I will never take your fight to court.

Instead, I offer consensual dispute resolution options to clients by devoting my practice to being a neutral mediator (in all types and stages of a dispute), a collaborative settlement attorney, and a conflict management strategist & coach.

I frequently speak on topics such as: client-centered decision-making, mediation, collaborative practice, client relations, settlement advocacy, lawyer as peacemaker, unbundling, developing a peacemaking practice, family law, ethics, and client capacity.

Vancouver, Washington has been my lifelong home, from Harney Elementary to McLoughlin Junior High to Hudson’s Bay High School and Clark College. I enjoy being a wife, step-mother, aunt, sister, friend, and community volunteer. And, I love adventuring with Buffy the Golden Retriever, who will often be sighted eagerly greeting clients in my waiting room with her contagious wiggles!

Here is some more about my background:

Education

  • University of Portland, BA Communications, 1986
  • University of Oregon School of Law, Doctor of Jurisprudence, 1991

Licenses & Professional Associations

  • American Bar Association
  • Association of Family and Conciliation Courts
  • Clark County Bar Association, 1991
  • Collaborative Professionals of Washington
  • International Academy of Collaborative Professionals
  • Oregon Association of Collaborative Professionals
  • Oregon State Bar, 1992
  • Washington State Bar Association, 1991

Judicial and Quasi-Judicial Experience 

  • Judge Pro Tempore, Clark County District Court, 1998 - 2004
  • Part-Time Court Commissioner, Clark County Courts, 2001 - 2004
  • Hearings Officer, Vancouver School District, 1994 - 2000
  • Guardian ad Litem, Title 26 Family Law and Title 11 Guardianship, 1994 - 2000

Publications

  • Contributing Author, Building a Successful Collaborative Law Practice, Mosten & Cordover, American Bar Association (2018)
  • Author, Commentary on Interdisciplinary Teamwork in Family Law Practice, Family Court Review, Vol. 56, No. 3 (July 2018)
  • Contributing Author, Washington Practice Manual, Family Law, Volumes 19-21, West Publishing (2016)

Current Non-Profit Board Service

  • Collaborative Professionals of Washington, board member since 2016; currently Treasurer of the Board of Directors
  • Cappella Romana, a vocal ensembles dedicated to keeping alive the musical traditions of the Christian East and West, board member since 2013; currently President of the Board of Directors
  • Children's Center, a mental health agency serving children and their families in Southwest Washington, board member since 2002; President of the Board of Directors from 2009 - 2011

Selected Community Service, Past & Present

  • American Red Cross, Southwest Washington Chapter, past board member
  • Clark County Emergency Medical Services Advisory Board, past board member & vice-chairperson
  • Clark County Volunteer Lawyers Program, volunteer lawyer
  • Clark College Foundation, past board member
  • Community Mediation Services, volunteer mediator
  • Global Collaborative Law Council, Northwest Regional Chair
  • H-ROC PAC
  • League of Women Voters of Clark County, past board member & chapter president
  • SWIFT Charitable Grants, past member & president
  • Vancouver Rotary Club, past member

Honors & Awards

  • Women of Achievement Iris Award (sponsored by Clark College, Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce, Vancouver, Business Journal, H-ROC PAC), 2018
  • Paul Harris Fellow, Vancouver Rotary Club, 2003, 2010
  • Volunteer of the Year, Clark County Volunteer Lawyers Program, 1996, 2002, 2006
  • Top 40 Business Professionals Under 40 (sponsored by Vancouver Business Journal), 2000

My approach to Family Law