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Anyone is welcome to contact me via my direct line at (502) 582-3949

My personal journey to a career in law was different than most attorneys.  After college, I became a VISTA volunteer and spent a year helping low-income tenants on New York City’s Lower East Side organize for better housing.  That program led me into close contact with Legal Aid service, my first sense of just how amazing the legal arena can be for healthy change.   I then attended Columbia University to earn a Masters Degree in Social Work which I used in my counseling work in a variety of settings, mostly hospitals.  By the time I took the leap at the age of 31 into a law career, I understood the practice of law to be, at its finest, when the lawyer appreciates the importance of the whole person, not just the statutes and rules. 

A family law lawyer is what I have been for the past thirty plus years, a combination of different skills that enable me to assist people to achieve their goals and needs in a manner that they can use to protect what is most important to them.  I am a tough litigator but I always first make a solid attempt to be a problem solver on behalf of my client.  The courtroom is where litigants lose, rather than gain, control.

Admitted to Practice

  • Kentucky Bar
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Kentucky
  • United States Court of Claims

Education

  • Davidson College Davidson, North Carolina, BA, 1971
  • Columbia University, New York City, New York, Master of Social Work, 1976
  • University of Washington Law School, Seattle, Washington, J.D., 1984

Honors and Awards

  • American Academy of Matrimonial Attorneys, admitted 2004
  • Louisville Bar Association Family Law Lawyer of the Year, 2002
  • Kentucky Super Lawyer every year since inception, 2007 – 2017 
  • Louisville Magazine Top Lawyers, numerous years
  • AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell National Attorney rating service, the highest rating available,  since 2004

Community and Civic Involvement

  • Past Chairperson of Citizens Committee or Better Judges
  • Board, Family and Children’s Place