I commit my practice to non-court dispute resolution. This means I will not take your case to court for you. When you come to the table, you will receive the legal support you need to minimize or eliminate court involvement, while meeting your high-end goals.

I am client-centered and future-focused, partnering with clients to achieve positive outcomes for themselves and their families. It’s important to me that my clients are well informed and empowered to make their own decisions, so they can move forward, heal, and create the futures they want. You can resolve disputes with dignity.

I have been a lawyer since 1991 and am licensed to practice in both Washington and Oregon. I serve the Vancouver and Portland areas. I earned my law degree at the University of Oregon School of Law (JD Doctor of Jurisprudence, 1991), and I am a graduate of University of Portland (BA Communications, 1986).

Vancouver, Washington has been my lifelong home, from Harney Elementary to McLoughlin Junior High to Hudson’s Bay and Clark College.

I believe in the collaborative approach so much that I co-founded Two Rivers Institute for Dispute Resolution, where we train professionals the best practices on collaborative law and dispute resolution.

My approach to Family Law