I enjoy working hands-on with people to help them find their voice and solve problems in a productive way. Cases I’ve handled in the 30+ years of practice have included general civil litigation, personal injury claims, some products liability cases and simple estate work. I am originally from Chicago, but moved after high school. I attended undergraduate and law school in Wisconsin. After practicing law in Madison, Wisconsin for three years, I moved to Seattle in 1987. I have two years’ experience at Williams Kastner & Gibbs on large litigation cases. Most of my work has been in smaller firms. I opened my office in 2010, providing an array of services in family law cases. Fabian Fereshtehfar is my paralegal; she is also a Limited Licensed Legal Technician (LLLT).
I have specialized in all types of family law cases in the last 20 years. I handle full representation, unbundled legal work, mediation and collaborative cases. Experience in mediation and arbitration naturally led to my interest in collaborative law and interactive participation in the healing process of resolution. Being a parent and having gone through a divorce while remaining friends and part of my spouse’s extended family, I appreciate the importance of healing and forgiveness in resolution.
My training in mediation and collaborative law in combination with my litigation experience allow me to offer a wide variety of options to my clientele. I try to educate my clients, and let each of them choose their own path.
I have volunteered at neighborhood legal clinics, presented information at the King County Courthouse about how to complete a divorce and assisted at the Status Conference Calendar. Years ago, I mediated with social workers at Family Court Services in a one-year program. I received two Random Acts of Kindness awards through the King County Superior Court. In recent years, I assisted in establishing and volunteering at a Second Saturday Divorce Workshop in which three collaboratively trained professionals educated participants about the divorce process. It was offered at Highline Community College for two years.
I have been a volunteer mediator in family law cases for many years. The Volunteer Settlement Conference program provides free mediation assistance to parties, represented or pro se. I mediate three cases each year in this program.
I practice yoga and run, and I enjoy hiking and board games. I participate on a team and Council at my church, and sing in the choir.