I was born and raised in Washington. I received my undergrad degree from Whitman College and law degree from The University of Oregon School of Law where I was an executive editor of The Oregon Law Review.
In the mid-1980s, I was a caregiver to my grandmother who died of Alzheimer’s disease. In 2015, I decided to transition my practice to Elder Law and Estate Planning while helping my mother through issues with aging. While working on the probate of her complicated estate, I wanted to use my skills to help clients in the areas of Estate Planning and Elder Law. I assist clients with disability planning, guardianships and/or conservatorship, long-term care planning, estate plan documents and trusts, and probate and trust administration.
Before practicing Elder Law and Estate Planning, I was an attorney advisor for the U.S. Department of Justice, a position I entered through the U.S. Attorney General’s Honor Program. I clerked for the Honorable Robert H. Whaley in the U.S. District Court of the Eastern District of Washington and worked as an associate at a mid-size law firm in Seattle. I started Ellis Law, LLC in 2013. While practicing immigration law, I navigated hundreds of immigration clients through the complex and ever-changing U.S. immigration process. I was regularly invited to present at regional and national immigration conferences and wrote several publications including a book.
Bar and Court Admissions
- Washington State Bar Association
- U.S. District Court for the Ninth Circuit of Washington
- U.S. District Court of the Eastern District of Washington
- U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington
- King County Bar Association
Professional & Community
- National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA)
- Washington Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (WAELA)
- Attorney volunteer, Kinship Care and Solutions Project, King County Bar Association
- Best Probate Lawyers in Seattle | Expertise 2022
- Best Probate Lawyers in Seattle I Expertise 2020
- Washington Super Lawyer’s Rising Stars, 2011
“Understanding Alzheimer’s and Dementia” Alzheimer Association of Washington Educational Program (February 2020)