- J.D., cum laude, Gonzaga University School of Law, 1997
- Bachelor Business Administration (Major: Finance), cum laude
Gonzaga University, 1993
Jennifer’s Family Law Practice focuses on litigation involving dissolutions, parenting plans/child custody, child support, relocations, modifications, paternity, college support, spousal maintenance, non-parental custody, military law and pre and post nuptial agreements.
Jennifer’s involvement in her husband’s twenty-year military career in the United States Army assists her in understanding the nuances of military life such as permanent change of station, leave and earnings, survivor benefits, pensions, and other military issues. Her real estate experience allows her to address real property issues that often arise in the context of dissolution cases. These may include zoning, land use and title issues as well as easement, leasing, boundary issues and other real property subjects.
Jennifer’s Civil Appellate Practice is enhanced by her first-hand knowledge of the appellate courts. Jennifer served as a law clerk to the Division II, Washington Court of Appeals in 1998 and has successfully advanced and defended many appeals in Washington courts including the Washington State Supreme Court, the Court of Appeals and the US District Court for the Western District of Washington.
Her published and unpublished opinions range from cases involving dissolutions and wills to real property and contracts.
Jennifer enjoys spending time with her husband and two children. She enjoys the outdoors, golfing, reading, movies and watching her children’s sporting activities.
Professional Affiliations & Community Activities
- Catholic Community Services (CCS), Board Member, South Puget Sound Advisory Council
- St. Patrick Parish, Member & Former Parish Advocate to Seattle Archdiocese Tribunal
- St. Patrick Catholic School, Co-Chair Annual Fund Campaign
- Former Member & President Pierce County Young Lawyers
- Former Board Member, Legal Foundation of Washington (Law Fund)
- Tacoma-Pierce County Bar Association, Member
25 Years Professional Experience
Julie has over twenty-five years of law firm experience and has been a family law paralegal for the past thirteen years. Her background includes work in family law matters at all stages of litigation, as well as mediations, civil litigation in both superior court and federal court, appellate law and real estate. Julie brings professionalism, skill and sensitivity to all family law cases.
As a Tacoma native, Julie has deep family roots in the area. She is dedicated to enhancing our community and has volunteered in the Pierce County Clerk’s Office and at Remann Hall Juvenile Detention Center.
Away from the office, Julie enjoys painting children’s murals, is a book enthusiast, participates in yoga and spends time with her two wonderful sons and her American Bulldog.