I started the family law/divorce firm of Akiona Law, PLLC in 2009 to realize my passion for helping people in a turbulent and uncertain economic climate. I am a compassionate and empathetic individual, and my goal in becoming a lawyer was to ensure people are being treated fairly and are not being taken advantage of.
As a family law lawyer, I support and encourage parties to work together to resolve their issues; especially, when children are involved. The fact is when you have children, you will have to deal with the other parent for the rest of your life. I encourage parties to set aside whatever hurt, angry or negative feelings they may have toward the other parent and focus on what is in their children's best interests. This is also the Court's main focus.
I understand co-parenting or a cooperative approach is impossible or undesirable in certain situations. If that is your situation, as a former prosecutor, I tried to verdict dozens of criminal jury and non-jury trials. My extensive trial and courtroom experience means I do not shy away from high conflict situations, and I will fight for your rights when needed.
However, if you are looking for an attorney to be aggressive just for the sake of being aggressive, I suggest you look for another attorney. My thoughts are overly-aggressive attorneys may perform a disservice to their clients as unnecessary and lengthy litigation increases the client's costs, not to mention the emotional and mental stress it places on all parties. I believe it is better to "pick and choose your battles."
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