Tacoma, Washington 98403
As appropriate training for my legal career, I received my BA in Social Work in 1984. I interned as a mediator with the Franklin County Prosecutor's Office in Columbus, Ohio. After graduating, I worked with the chronically mentally ill prior to beginning law school in 1988. Working with the mentally ill, helped instill great compassion and empathy for those who are struggling through life.
My practice focuses on family law, primarily dissolutions of marriage (divorce). I have found my counseling and mediation skills essential in helping people through the transition of divorce and in helping them to focus on their long-term goals.
I am Past President of the Tacoma-Pierce County Bar Association Family Law section, and Past President of the Tacoma-Pierce County Bar Association. I am a founding member of Collaborative Law Professionals of Pierce County. I am a former Pierce County Superior Court Commissioner. I presided over family law, guardianship, domestic violence, mental illness, juvenile criminal proceedings, and other matters.
Professional ActivitiesAvvo rating of 10/superb ~ ~Past-President, Tacoma-Pierce County Bar Association, Family Law Section ~ ~2007 President, Tacoma-Pierce County Bar Association ~ ~Pierce County Superior Court Commissioner, 01/10/2011-03/31/13 ~ ~Past Secretary, Old Town Business & Professional Association ~ ~Chancellor, Old St. Peters Episcopal Church
1984, BSSW, summa cum laude, The Ohio State University College of Social Work
1991, JD, cum laude, University of Puget Sound School of Law