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 more than twenty years 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.  I was born in Texas, and raised in Montana.  Tacoma has been home since I graduated from law school.  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
United States District Court, Ninth Circuit, 1991
United States Circuit Court, Ninth Circuit


Washington State Bar Association, 1991

Committee Affiliations

Washington State Bar Association: Legislative, Bench-Bar-Press
Washington State Trial Lawyers

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