Owner / Attorney
When I was 19 my parents went through a divorce. I hadn’t seen it coming, especially as the drama of the divorce and the resulting custody battle unfolded. My brothers and I were heartbroken. Our worlds were completely rocked.
At the time, I was all too aware of the role my parents’ attorneys played during this life changing transition for all of us. Their divorce changed the course of my life. That’s when I knew then I wanted to be a family law attorney.
What we do as family law attorneys affects people’s lives, and the lives of their children for decades and I absolutely love it.
The Early Years
My journey to becoming the owner and founder of Modern Law and Access Legal came out of an intense sense of justice and a desire to stand up for people who cannot stand up for themselves. It started on the playground as a kid. Whenever I would see someone being bullied, I would step in. I didn’t even think twice about it. I cannot stand by and watch injustice. I decided around the age of 10 that I wanted to be an attorney.
Journey to Family Law
After I graduated from Law School from the University of Oregon in 2005, I started seeing what many lawyers see. Most of the people who needed our help couldn’t afford attorneys and lawyers needed more work. In 2008, I went out on my own in search of a better way of doing things for attorneys and clients alike. My primary goal was to lower the cost of legal services for clients, and reduce accounts receivables for the firm.
Why Modern Law?
I began experimenting with the traditional legal model, offering limited scope, pay-as-you-go services, flat fee options and traditional choices. I also began investing in technology to increase access to justice. Our sister company Access Legal, emerged and is completely devoted to helping self-representing clients.
Like many owner/entrepreneurs, Modern Law isn’t just where I work; it’s part of who I am. As a team, each and every single member of Modern Law is devoted to our mission of serving our clients and the community with complete wrap-around services. We understand that divorce isn’t just a legal event but a complete and total life transition and we strive to be a concierge that can address any and all of the issues you may face.
My husband Tony and I have been Mesa residents since 2009, where we’re raising four children. We love soccer games on the weekend, traveling, good food and enjoying a wonderful glass of wine.
The Boring, Required, Lawyer Bio
Billie attended University of San Diego Law School and the University of Oregon School of Law, graduating in 2005. She worked at several firms in Eugene including the Department of Justice, Family Law Division, the non-profit A Family for Every Child and clerked at the Lane County Juvenile Court under Justice Kip Leonard. Her legal focus is on education law, including special education within schools, family law, adoption and mediation. Billie is a skilled practitioner, national speaker, law firm business consultant and a Martindale-Hubbel honored attorney. She was granted the prestigious “Client Distinction” award based on her Communications Ability, Responsiveness, Quality of Service, and Value for Money. Fewer than 4% of attorneys nationwide have been accorded this honor of distinction
Areas of practice
Oregon, 2005 Arizona, 2012
Read more about Billie’s personal life:
University of Oregon, School of Law, Eugene, Oregon May, 2005 J.D. University of San Diego, School of Law, August 2002-May 2003 University of Oregon, Eugene, Oregon December 1999-June 2001 B.A. Major: Political Science
Reviews and Training
Mediation Training, 40 Mediation training by Arizona Attorney General’s office, November 30-December 6, 2011 Positive Behavior Support, Raising Special Kids, September 10, 2011 Special Education Law and Advocacy Training, Wrightslaw, From Emotions to Advocacy, 2011 Introduction to Assistive Technology, Pacer Center, September 8, 2011 Keeping Your Child’s IEP on Track, William and Mary Law School, PELE Clinic Special Education Training and Advocacy, Mythbusters, William and Mark Law School, PELE Clinic A Primer in Special Education Law, Faculty: Mary Noe, Production Date: November 13th 2008
Awards/ Speaking Engagements
Arizona Women’s Lawyer Association, 2015 “The Changing Practice of Law”
New Lawyer Bootcamp, 2015 “Key Performance Indicators and Alternative Billing in Law Firms”
Clio Cloud Nine Conference, 2015 “Measure, Measure, Measure”
Here are some of the ways we've helped our clients:
We brought in investors to save a house going into foreclosure and protect community property.
We moved the personal property of an abusive husband out of Wife’s home and into a storage unit so that she didn’t need to arrange a time for Husband to come into her home.
We secured third party funding for a client who had been cut off from the funds she needed for her divorce.
We sent in personal property valuators to inventory and value the personal property in a home.
We brought a babysitter to a client who couldn’t find childcare during an all day court event.
We found a foster home for a pet during a transitional phase for a client.
We set up a client with a divorce coach to help her cope with the trauma she was facing.
We brought in a personal budgeting counselor to work with a client transitioning into the workforce and requesting spousal maintenance.