When I opened my own law firm in 2013, I knew I wanted to improve peoples’ daily lives, and that I wanted to practice law differently. In most areas of law, though, the traditional legal system did not allow for “different.” So I created my own kind of law firm.
Today, many of the practices I incorporated into my firm are common place. But we are constantly looking for ways to stay ahead of the curve. Our latest innovation is a client portal that enables seamless communication between our team members and clients, and helps us be more responsive and accountable to our clients. You can even assign us tasks! This portal is way more advanced than anything we have used in the past, and allows us to focus more of our energy on the substance of our work—rather than trying to track down and piece together disconnected meeting notes, voicemails and email conversations.
Technology is simply a tool, though. At the end of the day, my firm is about creating relationships and building trust. I am a mother, a wife, a daughter, a business owner, a neighbor, a volunteer, and a friend. I am human, and I am not perfect. And I don’t expect you to be either. But we will not judge. And we will not try and fit you into a box.
As for me, I am a second-career attorney. I pursued my law degree following a nearly ten-year academic career in urban planning and land use policy at Cal Poly Pomona and then Portland State University. I earned my J.D. from Lewis and Clark Law School in Portland, Oregon in 2011, where I emphasized agricultural and natural resources law, and my Ph.D. in Urban Studies from Portland State University in 2001. I also hold a B.A. in Planning and Environmental Policy from Western Washington University’s Huxley College in Bellingham, Washington. And although I no longer teach, I am honored to have earned tenure as a professor within the California State University system, and hope to one day return to the classroom in some capacity.
If I am outside the office, I am probably hanging out with my kids Owen and Zoe, running the amazing trails of Skagit County, or baking gluten-free goodies that I may or may not share with others. I also place high value on contributing to my local community when I can. I represented District 3 on the Skagit County Planning Commission from 2016-2019, volunteer in my kids’ classrooms, and regularly volunteer my legal services through the Skagit County Volunteer Lawyer Program.