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Jay S. Ritchie, Esq.

Attorney at Law

 

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Meet our Attorney

Family Law | Domestic Violence | Indian Law

Atty. Jay Ritchie is a dedicated Advocate for Family and Business Law, Unwavering Supporter of Domestic Violence Survivors, and Champion for Social Justice, Strengthening Our Firm with Her Expertise and Compassion

Atty. Jay S. Ritchie brings a wealth of knowledge and a dedicated spirit to our team. Specializing in Family Law and matters related to Domestic Relations, her expertise encompasses a wide array of issues including high conflict divorce, high asset divorce, conscious uncoupling models of separation, pre- and post-nuptial agreement drafting, parenting plans, paternity/parentage, LGBTQIA+ family law, child custody, child support, protection orders, and separation from domestic violence.

Jay’s dedication to family law stems from her personal experiences and a commitment to justice for historically marginalized communities. As an enrolled member of the Mississquoi Band of Abenaki, Cree, Japanese, and of Mixed European descent, Jay understands the importance of equitable legal representation. Her mission is to empower her clients and ensure they navigate the legal system with confidence and dignity.

With a compassionate and collaborative approach, Jay seeks to resolve complex issues through amicable agreements whenever possible. However, she is always prepared to fiercely advocate for her clients’ interests when negotiation proves challenging. Jay believes in arming her clients with the skills and knowledge necessary to advocate for themselves, ensuring they emerge from legal proceedings feeling empowered and supported.

Born and raised along the picturesque Nooksack River in Bellingham, Washington, Jay is deeply connected to the Pacific Northwest and acknowledges the contributions of the Nooksack and Lummi people to the region. She earned her undergraduate degree in Medical Anthropology and Global Health from the University of Washington, where she focused on disproportionate health impacts on vulnerable populations, including Indigenous Peoples affected by environmental issues such as the Hanford Nuclear Waste Site. Jay continued her academic journey at Vermont Law School, where she was an inaugural member of the Accelerated Juris Doctor Program. Her commitment to social justice and advocacy is evident throughout her educational and professional endeavors.

Outside of her legal practice, Jay enjoys spending time with loved ones, including her cherished Siberian husky, Tsuki-Yomi, and cat, Lavender. She finds joy in activities such as martial arts, yoga, weightlifting, and connecting with nature. Jay is actively involved in initiatives supporting Indigenous Sovereignty, Language Revitalization, Traditional Song and Dance, and Sustainable Development within Tribal communities, reflecting her dedication to promoting justice and equity both in and out of the courtroom.

For compassionate and zealous advocacy in family law matters, individuals can contact Jay S. Ritchie at Cowlitz Law Group. With her comprehensive expertise and commitment to client empowerment, Jay stands ready to provide exceptional legal representation.

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Education

  • Vermont Law School, South Royalton, VT – May 2016
    –  Juris Doctor and Energy Law/Regulation Certificate
  • University of Washington, Seattle, WA – May 2015
    – Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology, Specializing in Medical Anthropology & Global Health
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Bar and Court Admissions

  • Admitted to the Washington State Bar (2019).
  • Admission Pending to the Alaska State Bar
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Professional Associations

  • Indian Law Section, Washington State Bar Association, Member – 2021.
  • Northwest Indian Bar Association, Member – 2021.
  • TeamChild 2020 Leadership Circle, Founding Member – 2017.
  • Student Bar Association, Code of Conduct Committee Member – 2015.
  • Native American Law Student Association (NALSA), Member – 2013.
  • Phi Alpha Delta, Marshall – 2014.
  • King County Bar Association, Domestic Violence Legal Advocacy Project, Volunteer – 2019.
  • Ronald E. McNair Scholar – Environmental Justice for Women, Children and Indigenous Peoples.

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