Since 1959, Riach Gese has helped our clients in a wide variety of practice areas, including estate planning, business law and much more. Our firm's talent spans 132 cumulative years in law.
Our firm is led by attorneys Vern Seather and Michael P. Jacobs, with support from the staff members profiled below.
Courtney Whitmore Wyckoff, Attorney
Courtney Whitmore Wyckoff graduated with a BA in English from Whitman College in 1997. She then obtained her law degree from the University of Oregon in 2002. While at U of O, she was an editor on the Law Review, a participant in moot court, and a national competitor in the National Appellate Advocacy Competition in San Francisco. Before law school and during the summers, Courtney worked as a paralegal for a mid-sized firm in Seattle helping with all facets of complex litigation in class action lawsuits.
After graduating from law school, Courtney began worked for five years for a small firm in Washington for doing primarily insurance defense litigation. She now handles all facets of general litigation.
Sue Collier, Paralegal
Sue Collier has been a paralegal for more than 25 years and has worked at Riach Gese since 1993. She obtained her bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of Washington and her paralegal certificate from Edmonds Community College.
Louise Williams, Paralegal
Louise Williams has been a paralegal with our firm since 2006, with experience in probate, and civil litigation. She has a bachelor's degree in psychology and completed her advanced paralegal certificate at Edmonds Community College.
Louise is an active volunteer at her local food bank and enjoys kayaking and hiking with her family.
Cindy Hillmann, Paralegal
Cindy Hillmann began her legal career in 1985 working as a legal secretary for the Staff Judge Advocate at Misawa Air Base, Japan. She has since gained experience in civil litigation, probate, and employment law.
In 2003 she received her Associate Technical of Arts degree from Edmonds Community, and is currently on track to obtain her Bachelor of Arts in Law & Justice through Central Washington University in 2015.
Valerie Ruhaak, Paralegal
Valerie Ruhaak began her career in the legal field in 2004 in public defender work. Over the next 6 years, she transitioned to private practice where she handled a variety of case types including litigation, real estate, estate planning, probate, guardianship, and traffic.
Valerie enjoys spending her free time with her family on their jet ski or 4x4, and working with individuals with disabilities, primarily those with different forms of dementia.