Jacqueline Porter's passion for the law began with a degree in Criminal Justice in 1997. She went on to obtain her Juris Doctorate from Gonzaga University School of Law. She has a demonstrated record of success in jury trials, bench trials, and administrative hearings. Jacqueline has her own unique life experience that she brings to client-attorney relationships that promotes compassion and understanding.
While she is kind with clients (unless they absolutely need her tough love), she is fierce and passionate in the courtroom. Jacqueline's ability to articulate the law and how it applies to clients' situations is comforting to those who are going through legal crises and don't really understand what is happening or why. Her ability to explain the law and put it into perspective is something her clients and colleagues love and appreciate about her.
Marriya Wright earned her undergraduate degree in Political Science from California State University, Chico. In 2001, she migrated to Spokane, Washington to attend Gonzaga University School of Law, from which she graduated early, in December of 2004. She started out in private practice, handling mostly criminal defense cases. Marriya is licensed to practice law in Washington State as well as Alaska.
In 2007, she was hired at the Spokane County prosecutor's office, where she handled DUIs, domestic violence crimes, and property crimes throughout her seven-year career as a prosecutor. After leaving the prosecutor's office, she returned to private practice and is now an essential part of our 8 Second Legal team. Her experience as a prosecutor gives our office an edge in our criminal defense practice. Marriya is now a mother of two and resides with her family in the beautiful state of Alaska, from which she commutes to handle cases for our office. She has very interesting and unique life experiences that make her a more effective advocate than your average lawyer. She has stood in the same shoes as many of our clients. She has experienced that pain, has felt that embarrassment, and has been broken. But her story did not end there. Her resilience and strength (which she draws from God) are life-giving to clients who come to us broken, abandoned, and pained. Marriya has an unbelievable amount of compassion for our clients, and it is her mission in life to help people in legal crisis situations.
While your case is pending, you will frequently be in contact with Marriya, as she and Jacqueline work hand in hand on all cases that come through the office. Both attorneys handle all cases, conference frequently about all cases, and have their fingers and brains in all cases. Marriya is appreciated by clients, not only because of her excellent legal skills and experience, but also because of her availability. Despite living in Alaska, Marriya is available day and night to clients via email, text, and telephone.
Emily Brooks grew up in Spokane before moving to Utah as a teenager where she attended Southern Utah University, earning a Bachelor of Science in Psychology with a minor in Business Administration. She later returned to Spokane and earned her Juris Doctorate from Gonzaga University School of Law. Due to her high skill level in court, Emily's role is to present our oral arguments. She does this in addition to running her own private practice, The Brooks Plumb Law Firm, which focuses on mortgage foreclosure law. Emily is our "oral argument queen."
8 Second Legal is your local law firm in Spokane, WA. Call today to learn more.