I have been drawn to helping people my entire life. I entered the law profession with an eagerness to learn and gain insight as to how best to serve this principle. After graduating from law school with honors, I proceeded to work for large law firms in Salt Lake City, Utah and Seattle, Washington. While I gained indispensable knowledge and experience, I found big firm practice unfulfilling and began questioning whether the practice of law served my core beliefs and my community. Was I really making a difference in the lives of my clients?
Ultimately, I left the practice of law for a short time to start my own international adoption agency. I have a great love of children and felt that I could be serving the greater good through this kind of work. After many successful and joyous years with hundreds of children brought home to loving families, I looked inward to see where I might be of more service. My deep dedication to helping create healthy futures for family and children was and is a strong belief behind what I do.
After experiencing firsthand the destruction and heartache that can occur in divorce, I decided to return to law practice and see how I might help others avoid such hardships. Through my tenacity and dedication to those core values, I've succeeded in developing a thriving family law practice different that any other: it's one that recognizes the enormous impact of divorce on individuals and their children, and works to create healthy outcomes by minimizing traumatic and brutal litigation. It has been one of the greatest experiences of my life.
I have integrated myself within the law community, forging strong relationships with other like-minded attorneys who are deeply dedicated to creating healthy futures for their clients instead of tearing apart the past.
At the same time, my adoption practice has greatly expanded from my steadfast dedication to helping children and families come together. I am a nationally recognized adoption practitioner, frequent speaker on adoption and adoption issues, and am sought after for my knowledge and wisdom by the bench and bar alike. It's been an extremely rewarding career. Truly, I feel very blessed.
I live here in Vancouver, Washington with my four beloved daughters, two of whom traveled from China to find a home here in our family's hearts. My children and pets keep me young through their constant joy and laughter. I give thanks every day for my family, my practice and my life. It is an honor to serve clients and I thank you for your referrals and patronage.