Ashby Law we help our clients create healthier families through divorce, parentage, child custody, child support, adoption, and other family law processes in Washington State.
The family law attorneys at Ashby Law have focused their practice to helping families to be healthier through the family law process. We do so by ensuring that our clients have stellar communication from their legal teams, that our clients are in control of the goals of any court action, and to ensure that our clients are informed of the costs of any strategic step. This means that whether we are working on a divorce, child custody, child support, adoption or other family law matter, our clients' needs come first.
When the firm first started, we found that many attorneys who practiced in family law either dabbled in things like divorce in Washington State or took such aggressive positions that it was bad for families. Attorneys who occasionally handle family law matters soon find that the strategies and maneuvers that serve them well in other areas such as criminal defense or personal injury, end up hurting their clients' long-term ability to get good results--especially when there are complex issues such as important relationship issues, family owned businesses, or real estate transactions. And attorneys that take a scorched earth policy toward family law also end up destroying cherished relationships because any family structure takes a backseat to getting as many assets and as much money as possible.
That is why we ensure that our attorneys are fully trained in family law trial techniques (so they can't be pushed around and can help our clients know what to expect) and are trained in alternate dispute resolution practices such as collaborative divorce, mediation, and negotiation skills. We find that this combination gives our clients the ability to take strong, principled positions in the courtroom and reach great agreements outside the courtroom.
When most of the work of a family law practitioner takes place outside of the courtroom, those skills and abilities allow us to help our clients create a better future for themselves and those they love. Family law cases exist, not because someone broke the law or violated a contract, but because a relationship has broken down. Understanding that the relationships are at the heart of every family law matter give us an edge that allows us to not allow help plan a strategy for working in a family law courtroom, but also for working out agreements that benefit families in Washington State.
8697 W Gage Blvd
Kennewick WA 99336
Monday to Thursday 8:00 am to 5:00 pm; Friday 8:00 am to 2:30 pm
English; Spanish; Portuguese
220 W Main Ave
Ashby Law (Walla Walla)
216 S Palouse St
We believe that an educated client makes the best kind of client. Clients who know, understand, and follow the law make the partners we look for to help them get great results.
Zachary C Ashby was born in Washington State. He is the oldest of six and father to five. In Washington, he learned to love the outdoors on his fishing trips with one grandpa and working on the family farm with his other grandpa. Family has been a cornerstone of Zachary’s life and he knows the importance of a healthy family dynamic.
Zachary went to high school in Phoenix Arizona where he run cross country and track, earned his Eagle award in Boy Scouts, and worked part time at a camping goods store. Hard work became another important aspect of his life during those teenage years.
After high school, Zachary served a two-year mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Barcelona Spain. He learned to love the people there and the interactions among the different cultures from all around the world. He also learned to speak Spanish, Catalan, and a little French. Maybe more importantly, he learned the value of faith and service to others.
After returning from Spain, Zachary attended Brigham Young University in Provo, UT where he earned his BA in Comparative Literature and Ancient Greek; worked a shift as an early morning custodian; and met, wooed and married the love of his life. Unsatisfied with what he accomplished at BYU, Zachary applied for and was accepted to a doctoral program at Stanford University in California where he earned his PhD in Iberian and Latin American Cultures and the Humanities. Throughout this time, he learned to create high quality work product.
Unsatisfied with a career in academia, he then returned to BYU to complete Law School. At Law School, he was an editor on a school law journal, served as President of the Ancient Law Foundation Association, and was a member of the advanced negotiations clinic.
Zachary joined his Dad to practice law in Kennewick directly from Law School. He continues to run, fish, and spend time with family to keep the work he does in balance.
Bar Number: 49617
Brigham Young University
Brigham Young University, Law School
Scott T. Ashby is a family law attorney at Ashby Law in the state of Washington. Scott grew up on a farm in Quincy, Washington. Throughout his life, he has valued his relationships with his family members. Scott has been married for over three decades, with six children and twelve grandchildren. Family has always been important to Scott, which is the reason why he chose to dedicate his career to helping other families.
Prior to becoming a lawyer, Scott attended Central Washington University, where he earned a B.S. degree. He then earned his J.D. from Cornell Law School. After graduation, Scott was recruited by big law firms who represented large corporations. He spent nearly two decades working in a firm with more than 1,500 attorneys located in offices around the world. In this role, he helped big businesses and their shareholders profit by taking legal action against other big businesses. He excelled in this role, but felt unsatisfied because he did not have the opportunity to truly help people. For this reason, he left his comfortable position at this firm in order to start his own family-focused law firm.
His work as a family law attorney helps him feel truly fulfilled. He uses the skills he developed as a high-stakes business litigator to aggressively negotiate on behalf of his clients and help them resolve legal disputes. He believes that all family law issues, including divorce, separation, child custody, visitation, and child support can be the beginning of a brighter and better future for his clients. He has a competitive nature, which drives him to zealously seek favorable outcomes for his clients.
Scott knows that every case is different, which is why he never takes a one-size-fits-all approach to family law. Instead, he carefully reviews the details of your case and takes the time to learn more about your unique situation before determining the best strategy to use to achieve your goals. He works closely with each of his clients from the start to the finish of their cases. With his help, clients can plan and implement strategies that will help them move forward with their lives.
Scott believes itâs important for his clientsâ families to continue long after the legal dispute has been resolved. In each case, his goal is to help parents reach peaceful resolutions so they can still be a part of their childrenâs and grandchildrenâs lives in the future. Taking this approach, Scott believes, is the key to setting a good example to your children.
Bar Number: 35177
Bar Number: 014947
Central Washington University
Cornell Law School
Olaf Hansen is a family law attorney at Ashby Law in the state of Washington. Olaf is a partner at Ashby Law and manages the Spokane office. He has over two decades of experience in family law and has helped countless clients reach favorable outcomes in cases involving divorce, child custody, visitation child support, and the division of marital assets and debts.
Native to Washington, Olaf was born and raised in Ellensburg, where his family owned an apple orchard. After graduating high school, Olaf moved to Seattle to study political science at the University of Washington. After earning his B.A. degree, Olaf moved to Topeka, Kansas to attend Washburn University School of Law.
During law school, Olaf spent two years working as a law clerk for a small law firm located in Topeka. In this role, Olaf gained invaluable experience in both family law and criminal defense. He eventually returned to Seattle to open his own practice in Pioneer Square. Later, he worked as an attorney for a small firm in Redmond, Washington. In 2013, Olaf and his family moved to Spokane, where he continued to practice family law for a local law firm. He became a member of the Ashby Law team in 2018.
Olaf has a competitive spirit that stems back to his days as a rugby player at the University of Washington. After college, he continued to play rugby and competed for national championships for 12 years. Now, he coaches rookie/youth rugby teams in the Spokane area.
Throughout his career, Olaf has received a number of awards for legal excellence. He was included on the Attorney and Practice Magazine’s “Top 10” list for two consecutive years and was named a Top Lawyer by Spokane Coeur d’Alene Living Magazine.
Olaf is often asked to speak at legal conferences across the country. He has spoken on a number of family law topics for the National Business Institute Seminar, including the division of marital assets and marital debts, financial disclosures, and the discovery process.
At Ashby Law, Olaf is committed to helping families in the community resolve their legal disputes as quickly as possible. He is passionate about protecting your family’s best interests. Olaf knows that every case is unique, which is why he works one-on-one with each client to learn more about their situation and goals. With his help, clients can reach favorable outcomes in their family law cases and move onto the next chapter in their lives.
Bar Number: 26930
Washburn University School of Law
University of Washington
Kimberly J. Powell is the managing family law attorney of Ashby Lawâs office in Walla Walla, Washington. She works tirelessly for clients in cases involving divorce, separation, child custody, child support, division of property, relocation, spousal maintenance, and other family law issues. Kimberly is a native of Washington and has dedicated her career to serving families in the community.
Kimberly studied psychology and sociology at the University of Idaho before obtaining her J.D. from Willamette University College of Law. In law school, Kimberly worked for the Oregon Department of Justice Advocacy Section. In this role, she represented the Department of Human Services/Child Welfare and aggressively advocated for children in the foster care system. Since leaving this position, her passion for helping foster children has only grown stronger over the years. Now, she advocates for foster children in juvenile dependency proceedings as a volunteer CASA/Guardian ad Litem for the Benton and Franklin County Juvenile Justice Court. She also protects the best interests of children when representing clients in adoption, child support, and child custody cases.
Kimberly is a proud member of many prestigious legal organizations, including the Washington State Bar Association, Benton County Bar Association, American Bar Association, National Institute for Trial Advocacy and Washington Women Lawyers. Throughout her career, she has been recognized for legal excellence by the American Institute of Family Law Attorneys, Super Lawyers, and The National Advocate. These organizations have named her as one of the âTen Best,â âRising Stars,â and âTop 40 Attorneys Under 40.â She was also honored with the Avvo âClientâs Choiceâ award, which is based on client reviews.
Kimberly has also written about family law, co-parenting, child support, and relocation for several publications, including the Walla Walla Union Bulletin, Avvo, and LinkedIn.
At Ashby Law, Kimberly works closely with her clients to help them achieve the results they desire so they can move forward in their lives. In each case, Kimberly promotes resolution rather than conflict. She firmly believes that clients who are able to peacefully resolve their disputes are on the path to a brighter and better future. But she understands that some legal battles are unavoidable, which is why she is always prepared to fight to protect her clientsâ best interests in court.
She strives to always put her clientsâ best interests first. Contact Ashby Law today to connect with Kimberly and discuss your family law case in more detail.
Bar Number: 48774
Bar Number: 104863
Willamette University College of Law
University of Idaho
Scott Kinshella is a family law attorney at Ashby Law in Washington who is committed to helping clients resolve child custody, divorce, and other family law disputes. He is proud to represent clients in Kennewick, Richland, Pasco and throughout the greater Tri-Cities area.
Prior to becoming a lawyer, Scott studied English at the University of Nevada in Las Vegas, his hometown. He earned a B.A. degree in English before attending the University of Michigan Law School in Ann Arbor. He eventually moved to the state of Washington after graduating law school in order to be closer to his family in Pendleton, Oregon. He has been a part of the Kennewick community since 2012 and is an avid fan of the Seattle Sounders.
Scott understands that if you are looking for a family law attorney, it means that something is breaking or going wrong in your life. He believes his job is to minimize the damage for his clients. Family law conflicts are often incredibly stressful, which is why Scott is committed to making the legal process as easy as possible for his clients. He strives to help his clients avoid unnecessary conflicts and legal battles, and will help them cope with whatever obstacles arise on their path to a favorable resolution.
Scott is also committed to helping his clients get peace of mind. He is more than happy to address your concerns, answer your âwhat ifâ questions, ease your mind, and help you focus on what really matters.
There is no one-size-fits-all solution in family law. Scott understands this, so he works closely with each of his clients to gain a better understanding of their unique situation, needs, and goals. Then, he ensures they understand what it will take to achieve the results they desire.
There are always a number of legal options in family law cases, and Scott will make sure you understand each option that is available to you. This way, you will have the information you need to make the right decision. Whether you are dealing with a child custody dispute or criminal law matter, Scott will work tirelessly to help you put your life back on the right track.
Scott is a proud member of several legal associations, including the Federal District Court: Eastern District of Washington, Benton-Franklin Counties Bar Association, and Washington State Bar Association. He has published legal guides for consumers on Avvo, including one titled âHow to Get Divorced in Washington State Without Spending Your Life Savings.â
Bar Number: 42667
University of Negada--Las Vegas
University of Michigan Law School
“People do not win people fights. Lawyers do.” -Norman Augustine
Denisa Buljubasic was born in Bosnia. She moved to Spokane when she was very young and considers it her hometown. While in High School, Denisa participated in the running start program which allowed her to graduate with her bachelor’s from Eastern Washington University at the age of 19.
She then attended Florida Coastal School of Law and passed the Washington State Bar in 2014 at the age of 23. Denisa values hard work and dedication to a topic, that has given her the drive to accomplish whatever she sets her mind to.
When not at work, Denisa enjoys spending time with her family, friends and her two little nieces. She also loves to hike and explore all the amazing things Spokane has to offer. Spokane, in other words, is the best place in all the world to work, play and live for her.
Denisa prides herself on advocating on behalf of her clients through communication with the courts, with opposing parties, and with her clients. She feels that talking about solutions to the issues is a better way to get results than merely slugging it out in court. When going through a family law issue, whether it be a divorce or child custody, your family is impacted in many ways. Family is extremely important and for this reason, issues arising out of a divorce or child custody are emotional and contested. As an attorney, she's learned that the most important thing to do is listen. By listening, she is able to set her client’s needs as the most important and get great agreements for them.
As a member of Ashby Law, Denisa minimizes the “fights” and provides you with a “map” of the case including guidance and your options. In order to reach an amicable resolution in a family law case that is emotionally draining, having someone who can give your perspective and help you express yourself is crucial. Denisa sees her role as the intermediary between you and the opposing party to help you focus on the big picture and get the solution you want. While she prides herself on resolving matters amicably, she does not shy away from any necessary fight in court.
Bar Number: 48395
Florida Coastal School of Law
David Rose has 30 years of experience counseling clients with Labor and Employment issues. He routinely handles grievances and represents employers and employees with a variety of employment matters. He also handles civil litigation, personal injury, and probate and real property matters. David is licensed to practice law in Washington and California. Currently employed by Ashby Law in Walla Walla, David has found his legal home working for one of Eastern Washington's largest family law firm.
Bar Number: 129723
Bar Number: 32849
University of Missouri, Columbia
University of Pennsylvania Law School
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