How Did I Get Here?
My background includes 20+ years of law practice, beginning at Davis Wright Tremaine and followed by 13 years in-house as REI's first lawyer and then as the Senior Director of Legal Affairs for the Americas at Avanade, a Seattle-based global joint venture between Accenture and Microsoft.
I enjoyed taking a break from the law for a few years to pursue my interest in energy and resource conservation by running solar and green power programs for Seattle City Light. Although I was not working as a lawyer, I continued to negotiate contracts and analyze legislation as part of my job, and I put my analytical, problem-solving and advocacy skills to work every day to navigate the difficult task of furthering the development of solar energy in grey, hydro-powered Seattle. During that time I continued providing pro-bono legal representation for non-profits and individuals and later began representing small businesses and individuals on a variety of contract, real estate and business law matters when my temporary position at City Light ended.
I have realized how much I enjoy working with clients to understand and manage risks in their various business and real estate transactions. More importantly though, while my goal is to provide high-quality service in an efficient manner, my passion is to gain client trust through great work and a great relationship. Your time is valuable, so spending it with me should be valuable on a personal level too.