My mission is to help my clients have the best possible divorce. As a divorce lawyer with over 28 years of experience, I have helped my clients address a wide range of issues and reach excellent outcomes. Washington Law and Politics magazine has rated me among the "25 best" family law attorneys statewide. I am the 2005 recipient of the "Attorney of the Year" award from the Washington State Bar Association Family Law Section, a Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, have been selected annually since 2007 for the "Super Lawyers" list by Washington Law and Politics magazine, and am rated "AV" (preeminent) by Martindale-Hubbell based on peer reviews.
I work with clients who wish to reach durable agreements in their divorce or separation. I also handle other family law matters, including living together (cohabitation) agreements, prenuptial agreements, and marital and family mediation (mediation that helps families address issues).
If you can preserve (or create) a working relationship with your co-parent, your children will do better. Children don't do well when their parents fight or display anger or contempt towards each other. Court battles tend to increase anger and perpetuate power struggles. Court battles are also very expensive—both financially and emotionally. It's rare for parents to be able to work well as co-parents following a court battle, and their children inevitably pay the highest price. If you choose Collaborative Law or Mediation, you have the opportunity to lay the foundation for a healthier future for your children by working constructively towards divorce agreements that take into account what is important to all.