Attorney at Law – Of Counsel
Business Law | Estate Planning | Probate
I’m a proud native of Green Bay, Wisconsin. I earned my B.A. in English from Northwestern University, concentrating on fiction writing. I’ve always enjoyed writing, and was thrilled to win the Edward L. Shuman Senior Award in Writing & Shuman Fiction Award! In college, I had a job as a work-study student at the Northwestern University Office of General Counsel. I admired the work of the attorneys in the office and developed a long-term goal to attend law school. Spending my junior year of college studying at the University of Sussex in England sparked a lifelong penchant for exploring new places. In pursuit of my interest in discovering the world beyond the Great Lakes, I moved to Seattle after college and worked at Grist.org, initially as an intern and eventually as the website’s Production Manager, managing web production and writing book reviews and article summaries.
Law School and Legal Background
After five years of working in web production, I refocused on my goal of becoming an attorney. I graduated from Lewis & Clark Law School in Portland, Oregon in 2007 in the top 15% of my class, including earning the Bernard O’Rourke Award for Outstanding Writing on a Natural Resources Topic.
Volunteering and giving back to the community has always been a strong value for me. While at Lewis & Clark, I volunteered with several public interest organizations and received the school’s Pro Bono Honors Award in 2005 and 2006. After law school, I returned to Seattle and served as a law clerk and bailiff to the Honorable King County Superior Court Judge Catherine Shaffer. Working for the court, I had a lower-bench view of all stages of litigation, and I reviewed pleadings for motions in hundreds of cases. In learning to research, analyze and write about the breadth and volume of issues that arose before the court, I became a better attorney. I’ve always been interested in business, and I have a bit of an entrepreneurial bug. So, I decided to take the plunge, starting a solo practice in Ballard focusing on estate planning work. I enjoyed my solo practice, and I am excited to continue my estate planning work, as well as representing the firm’s probate and business law clients, in my current position as a business law, estate planning and probate attorney with Stacey’s firm.
Family and Giving Back
I’ve also enjoyed engaging with my colleagues, as a way to both enhance my skills and give back. I have long been an active member of the King County Bar Association (KCBA). I am a member of both the Business Law and Solo and Small Practice Sections. I am a past Chair of the KCBA Solo and Small Practice Section. In addition, I have advised clients on a wide range of legal issues as a volunteer attorney at the KCBA Neighborhood Legal Clinics, and am a past Chair of the Communications Subcommittee for the KCBA Pro Bono Services Committee. I am also a member of the Washington State Bar Association’s (WSBA) Solo and Small Practice Section, Business Law Section, and Real Property, Probate and Trust Section (previously serving as that section’s Web Editor, an Ex Officio position on the section’s Executive Committee). I volunteer with the Washington State First Responder Will Clinic, providing pro bono estate planning documents for police officers and firefighters; first responders who, unfortunately, all too often put their lives on the line in the name of our safety. I am also a current board member of the Mother Attorneys Mentoring Association of Seattle (“MAMA Seattle”), an organization designed to empower attorney mothers and encourage professional success while celebrating our roles as attorneys and mothers. Outside the legal field, I have served as a volunteer group leader for the Program for Early Parent Support (PEPS), on the Board of Directors for my son’s cooperative preschool, and as a classroom volunteer at my son’s elementary school.
In my spare time, I enjoy reading and writing fiction, practicing yoga, inventing new soups, and attempting to grow vegetables in my yard. I love to spend time outdoors with my family, exploring Seattle’s parks, hiking in the mountains in the summer, and cross-country skiing in the winter. I’m passionate about animals. My family includes my dog, Emily a rescue hound from the Moses Lake area, and two cats, Cascade (a calico) and Chinook (a Siamese), who started out as feral kittens in rural Spokane County. I love working on pet trusts, and helping my clients on all issues related to animals. In my home office, Cascade and Chinook provide supervision, and Emily makes sure I never miss the mail!
I was published in the April 2015 issue of the Puget Sound Business Journal. Read my article Avoid Headaches with Vacation Property Bequests.