Yakima Law, PLLC knows that a team is not made up of one individual. Our success is due to the tireless effort of our brilliant staff. When youa are surrounded by the best, it's hard not to achieve the best.
Born and raised in South Florida, Matthew Kaminski received a degree in History from the University of Florida in 2006. He later earned a Juris Doctorate degree from Florida A&M College of Law in 2009.
Matthew Kaminski has been practicing law since passing the Florida Bar in 2009. He began working at a real estate litigation firm in Plantation, Florida. Mr. Kaminski participated in mediations and civil court practice (including judicial mortgage foreclosure, title actions, and evictions) all over the State of Florida. It was during his two years in practice at this firm where he met his wife, Kim.
In 2011, after his wife had accepted a director position in Seattle, Matthew Kaminski relocated to the Pacific Northwest and was admitted to the Washington State Bar later that same year. Mr. Kaminski went on to open his office in the heart of Belltown at the historic Markham Building on 3rd Ave and Blanchard. In addition to providing quality and affordable legal services through his practice, he has chosen to give back to his new home by volunteering with the King County Bar association's Housing Justice Project and Kinship Care Solutions Project providing free services to Low-Income clients. Matthew Kaminski also proudly works with the Legal Voice, a women's rights group benefiting the State of Washington. He is currently the vice president of the Yakima Volunteer Attorney Services Board.
"I've always felt that an attorney is measured by what he gives back to the community.
When Mr. Ashby invited him from Seattle to introduce him to his Family Law firm approach, one that merged a caring, client-centric approach with 21st century technology, Matt knew that this firm was ushering him in a new approach to family law and that he wanted to be a part of the Ashby firm “family.” The firm and he share the core belief that no one wins when two parents are pitted against each other, instead he has always striven to find collaborative solutions to difficult problems.
This collaboration conitued until 3/25/2019, when Ashby Law withdrew form the Yakima / Kittitas area. Matthew Kaminski and Brooke Barnes decided to create their own firm to not only focus carrying out the dream of bringing a different approach to family law issues. Yakima Law, PLLC was born out of their desire to help more people, including criminal law and other civil matters.
Having had personal experience growing up as a child in a divided home, Brooke brings an essential element of understanding and compassion to Family Law. Her passion is helping people not only walk through the landmines inherent with legal actions, but to actually thrive in the process. No battle is too massive and she is not intimidated by any adversary and will handle legal cases with the utmost honesty and integrity, using her gifts of research, investigation and persuasive speech to dismantle any inequities against her clients. Brooke has the gift of making even her enemies live at peace with her as she has incorporated the adage of drawing more flies with honey than vinegar a part of her life.
Brooke makes you feel like the only person in the room, even if you are in a crowd of hundreds. Her calm, confident demeanor will embolden and soothe clients immersed in anxiety causing situations. If you have concerns about your case, she will always take the time to talk to you and give you an honest assessment of where things stand. She is here to listen, provide advice, and fight for you. She has never met an opponent she hasn’t felt comfortable standing up to. Prior to coming to Ashby Law, Brooke defended over a thousand criminal cases. She has argued motions and gone to trial several times, garnering positive outcomes in the proceedings. Brooke transitioned to helping families because she finds it fulfilling to empower those facing family crises.
Brooke was born and raised in Central Washington. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and daughter as well as their two dogs. One of her favorite activities is going to breweries where she can sit outside and listen to music while laughing with her husband and friends.
Karina grew up in Tieton, Washington in her grandfather’s apple ranch. Her grandfather has been the most important person in her life. "Were it not for him and his words, I would not be where I am today." Karina comes from a very close family, she graduated from Central Washington University with a bachelor’s degree in law and Justice. She has over 8 years of paralegal experience from immigration, family law, criminal, probate, estate, and personal injury. One of my biggest accomplishments has been becoming a Guardian Ad Litem in Yakima County. "It fills my heart to be able to be a voice to children through the courts. I am extremely excited to start the Rule 6 program and become an attorney this year. I have a passion for fighting for what is right. In my spare time, I love spending time with my family and working out."
Favorite Quote: "I am an ordinary person who has been blessed with extraordinary opportunities and experiences."" -Sonia Sotomayor
Nina Rodriguez is a paralegal in Family Law. She provides the attorneys in the Firm with solid and reliable assistance and serves as a listening ear to our clients.
Family law clients are often faced with a variety of emotional situations. Nina presents a calm, helpful and supportive demeanor as she handles their immediate needs. Our family and criminal law attorneys look to her often as the initial contact with our clients. She is also relied upon by the attorneys for drafting necessary documents, meeting directly with the clients, scheduling appointments and court appearances if needed, as well as keeping the client files organized ready for court hearings or trial.
Nina graduated from Charter College in 2018 with a Computer Tech degree. She resides in Yakima County with her husband, three adorable children and a grandbaby. She is an experienced paralegal which has provided her with exposure to many areas of law, and she feels it is important to continually increase her knowledge, not only in the legal field, but also in other areas that will enhance her ability to serve clients. .
Nieves Negrete has advocated for clients in various areas of law: immigration, worker, immigrant and women’s rights, discrimination and now, family law. She is always looking to expand her knowledge in the area of law but, more importantly, on how to assist our clients deal with the emotional and difficult issues they are experiencing. She fervently believes that family is what really matters and she strives to help the parties remain amicable at the end of a trying event in their lives.
She is a past board member of the Access to Justice Board and several non-profit organizations. She is the very proud mother of two sons, Charles and Timothy. She enjoys spending time with her sons, friends, reading and enjoying life.
Samantha was born and raised in Yakima Wa. She graduated from Eisenhower High School and has been a paralegal since 2016.
Hobbies include volunteering at my church, playing with and walking my dog, and taking road trips with friends.