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With a background in mental health counseling, I built a second career in family law. Family law is a natural fit given my prior training and work as a therapist. I love helping people transition to a place that is healthier for themselves and their children.
I love working with my colleagues here at DuBois Cary Law Group. We often collaborate and brainstorm to bring the wisdom of each attorney’s experience into all of our cases. As much as possible, I advise my clients about the emotional and legal risks of engaging in high conflict litigation. I have extensive trial experience and use it to guide my work with my clients, allowing me to translate the often-foreign legal jargon into understandable steps. My goal is to provide my clients with thorough information and preparation and to help them to feel knowledgeable and in control of their futures. I love being able to change the narrative of moving from the often-painful process of divorce to helping clients feel empowered to make healthy choices for their families moving forward.
Prior to attending law school, I earned a master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from the University of Texas. For over fifteen years I worked as a licensed mental health therapist. Much of my counseling work was in schools serving children who qualified for special education due to emotional and behavioral disabilities. I went to law school knowing that I would be able to build upon the knowledge I had as a counselor and educational consultant to help children and families in the legal context. I attended the evening program at Seattle University School of Law as I continued to work full-time as a mental health specialist for Kent School District.
I am excited to serve children and families who need the assistance. I really enjoy helping families navigate the complexities of the schools and special education because the results are practical, and I get to see children succeed. I worked as a consultant for public schools for many years, so my experience is grounded in an understanding of the culture of schools as well as knowledge about the law. Parents often feel outnumbered and misunderstood. I help my clients when their children are facing discipline, special education, or other school-related issues and would benefit from legal counsel.
Prior to joining DuBois Cary, I was the program attorney for Family Law CASA of King County. Family Law CASA is a non-profit that provides court-appointed, volunteer guardian ad litem services in low-income family law cases. The role of the agency is to protect the needs of children in family law disputes. My role at the agency was to represent both the program and the volunteer assigned to the case in court. Often during divorce proceedings, the needs of the children are easily diluted in the face of the better articulated needs of their parents. My job was to ensure that the focus of the case remained on the best interests of those children. As part of that process, I encouraged parents, even in dire situations, to better see and acknowledge the needs and interests of their children.
When I’m not at work, I volunteer in pro bono legal clinics for Qlaw, the Spanish Legal Clinic at El Centro de la Raza. I volunteer to represent Family Law CASA in hearings and trials. I spend much of my down time both playing and watching soccer. My passions are gardening, food, travel, and spending time with friends and family. I love being outdoors and have spent vacations trekking, mountain climbing and telemark skiing. I currently spend most of my time chasing, training, and enjoying my new puppy, Filet Mignon.
Areas of Practice
- Family Law
- Seattle University, School of Law, Seattle, Washington
- J.D. cum laude 2009
- University of Texas, Austin, Texas
- M.Ed. 1993
- Major: Counseling Psychology
- University of Texas, Austin, Texas
- B.A. 1985
- Major: History, Psychology
- Co-Chair, Title 26 Guardian ad Litem Annual Training
- Volunteer Attorney, Qlaw Legal Clinic
- Volunteer Attorney, El Centro de la Raza
- Volunteer Attorney, Family Law CASA of King County
- Association of Family and Conciliation Courts, Member
- King County Bar Association, Member
- Washington State Bar Association, Member
Prior Professional Experience
- Kent School District, Kent Washington, Mental Health Specialist
- Seattle Mental Health (nka Sound Mental Health), School-Based Mental Health Provider and Supervisor