||1999 - Present|
|Association for Conflict Resolution||Advanced Practitioner||1998 - Present|
|Clark County Association of Mediators||Member||2009 - 2011|
|Clark County Bar Association/Family Law Section||Board member||2007 - 2008|
|International Academy of Collaborative Professionals||Member||2006 - 2010|
|American Inns of Court||Member||2004 - 2009|
|Washington Women Lawyers||Board member||2003 - 2009|
|Cowlitz County Bar Association||Board member||2002 - 2004|
|Cowlitz County Bar Association||Member||2002 - 2005|
|American Bar Association||Member||1995 - 2006|
|In re the Marriage of J.K. & J.K.||Successful--Client Got His Day in Court!|
|Estate Planning for J.W.J.||Completed estate planning for client before he died of terminal cancer|
|Ceesay & Ceesay||Client attained all her goals in the case.|
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|Divorce Source.com||Important Information for People Contemplating Divorce||2010|
|Divorce Source.com||Attorney-Supported Mediation in Family Law||2010|
|The Bencher||The Judge Said No||2007|
|University of Utah Press||Contested Landscape||1999|
|University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1998|
|Rutgers University, Newark, NJ||English/Creative Writing Poetry||MA - Masters||1990|
|Loretto Heights College||Womens Studies||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1984|
|Brigham Young University, Provo, UT||Comparative Literature||AA-Associate of Arts||1974|
|Title 26 Guardian ad Litem Training||Cultural Competency for Guardians ad Litem||2011|
|Rocky Mountain Retreat||How Reiki Energy Can Change Your Life and Your Practice||2011|
|2nd Annual Statewide Collaborative Law Conference||Bring Peace to Your Life & Your Practice||2009|
|Lawyers Assistance Program Statewide Conference||Revitalizing Your Counseling Skills||2008|
|Family Law Seminar||Mediation and Collaboration||2006|
|Collaborative Basic Training||Ethics in Collaborative Practice||2005|
|2005 Collaborative Family Practice Training||Avoiding Conflict and Ethical Traps||2005|