Why I Do the Work I’m Passionate About
I became interested in family law because I wanted to help people facing with one of the biggest challenges they might face in their lives. That’s why my practice focuses on what matters most: you, your family, and your children. I do this by helping you navigate tough transitions through these difficult times. Going through major life changes like a divorce or a contested custody case is never easy. The right guide can smooth the bumps along the way and help you find a new path even when the way ahead is unclear. Over my 20 years as an attorney, I have assisted many clients as they move forward. I utilize my background in civil litigation as a foundation to my legal practice, and for nearly a decade I have chosen to focus exclusively on family law matters, including divorce, spousal support, child custody and parenting time, child support, paternity, personal protection orders, modification or enforcement of judgments, limited scope representation, and representation of children. I represent clients in litigation cases that may be headed to court and I also am available to serve as a mediator in where parties hope to resolve their personal issues outside of court.
My Approach To Working With Clients
I strive to resolve all family law disputes with a collaborative approach in a compassionate way while advocating for you. I understand that selecting an attorney can be daunting. It is important to find someone who both understands complex legal concepts and will explain them to you. You can then make the right decisions for your unique situation based on your goals and values. I work diligently to bring about the best outcome for you. As a solo attorney, I offer highly personalized service. Unlike larger firms, your case won’t be bounced around from lawyer to lawyer. Some lawyers tell their clients what to do. While I will offer my recommendations, I firmly believe that you control your case and only you can make the best decision for you. I work respectfully not just with my clients, but also the opposing attorney, the judge and court staff, as well as the opposing party. I find this approach yields the happiest clients at the end of the process.
My Education and Training
- J.D. cum laude, Lewis & Clark College School of Law, Portland, Oregon.
- B.A. with General Honors, the University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois
- Diploma, Grand Haven High School, Grand Haven, Michigan
State Bar Licenses
- State Bar of Michigan, Member #P82660
- Oregon State Bar, Member #002940
- Domestic Relations Mediator training
- Collaborative Law training
- Parent Coordinator training
- Collaborative Practice Institute of Michigan
- Family Law Section, State Bar of Michigan
- Grand Rapids Bar Association
- Women Lawyers Association of Michigan
- Advocate for Children, Pro Bono Attorney
Court-appointed representation of children in contested custody and parenting time cases.
- Michigan Family Law Journal, Assistant Editor
Professional publication of the State Bar of Michigan Family Law Section.
- Clear Transitions, Frequent Speaker
Non-profit that organizes monthly workshops for women going through divorce.
- Multnomah County Supplemental Local Rule Advisory Committee
Member of committee responsible for revisions to local court rules related to family law matters.
- Queen’s Bench, Board Member
Local chapter of Oregon Women Lawyers, which serves to promote women and minorities in the legal profession.
- Andrew Legal Clinic, Intake Volunteer
Client intake for non-profit family law legal clinic for low-income individuals.
- Legal Aid Services of Oregon, PROSAP Facilitation Volunteer
Complete court forms for divorce petitions for low-income self-represented litigants.
A Little More About Me
I grew up in Grand Haven, and after having spent several years in Oregon, I’m happy to be back home in West Michigan, serving my community. I’m a proud mother to my daughter and we enjoy taking our dog Daisy on walks in the woods. In my spare time, I enjoy listening to live music, dancing, cooking, and kayaking. We are part of a blended family with my partner and his two daughters. If it’s just me and my daughter, we like to combine cooking and dancing in the kitchen.
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My clients have said some nice things about me. I’m grateful for them.
“Thank you so much for everything you have done. You have no idea what a difference it has made. I have my son with me now and that’s all that matters. I am very grateful.”
“I wholeheartedly thank you for a great job.”
“I can’t thank you enough for everything you did for me through all of this. You are amazing!”
“Thank you for all of your work and for being my advocate. I really appreciate you.”
“Thank you for stepping in, and helping. You are, as always, the very best.”
“I appreciate you and your continued help. I would have been in a bad way without your advice.”
“Just so you know, I sing your praises to all of my friends. Every. Single. Time.”
“Thank you for everything you’ve done. You’re amazing.”
“Thank you again for all of your diligence and hard work. I really appreciate you!”
“I just wanted to let you know that I think you are great[.] I appreciate your presence, time, and work you’re putting in to secure my position in my daughter’s life. You know they always say everything happens for a reason, and I honestly believe God put you particularly on my case for a reason.”
“Thanks for all your help, advice and expertise. I certainly could not have done it on my own.”
“Thank you. I can’t tell you how much you have eased my mind with this from all the stress.”
“Sincerely thank very much from the bottom of my heart and soul. You have by far been the most helpful lawyer I have ever talked to.”
“Thank you for your advice, timeliness, and kindness. It has been an incredible relief to know that I’m in good hands through this process.”
“Thanks so much. Your [court pleading] is well written and way more professional than [the opposing attorney’s]. I am very happy and thankful to have good counsel. I am appreciative of your hard work and everything you have done. Thank you for representing me.”
“I want to take this opportunity to thank you for all that you have done for me and my children, you’ve done an amazing job. Keep doing what you do, helping other families in need. … If it wasn’t for you generosity I wouldn’t had done what we did for the children. Thank you very much.”
“Thank you so so very much for all your hard work for me and my kids! You are truly amazing!”