My practice focuses on representing seriously injured bikers and families that have lost a loved one while cycling. I believe in preparing 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 in Spokane. In my free time, I enjoy exploring the outdoors with my family on bikes, boards and boats. When I'm not working up a sweat, I enjoy listening to podcasts, cooking and traveling.
As a bike attorney, my goal is to help riders who are injured by negligent drivers. Although there are a lot of attorneys who represent drivers, that is not what I do. I started representing injured bikers years ago because it was the best way to fuse my passion for riding with my desire to help people.
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. The driver hit me so hard I went over the top of the car, still clipped into my bike pedals. The driver fled the scene, leaving me bleeding on the pavement. My injuries were serious and my recovery was prolonged, but the legal process of resolving my own case was even rougher. After my insurance company initially denied coverage, I pursued litigation in federal court. Through much hard work, I finally received full value for my case. Although the experience was life-changing, I now have the advantage of seeing each case through the lens of a bike lawyer and as the victim of a negligent driver. This makes me understand and appreciate my clients' struggles even more.
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. Words like lawsuit, deposition and interrogatory can be intimidating, so my focus is always on explaining the litigation process in simple terms and making sure my clients' questions are answered in full detail.
As a bicycle accident lawyer, my job is to take care of all of the legal aspects of your case so you can focus on telling your story in a way that is meaningful and adds value to your case. I also firmly believe in treating my clients like people, not like cases. This means being available to answer questions, explain relevant legal principles, provide case updates and ensure that any needs are being attended to. You can expect to have frequent and meaningful contact with me throughout the entire course of representation because I not only care about your case, I care about you as a unique and special person.