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

Joanna Stranger

Rule 9 Intern, practicing in Family Law and Divorce

Joanna (“Jo”) has been with this firm since April, 2013, and was recently admitted to practice law as a Rule 9 Intern by the Washington State Supreme Court. As a Rule 9 Intern, she has full authority to advise clients in legal matters and to provide a full range of legal services, including representing clients in court. She was previously registered as a paralegal with the Spokane County Bar Association.


Having worked in the family law arena for over four years, Joanna is knowledgeable in all areas of family law including divorce and separation, child custody, spousal support, and modifications of existing orders. She enjoys helping her clients navigate our sometimes overwhelming court system and work towards an equitable resolution.

A native of Eastern Washington, she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, Pre-Law Option from Washington State University, and was a member of both the Pi Sigma Alpha Honors Society and the Pi Alpha Theta Honors Society.

Outside of the office, Joanna frequently volunteers with the Volunteer Lawyers Program, and was named the 2016 Paralegal of the Year. She is a talented olympic weightlifter, skier, and was a competitive gymnast for most of her youth. She also loves spending time hiking and camping with her husband and their two dogs, Brody and Arya.

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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

Of Counsel, practicing in Collaborative Law for Divorce, Uncontested Divorce and Estate Planning. On medical leave.

Matthew Fischer

Principal / Managing 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