I was born at Swedish Medical Center on First Hill in Seattle. I attended local public schools in Seattle and Tacoma and one year of high school in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Hillary is fluent in Portuguese.) I then attended the University of Washington, where I double-majored in International Studies and Geography with a minor in Latin American Studies. At the suggestion of one of my favorite professors, I started volunteering with the U-District Youth Shelter (now ROOTS) in Seattle. I soon grew passionate about unfairness in the lives of young people experiencing homelessness. I set my course for law school.
I earned my law degree from Seattle University School of Law in 2008. My legal career began in private practice representing contractors and architects in commercial disputes. While focusing on civil litigation, I remained committed to volunteer work through King County Family Law CASA, King County Dependency CASA, and the King County Prosecutor’s Office. When a job with the Children and Youth Project opened at Columbia Legal Services, a nonprofit legal services organization, I jumped at the chance to join my legal career with my zeal for confronting injustice. For nearly five years, I represented children and youth in the foster care system as well as people incarcerated in Washington detention centers, jails, and prisons through class actions, impact litigation, lobbying, and coalition building.
Today, I am lucky enough to continue serving our vulnerable children, youth and families at the Law Offices of Mackenzie Sorich, PLLC. Protecting the interests of children and families involved in the child welfare system and/or adoption, dissolution, child custody, and other family law proceedings is my highest priority. My diverse range of experiences inside and outside of the court room allow me to individually tailor representation from aggressive litigation to collaborative mediation and beyond. A little creativity goes a long way in finding solutions to complex problems.
At home, my spouse and I are raising three children, an aging rescue dog, and a mostly slapdash garden.
I can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org and (206) 336-9195, ext. 702.