Since 1959, Riach Gese Jacobs PLLC 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.
Louise Williams, Paralegal
Louise has been a paralegal with our firm since 2006, and has experience in estate planning, probate, guardianships, corporate and LLC formations, real estate matters and personal injury.
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 running, kayaking and hiking with her family.
Valerie Ruhaak, Paralegal
Valerie joined our team in 2012. She began her career in the legal field in 2004 working with public defender's office. Since transitioning to private practice she has handled a variety of case types including family law, litigation, real estate, estate planning, probate, and guardianship matters.
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.
Judy Knickerbocker, Paralegal
Judy joined our firm in 2014 and specializes in trust and probate administration and also has experience with guardianship, estate planning, and real estate legal matters.
Judy has worked as a paralegal since 2007. She graduated from the University of Washington with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 2005 and received her Advanced Paralegal Certificate from Edmonds Community College in 2007.
She is an active in her church and enjoys her two children, gardening, sewing, and making quilts for foster children.