Long before she applied to law school, Amy volunteered taking calls for the American Civil Liberties Union of Washington. She derived satisfaction from helping people talk through their problems and offering solutions, but experienced a degree of frustration with not being able to help more and be a real part of the solution. This fueled her desire to become a lawyer.
After earning her law degree at Lewis and Clark College in 1996, Amy found a job at the Social Security Administration, working for the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review and the Office of General Counsel. There, Amy built a foundation of knowledge in Social Security’s laws and processes and had the opportunity to work with fine attorneys and dedicated public servants. Nevertheless, working for the Agency was not a good fit for an attorney whose ambition was helping people work toward personal solutions.
In January 2003, she began representing Social Security claimants. Since then she has used her skills to pursue disability benefits for individuals at all levels of appeal before SSA, the federal district courts and the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. This pairing of ideals and skills has resulted in a fulfilled attorney and hundreds of pleased clients.
Amy is a member of the Washington State Bar, the King County Bar and a sustaining member of the National Organization of Social Security Claims Representatives (NOSSCR). She presents on new issues in Social Security practice at the Circuit 9 Conference and has presented on Social Security issues for the King County Bar and the National Business Institute.
A Seattle native, she enjoys spending time with her family, skiing in the winter and gardening when the rain stops..