MERCER ISLAND, WA 98040
Focus of Practice
I am full time mediator. During most of my career, I was an Assistant United States Attorney for the Western District of Washington, representing the United States in civil lawsuits for cases ranging from the areas of medical malpractice, premises liability, automobile accidents, employment discrimination, products liability, catastrophic injury, death and others. During my career, I gained particular insight working collaboratively with the various governmental agencies and with opposing counsel. I was was able to cultivate a robust perspective and objectivity that allowed me to facilitate settlements in most of my cases and take to trial only those that could not resolve in mediation. Now as a mediator, I have successfully resolved numerous cases across a wide spectrum of subject areas.
2005-2020: Assistant United States Attorney, United States Attorneys Office, Western District of Washington 2021: Mediator, King County Dispute Resolution Center 2021: Mediator, Orange County Human Relations 2021: Mediator, Resolution Systems Institute (RSI) and Center for Conflict Resolution (CCR) for Illinois 2001-2005: Trial Attorney, Hollenbeck, Lancaster, Miller and Andrews (Farmers Insurance Group) 1999-2001: Law Clerk to Hon. Charles W. Mertel, King County Superior Court
Washington 1998 (Active) Western District of Washington 2005 Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals 2005
Lewis and Clark Law School, J.D. (1998) Wellesley College, cum laude, B.A. Neurobiology (1994)
Washington State Bar Association (WSBA) Dispute Resolution Section Member American Bar Association (ABA) Dispute Resolution Section Member; Chair of Employment Law Committee of ADR Section Asian Bar Association of Washington (ABAW) Past President and Board Member, Mentor International Academy of Mediators (IAM) Mentorship Program Mentee Southern California Mediators Association (SCMA)
Mediating the Litigated Case (July 2019: 38 hrs) - Strauss Institute of Dispute Resolution, Pepperdine School of Law Basic Mediation Training (November to December 2020: 35 hrs) - Dispute Resolution Center of King County Arbitration Training Institute (June 2021: 7.5 hrs) - ABA Dispute Resolution Section
In the last 12 months, I presided over roughly 150 mediations in addition to the formal mediation training that I received. I am a Washington Mediation Association (WMA) certified mediator and I have provided mediation training to the ABA and the WSBA in 2021 and 2022. As an attorney, I have participated in scores of mediations as a party during my 20+ year litigation career.
ADR Practice Areas
Business Litigation, Civil Rights, Employment, Insurance, Product Liability, Professional Negligence, Torts