Two major events in Peggy’s life caused her to change course from a highly regarded expert on federal, state and local legislation to an Elder Law Attorney, seeking to use her unique background and expertise to help others in time of uncertainty and crisis. First, in 2007, Peggy’s mother succumbed to dementia after suffering with the disease over five years. Then, in 2008, Peggy was diagnosed with an aggressive form of breast cancer, and spent a year undergoing difficult treatment, including surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation. From her experience as a breast cancer survivor, Peggy developed a deep empathy and understanding of the profound physical, emotional and financial effects chronic and debilitating disease can have on our clients. From her experience with her mother, and later with her in-laws, as well as those of close friends, Peggy’s conviction grew that people in their later years need and deserve topnotch legal services to protect their assets, provide for their increasing medical needs, preserve their independence and provide for assistance when independent living is no longer safe or appropriate. A native of Maine, after graduating from law school, Peggy joined a private practice in Honolulu. She left paradise to move to Washington, D.C., to work for the Hon. George Mitchell when he was Majority Leader of the U. S. Senate. After he retired, she fell in love with Washington State, and served state and local governments here, most recently crafting legislation for King and Snohomish Counties.
Roxana is Of Counsel with the Sanders Law Group. She focuses her practice in the areas of elder law, estate planning, and family law. Originally from Romania, Roxana is a part of the first generation in her family to attend college. Her personal journey to the United States along with her time spent in France and Washington, D.C. has led her to have a deep appreciation for the great privilege she has had in obtaining a higher education. She brings to the firm many years of experience in the long term care industry and a passion for providing practical legal advice and thorough legal representation to clients from various walks of life. Roxana is a graduate of Seattle University School of Law. While attending law school, she was a Content Development Editor for the Seattle Journal for Social Justice and a board member of the Women’s Law Caucus. During her last semester, she was a legal intern in the Consumer Protection Clinic, where she provided clients with representation during foreclosure proceedings. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her family, playing tennis, and volunteering in various legal and non-legal organizations in the community. Roxana speaks fluent Romanian and French.
Born in Seattle and raised in Tacoma, Ralph spent 35 years in building material distribution in the fields of sales, purchasing, inventory control, logistics and network administration. After retiring for 1 week, he joined Sanders Law Group as Office Administrator. His skills in marketing, business and information technology allow our attorneys to concentrate on the needs of our clients. Ralph cherishes the firm’s involvement in the Edmonds community and is a member of Rotary, the Lynnwood Chamber of Commerce and is on the board of the Edmonds Chamber of Commerce. An outdoorsman since his youth, most weekends he goes hiking, mostly in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness. Ralph is also a (very) amateur photographer. He has a daughter and 2 beautiful granddaughters in the Austin, TX, area.
Nikki was born and raised on Whidbey Island, Washington. She attended the University of Washington where she served as captain of the Women’s Soccer Team and graduated with a degree in Business Administration. In addition to her college soccer experience, Nikki also played eight seasons as a starting midfielder for the Seattle Sounders Women’s Soccer Team. Nikki spent two years as a real estate broker on Whidbey Island before attending law school at Seattle University School of Law. Nikki graduated magna cum laude from law school and immediately embarked on a legal career for a large firm in Bellevue. A resident of Edmonds, Nikki was lucky enough to find a position at a law firm in Edmonds where she began to focus her practice on estate planning, probate, and long-term care planning, specifically concerning Medicaid and Veterans Benefits. Nikki has continued to practice in those areas since joining Sanders Law Group in early 2018. Nikki is an avid distance runner and participates in local road races. Aside from running, Nikki enjoys spending time with her family, coaching her kids’ soccer teams, and exploring all things Pacific Northwest.
Nicole joined our firm as a full time associate this January.
She attended college at Western Washington University and Central Washington University. She has a BA in Sociology, a BS in Political Science, and a BS in Interdisciplinary Studies.
After college, Nicole clerked for 2 years at Hart Jarvis Murry Chang, a personal injury and criminal defense firm.
Deciding to pursue a legal career, she studied law at Seattle University. Due to the influence of a friend who practiced Tribal Elder Law, Nicole took classes in Tribal Law, Estate Planning and Elder Care.
She was referred by her professor, an Elder Law Attorney, to Peggy at Sanders Law Group, where she became an intern and legal assistant while still attending law school. Because of her increased interest in Elder Law she took classes in Advanced Estate Planning and Elder Care Ethics.
During this period, she also worked part-time at Terri’s Toybox in downtown Edmonds.
Nicole received her JD and passed the Bar in 2019.
Nicole wanted to start her career at Sanders Law Group because of her commitment to elders, and because of complex and challenging cases handled by the firm. She also appreciates the opportunity to be a part of the personal, approachable, and welcoming environment of Sanders Law Group.
Nicole is a life-long Edmonds resident. She is a graduate of Edmonds-Woodway High School.
Nicole enjoys kayaking and dog walking. She has a passion for animals as exhibited by her commitment to rescuing and fostering animals in need.
After spending a decade providing excellent customer service in retail merchandising, Shannon Gerlitz decided to follow her heart to work in the legal field. She completed her Paralegal Degree at Edmonds Community College and joined Sanders Law Group as Paralegal. Shannon assists our attorneys in all matters, and is often the first point of contact for clients in guardianship and probate matters. She guides clients with compassion and diligence, and provides outstanding support to our attorneys. Shannon enjoys spending time with her husband, Adam, their dog, Oscar, and their goats, Peanut Butter and Jelly.
Susan M. Teel, Principal of Teel & Associates, PLLC has practiced law for over thirty-five years, and is licensed to practice in Washington and California. She moved her residence to Washington in 2006, and continues to assist clients with assets, family, and business interests in both states. Susan’s principal legal concentrations are in estates and trusts. She focuses on both tax and family based estate planning, administration of estates and trusts after death and elder law planning. Her practice includes both high net worth individuals who need sophisticated tax oriented wealth transfer planning, as well as individuals of modest means whose goals are to protect their assets, and transfer them in a meaningful way to protect family and benefit the community.
As a paralegal for Sanders Law Group, Tracy brings to the firm over thirty years of vast experience in the legal field. Tracy provides support to the attorneys on all matters, particularly in the specific areas of probate, trusts, and estates. An invaluable member of the Sanders Law Group, Tracy couples substantial history in the legal profession with a compassionate and thorough approach to client service. In addition to her dynamic professional life, Tracy is an active member of her church where she serves in a leadership role for numerous groups. Tracy is an exceptionally gifted baker. She is also a trained opera singer and appeared in performances of the Seattle Gilbert and Sullivan Society in Utopia Unlimited, Princess Ida and Gondoliers, and well as other local productions, including the Sound of Music, Guys and Dolls and Oklahoma. Tracy enjoys spending time with her husband, daughter, numerous pets, and very large extended family.
Chip is a Chihuahua/Terrier mix. He’s 8 years old and weighs 3 1/2 lbs. Chip was rescued 4 years ago by our paralegal Tracy Smith.
Oscar belongs to paralegal Shannon Gerlitz. He is a Boston Terrier/Pug mix: a Bug. Oscar is 6. He likes to hang out on the pillows on the couch in our waiting room.