A Vancouver native, I have been admitted to the practice of law in Washington and the Western District of Washington since 1981. My areas of specialization include handling matters involving Social Security Disability and I am a Sustaining member of the National Organization of Social Security Claimant's Representatives (NOSSCR) perhaps the premier claimant's representative organization. My practice focus is on Regular Social Security Disability (DIB or Title II) as well as Supplemental Security Income (SSI or Title XVI)
The role of a Social Security disability lawyer is to make filing your disability claim as painless as possible while ensuring that you receive the full amount of benefits to which you are entitled. With years of experience in dealing with the Social Security Administration and processing and filing disability claims, I can expedite your claim and cut through the confusing process. Unlike many attorneys handling these types of claims, I feel it is important that you are not shuttled off to be handled by staff. I meet with my clients on a regular schedule to review and update them on the status of their case.
In addition, I maintain an active family law practice. Having done Domestic Law cases since 1981, I have an extensive background in Dissolution of Marriage case, Paternity, Child Support and Custody Modifications both primary and Third Party Custody modifications, Parental Relocation actions as well as Domestic Partnerships.
As a founding member of the firm, I feel strongly that the service of law is a profession worth following. The law is a tool to solve problems and disputes in society. Being a lawyer is a way to facilitate positive change and give back to our communities, preserving the fabric of discourse and family life and supporting our growth as people. In some areas of law, emotions and desires may be extremely entwined with our notions of legal rights and our goals. When we first meet clients, they are going into a difficult period. It's a very emotional time, and they are forced to make decisions that will impact the rest of their lives. Part of my task is to provide a sense of grounding in the midst of an extremely emotional state. I hope to provide the compassion my clients deserve while competently performing the legal tasks toward achieving their goals.
Everyone deserves to have someone stand with him or her against the power of the government and entrenched corporate interests. It is my intent that our lawyers are not afraid to stand up for you and zealously advocate for your rights.
Areas of Practice
U.S. District Court Western District of Washington, 1981
Gonzaga University School of Law, Spokane, Washington
J.D. – 1980
Stanford University, Palo Alto, California
A.B. - 1974
Major: Chinese Studies
Professional Associations & Memberships
National Association of Social Security Representatives, Sustaining Member, 1995 – Present
Past Employment Positions
Morse & Bratt, Partner, 1981 – 2005