Jeffery Whalley – Attorney
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 – Attorney
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.
Cresta Slagel – Management
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.
Erin Piskura – Paralegal
Erin is a combination of the world’s most wonderful things. She is our teacher and our leader. As our head paralegal, Erin carries all of us on her shoulders at times, as she’s the foundation of all the hard work we do at Whalley Law.
Erin entered the legal field after years in Public Health connecting children and families to preventive and restorative dental care. She graduated with her MA in Public Health from San Diego State University and has worked for Mr. Whalley since early 2014.
She’s extremely proud of the firm she’s helped build, as well as of her two very bright and spirited children. Next on Erin’s bucket list is to walk at least 100k of the Camino de Santiago through Spain. But knowing Erin, we all know she won’t stop until she sees the finish line.
Emma Watkins – Legal Assistant
Emma recently joined Whalley Law after graduating two years early from the University of Washington in political science and economics. She is ambitious, a go-getter, and thrives when outside her comfort zone. She completed her senior internship in Eurasia working for an international non-governmental organization while writing her thesis on the Islam in the Soviet Union.
She finds her job as legal assistant to the attorneys at Whalley Law very rewarding; learning new things daily and being challenged by unique cases on a daily basis.
Emma officially checked off her 15th country traveled to this summer. She studies Russian and Farsi and thinks of Baku, Azerbaijan has her second home. Emma’s hopes in the future include building a life abroad and working for an organization that helps refugees and internally displaced people.
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