Eastside Members

Lisa K. Barton
O'Brien, Barton, & Hopkins, PLLP
175 NE Gilman Blvd., Suite 100
Issaquah, WA 98027
425-391-7489, fax

Collaborative Role(s): Divorce and Family Law Attorney

Carol D Betts Carol D Betts, Attorney
Carol D. Betts Family Law LLC
400 112th Ave NE
Suite 240
Bellevue, WA 98004
425-635-7738, fax

Carol's practice is focused on assisting clients with respectful, practical and child centered solutions to family law disputes. She is a divorced parent and brings a perspective of life experience as well as legal experience to her practice.

Collaborative Role(s): Divorce and Family Law AttorneyMediator

Leslie M Blankman Leslie M Blankman, Attorney and Mediator
Blankman Law, PLLC
11410 NE 124th St # 467
Kirkland, WA 98034
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(425) 481-8791, fax

I am an attorney and mediator practicing in King and Snohomish counties. By using the collaborative process, clients are able to work together to create solutions tailored for the needs of their family. This process is forward looking and helps promote healing.

Credentials: Washington State Bar Association (WSBA); King County Bar Association (KCBA); King County Collaborative Law (KCCL); Collaborative Professionals of Washington (CPW); International Academy of Collaborative Professionals (IACP);

Collaborative Role(s): Divorce and Family Law AttorneyMediator

Karen Bonnell Karen Bonnell, ARNP, MS
Transform Relationships - Teaching, Learning, Doing for Life
9 Lake Bellevue Drive, #106
Bellevue, WA 98005

Over 25 years of experience doing work that inspires growth, promotes healthy relationships while navigating family transitions. Specializes in interpersonal communication -- transforming conflict, strengthening parenting skills, and healing through crisis. Karen has coached over 50 couples through their divorce process -- helping them co-create a satisfying future for themselves and their children.

Credentials: Board Certified Adult Psychiatric/Mental Health Clinical Specialist; Divorce Mediation Training through Northwestern University 2006.

Collaborative Role(s): Coach

Celia L Griffin Celia L Griffin, CPA, CDFA
Celia Griffin, CPA, PLLC
19125 North Creek Pkwy, Ste 120
Bothell, WA 98011-8000
425-954-8500, fax

CDFA's help clients determine the short term and long term financial impact of any proposed divorce settlement. They also provide valuable information on financial issues that are related to the divorce, such as tax consequences, dividing pension plans, continued health care coverage, stock option elections and much more. CDFA's also help attorneys by helping the client make financial sense of proposals. CDFA's offer attorneys another tool to assist their clients.

Credentials: Certified Public Accountant, Certified Divorce Financial Analyst

Collaborative Role(s): Financial SpecialistOther

Cheryl D Hubbell Cheryl D Hubbell, Certified Mortgage Planning Specialist
Caliber Home Loans
11255 Kirkland Way
Suite 100
Kirkland, WA 98033
MLO - 176331
425-605-3248, fax

As a Senior Mortgage Banker/Broker for over 20 years I have provided mortgage consultation and loan options for those navigating through a divorce. I can assist in determining you and your spouse's outstanding debt, and resolve questions about your credit and future financing options. I am committed to my clients and the Collaborative process. WE HAVE OFFICES IN SEATTLE AND THE EASTSIDE TO MEET WITH OUR CLIENTS.

Credentials: CMPS, Licensed WA Mortgage Broker

Collaborative Role(s): Mortgage Broker

John R James John R James
Special Solutions
4030 Lake Washington Blvd NE
Suite 208
Kirkland, WA 98044
425-822-7959, fax

John R. James brings over forty years of experience in the financial services industry. In addition to the financial services industry he has the added expertise of working with families with special need children. Theirs is a unique situation and besides his own personal experience he has been trained and has access to tools in overcoming obstacles. The first step is to obtain a clear understanding of all the issues then to mold in a collaborative manner the issues related to the divorce process.

Credentials: Certified Financial Planner, Certified Divorce Financial Analyst

Collaborative Role(s): Financial Specialist

Kurt Lichtenberg Kurt Lichtenberg
1975 112th Avenue NE
Suite 202
Bellevue, WA 98004-4448
425-455-3713, fax

Credentials: Also Member Montana, Alaska Bar Assns.

Collaborative Role(s): Divorce and Family Law Attorney

Kristin Little Kristin Little
Kristin Little Counseling
12025 115th ave NE

Bringing forth the voice of the child has been the center of my work for 18 years as a mental health counselor. Experienced in the collaborative divorce process, my role as a child specialist is to convey to parents and/or their collaborative divorce team, the unique experience and needs of their children and suggest practices that increase the resilience of the family as a whole. The goal of my work is to support parents in building a cooperative parenting relationship and creating a child-centered parenting schedule that fulfills the future vision they hold for their family. My office is located at the Evergreen Clinic in Kirkland Please see kristinlittlecounseling.com or the theevegreenclinic.com for more information

Credentials: MS, MA, Licensed Mental Health Counselor, Child Mental Health Specialist

Collaborative Role(s): Child Specialist

Anne R. Lucas Anne R. Lucas, MA LMHC, Coach
The Evergreen Clinic
13128 Totem Lake Blvd
Suite 206
Kirkland, WA 98032
425-823-1231, fax

Anne Lucas has over 19 years in private practice working with couples. As a coach, she helps to identify problem patterns and areas that might get in the way as the couple navigates the complex and painful transitions through the emotional, legal and financial aspects of divorce. This is also where a couple begins to dismantle their marriage while planting seeds for healthier post-divorce relationships in new family configurations.

Credentials: Masters Degree from Bastyr University in Systems Counseling. Licensed Mental Health Counselor, WA State; Approved Supervisor in WA State; Adjunct Faculty Saybrook University in Kirkland, WA; A Founding Member of the Seattle Collaborative Law Training Group; Past President of King County Collaborative Law - 2011-2012

Collaborative Role(s): Coach, MediatorTherapist

Susan M O'Brian, Attorney at Law
Law Offices of Susan Millican O'Brian & Associates, PS
7525 166th Ave. NE
Suite D230
Redmond, WA 98052-7828
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425-869-4444, fax

Susan Millican O'Brian is the founder of the Law Offices of Susan Millican O'Brian & Associates, PS, a/k/a O'Brian & Associates. She practices exclusively in the area of family law. Ms. O'Brian has represented clients in many cases involving significant property interests, as well as spousal maintenance, parenting, and child support issues. Ms. O'Brian is committed to her clients, and listens to their concerns and goals. She has developed an effective style of paying meticulous attention to detail, and assisting her clients in the best approach to their situation.

Credentials: Licensed in the State of Washington since 1986; member of the ABA & Family Law Section; the WSBA & Family Law Section; the KCBA & Family Law Section; the Snohomish County Bar Association & Family Law Section; Completed Collaborative Law Training in 2005 and 2006; member of King County Collaborative Law, and International Academy of Collaborative Professionals.

Collaborative Role(s): Divorce and Family Law Attorney

Mary Sakaguchi Mary Sakaguchi, Attorney
Sakaguchi & Reese, PLLC
11120 NE 2nd Street
Suite 201
Bellevue, WA 98004
425-420-2664, fax

Mary Sakaguchi has focused her practice on family law for over ten years and expanded her practice to include real estate and estate planning over five years ago. Mary's practice is interest-based - focusing on the needs of her clients as the foundation for how she approaches each case. When appropriate and possible, she encourages collaboration and creativity in resolving disputes, believing that this leads to durable resolutions for her clients. Mary tailors her practice to the specific needs of her clients, having provided unbundled services and legal coaching to full representation in complex and multi-million dollar estates.

Collaborative Role(s): Divorce and Family Law Attorney

Ruby Sangha Ruby Sangha, Real Estate Attorney
Premises Law Group, PLLC
2375 130th Ave NE
Suite 101A
Bellevue, WA 98005

With over 500 real estate transactions in the last 3 years and overseeing over 100 million dollars of real estate, we are a referral only law firm appointed to oversee real estate transactions for real estate funds, referrals from collaborative specialists and the bankruptcy courts of Washington, we provide legal real estate analysis and ensure all properties are sold for the highest price under tight deadlines.

Credentials: Member of King County Collaborative Law Member of Washington State Bar Association Member of Northwest Multiple Listing Service Managing Real Estate Broker in Washington

Collaborative Role(s): Financial Specialist, Financial Planner, Mortgage Broker, OtherOther Civil Law Attorney

Joseph Shaub Joseph Shaub, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
10940 NE 33rd Place
Suite 109
Bellevue, WA 98004

A Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist since 1991, Joe works with couples who are struggling to find safety and peace in their relationship. As a collaborative coach, he supports each individual as they fashion a new relationship with their former partner. This passage is often daunting, but with the support of a compassionate and experienced coach and collaborative team wonders due ensue. Joe's coaching is informed by the work of U.W.'s John Gottman and the adult attachment work which forms the basis of Emotionally Focused Therapy.

Credentials: J.D., University of Southern California (1974); M.A. (Marriage and Family Therapy), California Family Study Center (1991); Collaborative Law Basic Trainer (2004-2006); 30-Hour Collaborative Interest-Based Negotiation Trainer (2010); Instructor in Family Systems and Ethics, Anioch University (1996-1999); Adjunct Instructor, U.W. Law School, Interviewing and Counseling (2002-2011)

Collaborative Role(s): CoachMediator

Melissa Shields Storch Melissa Shields Storch, Attorney at Law
Storch Law Group, PLLC
5400 Carillon Point
Kirkland, WA 98033
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Melissa offers creative problem-solving to family law issues through Collaborative Law, cooperative, and FasTrack processes. She is passionate about providing pathways for families in transition by offering new ways for dispute resolution. Melissa began practicing family law in 2002, and became certified as a Collaborative practitioner in 2006. She is a member of the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals, IACP, King County Collaborative Law, and speaks locally at various divorce recovery workshops. Melissa enjoys volunteering at Bellevue Presbyterian Church as a Lifelong Elder of Family Life Ministries.

Credentials: Northwestern School of Law, Lewis & Clark College, J.D., 2000, Lewis & Clark College, B.A., International Affairs/German Studies, 1992, Washington State Bar Association, 2002, Collaborative Law basic training, with Pauline Tesler, 2006, Dispute Resolution Center, Mediation and skills training 2005.

Collaborative Role(s): Divorce and Family Law AttorneyMediator

Loretta S. Story Loretta S. Story, Attorney, Mediator
Story Law / Eastside Collaborative Law Center
1407 116th Ave. N.E.
Suite 210
Bellevue, WA 98004
425-671-0186, fax

Loretta is an experienced Family Law practitioner and mediator, who assists clients with creative, positive resolutions for their individual needs through the collaborative process. Loretta seeks to maintain the family dignity during the transitional period and the future. Founder, Co-Chair of Collaborative Law Section of King County Bar Assn.; former King County Bar Assn. Trustee; Eastside King County Bar Assn. Trustee; Board Member of Eastside Legal Assistance Program; and Board Member/Officer of King County Collaborative Law; selected Seattle Met's Top Family Law Attorney for 2010; awarded the WSBA's "Local Hero Award" in 2011 for outstanding service to the Bar and King County residents.

Credentials: B.S. Psychology; Cert. Social Work; Washington State Bar Assoc.

Collaborative Role(s): Divorce and Family Law AttorneyMediator

Courtney A. Story Courtney A. Story
Story Law
1407 116th Ave NE, Ste 210
Bellevue, WA 98004
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425-671-0186, fax

Courtney is a family law attorney with a focus on Collaborative Law and mediation. She assists parties with all aspects of family law disputes including dissolutions, legal separation, child custody and support, relocation and parenting. Courtney is committed to obtaining durable and respectful resolutions. Her memberships and affiliations are: Washington State Bar Association; King County Bar Association (Family Law and Collaborative Law Sections); East King County Bar Association; Collaborative Professionals of Washington (CPW); and International Academy of Collaborative Professionals (IACP).

Credentials: University of Washington School of Law, 2002; Collaborative Law Training - 2010; University of Washington Mediation Training - 2010.

Collaborative Role(s): Divorce and Family Law Attorney

Sandy Voit Sandy Voit, MS, EdS, Licensed Mental Health Counselor, Certified Divorce Financial Analyst
Tangible Solutions
11415 NE 128th St.
Suite 100
Kirkland, WA 98034
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425-823-3948, fax

Achieve a successful, equitable financial settlement. Many find it difficult to see an end to the process, much less imagine a positive, hopeful future. I provide professional & supportive assistance regarding the financial aspects of a divorce - from tax consequences, to pension/retirement divisions, to COBRAs & health care options - by educating both spouses in financial literacy. My counseling background helps you effectively manage the anxieties and fears surrounding the settlement process; my financial background helps find cost-effective settlement solutions.

Credentials: Certified Divorce Financial Analyst, Divorce Financial Planner, Licensed Mental Health Counselor,

Collaborative Role(s): Financial Specialist