After 18 years experience as a lawyer in the court room, parenting, and experiencing marriage and divorce, I have come to recognize the opportunity to resolve conflict as one of the most valuable processes in life.
In private practice, I negotiated hundreds of agreements. I realized it took a good/ethical lawyer on the both sides to recognize that life's winning ticket most often emerged from compromise and recognition of the significance of both parties' concerns and interests. Though most lawyers were well intentioned, some simply lacked the skills to lead a positive negotiation process so their actions fueled the conflict, or in some cases the attorney even viewed going to trial as a way to earn additional fees. In other cases, it was the client that made it impossible because the client refused to come to the table to negotiate in good faith.
Whether it be a family law case, a probate dispute, a business conflict, an injury, or any other disagreement, the parties usually have to deal with each other or the consequences of their conflict/actions for years to come. In family disputes, the children needed the support of both parents and the children's interests to be recognized; in probate, the families needed to feel that their loved ones wishes and their contributions had been acknowledged; in an accident, the victim needed to feel whole, and the defendant needed to feel understood; and in business, a hard working partner or associate needed to feel their hard work has been recognized and compensated. After litigating and listening for many years, I am convinced that there are two sides to every story. I believe that through skillful mediation, Laura and I can provide a process by which each side is heard, valued, and life is restored to normality and hope and the hatred and anxiety are set aside.
My practice included working with: parenting plans, child support, custody, divorce, dependencies, probate, guardianship, adoption, criminal law, contracts, landlord tenant disputes, and personal injury.
EDUCATION & ASSOCIATIONS
Advanced Mediation Training, Dispute Resolution Center - Thurston County
Thurston County Family and Juvenile Court sponsored training - Developmentally Appropriate Parenting Plans, Oct. 2009
Juris Doctorate, Seattle University
Degree-Public Administration & Political Science, University of North Dakota
Member, Washington State Bar, Grays Harbor County Bar, Thurston County Bar Associations
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