The end of a relationship is stressful, but the changes that follow need not create the chronic and permanent stress that longitudinal studies demonstrate causes emotional harm and social, behavioral, and academic risks for minor children. I am committed to a practice where legal trauma is not inflicted on top of personal trauma. Regardless of the change in your family, be it marriage, adoption, guardianship, or any other change which alters the legal rights between family members, I assist individuals to make well managed transitions while maintaining the focus on a positive future, and I do so while emphasizing and actively working to reduce harmful conflict. Using knowledge acquired and skills mastered over 30 years of practicing law, as well as a generous dose of common sense, I help clients identify their goals and choose the dispute resolution model most likely to reach them. As both a strategic and a creative thinker, I am an artful and successful negotiator with strong consensus building skills. Civility in the law is a core tenet in my practice. I have worked with couples with and without children, and I have worked with the family business owner, the salaried employee, the employee with stock award benefits, the professional, the stay-at-home parent, the self-employed individual and more. Let's talk about the unique circumstances of your life's change.
Member Washington State Bar Association (including section memberships), King County Bar Association (including section memberships), Federal District Court for the Western District of Washington, Trained mediator and title 11 Guardian ad Litem