Maybe it’s because her dad immigrated from Ireland at age 18 with little more than hope and determination that Kathleen Shoemaker feels compelled to help others find a path to their American dream and overcome financial hurdles.
Born and raised in Tacoma, she has more than 20 years experience as a bankruptcy attorney, including six years as a staff attorney for the local Chapter 13 trustee’s office. She has devoted her career to working with individuals and small business owners, helping them navigate Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 bankruptcy proceedings as well as providing much needed debt relief counseling.
A 1997 graduate of Seattle University’s School of Law, Kathleen is a member of the National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys (NACBA) and National Association of Chapter 13 Trustees (NACTT). She has served on the Chapter 13 Subcommittee for the Local Rules Committee as well as the Executive Committee for the Honorable Thomas T. Glover Mediation Program for the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Washington.
Growing up in the small fishing town of Westport, Jim Dart has lived through the effects the ebb and tide of the economy have on small businesses and regular people.
A South-Sound resident today, Jim has more than 30 years experience helping his clients conquer their financial challenges. “Many of my clients do not realize the potential relief bankruptcy may provide for either themselves or their business until we sit down and talk about it,” he says. “I’m committed to helping people live their lives, rather than be burdened by debt.”
Early in his legal career, Jim interned for the Honorable Robert Skidmore of the United States Bankruptcy Court of the Western District of Washington. He has been a member of the National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys (NACBA) since 1992. Jim has served as a District Representative to the Creditor-Debtor Section of the Washington State Bar Association. He has served on the Chapter 13 Subcommittee for the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Washington’s Local Rules Committee. He is a 1986 graduate of the University of Puget Sound’s School of Law.