Ariella Lirite Wagonfeld
Telephone: (206) 719-2117
Skill Summary: 14 years active practice in the areas of Family Law, Dependencies, CPS Investigations, and Criminal Law. Proficient litigator with a results-oriented philosophy. Aggressive and assured in preparation of cases. Confident building relationships with clients and constructing rapport and trust.
University of Washington: BFA 1997-2001
Seattle University Law School: 2001-2004, J.D. Summa Cum Laud
The Lotkzar Law Firm
Contract Associate March 2016 – March 2017
The Lotzkar Law Firm is a Family Law Practice focused on providing aggressive litigation at all stages of Family Law matters.
Well-versed in practice areas under the umbrella of family law including divorce, parenting plans, establishment of paternity, petitions for custody and/or child support.
Proficient in complex family law litigation including vacating decrees of dissolution, committed intimate relationships, and tracing separate property in high-asset hybrid CIR/marriage cases.
In addition to representing clients, responsibilities included management of large-volume discovery, in particular financial documents and production and review of interrogatories.
Required excellent inter-personal skills and ability to work with a wide variety of clientele from all economic backgrounds, ethnic, religious, and racial groups.
Conscientious in obtaining background information to ensure each client full story is told and their needs met to the best of my ability.
Self-directed representation of individuals facing a wide span of family law matters.
Law Offices of Michele Shaw
Associate Attorney Oct. 2010 – Jan. 2015
The Law Offices of Michele Shaw is a boutique firm established in 1989, specializing in criminal defense. This intimate firm requires a cooperative, team approach to ensure client receives effective, careful representation. While with this firm, I expanded practices areas to include Dependencies and CPS investigations.
Regular court appearances at Federal, Superior, Misdemeanor, and Juvenile Court.
Researching and drafting legal motions evaluating the rights of clients and mechanisms available for relief. Specifically; operation of Federal Statutes requiring minimum prison terms, evaluation of classification of crimes from other states, formulation of strategies to minimize the impact of criminal charges.
Collaborating with medical experts and review of medical materials to evaluate injuries and determine if alternative explanations are feasible to establish a client’s defense.
Interviewing clients and educating clients on the legal process, options, and consequences of available responses to a criminal charge.
Development of new practice areas and providing leadership to collaborating counsel on cases requiring joint representation.
Allen, Hansen & Maybrown
Associate Attorney July 2008 – Oct. 2010
Allen, Hansen, and Maybrown is a premier defense firm with a focus on trial work. This highly regarded firm has represented politicians, law enforcement officers, and medical professionals charged with criminal offenses. The attorneys and staff focus on providing exceptional representation for every client with consideration of the impact media attention has on the lives of clients, their families, and the prospective jurors in each case.
Litigation of criminal offenses in all jurisdictions including investigations and advocating for clients to prevent the filing of charges.
Responsible for working with and advising investigators and support staff.
Evaluation of case merits, negotiation with opposing counsel, research and written materials in support of litigation and negotiation, preparation of trial strategy and materials, representation during trial, preparation of sentencing materials and appellate briefing.
Northwest Defenders Association
Staff Attorney Dec. 2004 – June 2008
Northwest Defenders Association is a public firm charged with providing representation to indigent persons charged with criminal offenses.
Responsible for managing high-volume caseload in misdemeanor, juvenile, and contempt of court divisions.
Required collaboration with agencies providing services to clientele with diverse backgrounds including minorities, persons with disabilities, and economically disadvantaged individuals.
Assumed responsibility for identifying areas for improvement including developing and lobbying for change in law suspending licenses for failure to pay child support which passed as a bill in the Washington Legislature.