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.
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 two daughters. 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.
Karlie Murphy is a Spokane native, and graduated from Gonzaga Preparatory High School in 2017. She is currently moving on to her last year at Gonzaga University, and is double majoring in Political Science and Criminal Justice. She has been a member of the Wear Law team for 2 years. 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. Previously 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 and becoming a public defender. Karlie hopes to better the criminal justice system and help those who lack resources. In her free time, Karlie enjoys going to the lake, kayaking, watching basketball 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 Senior at Gonzaga University and will graduate in May 2020 with a major in psychology and a minor in sociology. During the fall of 2018, she studied abroad in Glasgow, 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 sophomore year at Eastern Washington University.
Renee has a great sense of humor, and her goofball personality cracks everyone up around the office. With her vast knowledge of college basketball, she won the 2019 NCAA March Madness bracket competition in 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 Senior at Gonzaga University, studying business and psychology. After graduation, she will be working in HR with Amazon Fulfillment. 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 enjoys exploring the city and traveling. 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.
Kristina Michener was raised in Medical Lake, Washington. She graduated from Medical Lake High School in 2017. She is currently in her third year at Gonzaga University, and is double majoring in Political Science and History with a minor in Native American Studies. In Gonzaga University, Kristina has been involved with their Mock Trial team. She studied abroad for a year, the Spring semester of 2019 in Washington D.C. and the Fall semester of 2019 in Florence, Italy. In D.C., Kristina worked for the Attorney General’s Office in the Child Abuse and Neglect Division where she found further passion to work in law. She plans to pursue law school after graduation and continue to hopefully one day be a judge. Kristina has one older brother who just graduated from Spokane Community College. In her free time, Kristina enjoys tutoring after school and on weekends. In the summer, she likes to go walking, canoeing, swimming, reading and enjoy her time with friends and family.
Karla grew up in Moses Lake, Washington. She is currently a Senior at Gonzaga University majoring in Political Science, International Relations, and Criminal Justice with a minor in Spanish. She spent four months abroad with Gonzaga-in-Florence. There she volunteered at an elderly home and participated in English for Pasta a program designed to teach English to Florentine children and their families during dinner.
During the school year she is a Student Leader with Zag Volunteer Corp at the O’Malley’s Apartments. On Wednesday nights she can be found playing Bingo with the residents of O’Malley’s, a low-income housing alternative for elderly and or adults with disabilities. This past fall she was a delegate to the Ignatian Family Teach-in for Justice in Washington D.C. advocating for alternatives to detention.
As a daughter of Immigrants and coming from a strong migrant community she has developed a passion for Immigration Law and Immigrant rights. This year she participated in Justice in January a winter break immersion trip where students explore the realities of immigration and border issues along the U.S./Mexico border. After graduating from Gonzaga, she will be a Jesuit Volunteer working as Legal Assistant. Then she will begin law school in hopes of becoming an immigration attorney.
She comes from a small tight-knit family. Her parents are her biggest inspiration. She has an older sister and a baby brother; who are her absolute world. Outside of the office she can be found FaceTiming her baby brother, attending mass or spending time with her friends.