I graduated from the University of Washington with a BA degree in Social Work in 1979, graduating cum laude. I worked for the State of Washington (including the Division of Child Support) prior to attending law school at the University of Puget Sound (now Seattle University) where I participated on Law Review.
I became licensed as an attorney in 1989 following graduation and have worked representing clients in family law matters for more than twenty-five years.
The combination of a social work background, prior experience with the Division of Child Support and over twenty-five years experience in family litigation gives me the combined ability to strongly advocate for your interests while understanding the social, family and emotional dynamics of family disputes.
I represent wives & husbands and fathers & mothers in divorces, legal separations, child custody disputes, child support disputes and parentage actions. I have acted as guardian ad litem for children, representing the best interest of children in family matters.
I represent parties who are not married but who have lived together in a marriage like relationship, when one or the other or both parties wish to terminate that relationship. My practice focuses on all aspects of family law.
I have trial experience from those cases where resolution was not possible. I have mediation experience from the many cases where reaching an agreement was the right choice.
I listen to your story and your goals. I provide you legal information and input that comes from over twenty-five years of representing family clients. I am practical. But, I am tough when the situation requires strength and conviction.