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As a family law paralegal, your role is multi-faceted. You serve as the client confidant, information manager and attorney liaison all at the same time. While many of the issues you deal with on a regular basis will have their similarities, no two cases will be exactly alike - and the emotionally charged nature of the divorce process only adds another layer of complexity. Building processes and procedures that help you to effectively manage your multiple responsibilities will not only help you to become more efficient and effective, but increase your potential for professional growth. Order today!
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NEAL T. FEINERMAN has been in private practice in the state of Washington since 1981, and before that, in California since 1977. He has a general family practice with a concentration on custody disputes and complex litigation. Mr. Feinerman has spoken to professional groups on his areas of practice, and has been a faculty member for CLE programs through National Business Institute and the state bar. He is a member of the Washington State and East King County bar associations, and the State Bar of California. Mr. Feinerman earned his B.A. degree from the University of Oregon and his J.D. degree from Loyola Law School.
AMY FRANKLIN-BIHARY is an attorney with the law firm of Wechsler Becker LLP, in Seattle. Ms. Franklin-Bihary practices in the area of family law where she works with clients to resolve their cases through mediation, arbitration, and court action. Her practice includes parenting issues, asset and debt division, spousal maintenance and child support, non-marital relationships, third party custody, and adoptions. Ms. Franklin-Bihary received her B.A. degree from the University of Washington and her J.D. degree from Seattle University School of Law. She is a member of the King County Bar Association (Family Law Section and Family Law Mentor/Mentee Program). Ms. Franklin-Bihary also serves as a Title 26 guardian ad litem in family law cases.
KRISTEN A. WESTLUND is a paralegal with the law firm of Morgan Hill, P.C., in Olympia, Washington. Ms. Westlund focuses the majority of her work in family law and has 14 years of experience as a paralegal in this area of law. Ms. Westlund received her Associates Degree in Paralegal Studies from South Puget Sound Community College, her Bachelor’s Degree from The Evergreen State College, and attends multiple CLEs in various practice areas each year. Ms. Westlund provides pro bono hours to Thurston County Volunteer Legal Services, the Elks Club, a family homeless shelter in her area, and numerous other charitable organizations in Thurston County.
DAVID W. KITCHELL is an attorney with Tsai Law Company, PLLC, in Seattle. Mr. Kitchell has been representing clients in family law matters for more than 22 years in Western Washington. As a graduate of Seattle Law School, he chose to be a client focused family law advocate and litigator, establishing a proven record of success in all phases of family law representation. He has represented clients in Superior Court throughout the Puget Sound Region, including Snohomish, King, Pierce and Thurston counties. His practice includes a wide variety of family law matters, involving hundreds of contested motions including temporary orders, domestic violence issues, discovery and contempt matters, through trial and presentation of final orders. With a degree in economics, with honors, from the University of Washington, he has negotiated complex property settlements including valuations of closely held businesses, real property, pensions, and stock option grants. Mr. Kitchell was a member with Kitchell and Hively, PLLC, before working with a downtown Seattle family law firm and later joining Tsai Law Company, PLLC, in 2012.
DAVID J. ORDELL is the principal of Ordell Law Offices with a strong focus on family law, including international and interstate custody, support, dissolution, and parentage cases. He has spoken at numerous seminars for business and professional organizations regarding family law matters. Mr. Ordell earned his B.A. and J.D. degrees from the University of Washington. He is a member of the King County (member, Family Law Section) and Washington State (member, Family Law Section) bar associations. Mr. Ordell also is a past member of the Bench Bar Committee for Evaluation of Child Support Schedules and in the past was tasked to brief a newly appointed Family Law Commissioner on matters that would be faced by the commissioner on the Family Law Motions Calendar.