I was raised in Hillsboro, Oregon, a suburb of Portland. I’ve lived in Arizona since 2000 and started law school in 2001. I graduated from the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University in 2004 and prior to that I received my bachelor’s degree in 1999 from Portland State University. After becoming licensed to practice law in Arizona in 2004, I worked for a couple of law firms before co-founding Stuart & Blackwell in 2011 with Cory. Cory and I focus on adoption, adoption litigation, foster parent and dependency litigation, guardianships, estate planning, and family law and related litigation.
I am an active member of the Academy of Adoption and Assisted Reproduction Attorneys, which is dedicated to the promotion and development of highly competent, ethical practices in adoption and children’s law. I am also President Elect for the year 2019 for the Arizona Adoption Coalition, a statewide non-profit group of adoption agencies and professionals dedicated to improving adoption services and promoting adoption.
During my professional career, I have spoken on adoption and guardianship throughout Arizona. Like Cory, my professional goals are to educate the community about adoption; promote adoption; prevent children from falling into the foster care system; maintain children in stable, loving homes; and promote guardianships by relatives when adoption is not available.
I have been married to my husband, Chad, for over 20 years. Chad is a general dentist in Chandler with an office just a few miles away from our office. I have personal connections to adoption and believe that my experiences give me a unique and personal perspective on what I advocate in regards to children having a permanent, stable home.
When not practicing law, I enjoy movies, running, kayaking, listening to true crime podcasts, and reading.