Barbara is a shareholder at Smith Alling, P.S. She emphasizes all aspects of family law. Prior to attending law school, Barbara spent several years in the contract administration section of a large regional bank handling all manner of secured transactions.
Barbara excelled as a student during the course of her law studies at the University of Puget Sound School of Law (now Seattle University). She was an Associate Editor of the Law Review and was employed as a Legal Intern by Smith Alling Lane, P.S. during her second year of law school, while also managing to graduate magna cum laude. Upon graduation, Barbara became an Associate of Smith Alling Lane where she was initially involved in major antitrust litigation surrounding power plant construction.
Barbara is a member of the American, Washington State, and Tacoma/Pierce County Bar Associations, and is currently a trustee of the Family Law Section of the Tacoma/Pierce County Bar Association. In addition, she was President of the Family Law Section in 2006. Barbara served for 10 years as a commissioner pro tem in the Pierce County Superior Court, and was a Nisqually Tribal Law judge for a year.
Barbara serves as a mediator at the Pierce County Center for Dispute Resolution, a pro tem settlement conference judge for the Pierce County Superior Court. She has settled or tried several hundred family law cases.