Briana was born and raised in the heart of Silicon Valley California, where she attended undergrad at Santa Clara University studying political science and anthropology. After graduating in 2014 she ventured to Gonzaga University School of Law and graduated with her Juris Doctor (JD) in 2017. During law school she interned for a year and a half at the Washington State Attorney General’s Office in the social and health services division in Spokane, assisting in child dependency cases and mainly civil commitments for Eastern State Hospital. Her efforts in law school were focused on pro bono work, and she accumulated over 300 hours of such by graduation.
Briana devoted much attention in law school to research and writing, including earning awards for her high grades, participating on both the Gonzaga Law Review and the Gonzaga Journal of International Law, assisting deans and teachers in their research, while also working in the law school library assisting students. In her spare time, she has edited for the Criminal Law Bulletin published by Thomson Reuters since 2016.
After passing the bar exam she went on to teach undergraduate students in criminal law for a year at Washington State University in Pullman, WA while also attending school full time. She is currently enrolled in a Ph.D. program at WSU in criminal justice in criminology, focusing on policing, courts, violence against women and children, and sexual offending. She is currently set to graduate in May 2020 and hopes to use this degree in the future to focus on legislative policy analysis for criminal justice and social policies.
Since graduating law school Briana has practiced mainly in family law and criminal law, with some experience in personal injury law as well. She has managed a litigation heavy caseload of divorce, paternity, de facto parentage, third party custody, and grandparents’ rights cases. Briana also has experience working in appeals of family and criminal cases, with oral argument to the Court of Appeals for Division III twice.
Briana is a practicing attorney in Washington and is a member of the State and Spokane Bar Associations. In her free time, she loves anything that gets her outdoors with her friends and family, and has come to enjoy the PNW for all its beauty and adventures!