1985 — The Law Office Economics and Management Committee becomes the Law Office Economics and Management Section.
1993 — The Law Office Economics and Management Section become the Law Practice Management Section.
1997 — The Law Practice Management Section becomes the Law Practice Management & Technology Section.
2005 — The Law Practice Management & Technology Section becomes the Solo & Small Practice Section.
Executive Committee Biographies
JORDAN COUCH (At-Large Member)
Jordan Couch is a workers’ compensation attorney at Palace Law. He grew up in the prairie land of eastern Montana. After high school, he moved to Maryland where he obtained his bachelor’s degree in Liberal Arts from St. John’s College. From there, he traveled to Indiana and graduated from Indiana University’s Maurer School of Law where he was awarded membership in the Order of Barristers. While in law school, Jordan worked for NASA and clerked for judges in the Maryland Court of Appeals and the Federal District Court for the Western District of Washington. He also managed and litigated cases for a pro bono organization that provided assistance to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking. Through each of these roles, he gained valuable experience in a wide array of legal fields and honed his skills as a courtroom advocate.
Jordan moved to Washington in June of 2015 and put his skills and experience to use helping injured workers. Outside of the office, Jordan is heavily involved in the legal community. He can frequently be found local, state, and national bar association meetings advocating for a better, more client-centric future to the legal profession. In his free time, Jordan is usually outside. You might see him at a concert or in the wilderness, hiking, fishing, skiing and diving his way through life.
BRUCE GARDINER (Treasurer)
D. Bruce Gardiner graduated from the University of Puget Sound School of Law (now the Seattle University Law School) in 1976 and was admitted to practice the same year. He is licensed to practice in all courts in the State of Washington, including the Eastern and Western Districts of Washington (Federal Courts). In addition to his practice as an attorney, he has served as a Pro Tem (temporary, appointed by the Chief Judicial Officer) Ex Parte Commissioner and Judge in King County Superior Court.>
Mr. Gardiner serves on the Mandatory Arbitration Panel of the King County Superior Court. He is one of two Washington State Bar Representatives on the Supreme Court Reports Committee. He currently serves as Treasurer of the Solo and Small Practice Section of the Washington State Bar Association and has been the Section’s Chairman.
Mr. Gardiner’s practice generally consists of business and real estate law issues. He also has had a special interest in copyright and trademark law.
Additionally, Mr. Gardiner has served for 27 years as an elected Commissioner of the Northshore Utility District, in Kenmore, Washington. He is an active boater, and a primary instructor for the basic boating class necessary to obtain the Washington Boater’s Card.
JESSICA JENSEN (At-Large Member)
Jessica McKeegan Jensen is the Senior Attorney and CEO of Jensen Milner | Cap City Law PS of Olympia. With almost 40 years’ experience as an attorney and paralegal, Ms. Jensen is knowledgeable in multiple areas of law. Her firm handles business, real estate, land use, estate planning, probate and trust administration, litigation, and uncontested divorce. Ms. Jensen and the attorneys in her firm utilize a holistic, collaborative approach in their practice of law. Jessica brings both mind and heart to her practice and focuses on business, succession planning, real estate, and estate planning because these areas of law so often intersect for her clients. She also handles collaborative divorces.
Ms. Jensen began her legal career as a paralegal in Vermont in the early 1980’s. She attained a Certificate in Paralegal Studies from Woodbury College in Vermont, a B.A. in Economics from the University of Vermont, and a J.D. from the University of Maine School of Law. She practiced in Maine prior to relocating to Washington in 1995. She has taught for UW since 1996 in the Paralegal Studies and Contract Management certificate programs, and frequently presents at seminars for businesses and individuals, and at legal continuing education seminars.
Jessica serves on the Thurston Economic Development Council and the West Olympia Business Association Board, is Past Chair of the Thurston Chamber of Commerce Board, and works with multiple nonprofits. She’s a musician and lead singer in two acoustic bands, Humor & Heart (classic rock) and Curlew’s Call (Celtic).
KRISTINA LARRY (At-Large Member)
Kristina is in her fifth year on the executive committee of the solo/small practice section. She’s had a well-rounded legal career from legal aid to government to nonprofit to eventually stating her own firm; Sassy Litigations in 2012. She used her love of the untraditional to create the legal sub brands, The Prenup Princess and The Seattle Wedding Lawyer. Her practice focuses on family, business, trademark and wedding law. Kristina has been a regular volunteer with the King County Bar Association's Housing Justice Project for the past 6 years and serves as the President of the Washington State Bar Foundation. In 2018 she was named one of South Sound Business Magazine’s 40 under 40. She completed her undergraduate work at the University of Wyoming and is a graduate of Thurgood Marshall School of Law. When she is not practicing law she blogs and vlogs about her food and travel adventures.
DARCEL LOBO (Secretary)
Darcel Lobo is an attorney and the owner of DAL Law Firm in Normandy Park. Her practice areas include Estate Planning, Real Estate and Bankruptcy. She prides herself in her legal work bringing practical solutions to real life issues, and helping clients plan for their financial future. She resides in Des Moines with her husband and their two children, Lucy who is 9, and Maxon who is 7.
KARI PETRASEK (Chair)
Kari Petrasek is a graduate of the Seattle University School of Law. She is a solo attorney, having started her own firm, Petrasek Law, in Mukilteo, Washington in January 2015. In the thirteen years prior to starting her own firm, she worked in several small firms in Everett, Washington. She is a civil litigator with significant experience in the area of juvenile law, guardianships, estate planning, and elder law. Ms. Petrasek is also a dedicated advocate for children, having served as a Volunteer and Attorney Guardian ad Litem for dependent children and has been one of the Snohomish County CASA Program contract attorneys for over 13 years. She was named Volunteer Guardian ad Litem of the month in June 2008 and March 2010. In addition, Ms. Petrasek has served as a judge and commissioner pro tempore at Snohomish County Juvenile Court for the past ten years. She is currently Chair of the WSBA Solo & Small Practice Section, Treasurer of Washington Women Lawyers, a past-president of the Snohomish County Bar Association, a member of Washington State CASA, a leader in the ABA GPSolo Division, a coach for the Archbishop Murphy High School Mock Trial teams, and serves on numerous other boards and committees in her community. In her free time, Ms. Petrasek enjoys skiing, golfing, football, and baseball.
AMBER RUSH (At-Large Member)
Ms. Rush focuses her practice on family law. She is a founding member of Navigate Law Group. Her practice is dedicated to providing unique and quality legal services for individuals depending on the scope of work they require. Her background in psychology and relationship dynamics makes her a relentless advocate in and out of the courtroom. Throughout her career, Ms. Rush has been dedicated to expanding access to legal help for everyone. Accordingly, she believes it is of grave importance to participate and share ideas with lawyers and legal consumers across the nation and state in an effort to better our legal system.
SHASHI VIJAY (Chair-Elect)
Shashi Vijay founded VJ Law Firm, PLLC with the vision of helping individuals and small-businesses with their legal needs, by partnering closely in understanding each client's unique situation and formulating solutions in an expeditious manner. She has over ten years of legal experience and represents clients in areas of business and startup formation, real estate matters, estate planning, consumer bankruptcy and related litigation.
Shashi earned her J.D. from Seattle University School of Law and is admitted to practice in State and Federal district courts. Shashi is the current Chair-Elect for the WSBA Solo and Small practice section and is also Chair of the sections’ CLE committee and has served as past chair of KCBA solo and business law sections and Board member of South Asian Bar Association. Shashi is an active member of the King County bar association and diversity groups such as Washington Women Lawyers, Washington Association for Justice and Mother attorneys of Seattle.
Shashi was born and raised in New Delhi, India and outside of work is a busy mom raising her 11-year-old son and a 7-year-old daughter and loves spending time outdoors with her husband and kids.