I grew up in Buffalo, N.Y., went to Emory University in Atlanta and graduated from Boston College Law School in 1993. In 1992, I externed for The Honorable William L. Dwyer in U.S. District Court and decided to return to Seattle after graduation. I am an active volunteer in the Family Law bar community and fully understand what it takes to help clients through difficult divorce situations.


My style is very direct and clients can count on this when I talk with them, analyze the case strategy, negotiate with the other side, or argue in court. At every stage of the divorce process, you need a family law attorney who will give you solid and practical advice.

I do not represent clients who plan to use the court or me as a way to punish their spouses. An uncooperative and unnecessarily aggressive attorney will increase your bill. That said, if you find yourself on the receiving end of this type of divorce, I can help you. I have a strong record of courtroom success and negotiated settlements. My expertise lies in dealing with difficult personalities and finding creative solutions without increasing conflict. If an issue or case cannot be settled, then I will advocate your position to the court, in a focused, simple and effective manner.


I understand the complex financial and parenting issues involved in a divorce from many perspectives. In addition to my family law experience, I have a strong professional background in commercial litigation and I am a divorced parent with two children. Sometimes the process goes relatively smoothly, and an agreement can be reached with a reasonable (and expected) level of dispute by both parties. However, in situations where there is high conflict over parenting and money, you will need an advocate who knows the law, knows the facts of your case, and is with you every step of the litigation process. In the end, you will have to live with the division of assets and debts, a Parenting Plan, and Order of Child Support.


It is difficult to project the time it will take to complete the divorce procedures. In King County, divorce trials are scheduled eleven months after filing, and the court will not enter a final decree until at least 90 days after filing. The time involved and cost of your case will depend on (1) the number and complexity of the contested issues, (2) the parties’ desire for litigation or compromise/settlement, and (3) your spouse’s lawyer’s desire for litigation. You can only control yourself.


Attorney/Client communication is key. You can expect that I will promptly return your phone calls and e-mails. I will answer your questions and explain to you what your options are. As your advocate during this emotional time, my job is to remain objective, stay focused on your best interests, and work diligently to help you pursue your objectives.


Family law involves several deadlines and lots of paperwork. If there is a deadline, you need to be available to respond so that I have the information necessary to write pleadings, declarations, or other court-ordered documents. This typically means that you will need to spend time identifying and gathering financial, educational, parenting, medical and employment information. I need this commitment from you in order to effectively analyze your situation, and raise all issues to your advantage.


Please feel free to call me or e-mail me with a good time to have a screening phone call. I will usually talk with you for about 10 to 15 minutes on the phone to determine if there are any conflicts and if we should meet. After that, I charge my hourly rate and will require an advanced fee deposit before I begin to work on any case.


Boston College Law School
Juris Doctor, 1993

Emory University
Bachelor of Arts, Philosophy and Political Science, 1989


Washington State Bar Association, 1993, Bar #23357


Member & Former Board Member, Asian Bar Association of Washington
Member, King County Bar Association, Family Law Section
Member, Eastside King County Bar Association, Family Law Section
Member, Mother Attorneys Mentoring Association of Seattle
Member, Association of Family and Conciliation Court
Member, Snohomish County Bar Association


CLE speaker, Family Law 101, Mother Attorneys Mentoring Association of Seattle, June 2010
CLE Speaker, Family Law 101, Asian Bar Association, October 2016
CLE speaker, Spousal Maintenance in Washington, Eastside KCBA
CLE Speaker, How to Respond to a Motion for Temporary Orders, ELAP, October 2017


Chapter Editor, Washington GAL and CASA Deskbooks, 2010
Family Law Court Appointed Special Advocate of King County, WA
Eastside Legal Assistance Program Family Law Clinic
Volunteer Attorney, Status Noncompliance Calendar, King County Superior Court
Volunteer Mediator, King County Family Law Volunteer Settlement Conference Program


Collaborative Law Training, Seattle Collaborative Training Group, 2012
Professional Mediation Skills Training Program, University of Washington, 2012