Amanda Martin (she/her) was NWCLC's very first intern when we opened our doors in the summer of 2013. Seven years later, Amanda is NWCLC's Executive Director. Helping families protect their homes from foreclosure is the most rewarding part of her job. Her practice includes collection abuse litigation, mortgage servicing litigation, and foreclosure prevention. She is published in the Seattle University Law Review and volunteers at Northwest Justice Project's Debt Collection Defense Clinic. She also serves on the Executive Committee for WSBA's Antitrust and Consumer Protection Section.
Amanda graduated cum laude from Seattle University School of Law. She earned her B.A. from the University of Nevada, Reno. She grew up in Las Vegas and now lives in West Seattle with her husband and golden retriever puppy.
Alyssa P. Au
Alyssa P. Au
Pivoting from working in the private sector exclusively since her law school graduation, Alyssa (she/her) is delighted to devote her career to public service. She has worked as an Associate Attorney for an insurance defense firm, a labor and employment firm, and finally in a plaintiff's personal injury firm.
Born and raised in Seattle, Alyssa is proud to be a University of Washington Husky and earned her B.A. degrees in American Ethnic Studies and Political Science. She earned her J.D. degree at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, where she participated as a Marshall Brennan Constitutional Literacy Fellow and interned at Carnegie Mellon University's CUPS (CyLab Usable Privacy and Security) Lab.
Alyssa serves as the Secretary of OCA-Greater Seattle, a local APIA civil rights advocacy organization, and enjoys mentoring OCA interns, attending local events and festivals, and relaxing with her cats.
Development & Communications Assistant
Andrea L. Villasis
Currently her way to obtain her B.A in Sociology and Anthropology of Globalization this June, Andrea (she/her) has always been passionate about advocating for equity, justice and incorporating social media to raise awareness and invoke change on such issues.
She was born in Peru and is very passionate about cultures and history. She excited to work on getting NWCLC's mission and voice across the Washington state to help those burdened by debt and injustices.
Beth E. Terrell is a founding member of Terrell Marshall Law Group PLLC, a Plaintiff side law firm in Seattle, Washington. With over twenty years of experience, Beth concentrates her practice in complex litigation, including the prosecution of consumer, defective product, and wage and hour class actions. Beth has served as co-lead counsel on multi-state and nationwide class actions, resulting in hundreds of millions of dollars in settlements for consumers and workers.
A member of the State Bar of California and the Washington State Bar Association, Beth Co-Chairs PLI's Consumer Financial Services Institute, and frequently presents on a wide variety of topics, including class actions, consumer protection, legal ethics, gender equity, and electronic discovery. Beth serves as President of the Public Justice Foundation Board of Directors and Chair of both the Northwest Consumer Law Center and the Washington Employment Lawyers Association.
Sam Leonard is a solo attorney practicing consumer protection law and bankruptcy at Leonard Law in Seattle. In addition to being on the board of the Northwest Consumer Law Center, he is Co-Chair of the Washington Association of Justice Consumer Protection Section and he volunteers his time at the KCBA Legal Clinics and Northwest Justice Projects debt clinic.
Catherine Fleming is the principal attorney at Fleming Law, PLLC. Her inspiration for starting her own firm in 2018, after working at a leading personal injury law firm for over 15 years, was to widen her consumer protection practice with greater focus on data privacy. By 2011, Ms. Fleming began to represent clients in consumer protection/class action cases.
Ms. Fleming obtained her law degree from Seattle University School of Law. For her undergraduate studies, she obtained her B.A., attending Carnegie Mellon and University of Pittsburgh, where she studied Economics and Philosophy. She graduated with Magna Cum Laude. Before pursuing her law degree, Catherine worked in high tech at Microsoft, Qwest (now Century Link), and an online direct marketing agency, where she managed large business development teams and was responsible for seven and eight figure business development deals with companies including Priceline, Amazon, US Bank, and MSN.
Founding Partner, Assemble Law Group
Forrest Carlson is the principal attorney at Assemble Law Group in Seattle where his focuses are real estate transactions and estate planning. He is one of the founding members of the Low Bono Section of the Washington State Bar Association, which exists to help increase access to legal services for people who do not qualify for legal aid, but who cannot afford the standard rates private attorneys charge. He is also a founder and author of Washington Wills (wa-wills.com), a website that provides templates, instructions, and explanations to help Washingtonians write their own simple wills for free.
Partner at Breskin Johnson & Townsend
Brendan is a partner at Breskin Johnson & Townsend, where he litigates civil cases in state and federal courts with a focus on individual and class action consumer protection cases, employment litigation, and civil rights. He also represents individuals, nonprofits, community groups, and small businesses on a variety of issues. Brendan regularly argues appeals in state and federal court and was second-chair to Judge David Mann in a landmark FOIA case before the U.S. Supreme Court, Milner v. Dep't of the Navy.
Brendan has served on the boards of several nonprofits and commissions, including the Northwest Justice Project, where he served as board president in 2019 and 2020, and the Seattle Ethics and Elections Commission, which he chaired in 2018 and 2019. Before private practice, Brendan worked on policy for the Washington House Democratic Caucus, in public affairs for the U.N. Foundation, and as a campaign aid to former U.S. Rep. Jim McDermott.
Former Staff Director (1995-2014), Washington State Access to Justice Board
Joan's legal career has been focused around the delivery of civil legal aid for low income and vulnerable people. Most recently (1995-2014), she served as the first Staff Director of the Washington State Access to Justice Board. She has worked for three legal aid programs: Communications Director for Oregon Legal Services Corporation in Portland; Staff Attorney for Neighborhood Legal Services Program in Washington, D.C.; and Managing Attorney of the Voluntary Legal Services Program of Northern California in Sacramento. She also served for four years as staff attorney for the American Bar Association's Commission on Legal Problems of the Elderly in Washington, D.C.
Joan discovered her passion for equal justice during her service as a VISTA in 1972 in Dallas, Texas where she was a community organizer. She holds a B.A. in English from the University of Oregon and a J.D. from Antioch School of Law in Washington, D.C.
Attorney at Henry & DeGraaff,PS
Christina Henry is a staunch advocate for clients against predatory lenders and unfair debt collection practices, and takes legal action when violations of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act have occurred. Christina has taken a leading role in consumer litigation in Seattle and the surrounding region, focusing on private student loans, mortgage modification, "zombie loans," automatic stay violations, and discharge injunction violations. She also represents consumer and small business debtors in Chapter 7, 13 and 11 bankruptcy cases, and negotiates debt with creditors when the process better serves her clients.
Christina is a graduate of Dartmouth College and Boston College Law School, and served as law clerk to the Hon. Whitney Rimel, Bankruptcy Judge for the Eastern District of California. Christina is conversationally fluent in Mandarin Chinese, and sustains her interest in international issues.
Senior Project Manager, Pyramid Communications
As a Senior Project Manager at Pyramid Communications, Sarah (she/her) is part of a team of creative strategists working to change our world for the better. She supports nonprofits and foundations working on a range of issues to develop communications strategies and materials that reach their audiences and move change. She specializes in developing branding and messaging that conveys the story of who an organization is, what they do, and why it matters, and in developing websites that translate that story to the digital space. Her clients have included Amara, Communities Rise, Burke Museum, Pride Foundation, and Washington Innocence Project.
Prior to joining Pyramid, Sarah managed communications for the National Center for Law and Economic Justice and worked as part of the marketing team at Proskauer Rose LLP. She earned her B.A. in English from Washington University in St. Louis.
Technology and Innovation Director, Eastside Legal Assistance Program
Sarterus Rowe (They/Them) is the executive director of Law for All AKA Inclusive Law, a Non-profit legal resource center and civil legal organization.
Sart teaches as an adjunct professor in the areas of Privacy law, Ethics, Copyright and Information Policy.
Sart has worked for Northwest Justice Project running LSNTAP.org, Creative Commons, Public Knowledge, the Washington State Access to Justice Board, Microsoft, Wizards of the Coast, and Disability Rights Washington. He is also a social media expert with a modest YouTube following.