Meet the Wear Law Office
Attorney At Law
I was born and raised in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, where my parents still live. My father worked 60+ hours a week framing houses and my mother was a stay at home mom, raising my older sister and brother and me. I attended Gonzaga University for undergraduate, and graduated with a 4.0 GPA and a B.A. in Political Science. I went on to attend law school at Gonzaga University School of Law. Although they recommend you not work in law school, I worked two jobs throughout law school. I interned at a non-profit law office doing hundreds of administrative law hearings and honing my trial skills, and waiting tables nights and weekends to make enough money to support myself. In spite of working 40+ hours a week while in law school, I graduated Cum Laude in May of 2009.
After graduating from law school, I took and passed the bar exam and started looking for work. One day, I got a call from the non-profit law office I worked for during law school. They had received grant funding to
hire on a staff attorney. My boss told me I was such a hard worker they didn't even think about offering the position to anyone else. I started as a staff attorney and worked my way up to managing the Spokane office, supervising up to 5 law students, while maintaining my own full-time case load.
Next I was recruited by a partner of one of the largest Social Security firms in Washington, to open and run a Spokane office for the Seattle based firm. In that role, I forged a successful relationship with Eastern Washington University, that resulted in Social Work interns providing hundreds of hours of pro bono services to the Spokane community. I also formed key partnerships with several providers and agencies that worked with low-income and disabled populations. It was through this work that I fell in love with the practice of Social Security Disability law.
When the firm I worked for decided to discontinue its pro bono program, I went into private practice, opening the Wear Law Office, and founding the Disability Assistance Project (DAP) to continue providing outreach and pro bono services to those most in need. Currently, myself and my staff go out into the community and volunteer at various locations, on average 10 hours per week, to assist folks with issues with social security benefits. For more information see the DAP/Outreach tab above. In 2017, I was awarded the Peirone Prize ,by the Inlander magazine, for my volunteer work and giving back to the Spokane community. Click here to read article.
I started the Wear Law Office in October 2013. Since that time, it has grown from myself and my husband, in our basement working 12 hour days, to a thriving law practice with multiple employees and over 300 clients. Our growth is due to our excellent advocacy, strong business and client management, and dedication to the constant pursuit of perfection.
Although Teri Coblentz has only been with the Wear Law Office since January 2017, we had worked with her on a professional basis for 3 years prior to that, and always hoped she would come work for us some day. As soon as our business grew large enough to need an Office Manager, we knew she was perfect for the job. We reached out, and thank our lucky stars to this day that she accepted.
Teri has over 15 years of administrative experience and a previous career in the medical field. As a military spouse, Teri braved the Alaskan frontier for 13 years, while homeschooling 4 children and braving sub-zero weather to stoke the outside furnace. Teri is extremely adaptable, resourceful, and highly organized. Not to mention a delicious cook, who spoils us with homemade lunches and baked goods. Teri has a heart of gold and goes above and beyond to help out our family and our clients in anyway she can.
She is a Spokane Native who loves the Pacific Northwest and enjoys numerous family activates with her husband Cal, their four adult children and grandchildren. Charity work is extremely important to Teri and her husband Cal, who runs a local non-profit organization. They volunteer numerous hours to the One Heart Event, which provides young children with new shoes and school supplies to go back to school every year, and other local charities. Now that their children are grown, Teri and Cal are thinking about starting to be foster parents for troubled teenagers. Teri has a huge heart for helping people and making her community a better place. This makes her a perfect fit for the Wear Law Office.
Lead Administrative Assistant
Katie Larabee has been an Administrative Assistant for the Wear Law Office since September 2017, and has fast become a valuable member of our team. Born and raised in the beautiful Inland Northwest, Katie attended Lewis and Clark High School, with a passion to become a grade school teacher. After a year at the Woodring College of Education at Western Washington University, and becoming more interested in social services, she transferred to Whitworth University. Katie excelled at Whitworth, graduating Summa Cum Laude, with a GPA of 3.98. After she graduated, Katie worked as the Office Manager for a startup company that was one of Inc.’s 500 fastest growing private companies.
Katie left that job to take time off work to give birth and spend time with her beautiful baby girl, Mackenzie. When she was ready to start working again,
Katie came to work for the Wear Law Office. Katie says she loves being able to work at the the Wear Law Office, where she can use her exceptional organization skills and fine attention to detail as an administrative assistant, while still having time to spend with her husband and daughter. Katie is extremely intelligent and very dedicated to her job and helping our clients. Outside of the office, you will find Katie training for her fifth half-marathon and finding the best soft pretzel and cheese dip at local restaurants.
Emily Ganz was raised in the Seattle Area and moved to Spokane to continue the family tradition of attending Gonzaga University. She will earn her BA in Political Science, with concentrations in Social Justice and Human Welfare. With deep ties to the Inland Northwest, she now views Spokane as home. With Gonzaga, Emily spent four months studying abroad in Florence, Italy. In Florence, she volunteered at a women's homeless shelter through Gonzaga-In-Florence's internship program. Living in Europe contributed to many invaluable experiences and the semester provided great personal growth for her.
In high school, Emily was captain of the varsity swim team and played golf. She also served as a mentor in the Athletes for Kids organization, a
nonprofit focused on enhancing the lives of children with disabilities through friendship. She met weekly with the same child for the entire duration of high school. Through her work at the Wear Law Office, she has gained a wholehearted concern for the welfare of others and a compassion that she will carry throughout her professional career. She continues to enjoy her time helping the people of Spokane with their Social Security Disability cases. Emily has previous legal experience in personal injury and medical malpractice, as well as political compliance and campaign finance law. Emily absolutely loves all things related to dogs and has a kind loving heart. If she decides not to go into law, we could see her starting a dog rescue operation.
Karlie Murphy is a Spokane native, and graduated from Gonzaga Preparatory High School in 2017. She is currently moving on to her second year at Gonzaga University, and is double majoring in Political Science and English, with a minor in Criminal Justice. Next Spring, Karlie plans to study abroad in Madrid, Spain. Karlie grew up playing basketball, soccer, and softball through high school. As the youngest member of the Wear Law Office, Karlie won the office pool for best NCAA Men’s Basketball Bracket 2018. For the past 2 years she has volunteered at The Arc of Spokane, weekly, where she enjoys interacting with people with disabilities in her community. Karlie plans on attending Law School at Gonzaga and continuing to live and work in Spokane. Karlie wants to attend law school so she can help people in her community. She plans on becoming a public
defender, where she hopes to better the criminal justice system and help those who lack resources. In her free time, Karlie enjoys going to the lake, kayaking, reading, and spending time with her friends and family.
Renee is from Mount Vernon, Washington. She attended Mount Vernon High School and graduated in 2016. During high school, she played volleyball, basketball, tennis, track and field, and golf. She was also involved in Key Club and National Honor Society. She is currently a Junior at Gonzaga University and is studying psychology with a minor in sociology. During the fall of 2018, she studied abroad in Scotland. Renee hopes to attend law school within a year of finishing her undergraduate requirements. In the summers, she either works at a fishing and marine supply store, or fishes with her father in Alaska. Her mother is the Executive Director of Finance at the Mount Vernon School District, and she has one younger brother who is in his freshman year at Eastern Washington University.
Renee has a great sense of humor, and her goofball personality cracks everyone up around the office. Renee is unsure about what kind of law she would like to study, but she knows she wants to use her B.A. in psychology to assist her with whatever it is she ends up doing. She enjoys her job here because she loves the work we do and the support we provide to those less fortunate, as well as the welcoming, enjoyable environment in the office. In her free time, she loves golfing, traveling, trying new foods, and spending time outdoors.
Gina is from Seattle, Washington. She attended Bishop Blanchet High School and graduated in 2016. All throughout high school she danced with Cornish College of the Arts Prep and was involved in National Honors Society. She is currently a Junior at Gonzaga University, studying business and psychology. In a few years, after graduation, she hopes to work in HR. During the Fall 2018 semester she studied abroad in New Zealand, finishing up her Psychology Minor.
Gina is an only child but has a large extended family. Over the summer she works at Nordstrom and enjoys exploring the city. On her days off, Gina likes to hike, spend time on Lake Union, and try new restaurants around the area. She enjoys working with Wear Law because of the support we are able to provide people and the opportunity for growth within a positive, professional setting.