Collaborative Law Trained Attorneys

The following is a list of attorneys in the greater Spokane Washington area who have completed the basic training required by this association to be identified as a trained Collaborative Law Attorney.  The amount of advanced training and the level of collaborative law experience varies from attorney to attorney.  To find out more about how the collaborative law process may be beneficial to you, please contact one or more of the listed attorneys.  Many of these attorneys will gladly provide a no-cost consultation to explore your legal options and further educate you regarding the collaborative law process.                                                                                                                             


Glenn Tanner  509-244-6353  Glenn’s goal is to keep you out of court while still obtaining a fair and reasonable settlement. If you have children, he also helps you obtain the healthiest possible parenting arrangement.  Glenn listens to your concerns and goals, and makes sure you are properly informed and supported throughout the process. Glenn strives to obtain an end to your disputes with minimal pain and with as little emotional damage to the children as possible.  He encourage you to consider Collaborative Practice because it promotes respect, places the needs of children first, and keeps control of the process with the participants. Collaborative Practice is a more efficient, targeted and productive way to resolve disputes.

Karen Vache  509-326-4162  In addition to her law degree Karen holds a master’s degree in psychology and practiced as a therapist for a time.  Karen has experience with the traditional legal approach to family law both as an attorney and as a court appointed guardian ad litem. Through this exposure Karen has become committed to helping families redefine themselves during dissolution in a way that supports the health and wellbeing of all parties, but particularly the children.   You are the expert on your situation.  Why not stay in control of the outcome and avoid having judges make decisions about your future.

John Burke  509-466-7770  John is a strong believer in the use of Collaborative Practice for all areas of family law. John has successfully guided many people through the collaborative process. His own personal observations of the process and successes has reinforced to him the strengths of Collaborative Practice.  John believes that for a majority of the breakups of long term relationships, it is possible to have the couple resolve their financial and parenting issues without having to go through the stress and trauma of court hearings and a trial.  John believes that a collaborative approach can help individuals through what is probably one of the most emotionally difficult times of their life.

Dena Allen  509-466-7770  As an attorney and mediator, Dena Allen believes that an important contribution I provide to my clients is a supportive atmosphere that emphasizes respect and decency.  Selecting the right family attorney to help guide you through the process with reasoned and compassionate advice is critical.  As your advocate, Dena strives to assist her clients in a manner that meets their unique needs and resolves their problems so they can move on to the next phase of their lives. 

David Lohman  800-597-5888  Few people thrive on conflict, and those who do probably belong in traditional adversarial litigation. For everyone else, there is collaborative law: a more humane and respectful way to restructure your life when your relationship ends. You know more about your situation and the needs of your children than any stranger to the dispute, certainly more than a well-meaning judge.  Together with his collaborative colleagues, Dave is here to help you achieve the best possible outcome. Your relationship may be ending, but you can create something positive out of this restructuring.

Matthew Fischer  509-466-7770



Rob Cottle  509-218-1644

Lisa Malpass  509-838-6131



Amy Rimov  509-481-3888  Amy describes the Collaborative Law process as something a kin to magic (or chemical catalysts). Topics are looked at and stirred, and workable solutions, specific to each individual's circumstances, arise. The power to agree, disagree, or seek another solution, always remains with the client.  Collaborative law seeks commonality rather than difference; that the operation of the whole as a sum greater than its parts. These values and expectations are not new to Amy who spent 21 years as a violinist with the Spokane Symphony. Although in collaborative law no one follows the nuances of a conductor; we listen with intensity and purpose.

Julie Watts  509-280-5622  Julie believes that if you want to craft an effective solution to a problem, you must fully understand the nature of the problem, including all the variables. That means asking the right questions and really listening to the answers.  She believes that her role as an attorney is to do three things for her clients: 1) Provide clarity about difficult situations and information about what to expect from the law; 2) Provide assistance as her clients make choices about what’s best for them and their families; and 3) Support her clients through the changes and challenges they’ll conquer as they enact their plans.