The Traditional Bio
I am a Relationship Coach and Lawyer, focusing my practice on helping my clients find, create and nurture meaningful connections with their significant others. I have a combined 15 years of experience in my areas of practice. I am married to my best friend who I dated for three years before we were wed in 2010.
No matter where you are in the relationship stages, whether you are dating, looking to improve your relationship or save your marriage, or you are contemplating divorce, I can help. I have a proven program for finding the love of your dreams. I do individual and couples coaching and programs to strengthen your relationship, and I use a variety of tried and true tools there as well. If you find yourself in a situation where divorce is inevitable, I pride myself on having a collaborative divorce practice where the main goal is finding the kindness in the process so that you and your spouse can divorce in a way that takes all of your needs into account, including the best interests of your children, all while saving yourself emotional and financial costs of a traditional litigated divorce.
I established my own practice in 2009 and never made a better decision. I love what I do and I love that I get to do it my way.
I am currently on the membership committee for the Collaborative Family Law Council of Wisconsin and am also trained and certified by the organization.
I am a certified life coach since 2007, and I gained my credentials at Coach Training Alliance in Boulder, Colorado, under Dr. Jackie Black, a renowned relationship coach and expert.
I started food blogging in 2007, to display my passion for cooking when my sweetheart – who is now my husband – made me feel like I was the best cook on the planet and I couldn’t help but share the energy with my friends.
Prior to starting my own law practice, I was an associate at a boutique employment law firm in Milwaukee, Wisconsin for five years. My practice was primarily focused on defending worker’s compensation claims on behalf of employers and their insurers, as well as handling subrogation matters on behalf of the health and disability insurance industry. My first year in practice, I was an associate at a small firm in Kenosha, Wisconsin, handling general practice matters, including family law and criminal defense.
I completed two clerkships while in law school. In my second year, I clerked with Catholic Charities Immigration Services through the Loyola Law Clinic, serving indigent refugees who were seeking asylum in the United States. In my third year, I clerked for the oldest and largest immigration law firm in Wisconsin, located in Glendale, serving corporate employers who sponsored immigrants and non-immigrants from other countries to work for them. I also assisted in helping American parents with international adoptions during my time there.
I am admitted to the practice of law by the Supreme Court of Wisconsin by bar examination. In Wisconsin, if you graduate from a Wisconsin school you do not have to sit for the bar exam. I went to school out of state, so I took and passed the bar exam.
I earned my Juris Doctorate in the top third of my class from Loyola University School of Law in New Orleans, Louisiana. While I was a student at Loyola I was a Treasurer for the Loyola Association for Women Law Students as well as co-founder and Vice President of the Loyola Alternative Dispute Resolution Association. Along with my degree, I received certifications in International Law and Alternative Dispute Resolution. While I was a student at Loyola, I also worked for a court reporting agency as a clerk.
My Bachelor of Arts was earned with honors at The American University School of International Service in Washington, District of Columbia. As an SIS student at AU, I focused in the areas of International Communication and Peace & Conflict Resolution. My chosen area of the world was the Middle East, specifically Middle Eastern Politics. I wrote my senior theses on Cultural Imperialism and the Affects of Time & Space across cultures. I was President of the Bosnia Support Committee, Delegate to the Model United Nations and was involved in student government, politics, creative writing and film.
While I was a student at AU, I worked many hours as nanny to several families in Cleveland Park and in Potomac and Bethesda, Maryland. I also waitressed at Cactus Cantina, a popular TexMex restaurant in Washington, D.C.’s Cleveland Park neighborhood. I was a student fundraiser for American University’s Annual Fund and was a student academic and career advisor on campus.
I am an honors graduate of Mary D. Bradford High School in Kenosha, Wisconsin. I was nominated as the Delegate from my city to Badger Girls’ State, a program that educates girls about the political process. I was President of the Cultural Awareness Leadership Council and was involved in student government. I was the Political Editor for the Spy, our award winning yearbook, and was involved in speech, debate, leadership, art and musical activities.
I attended Washington Junior High in Kenosha, Wisconsin and was the Art Editor of the Wildcat, our yearbook. I was involved in Concert and Chamber Choir and I was a cheerleader. I competed in the Academic Decathlon and Quiz Bowl. I was a field guide for our honors field trips, answering questions and guiding fellow students through each field trip experience. I finished 9th grade at Washington with a perfect grade point average.
I attended four different elementary schools, three of which are in Kenosha: Bain School (grades K-1st half Grade 2), Jefferson Elementary (3rd quarter Grade 2), Bose Elementary(4th quarter Grade 2 – 4), East Elementary, Zion, Illinois (grades 5-6). I was an avid writer in elementary school and often had notebooks confiscated from me by teachers who thought I was distracting other students by writing interesting poems and short stories that made the other children not want to do their assignments during quiet time.
I was born in Kenosha, Wisconsin, in a time when the town was an industrial place. I learned to ride my bike between Jockey International Headquarters and the east gate of American Motors Corporation, which is kind of neat to me these days. Our house was in the middle and my current office is walking distance away, which blows my mind. I am the eldest of two children, with a younger sister. My parents are still happily married to each other.