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Staff

Ruth Emily Vogel

Senior Attorney

Ms. Vogel has been practicing law for over 30 years.  She works as senior attorney at Ivy Law Group providing oversight, assistance and perspective in her work with the other attorneys and staff.  This includes working with clients in all aspects of family law, probate, estate planning, elder law and personal injury. Prior to her legal career, Ruth worked in non-profit social service agencies focusing on adoption and child abuse issues.

Family Law: Ruth combines social service experience with strong litigation expertise to assist clients facing divorce, separation, parenting and custody disputes. Her goal is to help the client through the stressful legal process and achieve the best results for their family.

Estate Planning: In these evolving times of medical science and legal rights Ruth maintains a current knowledge of the law for our clients who need health care directives, wills and other estate planning documents. Ruth has given presentations on estate planning and is passionate about the need for preparedness.

Probate:  Fortunately, Washington State has a relatively straightforward probate process.  Ruth has advised clients in their role as executor/personal representative both in cases with a Last Will and Testament and those without a valid will.  When you are coping with the loss of a member of your family or a friend Ruth is accessible to help you deal with both the loss and the inevitable bureaucracy.

Personal Injury: Combining a thorough background in vehicle and traffic laws with negotiation and litigation experience, Ruth assists clients who have been injured in motor vehicle collisions.  Her priority is to encourage you to acheive full medical recovery and fair financial compensation.


Christina J. Weis

Attorney

 

Christina began practicing law in 2005. Since 2013, she has represented clients in all aspects of family law.

Christina is a native of Fox Island in the south Sound, and attended Gig Harbor High School. She received bachelor degrees in Political Science and Biocultural Anthropology at the University of Washington, and is a life-long Husky fan.  Christina is a member of Phi Beta Kappa.  During college, Christina completed an internship in Washington, D.C. at the Center for Science in the Public Interest, focusing on food safety policy.  Following college, Christina relocated to the Big Apple, where she attended New York University School of Law.  In law school, she participated in two year-long clinics focused on criminal defense, and was the Development Editor of the Journal of Legislation and Public Policy.  Christina was also appointed Chair of the 2005 Class Gift Committee.

She is admitted to the bars of New York, California, and Washington. Her admissions also include multiple federal courts, including the Southern District of New York, all four California District Courts, and the Western District of Washington.

Prior to returning home to the Northwest, Christina worked at large firms in New York City and Los Angeles, and has extensive experience as a litigator. She has also practiced regulatory law.  Her many pro bono projects include the representation of a group of public school parents in successfully challenging a decision of the New York City Franchise and Concessions Board to grant exclusive use of public parkland to private schools.  Her pro bono work also includes the representation of students with special education needs.  Since relocating home to Seattle, Christina has focused on family law and consumer advocacy law, including claims under Washington’s Consumer Protection Act.

Christina resides in Ballard, where she is able to pursue her loves of gardening and cooking. She is an avid long distance runner.  In her spare time, she pursues many hobbies, including jewelry-making and embroidery, as well as landscape and architectural photography.  Christina is deeply committed to animal rescue, and currently resides with her partner, Daniel, and a menagerie of rescue pets.


Judy N. Shoji

Associate Attorney

 

Judy has been practicing law for the past 23 years and provides representation in all aspects of family law and adoption. Judy received her law degree from Seattle University and her undergraduate degree from the University of Washington.

Judy has extensive experience representing clients in King, Snohomish, Pierce, Kitsap, Island and Skagit Counties.

In her spare time, Judy has volunteered for the King County Bar Association Family Law Neighborhood Legal Clinic from 2006-2014 and for the Self Help Plus Clinic since 2014. Judy was named King County Bar Association Volunteer of the month in October 2014.  In her free time, Judy likes to cook, hike, and travel to Hawaii as often as possible!

 


Meghan Limegrover

Paralegal

 

Meghan is new to the legal world, but is excited to learn and expand her understanding of the law, especially in matters of personal injury. Meghan is a Texas transplant and a graduate of Texas A&M.  She enjoys horticulture and is inspired by the variety of flora in Washington.  The food, the music and the people of Seattle are just a few things that make this city her home.  We are very happy to have her join us at Ivy Law group!


Business Practices

Confidentiality

All matters relating to your case are confidential.  We will not share your information with anyone outside our office without your consent.

Billing Practices

We work hard to be as efficient and effective as possible. We prepare invoices about the 25th of each month. The invoice is mailed to you. It shows the amount of time we have each spent on your case that month. A more itemized invoice is always available upon request. A couple of days after invoicing we transfer money from your trust account (in which your retainer was deposited) and “pay” your invoice. You are then sent a statement which will show the amount you have remaining in your trust account. It is our goal to provide as much information to you as needed to keep you apprised of your account with us.

Office Hours and Communications

Our office is normally open from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday. We also have a mailbox where you may drop documents after hours. Please feel free to call us whenever you have not only a specific question or problem but also when you merely have a question or need advice. If it is during business hours and we are unavailable when you call, please make sure to leave a detailed message when you call and we will return your call promptly. After office hours, we have an answering service that answers our phone 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The answering service will take your detailed message and page it through to our cell phone.

File Retention

During your case, we will amass numerous documents. It is our practice to send you copies of all documents, letters, correspondence and pleadings that we receive or produce, file and/or send out. The purpose of sending you copies is to keep you informed as to the status of your case. Applicable law may forbid attorneys from providing copies of certain items that may be in a client’s file, such as police reports. At the conclusion of your case, we will close your file. You will have the option of requesting additional copies of documents, but you should already have a complete set. We typically keep records for approximately five years. After five years, we shred all documents containing personal information protecting you and your privacy.