Beresford Booth Staff
Our staff is the heart of our law firm and goes above and beyond to ensure that we exceed our clients’ expectations. In response to our most recent client satisfaction survey, our clients told us that our staff was “passionate” and “friendly.” One client said that Beresford Booth is, “An excellent law firm with a staff that knows what they’re doing, stays on top of things and always provides communication each step of the way.”
Meet the members of our outstanding team:
Leah Bartoces – Paralegal
Leah graduated from the University of Washington in 1997 with a Bachelor of the Arts in Classical Studies, then earned an Advanced Paralegal Certificate from Edmonds Community College in 1998. She has worked in the legal field for over 20 years with extensive experience in commercial, residential, and real estate litigation within the Superior and Federal Courts of Washington from inception to trial as well as non-judicial foreclosures, bankruptcy, and additionally supports the Business and Real Estate Group. She joined Beresford Booth in 2015. In her spare time, Leah enjoys designing jewelry, making pottery, and spending time with her family. Leah supports attorneys Todd J. Cook, Ryan J.P. Dyer, and JP. Diener.
Jalynn A. Blocker – Paralegal
Jalynn earned her Associate Degree in Paralegal Studies at Highline Community College in 1989. She has worked in the legal field for over 35 years with experience in civil litigation, probate, estate planning, and real estate matters. She joined Beresford Booth in 2011. Jalynn works with our real estate, litigation, and estate planning groups. In her spare time, Jalynn enjoys cooking/baking, a monthly book group, and spending time with her family. Jalynn supports attorneys William O. Kessler and Kelsey L. Affronte.
Jasmine S. A. Brown – Paralegal
Jasmine graduated from Ferrum College with her Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice in 2011. She joined Beresford Booth in 2014 as a Legal Receptionist / Administrative Assistant, transitioned into a Legal Assistant / Floater role in 2018 and currently serves as a paralegal. Jasmine has a distinct appreciation for the ever-changing trends that are reshaping the legal profession and revels in the environment that those changes create. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, reading, traveling, and playing and critiquing video games. Jasmine supports the Family Law Group, specifically attorneys Anne B. Bennette and Lisa H. Do. She also provides assistance to the firm’s ART Practice.
Tiffany Hansen – Paralegal
Tiffany joined Beresford Booth in early 2011 shortly after moving to Western Washington. She graduated with her Paralegal Associate of Technical Arts Degree from Edmonds Community College and provides professional support across the spectrum of the Firm’s services. With many years of experience in client service, she is committed to communicating clearly and providing the best possible service to every client. Tiffany primarily supports attorneys Richard R. Beresford, Babak Shamsi, and Linda E. Naish.
Marle D. Kerr – Bookkeeper
Andrea Lopez – Legal Secretary
Andrea graduated from Edmonds College with her Paralegal Associate of Technical Arts Degree in 2022. She currently serves as a legal assistant for the attorneys and paralegals in the family law department. Andrea has always had a passion for family law and is determined to deliver the best client service for all families that come our way. Outside of the office, she enjoys roller skating, traveling, going to concerts, and spending time with her friends and family.
Trisha Ruis – Paralegal
Trisha was born and raised in Edmonds, first graduating from Edmonds -Woodway High School and then from Edmonds Community College with her Paralegal Associate of Technical Arts Degree. She has been working in the legal field in various roles since 2007 and joined the firm as a paralegal in 2017. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, attending her daughters’ soccer games, and walking the family dog. Trisha supports the Family Law Group, specifically attorneys Dimitra S. Scott and Susan O’Toole. She also supports the firm’s Adoption Practice.
Karen Miller – Legal Receptionist
Karen is our hockey-loving Canadian. She currently serves as the firm’s legal receptionist. She also utilizes her extensive office experience handling various administrative duties and providing great client service. Karen attended Brigham Young University and is interested in pursuing a paralegal career. In her free time, she loves to spend time with her family, especially her grandchildren. Karen loves the outdoors, travelling, and of course, you can find her at a Kraken game at any opportunity.
Gabriella N. Stein – Legal Assistant
Gabriella, also known as Gabbi, graduated from the University of Utah with her Bachelor of Science Degree in Philosophy. She joined Beresford Booth in November of 2018 and serves as the firm’s legal assistant, helping Beresford Booth paralegals and attorneys with legal and administrative support duties. When not at work, Gabbi enjoys hiking with her friends and family, re-reading her favorite novels, and playing video games.
Holly Stokes – Billing Coordinator
Holly joined the firm in September of 2016. She prepares client billing statements, assists with billing inquiries, as well as assisting Attorneys, Legal Staff and Bookkeeping with general accounting support. In her spare time, Holly enjoys spending time with family and friends.
Jennifer R. Takamoto – Paralegal
A native of Seattle, Jennifer graduated from the University of Washington and earned her Paralegal Certificate from Edmonds Community College. She joined Beresford Booth in 2009 after working as a corporate paralegal with Washington Mutual Bank and has extensive corporate law experience including working with reorganizations and complex transactions. Jennifer works with our business and real estate groups. Jennifer supports attorneys David C. Tingstad, Per E. Oscarsson, and Eli K. Yim.
Janelle M. Tingstad – Account Manager
Janelle graduated from Boise State University with a degree in education. She has been with Beresford Booth for over twelve years, serving in various roles. She now serves as the Account Manager working closely with paralegals and lawyers to support positive client relations. Outside of the office, Janelle enjoys spending time with her growing family, which includes her three adult children: an amazing daughter and two fabulous sons…and the newest additions include a beautiful daughter-n-law and precious golden retriever grand-dog named Kahlua. She enjoys travelling with her husband to watch football games, try new foods and cultures and chase the sunshine.