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

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

Attorney Rhylee Smith is licensed to practice law in both Washington and Idaho. She practices in all areas of family law including divorce and separation, non-martial relationships, domestic violence, child custody, spousal support, and modifications of existing court orders. While Rhylee is a fierce advocate, she approaches her clients with compassion and understanding. She enjoys getting to know them on a personal basis as well as professional one.

Rhylee firmly believes in open communication and ensures her clients are always well-informed about the process and details of their cases. Before each case, Rhylee first works with her clients to understand the big picture – listening to each client’s situation and helping her clients decide what goals they want to achieve. Then, she begins the thorough planning and necessary work to meet those goals. Rhylee understands that each family law matter is unique and requires attention and dedication.

Rhylee is a Spokane native and graduated from Whitworth University with a degree in Speech Communications. She was also on Whitworth's debate team. She attended law school in Portland, Oregon, at Lewis and Clark Law School, but returned to Spokane after graduation to be closer to her family and friends. Before joining Burke Law Group, Rhylee practiced family law at Provident Law in Spokane Valley and, prior to that, worked as contract administrator at Itron, Inc.

Rhylee is passionate about helping her clients and their families, and she is proud to be a part of Burke Law Group’s exceptional team.

Outside of work, Rhylee is a frequent volunteer with Spokane’s Volunteer Lawyers Program, and volunteers with organizations such as the Land Council and the Spokane Riverkeeper. She keeps active cycling, backpacking, snowboarding and walking her Great Dane, Paddington.

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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