I’ve been working for more than 20 years as a lawyer, advocate, mediator, nonprofit leader, and business professional. As a person, partner, parent, and professional of privilege, I am deeply committed to helping individuals and families from all walks of life prepare for and get through major life events with compassion and dignity.
Born and raised on a farm in Nebraska, I was the first in my family to attend college, graduating Magna Cum Laude from the University of Nebraska at Omaha in 1990. Committed to justice and conflict resolution since at least high school (or more likely upon the birth of my first sibling in 1970), I earned my J.D. from Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia in 1996.
After practicing criminal, civil and constitutional law and mediation in Texas for almost 10 years, I relocated to Seattle with my now husband and honed skills in advocacy, public speaking, strategic thinking and organizational change management during 8 years at Microsoft.
I then decided to return to law and mediation, and earned my Washington license in 2018. Also in 2018, I completed facilitative mediation training through the Dispute Resolution Center of King County.
I serve as a King County Small Claims Court mediator in Kent and Seattle and as Vice Chair of the King County Bar Association’s Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Section.
Located in the Old Rainier Brewing (ORB) space, we’re a family-friendly office designed around an environment that is welcoming to families with young children. As parents ourselves, we know how hard it can be to find mid-day childcare to meet with an attorney or mediator and we can usually accommodate your child or children for routine meetings and will-signing ceremonies.
Our goal is to demystify estate planning by raising and addressing the myriad of concerns that you may want to plan for in a direct, respectful, and clear way. Just as no two families are alike, but share many characteristics, estate planning is both an individual and a collective endeavor.