Barb represents businesses, non-profits and individuals with a wide range of transactional and civil litigation matters. She assists clients with their immediate legal concerns while employing solutions that are aligned with their long-term goals. She also has a vibrant practice advising clients on privacy issues.
In state and federal courts, Barb has successfully represented clients through trial and on appeal. Early on in her legal career, Barb clerked for The Honorable Tom Chambers of the Washington State Supreme Court. Before joining Focal, she worked as an associate at a mid-sized law firm in Seattle. With this experience under her belt, she had the pleasure of starting and running her own general practice firm on Vashon Island. She consistently takes cases to trial or arbitration, having completed two jury trials and two arbitrations in the past 18 months.
Barb also advises clients on privacy issues, including GDPR compliance and preparing for upcoming privacy legislation. This work includes everything from helping clients negotiate data processing addendums to performing legitimate interest analyses. She is also a frequent presenter on the topic. She is a certified privacy professional.
Barb values service to her profession and her community. She has served as a Governor on the Washington State Bar Association Board of Governors and as an officer and director of QLaw. Barb is a volunteer attorney with the King County Bar Association’s Vashon-Maury Neighborhood Legal Clinic. Early efforts to secure marriage equality inspired Barb to attend law school. She was fortunate to spend a summer during law school as an Equal Justice Works fellow clerking at the National Center for Lesbian Rights.
Before she began her law career, Barb worked as a research assistant at Chesapeake Biological Laboratory where she spent most of each year on a research vessel. She feels privileged to be a part of Focal’s diverse, fun and talented team while helping clients resolve complex legal issues and achieve their business goals.