The Burke Law Group, PLLC
Old City Hall Building
221 N. Wall St., Suite 624
Spokane, WA 99201

Main Office: (509) 466-7770
Collaborative Law: (509) 999-6747

Attorneys & Staff

Dena Allen

Principal / Member of the Firm, practicing in Family Law Litigation, Collaborative Law Divorce, Cooperative Divorce, Adoptions, Estate Planning, and Probate

Honored as one of the area's 2016 "Top Lawyers" in the Spokane Coeur d'Alene Living Magazine. 

As an attorney and mediator, Dena says: "I believe that an important contribution I provide to my clients is a supportive atmosphere that emphasizes respect and decency.  Whether it is a divorce, or a disputed estate, these are legal matters between family members that are just inherently prone to emotional escalation.  It isn’t ‘just business.’  Because of that, it is important to focus on both an equitable end result and a process to get there that strives for respect and common decency.  My philosophy:  The journey is just as important as the destination.  Depending on how it is done, and regardless of the outcome, these most difficult of life events can be something that will be looked back upon with a sense of shame or pride. 

"While I am known as a tough but fair litigator, I also emphasize in my practice the need for settlement before the trial where this is possible.  I have had many years of experience using mediation, both for my client's benefit and as the neutral mediator.  Additionally, my experience has shown that Collaborative law can also provide positive results for my clients.  Which process is used is dependent upon the circumstances related to the specific case, and the underlying desires and motivations of my clients. 

"I grew up in East Wenatchee, Washington, and graduated from Eastmont H.S. in 1985.  I received my undergraduate degree from UCLA in 1990, my law degree from Gonzaga University School of Law in 1994, and was admitted to the Washington State Bar Association shortly thereafter.  As a family law attorney, my practice runs the spectrum of legal issues that affect most families at e some time: Estate and Trust planning an disputes, Guardianships, Divorce, Custody, Prenuptial Agreements, Adoptions, an Modifications of existing Court orders."

Dena and her husband have two grown children, a dog...and 2 chickens who call the south hill area of Spokane their home. Dena is an accomplished artist and published fiction author.

 
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Meet Our Attorneys

Dena Allen

Principal / Member of the Firm, practicing in Family Law Litigation, Collaborative Law Divorce, Cooperative Divorce, Adoptions, Estate Planning, and Probate

John Burke

Principal / Managing Member of the Firm, practicing in Collaborative Law for Divorce, Uncontested Divorce and Estate Planning

Matthew Fischer

Principal / Member of the Firm, practicing in all areas of Family Law Litigation, Divorce and Uncontested Divorce. Also serves as a Spokane County Superior Court Pro Tem Commissioner

Cathy Helman

Associate Attorney, practicing in Appeals, Probate, Estate Planning, Family Law, and Bankruptcy. Also is an Administrative Law Judge Pro Tem with the Washington State Office of Administrative Hearings.

Joseph Linehan

Of Counsel, practicing in Social Security Disability Income (SSDI) appeals, Family Law Litigation, Divorce, and Dependency. Also serves as a Spokane County Superior Court Pro Tem Commissioner

Robin Schmahl

Senior Associate Attorney, practicing in Family Law Litigation, Uncontested Divorce, Estate Planning, Probate, and Guardianship

Rhylee Smith

Associate Attorney, admitted to practice in Washington and Idaho, practicing in all aspects of Family Law, Divorce, Child Custody and Support, and Modifications to Existing Orders

Kenneth Zigler, Jr.

Of Counsel, practicing in Family Law Litigation, Divorce, Social Security Disability Income (SSDI) and SSI benefits, and Lawsuits and Disputes including Personal Injury

Joanna Stranger

Rule 9 Intern, practicing in Family Law and Divorce

Kelly Padgham

Former Principal / Member of the Firm; Kelly passed away on September 20, 2015