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

Leah A. Bartoces – Paralegal

Leah graduated from theUniversity 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 18 years with experience in real estate foreclosure, bankruptcy, and litigation. She joined Beresford Booth in 2015. In her spare time, Leah enjoys designing and making jewelry, handmade cards, and spending time with her family. Leah supports attorneys Todd J. Cook and Nicholas L. Jenkins.


Jalynn Blocker

Jalynn A. Blocker – Paralegal

Jalynn attended Southern Utah State College in 1980-1981 and earned her Associate Degree in Paralegal Studies at Highline Community College in 1989. She has worked in the legal field for over 30 years with experience in probate, estate planning, general civil litigation, corporation formation, personal injury, and family law. She joined Beresford Booth in 2011. In her spare time, Jalynn enjoys cooking, a monthly book group and spending time with her family.  Jalynn supports attorneys William O. Kessler and Andrew M. McKenzie.


Jasmine Brown

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 providing legal support to Divorce and Family Law attorneys Dimitra S. Scott, Anne B. Bennette and Lisa H. Do. 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.


Tiffany L. Hansen – Paralegal

Tiffany joined Beresford Booth in early 2011. Tiffany graduated from Edmonds Community College with her Paralegal Associate of Technical Arts Degree, and now serves Beresford Booth as a paralegal providing professional support across the spectrum of the Firm’s services. In addition, she provides specific support for lawyers Richard R. Beresford, Matthew J. Cruz, and Babak Shamsi. With many years of experience in client service, she is committed to providing the best possible service to every client. Outside of the office, Tiffany enjoys cooking, camping, and spending time with her family and cat, Cat.


Trisha L. Ruis – Paralegal

Trisha was born and raised in Edmonds, graduating from Edmonds-Woodway High School and then from Edmonds Community College with her Paralegal Associate of Technical Arts Degree. She joined the firm in 2017 but has been working in the legal field since 2007. Trisha provides support for our Divorce and Family Law attorneys, Dimitra S. Scott, Walton L. Dabney, and Anne B. Bennette, and also assists Dimitra Scott and Mark Demaray with Adoption and Assisted Reproduction matters. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, attending her daughter’s soccer games, and walking the family dog.


Marle D. Kerr – Bookkeeper


Gabriella N. Stein – Receptionist

Gabbi graduated from the University of Utah with her Bachelor of Science Degree in Philosophy. She currently serves as Beresford Booth’s receptionist, providing attentive and effective client support. Gabbi also assists Beresford Booth staff, paralegals, and attorneys with various administrative support duties. When she is not at work, Gabbi enjoys hiking with her friends and family, re-reading her favorite novels, and playing video games.


Holly A. Stokes – Accounting Assistant

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 and Per E. Oscarsson.


Janelle Tingstad

Janelle M. Tingstad – Account Manager

Janelle graduated from Boise State University with a degree in education. She taught intermediate school for several years before starting a family. She has been with Beresford Booth for over nine 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 watching her daughter play volleyball, travelling to watch her son play college football games, spending time with her family, and exploring the beauty of our great country.