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.
Emily Cozza, JD
Emily Cozza was raised in Redmond, WA before moving to Spokane to attend Gonzaga University. Throughout college, Emily was an intern at the Wear Law Office, which encouraged her to pursue a career in the legal profession and was a highlight of her college experience. She graduated from Gonzaga University with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. Following college, Emily began her legal education at Gonzaga University School of Law. During law school, she worked for a local non-profit where she represented hundreds of clients seeking unemployment benefits in administrative law hearings. Emily earned her Juris Doctor from Gonzaga University School of Law in May 2022. At graduation, Emily was presented with the platinum pro bono distinction award for her dedication in providing free and accessible legal
services to the Spokane community.
Emily joined the Wear Law Office in August 2022. In her free time, Emily enjoys gardening, swimming, and spending time with her husband, cat and dog.
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. 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 two daughters. 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.
Lead Administrative Assistant
Dalin, pronounced ("a" as in "apple") has been with the Wear Law Office since July 2019. He was born in Salt Lake City, Utah and has lived in Spokane since a young age. Dalin has a strong affinity for Labor History, Politics, and Sociology and is thrilled to work with a team that fights for the rights of the disabled. He has two cats, Charlie and Sojie, who keep his house free of spiders, but full of fur and love.
Leslie was raised in Spokane, Washington, and joined our team at the beginning of the pandemic in May of 2020. Leslie will be graduating from Gonzaga in 2024 and she’s majoring in Political Science with a double minor in Critical Race and Ethnic Studies and Communications. Leslie previously graduated from Mount Spokane High School with honors and as a Spokane Scholar in World Languages. Leslie hopes to go to law school to become an immigration lawyer. She has also previously volunteered at the Federal Defenders Office of Eastern Washington and is heavily involved with the Association of Latin American Students at Gonzaga. As a child of Mexican immigrants, Leslie is the first in her family to go to college and hopes to carve a path for her younger sisters to follow. In her free time Leslie enjoys thrifting, reading, and watching horror movies with her younger sisters.
Kyle Nelson-Rainey was raised in Vancouver, Washington and recently moved to Spokane to attend college at Gonzaga University. They are majoring in Criminology and minoring in Sociology and Critical Race and Ethnic Studies. Kyle attended the Cascadia Technical Academy’s Criminal Justice program and was promoted to Lieutenant in their senior year of high school, helping the Mock Trial team take first place at the regional tournament. They continue to participate in Mock Trial at Gonzaga, earning a spot on the A Team in their freshman year. Kyle plans on attending law school and starting a firm focused on defending and decriminalizing crime as a response to poverty. In their free time, Kyle enjoys cuddling their cat, playing Dungeons & Dragons, and listening to BTS.
Cameron is a Spokane native and joined our office in May 2022. Cameron is double majoring in Political Science and History with a minor in Criminology at Gonzaga University. He is expected to graduate with his bachelor’s degree in arts and science in 2024. Afterwards, Cameron hopes to go to law school with an open mind as to the type of law he would like to study, the goal in mind: to help people. In his free time, Cameron likes to read, workout, and hike. In the future, Cameron would love nothing more than to travel the world.