My greatest joy as an advocate comes from winning. Every week I meet new clients experiencing a sense of injustice. Some are angry. Some are in tears. Some are frightened. Some are so overwhelmed they cannot even tell their story. My passion is finding each person’s voice and empowering him or her to be taken seriously. I want my clients to achieve success whatever that looks like. The tools I bring to the table come from three decades of litigation and advocacy. I have fought and won many battles opposing Washington’s top litigators to include government lawyers whose resources seem unfairly advantageous. These successes include multiple seven digit settlements & published opinions. I was born in Texas, and raised in Montana. I opened my practice in Tacoma in 2008 and expanded back to the Bitterroot Valley in 2019. Raising my son and daughter to be passionate and courageous adults through the support and encouragement of the people close to me has been the best experience of my life.

Civil justice whatever the forum.

University of Puget Sound, JD 1991
University of Montana,BA 1986

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Washington State Bar Association, 1991
Montana State Bar Association, 2019
Federal District Court Western District of WA
9th Circuit Court of Appeals    

Washington State Coalition for Open Government (WSCOG)
Washington Employment Lawyers Association
Washington State Association for Justice
NW Police Misconduct Attorneys