I devote my practice to representing seriously injured cyclists. I bring justice to cyclists through hard work, preparation, and a commitment to ethical representation. I prepare my cases for trial to put my clients in the strongest possible position to obtain the best possible result for their case, whether through settlement or trial.
Seattle University School of Law
Juris Doctor, cum laude, 2004
University of Washington
Bachelor of Science, Forest Resources, 1997
I am a lifelong Washingtonian, born and raised in Spokane and battle-hardened in Seattle. I am a wife, mother of two, and female business-owner. In my free time, I enjoy mountain and road biking, snowboarding, skiing, rafting, kayaking and camping with my family. When I'm not working up a sweat, I enjoy listening to podcasts, sailing and traveling.
I fight hard for my clients because I understand how incredibly difficult and painful recovering from a serious injury can be. In 2008, I had the unfortunate experience to learn first-hand what it feels like to be injured by a negligent driver. One dark evening while bike commuting home from work, I was rear-ended by a driver on a busy arterial in Seattle. The driver hit me so hard I went over the top of the car. I was still clipped into my bike pedals when my body slammed into the pavement behind the car. The driver fled the scene, leaving me bleeding on the ground. My injuries were serious and my recovery was prolonged.
The experience changed my life. It made me realize how fragile and vulnerable we are on the road without the protection of seat belts, steel frames and airbags. I also understand how difficult activities of daily living can be while recovering from a serious injury. Simple things like showering, walking down stairs, cooking a meal, getting to work and sleeping can become insurmountable tasks. The silver lining is that I can put myself in my clients' shoes in a very real and personal way. This is why I fight so hard for my clients!
I take great pride in being a trusted counselor. The reason I refer to myself as a counselor is because I recognize that litigation can be scary and stressful. My goal is to focus on explaining the insurance and litigation processes in simple terms to make sure you understand what's going on with your case. I view my clients as my teammates and, like any team sport, communication is key.
Since I handle all of the legal aspects of the case, you can focus on treating and recovering from your injuries. During the recovery process, I encourage frequent and meaningful communication so I can build our relationship and learn about your recovery. This helps me to be an effective advocate because, when it's time to tell your story, I can do so in a meaningful way that adds substantial value to your case.
I treat my clients the way I want to be treated. I am available to answer questions, explain relevant legal principles, provide case updates and ensure that any needs are being attended to.
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