Jeff Brown


Jeffrey A. Brown graduated from Western Washington University with a BA in Anthropology. He obtained his Certificate in the post-baccalaureate Lawyer’s Assistant Program from the University of San Diego. He has been employed at our firm since 1996.  He is married to Laurie and they have three children. 


He enjoys being a referee for soccer in his off time, vacationing to different parts of the world and restoring his 1901 home.

Pam Robinson


Pam obtained a B.A. degree in Liberal Arts from the State University of New York, College at Plattsburgh. She and her husband have made Whatcom County their home for more than 30 years. Pam has extensive experience working in law offices as a paralegal in the areas of immigration, criminal defense and civil litigation, including personal injury and insurance defense. 


Professionally, Pam enjoys assisting attorneys and clients alike in navigating the legal process. Otherwise you’ll most likely find her enjoying all the activities Bellingham and the surrounding area affords.

Jessie English


Jessie joined the firm in February, 2017 as a litigation paralegal. She earned her degree in paralegal studies through Edmonds Community College in 2011. Prior to joining this firm, she worked in pre-litigation plaintiff's personal injury, and in employer defense (workers' comp, WISHA/DOSH, ESD, L&I audits, and employment law) managing claims both at the administrative level and litigating before the Board of Industrial Insurance Appeals. Jessie enjoyed the challenge and learning opportunities of employer defense, but a change in residence lead to new employment. She most enjoyed her work as a part of a defense litigation team, and was thrilled when the opportunity to  join this firm arose.

Outside of work, Jessie's favorite activities include watching NHL or WHL hockey, road tripping, and walking or hiking with her husband and their dogs.

Sunaina Aswath


Sunaina obtained her Law degree from India and a Master in Laws degree from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law. Sunaina has extensive litigation experience working as a paralegal in personal injury, commercial litigation, premises liability, timber trespass, wrongful death, property damage, and UM/UIM matters.

Outside of work, Sunaina enjoys exploring the natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest and traveling to new places with her family.

Patti Whitaker

Administrative Assistant 

Patti Whitaker has been with the firm since January 2017. As our Administrative Assistant, she manages the front desk and assists the paralegals and attorneys with various projects. Although new to the legal world, Patti has thirty years of office experience, which includes insurance billing, handling L&I claims, and managing a veterinary hospital.

In her off time, Patti is an avid horse lover. She spends most of her weekends competing in various barrel racing events or enjoying a scenic trail ride with friends and family.

Rayna Swope

Billing Specialist / Administrative Assistant 

Rayna grew up in Bellingham. She earned her AA degree from Whatcom Community College.  She has been employed at our firm since 2000.

Outside of the office, Rayna enjoys spending time with her husband and four kids – watching a variety of youth sports, trail running and camping.  

Sandra Dutton


Sandra Dutton has been in the accounting profession since 1971. She started her business, Sandra's Accounting, in 1984, and has been with our firm since 1999.

Outside of work, Sandra enjoys playing golf, traveling, and gardening - not necessarily in that order. 


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