Behind Sharon Friedrich's graceful, even elegant style is a razor-sharp legal mind fortified by 16 years of practice experience. This Washington native, who earned her undergraduate degree with honors at Pacific Lutheran University, had been employed in both the public and private law sectors before joining the McKinley Irvin team in 2002.
Throughout her impressive legal career, Sharon has remained entirely consistent on one point: her steadfast devotion to family law and the clients she serves.
"Family law entails more than just a legal procedure," she explains. "My clients are dealing with multiple changes in their lives. They have to juggle jobs and budgets, face the prospect of moving, take care of their children, and deal with the inevitable stress that results from family conflict. In sum, they are confronting a total disruption in their family lives--today, tomorrow, and into the future."
For Sharon, this means a chance to provide sensitive, effective, and client-focused service.
"It's a highly emotional and personal process," adds the Seattle University law graduate who was a member of the school's Client Counseling and Negotiation Board. "Clients are thrown into an arena they do not understand, without the tools they need to protect themselves and their children...That's where I come in."
"Sharon puts 100 percent of herself into her cases. She understands and appreciates her clients' predicaments and works hard to achieve the best possible results for them." --Founding Partner Sands McKinley
A senior associate at McKinley Irvin, this veteran attorney excels in complex or difficult divorce, child custody, and parenting law cases. Whatever the issue, she believes that a well-defined, well-prepared approach to achieving reasonable goals is the best path to satisfaction for her clients.
"In order to optimize our position in a case," Sharon says, "it is critical that my clients and I define our goals at the outset, and then move forward to achieve them with clarity, decisiveness, and conviction. Along the way, I engage my practice team to provide as much relief and support as I possibly can."
Sharon gave me the confidence that things were going to be all right. --Former Client C.N.
"Sharon was extremely professional and kind in all my dealings with her. I especially appreciated her efforts regarding visitation with the kids. It's easy to get distracted by money matters, but Sharon kept her eye on the bigger picture of helping a family. She has an excellent mind and a kind, calm, and caring attitude." --Former Client R.K., Tacoma, WA
"I just wanted to say thank you to you, Susan, and Sharon for all you have done for me and my little family. I hope you know how many clients I have referred to you. Sharon has an amazing legal mind and you and Susan have shown kindness to us as well as compassion. I am sure you all will be blessed for caring about a family who greatly needed all of your help." --Former Client M.K., Everett, Washington
"Thanks for all the work for our family over the past year. We're really glad you are on our side." --Former Client P.O., Tacoma, Washington
"To the Best of the Best. Thank you for all your hard work and effort! It was a great result. It's nice to be free!!" --Former Client T.T., Federal Way, Washington