Family and Injury Attorneys

Serving Pierce, King, Kitsap and Thurston County

The choice of a law firm to represent you in a personal injury, family law, or criminal law case is an important one. At Whalley Law, we want you to be 100% certain we are the right firm for your situation. We invite you to take a few minutes to learn more about our attorneys, including their education, experience, and credentials, as well as that of our managerial and legal staff. Please don’t hesitate to contact either one of our Puget Sound–area offices if you have any questions.

Our Attorneys

Jeffery Whalley

Say hello to the Mastermind behind our entire operation: Mr. Jeff Whalley! Jeff is a family man, a diehard Dallas Stars fan, and our managing attorney, in that order. He’s a Tacoma native and an active member of the South Sound, committed to making a positive impact on our local youth and their families.

Before opening Whalley Law in 2011, he graduated from Seattle University with his J.D., as well as his MA in Sports Administration and Leadership. Inspiration to open his own firm came from a mentor while in undergrad at Utica College where he played hockey. This is where a young Mr. Whalley realized the kinds of positive change the practice of law can create in communities like Tacoma, while utilizing the work ethic instilled from playing hockey.

Jeff has litigated cases across the state of Washington, including in the court of appeals. While Jeff’s practice focuses on high conflict family law and injury cases, Jeff is no stranger to highly contested litigation in other areas of the law as well. He prides himself on his work ethic and taking the most difficult cases that other attorneys won’t touch.

Jeff’s dreams include opening a school based in non-traditional learning, and maybe seeing his young son Gavin out on the ice one day. Go Stars!

Kathryn Cooperman

Kathryn is an associate attorney for Whalley Law. She joined the firm after relocating from Colorado to Washington. Kathryn graduated from Syracuse University College of Law where she gained experience in family law as a student attorney and through her pro bono work with the Onondaga Bar Association. Kathryn completed her undergraduate work at the University of Colorado Boulder. Following law school, Kathryn worked in the area of water acquisition and water rights in Colorado. Kathryn practices law with the belief that every person going through a family law matter needs an advocate to help navigate their legal issues. Kathryn acts with integrity and dedication to each client’s matter to achieve the most favorable outcome possible.

Contact us in Fircrest in Pierce County or in Port Orchard in Kitsap County today!

Legal Staff

Cresta Slagel

Every law firm needs a Cresta. Cresta is our management expert, our financial extraordinaire, and our jack of all trades! We are so grateful to have added her long list of business skills to our small-scale firm. Between her 23-year long relationship with Mr. Whalley and her invaluable set of business and management skills, we are beyond excited to grow with Cresta on our team.

She’s a homegrown Washingtonian, graduating from Enumclaw High School and being the biggest Seahawks fan this side of the Columbia River. After over twenty years of owning her own business right here in Tacoma, she joined our team ready to emerge into the exciting world of law. Her wildest dream is to run away to the Maldives Islands, for a little TLC and lot of adventure


Jeff Whalley was an extremely diligent and sincere lawyer in my case. He was always on time, very patient in answering questions, and gave a sense of compassion and support that you would only find from a friend. Through his investigative and negotiating techniques he was able to reduce my DUI charge to Reckless Driving and even succeeded in a victory over the DMV administrative hearing to suspend my licence. Only 3% of cases are dismissed from DMV and Jeff made the impossible reality. Thank you Jeff, you will always be regarded as a friend in a book.


We hired Kathryn to stand between us and a tyrant. Kathryn was always prompt on returning calls and emails. We felt that our time and money were well spent and valuable to her. Ms. Cooperman was terrific and I would highly recommend her services to anyone.


Jeff Whalley handled my case where I was rear-ended. As a single mother the situation was amplified for me with my pain and time needed away from income that I really needed. Jeff and his team were not only efficient, but were sensitive to the emotional roller-coaster I was experiencing. What an amazing experience. Thank you Jeff and team for everything. Of course, Mr. Whalley won my case, but most importantly to me the process was seamless. This is a firm that is sensitive to your situation and efficient simultaneously. I was kept up to speed the entire time and his legal assistant (Erin) was just as thorough. Thank you both!! I would and do highly recommend anyone to your wonderful law firm!


Jeff and his staff are personal, polite, courteous, articulate, kept me well informed and a great settlement.


I was served with a harassment protective order full of false claims and half truths. I was worried that because of past mistakes, I would not be able to refute these claims myself so I sought an attorney for help. Sam came to the rescue. During the consultation, I was relieved to learn that my case may be difficult but he would do everything he could to help me. Prior to court, Sam was in constant communication with me in preparing my case and was always available to answer any question I had. In the courtroom, Sam was professional and to the point, armed with a strong legal knowledge he won my case and the protective order was dismissed. I highly recommend Sam if you are looking for a dedicated legal professional who will fight for you and what is right.

I hired Kathryn Cooperman to help me in a Third Party Custody. Kathryn is so professional, knowledgeable, kind, honest and always taking the time to make sure you understand your options, she is very good at returning your calls, text or emails. Kathryn worked so hard with me her dedication was amazing! Thank you so much for everything you did for us Kathryn! It was such a pleasure to meet you and work with you!

Mrs. Cooperman helped me with my parenting plan for my son. She went through every step with me and made sure I understood what was happening. She’s a dedicated person and knows her stuff! I loved working with her and if you’re looking for a family lawyer I would definitely go with her! You won’t be disappointed.

Great fast settlement, always approachable and kept me well informed. Most honest attorney I ever met.

One of the most down to earth, honest, and knowledgeable attorneys I know! I recommend Mr. Whalley to everyone I know and I have many a friend who has hired him and had nothing but great things to say!

Case outcome was better than I hoped for or could have obtained on my own.
This is a firm that is sensitive to your situation and efficient simultaneously.

High quality legal service by a firm that cares. Highly recommend.


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From personal injury and criminal law, to domestic violence and divorce cases, we have been in the business long enough to have the necessary experience to help get the results you deserve. To speak with someone at our firm about representation for your upcoming case, please contact us today at (253) 565-3209. We can offer you a free consultation!