Jennifer C. Gogert

Everett, Washington
Partner
phone (425) 259-2222
fax(425) 259-2033
email jgogert@denomillikan.com

Hello – My name is Jennifer C. Gogert, and I am the newest partner at Deno Millikan Law Firm. My practice emphasizes domestic relations, family law, and other family related issues at Deno Millikan Law Firm, PLLC. I was born and raised in Arlington. I graduated from Arlington High School in 1993, and was honored to be admitted to Whitman College, where I studied philosophy and earned my bachelors in 1997. I also spent a semester at St. Andrews University in Scotland in the spring of 1995 as part of Whitman’s “semester abroad” program. I never learned or studied the fabulous game of golf: my partners say it is my only major fault as a person.

I then was admitted and graduated from the Willamette University College of Law in 2001. Although I crossed the Columbia River to attend law school, my ultimate goal was to return to my roots in Snohomish County. With that in mind, I clerked for Deno Millikan Law Firm during the summer of 2000 and after graduation in 2001 returned home. I began my practice focused on juvenile court issues at Denney Juvenile Justice Center, but began addressing marriage, parenting and family issues when I hung out my shingle as a solo practitioner. On Valentine’s Day, 2005, I returned to Deno Millikan Law Firm, this time as an associate, helping people in all of the varied aspects of family law. My practice with the Deno Millikan Law Firm, PLLC continued to develop and grow – I now help clients with all aspects of their personal lives. I became a partner in the firm on January 1, 2012.

I have been honored by being named as a “Rising Star” by “Super Lawyers”(formerly Washington Law and Politics). This followed my varied activities within the Snohomish County Bar Association. I have been elected and served as Board Member and President of the Snohomish County Bar Association. I serve on the Board of the Washington Women Lawyers, Snohomish Chapter. I provide pro bono services through the Snohomish County Legal Services, and have acted as a volunteer guardian ad litem for foster children. I am a member of International Association of Collaborative Professionals (IACP) and Northsound Collaborative Law. Collaborative Law is an evolving way of dealing with dissolution of marriage and estate issues which avoids litigation and tends to be less damaging to ongoing interpersonal relationships.

My goal as a lawyer is to help people solve the most emotional and significant problems of their lives – – love, marriage, partnership, parenting and divorce. My practice, experience and training focuses on individual problems within those areas. I help clients plan for marriage with prenuptial and post nuptial agreements. I help clients work through to resolve the dissolution of their marriage, and to sort out and get fair divisions of property.

A divorce with children means that after the divorce the parents must work together to raise healthy and happy children. I work to help parents keep their children healthy through the divorce process, working for just and reasonable visitation with children and their parents.

I try to seek out meaningful agreements between spouses to resolve all issues of a dissolution of marriage, but sometimes there is too much anger, or too great of a void in the marriage for agreement to work. If an opposing spouse is simply unreasonable, and the alternative is to surrender or go to Court, then in those cases, I plan on protecting my client by going to Court, and working to achieve the best possible division of property, maintenance and support for my client. My role is to work and use my trial skills to get the Court to make a reasonable and meaningful parenting plan, and to understand and make an accommodation for the depth of controversy and conflict in the child’s life.

I believe I am considered a strong, but caring advocate for my clients. I take my role as “Lawyer and Counselor” seriously as we struggle through the complex issues. I have a good reputation and believe I am usually successful as a litigator, or in negotiation for a beneficial settlement for my clients.

My practice is guided by the idea that my clients are, and must be, in charge of their own lives. I try to help them focus on improving their future by making good decisions when stress may overcome good judgment, and to make wise decisions for the rest of their lives as the disputes of marriage are resolved.

When I am away from the courtroom and the practice of law, I just enjoy my time with my husband, two daughters, and my three dogs. We love hiking together, and I love gardening, reading, cooking and knitting when, and if, I have any spare time.

If you think I could help you, or if you have questions about your problems, please call or email me at jgogert@denomillikan.com directly to set up an appointment so that we can discuss these issues privately, and in depth.

Education:
  • Whitman College, Bachelor of Arts, Philosophy, 1997
  • Willamette University College of Law, Juris Doctorate, 2001
Professional Activity:
  • Washington Women Lawyers, Board Member, current
  • International Association of Collaborative Profession, current
  • North Sound Collaborative Law, current
  • SCBA Family Law Section, Board Member, current
  • Snohomish County Bar Association, Board of Trustees, 2004-2009
  • Snohomish County Bar Association, President, 2007
Pro bono/Community Service:
Snohomish County Legal Services, Volunteer, current
Awards/Commendations:
  • Rising Star
  • Washington Law and Politics, 2011
  • 2010 Pro Bono Publico Service Commendation
  • WSBA Board of Governors, 2011